Northwestern Press

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jacob H. Hess, Jr.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

employed at Mack Trucks

Jacob H. Hess Jr., 83, of Breinigsville, died peacefully March 17, 2019, in his home.

He and his wife, Joan A. (Lipovsky) Hess, were married 62 years last June 27.

Born April 14, 1935, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Jacob H. Sr. and Carol E. (Barry) Hess.

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

He was employed on the assembly line at Mack Trucks Inc. in the 5-C plant, Allentown, for 23 years before retiring in 1991.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.

Ronald O. Kressley

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church

Ronald O. Kressley, 76, from New Tripoli, died March 6, 2019.

He and his wife Shirley A. (Miller) Kressley were married 58 years last July.

Born in North Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Russell and Edith (Ruhf) Kressley.

An equipment operator for the Pennsylvania State Game Commission for 35 years, he was also a farmer all his life in Lowhill Township.

He was a member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church, New Tripoli.

Nancy Meckel

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Slatington High School graduate

Nancy Meckel, 86, of Whitehall, died March 8, 2019, in Valley Manor Health and Rehabilitation, Coopersburg.

Born in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Bessy (Sanns) Seibert.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dale E. Meckel with whom she shared 57 years of marriage before his death on May 30, 2010.

A graduate of Slatington High School, she was a cheerleader for the basketball team.

She was honorably discharged from the Army WACs and worked at the Palmerton Zinc Company for many years.

Margaret A. Baker

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Margaret A. Baker, 89, a resident of North Whitehall Township, died peacefully March 14, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, surrounded by her loving and dedicated family.

She and her husband, Dale R. Baker, were married more than 64 years at the time of his death on Feb. 15.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Pavlik) Regec.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.

Jean M. Villano

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph Church

Jean M. Villano, 87, of Coopersburg, died March 14, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of the late Thomas L. Villano Jr.

Born Oct. 28, 1931, in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, she was the daughter of the late Richard A. and MaryAnn (Kulak) McAllister.

She co-owned with her late husband, the former Tom’s Glass and Mirror Service, Allentown, from 1972-18.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Coopersburg, and Newton Lake Association.

She worked from the time she was a teenager as a waitress during summers in the Catskills.

Diane J. Mariani

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

analyst for Dun and Bradstreet

Diane J. Mariani, 61, of Schnecksville, died March 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of Terry Mariani.

Born in Lehigh County, she was a daughter of the late Hans and Joyce (Marcks) Tiesler.

She was an analyst for Dun and Bradstreet, Center Valley, for many years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael of Lansford; grandchildren Madison and Lilly; and sister Karen Tiesler of York.

Contributions may be made to the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St., Allentown, PA 18103.

Francis C. Kercimar

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

quality control engineer

Francis C. “Frank” Kercimar, 93, of Allentown, died peacefully March 10, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, surrounded by his loving family.

He and his wife Isabelle C. (Burdock) Kercimar were married 71 years.

Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Vavrek) Kacmar.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Luella M. Kocher

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ziegels UCC

Luella M. Kocher, 95, formerly of New Smithsville, died March 13, 2019, in Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown.

She was the widow of Earl Kocher.

Born in Weisenberg Township, she was a daughter of the late George and Athena (Rupp) Masters.

A member of Ziegels United Church of Christ, Breinigsville, she was a 50-plus year member of Kutztown Grange.

Her survivors include daughters Linda L., wife of James Fritch, of Mohnton and Christal J., wife of Lenny Witman, of Breinigsville; grandson Kurt Witman; great-grandchildren Kyle, Ryan and Darren; and nieces and nephews.

Ulysses Conner Jr.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

IRT volunteer

Ulysses “Junior” Conner Jr., 76, of Whitehall, died March 13, 2019.

He was the 54-year life partner of Shirley (Ruth) Conner, and the son of the late Ulysses Conner Sr. and Blanche (Bauman) Conner.

He had a huge heart and was always there to extend a helping hand to others.

He gave his all and excelled in his numerous professions: carpenter, corrections officer, county sheriff’s department, county constable, photographer and Whitehall High School security officer.

He loved collecting things and each year brought a new collecting adventure.