Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Richard S. Reenock Sr.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church member

Richard S. Reenock Sr., 89, of Whitehall Township, died June 10, 2017, at Lehigh Center, Macungie. He was the husband of the late Mary (Vida) Reenock for 53 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Stephen and Katherine (Kyra) Reenock.

He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He retired in 1987 from Fuller — GATX after 39 years as a supervisor.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Egypt.

Theresa Hammel

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Theresa Hammel, 86, of Northampton, died June 5, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Joseph Hammel for 66 years.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Marth) Dragovits.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sandra Kulick, Theresa A. and her significant other Anthony T. Yesenofski and Judith and her husband Robert Roman; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Visingaldi.

Fighting for life with the help of medicine, family, friends

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

It was difficult keeping such a rare cancer diagnosis from my sister and her family and my close friends; however, by doing so, I was able to ignore the disease and accept each day as it came.

I now look back and realize how careless and irrational my decision was to try to conceal such a disease. Concealing the disease ate away at my conscience and, ultimately, my physical body.

Joan Ann Kula

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Joan Ann Kula, 69, of Coplay, died June 13, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of Gerald G. Kula for 29 years.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William and Dorothy E. (MacBride) Lynch.

She retired in 2016 from Muhlenberg College after a career in food service as a chef in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepsons, David and his wife Renata of Spotsylvania, Va. and Jason and his wife Jill of Fogelsville; a stepdaughter, Karrie Kula of Detroit, Mich.; and a granddaughter, Jordyn Kula.

Jonathan E. Flook

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay and formerly of Fullerton, died June 14, 2017, in Allentown. He was the husband of Debra Klinger of Coplay.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Gerald and Nancy Flook.

He was a Whitehall High School graduate.

He was a deejay for 91.3 WLVR Lehigh University, Bethlehem, for many years. He worked in the parts department of Haldeman Ford, Kutztown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Rebecca Bowman and Ellen Hyland and her husband Peter; a brother, David Flook and his wife Gail; a nephew; and three nieces.

north Catasauqua police

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers assisted Coplay police with a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 block of Schreiber Avenue.

In the 1000 block of Fourth Street, a domestic dispute brought out police.

Criminal mischief in the 1300 block of Third Street was reported to police.

Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Howertown Road.

Officers assisted a citizen who fell in the 1400 block of Main Street.


William G. Lauffer Jr.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

William G. Lauffer Jr., 85, formerly of Emmaus, died Feb. 10, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. He was the husband of Joan (Balze) Lauffer.

He is survived by his wife; children, Nancy Anderson, John and Karen; three granddaughters; one great-grandson.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. June 17 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. in the church.

Arrangements were made by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Politicians need to call an extended Christmas Truce to their rancor

Snoopy’s Christmas

“Christmas bells, those Christmas bells

Ring out from the land

Asking peace of all the world

And good will to man ...

“The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights

He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight

Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know...

“The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine

And forced him to land behind the enemy lines

Snoopy was certain that this was the end

When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas, my friend!’ ...

“The Baron then offered a holiday toast

Coplay: Scoreboard dedication is Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

A large crowd is expected noon Saturday at Sammy Balliet Stadium for the dedication of the impressive state-of-the-art digital scoreboard in the outfield. Local dignitaries, sports figures and others, including an IronPigs mascot, will participate.

The stadium grounds has the enviable reputation as one of the finest diamonds in the region, where Curt Simmons of Egypt and Phillies fame honed his pitching skills.

Northampton: Atlas museum is open June 24

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will be open 1-3 p.m. June 24. It is located next to borough hall, 1401 Laubach Ave.

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sunday through September.


Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., has a limited number of spaces available for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.