Elizabeth T. Hartman, 87, formerly of Whitehall, died April 6, 2017, at Westminster Village, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Edmund J. Hartman Sr.
Born in Dudley, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Ernestine Giacobbe.
She was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, formerly St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, North Catasauqua.
Frank J. Recker, 81, of Coplay, died March 31, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Carolyn E. (Stettler) Recker for 60 years.
Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Ignatius and Johanna (Kurter) Recker.
He retired from Lafarge after more than 25 years of employment.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church.
Catherine “Katie” Burch, 94, died April 14, 2017, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of George L. Burch for 67 years.
Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Paraschak) Gresser.
She was a lifelong Catholic.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, George P. and his wife Bernadine; a daughter, Kathy and her husband Michael Carey; three granddaughters, Megan and her fiance Tom Collins and Lauren and Taylor Carey; a sister, Stella Halal; and a stepgrandson, Thomas and his wife Jami Lipe.
Joseph R. Purvis, 85, died April 11, 2017. He was the husband of Jane (Zardus) Purvis for 60 years.
He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
He was in the U.S. Navy.
He was a senior engineer at Western Electric, from which he retired in 1987.
Helen Kropf, 88, formerly of Whitehall and of Granville Summit, died at home April 10, 2017. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Kropf.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Herman) Pasci.
She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Coplay, and of the church Altar and Rosary Guild.
She is survived by a son, Joseph J. and his wife Joan, with whom she resided; a daughter, Joan and her husband James Amey; five grandchildren, Kevin, Jonathan, Jaclyn, Megan and Patrick; and five great-grandchildren, Emily, Melanie, Tyler, Caden and Ava.
John Kasick, 88, formerly of Allentown, died March 28, 2017, in Whitehall Manor.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of late Simon and Nellie (Yurchak) Kasick.
He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School.
He attended business college.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He worked at Mack world headquarters for more than 30 years until he retired.
He was a 50-year member of the Jordan-Martin Lodge 673 F&AM, along with Allen-Beauceant Commandery No. 20 Knights Templar and the Rajah Shrine, Reading.
Hilda S. Reinik, 87, of Waretown, N.J., formerly of Bethlehem, died April 7, 2017, in Manahawkin, N.J. She was the wife of the late Ronald F. Reinik.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Emma (Ressler) Schrampf.
She was a 1947 graduate of William Allen High School, Allentown.
She was a secretary at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for 20 years.
The Rev. Henry K. Wohlgemuth, 85, formerly of Andreas, died March 31, 2017, at Souderton Mennonite Home, Montgomery County. Born in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth L. (Zahn) Wohlgemuth. He was the husband of Dorothy A. (Kline) Wohlgemuth for 61 years.
He was a 1953 graduate of Gettysburg College and a 1957 graduate of Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth A. Lipko, 86, of Allentown, died March 23, 2017, in the Phoebe Home. She was the wife of the late William Lipko.
Born in Fogelsville, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Winklebauer) Temmel.
She was a former member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
She is survived by three sisters, Ethel T. Yandrisevits, Stella Horvath, Pauline Traupman and Elsie Decker; a brother, Robert Temmel; nieces; and nephews.
Kevin J. Wackley, 67, of Danielsville, died March 30, 2017, at his home. He was the husband of Ruth Ann (Gerstenberg) Wackley for 43 years.
Born in Freeland, he was a son of the late Henry A. Sr. and Gladys M. (Kleckner) Wackley.
He was a 1961 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
He was a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
He was a welder and a security patrol leader for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He later was a police officer for the Borough of Catasauqua.
He attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville.