Northwestern Press

Monday, June 18, 2018

Stacy J. Fritch

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ziegels UCC

Stacy J. Fritch, 49, of Kutztown, died on March 23, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

He was the companion of Brenda Williams and the widower of Deana K. (Kidd) Fritch who died in 2014.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of James O. and Linda L. (Kocher) Fritch of Mohnton, Berks County.

He was the owner of Earl Kocher Electric, Kutztown.

An avid racing fan, he worked with a pit crew at Big Diamond Speedway, Pottsville.

He was a member of Ziegels United Church of Christ, Breinigsville.

Joyce M. Frey

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Joyce M. Frey, 85, of Allentown, died March 25, 2018, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She was the wife of the late Robert H. Frey.

Born Dec. 20, 1932, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Curtis D. and Margaret L. (Koch) Heffner.

She was employed at the former Penn State Mills, Allentown, for 27 years before the company closed in 1984.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Frieda Erna Liberda

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church

Frieda Erna Liberda, 94, of Allentown, died peacefully on March 20, 2018.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Therese (Weiss) Bruckner,

She was the wife of John S. Liberda who died in 1996, and Henry J. Toczek who died in 1963.

She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church and its Sodality.

She was a trimmer at the former Penn State Mills, Allentown, until retiring.

Anita Cheryl Waltman

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

managed convenience stores

Anita “Niki” Cheryl Waltman died March 24, 2018.

Born July 14, 1952, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Ida Kushmar.

Raised in the Parkland School District, near the Woodlawn Fire Company, she spent many years working for Pipeline Petroleum managing convenience stores starting with Park Mart, Orefield.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Waltman; son Jeffrey Waltman; daughter Eden Wendlandt; brother Tim Kushmar; and grandchildren Hailey, Sophia and Ava Waltman.

Roger L. Wollen

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

worked at Mack Trucks

Roger L. Wollen, 80, of Emmaus, died March 25, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife, Louise (Rauscher) Wollen, were married 57 years last June.

Born in Seattle, Wash., he was a son of the late Trygve and Lillian (Skaarhaug) Wollen.

His last place of employment was Mack Trucks Inc. where he worked for 21 years.

He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church, Allentown.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Dawn A. Straughn

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Lynn Township secretary, treasurer

Dawn A. Straughn, 62, of Allentown, died on March 17, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inpatient Hospice Unit, Allentown.

She was the widow of Michael W. Straughn.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late H. Edward and Jeanette (Kleppinger) Taylor.

A paralegal for the Law Offices of Steckel and Stopp, Slatington, for many years, she was also secretary and treasurer for Lynn Township for 15 years.

She loved animals and enjoyed volunteering at The Sanctuary at Haafsville.

Brenda L. Frana

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

administrative assistant at LCCC

Brenda L. Frana, 60, of Germansville, died peacefully March 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Feb. 1, 1958, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Janice E. (Deiley) Mosser.

She and her husband Terry A. Frana were married 37 years on Oct. 4, 2017.

She was an administrative assistant for the healthcare and science department at Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville, for the past 12 years.

Ronald W. Bauer Jr.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1982 Parkland High School graduate

Ronald W. Bauer Jr., 54, of Lehighton, died March 16, 2018, from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicular accident on Route 443, in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County.

Born Jan. 2, 1964, in Allentown, he was the son of Ronald W. Bauer Sr. of Summit Hill and Penelope M. (Gogel) Frederick of Lansford.

A 1982 graduate of Parkland High School, he was employed at Welded Construction Commercial Contractor, Lebanon.

Before that, he was a truck driver for J Conti LLC, J&R Slaw Inc., Ametek, Savage Services, Culligan and Techna Plastics.

Elizabeth H. Gorr

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s UCC

Elizabeth H. “Betty” Gorr, 91, of Breinigsville, died March 13, 2018, at home.

She was the wife of the late Donald J. Gorr Sr.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Gertrude (Bittner) Kuhns.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.

Past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, she was a member more than 60 years.

She was an avid bingo player.

Richard E. Heist

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

owner of Rich’s Racing, Hobbies

Richard E. Heist, 75, of Walnutport, formerly of Allentown, died March 13, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and complications of the flu.

Born June 29, 1942, he was the son of the late Elmer and Louise (Berreth) Heist, and the husband of Kathleen L. (Fries) Heist for 53 years.

He attended Allentown High School and graduated from Lehigh County Community College.

Employed by Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he retired in 1990.