Northwestern Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jean Fridirici

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. John’s Lutheran Church

Jean Fridirici, 91, formerly of Orefield, died Nov. 9, 2019, in Park Lane at Bellingham, West Chester.

She was the widow of Curtis A. Fridirici.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Anna (Christoff) Downing.

Raised in East Allentown, she was a 1946 graduate of William Allen High School.

She was a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone for several years before marrying and becoming a homemaker in Fogelsville.

A longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville, she sang with the choir for many years.

Charles A. Myers

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Asbury Methodist Church

Charles A. “Chuck” Myers, 76, of Macungie, died Nov. 4, 2019.

Born in Bosworth, Mo., he was a son of the late Merrill H. and Mary E. (Kinnear) Myers, and husband of Virginia Ann (Schultz) Myers.

Serving with the Army Corps of Engineers, he was a Vietnam veteran and earned the rank of captain.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla, and a member of Sigma Xi, he was a nuclear engineer with TVA and PPL.

A member of Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall, he enjoyed teaching and playing with his grandchildren.

Walt Pumm

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for Mack Trucks

Walt Pumm was 83 years young when he was called home on Oct. 25, 2019.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Walter E. Pumm and Grace (Olewine-Pumm) Huber.

A proud, loving, charismatic and effervescent man, he loved reminiscing about the years he proudly served his country in the Air Force and lived abroad in Germany.

He worked for Mack Trucks for 15 years on the assembly line and was a proud member of the UAW and loved to do crossword puzzles.

Married this past June for 60 years to his wife, Mae (Santee) Pumm, he loved his family above everything.

The Rev. Michael J. Bodnyk Sr. pastor at Faith Lutheran Church

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

The Rev. Michael J. Bodnyk Sr., 68, of Orefield, died peacefully Nov. 7, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, surrounded by his loving family.

He and his wife, Sandra L. (Smith) Bodnyk, were married 44 years on Feb. 8.

Born Dec. 5, 1950, in Allentown, Pastor Mike, as he was known, was the son of the late Dorothy I. (Shankweiler) Bodnyk and the late Lt. Col. Metro Bodnyk, U.S.A.F., retired.

Roger W. Steele

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union Lutheran Church

Roger W. Steele, 88, of Allentown, formerly of Neffs, died on Nov. 7, 2019, in Country Meadows, Upper Macungie Township, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of the late Carolyn L. (Krause) Steele.

Born March 6, 1931, in Palmerton, Carbon County, he was the son of the late Clifford B. and Carrie E. (Straup) Steele.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.

He was a metallurgical engineer at Cabot Corp., Boyertown, for 45 years before retiring.

George W. Lowin

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

owned gas station in Emmaus

George W. Lowin, 84, of Macungie, died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2019.

He was the husband of the late Helen (Smith) Lowin who died in July 2016.

Born Dec. 26, 1934, in Newark, N.J., he was the son of the late George and Muriel (Stark) Lowin.

He owned and operated, with his wife, the former George’s Sunoco, Emmaus.

Before 2008, he and his wife lived in Delaware for 19 years.

Janice E. Wagner

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

seamstress

Janice E. Wagner, 79, formerly of Fogelsville, died Nov. 8, 2019, in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township.

Born in Breinigsville, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Evelyn (Herbst) Wagner.

She was a seamstress at various places in the Lehigh Valley for many years.

Her survivors include a sister Evelyn Schock and her husband, Carl of New Tripoli; brother Robert Wagner and wife, Linda, of Seipstown; 17 nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Edward Wagner; and sisters Lois Bittner, Betty Billig and Shirley Billig.

Korean War stories featured 7 p.m. at SteelStacks on Veterans Day

Monday, November 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The stories of local veterans from the Korean War are the focus of a special Veterans Day presentation Nov. 11 at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

“The Forgotten War: Stories from the Korean War,” features first-hand accounts of veterans’ experiences during the war while protecting and serving our nation, as well as a screening of the feature film “Unforgettable: The Korean War.”

The free event takes place at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, starting at 7 p.m.

The presentations will also be taped and rebroadcast on PBS39.