Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Kenneth J. Wilus

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

drove bus for Parkland School District

Kenneth J. Wilus, 73, of Allentown, died on May 9, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Carline G. (Snead) Wilus would have been married for 43 years next month.

The son of the late Alfonze and Mildred (Dimperio) Wilus, he worked for the former Western Electric starting in 1967 and continued on with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems before retiring.

He drove bus for Parkland School District for many years.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam.

Naatje Arbeider

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

food service manager

Naatje “Nancy” Arbeider, 77, of Germania, Potter County, formerly of North Brunswick, N.J., died on May 11, 2020, surrounded by family in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born Dec. 12, 1942, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Arie and Theodora (Broekman) Okhuysen.

On Sept. 16, 1963, she married Adriaan A. Arbeider, who died in 2018.

She became a proud American citizen in 1974.

Richard C. Laudenslager

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

Richard C. Laudenslager, 95, of Allentown, died April 29, 2020, in his home, embraced in love.

He and his late wife, Joan M. (Janotka) Laudenslager, were married 58 years before her death in March 2014.

Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Gertrude (Johnson) and Herbert Laudenslager.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater.

He retired from the former Spirax Sarco, Allentown, where he was a machine shop foreman for 38 years.

Shirley H. Sechler

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

attended Parkland High School

Shirley H. Sechler, 72, of Danielsville, formerly of Whitehall, died peacefully at home on April 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

She and her husband, Dale C. Sechler, celebrated 54 years of marriage on Jan. 1.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Henry Sr. and Lurean (Wright) Heckman.

She attended Parkland High School.

A member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, she was a sewing machine operator for more than 30 years before retiring at the former Cross Country Clothes, Egypt.

Mary L. Seidel

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Paul’s UCC

Mary L. Seidel, 89, of Schnecksville, formerly of Breinigsville, died April 30, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Irwin T. Seidel.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late George and Carrie (Reiff) Hartman.

She and her husband operated their own farm where she enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.

Gary R. Werkheiser

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

avid hunter and fisherman

Gary R. “Buck” Werkheiser, 77, of New Tripoli, died May 4, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife, Diane Sittler-Werkheiser, celebrated 53 years of marriage in February.

Born Jan. 2, 1943, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Evelyn Werkheiser.

A 1960 graduate of Allentown High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 and was honorably discharged in 1970.

He started his own construction company and, later in 1986, he pursued a new business becoming owner/operator of Alert Security Systems.

Sharon G. Thompson

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

volunteered for Northern Lehigh Food Bank

Sharon G. Thompson, 72, of Germansville, died May 9, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband Bernard T. Thompson were married 42 years.

Born Nov. 12, 1947, in Washington, Warren County, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Daniel P. and Olive (Kries) Leh.

She was a certified medical transcriptionist for several local hospitals before becoming a homemaker.

A member of the Lutheran congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, she served on several committees and volunteered for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.

Alton F. Rauch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

quality control manager at Crayola

Alton F. Rauch, 69, of Forks Township, Easton, died May 5, 2020, in his home.

Born July 9, 1950, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Herman A. and Madlin G. (Peter) Rauch.

He was a manager of quality control at Binney and Smith (Crayola Crayons), Easton, for 23 years before retiring in 2002.

His survivors include children Stuart N. Rauch of Snoqualmie, Wash., Adrienne J. Rauch of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; siblings Jerry P. Rauch and his wife, Nadine, of Schnecksville, Herman C. Rauch and his wife, Gail, of Walnutport, and Sybil R. Mohr of New Tripoli.

Randall L. Huff

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

avid woodworker

Randall L. Huff, 60, of Fogelsville, died suddenly May 2, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Oct. 12, 1959, in Westfield, Mass., he was the son of Robert Huff of Allentown and the late Nancy (Hayes) Huff.

He and his wife, Judy M. (Meagher) Huff, were married 18 years.

A CNC machinist for Lehigh Valley Plastics for the past 10 years, he also worked part time for MTS Ventures for many years.

He was a true craftsman who took pride in everything he did.

An avid woodworker, he built log homes, post and beam homes, and timber frame homes.