Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Carl T. Ruch Sr.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

automobile mechanic

Carl T. Ruch Sr., 74, of Schnecksville, died May 1, 2018, in his home.

He and his wife Julia A. (Williams) Ruch were married 55 years.

Born May 26, 1943, in Schnecksville, he was the son of the late Emery Jacob and Myrtle Irene (Gogel) Ruch.

He was an automobile mechanic at Gilboy Ford, Whitehall, for 35 years before retiring in 2000.

In the 1960s, he drove race car No. 74, at various local racetracks.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of Grouse Hall, Ironton.

Patrick William Murray

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

infant son

Patrick William Murray, infant son of Damian and Sarah (Jolly) Murray, was born into the arms of Angels May 1, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

In addition to his parents and loyal pups, Copper and Gunner, he is survived by maternal grandparents Richard and Christine (Avenali) Jolly of Kane, paternal grandmother Sara (Rothenberg) Drey of Arizona, paternal grandfather Boyd Murray of Allentown, maternal great-grandparents Alfreta and Michael Avenali, Uncle Jesse Jolly, and Aunt Daniella Murray, along with extended family and friends.

Mary M. Ringer

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

assembler at former Western Electric

Mary M. Ringer, 90, of Whitehall, died April 28, 2018, in Lehigh Commons, Lower Macungie Township.

She and her husband Alton H.S. Ringer were married 53 years last Aug. 8.

Born June 23, 1927, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Grover P. and Cajus V. (Eisenhard) Marcks.

She was an assembler at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for 15 years before retiring in 1964.

Since her marriage, she co-owned and assisted her husband in the operation of their family farm in Whitehall for 38 years.

Timothy P. Hoch

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

1986 Northwestern Lehigh graduate

Timothy P. Hoch, 49, of Slatington, died April 24, 2018, at the home of his parents in Orefield, surrounded by his family.

He and his spouse, Gabriel A. Monsalve, were together for 15 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Carl and Katharine (Behler) Hoch.

A 1986 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, he was employed by General Supply in Bethlehem for two years, and before that Eastern Industries for 16 years.

He was a shop steward for the Teamsters Union and was active in 4-H for many years.

Robert Cleon Dorney

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Dorney Park

Robert “Bob” Cleon Dorney, 93, died peacefully surrounded by his family on April 24, 2018.

Born in Dorney Park, he was a son of the late Warren and Mabel (Stauffer) Dorney,

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hazel Sherry Dorney, and his three children and their spouses Craig Dorney (Sue), Faye Dorney Madgitz (Harvey) and Keith Dorney (Katherine); stepchildren, E. Vincent Sherry (Noreen), Anne Ecker (Christian), Colleen Dooley (Peter), and Thomas Sherry (Anne).

He was predeceased by his first wife of 44 years, Audrey Ryback Dorney.

Betty A. Snyder

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Geryville

Betty A. Snyder, 89, of Kutztown, formerly of Quakertown, died peacefully April 27, 2018, in Kutztown Manor.

She was the wife of the late William E. Bergstresser and Harold W. Snyder.

Born in Geryville, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Blumie (Yorkey) Gaugler.

Her survivors include daughters Fay Hoff and her husband, Lester, and Lugene Wendling and her husband, Scott; stepdaughter Starr Dreisbach and her husband, Gerald; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four siblings.

Karen G. Danner

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Parkland school bus driver

Karen G. Danner, 66 of Allentown, died April 27, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born Jan. 28, 1952, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Granville George and the late Loretta (Steigerwalt) George.

She and her husband Robert Danner II celebrated 45 years of marriage in January.

A 1969 graduate of Dieruff High School, she was a bus driver for Parkland School District for 26 years before retiring in February 2017.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed caring for her family.

Hobart E. McGonigle

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. John’s UCC

Hobart E. McGonigle, 81, died April 20, 2018, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall, where he was a guest for the last four months.

A son of the late James and Margaret (Lentz) McGonigle, he was born in the north end of Allentown with no TVs or computers, but he had a great childhood.

He was raised with Jordan Park as his backyard, with many friends, including his five siblings.

A member of the former Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ, he was most recently a member of St. John’s UCC, Fullerton.

Kenneth K. Schellhamer

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former New Tripoli Fire Co. fire chief

Kenneth K. Schellhamer, 78, of New Tripoli, died March 19, 2018.

His children Todd (Cindy), Eric (Michele), Gail Horning (Daryl), and Glen (Karen) are having visitation from 9:30-11 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life service on May 5 at Keller Funeral Homes Inc., 1018 Church St., Fogelsville.

Condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Tripoli Community Fire Co., 7242 Decatur St., New Tripoli, PA 18066.

Gloria Peter Graeffe Pool

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Allentown School of Nursing graduate

Gloria Cora Peter Graeffe Pool died peacefully April 25, 2018, in Allentown.

She was the wife of the late Jack Graeffe and the late Leonard Pool between 1968 and 1975.

She was the daughter of the late Ida and Oliver Peter.

A graduate of Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, she received a master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Her greatest gift was love of family.

Her survivors include a son J. Peter Graeffe; daughters Jane Witheridge and Kristin Selden; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.