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Thelma C. Laky

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

AARP Northampton chapter member

Thelma C. Laky, 90, formerly of Allentown, died Jan. 3, 2017, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late John J. Laky.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Ira M. and Bertha M. (Delabar) Koehler.

She was employed as a server for the M.W. Woods Catering Company, Allentown, for over 14 years. She was an active member of the AARP Northampton chapter.

Judith A. Person

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Bon-Ton sales associate

Judith A. Person, 71, of Northampton, died Jan. 3, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late LeRoy F. Person Jr.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Margaret (Kennedy) Eltz.

She was a sales associate for 35 years with Bon-Ton Department Stores, first in Whitehall and finishing her tenure at the Palmer-Easton store in 2007. She then worked part time for Aramark food services as a substitute cafeteria worker, serving the Northampton Area School District elementary and secondary schools.

Jerry L. Binder Sr.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Hope Lutheran Church member

Jerry L. Binder Sr., 57, of Lehighton, died Dec. 31, 2016, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Susan A. (Follweiler) Binder for 36 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George W. and Mildred E. (Wieand) Binder of Lehigh Township.

He was a welder for L & M Fabrication, Bath, and was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryvile.

Lloyd D. Gantz

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Egypt Community Church member

Lloyd D. Gantz, 87, formerly of Schnecksville, died Jan. 2, 2017, in Shartlesville. He was the husband of Frances L. (Muthard) Gantz for 65 years.

Born in Ironton, he was a son of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Schmoyer) Gantz.

He was a superintendent for Lafarge Cement Company, formerly Whitehall Cement Company, Cementon, for 18 years until he retired in 1989. He worked previously at the former Giant Portland Cement Company, Egypt.

He was a member of Egypt Community Church, Whitehall Township, and Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville.

Muriel C. Diefenderfer

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned former Bath Hotel

Muriel C. Diefenderfer, 91, of Bath, died Jan. 1, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of the late Richard M. Diefenderfer.

She was a daughter of the late Francis and Gertrude (LeFevre) McCafferty.

She was the co-owner and operator, along with her husband, of the former Bath Hotel for 45 years until she retired in 2005. She was a teletypist at The Morning Call, Allentown.

Dana J. Schmall

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Dana J. Schmall, 69, of Coplay, died Dec. 28, 2016, at home. He was the husband of Linda J. (Foster) Schmall for 49 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph L. and Lucille J. (Kidd) Schmall.

He was a 1965 graduate of Parkland High School.

He was a machinist’s mate second class in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.

He was a self-employed truck driver.

Tracie Lynn Erney

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Fire equipment co. vice president, manager

Tracie Lynn Erney, 50, of Whitehall, died Dec. 27, 2016. She was the wife of Rusty L. Erney for 30 years.

She was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Stoudt) Thompson.

She was the vice president and office manager of Associated Fire Equipment, Whitehall.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jon and Danny; a brother, Jerry; and a granddaughter, Chelsea.

There will be a visitation 6-8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the funeral home, 444 Pershing Blvd., Whitehall, 18052.

Joan M. Hafner

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Egypt

Joan M. Hafner, 80, of Egypt, died Dec. 24, 2016, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Homer B. Sr. and Marie (Vogel) Wentz.

She was an Allentown High School graduate.

She worked briefly at Air Products and later at Western Electric-Lucent, from which she retired after 40 years.

She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and the Red Hat Society.

She volunteered for many charities.

She is survived by a son, Mark Balas; and a brother, Homer B. Wentz Jr.

Denice R. Budihas

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Hope Lutheran Church member

Denice R. (Creyer) Budihas, 51, of Lehigh Township, died Dec. 29, 2016, at home. She was the wife of James T. Budihas.

Born in Altus, Okla., she was a daughter of Larry and Kathleen (Rockel) Creyer of Lehigh Township.

She earned a degree in medical technology from Northampton County Community College.

She was a head of chemistry at Orasure Technologies, Bethlehem, for 10 years. She then worked for Palmerton Hospital for 21 years.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville, where she was on the altar guild for many years.

John H. Bryk Sr.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

American Legion Post 367 member

John H. Bryk Sr., 79, of Whitehall, died Jan. 1, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Charlotte (Wentz) Bryk for 57 years.

Born in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late John J. and Emily J. (Grochowski) Bryk.

He was a J.W. Cooper High School graduate.

He was in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years.

Following his retirement from the trucking industry, he worked for 12 years for Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

He was a member of American Legion Post 367, Fullerton.