Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Albert J. Reed

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker

Albert J. Reed, 92, of Allentown, formerly of Macungie and Huntington, N.Y., died May 19, 2020, in his home.

The loving husband of Ann (Pardes) Reed, he and his wife were married 70 years on Aug. 6, 2019.

Born Dec. 29, 1927, in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late James L. and Rose (Placido) Reed.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II with a rank of corporal.

In 1995, he retired as vice president and general manager of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters in NYC after 40 years of service.

Curtis J. Frantz

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

lifelong member of Union UCC

Curtis J. Frantz, 88, of Elizabethtown and Whitehall, died on May 25, 2020.

Born Dec. 11, 1931, in Rising Sun, he was a son of the late Jay and Carrie (Peters) Frantz.

In his youth he participated in the Neffs 4-H Club and played on its softball team.

He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1950 and later from Bethlehem Business School.

He faithfully and honorable served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with a rank of corporal and spent 18 months stationed in Tokyo, Japan, and was subsequently awarded the Korean Service Medal.

Carl James Kreft

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

loved marching bands and color guards

Carl James Kreft, 58, of Allentown, formerly of Los Angeles and New York City, died April 28, 2020.

Born in Chateauroux, France, he was the son of Joseph Stephen Kreft and the late Irene Winifred (Williams) Kreft and partner of the late Scott Alan Miller.

He received a full music scholarship to Memphis State University, Tenn., and loved marching bands and color guards, passionately working with and performing in color guards throughout his life.

Josephine D. Taglioli

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker

Josephine D. Taglioli, 89, of South Whitehall Township, died May 27, 2020, from natural causes in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the loving wife of the late Emery Q. Taglioli, whom she married on Nov. 21, 1953.

Born in Summit Hill, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Stella (Castagnera) DeCal.

A 1948 graduate of Allentown High School, before her marriage, she was a clerical worker at the former Bell Telephone, Allentown.

Afterward, she lived a full life as a wonderful mother and homemaker.

Barbara A. Slonaker

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

medical technician

Barbara A. Slonaker, 71, of Schnecksville, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died May 30, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband, Francis E. Slonaker, were married 50 years.

Born April 16, 1949, in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Stephen F. Grill, Jr. and June I. (Rhoads) Grill.

She was a medical technician at Parkland Family Health Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital for a total of 47 years before retiring in 2016.

Barry G. and Mary J. Miller

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

1959 Whitehall High School graduates

Mary J. Miller, 78, of Whitehall, died suddenly on March 18, 2020.

She was the wife of Barry G., 78, who went to be with his beloved wife in Heaven on May 23, 2020.

Born in Egypt, Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Luella (Fox) Gogel.

Her husband, the son of Percy and Iva (Smith) Miller, was born in Allentown.

She and her husband both graduated from Whitehall High School in 1959.

He graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in horticulture, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Louise E. Kelleher

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Faith Lutheran Church

Louise E. Kelleher, 83, of Whitehall, died suddenly on May 25, 2020.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Thelma (Reeves) Stocker.

She and her husband, Patrick J. Kelleher, married on Valentine’s Day 1959, and enjoyed 56 years together until his death on April 22, 2015.

A member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, she worked all of her life, retiring in 1998 after many years at Sears.

George Schmidt

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

owner of berry farm

George Schmidt, 73, of New Tripoli, died on May 26, 2020, at home.

He and his wife, Ruth E. (Schaeffer) Schmidt, celebrated 55 years of marriage in March.

Born in New Tripoli, he was a son of the late George J. and Eugene (Gittinger) Schmidt.

He was the owner of the George Schmidt Berry Farm, New Tripoli, where he worked alongside his family for most of his life.

He was a contributing member of the Germansville and New Tripoli fire companies.

Franklin O. Ritchie Jr.

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Laborers Local 1174

Franklin O. Ritchie Jr., 72, of New Tripoli, formerly of Allentown, died May 25, 2020, in his home.

He and his wife, Elizabeth H. (Bartos) Ritchie, were married 53 years.

Born June 22, 1947, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Franklin O. Ritchie Sr. and Thelma May (Gwynne) Ritchie.

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

A member of Laborers Local 1174, he worked in construction for 42 years before retiring in 2007.

He was a member of Fairview Fire Company, Allentown.

Cynthia Jean Schwenk

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Zion Union Maxatawny Church

Cynthia Jean Schwenk, 66, of Coopersburg, died May 27, 2020.

She and her husband, Jerry Henry Schwenk Sr., celebrated their 48th anniversary in January.

Born in Maxatawny, she was a daughter of Jean Marie (Wetzel) Bailey and the late James J. Bailey.

A 1971 graduate of Kutztown High School, she was a member and president of the FHA.

Actively involved in the family auction business for more than 40 years, most recently, she was employed at Kohl’s, Trexlertown.