Northwestern Press

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Clair N. Stahley

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

avid stock car racing fan

Clair N. Stahley, 80, of Allentown, died peacefully May 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

He was the husband of Sheila A. (Snyder) Stahley and the late Linda J. (Seibert) Stahley.

Born April 30, 1939, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Nevin J. and Sarah (Weyhenmeyer) Stahley.

He owned and operated Clair Stahley Inc., Plumbing and Excavating, in Allentown, from 1970-2000.

Colleen Abruzzi

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

assistant to Scuba Magazine editor

Colleen Abruzzi, 55, a resident for the past seven years of Good Shepherd Raker Center, Allentown, previously from Savannah Ga., where she was the assistant to the editor for Scuba Magazine (Rodale Press), and originally from Coplay, died peacefully April 28, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Her survivors include parents Alfonso and Caroline Abruzzi; brother David and wife, Wendy; brother Dennis and wife, Eileen; and sister Karen (Abruzzi) Lewis and husband, Glenn, of Easton.

Janet M. Plasha

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club

Janet M. Plasha, 48, from Andreas, died on April 30, 2019, in Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.

She and her husband Bruce Plasha celebrated 19 years of marriage in April.

Born in Abington, she was a daughter of Patricia (Donahue) Fickett of Milbridge, Maine, and the late Lawrence W. Fickett Sr.

She was a 1989 graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote.

She was a member of St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Church, Tamaqua.

A member of Andreas Sporting Club and Andreas Fire Company, she was a lifetime member of Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club.

Herbert E. Oswald

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from ALPO

Herbert E. Oswald, 80, of Lock Haven, formerly of New Tripoli and Allentown, died April 25, 2019, in UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

He was the husband of the late LaVerne M. (Snyder) Kocher Oswald.

Born Sept. 23, 1938, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Arthur F. and Beatrice M. (Steckel) Oswald.

He was employed at ALPO, South Whitehall Township, for many years before retiring.

He was a former volunteer fire police for Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1, Germansville.

Ray L. Hausman

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ziegels Lutheran Church

Ray L. Hausman, 83, of Breinigsville, died April 25, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Gloria M. (Hoffman) Hausman were married 65 years in March.

Born in Upper Macungie Township, he was a son of the late Howard E. and Alma S. (Gresley) Hausman.

A machine operator at Stroh’s Brewery for 25 years, he had also worked at the former Freeman’s Dairy for 21 years.

He was a member of Ziegels Lutheran Church, Breinigsville.

A member of the Seipstown Grange for many years, he also was a member of the police auxiliary.

Virginia D. Shoemaker

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Morgenland Church

Virginia D. “Ginny” Shoemaker, 80, of Trexlertown, died April 26, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband Russell L. Shoemaker were married 60 years.

Born Aug. 3, 1938, in Jacksonville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Emma (Morton) Marshburn.

She was a member of Morgenland Church, Orefield.

She enjoyed eating breakfast at Bear Swamp Diner, taking trips to North Carolina to visit family, attending yard sales and spending time with her grandchildren.

Thomas M. Arner

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

machinist at Mack Trucks

Thomas M. Arner, 79, of Orefield, died on April 23, 2019, in his home.

He and his wife, Bonita L. (Heiser) Arner, were married 50 years last May 4.

Born Jan. 16, 1940, in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Harry T. and Mildred A. (Daubenspeck) Arner.

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

An inspector and machinist at Mack Trucks Inc., Macungie, for 21 years, he retired in 1987.

He was a member of the North End Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, and a former Cub Scout leader at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.

Jeffrey K. Brady

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

1981 Parkland graduate

Jeffrey K. Brady, 55, of Breinigsville, died peacefully April 19, 2019, at home surrounded by loved ones.

He and his wife Ellen M. (Milke) shared the last four years.

Born in Sinking Spring, he was the son of the late Jack K. and Catherine M. (Hartline) Brady.

He graduated in 1981 from Parkland High School and from Kutztown University cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

He was a repair supervisor for 20 years with Ironton Telephone Company.

Richard A. Frantz

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former Greenawalds fire chief

Richard A. Frantz, 87, of South Whitehall Township, died peacefully April 19, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was the beloved husband and soul mate of the late Nancy G. Frantz.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Harley S. and Isabelle (Andres) Frantz.

He graduated from South Whitehall High School in 1949 and served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer before being honorably discharged.