Northampton Press

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Joan L. Rice

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s Lutheran Church member

Joan L. Rice, 87, of Fullerton, died June 16, 2019, at home. She was the wife of Ethan “Budd” Rice for 64 years.

Raised in East Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Dorothea (Millhouse) Schlecht.

She was a 1949 graduate of East Mauch Chunk High School. She graduated magna cum laude from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College.

She worked in the Allentown School District and was a fifth- and sixth-grade math specialist at Sheridan Elementary School until she retired after 39 years.

Elaine A. Kern

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

NSD office worker

Elaine A. Kern, 71, of Northampton, died June 12, 2019, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of Charles G. Kern Jr. for 50 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Clara (Fritzinger) Dillinger.

She worked in the business office for the Northampton School District before retiring.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville.

Shirley J. Lawall

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s UCC member

Shirley J. Lawall, 82, of Whitehall, died June 15, 2019, in her home. She was the wife of the late Peter Lawall for 55 years.

Born in West Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Mahala Kingcaid.

She graduated 10th in her class in 1954 from Whitehall High School.

She worked at PPL, Allentown, Salem United Church of Christ nursery school, Catasauqua, and Leh’s Department Store, Whitehall. She retired in 2008 from her position in accounts payable at Pipeline Petroleum.

Ferne Dillard Strohl Pletchan

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Allentown

Ferne Dillard Strohl Pletchan received last rites May 2, 2019. She was the wife of the late John Pletchan.

She was born in Allentown.

She is survived by four children and their spouses; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at lung.org, or request a Mass for the repose of her soul.

Arrangements were made by Reichel Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.

Eugene L. Frassetto

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Eugene L. Frassetto, 77, of Northampton, and formerly of Cherry Hill, N.J., died June 11, 2019, in his home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Stine) Kocher Frassetto and the late Joy B. (Turri) Frassetto.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Chester R. and Emma (Faccinetto) Frassetto.

He was in the U.S. Navy during a peacetime era.

He was a computer programmer for UNISYS, Blue Bell, for many years before retiring.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown, where he sang with the choir.

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.