Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gregory J. Wetherhold Sr.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned Klecknersville Hotel

Gregory J. Wetherhold Sr., 73, of Cherryville, died Oct. 5, 2018, at the VNA Hospice, St. Luke’s, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Linda J. (Fenstermaker) Wetherhold.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George and Althea (Gehris) Wetherhold.

He worked for C&K Carriers, Walnutport, and later for 14 years at Carlisle Trucking, Fogelsville, until he retired in 2017. He was a former co-owner and operator of the Klecknersville Hotel, Moore Township.

Frank J. Bauer

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Frank “Fats” J. Bauer, 90, of Northampton, died Oct. 4, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Katherine (Bilder) Bauer for 69 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Ulrich Sr. and Elizabeth (Reiter) Bauer.

He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked at the former Sandora/Tarkett for many years.

He was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church, presently Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

He was a member of the Friendly Fifties and Knights of Columbus and was a pierogi volunteer for the former St. Nicholas Ukrainian Club.

John H. Marakovitz

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay American Legion member

John H. Marakovitz, 95, formerly of Coplay, died Oct. 4, 2018, at Whitehall Manor. He was the husband of the late Catherine A. (Breitfeller) Marakovitz.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late John J. and Mary (Stubits) Marakovits.

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II. He received a Bronze Star Medal with the 324th Infantry.

He was a welder and fitter for 42 years at the former Bethlehem Steel until he took retirement in 1987. He was an Electrolux salesman until the age of 90.

Jean S. Raubenhold

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Northampton

Jean S. Raubenhold, 93, of Allentown and formerly of Northampton, died Oct. 2, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Kenneth Raubenhold.

She was a daughter of the late George S. and Elsie M. (Moyer) Sicher.

She was an order picker for the former Lehigh Candy and Tobacco Company. She also was a riveter for the former Vultee Aircraft Company, Allentown.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Allentown.

Edgar E.L. Silfies Jr.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Grace United Church of Christ member

Edgar E.L. Silfies Jr., 96, of Northampton, died Oct. 4, 2018, at Moravian Village, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Loretta June (Andrews) Silfies.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Edgar E.L. Sr. and Helen (Grow) Silfies.

He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a packaging supervisor at Universal Atlas Cement, Northampton, for 40 years until he retired in 1980.

He attended Grace United Church of Christ, Northampton.

Albert B. Polchik

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John Fisher Catholic Church member

Albert “Abby” B. Polchik, 89, of Catasauqua, died Oct. 2, 2018, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Barbara (Oleschak) Polchik for 60 years.

Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Joseph F. Sr. and Elizabeth (Chihuly) Polchik.

He was a member of Catasauqua High School Class of 1947.

He was with the military police in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean and other service medals.

Helen M. Bushspies

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

CWV Post 454 ladies auxiliary member

Helen M. Bushspies, 92, of Catasauqua, died Oct. 5, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late Harold Bushspies.

Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Alois and Agnes (Potzman) Busits.

She was a 1945 graduate of Central Catholic High School.

She was a supervisor for Cross Country Clothes for 20 years.

She was a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 454 ladies auxiliary and was its president for 30 years.

Joseph H. Wetzel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Station 36 volunteer firefighter

Joseph H. Wetzel, 82, died Sept. 26, 2018, at his daughter’s Whitehall home. He was the husband of Dawn M. (Bortz) Wetzel.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harvey J. and Anna E. (Palmer) Wetzel.

He worked in the building maintenance department of the Whitehall-Coplay School District. After retiring, he delivered parts for ABS Auto Parts. He worked previously in construction with Roth and Ellis Inc.

Bryan D. Buss

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Bryan D. Buss, 58, of Whitehall, died Oct. 7, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of Fern (Wieder) and the late Larry Buss.

He attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

He was a data processor for Ossur.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jill S. Buss.

Pearl V. Thomas

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ member

Pearl V. (Stever) Thomas, 91, formerly of Treichlers, died Sept. 21, 2018, at Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill annex. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Thomas Jr.

Born in Treichlers, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Grace (Kuntz) Stever.

She was a 1945 graduate of Northampton High School.

She worked at the former Western Electric Corporation, Allentown.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Indianland.

She is survived by two sons, Mark C. of Coplay and Dale A. of Bangor.

She was predeceased by a brother, Carl.