Northwestern Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Willard A. Gower Sr.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Faith Lutheran Church

Willard A. Gower Sr., 84, formerly of Whitehall, died April 4, 2018, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.

He and his wife Miriam A. (Delahunty) Gower were married 63 years last April 17.

Born Feb. 5, 1934, in West Pittston, Luzerne County, he was the son of the late Otto and Pearl (Traher) Gower.

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

Neil B. Lagler

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

sheet metal worker

Neil B. Lagler, 79, of Macungie, died peacefully April 7, 2018.

He and his wife Pauline L. (Gardner) Lagler would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in October.

Born in Zionsville, he was the son of the late Lewis and Vera (Gerhart) Lagler.

He earned an Associate Degree from Penn State University and was a former member of Salem United Methodist Church.

A sheet metal worker for nearly 45 years with Local 19, he served as shop foreman at H.T. Lyons for 14 years.

Edith Mae Smale

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ziegels Lutheran Church

Edith Mae Smale, 84, from Whitehall Township, died April 2, 2018, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall.

She and her husband Richard Maurice Smale, who married on Sept. 6, 1958 and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last year.

Born Dec. 20, 1933, in Mount Union, Huntington County, she was a daughter of the late Charles Wesley and Kathleen [Bricker] Shaver.

John H. Klotz

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

truck mechanic

John H. Klotz, 79, of Coplay, died April 5, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of Shirley A. (Carl) Klotz.

Born March 15, 1939, in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Mark J. and Hazel W. (Heisler) Klotz.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during a peacetime era.

A truck mechanic for 15 years at Essroc Inc., Nazareth, he retired in 2006. Before that, he worked for the former L.B. Smith Equipment Inc., Allentown, for 12 years.

Arlene Mae (Kressley) Kunkle

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. John’s Lutheran Church

Arlene Mae (Kressley) Kunkle, 89, of Fogelsville, died April 1, 2018, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township.

Born in Lehigh County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Trumbauer) Hahn.

A manager at the former Crystal Bowl, Kutztown, she previously worked at Gephardts Billiards and Bowling, Allentown.

She was a member of the Kutztown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.

Sharon L. Kern

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

elder of Glory to Glory Family Church

Sharon L. Kern, 58, of Orefield, died April 6, 2018.

She was the beloved wife of Dennis Kern for 41 years and the daughter of Shirley (Grim) Horning and the late Donald Horning and the daughter-in-law of Betty Kern.

The owner of Paisley Peacock Floral Studio for 18 years, she enjoyed using her God-given gifts to minister to any hurting soul who walked in the door

Known for her unique floral creations accented with a signature peacock feather, she had a heart full of love for her family and Jesus.

John “Johann” Edward Mulzet

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

expert clammer, fisherman

John, born Johann, Edward Mulzet, 95, from Fogelsville, died at home on Easter, April 1, 2018.

He was the loving husband of Kathryn “Kitty” Mulzet for 62 years until her death on Jan. 29, 2011. Together, they raised five children.

Born in Tschanigraben, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Josef and Rosina Mulzet, and his late stepmother Hedwig Mulzet.

His father emigrated to the U.S. on March 3, 1923, through Ellis Island, N.Y., later bringing his mother, his older sister Rose and him.

Gladys Jean Held

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ebenezer UCC

Gladys Jean Held, 85, of New Tripoli, died April 1, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William A. and Emma M. (Bealer) Burkhardt.

She and her husband Richard D. Held celebrated 66 years of marriage in May 2017.

She was a member of and former choir member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli.

She was a former dog breeder and handler of Chihuahuas.

A former seamstress at the former Anderson Little Company, Allentown, she also worked as a seamstress out of her home for many years.

Kenneth K. Kistler

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1964 Northwestern Lehigh graduate

Kenneth K. Kistler, 71, of New Tripoli, died peacefully April 1, 2018.

He and his wife Beverly E. (Forster) Kistler married on May 30, 1975, and celebrated nearly 43 years of marriage.

Born in New Tripoli, he was the son of Verna R. (Wessner), wife of Leon J. Kistler.

A 1964 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, he later attended LeTourneau University, Texas.

He was a member of the Northwestern Lehigh School Board for 24 years and served as board president for several years.