Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

John W. Groller

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay American Legion member

John W. Groller, 81, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Coplay, died Jan. 17, 2019. He was the husband of the late Nina (Pitts) Groller.

Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Mills) Groller.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

He was both an athletic and a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) director for more than 40 years with the Department of Defense at Pax River, Md., Kings Bay, Ga., and the Navy Depot, Mechanicsburg.

Madeline J. Sobchak Kurtz

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

102 years old

Madeline J. Sobchak Kurtz, 102, of Fullerton, died Jan. 20, 2019, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late Peter P. Sobchak and the late Peter K. Kurtz.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Horvath) Aget.

She was a telephone operator at the former Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, for more than 25 years until she retired in 1979.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church and the Golden Agers.

She was a member of the Club 55 and the Friday Senior Citizens.

Thomas E. Daniels Jr.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Slatington

Thomas “Buzz” E. Daniels Jr., 70, of Slatington, died Jan. 17, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Regina (Jones) Daniels.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Thomas E. Sr. and Remola (Andrews) Daniels.

He was a 1966 William Allen High School graduate.

He worked for many years in the printing industry before retiring.

He is survived by three sisters.

He was predeceased by twin daughters.

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

Leon C. Kuhns

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Whitehall

Leon C. Kuhns, 90, of South Scranton and formerly of Whitehall, died Jan. 16, 2019, at the Scranton Healthcare Center. He was the husband of Fern M. Kuntz for 64 years.

Born in Whitehall, he was a son of the late Clarence and Cora Hunsicker Kuhns.

He was a 1946 graduate of Whitehall High School.

He was in the U.S. Army and was stationed overseas in France during the Korean conflict.

He worked for more than 30 years at Western Electric, Allentown, until he retired.

Donna L. Todora

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former Bon-Ton sales clerk

Donna L. Todora, 72, formerly of Summit Hill and Wind Gap, died Jan. 16, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Gnaden Huetten Memorial Campus, Lehighton. She was the wife of the late John T. Todora.

Born in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Clayton Bender and Marla L. (Hampshire) Dorshimer.

She was employed as a sales clerk for Bon-Ton Department Store at Palmer Park Mall.

She was a 1964 graduate of Nazareth High School.

Margaret Matejicka-Kent

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Nicholas pierogi maker

Margaret Matejicka-Kent, 89, of Whitehall, died Jan. 15, 2019, at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late Emil J. Matejicka and the late David Kent.

Born in Whitehall, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Los) Sirko.

She was a sewing machine operator for 42 years until she retired.

She was a pierogi maker for many years at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Club, Northampton. She was a life member of the Coplay Saengerbund and a member of several area senior groups.

Melvin L. Schwindenhammer

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Catasauqua

Melvin L. Schwindenhammer, 78, of Allentown, died Jan. 20, 2019, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Nancy E. (Silfies) Schwindenhammer for 51 years.

Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late John E. and Ellen M. (Kline) Schwindenhammer.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

He was a forklift operator and material handler for Wenco and the former Hubble Bell Corporation for many years until he retired.

Alfred F. Lederer

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay Saengerbund member

Alfred “Whitey” F. Lederer, 91, of Whitehall, died recently. He was the husband of Ruth Lederer for 69 years.

Born in Raabfidisch, Austria, and raised in Coplay, he was a son of the late Alfred and Theresa (Schanta) Lederer.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was employed at the Coplay Cement Company for 42 years.

He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.

Linda Jo Hallas

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

elementary school teacher

Linda Jo Hallas, 68, of Lower Towamensing Township, died Jan. 17, 2019, in her home. She was the wife of Gary M. Hallas for 37 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles H. and Shirley L. (Evans) Mantz.

She was a 1968 graduate of the former Slatington High School and a graduate of Kutztown University for her teaching credentials.

She was employed by the Palmerton Area School District as an elementary teacher for over 30 years.

She was a member of the former Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton.

Mary Ann C. Milkowich

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

parochial school teacher

Mary Ann C. Milkowich, died Jan. 16, 2019, at her home in Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late James H. Milkowich for 48 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Rezsek) Dance.

She was a 1964 graduate of Kutztown University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

She was a kindergarten teacher in the Allentown School District for five years. Later, she taught first grade at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena School, Allentown, for 23 years before she retired in 2001.