Northwestern Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Josephine E. Schwartz

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Salem United Methodist Church

Josephine E. “Betty” Schwartz, 97, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, holding the hand of her cherished hospice volunteer, Polly, surrounded by family in the home of her granddaughter Lenore “Lynn” Tretter and her husband David.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth P. Schwartz.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph M. and Matilda A.E. (Riedy) Reeser.

A seamstress for the former Schneider Manufacturing for 22 years, she retired in 1984.

Carl H. Dietrich

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

worked at Kernsville, Fogelsville schools

Carl H. Dietrich, 64, of Breinigsville, died on Dec. 18, 2018, in Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Herman D. and Esther R. (Scherer) Dietrich and stepson of the late A. Christine (Warmkessel-Snyder) Dietrich.

He worked part time at Kernsville and Fogelsville elementary schools.

He enjoyed life’s simple things and liked helping on the farm and in the kitchen.

He loved gardening, church, music, Batman, Skip-Bo and especially bingo.

Joette M. Reitz

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1976 graduate of Northern Lehigh HS

Joette M. Reitz, 60, of Slatington, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of Jeffrey A. Reitz.

Born Feb. 3, 1958, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Lorraine A. (Blose) VanNorman of Slatington and the late Ted C. VanNorman.

She was a customer service representative at Kmart, Walnutport, for the last 25 years.

Before that, she worked at the former Kern’s Furniture, Slatedale, for several years.

She was a 1976 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School.

Madlyn Alice Haines

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School teacher

Madlyn Alice Haines, 92, born June 27, 1926, died Dec. 11, 2018.

She was the beloved wife of Paul K. Haines, with whom she enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2015.

Along with her brothers Ray Leibensperger of Allentown and Robert Leibensperger of Canton, Ohio, she was the eldest child of Esther (Bortz) and Allen Leibensperger of East Texas.

An avid learner, she attended Allentown High School where her intellect was so advanced she skipped a grade and graduated with honors in 1943, at age 17.

Henry H. Shoemaker

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Melvin Jones Fellow

Henry H. Shoemaker, 79, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, at home.

He and his wife Irene A. (Oswald) Shoemaker were married 59 years on June 13.

Born Dec. 13, 1939, in Lehigh Township, he was the son of the late Ralph A. and Eleanor L. (Costenbader-Sterner) Shoemaker.

An insurance agent, he owned and operated the Henry H. Shoemaker Insurance Agency, North Whitehall Township, from 1982-2005.

Before that, he was an underwriting manager at the former Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Allentown, for 25 years.

Samuel A. DeFiore

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

groundskeeper at Muhlenberg College

Samuel A. “Sam” DeFiore, 62, of Laurys Station, died Dec. 19, 2018.

He and his wife, Durine M. (Fenstermaker), celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Samuel and Sylvia (Lake) DeFiore.

Employed at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, for 35 years, he was an assistant crew leader in grounds keeping.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Krystal Sue Frantz; brother-in-law Richard Fenstermaker; and stepsister Sally Reese.

His services will be private.

Robert C. Nester

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Penn State Alumni Association

Robert C. Nester, 55, of Allentown, was stricken Dec. 6, 2018, while hunting with his friends in Montrose.

He and his wife Lynn A. (Jones) Nester celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in July

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Raymond H. and Ethel R. (Bauman) Nester.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Engineering degree in material science engineering from Lehigh University.

A metallurgical service engineer, he was employed by ArcelorMittal of Steelton, Dauphin County.

Madlyn Alice Haines

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School teacher

Madlyn Alice Haines, 92, born June 27, 1926, and passed into heavenly peace on the evening of December 11, 2018, at age 92. Madlyn was the beloved wife of Paul K. Haines, with whom she enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2015.

Along with her brothers Ray Leibensperger of Allentown and Robert Leibensperger of Canton, Ohio, she was the eldest child of Esther (Bortz) and Allen Leibensperger of East Texas.

An avid learner, she attended Allentown High School where her intellect was so advanced she skipped a grade and graduated with honors in 1943, at age 17.

Henry H. Shoemaker

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Melvin Jones Fellow

Henry H. Shoemaker, 79, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, at home.

He and his wife Irene A. (Oswald) Shoemaker were married 59 years on June 13.

Born Dec. 13, 1939, in Lehigh Township, he was the son of the late Ralph A. and Eleanor L. (Costenbader-Sterner) Shoemaker.

An insurance agent, he owned and operated the Henry H. Shoemaker Insurance Agency, North Whitehall Township, from 1982-2005.

Before that, he was and underwriting manager at the former Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Allentown, for 25 years.

George F. Sasara

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker Church

George F. Sasara, 92, of Orefield, died Dec. 16, 2018.

The loving husband of Mary C. (Hutnyan) Sasara, the couple was married 67 years in July.

Born May 23, 1926, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Plescatch) Czaczara.

He was a graduate of the former South Whitehall High School.

A veteran of WWII, having honorably served in the Army Air Corps., he attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a member of the 9th Flight Squadron, 49th group, stationed in Chitose, Japan.