Northampton Press

Monday, April 23, 2018

Shannon L. Wanko

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Sheckler Elementary School teacher

Shannon L. Wanko, 46, of Breinigsville, died March 12, 2018. She was the wife of William “Pete” Wanko for 24 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Stanley K. Sr. and Carol E. (Moyer) Smith.

She graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

She was a first-grade teacher for 22 years at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua.

She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Alburtis, where she worshipped and at which she volunteered during her lifetime.

Richard E. Heist

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

owner, Rich’s Racing and Hobbies

Richard E. Heist, 75, of Walnutport and formerly of Allentown, died March 13, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Kathleen L. (Fries) Heist for 53 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Elmer and Louise (Berreth) Heist.

He attended Allentown High School and graduated from Lehigh County Community College.

He was in the U.S. Army and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during the Vietnam era, active duty stateside service artillery.

Wanda A. Buss

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Wanda A. Buss, of Northampton, died March 8, 2018. She was the wife of William F. Buss Jr.

She was a daughter of the late Clayton R. and Mary E. (Ruch) Wieand.

She was last employed by Dun & Bradstreet, Bethlehem, where she worked in data entry for 20 years until she retired in 2008.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Stephen T. and his wife Laura; a sister, Audrey Troxell; and four grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Terry Allen Buss; and two brothers.

Brenda L. Frana

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

LCCC administrative assistant

Brenda L. Frana, 60, of Germansville, died March 12, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Health Network Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Terry A. Frana for 37 years.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William S. Mosser and Janice E. (Deiley) Mosser.

She was an administrative assistant for the healthcare and science department at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, for the past 12 years.

Eleanor M. Ketterer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

100 years old

Eleanor M. Ketterer, 100, of Whitehall and formerly of Coplay, died March 10, 2018, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late Richard O. Ketterer for 52 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Florence M. (Kleckner) Newcomer.

She graduated from Allentown High School in 1934.

Before retiring in 1981, she was employed by the Allentown School District for 26 years, first as a baker in the Muhlenberg Elementary School cafeteria and then in the delinquent tax office of the administration building.

Deborah Nespoli

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

grew up in Coplay

Deborah “Debbie” Nespoli, 66, of Hopewell Valley, N.J., died March 14, 2018. She was the wife of Dr. Lawrence Nespoli for 40 years.

She grew up in Coplay.

She was a Central Catholic High School graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

She worked at Blue Cross, Air Products and Chemicals, Muhlenberg College and TRW Credit Services. She then was a real estate agent, having earned top sales honors.

Joseph Mazur

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John the Baptist Church member

Joseph Mazur, 88, of Northampton, died March 12, 2018, in his home. He was the companion of Mary Kraynick of Northampton and the husband of the late Veronica (Hricinak) Mazur.

Born in Mount Carmel, he was a son of the late George and Theresa (Pawelchak) Mazur.

He was an U.S. Army veteran.

He worked for Mack Trucks, Allentown, for 38 years until he retired in 1985.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton, where he made pierogies.

Dorothy M. Lapsansky

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Westminster Village

Dorothy M. Lapsansky, 91, died March 13, 2018, at Westminster Village, Allentown. She was the wife of the late William J. Lapsansky and the companion to Ray Dulick of Westminster Village.

She was a daughter of the late Donald and Naomi (Lytel) Slanders.

She worked for many years at Zollingers Department Store and Josh Early Candies and then at the former Allentown General Hospital.

Robert Bechtold

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Fullerton Fire Company life member

Robert “Bob” Bechtold, 84, of Orlando, Fla., died March 8, 2018, at his home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Solderich) Bechtold for 63 years.

Born in North Catasauqua, he was a son of the late John and Helen (Parker) Bechtold.

He was a 1952 Whitehall High School graduate.

He served for four years in the U.S. Navy on the Howard W. Gilmore AS-16 and the USS Saratoga CVA-60 and attended commissioning and decommissioning ceremonies.

Carolyn M. Rumpf

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church member

Carolyn M. Rumpf, 79, of Whitehall, died March 9, 2018, at Renaissance Senior Living, Northampton. She was the wife of the late Richard D. Rumpf.

Born in West Reading, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Mildred (Lamm) Bagenstose.

She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

She was employed as an instrument technician at Reading Hospital for 32 years, retiring in 2001.