Parkland Press

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Daniel S. Ibach

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jordan UCC

Daniel S. Ibach, 78, died on May 4, 2020, in Gracedale Nursing Home.

He was the husband of the late Meta C. (Ebert) Ibach.

Born in East Texas, he was a son of the late John D. and Beulah M. (Hinkel) Ibach.

Before retiring in 2006, he was a mechanic at Forklift Associates and previously at Faust Sales and Service.

He was a member of Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was an avid hunter and shooter and competed in many trap and skeet competitions throughout the Lehigh Valley.

David Edward Fix

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Francis of Assisi

David Edward Fix, 44, of Allentown, died May 7, 2020, in his home.

Born on Aug. 23, 1975, in Parkersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Robert J. and Mary J. (Achenbach) Fix, with whom he resided.

He was a client at Access of the Lehigh Valley. He loved to travel and was an Eagle Scout for 34 years.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.

Reuben E. Smoyer

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from Mack Trucks

Reuben E. Smoyer, 87, of New Tripoli, died May 8, 2020, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Sell) Smoyer.

Born Oct. 24, 1932, in North Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Earl D. and Lillian M. (Muth) Smoyer.

A production line truck driver at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, for 32 years, he retired in 1987.

He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, and the Ontelaunee Antique Car Club.

Anna C. Masetti

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

first-generation American

Anna C. Masetti, 91, of 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall, formerly of Somers, Westchester County, N.Y., died May 4, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of the late William R. “Bill” Masetti to whom she was married 67 years.

Born Oct. 5, 1928, in New York City, N.Y., she was the daughter of Paolo and Gemma (Bianchetto) Centioni.

A first-generation American, she spoke fluent Italian, and spent a portion of her childhood in Italy.

Lester F. Koch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

truck driver for Penske

Lester F. Koch, 78, of Catasauqua, died May 3, 2020, at home.

He and his wife, Debra A. (Matthias) Koch, celebrated 15 years of marriage in April.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Carl and Claire (Mills) Koch.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

A 1959 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he was later a truck driver for Penske Trucking, Allentown, until retirement.

Gary W. Minnich

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from Sam Adams Brewery

Gary W. Minnich, 73, of New Tripoli, died May 7, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was the widower of Sherry K. (Lutz) Minnich.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Fred and Jean (Fetherolf).

A maintenance mechanic and welder for what was the former Schaefer, then Strohs, and then Pabst Brewery, Fogelsville, for 31 years, he was a member of Teamsters Local 12 during that time.

He also worked at the current Sam Adams Brewery for five years before retiring.

Bruce H. Hill

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

active in the life of his community

Bruce H. Hill, 87, of Luther Acres, Lititz, formerly of Heidelberg Township, died May 1, 2020, at Luther Acres.

He and his wife, Diana J. (Hausman) Hill, were married 62 years.

Born June 21, 1932, in Heidelberg Township, he was the son of the late Wilmer M. and Lillian L. (Handwerk) Hill.

He was the director of Social Services for the Allentown Housing Authority from 1974-95.

Jean M. Cydis

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jordan Lutheran Church

Jean M. Cydis, 79, of Macungie, died on April 27, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband, Merle E. Cydis, were married 61 years.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Maurice S. and Katherine (Lytle) Ryan.

A 1959 graduate of Sunbury High School, she continued her education at Geisinger Hospital School of Nursing.

She started her nursing career as a labor and delivery nurse at Sunbury Community Hospital and then was a private duty nurse with Nursefinders Healthcare and Medical Personnel Pool in the Lehigh Valley.

John R. Wursta III

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

earned various degrees

John R. Wursta III, 72, aka Butchie Boy, the Big Dog, really Spartacus, died peacefully May 2, 2020.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John “Blackie” Wursta and Helen (Mehales) Wursta.

He is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Melanie A. (Follweiler) Wursta.

A very educated man, he attended five colleges and earned various degrees, but his greatest accomplishments came from what he taught himself … studying three languages, traveling extensively, constantly reading, and wearing many hats, figuratively and literally.

Lisa M. Sanchez

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Trinity Lutheran Church

Lisa M. Sanchez, 51, of Cape Coral, Fla., died April 30, 2020, in Hope Hospice, Cape Coral.

She was the wife of Bonifacio Sanchez.

Born March 16, 1969, in Trenton, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Raymond Hahn Jr. and Grace S. (Muthard) Hahn.

She was a purchasing manager in the home building industry.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Cape Coral.