Northwestern Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Madeline M. Seidel

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jacob’s Church

Madeline M. Seidel, 95, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2018, in Kutztown Manor, Kutztown.

She was the wife of the late John C. Seidel, who died in 1998.

Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Myron and Pearl (Bogert) Merkel.

A dog breeder in New Tripoli for many years, she mainly bred Chihuahua dogs, until retiring in 2005.

She was a member of Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, and was a lifetime member of the Lynnport Fire Company.

She also volunteered for the former Northwestern Ambulance Corps for many years.

Devon T. Seier

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

salesman for Haldeman Ford

Devon T. Seier, 27, of Allentown, died Oct. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at home.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Lisa Ann Seier who died in 2005.

He was a salesman for Haldeman Ford, Allentown.

He attended St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bath.

A 2009 graduate of Parkland High School, he later graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2014.

He enjoyed basketball, bowling at Hampton Lanes, Northampton, and fishing.

Lisa Hoffman

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

teacher’s aide at Ironton Elementary

Lisa Hoffman, 59, died on Oct. 4, 2018.

She was the daughter of the late George and Louise (Massarelli) Eissmann.

Raised in Salisbury Township, she attended Central Catholic High School.

She went to Penn State, where she met her husband Brian, with whom she celebrated 36 years of marriage last month.

They had two children, Shawn and Allison, and raised them in South Whitehall.

She was employed by Parkland School District for 20 years.

Robert H. Zentz

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

president and CEO of Fellowship Community

Robert H. Zentz, 81, president and CEO of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died Oct. 9, 2018.

A devout Christian, he wants everyone to know he is rejoicing with Jesus and will reunite with his friends and family again some day.

He was president and CEO of Fellowship Community for more than 22 years.

Before joining Fellowship, he enjoyed one day of retirement after serving 25 years as vice president of nursing with Sacred Heart Hospital.

He held many management positions with various hospitals throughout New York.

Joanne F. Gruber

Wednesday, October 17, 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.

Doris A. Koch

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1965 graduate of Northwestern High School

Doris A. Koch, 71, of New Tripoli, died on Oct. 10, 2018, in Cornerstone Living, New Tripoli.

She and her husband Leroy D. Koch celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ernest F. and Alice M. (Fetherolf) Dietrich.

A 1965 graduate of Northwestern High School, she later worked as a prep cook for the former Terry’s Place Restaurant, New Smithville.

She was known for her love of shopping, which she referred to as her “retail therapy.”

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mildred E. Kline

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Mildred E. Kline, 76, of Germansville, died Oct. 10, 2018, in her home.

She and her husband Elwood C. Kline were married 54 years.

Born Sept. 27, 1942, in Germansville, she was the daughter of the late Fred R.C. and Bertha M. (Zettlemoyer) Muth.

She was employed in the housekeeping/laundry department of the Hampton Inn, formerly in Fogelsville for 12 years before retiring.

A member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill, New Tripoli, she formerly taught Sunday School and sang with the choir.

Mary Ann Kusko

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former editor of Free Press

Mary Ann Kusko, 62, of Center Valley, formerly of Allentown, died at Sacred Heart Assisted Senior Living facility.

She was the daughter of Mary (Hreshko) Kusko and the late Joseph Kusko.

She attended Lafayette College and graduated from Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

She served in student government and played intramural team tennis at both colleges.

She was a member of the Freshman Day Organizing Committee at Lafayette. She received her Master’s degree in telecommunications.

Carol G. Hoppes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

nurse’s aide at Cedarbrook

Carol G. Hoppes, 82, of Fogelsville, died on Oct. 11, 2018 at her home.

She was the loving wife of Jackie H. Hoppes.

Born in Coney Island, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Luther and Esther (Schoffler) Zoch.

She was a nurse’s aide at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall, for 23 years before retiring.

An avid bingo player, she had a deep love for animals, especially her beloved bird Cody and many cats.

Robert J. Sarmir

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Greentree Nurseries operations manager

Robert J. “Bob” Sarmir, 62, of Breinigsville, died Oct. 9, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit surrounded by his loving family.

His strength, determination and courage remain a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him.

He was the husband of Elizabeth “Beth” (Fittrer) Sarmir.

The son of the late Joseph and Madeline Sarmir, he was raised in Allentown where he and his family were owners of Green Pine Inn/Caseys Bar and Nightclub.

He spent 40 years working as operations manager at Greentree Nurseries.