In this continuing series, I am looking back at the old Allentown State Hospital Farm in Weaversville. As a youngster (that’s a couple years ago) my father and I helped Willie Smith on his Weaversville farm, so I had a firsthand view of the neighboring farm.
The buildings on the 800-acre farm were all painted white and beautifully maintained.
The superintendent of the Allentown State Hospital would make unannounced stops to check on the treatment of the patients who worked there and the condition of the farms.
Patrick B. Beil, 50, of Whitehall, died May 31, 2017, at his home.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Donald G. Beil and the late Joanne V. (Dotterer) Beil.
He is survived by two brothers, Blake E. and his wife June of North Catasauqua and Barry Beil of Bethlehem; and a stepbrother, Michael Conroy.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Bruce A. Beil and Donald C. Beil.
Contributions may be made to the funeral home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton, 18067.
Arrangements were made by Schisler Funeral Home Inc.
More than 1,300 students were named to the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania for the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Coplay: Sarah Schaffer, junior early elementary/special education major
Whitehall: Megan Cirocco, senior public relations major; Emily Turek, senior early elementary education major
William H. Stevens Jr., 58, of Walnutport, died June 9, 2017, in Lehigh Township. He was the husband of Sharon L. (Silfies) Stevens for 36 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William H. Stevens Sr. and Pauline (Scitney) Hardy of Danielsville.
He was in the U.S. Navy, during the peace time of 1977-1983, and earned the rank of MM3 (E-4).
He was a route driver for Primo Produce, Allentown, for the last 15 years.
Walter Graf, 87, of Whitehall, died June 12, 2017. He was the husband of Agnes C. (Frisch) Graf for 64 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles and Hermina (Keppel) Graf.
He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel for 43 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Karen L. Graf-Gober and her husband Stephen Gober of Whitehall and Nancy Purshock of Coplay; two grandsons, Maximillian and Stephen Tyler; and a sister-in-law, Hilda Graf.
Sally J. Reiss, 71, of Catasauqua, died June 7, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late James W. Reiss.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Helen Sivonda.
She was a clerical and office worker for the state board of parole and of the unemployment office until she retired from the Bethlehem office.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catasauqua.
She was active with Catasauqua Area School Board.
Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.