Parkland Press

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mary Ann Kusko

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former editor of Free Press

Mary Ann Kusko, 62, of Center Valley, formerly of Allentown, died at Sacred Heart Assisted Senior Living facility.

She was the daughter of Mary (Hreshko) Kusko and the late Joseph Kusko.

She attended Lafayette College and graduated from Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

She served in student government and played intramural team tennis at both colleges.

She was a member of the Freshman Day Organizing Committee at Lafayette. She received her Master’s degree in telecommunications.

Carol G. Hoppes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

nurse’s aide at Cedarbrook

Carol G. Hoppes, 82, of Fogelsville, died on Oct. 11, 2018 at her home.

She was the loving wife of Jackie H. Hoppes.

Born in Coney Island, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Luther and Esther (Schoffler) Zoch.

She was a nurse’s aide at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall, for 23 years before retiring.

An avid bingo player, she had a deep love for animals, especially her beloved bird Cody and many cats.

Robert J. Sarmir

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Greentree Nurseries operations manager

Robert J. “Bob” Sarmir, 62, of Breinigsville, died Oct. 9, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit surrounded by his loving family.

His strength, determination and courage remain a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him.

He was the husband of Elizabeth “Beth” (Fittrer) Sarmir.

The son of the late Joseph and Madeline Sarmir, he was raised in Allentown where he and his family were owners of Green Pine Inn/Caseys Bar and Nightclub.

He spent 40 years working as operations manager at Greentree Nurseries.

Jeffrey L. Gunshore

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for Nestle Purina

Jeffrey L. Gunshore, 62, of Allentown, died Oct. 6, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Mary Jane (Wirth) Gunshore and the late Walter L. Gunshore.

He worked for Nestle Purina for 35 years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers, John and wife, Elizabeth, George and wife, Jill; sisters, Lorraine, wife of Dennis Hillegass, and Barbara Evans and companion, Bob Morris.

He was predeceased by a brother Scott.

His services will be 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 W. Highland St., Allentown.

J. Julian Familia

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

EMT for Emmaus Ambulance Corps

J. Julian Familia, 36, died Oct. 4, 2018, in Emmaus.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of Jose Familia of Orefield and Maria (Medina) Garcia of Florida.

He volunteered for the Emmaus Fire Department and worked as an EMT for the Emmaus Ambulance Corps.

Previously, he was an officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

He was a member of the Emmaus Lodge 792 F.&A.M.

Mabel A. Knittle

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Good Shepherd UCC

Mabel A. Knittle, 92, of Slatington, died Sept. 25, 2018, in The Lutheran Home at Topton.

She was the widow of Earl R. Knittle, who died in 1995.

She was a longtime homemaker.

Born on May 13, 1926, in Ashfield, she was a daughter of the late Reuben and Emma (Metzger) Bonser.

She was a dedicated and faithful member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatington, where she sang with the choir, assisted with music and worship, was a member of the Social Committee and Willing Workers, and was a former Sunday School teacher.

Joanne F. Gruber

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church

Joanne F. Gruber, 60, of Fogelsville, died Oct. 5, 2018, in Easton Hospital.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ralph P. Gruber of Fogelsville and the late Anna Mae (Griffi) Gruber.

She graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College and earned her Master’s degree in accounting from DeSales University.

She was currently employed by Strohl Chevrolet, Fogelsville, as a controller for the last 15 years.

Before that, she was an account manager for Mancor Inc. for many years.

Lawrence W. Higgins

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

built, owned The Wingate Hotel

Lawrence W. “Larry” Higgins, 77, of Orefield, died Oct. 2, 2018, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township.

He and his wife MaryAnn (Stahl) Higgins were married 56 years.

Born Aug. 19, 1941, in Lansdale, Montgomery County, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Elva M. (Wallace) Higgins.

An entrepreneur and businessman, he was president and co-founder of the former Love Homes and Greenbriar Marketing and Management Inc. both of Allentown.

He built and owned The Wingate Hotel, Hamilton Boulevard, from 2001-06.

He attended Faith Church, Allentown.

Irene A. Yesick

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

golf champion

Irene A. Yesick, 92, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Slatington, died Sept. 25, 2018, at home.

Born in Washington Township, she was a daughter to the late Martin and Elizabeth (Melories) Yesick.

A Korean War U.S. Navy (Wave) Veteran, having served 1949-53, she was a bowler and won the 9th Naval District Command championship.

She discovered golf in 1954 and was taught by former pro Al Michael at Webb Park, Baton Rouge.

Michael R. Yenser

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Heidelberg UCC

Michael R. Yenser, 70, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 6, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at home.

He and his wife Susan L. (Wolstenholme) Yenser were married 48 years.

Born July 22, 1948, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Richard F. and Madeline M. (Hamm) Yenser.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era.

The fiscal officer of Lehigh County Children and Youth for 32 years, he retired in 2007.

He also concurrently prepared personal tax returns for 40 years.