Parkland Press

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ruth A. Gable

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1952 graduate of Slatington High School

Ruth A. Gable, 84, of Walnutport, died on Sept. 19, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the widow of Walter “Buddy” Gable, who died in 2010.

Born June 18, 1934, in Walnutport, she was a daughter of the late Allen and Estella (Derr) Fritzinger.

A 1952 graduate of the former Slatington High School, she was employed by Paris Accessories, and the American Nickeloid Co., both in Walnutport, in a clerical position until retiring.

She enjoyed quilting, playing her organ, and spending time chatting with friends and neighbors.

Sharla A. Kistler

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jordan Lutheran Church

Sharla A. Kistler, 78, of Mars, Butler County, formerly of Schnecksville, died Sept. 26, 2018.

Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Harrison H. and Bernice (Bolton) Solt Jr.

She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education.

In addition to being a wonderful mom, she was a self-employed piano technician for 22 years, worked for the Wildlands Conservancy as a database manager for 11 years, and taught school for three years.

She bowled, she was a cookie mom and she loved ice cream.

Juan A. Rodriguez

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

worked as a longshoreman

Juan A. Rodriguez, 53, of Slatington, died Oct. 1, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, he was the son of Frances Ferrara with whom he resided, and the late Antonio Reyes Rodriguez.

A longshoreman, he was a selfless, kind individual who gave all he could to anyone who needed.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters Santa Rodriguez and Frances Ortiz, both of Slatington, and Eva Marie Calise of Brooklyn, N.Y.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Olivia I. Rodriguez.

Michael J. Barrall

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

equipment operator

Michael J. Barrall, 56, of Walnutport, died Sept. 27, 2018, in his home.

Born March 24, 1962, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Paul H. and Dorothy M.E. (Remaley) Barrall.

He was an equipment operator for several construction companies.

His survivors include a sister Carol E. Whymeyer (William) of Walnutport; niece Amanda H. Heil (Jason) with whom he resided; and nephew, Jeremiah J. Darabaris of Allentown.

His service will be private. There will be no calling hours.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at heintzelmancares.com.

Donald R. Wieand

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

water treatment technician

Donald R. Wieand, 84, of Allentown, died Sept. 27, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Jean M. (Eisenhard) Wieand.

Born Aug. 16, 1934, in Stiles, Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Martin C. and Ella H. (DeLong) Wieand.

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

A water treatment technician at Lucent Technologies, Allentown, for 20 years, he retired in 2001.

Before that, he was a mechanic for the former Modern Transfer, Allentown.

Lamont Russell Grim

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1964 Parkland High School graduate

Lamont Russell Grim, 72, of Fogelsville, died Sept. 28, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Sandra M. (Bond) Grim were married 46 years on Sept. 2.

Born Feb. 15, 1946, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Russell A. Grim and Elaine S. (Hartranft) Grim Schweitzer.

He was a specifications clerk at Mack Truck Headquarters, Allentown, for 44 years before retiring in 2010.

Before that, he was briefly employed at Allen Organ, Macungie, and Imperial Auto, Schnecksville.

Thomas Michak Sr.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

boiler maker

Thomas Michak Sr., 83, formerly of Kempton, died Sept. 29, 2018, in Kutztown Manor, Kutztown.

He was the husband of the late Shirley M. (Leibensperger) Michak, who died in 2002.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William and Eva (Schmoyer) Michak.

He was a boiler maker for the former McDermotts Steel Company, Allentown, for more than 30 years.

Joseph Arthur Spence

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Joseph the Worker Church

Joseph Arthur Spence, 75, of New Tripoli, died Sept. 26, 2018, in Cedarbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fountain Hill.

He and his wife Dolores Ann (Mordosky) Spence were married 44 years.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Arthur Neil and Callista (Connell) Spence.

He was a field and quality control inspector at Air Products and Chemical Inc., Trexlertown, for 20 years before retiring.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, and the Knights of Columbus, Council 10921.

Grant L.K. Hess

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

supervisor at Allen Organ Company

Grant L.K. Hess, 57, of Orefield, died Sept. 24, 2018.

Born June 6, 1961, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Grant and Grace (Adams) Hess and longtime companion of Tammy A. Walker.

A supervisor at Allen Organ Co., Macungie, for 40 years, he was a member of the Alburtis Rod and Gun Club and the Macungie Fire Company.

In addition to his companion, he is survived by sisters Gale I. Hess of Allentown, Bonnie D. Frantz of Allentown, and Karen R. Hoffman of Allentown, and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Bryant.

George W. Fritz

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1961 Kutztown High School graduate

George W. Fritz, 75, of Topton, died Sept. 30, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Joyce G. (Smith-Kunkel) Fritz celebrated 50 years of marriage in July.

Born in Snyders, he was a son of the late Lewis and Jennie (Kunkel) Fritz.

A 1961 graduate of Kutztown High School, he was later a heavy equipment operator, last working at Empire Excavating in Reading, before retiring in 2008.

He was a veteran in the Vietnam War having served with the U.S. Marine Corps.