Parkland Press

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Robert J. Conner

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Cathedral St. Catharine of Siena

Robert J. Conner, 89, of Allentown, died unexpectedly June 27, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was the son of the late John Clifford and Rose (Bonner) Conner.

He shared 65 loving years with his late wife, June (Mauldin) Conner.

A manager for the former Washington National Insurance Company, Allentown, he was a Eucharistic minister at Cathedral St. Catharine of Siena Catholic Church and Lehigh Valley Hospital for many years.

President of Allentown Serra Club for two terms, he was involved in many activities at church and in the community.

Robert Edgar Brong II

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked at State Farm Insurance

Robert Edgar Brong II, 72, of Kutztown, died July 1, 2017, in his home surrounded by his wife, family and friends.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Robert E. and Lois (Hildt) Brong.

A 1963 graduate of Allen High School, he graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1987 with a degree in psychology.

He was a 44-year employee of State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 2013,

He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He and his wife, Missy, were passionate dog fanciers and he was a life-member and past president of The Lehigh Valley Kennel Club.

Harold R. Smith

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

draftsman for Fuller Co., GATX

Harold R. Smith, 91, of Whitehall, died peacefully on July 1, 2017.

Married to June A. (Sokol) Smith for almost 67 years, he was born in Allentown to the late Russell and Irene (Good) Smith.

He was a member of St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

A draftsman for Fuller Co., GATX, for more than 35 years, he loved nature, especially taking care of the birds at his home.

Mary Ann Ferreira

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church

Mary Ann Ferreira, 88, of Allentown, died peacefully on May 31, 2017.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kern) Reilly,

She and her husband Andrew Ferreira were married 59 years at the time of his death in 2008.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Allentown.

A plaid matcher at the former Phoenix Clothes for more than 35 years, she loved to read.

Larry C. Grim

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

owned former Gogel’s Auto Parts

Larry C. Grim, 70, of Orefield, died June 27, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

He and his wife Barbara A. (Rex) Grim were married 49 years last Aug. 26.

Born June 12, 1947, in Ironton, he was the son of the late Alfred and Rosa (Miller) Grim.

He owned the former Gogel’s Independent Auto Parts, Ironton, until his retirement.

Before that, he was the operations manager of J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Allentown, for 20 years and was a sales representative for the former Paul Revere Furniture, Center Valley, and J.B. Van Sciver Furniture Co., Allentown.

Edna M. Rehrig

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jerusalem (Red) Church

Edna M. Rehrig, 86, of Lynnport, Lynn Township, died June 22, 2017, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She was predeceased by her husband Martin A. Rehrig Jr. in 1987.

Born in Kunkletown, she was a daughter of the late Gorman R. and Regina M. (Eschbach) Billig Sr.

She was last employed as a custodian at Northwestern Elementary School, from 1980 until retiring in 1995.

Previously, she was employed at the former Wenton Shoe Co., Kutztown, from 1957 to 1980.

Marie E. Kemmerer

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Ontelaunee Antique Auto Club

Marie E. Kemmerer, 92, of Hellertown, formerly of Whitehall, died June 22, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.

She was the wife of the late Franklin J. Kemmerer.

Born July 24, 1924, in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Layton T. and Flossie E. (Nagle) Faust.

She was an examiner and trimmer at the former Cross Country Clothes, Egypt and Northampton, for 28 years before retiring in 1984.

A member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, she formerly volunteered her time there with the ladies auxiliary.

Dennis R. Bray

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Dennis R. “Den” Bray, 67, of Andreas, died June 23, 2017, after being involved in an automobile accident.

He was the son of Claire L. (Wieder) Bray of Blandon and the late Richard E. Bray.

A 1968 graduate of Dieruff High School, he was an electrician by trade.

He was employed by Mack Trucks for 30 years before retiring.

He was a lifetime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Allentown.

A dog lover, he enjoyed the outdoors and will be remembered by his family and friends for his amazing sense of humor and his kind heart.

Marjorie E. Wirth

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

NWL English teacher

Marjorie E. Wirth, 69, of Germansville, died June 22, 2017, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Richard D. Wirth.

Born Aug. 15, 1947, in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Paul K. and Claire Eileen (Stow) McClelland.

An English teacher at Northwestern Lehigh High School for 20 years before retiring in 2008, she was a member of the National Honor Society.

Her survivors include son Gregory C. and his wife, Megan, of New Tripoli; sisters Bonnie Weiskittel of Cinnaminson, N.J., Brenda Messera of Matthews, N.C.; and grandchildren Connor and Riley.