Northwestern Press

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Richard Victor Kershner II

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

married 48 years

Richard Victor Kershner II, 70, died Nov. 22, 2019.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Richard Kershner Sr. and Clarabelle (Benicoff) Kershner.

He and his wife, Constance were married 48 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Joshua and wife, Megan, and Sara; grandchildren Trevor, Aidan and Madison; brother Donald, and wife Cindy; nephew Christopher and wife Lesha; grandniece and grand nephew Emily and Matthew; niece Jennifer; and grandnephews and grandniece Owen, Anya and Clayton.

Lee H. Merkel

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ziegels Lutheran Church

Lee H. Merkel, 83, died Nov. 23, 2019, at Phoebe Home surrounded by family.

Born Nov. 24, 1935, he was the son of the late Harvey and Myrle (Reppert) Merkel.

A member of Ziegels Lutheran Church, he was a truck driver for George Husack Trucking, Schnecksville, for 40 years.

He loved playing bingo and pinochle but his biggest enjoyment was going to the casino with his siblings.

A big fan of the Phillies, he also enjoyed spending time with his friends at Phoebe.

Charles A. Waskiewicz

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former owner of archery, gun shop

Charles A. Wask-iewicz, 75, of Tamaqua, formerly of Warminster, died Nov. 25, 2019, in his home.

He was the companion of Lila I. Womer for the past 17 years.

Born in Maywood, N.J., he was a son of the late John and Dorothy (Newcomb) Waskiewicz.

The former owner of an archery and gun shop at the Quakertown Farmer’s Market, he also was a security guard for the former Deravin Security Services.

A member of the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, Lehighton, he was a lifetime NRA member.

Jason M. Janda

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

2004 Parkland graduate

Jason M. Janda, 33, of Newport Beach Calif., formerly from Schnecksville, died Nov. 19, 2019, in his home.

Born Feb. 4, 1986, in Allentown, he was the son of Janet M. (Kaunas) Hutchinson and Mark R. Janda.

A 2004 graduate of Parkland High School, he attended Virginia Tech University, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from DeSales University.

He was a sales executive for Houzz in Irvine, Calif.

Before that, he worked at ADP, LLC, Allentown, for six years.

Alice J. Donham

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Asbury Methodist Church

Alice J. Donham, 90, Schnecksville, died on Nov. 21, 2019, in At Home at Parkland, Schnecksville.

She was the wife of the late Robert L. Donham.

Born March 4, 1929, in Salem W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Helen (McQuaid) and Wayman Hutson.

A graduate of Fairmont State College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in home economics.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall.

Marion F. Hamm

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

oldest member of Jacob’s Church

Marion F. Hamm, 99, of Germansville, died Nov. 21, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem.

She and her husband Lester L. Hamm were married 66 years, until his death in 2007.

Born in Germansville, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence O. and Irene (Delong) Reitz.

The oldest member of Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, she was a former choir member, Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School volunteer.

Theresa T. Murphy

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi

Theresa T. Murphy, 82, of Whitehall, died Nov. 16, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

She was the widow of James J. Murphy.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late James and Mildred (Giglio) Martin.

Best known as a lover of people and animals, she was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown.

She was a cashier with the Whitehall-Coplay School District for 25 years.

Her selflessness, spirit of gratitude and unwavering faith has touched the lives of all she knew.

Kim Ellen Gregoire

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker Church

Kim Ellen (Italiano) Gregoire, 60, of New Tripoli, died peacefully Nov. 21, 2019, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She and her husband, David P. Gregoire, were married 27 years.

Born March 21, 1959, in Nuremberg, Germany, she was the daughter of Adrienne A. (Nowicki) Malkowicz of Weisenberg Township and the late Anthony Italiano, and stepdaughter of Joseph J. Malkowicz.

She owned and operated a cleaning service company in the Lehigh Valley for 35 years.

Additionally, she worked for Ross Flower and Garden, Orefield, for four years.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit

Wednesday, November 20: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, brocolli florets, Italian bread w/margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, November 21: Thanksgiving meal: Roast turkey w/ gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, maple sweet potatoes, oven roasted fresh vegetables, dinner roll w/margarine, pumpkin pie.

Friday, November 22: Beef barley soup, fried haddock w/ lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, chilled peaches.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

At the Hall: There’s lots going on at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, including “Laughs at the Lyric,” Nov. 20; “Third Thursday,” Nov. 21, and The Dover Quartet, Nov. 24. The Dover Quartet performs in concert, 2 p.m. Nov. 24, in the “Chamber OnStage Series,” whereby performers sit on the hall’s main stage facing the audience, which sits on the stage facing the musicians.