Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Stephen J. Gratzel

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

owner, Gratzel's Bakery

Stephen J. Gratzel, 96, formerly of Northampton, died Oct. 13, 2013, in Schervier Pavilion Nursing Home, Warwick, N.Y. He was the husband of Ethel D. (Frumolt) Gratzel.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Ressler) Gratzel.

He was the owner and operator of Gratzel's Bakery, Teaneck, N.J., for 30 years.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Post 454 of Northampton and the VFW Post 8441 of Vernon, N.J.

William J. Najpauer

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

iron works inspector

William J. Najpauer, 82, of Whitehall, died Nov. 4, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Dorothy (Schloffer) Najpauer for 54 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Michael P. and Julia (Farkas) Najpauer.

He was a 1949 graduate of Northampton High School.

He was an inspector for Azar Iron Works, Bath, for several years before retiring in 1994. Previously, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Fabricators.

Richard J. Gilliard

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

retired engineering mechanic

Richard J. Gilliard, 74, of Bethlehem, died Oct. 14, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Sandra (Bernini) for 50 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Frederick W. and Anna C. (Milkovitz) Gilliard.

He was a Central Catholic High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education at Millersville University.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was in the 82nd Airborne paratroopers from 1958 to 1961.

Janet C. Klobosits

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Janet C. Klobosits, 78, of Cementon, died Oct. 18, 2013, at home. She was the wife of John E. Klobosits for 56 years.

Born in Cementon, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Gladish) Soroka.

She worked for Cross Country Clothes, Northampton.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John Jr. of Allentown; two daughters, Rose of Coplay and Michele and her husband Mark D'Antonio of Schnecksville, and five grandchildren, Derek, Caitlin, Krysta, Alyssa and Zachary.

Erna Trinkle

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

retired executive assistant

Erna Trinkle, 91, of Fullerton and a guest at Whitehall Manor, died Oct. 19, 2013, in Sacred Heart Hospital.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Julianna (Muik) Trinkle.

She was the executive assistant to the vice president of Finance, Air Products and Chemicals , Trexlertown, for 27 years, retiring in 1983.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall.

She was a member of the Golden Agers, the former Women of Saint Elizabeth and the Secretaries Association of the Lehigh Valley.

Ellen M. Stepp

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

retired C.N.A.

Ellen M. Stepp, 68, of Northampton, died Oct. 20, 2013, at her home. She was the wife of the late John Stepp Sr.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Clinton and Irene (Frantz) Silfies.

Before retiring in 2010, she was a certified nurse's assistant at Liberty Nursing and Rehab, Allentown.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Northampton.

Elwood E. George

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

owned Woody's Barbershop

Elwood E. George, 77, of Hanover Township, died Oct. 25, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Darlene (Berg) George for 53 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Grant and Beatrice (Pierce) George.

He graduated from barber school in 1961.

He owned Woody's Barbershop, Allentown, before retiring in 2004.

He was a member of the Hanover Township Zoning Board for many years.

Samuel J. Ruff

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

retired technician

Samuel J. Ruff, 68, of Allentown, died Oct. 19, 2013, at his home. He was the husband of Sidney (Johnson) Ruff for 13 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Virginia (Kohlmeier) Ruff.

He was a 1962 graduate of Dieruff High School.

He was a technician for Fisher Clinical Services, Trexlertown, before retiring. Before that, he worked at the Globe Times, Bethlehem, for 18 years and at the Call Chronicle, Allentown, for 12 years.