Northwestern Press

Monday, June 18, 2018

Althea M. Oswald

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Ironton

Althea M. Oswald, 84, of New Tripoli, formerly of Coplay, died May 8, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of the late Sterling A. Oswald.

Born July 1, 1933, in Ironton, she was the daughter of the late Morris M. and Ida Mae (Warke) Muthard.

Her survivors include children Gregory S. Oswald and his fiancée Samantha T. Johnson of New Tripoli, Linda M. and her husband, Harvey L. Yerger of Coplay, Brenda J. and her husband, Kerry L. Baldwin,with whom she resided; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Richard R. Cole

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

building mechanic at Agere

Richard R. Cole, 67, of Allentown, died May 8, 2018.

He and his wife Kathleen A. (Weikel) Cole were married 46 years.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Richard J. Cole and June (Wagner) Zoppi, and stepson of Vincent Zoppi.

He was a building mechanic at the former Western Electric and Agere for 32 years.

Cena M. Adam

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Cena M. Adam, 99, of New Tripoli, died May 12, 2018, in The Summit Nursing and Rehab Center, Lehighton.

She was the widow of Paul V. Adam.

Born in Orefield, she was the daughter of the late David F. and Edna (Ross) Schaffer.

A proofreader for the Morning Call from 1956 to 1979, she later was an assembler for General Electric until she retired.

She was a member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill in New Tripoli.

Jane Hammel

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

registered nurse

Jane Hammel, 88, of Exton, formerly of Newtown Square, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Sunrise of Exton Senior Living.

She was the wife of the late Warlyn F.V. Hammel.

Born Nov. 4, 1929, in Easton, she was the daughter of the late Alvin O. and Perma T. (Kuhns) Peters.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and worked as a registered nurse at various health care institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Michael D. DeLong

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

2000 Parkland High School graduate

Michael D. DeLong, 35, from Hatfield, was stricken and died May 9, 2018, in his home.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of David H. DeLong III and Dianne (DiLella) DeLong of Allentown.

He would have celebrated his 36th birthday on May 11.

A Class of 2000 graduate of Parkland High School, LCCC and Kutztown University Class of 2004, he was employed by Wegmans for 20 years, most recently serving as a manager at the Warrington location.

He was an avid Lehigh Valley sports fan but his true passion was his Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Braves.

Donna L. Hartman

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

resident of Cedarbrook

Donna L. Hartman, 79, died Dec. 21, 2017, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.

The daughter of the late Howard C. and Una L (Smith) Hartman, she is survived by a sister, Eleanor U. Petrich of Cherryville.

She was predeceased by siblings Carl R., Howard C., and Nevin C. Hartman.

Her graveside service will be noon May 18 in Jacob’s Union Cemetery, 8373 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, PA 18066.

The Rev. Michael Hothouse will officiate.

Visit nesterfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.

Dr. Kenneth E. Benson

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Asbury United Methodist Church

Dr. Kenneth E. Benson, 89, of Fogelsville, died May 1, 2018, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township.

He was the husband of the late Florence S. (Henderson) Benson.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of the late C. Herbert and Beulah Faye (Roberts) Benson.

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

Earning a doctorate from Lehigh University, he was employed at Lucent Technologies as a solid-state materials scientist for 40 years before retiring in 1994.

Ruth Willistein

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

101 years old

Ruth Willistein, 101, died May 1, 2018, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.

She was married for 48 years to Paul August Willistein Sr., who died May 1, 1991, at age 85.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Phaon Hartman and Minnie Frederick Hartman, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township.

She was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1934.

She was owner-operator of Wayside Flower Shop, Bethlehem; managed Bookman’s Book Store, Allentown, and was a governess in Philadelphia and Ocean City, N.J.

James A. Maehrer

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

cable splicer

James A. Maehrer, 84, of Slatington, died April 29, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Jeanette J. (Leibenguth) Maehrer.

Born Aug. 27, 1933, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late August Maehrer and Margaret Jones.

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

He was a cable splicer with Verizon in Allentown for 42 years before retiring in 1998.