Parkland Press

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Theresa Ann Hartner

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Union Lutheran Church

Theresa Ann Hartner, 75, of Slatington, died Jan. 27, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg campus, Bethlehem, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late John R. ”Jack” Hartner.

Born April 19, 1943, in Phillipsburg, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Michael Jr. and Anna (Konyu) Gonda.

A technician at the former Lucent Technologies, Allentown, for 30 years, she retired in 2003.

A member of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, she will be forever remembered for the love she shared with her family and cats.

Floyd J. Grym

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owner of 1760 Pub~N~Grill

Floyd J. Grym, 44, of Allentown, died Jan. 20, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife Anna J. (Black) Grym were married 15 years last September.

Born in Bay City, Mich., he was a son of Douglas Sr. and Kathleen (Ranello) Grym of Whitehall.

He was co-owner of the 1760 Pub~N~Grill, Trexlertown, for the last six years.

Before that, he was the general manager at Big Woody’s Bar and Grill for 16 years.

He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and godfather whose life revolved around his family and friends.

Frank V. Krasulak

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

supervisor at former General Electric

Frank V. Krasulak, 93, of Allentown, died on Jan. 26, 2019, at Arden Courts.

The husband of the late June R. Krasulak, the couple was married 69 years.

He was the son of the late Michael and Julia (Gulych) Krasulak.

Born and raised on a farm in Lehigh County, he proudly served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Key DE-348 and USS Relief AH-1 during World War II.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he was a supervisor at the former General Electric and Black and Decker for 38 years before retiring in 1985.

William A. Tyrka

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

self-employed roofing contractor

William A. Tyrka, 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 10, 2019, at home.

He and his wife Carol A. (Bender) Tyrka were married 25 years last June.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Anna (Faber) Tyrka.

He was a self-employed roofing contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years.

Before that, he was in roofing sales.

A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, he was the custodian for the last five years before his illness.

He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

David Bench

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

inventory clerk at Mack Trucks

David Bench, 74, of Schnecksville, died on Jan. 14, 2019, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

He and his wife Carol (Harahus) Bench were married 43 years.

Born Aug. 1, 1944, in Palmerton, Carbon County, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Rose (Maren) Bench.

A 1962 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, he was an inventory clerk at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown and Macungie, for 32 years before retiring.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania National Guard during the Vietnam War era.

William S. Best Jr.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for DCNR

William S. Best Jr., 74, of Orefield, died Jan. 13, 2019, in his home.

He and his wife Maxine L. (Bratton) Best were married 49 years.

Born Jan. 2, 1945, in Williamsport, Lycoming County, he was the son of the late William S. Sr. and Florence G. (Cox) Best.

He was employed in information technology for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resourses, for many years before retiring in 2007.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy stationed aboard aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal, during the Vietnam War era.

David F. Shellhammer

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

1979 Parkland High School graduate

David F. Shellhammer, 57, of Allentown, died on Jan. 17, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Feb. 23, 1961, in Allentown, he was the son of Gary R. and Phyllis S. (Schoch) Shellhammer with whom he resided.

A 1979 graduate of Parkland High School, he formerly was an independent contractor for Eagle Snacks, Lance Crackers and Pepperidge Farm products.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Cedar Union Church, Cetronia, South Whitehall.

Thomas E. Ford

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

advanced automobile mechanic

Thomas E. Ford, 52, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 12, 2019, in his home.

He was the husband of Maribel (Martinez) Ford.

Born Feb. 23, 1966, in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., he was the son of the late Thomas Edward and Cherrye Anne (Carter) Ford.

He was raised by his grandparents, the late Willie Jr. and Dorothy Faye (Carter) Peacock.

Having a love for cars, he was an advanced automobile mechanic and transmission specialist.

He was a former member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

James L. Knappenberger

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Paul’s UCC pastor emeritus

The Rev. James L. Knappenberger, 66, of Slatington, died Jan. 18, 2019, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Pamela Susan (Peters) Knappenberger.

Born March 12, 1952, in Allentown, he was the son of Shirley M.A. (Rumfield) Knappenberger at home and the late Warren W. Knappenberger.

A 1970 graduate of Parkland High School, and a 1974 graduate of West Chester University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.