Parkland Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Nancy J. Madtes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned Madtes Poultry

Nancy J. Madtes, 79, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of New Tripoli, died on May 1, 2019.

She and her husband Willard E. Madtes were married 41 years last July.

Born in New Tripoli, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Miriam (Heintzelman) Seidel.

She and her husband co-owned and operated the former Madtes Farms and Madtes Poultry, Lynn Township, for many years.

The couple had a poultry, egg, and produce stand at the Allentown Farmer’s Market where she was every weekend happily talking to customers and employees.

Ronald G. Evans

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

lead guitarist of ‘Von Sorcerer’

Ronald G. “Ron” Evans, 59, formerly of Palmerton, lead guitarist of “Von Sorcerer” and “The Lenny Evans Project” died on May 2, 2019, in ManorCare Health Services, Allentown.

Born Jan. 10, 1960, in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Arja and Gertrude (Paules) Evans.

With more than 35 years of heavy metal, hard rock and progressive music, he was a self-taught guitarist who dedicated his life to music.

He performed in many venues throughout the Lehigh Valley and Carbon County and produced his own album “The Church of the Everlasting Space Crystal” in 2012.

Julianne Jacob Brazina

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

teacher and guidance counselor

Julianne Jacob Brazina, 73, of Edgewater, Fla., formerly of Germansville, died May 11, 2018.

She was the wife of the late Fred J. Brazina.

She was born in Trenton, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jacob and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Szabo.

She was a teacher and guidance counselor for Northwestern Lehigh, Central Catholic and the Allentown School District.

Lawrence Lewers Smith

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from Bethlehem Steel

Lawrence “Larry” Lewers Smith of Fogelsville, formerly of Allentown, died May 1, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born March 13, 1930, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Harold A. and Sadie (Lewers) Smith.

An administrative assistant to the vice president of union relations and involved in negotiations with the steel workers and United Mine Workers, he retired from the former Bethlehem Steel in 1985.

A veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy on the LST 1170 Windham County.

Edward P. Oncheck

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Egypt VFW Post 7293

Edward P. Oncheck, 73, of Germansville, died May 1, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Diana M. (Sasnauskas) Oncheck were married 33 years last Nov. 2.

Born Jan. 3, 1946, in Walnutport, he was the son of the late Frank Sr. and Mary (Seiler) Oncheck.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era and was later employed at the Department of Defense, Philadelphia, for 30 years.

Before that, he worked for American Nickeloid, Walnutport, for several years.

Joan D. Eisenhard

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Parkland High School graduate

Joan D. Eisenhard, 82, of Trexlertown, died peacefully May 3, 2019.

She and her husband Carl J. Eisenhard Sr. were married more than 58 years.

She was the daughter of the late Aaron D. Sr. and Clara (Berky) Carl.

A 1957 graduate of Parkland High School, she was a mail clerk for U.S. Postal Service, Trexlertown, and later for Day-Timer, before retiring.

She will be remembered for her love of cooking.

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.