Donald J. Chaputa
Dr. Donald J. Chaputa, 83, of South Whitehall Township, died June 10, 2018, in Luther Crest Personal Care Home, South Whitehall.
Born June 21, 1934, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Julia (Shattuck) Chaputa.
He and his wife Gloria I. (George) Chaputa shared 59 years of marriage on June 28, 2017.
A 1952 graduate of Whitehall High School, he continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in 1954.
He earned his doctorate from the Pennsylvania School of Optometry, Philadelphia, in 1958.
He opened his private practice in 1961, later to become Chaputa and Drabick PC in Whitehall-Fullerton in 1976, and continued to offer eye care to the community for 41 years until retiring in 2001.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
Past president of the Lehigh Valley Optometric Society, he was a former member of the Whitehall Junior Chamber of Commerce.
A charter member of the Sky Scalers-Model Airplane Club, he was the club’s treasurer for many years.
He enjoyed hunting, competition skeet and trap shooting and was a past Pennsylvania state champion, winning in the 410 GA category.
He also loved the outdoors and fishing.
He caught one of the largest fish in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
A military and Civil War buff, he enjoyed re-enacting in the Lehigh Valley as a lieutenant for the Union Army.
He served his country as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1958-61.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Gregory S. and wife, Mia, of Macungie; daughters Dr. Melanie M., wife of Dr. Kenneth Cherry, of State College, Carla A., wife of Mark Wieand, of Schnecksville, and Nadine, wife of Arthur Mason, of Coopersburg; brother James Chaputa and wife, Cynthia, of La Verne, Calif.; sisters Sonia, wife of Richard Sippel, of Emmaus, and Jeanne, wife of Robert Oyer, of Sarasota, Fla.; and grandchildren Lauren, K.C., Eric and Allison.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. June 14 and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 15, both at Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton.
A Mass of Christian burial will follow 1 p.m. June 15 at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 1046 W. Cedar St., Allentown.
The service will conclude with graveside services and interment at St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Northampton.
Contributions may be made to St John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton, or to St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, both c/o the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at schislerfuneralhomes.com.