Northwestern Press

Friday, July 19, 2019

College Corner

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in

Valley student graduates

U. Scranton

Nhu N. Nguyen of New Tripoli was among 16 members of The University of Scranton’s class of 2019 who graduated from its Business Leadership Honors Program, which is one of Scranton’s programs of excellence.

Students in this highly-selective program explore the basic theories and concepts of leadership through special seminars and courses in management, ethics, strategy and analysis, in addition to field trips to learn from top executives and projects in leadership, service and mentoring.

Mary A. Sweeney

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

came to America at age 16

Mary Angela “Mitzi” Sweeney, 89, died peacefully July 5, 2019, at home.

Born Jan. 13, 1930 in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Josef and Gisela Trinkl.

She lived a life filled with adventure, spending her youth in Pirching, Austria, and surviving the difficult wartime years.

Boarding a ship to America alone at 16, she settled in Allentown, fell in love and raised her family, traveling between her two homelands over the years.

Jennie A. Centolanza

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

enjoyed playing bingo

Jennie A. “Jean” Centolanza, 88, died July 5, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall.

She and her husband, Ralph A. Centolanza, were married 55 years at the time of his death in 2010.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Drogon) Mularz.

She always loved her family fiercely.

Known for her outstanding style and decorating, she always enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.

Local students on dean’s list

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in

U. of Sciences

The following students were named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia.

Allentown: Meghan Carbone, doctor of pharmacy, Annika Krawiec, doctor of physical therapy, Samuel Lin, doctor of pharmacy, Ria Patel, pharmacology and toxicology;

Fogelsville: Kathryn Kalman, doctor of pharmacy;

New Tripoli: Hannah Bittner, doctor of pharmacy; and

Orefield: Yesha Nar, doctor of physical therapy.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Women’s soccer team focused on scoring goals, equality

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team, USWNT, earned a record fourth title win when it faced off against the Netherlands, the 2017 European champions, July 7 for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

This 2-0 win marks the culmination of the immense skill and hard work demonstrated by these athletes over the years.

The USWNT has now won four World Cup titles, including the first one in 1991.

The team has also won four Olympic gold medals. The USWNT has medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women’s soccer history from 1991-2015.

Martin C.A. Aardewijn

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

born, raised in the Netherlands

Martin C.A. Aardewijn, 60, of Heidelberg Township, died July 3, 2019.

He and his wife, Debra C. (Hill) Aardewijn, were married 34 years last March.

Born March 21, 1959, in the Netherlands, he was the son of the late Franciscus and Sietske (De Koning) Aardewijn.

He was a district sales manager for an awning manufacturer.

Having grown up in the beautiful country of Holland, surrounded by water, he developed a passion for boats and spent memorable hours with his family on the water.

Carl Ray Madtes

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

elementary guidance counselor

Carl Ray Madtes, 83, of Slatington, died July 4, 2019.

He was lovingly cared for by his wife, Arline May (Zettlemoyer) Madtes, at home until his death.

Born March 3, 1936, in Kutztown, he was the son of the late Clayton H. and M. Evelyn (Snyder) Madtes.

A graduate of Slatington High School, Kutztown University and Lehigh University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and Master’s degree in counseling, respectively.

He retired from the Parkland School District as an elementary guidance counselor in 1989.

Area students earn honors

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in


The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at DeSales University.

Breinigsville: Chelsea Budde, Bill J. Nacipucha, Ira Patel;

Fogelsville: Hannah R. Farrell, Alexander R. Sharkey, Abigail A. Vecellio;

Orefield: Megan A. Mess, Karla Q. Quintanilla, Alicia Zaffiro; and

Schnecksville: Megan S. Reimer and Nadeen S. Wehbey.

To qualify for dean’s list, a student must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Joseph R. Sommer

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

general manager for Carpenter Co.

Joseph R. Sommer, 61, of Whitehall, died July 3, 2019, surrounded by his loving family in his home.

He and his wife Jean (Sharkazy) Sommer, celebrated 28 years of marriage in October 2018.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of Joseph G. and Patricia (Betz) Sommer, of Coplay.

A 1975 graduate of Whitehall High School, he then went on to graduate from Muhlenberg College, and later earn his Master in Business Administration degree from DeSales University.

He was a general manager for Carpenter Company, Fogelsville, for 16 years.