Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cecelia Hutter Spesak

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

102 years old

Cecelia “Cele” Hutter Spesak, 102, formerly of Catasauqua, died Nov. 17, 2017. She was the wife of the late Charles “Chuck” Spesak.

Born in Stiles, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Fiedler) Hutter.

She attended St. Mary’s parochial school and completed a commercial school program in 1931.

Starting in 1932, she worked as a nanny in New York City for many years. She worked at the former Western Electric for more than 29 years until she retired in 1978.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Annunciation BVM.

Giuseppa Balletta

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church member

Giuseppa Balletta, 92, of Whitehall, died Nov. 15, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospice. She was the wife of the late Pietro Balletta for 48 years.

Born in Teano, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Letizia (DeSpirito) Gaeta.

She was a hand seamstress for Phoenix Clothes, then Greif Company until retiring.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church.

Carol A. Murphy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of North Catasauqua

Carol A. Murphy, 76, of North Catasauqua, died Nov. 12, 2017. She was the wife of Joseph D. Murphy for 44 years.

Born in Nazareth, she was a daughter of the late James P. and Viola (Wieant) Brown.

She was Liberty High School graduate.

She was the owner of Preportion Fashions.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Joe J. and Hunter S.; two brothers, Richard and his wife Janet Brown and Nelson “Bruce” Brown; and three grandchildren, Cody Murphy, Brayden Irwin and Camaron Galle.

She was predeceased by two sons, Kevin and Charles Goleman.

William A. Solderich

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

NHS graduate

William A. Solderich, 73, of Allentown and formerly of Northampton, died Nov. 15, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late William F. and Justine L. (Haller) Solderich.

He was a Northampton Area Senior High School graduate.

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

He was a crane operator in the beam yard for 30 years at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation until he retired in 1994.

Ruth E. Best

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Ruth E. Best, 88, of Catasauqua, died Nov. 13, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Best.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late George and Minnie (Eberhart) Roth.

She was a sewer for many years for the former Phoenix and the former Greif clothing companies before she retired.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey and his wife Dawn of Walnutport; two sisters, Helen Hauser and Patricia Roth; three grandchildren, Jayden and his wife Ashley, Brandon and Austin; and three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Mason and Emma.

Thomas P. Kappes

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of North Catasauqua

Thomas P. Kappes, 67, of North Catasauqua and formerly of Whitehall, died Nov. 12, 2017. He was the husband of the late Irene M. (Velas) Kappes.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Leo and Frances (Buesgen) Kappes.

He worked part-time in the food service department at Gross Towers. He worked in the inventory department at Air Products for many years and previously for Stanley Vidmar.

He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and his wife Val and Keith; and a granddaughter, Gia.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.

Peter Gratzon

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Salem UCC member

Peter Gratzon, 99, formerly of Catasauqua, died Nov. 15, 2017, at his home in Boca Raton. He was the husband of the late Irene A. (Kavalkovich) Gratzon.

Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Yurchak) Gratzon.

He was an honors graduate of Catasauqua High School, where he was the MVP of the baseball team. He attended Lehigh University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University.

He was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War.

Albert F. Fixl

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Albert F. Fixl, 78, of Northampton, died Oct. 25, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Koshuta) Fixl for 56 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Frank and Anna (Malitsch) Fixl.

He was a 1956 Northampton High School graduate.

He was in the National Guard.

He was a warehouse worker and truck driver for Roth Brothers, Whitaker Roof and Siding and Emory Distribution.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church and was in the Holy Name Society.

Marco N. Rossini

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Assumption BVM Church member

Marco N. Rossini, 55, of Northampton, died Nov. 8, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Jennine M. (Tonte) Rossini for 32 years.

Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Nello Rossini and Gina B. (Berlingeri) Rossini of Northampton.

He was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School. He attended Lincoln Technical Institute, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

He was an electrical engineering assistant by Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions, Lansdale, for the past 23 years.

Marie C. Frana

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Sacred Heart Catholic Church member

Marie C. Frana, 55, of Bath, died Nov. 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was a daughter of the late Anthony J. and Mary C. (Szoke) Frana.

She was a 1980 graduate of Northampton Area Senior High School.

She was most recently a waitress for the Turn-In Family Restaurant, Bath.

She attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Bath.