Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ronald James Howanich

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Parkland High School graduate

Ronald “Ronnie” James Howanich, 66, of Whitehall, formerly of Atlanta, Ga., died April 18, 2017.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Mike and Stella (Groller) Howanich.

A Parkland High School graduate, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.

While at Pratt, he was a member of Tau Delta Phi fraternity.

An artist, he spent his life designing holiday décor for shopping malls across the U.S., Canada and the Islands, and he enjoyed creating pop art prints of American celebrities.

Charles A. Gross

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill

Charles A. Gross, 91, of Orefield, died April 21, 2017, in Lehigh Center, Macungie.

He was the widower of Arlene (Brunner) Gross.

Born in South Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late George and Martha (Brunner) Gross.

Throughout his life he worked at the former Freemans Dairy, Trexler Orchard, Trojan Powder Co. and Wehr’s Fruit Stand.

He was a lifetime member of the Schnecksville Fire Company and a member of the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville.

He was a member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill, New Tripoli.

James F. Stack Sr.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

mortgage industry executive

James F. Stack Sr., 67, of North Whitehall Township, died April 18, 2017, in his home after a brief battle with cancer.

He and his wife Theresa M. (McNulty) Stack were married 46 years last Aug. 9.

Born Aug. 9, 1949, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Patrick M. and Florence L. (McVeigh) Stack.

He was a mortgage industry executive at the former Nations Credit, Allentown, for 28 years before retiring in 2009.

Barbara B. Gerken

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Nativity Lutheran Church

Barbara B. Gerken, 80, died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Born in Teaneck N.J., she was the daughter of the late Theodore J. and Matilda (Dietz) Gerken.

An active member of Nativity Lutheran Church, Allentown, she was a member of church council and Sisters in Spirit.

She was broker and owner of Shamrock Realty and Appraisal Service, Trexlertown.

She will be remembered as a strong, independent, caring woman who loved her family, friends, work, church and country line dancing.

Ronald C. Hoffman

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union Lutheran Church

Ronald C. Hoffman, 68, of Schnecksville, died April 14, 2017, in the Inpatient Hospice of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

He and his loving wife, Geralyn E. (Furry) Hoffman, were married 38 years last October.

Born Feb. 8, 1949, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of Jean L. (Clough) Hoffman of New Bern, N.C. and the late Charles Raymond Hoffman.

He was an IT professional at Rodale, Grief Co., Capital Blue Cross and Pentamation.

He was a member of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.

Peter J. Quier

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for Kraft Foods

Peter J. Quier, 62, of Kempton, died April 15, 2017, at home.

He and his wife Kay L. (Smith) Quier were married more than 40 years.

Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Sterling J. and Frances J. (Behler) Quier.

Before retiring in 2015, he worked more than 35 years in various departments for Kraft Foods.

He enjoyed hunting, riding his motorcycle and spending precious time with his grandchildren.

Joseph John Kuzma

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

commander of Honorary First Defenders

Joseph John Kuzma, 78, of Allentown, died April 14, 2017, in his home.

He and his wife Miriam (Maran) Kuzma were married 58 years Feb. 7.

Born Nov. 14, 1938, in Emmaus, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Teman) Kuzma.

He was an independent truck driver for 22 years before retiring in 2002.

Faithfully and honorably serving his country in the U.S. Navy during a peacetime era, he was the current commander of the Honorary First Defenders, Allentown.

He was a member of the Topton American Legion Post 217 where he served with the honor guard detail.

Catherine Burch

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Ormrod

Catherine “Katie” Burch, 94, of Whitehall, died April 14, 2017.

She and her husband George L. Burch shared 67 years of marriage together.

Born in Ormrod, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Paraschak) Gresser.

She was a lifelong devoted Catholic.

She will be lovingly missed by her husband, son George P. and his wife Bernadine; daughter Kathy and her husband Michael Carey; granddaughters Megan, fiancée of Tom Collins; Lauren, and Taylor Carey.

In addition, she is survived by sister Stella Halal and step-grandson Thomas Lipe and his wife Jami.

Jennie I. Hunsicker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union UCC, Neffs

Jennie I. Hunsicker, 77, of Walnutport, died April 14, 2017, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She was the wife of the late Herbert A. Hunsicker.

Born Aug. 25, 1939, in Kempton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Kamp) Bowers.

She was director of administrative services at Lincoln Technical Institute, Upper Macungie Township, for 35 years before retiring in 2012.

She was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

George S. Grim

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked part time at GIANT

George S. Grim, 75, of (Egypt) Whitehall, died April 17, 2017, in his home.

Born July 21, 1941, in Coplay, he was the son of the late Henry E. and Bessie D. (Proctor) Grim.

He was employed in the maintenance department of the former Fullerton Furniture Gallery for 25 years.

He was working part time at GIANT, Whitehall, for the last 19 years.

His survivors include brothers James R. Proctor of Northampton, Larry L. Grim of Germansville, Eugene H. Grim of Bethlehem Township and Keith W. Grim of Ruchsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.