Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Nancy Christman

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ member

Nancy Christman, 82, of Northampton, died Aug. 22, 2019, at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late Albert Christman.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Franklin Asher and Lillian (Rayden) Kocher.

She was a bookkeeper for the former Quality Service, Northampton. She retired from Dieter Brothers, Bethlehem.

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

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis Bartholomew and her husband Robert; a niece; three nephews; and three great-nieces.

Gene T. Thrash Sr.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Northampton Borough Fire Police member

Gene T. Thrash Sr., 76, of Northampton, died Aug. 16, 2019, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Knappenberger) for 53 years.

Born in Hazelton, he was a son of the late Cleatis Sr. and Irene (Gregg) Thrash.

He was in the U.S. Navy.

He drove a truck for UPS for more than 30 years and retired in 2002. He then drove a school bus for 12 years for the Northampton Area School District.

He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northampton, and was active on the church council.

Donald W. Ruch

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church member

Donald W. Ruch, 83, of Northampton, died Aug. 13, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Woodring) Ruch.

Born in Allen Township, he was the son of the late William and Arlene (Mann) Ruch.

He served as an A1C in the U.S. Air Force as a helicopter mechanic during the Korean War.

Mary Elaine Walton

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

Mary Elaine Walton, 87, of Whitehall and formerly of Decatur, Ill., died Aug. 14, 2019, at Fellowship Community. She was the wife of the late Harold K. Walton.

Born in Blue Mound, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Earl and Pearl (Mouche) Gorden.

She was the valedictorian and a 1949 graduate of Blue Mound High School. She attended Illinois State Normal University.

Joseph D. Murphy

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of North Catasauqua

Joseph D. Murphy, 70, of North Catasauqua, died Aug. 12, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of the late Carol A. (Brown) Murphy.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Elizabeth (Kern) Murphy.

He graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1966. He had an associates in chemical technology from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

He was a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Saratoga as a plane captain and line division supervisor.

Josephine M. Trinkle

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former WCSD cafeteria manager

Josephine M. Trinkle, 92, of Whitehall, died Aug. 4, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Nederostek for 40 years.

She was a daughter of the late Alois and Josephine (Kern) Gabriel.

She worked as a cafeteria manger in the Whitehall-Coplay School District for 25 years.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whitehall, where she was a member of the Rosary Society.

She belonged to Young at Heart, Northampton, and Coplay Senior Citizens.

Roger F. Cocivera

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Penn Linen and Uniform worker

Roger F. Cocivera, 87, died Aug. 6, 2019. He was the partner of Linda Widner.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Anna (Dopsovic) Morgan and Roger F. Cocivera Sr.

He worked at Penn Linen and Uniform and at TRSA.

In addition to his companion, he is survived by Christopher Widner of Mertztown; former spouse, Bonnie Cocivera of Whitehall; a daughter, Shelly and her husband Philip Robinson of New Jersey; a son, Todd and his wife Judy of Whitehall; and two grandsons, Chris and Jeremy.

Olympio “Carmine” Rizzo

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Assumption BVM Church member

Olympio “Carmine” Rizzo, 89, of Northampton, died Aug. 15, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Mary E. (Ryan) Rizzo for 61 years.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late Silvio and Clementina (D’Aiuto) Rizzo.

He was in the U.S. Army National Guard.

He worked at and retired from Ortho Diagnostics in Raritan, N.J.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Northampton.

Alfred W. DiClemente

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Whitehall

Alfred W. DiClemente, 85, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Whitehall, died Aug. 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of the late Janet (Neas) DiClemente for 53 years.

Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Giuseppe and Philomena (Marino) DiClemente.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea.

He was firefighter in Bethlehem for 24 years.

Joseph Magochy Jr.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Joseph Magochy Jr., 61, formerly of Northampton, died July 26, 2019, in Lakeland, Fla.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Olga (Tiuchty) Magochy.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

He is survived by a son, Joseph; a sister, Susan and her husband Mark Yorty; a niece, Melissa Shaner; a nephew, Mark Jr.; cousins; and Lou and Gladys of Florida.

There will be a graveside service 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Arrangements were made by Reichel Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.