Northampton Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Joseph J. Matika

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Joseph J. Matika, 55, of Northampton, died Sept. 30, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Brenda E. (Boddy) Matika for nine years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph P. and Loretta A. (Frisch) Matika.

He was a caregiver for ARC of Lehigh and Northampton counties and worked for Access Services of Lehigh Valley. He was previously a garment spreader and cutter for the former Cross Country Clothes-Botany 500 group, Northampton.

Frank Joseph Karweta

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Frank Joseph Karweta, 64, of Northampton, died Sept. 19, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Maryann (Manziano) Karweta for 28 years.

Born in Wilkes Barre, he was a son of the late Frank and Lottie (Brzyski) Karweta.

He attended Gate of Heaven School and was a Dallas (Pennsylvania) High School graduate. In 1977, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and corrections at Pennsylvania State University.

He was an adult probation and parole officer for Lehigh County for 25 years.

Victoria Ann Hanzl

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Victoria Ann Hanzl, 55, of Coplay, died Sept. 20, 2018, at home. She was the wife of Barry Hanzl.

Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Francis Stephen Sweetz and Dorothy Agnes Wargo.

She earned an associate degree at Allentown Business School.

She was an office assistant at Cedar Crest College.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Stacy; an aunt, Barbara Singmaster; nieces; and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Owens.

Contributions may be made to an animal charity of one’s choice.

Gloria Katherine Tobey

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Gloria Katherine Tobey, 97, of Catasauqua, died Sept. 20, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Hal C. Tobey.

Born in Cicero, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Bessie (Hansa) Baumruck.

She was a graduate of Sterling Morton High School in Cicero, Ill.

She was an office clerk during World War II in a munitions factory in the Chicago area. In 1965, she was a World Book Encyclopedia sales person.

Miriam M. Borger

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church member

Miriam M. Borger, 91, formerly of Pennsville, died Sept. 19, 2018, in Danielsville. She was the wife of the late Ernest W. Borger.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Paul J. and Mabel I. (Frederick) Miller.

She was a 1945 graduate of Northampton High School.

She was an ice cream packer for Lehigh Valley Dairy, Allentown, for 40 years until she retired in 1985.

She was a member of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cherryville.

Eugene Dieter

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Eugene Dieter, 83, of Whitehall, died Sept. 18, 2018. He was the husband of Carol Ann Dieter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dawn; three sons, Gene (Karen), Michael (Jill) and Tony (Charlie); four grandchildren, TJ, Jaimie, Emily and Andrew; a great-grandchild, Skylar; and a son-in-law, Tom Zellers. He was predeceased by two daughters, Christi and Angele.

Services will be private.

Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home Inc., Whitehall.

Living the Vintage Years: Rx for quality health care begins with education

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

I walked into the room in the middle of a loud argument.

My relative’s roommate in a health care facility was angry with staff for not getting him bathed and dressed by lunchtime. He was still in bed in his nightclothes. When one of his relatives came to visit, he told her what had happened, and she reported his grievance to the facility’s nurse and administrator.

Ever since, he has been dressed and groomed at a reasonable morning hour.

It pays to have an advocate to watchdog and speak up on behalf of a hospital patient or health care facility resident.