Northwestern Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

Virginia G. Stetz

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Parkland School District library clerk

Virginia G. Stetz, 87, formerly of Schnecksville, died March 2, 2019, in Rittenhouse Village at Lehigh Valley, Allentown.

She was the wife of the late Walter Stetz.

Born July 23, 1931, in West Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late Chester H. Sr. and Sadie L. (Greiner) Strauss.

She was a library clerk with the Parkland School District for 15 years before retiring.

She was a member of St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, and New Temple Chapter No. 298 O.E.S.

Charlotte G. Wetzel

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

CNA at Cedarbrook

Charlotte G. Wetzel, 65, of Allentown, died March 5, 2019.

Born in Fountain Bleau, France, she was the daughter of Wanda S. (Blood) Eckrode and the late John F. Eckrode Sr.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 24 years, Glenn Wetzel, in 1997.

A graduate of Mahanoy Area High School, Mahanoy City, she was a certified nursing assistant at Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall, until her retirement

Alfred F. Wolfe

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Rajah Shrine

Alfred F. Wolfe, 99, of Allentown, died on March 2, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown Campus.

He was the husband of the late Arlene M. (Church) Hendricks Wolfe and Helen J. (Goebert) Wolfe.

Born Nov. 17, 1919, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, he was the son of the late Harry Alfred and Sarah Irene (Freed) Wolfe.

He was the Eastern Pennsylvania territory manager for Standard Milling Co., based in Kansas City, Mo., and also for various Philadelphia food brokers.

Additionally, he worked part-time at several men’s clothing stores in the Lehigh Valley.

Fourth generation joins family funeral home

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Amanda L. (Nester) Ebeling of Weisenberg Township has joined the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, 8405 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, as a fourth generation funeral director.

Ebeling received her Pennsylvania license in funeral directing in June 2018 and will be working in a partnership with her father, Robert S. Nester, at their family’s funeral home.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology in 2000 from Arcadia University, Glenside, Montgomery County.

Forrest Daniel Grim Jr.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Grace Lutheran Church

Forrest Daniel Grim Jr. 83, of Allentown, died March 5, 2019, in HCR ManorCare, Allentown.

He and his wife Carol A. (Wilkinson) Grim were married 61 years last July 13.

Born March 29, 1935, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Forrest Daniel Grim Sr. and Zula (Smith) Grim.

He was employed at Durkee Foods, formerly in Bethlehem, for 28 years before retiring in 1996.

Since his formal retirement, he was employed part-time at JetPay HR and Payroll Services as a courier.

He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.


Thursday, March 14, 2019 by The Press in Local News


·Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli. Call 610-298-2710.

·Cetronia Senior Center, 12:30 p.m., in the social hall behind the Cetronia Fire Company, 3950 Broadway. For information, call 610-751-0912.

·Lehigh Valley Blue Star Mothers support group for members and veterans of armed services and their families, 7 p.m. Weichert Realtors, 2330 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. MARCH 15

·Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. at Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Fogelsville. All men are welcome. MARCH 16

Minnich announces bid for Lehigh County Coroner

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

With the recent announcement that Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim is retiring, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.

Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.

By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.

Student Poetry Project deadline March 15

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

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

Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday meal: Potato crusted cod, rice pilaf, oven roasted fresh vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 7: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh Waldorff salad, wheat bread w/ margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Friday, March 8: Broccoli cheese soup, tuna salad hoagie, macaroni salad, chilled plums.


Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along with productions, performance dates and ticket information, is at: