Northampton Press

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Robert Bechtold

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

born in North Catasauqua

Robert “Bob” Franklin Bechtold, 84, of Orlando, Fla., died March 8, 2018, in 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.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children; brothers; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Warmkessel.

There will be a graveside memorial service 10 a.m. May 5 at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Airport Road, Allentown.

Thomas V. Tomasic

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Northampton VFW member

Thomas V. Tomasic, 68, of Northampton, died April 26, 2018. He was the husband of Diane (Pontician) Tomasic for 46 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Mary (Lalik) and the late Joseph V. Tomasic.

He was a 1971 graduate of the former Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Center Valley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, Bethlehem Armory, for 28 years and was a Gulf War veteran.

Fred J. Hurban

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Assumption BVM Church custodian

Fred “Blackie” J. Hurban, 87, of Northampton, died April 13, 2018, at his home. He was the husband of Rose M. (Yurasits) Hurban for 65 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Matthew and Mary (Monceman) Hurban.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He worked for the former Tarkett Manufacturing, Hokendauqua, for 34 years until he retired in 1992.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Northampton, where he was the custodian for 40 years and was a member of the senior choir for many years.

Marie S. (Panny) Polzer

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

WCSD bus driver; singer

Marie S. (Panny) Polzer, 87, of Cementon, died April 22, 2018, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Stephen R. Polzer.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Adolf and Anna (Kluscarits) Panny.

She was a bus driver for the Whitehall-Coplay School District for 12 years, retiring in 2002.

She and her twin sister, Aggie, sang as The Panny Sisters with both the Walt Groller and Frank Hanner orchestras for more than 36 years.

Robert P. Markwich

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

owner of Marky’s Office

Robert P. Markwich, 88, of Center Valley, died April 17, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Winifred (Shafer) Markwich for 66 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Blaker) Markwich.

He was a 1947 graduate of Allen High School.

He was a central control operator of a B-29 in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant after four years.

Mae L. Harakal

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Mae L. Harakal, 88, of Catasauqua, died April 13, 2018, at Cedarbrook, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late John Harakal.

Born in North Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Royal and Aquilla Santee.

Before retiring, she was a garment worker for International Webbing.

She was a member of the Lehigh Valley Doll Club for many years.

Shirley Mae Reinert

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fullerton

Shirley Mae Reinert, 84, of Fullerton, died April 9, 2018, at Bethlehem Manor from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was the wife of Robert E. Reinert for 64 years.

She was a daughter of the late Harold and Blanche (Erney) Berger.

She was a 1951 graduate of Allentown High School.

She was an administrative assistant at the Sears Service Center for many years until she retired. She earlier worked for Royal Manufacturing.

Georgiana M. Snyder

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

seamstress, Cross Country Clothes

Georgiana M. Snyder, 78, of Lehigh Township and formerly of Moore Township, died April 9, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Miles and Eva (Resh) Hollenbach.

She spent a major portion of her life on the family farm in Lowhill Township, New Tripoli.

She was a seamstress at the former Cross Country Clothes, Northampton.

Eleanor R. Tempest

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Sheckler Elementary School custodian

Eleanor R. Tempest, 96, of Catasauqua, died April 20, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Tempest.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Belford) Klaugh.

She was a custodian at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua, for many years before she retired. Before that, she was a machine operator at Lehigh Valley Dairy.

She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Catasauqua.

Hobart E. McGonigle

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s UCC member

Hobart E. McGonigle, 81, of Whitehall, died April 20, 2018, at Fellowship Manor.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late James and Margaret (Lentz) McGonigle.

He was a 1955 graduate of Allentown High School.

He served with the U.S. Army in Germany.

He worked at Bonney Forge and Tool Works for 40 years.

He was a member of the former Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ. He is a member of St. John’s UCC, Fullerton.