Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Daniel J. Gaffney

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Daniel J. Gaffney, 66, of Emmaus, died June 23, 2019, in his home.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of Jane L. (Zawilla) Gaffney of Whitehall and the late Donald B. Gaffney.

He was a 1970 graduate of William Allen High School and furthered his education at Bloomsburg University and Temple University.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 2599. He was a career steel machinist at Prior Coated Metals Inc., Allentown, for many years, retiring in 2017.

He was a Lutheran.

James E. Lechman

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethlehem Steel foreman

James E. Lechman, 77, of Bethlehem Township, died June 25, 2019. He was the husband of the late JudyAnn L. (Davis) Lechman.

Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late John and Anna M. (Helmecy) Lechman.

He was a general foreman in the electrical and machine shop of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and was very knowledgeable of Bethlehem Steel history.

He was a member of the North East Lion’s Club.

Richard R. Hamscher

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

baseball coach in Coplay

Richard “Dick” R. Hamscher, 85, of Coplay, died June 17, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice, Lower Saucon Township. He was the husband of Marie (Deutsch) Hamscher for 61 years.

Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Russell and Irene (Miller) Hamscher.

He was a 1951 Emmaus High School graduate, where he was a multisport athlete.

He was an U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He worked for Coca-Cola and the Tasty Baking Company. He signed a professional baseball contract.

Larry W. Plotsko

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Larry W. Plotsko, 69, of Northampton, died June 22, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Kathleen (Eberhardt) Plotsko for 45 years.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Schloffer) Plotsko.

He was a graduate of Northampton High School.

He earned numerous decorations for service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a truck driver for Rock Hill Concrete Company.

Josephine Porcelli

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Fullerton Village

Josephine Porcelli, 96, formerly of Fullerton Village, Whitehall, and resident of Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center, died June 23, 2019. She was the wife of the late John A. Porcelli.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence J. and his wife Carrie and Ronald J.; two granddaughters, Kayla and Leah Porcelli; two nieces, Janice and Karen; and two nephews, Vic and Tommy.

There will be a viewing noon, followed by a Mass of Christian burial 1 p.m., June 27 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall.

William Ambrose

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

William Ambrose, 87, of Whitehall, died June 22, 2019. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (Groller) Ambrose for 52 years.

He was a son of the late Edward and Ann (White) Ambrose.

He worked at GATX and Fuller Company before retiring.

He is survived by three children, Sandy and her husband Robert Rex and Jeffrey and his wife Sharon; and two granddaughters, Carolyn Vinal and Olivia Ambrose.

Services will be private.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o the funeral home, 234 Walnut St., Catasauqua, 18032.

Alfonso C. Abruzzi

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fellowship Villa

Alfonso C. Abruzzi, 95, of Fellowship Villa, Whitehall, and formerly of Coplay, died June 17, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of the late Caroline B. (Sabatino) Abruzzi for 71 years.

He was a graduate of Pen Argyl High School.

He was an U.S. Army World War II veteran and earned a rank of technician fourth grade. He saw combat at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a driver and steward for the former Modern Transfer, Allentown, for 24 years.

Ronald A. Hollinger

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Allen Township

Ronald A. Hollinger, 78, of Allen Township, died June 20, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Susan M. (Hill) Hollinger for 37 years.

Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Harry and Estelle Hollinger.

He was in the U.S. Army.

He worked in the maintenance department of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem plant, for 20 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Raccoon Club and a past member of the former Goodwill Fire Company, Bethlehem.

Nancy L. Ueberroth

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Walnutport

Nancy L. Ueberroth, 84, of Walnutport, died June 17, 2019, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Fountain Hill.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Norma (Dreher) Schaffer.

She worked at Sears in Whitehall for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl and her husband Joseph Hildebrant; a granddaughter, Jennifer; a half brother, William Schaffer; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, 19004.

Joanne M. Hudak

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John the Baptist Church member

Joanne M. Hudak, 63, of Coplay, died June 18, 2019, in her home.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Lupcho) Hudak.

She worked at the post office for more than 30 years before retiring in 2016.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whitehall, where she volunteered as a pierogi maker.