Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Karen M. Sipos

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

foster parent

Karen M. Sipos, 71, of North Catasauqua, died March 15, 2017. She was the wife of George T. Sipos for 52 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Dorothea R. (Rabenold) Edmonds.

She and her husband were foster parents for many years for children from the Wiley House, Bethlehem.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua.

Xiu-Fang Ling

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

L.V. Chinese Christian Church member

Xiu-Fang Ling, 87, of Catasauqua and formerly of the Peoples Republic of China, died March 16, 2017. She was the wife of Hui-Xiang Pan of Catasauqua for 63 years.

Born in Zheng Jiang, China, she was a daughter of the late Jun-Shing Ling and Zhang-Shi Ling.

While living in China, she was an elementary school teacher until she retired.

She was a member of the Lehigh Valley Chinese Christian Church, Whitehall, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir.

Thomas F. Proscia

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fellowship Community

Thomas F. Proscia, 93, of Whiting, N.J., and currently a resident of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died March 24, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, Allentown. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Alexander and Santina (Scianimeo) Proscia.

He was a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. John’s University.

He was a chemical salesman for SCM Chemical Company for many years until he retired.

Dolores “Waskie” Wojewodzki

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

WCSD employee

Dolores “Waskie” Wojewodzki, 85, of Whitehall, died March 23, 2017. She was the wife of Joseph J. Wojewodzki Sr. of Whitehall for 60 years.

Born in Ashley, she was a daughter of the late Ignats and Agnes Staniscavage.

She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Coplay.

She worked for more than 30 years in the Whitehall-Coplay School District until she retired.

She was a member of the Allentown Senior Center.

Anna Torbey

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

103 years old

Anna Torbey, 103, formerly of Orefield, died March 25, 2017, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Born in Egypt (Whitehall Township), she was a daughter of the late Charles and Kathryn Sokol.

She was the owner of the former Bittner House, Slatington. She was a book department salesperson at Kmart, Allentown.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton.

Louis L. Handwerk

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

paint line worker, farmer

Louis L. Handwerk, 86, of Allentown and formerly of Walnutport, died March 27, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Betty L. (Hantz) Handwerk of Allentown for 59 years.

Born in Walnutport, he was a son of the late Victor Handwerk Sr. and Ruth (Laub) Handwerk.

He was a paint line worker for 15 years, last employed by Stanley-Vidmar Cabinets, Allentown, until he retired. He was a self-employed farmer in Walnutport.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Cherryville.

Katherine S. Rape

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s Lutheran Church member

Katherine S. Rape, 50, of Lehigh Township, died March 17, 2017, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was the wife and life partner of Rhonda Burian for 30 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Terry and Susie (Korsak) Rape.

She was a 1984 graduate of Northampton High School.

She was briefly in the U.S. Navy.

She worked for many years at Guardian Photo/Qualex photo finishing until the company closed. She then worked at Amazon.com.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Coplay.

Ruth A. Oswald

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

103 years old

Ruth A. Oswald, 103, of Allentown, died March 5, 2017. She was the wife of the late John “Randy” Randolph Oswald.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Ortt) Steiger.

She worked for the former Hess’s Department Store, Allentown.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua for many years.

She volunteered at Lehigh Valley Hospital, formerly Allentown General Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Larson and her husband Roger; a son, David Oswald and his wife Nora; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.