Catasauqua Press

Monday, April 22, 2019

Michael “ Bubba” Wade Drayer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Michael “Bubba” Wade Drayer, 34, of Catasauqua and formerly of Hershey, died Feb. 13, 2019.

He was the son of Roger and Roberta Drayer and was a stepson of Tara Drayer.

He graduated from Catasauqua High School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jesse and his wife Carrie; and two sisters, Melissa and Megan.

Contributions may be made in his name to New Bethany Ministries, 333 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 18015.

Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc, Catasauqua.

Dorothy M. Smith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former WCSD cafeteria worker

Dorothy “Dot” M. (Ritter) Smith, 96, of Fullerton, died Feb. 6, 2019, at Fellowship Manor. She was the wife of the late Douglas H. Smith.

Born in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Mary R. (Snyder) Ritter.

She was a 1939 Whitehall High School graduate.

She worked in the cafeterias of Whitehall-Coplay School District for many years until she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

William H. Young

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Schnecksville

William H. Young, 82, of Schnecksville, died Feb. 14, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Kisthardt) Young for 44 years.

Born in Laurys Station, he was the son of the late Harry W. and Mary E. (Seidel) Young.

He was a payroll specialist for the Bethlehem Steel Company for 28 years, retiring in 1993.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David W. of Round Rock, Texas, and Richard W. LaBarre of Slatington; and two grandchildren, Patricia and Ricky.

Dale R. Baker

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former principal of Whitehall High School

Dale R. Baker, 87, of North Whitehall Township, died Feb. 15, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Regec) Baker for 64 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Robert O. and Edith (Dieter) Baker.

He was a 1949 Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University, attended Albright College and Michigan University for his principal’s certification and earned a Master of Education degree from Temple University.

Thomas O. Kern

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay Saengerbund member

Thomas O. Kern, 63, of Catasauqua, died Feb. 8, 2019. He was the husband of Anne-Marie “Annie” (Schwentner) Kern for 40 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William J. and Agnes (Hofelich) Kern.

He graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1973 and Bloomsburg State College in 1977.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 26 years and had been the manager of payroll and employee benefits for the Diocese of Allentown since 2005.

Edwina Betty Reiss

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Edwina Betty Reiss, 91, of Coplay, died Feb. 12, 2019, in her home. She was the wife of the late Wilbur Roy Reiss.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Edwin W. and Wilhelma E. (Rayburn) Brobst.

She was employed as a billing clerk at several doctor offices in the Lehigh Valley for 22 years before retiring.

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

She is survived by a daughter, Rebecca L. Minnick at home; a granddaughter, Danielle L. Minnick of Lancaster; and a great-granddaughter, Rebekah Leann Minnick of Lancaster.

Thomas J. Szep

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Thomas J. Szep, 62, of Whitehall, died Feb. 11, 2019, at St. Luke’s Sacred Heart campus.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Stephen and Mary (Sentiwany) Szep.

He was a Whitehall High School graduate.

He worked in the maintenance department of Air Products.

He is survived by a sister, Anita and her husband Michael Everett of Whitehall; two brothers, Stephen of Galeton and Michael of Allentown; a niece, Elizabeth; and four nephews, John, David, Andrew and Stephen Jr.

Carl R. Hawk Jr.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Essroc Cement Company mechanic

Carl R. Hawk Jr., 62, of Northampton, died Feb 5, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Carl R. Sr. and Margaret Hawk.

He was a 1974 graduate of Northampton High School.

He was a mechanic for Essroc Cement Company, Nazareth.

He was a member and driver of Lehigh Valley Quarter Midgets, Kuhnsville, and the Tri-Boro Sportsman Association, Northampton; and was a social member of the American Legion Post 470, Bath, and the Twilight Truckers of Lehigh Valley.