Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Donna L. Hartman

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

resident of Cedarbrook

Donna L. Hartman, 79, died Dec. 21, 2017, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.

The daughter of the late Howard C. and Una L (Smith) Hartman, she is survived by a sister, Eleanor U. Petrich of Cherryville.

She was predeceased by siblings Carl R., Howard C., and Nevin C. Hartman.

Her graveside service will be noon May 18 in Jacob’s Union Cemetery, 8373 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, PA 18066.

The Rev. Michael Hothouse will officiate.

Visit nesterfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.

Dr. Kenneth E. Benson

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Asbury United Methodist Church

Dr. Kenneth E. Benson, 89, of Fogelsville, died May 1, 2018, in Lehigh Center, Lower Macungie Township.

He was the husband of the late Florence S. (Henderson) Benson.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of the late C. Herbert and Beulah Faye (Roberts) Benson.

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

Earning a doctorate from Lehigh University, he was employed at Lucent Technologies as a solid-state materials scientist for 40 years before retiring in 1994.

Ruth Willistein

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

101 years old

Ruth Willistein, 101, died May 1, 2018, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.

She was married for 48 years to Paul August Willistein Sr., who died May 1, 1991, at age 85.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Phaon Hartman and Minnie Frederick Hartman, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township.

She was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1934.

She was owner-operator of Wayside Flower Shop, Bethlehem; managed Bookman’s Book Store, Allentown, and was a governess in Philadelphia and Ocean City, N.J.

James A. Maehrer

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

cable splicer

James A. Maehrer, 84, of Slatington, died April 29, 2018, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Jeanette J. (Leibenguth) Maehrer.

Born Aug. 27, 1933, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late August Maehrer and Margaret Jones.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era earning the rank of corporal.

He was a cable splicer with Verizon in Allentown for 42 years before retiring in 1998.

Zachary J. Houlik

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

2013 Parkland High School graduate

Zachary J. Houlik, 22, formerly of Breinigsville, died suddenly May 4, 2018, as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Franklin County, Va.

He is the son of Wendy J. (Hoppes) Houlik with Joseph Szakal of Whitehall, and James M. and Jean (Yingling) Houlik of Mechanicsburg.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was a 2013 graduate of Parkland High School.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lees-McRae College in 2016 and his Master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 2017.

Martha J. Grim

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

parts coordinator at Eckroth

Martha J. Grim, 73, of New Tripoli, died May 7, 2018, in Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.

She and her husband Glen N. Grim were married 48 years on April 4.

Born Dec. 25, 1944, in Breinigsville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Goldie F. (Schmoyer) Moyer.

She was a parts coordinator at Eckroth Equipment Co., Orefield, for six years before retiring in 2016.

Before that, she worked at Pikeville Equipment, Oley, Greenfields Farms, Mertztown, and Allen Organ, Macungie.

Hilda R. Gibson

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Lehigh Country Club

Hilda R. Gibson, 87, of Allentown, died May 3, 2018, in Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall.

Before retiring in 1987, she worked in purchasing for Mack Trucks.

As a member of Lehigh Country Club, she enjoyed golf and socializing.

Her favorite pastime was playing bridge and she enjoyed the stock market.

She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Caroline (Stranzl) Seyer; and her sisters Carolyn (Seyer) Steiner and Paula Seyer.

Her survivors include a sister Marion Farmer and her husband, Hugh Randolf, of Atlanta, Ga.; and nieces and nephews.

Dominic M. Morenci

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

master craftsman

Dominic M. “Chuck” Morenci, 91, of Allentown, died May 1, 2018, in Phoebe Home after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

He was the loving husband of the late Regina R. Morenci, who died March 3, 2017.

They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 13, 2016.

Born March 8, 1927, in Tresckow, he was the son of the late John and Scholastica (Moretti) Mariorenzi.

He graduated from Tresckow Elementary School and Hazleton High School.

Lorraine M. Krause

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of New Life Lutheran Church

Lorraine M. Krause, 85, of Slatington, died April 29, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband Paul W. Krause were married 58 years last June 6.

Born Dec. 17, 1932, in Lowhill Township, she was the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Mildred P. (Krause) Hausman.

She and her husband owned and operated Krause Farms, Washington Township, throughout their married life.

Before that, she was a secretary at AT&T, formerly Western Electric, Allentown, and also for the former Trojan Powder Co., South Whitehall Township.

Charles M. Hoover

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

sales representative

Charles M. Hoover, 77, of Orefield, died peacefully May 1, 2018.

He and his wife Nancy A. (Prozonic) Hoover were married 45 years.

Born in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ralph M. and Genevieve (Barnhart) Hoover.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during a peacetime era.

He was a sales representative for Giles and Ransome Inc., Whitehall, for many years before retiring.