Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Irene M. Gollatz

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church member

Irene M. Gollatz, 93, of Northampton, died Feb. 4, 2020, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Gollatz.

Born in Cementon, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna (Stranzel) Schatz.

She worked at General Electric for many years.

She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.

She was a member of the Friendly Fifties and bowled at the Coplay Saengerbund.

Richard J. Greb

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Catholic Church member

Richard J. Greb, 83, of Lewisburg and formerly of Northampton, died Feb. 2, 2020, in Lewisburg Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village. He was the husband of Shirley (Brownmiller) Greb for 63 years.

Born in Whitehall, he was a son of the late Ignatz and Emma (Pammer) Greb.

He was an electrician for and retired from Albarell Electric.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, formerly Our Lady of Hungary, in Northampton, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a church volunteer.

Metro Kutianski

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

VFW Post 7293 member

Metro Kutianski, 88, of Walnutport, died Jan. 26, 2020, in his home. He was the husband of Dolores M. (Moll) Kutianski for 55 years.

Born in Seemsville, he was a son of the late Gregory and Carolina (Gregorchuk) Kutianski.

He was in the military for 22 years and was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps, Korea. He served in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam era and earned the rank of ENC E-7.

He was a mechanic in the engineering lab of the Mack Trucks Corporation, Allentown, for more than 10 years until he retired.

Betty L. Handwerk

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ member

Betty L. Handwerk, 85, of Allentown and formerly of Walnutport, died Jan. 27, 2020, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Louis L. Handwerk.

Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Helen (Dute) Hantz.

She was a sewing machine operator for 10 years at the former ADJ Fashions, Cherryville, until she retired in 1996. Before that, she worked in the same capacity for 10 years at Scotty’s Fashions at both the Treichlers and Little Gap locations.

She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Indianland.

Sandra Lee Kromer

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Coplay

Sandra Lee Kromer, 70, of Coplay, died Jan. 15, 2020, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Leonard L. Kromer.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Joseph V. and Doris J. (Kerchner) Stengel.

She was a food service worker before retiring.

She is survived by three children, Gary Kromer of Allentown and Marcie Kelley and Lisa Morgan, both of Gilbertsville; a sister, Joanne Pawluk of Emmaus; a brother, Ronald J. Stengel of Whitehall; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Joseph J. Padlaszek

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Kintnersville

Joseph J. Padlaszek, 96, of Kintnersville, died Jan. 29, 2020, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. He was the husband of the late Elvira J. (Dorka) Padlaszek.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Walter and Margaret (Pecukevich) Padlaszek.

He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a machinist for Fischer and Porter Company for many years.

He was a union member and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3094, Hellertown.

David E. Heist

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Northampton High School graduate

David E. Heist, 53, of Slatington, died Jan. 28, 2020, in hospice at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest, after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Susan M. (Weller) Heist for 25 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Kathleen (Fries) and the late Richard E. Heist of Walnutport.

He was a 1985 graduate of Northampton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

He was the finance director for the former Wood Company, now Sodexo, for almost 30 years.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Irene M. Ryba

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s Lutheran Church member

Irene M. Ryba, 72, of Whitehall, died Jan. 22, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of Francis S. Ryba for 19 years.

Born in Maxatawny, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Anna (Mertz) Reichert.

She was, for more than 30 years, an office manager for Flores Air Conditioning, Catasauqua, until she retired.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Coplay.

She was a social member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293, Egypt, and American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua.