Northwestern Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Robert A. Krause

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Cedar Lutheran Church

Robert A. Krause, 90, of Allentown, died Feb. 13, 2018, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.

He was the husband of the late Doris M. (Litzenberger) Krause.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Wilson and Mary Catherine (Bird) Krause.

He was a member of Cedar Lutheran Church, Cetronia.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was the manager for Suburban Market, Dorneyville, until he retired.

George S. Lane Jr,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1977 Parkland High School graduate

George S. Lane Jr, 59, of Bath, died Feb. 12, 2018, in University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

He and his wife Caron M. (Billman) Lane celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last Oct. 14.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., he was a son of George S. Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Anderson) Lane.

A 1977 graduate of Parkland High School, and Allentown Business School, he worked for Gardner Cryogenics, a division of APCI, for the last 27 years.

Kenneth Alton Clauser

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

lifelong photographer

Kenneth Alton, ‘Ken’ Clauser, 85, of Allentown, photographer, “Opnemmer,” musician, historian, and author, whose photographs appeared under the photo credit, “Photo by Ken Clauser”, died Feb. 17, 2018, in The Lutheran Home at Topton of natural causes.

He and his wife, Alma Ellen (Kunkel) Clauser, were married 62 years last Sept. 24.

Born May 24, 1932, in Cementon, he was the son of the late Alton L.R. and the late Margaret Mae (Nagel) Clauser, and the stepson of the late Michael H. Lansky.

June A. Smith

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St John’s Lutheran Church

June A. Smith, 88, of Whitehall, died peacefully on Feb. 12, 2018.

She was the wife of Harold R. Smith for almost 67 years at the time of his passing on July 1, 2017.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna (Antolick) Sokol Sr.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

A very talented private seamstress, dressmaker and baker, she enjoyed being a member of her card club, and collecting bells.

Pearl F. Muthard

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Heidelberg UCC

Pearl F. Muthard, 94, of Schnecksville, formerly of Germansville, died Feb. 13, 2018, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Ralph Woodrow Muthard.

Born July 10, 1923, in Heidelberg Township, she was the daughter of the late Franklin D. and Louisa I. (DeLong) Handwerk.

A food service worker in the cafeteria of Northwestern Lehigh High School for 25 years, she retired in 1994.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, where she formerly served as a sexton.

Nancy T. Benco Oswald

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

unit clerk at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Nancy T. Benco Oswald, 89, of Allentown, died Feb. 17, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Benco Sr.

Born March 13, 1928, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Bridget Agnes (McHugh) Mullen.

She was a unit clerk at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for 17 years before retiring.

A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, she served as lector, Eucharistic minister and sang with the funeral choir.

Holly M. Drake

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

2011 Parkland High School graduate

Holly M. Drake, 25, of Orefield, died Feb. 16, 2018.

Born Dec. 23, 1992, she was the beloved daughter of Lori (Fries) Drake.

She graduated from Parkland High School in 2011 and worked at the McDonald’s, Schnecksville, for two years.

In addition to her mom, with whom she resided, she is survived by an uncle, Gene Fries of Topton; aunt, Judy Hoffman, of New Tripoli; cousins Jessica Easler of Allentown and Timothy Hoffman of Macungie; and close friend, Jenni Ludi.

Diane S. Fusselman

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jacob’s Church

Diane S. Fusselman, 59, of Kempton, died unexpectedly Feb. 10, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband Brian D. Fusselman celebrated 19 years of marriage on March 14, 2017.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Margaret (Derr) Weller of Fleetwood, and the late Herbert Weller.

A 1977 graduate of Brandywine High School, Topton, she previously was employed in food services, last working for the Kutztown School District cafeteria until 2016.

She was an active member of Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township.

Betty Thomas Francis Seidel

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1942 graduate of Hamburg High School

Betty Thomas Francis Seidel, 93, of Country Meadows, Upper Macungie Township, formerly of Kutztown, died Feb. 11, 2018, under the care of Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice.

Born in Hamburg, Berks County, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Mildred V. (Schafer) Thomas.

She was the wife of Donald S. Francis, who died in May 2000, for 54 years, and Dr. Donald C. Seidel, who died in October 2017, for 15 years.

Roy C. Kern

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union UCC

Roy C. Kern, 94, of Schnecksville, died Feb. 8, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Annie M. (Schneck) Kern were married 70 years last June 21.

Born May 20, 1923, in Schnecksville, he was the son of the late Roy J. and Mildred M. (Schumaker) Kern.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II earning the rank of staff sergeant.