Northwestern Press

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mabel A. Knittle

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Good Shepherd UCC

Mabel A. Knittle, 92, of Slatington, died Sept. 25, 2018, in The Lutheran Home at Topton.

She was the widow of Earl R. Knittle, who died in 1995.

She was a longtime homemaker.

Born on May 13, 1926, in Ashfield, she was a daughter of the late Reuben and Emma (Metzger) Bonser.

She was a dedicated and faithful member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatington, where she sang with the choir, assisted with music and worship, was a member of the Social Committee and Willing Workers, and was a former Sunday School teacher.

Joanne F. Gruber

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church

Joanne F. Gruber, 60, of Fogelsville, died Oct. 5, 2018, in Easton Hospital.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ralph P. Gruber of Fogelsville and the late Anna Mae (Griffi) Gruber.

She graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College and earned her Master’s degree in accounting from DeSales University.

She was currently employed by Strohl Chevrolet, Fogelsville, as a controller for the last 15 years.

Before that, she was an account manager for Mancor Inc. for many years.

Lawrence W. Higgins

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

built, owned The Wingate Hotel

Lawrence W. “Larry” Higgins, 77, of Orefield, died Oct. 2, 2018, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township.

He and his wife MaryAnn (Stahl) Higgins were married 56 years.

Born Aug. 19, 1941, in Lansdale, Montgomery County, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Elva M. (Wallace) Higgins.

An entrepreneur and businessman, he was president and co-founder of the former Love Homes and Greenbriar Marketing and Management Inc. both of Allentown.

He built and owned The Wingate Hotel, Hamilton Boulevard, from 2001-06.

He attended Faith Church, Allentown.

Irene A. Yesick

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

golf champion

Irene A. Yesick, 92, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Slatington, died Sept. 25, 2018, at home.

Born in Washington Township, she was a daughter to the late Martin and Elizabeth (Melories) Yesick.

A Korean War U.S. Navy (Wave) Veteran, having served 1949-53, she was a bowler and won the 9th Naval District Command championship.

She discovered golf in 1954 and was taught by former pro Al Michael at Webb Park, Baton Rouge.

Michael R. Yenser

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Heidelberg UCC

Michael R. Yenser, 70, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 6, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at home.

He and his wife Susan L. (Wolstenholme) Yenser were married 48 years.

Born July 22, 1948, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Richard F. and Madeline M. (Hamm) Yenser.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era.

The fiscal officer of Lehigh County Children and Youth for 32 years, he retired in 2007.

He also concurrently prepared personal tax returns for 40 years.

Ruth A. Gable

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1952 graduate of Slatington High School

Ruth A. Gable, 84, of Walnutport, died on Sept. 19, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the widow of Walter “Buddy” Gable, who died in 2010.

Born June 18, 1934, in Walnutport, she was a daughter of the late Allen and Estella (Derr) Fritzinger.

A 1952 graduate of the former Slatington High School, she was employed by Paris Accessories, and the American Nickeloid Co., both in Walnutport, in a clerical position until retiring.

She enjoyed quilting, playing her organ, and spending time chatting with friends and neighbors.

Sharla A. Kistler

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jordan Lutheran Church

Sharla A. Kistler, 78, of Mars, Butler County, formerly of Schnecksville, died Sept. 26, 2018.

Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Harrison H. and Bernice (Bolton) Solt Jr.

She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education.

In addition to being a wonderful mom, she was a self-employed piano technician for 22 years, worked for the Wildlands Conservancy as a database manager for 11 years, and taught school for three years.

She bowled, she was a cookie mom and she loved ice cream.

Juan A. Rodriguez

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

worked as a longshoreman

Juan A. Rodriguez, 53, of Slatington, died Oct. 1, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, he was the son of Frances Ferrara with whom he resided, and the late Antonio Reyes Rodriguez.

A longshoreman, he was a selfless, kind individual who gave all he could to anyone who needed.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters Santa Rodriguez and Frances Ortiz, both of Slatington, and Eva Marie Calise of Brooklyn, N.Y.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Olivia I. Rodriguez.

Michael J. Barrall

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

equipment operator

Michael J. Barrall, 56, of Walnutport, died Sept. 27, 2018, in his home.

Born March 24, 1962, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Paul H. and Dorothy M.E. (Remaley) Barrall.

He was an equipment operator for several construction companies.

His survivors include a sister Carol E. Whymeyer (William) of Walnutport; niece Amanda H. Heil (Jason) with whom he resided; and nephew, Jeremiah J. Darabaris of Allentown.

His service will be private. There will be no calling hours.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at heintzelmancares.com.

Donald R. Wieand

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

water treatment technician

Donald R. Wieand, 84, of Allentown, died Sept. 27, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Jean M. (Eisenhard) Wieand.

Born Aug. 16, 1934, in Stiles, Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Martin C. and Ella H. (DeLong) Wieand.

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

A water treatment technician at Lucent Technologies, Allentown, for 20 years, he retired in 2001.

Before that, he was a mechanic for the former Modern Transfer, Allentown.