Catasauqua Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Joseph P. Ondush

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of North Catasauqua

Joseph P. Ondush, 74, of North Catasauqua, died June 15, 2019. He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen Ondush.

He was a son of the late Joseph P. and Cora M. (Felchock) Ondush.

He is survived by three daughters, Lisa M., Corrine M. and Angela M.; and a sister, Dolores and her husband Dennis McGonigle.

He was predeceased by a sister, RoseMarie Rodriquez.

There will be a calling hour 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service 11 a.m., June 21 at the funeral home, 234 Walnut St., Catasauqua, 18032.

Charles E. Castetter

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Charles “Chuck” E. Castetter, 79, of Northampton, died June 10, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Karen K. (Miller) Castetter for 43 years.

Born in Shamokin, he was a son of the late Charles H. Castetter and Florence (Chapleskie) Tuckett.

He was in the U.S. Marines.

He worked for Mack Trucks and then for A.J. Trunzo.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

He was a life member of the Grouse Hall Fish and Game Association and was a former member of Ranger Lake and Tri-Boro Sportsmen clubs.

John M. Najpauer Sr.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Assumption BVM Church member

John M. Najpauer Sr., 91, of Northampton, died June 16, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Joan R. (Smith) Najpauer for 64 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Farkas) Najpauer.

He was a Northampton Area High School graduate.

He was an airman apprentice (PRAA) in the U.S. Navy from 1948 until 1952.

He was a repairman for the former Atlas Portland Cement Company for 24 years before retiring in 1981.

He was a lifelong member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Northampton.

Orrien O. Griesemer III

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Orrien O. Griesemer III, 73, of Whitehall and formerly of North Catasauqua, died June 16, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Pamela (Long) Griesemer for 49 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Orrien II and Naomi (Cope) Griesemer.

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

He was an electrician for various companies, including IBEW Local 375, Mack Trucks and Nestle.

Robert Wilson Newhard Sr.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of East Allentown

Robert Wilson Newhard Sr., 75, of East Allentown, died June 1, 2019, at home. He was the husband of Margaret “Maggie” C. (Matthews) Newhard for 21 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harry and Ardella (Klutz) Newhard.

He was a 1961 graduate of Dieruff High School.

He retired from Penske Truck Leasing after 34 years of service. He was a part-time carpet installer for Royal Furniture and was a bartender at the East Allentown Fire Company.

John L. Vrabel

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John the Baptist Church member

John L. Vrabel, 88, of Whitehall, died June 5, 2019, at Luther Crest, Allentown. He was the husband of Kathryn B. (Vavrick) for 66 years.

Born in Hanover Township, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Dursa) Vrabel.

He was a 1952 graduate of Penn State.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He was a distribution engineer at PP&L for 37 years.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Stiles; and of the Holy Name Society.

Jennifer A. Grube

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Northampton High School graduate

Jennifer Ann Grube, 47, of Emmaus, died June 1, 2019, at the inpatient hospice unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of Sharon A. (Smith) Kozlowski and Dale R. Lakey.

She was a 1989 graduate of Northampton High School and a 1991 graduate of Churchman’s Business School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alvernia College where she graduated summa cum laude.

She worked in the finance department at Nazareth School District for several years.

Nancy J. Hammer

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Nancy J. Hammer, 81, of Coplay, died June 2, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. She was the wife of the late August “Gus” F. Hammer.

Born in Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late William and Pauline (Christman) Allen.

She was a graduate of the Allentown School of Nursing.

She was a retired registered nurse and had worked for Allentown Hospital, Liberty Nursing Home and the Coplay House.

Harvey John Thomas

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Makovsky Brothers Inc. truck driver

Harvey John Thomas, 79, of Schnecksville, died May 30, 2019.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Harvey Franklin and Elsie May (Trump) Thomas.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War era.

He was a truck driver for Makovsky Brothers Inc., Whitehall, and Maislin Transport, Allentown, for many years before retiring in 2002.

He was an active member of Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, and North End Gun Club, New Tripoli.