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Samuel A. DeFiore

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

groundskeeper at Muhlenberg College

Samuel A. “Sam” DeFiore, 62, of Laurys Station, died Dec. 19, 2018.

He and his wife, Durine M. (Fenstermaker), celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Samuel and Sylvia (Lake) DeFiore.

Employed at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, for 35 years, he was an assistant crew leader in grounds keeping.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Krystal Sue Frantz; brother-in-law Richard Fenstermaker; and stepsister Sally Reese.

His services will be private.

George F. Sasara

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker Church

George F. Sasara, 92, of Orefield, died Dec. 16, 2018.

The loving husband of Mary C. (Hutnyan) Sasara, the couple was married 67 years in July.

Born May 23, 1926, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Plescatch) Czaczara.

He was a graduate of the former South Whitehall High School.

A veteran of WWII, having honorably served in the Army Air Corps., he attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a member of the 9th Flight Squadron, 49th group, stationed in Chitose, Japan.

Joseph Zeller — a man for all seasons — dies at age 100

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph “Joe” Richard Zeller, 100, a dedicated public servant, always willing to share his century spanning life experiences with young or old, has departed from his Earthly mission.

Joe, born Sept. 19, 1918, in the tiny town of Campus, Ill., was the son of Carl and Frances (Kunkel) Zeller.

He died Dec. 12, 2018, in his favorite room of the house he proudly built in Lowhill Township.

Joe believed being positive would achieve personal goals and every generation would meet their challenges to keep this nation strong.

The Early Years

Robert C. Nester

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Penn State Alumni Association

Robert C. Nester, 55, of Allentown, was stricken Dec. 6, 2018, while hunting with his friends in Montrose.

He and his wife Lynn A. (Jones) Nester celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in July

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Raymond H. and Ethel R. (Bauman) Nester.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Engineering degree in material science engineering from Lehigh University.

A metallurgical service engineer, he was employed by ArcelorMittal of Steelton, Dauphin County.

Madlyn Alice Haines

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School teacher

Madlyn Alice Haines, 92, born June 27, 1926, and passed into heavenly peace on the evening of December 11, 2018, at age 92. Madlyn was the beloved wife of Paul K. Haines, with whom she enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2015.

Along with her brothers Ray Leibensperger of Allentown and Robert Leibensperger of Canton, Ohio, she was the eldest child of Esther (Bortz) and Allen Leibensperger of East Texas.

An avid learner, she attended Allentown High School where her intellect was so advanced she skipped a grade and graduated with honors in 1943, at age 17.

Henry H. Shoemaker

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Melvin Jones Fellow

Henry H. Shoemaker, 79, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, at home.

He and his wife Irene A. (Oswald) Shoemaker were married 59 years on June 13.

Born Dec. 13, 1939, in Lehigh Township, he was the son of the late Ralph A. and Eleanor L. (Costenbader-Sterner) Shoemaker.

An insurance agent, he owned and operated the Henry H. Shoemaker Insurance Agency, North Whitehall Township, from 1982-2005.

Before that, he was and underwriting manager at the former Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Allentown, for 25 years.

Linda M. George

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

nurse’s aide

Linda M. George, 55, of Macungie, died Dec. 12, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the companion of Keith Jones.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Thomas. G. Wetzel and the late Carol G. (Zoch) Hoppes.

She worked for Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation for 20 years as a nurse’s aide, and bartended at the Alburtis Fire Company Social Club for many years.

A member of the Alburtis Fire Company, she was like a mother and grandmother to the firefighters.

She was also a member of the Alburtis Rod and Gun Club.

William A. LaFrankie

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker Church

William A. LaFrankie, 87, of Schnecksville, died on Dec. 12, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown Campus.

He and his wife Yvette (Leroux) LaFrankie were married 37 years on May 16.

Born May 27, 1931, in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, he was the son of the late Robert and Susan (Heidrick) LaFrankie.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, as an military policeman during the Korean War era.

He was the general manager of PET Inc., Allentown, from 1964-95.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph “Joe” Richard Zeller, 100, a dedicated public servant, always willing to share his century spanning life experiences with young or old, has departed from his Earthly mission.

Joe, born Sept. 19, 1918, in the tiny town of Campus, Ill., was the son of Carl and Frances (Kunkel) Zeller.

He died Dec. 12, 2018, in his favorite room of the house he proudly built in Lowhill Township.

Joe believed being positive would achieve personal goals and every generation would meet their challenges to keep this nation strong.

The Early Years

Joette M. Reitz

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1976 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School

Joette M. Reitz, 60, of Slatington, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of Jeffrey A. Reitz.

Born Feb. 3, 1958, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Lorraine A. (Blose) VanNorman of Slatington and the late Ted C. VanNorman.

She was a customer service representative at Kmart, Walnutport, for the last 25 years.

Before that, she worked at the former Kern’s Furniture, Slatedale, for several years.

She was a 1976 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School.