Northwestern Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Catherine Amanda Benincasa

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

volunteer at Cetronia Ambulance Corps

Catherine Amanda Benincasa of Breinigsville died June 14, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones.

Despite looking younger than her little sister, she was 31.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., she was the daughter of Elsa M. (Aull) Benincasa and the late Armand C. Benincasa.

She had a more robust social life than anyone — boasting many dinner dates with friends and family, especially Louise Fick.

She volunteered for years at Cetronia Ambulance Corps. and went to Concepts Community Services with all of her amazing friends.

Lorraine L. Bobiak

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jacob’s Church

Lorraine L. Bobiak, 93, of Kempton, died June 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of the late Raymond Bobiak, who died in April, and the late Leroy Deily, who died in 1971.

Born in Coopersburg, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Elsie H. (Herman) Kemmerer.

Proprietor of Lorraine’s Second Hand Shop, Kempton, before becoming proprietor of Lorraine’s Food Concessions at the Leesport Auction and various other auctions from 1984-92, she also ran the kitchen and breakfasts at the Kempton Fire Company for many years.

Donald J. Chaputa

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Whitehall optometrist

Dr. Donald J. Chaputa, 83, of South Whitehall Township, died June 10, 2018, in Luther Crest Personal Care Home, South Whitehall.

Born June 21, 1934, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Julia (Shattuck) Chaputa.

He and his wife Gloria I. (George) Chaputa shared 59 years of marriage on June 28, 2017.

A 1952 graduate of Whitehall High School, he continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in 1954.

He earned his doctorate from the Pennsylvania School of Optometry, Philadelphia, in 1958.

Shirley A. Levan

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union UCC, Neffs

Shirley A. Levan, 81, of Cetronia, died June 7, 2018, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She was the wife of Dale J. Levan.

Born Oct. 18, 1936, in South Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Pearl L. (Wotring) Good.

She was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William A. and his wife, Nancy, of Slatington; and sister Kathleen J. Schaffer of Whitehall.

Hazel A. Major

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

NWL substitute teacher

Hazel A. Major, 77, of Macungie, formerly of New Tripoli, died on June 9, 2018, in Heather Glen Senior Living, Allentown.

She and her husband W. Anthony Major were married 55 years.

Born Dec. 17, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Virginia M. (Sherrow) Klein.

A 1963 graduate of Bowling Green University with a Bachelor’s degree in education, she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority Alumnae Association.

She was a substitute teacher in the Northwestern Lehigh School District for 28 years before retiring.

David G. Leickel

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Slatington Baptist Church

David G. Leickel, 81, of Slatington, died on June 1, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem.

He and his wife Lucille G. (Kern) Leickel were married 55 years.

Born Sept. 12, 1936, in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Lewis W. and Jessie E. (Kennedy) Leickel.

He was a material handler at the former Paris Neckwear, Walnutport, and the former Keystone Lamp Factory, Slatington, for many years before retiring.

He was a member of the Slatington Baptist Church in Slatington.

Donald G. Looker

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

industrial hygiene specialist at PPL

Donald G. Looker, 76, of Schnecksville, died on June 1, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Irene A. (Fenush) Looker.

Born May 5, 1942, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Elmer W. and Ethel M. (Minnich) Looker.

A senior safety and industrial hygiene specialist for 41 years at PPL, Allentown, before retiring in 2004.

Harold M. Schantz

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Parkland High school graduate

Harold M. Schantz, 82, died unexpectedly May 27, 2018, on his farm.

He had been battling coronary disease and Parkinson’s.

Born Nov. 28, 1935, he was a son of Louis M. and Jeannette E. (Dorwart) Schantz.

After graduating from Parkland High School, he lived and worked on the family farm, Schantz Orchards, in Orefield.

Upon the death of his father, he took over ownership of the orchard with his brother Louis.

The brothers ran the orchard until 1989, when they sold the property.

Stella Ruth Reinert

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

LCCC records clerk

Stella Ruth Reinert, 78, of Allentown, died May 24, 2018, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Robert J. Reinert Sr.

Born Aug. 27, 1939, in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was the daughter of the late Roy James Boner and Eleanor Louise Richards.

She was a records clerk at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, before retiring.

She was a Catholic.

Since her formal retirement, she was a clerk at the Salvation Army, Allentown, for several years.