Northampton Press

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Esther C. Weitknecht

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Bethlehem

Esther C. Weitknecht, 91, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 10, 2018, at ManorCare, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Marvin C. Weitknecht.

Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late Stephan and Rose (Koszar) Lancsek.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey J. and his wife Carol of Northampton and Richard W. of Bethlehem; three grandchildren, Jarrett Weitknecht and his fiance Stacey Lang and Jeffrey and Jess Weitknecht; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jordyn; and a sister, Eleanor and her husband Nicholas Perrett of Fountain Hill.

Phyllis R. Balliet

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Paul’s UCC member

Phyllis R. Balliet, 87, of Northampton, died Aug. 12, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Paul E. Balliet for 67 years.

Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Florence (Gable) Case.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Northampton, where she also volunteered.

She was a volunteer for Phoebe Home, Meals on Wheels, Allen Township Fire Company and Musikfest.

Michael G. Keller

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Michael G. Keller, 62, of Whitehall, died Aug. 16, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. He was the husband of Beth Ann (Perini) Keller for 38 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Lionel G. and Rosemarie P. (Gribbin) Keller.

He was a 1974 graduate of William Allen High School.

He was an equipment operator for 35 years for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission until he retired in 2013.

Ronald B. Grammes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Bethlehem

Ronald B. Grammes, 68, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 16, 2018, at Good Shepherd Hospital, Bethlehem.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Robert H. and Doris H. (Shankweiler) Grammes of Manheim.

He was 1968 Freedom High School graduate.

He was a drafter for the former Koenig Pre Pempco., Allentown, for 20 years until he retired in 2006.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Kay L. and her husband Richard Macsi of Ronks; a daughter, Rhonda of Furnace; a nephew, Brian; a niece, Rebecca; and two great-nephews, Tyler and Gavin.

Doris M. Santana

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of North Catasauqua

Doris M. Santana, 83, of North Catasauqua, died Aug. 14, 2018, at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late Gregory C. Santana Sr.

Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Mabel (Keller) Hontz.

She was most recently a cleaning lady for various area businesses. She was earlier a garment worker for a variety of Lehigh Valley places.

Carol Anne Ernst

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Cementon

Carol Anne Ernst, 70, of Cementon, died Aug. 14, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice. She was the wife of Walter R. Ernst for 54 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Joyce (Peters) Szilezy Sr.

She worked for George’s Greenhouse, Emmaus, for more than 40 years. She then became the owner-operator of Flowers by George’s, Emmaus, for four years.

She was a member and secretary of the Lehigh Valley Floral Association for many years.

Roseliese Cunningham

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

CASD custodian

Roseliese Cunningham, 81, of Catasauqua, died Aug. 17, 2018, at her home. She was the wife of the late Bernard “Bo-Bo” J. Cunningham II.

Born in Crete, she was the daughter of the late Maria Scholand.

She was a custodian for many years for the Catasauqua Area School District and for the Fuller Company.

She was a member of St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, North Catasauqua, and of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Stacy J. Sprague

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Northampton High School graduate

Stacy J. Sprague, 52, of Easton, died Aug. 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson campus, Easton. He was the husband of Sherri L. (Kopchak) Sprague.

Born in Easton, he was a son of James A. of Bath and Maxine A. (Ackerman) Sprague of Nazareth.

He was a 1984 graduate of Northampton High School.

He was a melt supervisor for Fluortek Inc. for the past 23 years. He tinkered with small engine repair.

He was a member of the Avona Fire and Safety First volunteer fire companies of Easton.

Melvin J. Chontofalsky

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Melvin J. Chontofalsky, 82, of Northampton, died Aug. 12, 2018, in his daughter’s home. He was the husband of Ruth (Lerch) Chontofalsky for 64 years.

Born in Egypt, he was a son of the late Joseph Chontofalsky and Marie (Polanski) Gilbert.

He worked in the maintenance department of Tarkett for 34 years. He was later a bus driver for First Student for several years.

Robert D. Hiestand

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Robert D. Hiestand, 90, of Whitehall, died Aug. 6, 2018, at Luther Crest Health Care Center, Allentown. He was the husband of Althea E. (Petrie) for 69 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Elvin J. and Helen (Berg) Hiestand.

He was a 1946 graduate of Northampton Area High School.

He worked in the installation division of Western Electric for 30 years until he retired in 1982.

He was of the United Church of Christ faith.

He was a woodworker and had built a doll house for each granddaughter.