Parkland Press

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Geraldine D. Richard

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of UCC Greenawalds

Geraldine D. Richard, 89, formerly of Neffs, died Oct. 6, 2017, in Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton.

She was the wife of the late Edwin J. Richard Sr.

Born May 4, 1928 in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Leroy A. and Elsie M. (Noll) Becker.

She was a member of UCC Greenawalds, South Whitehall, and a member of the Eulalia Order of the Eastern Star, Coudersport.

She was a former Den Mother, Cub Pack 8, Greenawalds.

Melvin L. Wilson

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

senior operations supervisor for LANta

Melvin L. “Mike” Wilson, 82, of Allentown, died Oct. 2, 2017, at home.

He and his wife Hope (Davis) Wilson were married 21 years in February. He was also the husband of the late Barbara J. (Blose) Wilson.

Born in Salisbury, Md., he was a son of the late Howard L. and Gwendolyn R. (Elliott) Wilson.

The senior operations supervisor and trainer for LANta for 37 years, he enjoyed spending time with his family and taking trips to the casino.

Stewart E. Bear

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

lifelong farmer

Stewart E. Bear, 89, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in his home.

He and his wife Rose M. (Stuckley) Bear were married 63 years on March 15.

Born on his family farm in Weisenberg Township, he was the son of the late Edwin F. and Daisy M. (Shoemaker) Bear.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.

A member of the Lehigh County Farmer’s Association, he was a lifelong farmer in Weisenberg Township.

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

Elmer R. Baer

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

self-employed contractor

Elmer R. Baer, 87, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his late wife Carole G. (Fay) Germick Baer were married 31 years.

Born and raised on a farm in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Elmer Sr. and Polly R. (Werley) Baer.

He previously had been married to Jean Peters of Allentown for 17 years.

Attending first and second grades in Rupp’s One Room Schoolhouse, he graduated from the former South Whitehall High School in 1948.

Paul H. Schmeltzle

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked at Greenwood Cemetery

Paul H. Schmeltzle, 77, of Allentown, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Marguerite E. (Engle) Schmeltzle were married 37 years in June.

The son of the late Henry and Sallie (Miller) Schmeltzle, he worked at Greenwood Cemetery and Crematorium for almost 56 years before retiring in 2011.

He honorably served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and snow plowing.

Jeffrey C. Frey

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

1976 Parkland graduate

Jeffrey C. Frey, 59, of Orefield, formerly of Leesport, died Oct. 2, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born April 22, 1958, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Carl W. and Dolores G. (Metzger) Frey.

A 1976 graduate of Parkland High School, he graduated in 1980 from Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

He was an engineer with UGI Utilities from 1980-2014.

An avid bowler, he participated in the Berks Lanes Bowling League for many years, and he loved hiking nature trails.

Jeffrey C. Best

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

life member of Ontelaunee Rod, Gun Club

Jeffrey C. Best, 61, of Schnecksville, died Sept. 25, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Dec. 16, 1955, in Allentown, he was the son of Dorothy V. (Remaley) Best of Schnecksville and the late Henry F. Best.

He was a night shift manager for many years at Giant Food Store, Wind Gap.

A life member of the Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, and the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, he also was a member of Smokey Bear Hunting Camp, Clearfield County, and a social member of the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Frank T. Smolinsky

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

self-employed carpenter

Frank T. Smolinsky, 74, of Kutztown, died Sept. 29, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Dorothy E. (Keyso) Smolinsky were married 53 years in June.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Smolinsky.

He was a self-employed carpenter in Bucks County and around the Lehigh Valley.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Kutztown.

A devoted husband and father, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Kenneth Eugene Gorsuch

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ebenezer UCC

Kenneth Eugene Gorsuch, 82, of Kempton, died Sept. 30, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Ida Catherine (Wiltraut) Gorsuch were married 56 years last July 30.

Born April 10, 1935, in Westerville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur and Kathryn (Fontainelle) Gorsuch.

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

He was a sales representative at Testor’s Corp.

He was a faithful member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli.