Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

William A. Flamish

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Whitehall Township Authority member

William A. Flamish, of Whitehall, died Sept. 1, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Doris (Clauser) Flamish for 55 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Yanger) Flamish.

He was 1944 graduate of Allentown High School, where he lettered in both football (under coach J. Birney Crum) and track. He was inducted into the Allentown-William Allen High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a 1949 graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While there, he played in two Sugar Bowls.

Charles W. Rettew Jr.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Coplay Saengerbund member

Charles W. Rettew Jr., 70, of Whitehall, died Aug. 29, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Delores (Tacker) Rettew for 48 years.

Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Charles Rettew Sr. and Kathryn (Griffith) Rettew.

He was employed by the Northampton County Department of Human Services for 32 years, retiring in 2013. Before that, he worked for Fuller Company for 20 years.

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

Donald A. Benner

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Donald A. Benner, 91, of Catasauqua, died Aug. 30, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of the late Corinne (Mark) Benner and the late Nancy (Berg) Benner.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Karl and Arlene (Griesmer) Benner.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a 1944 graduate of Catasauqua High School.

He was employed by the Fuller Company as a fitter/welder for 37 years before retiring.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

James D. Craig Iobst

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

James D. Craig Iobst, 73, of Whitehall, died Aug. 21, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Pamela (Watts) Iobst for 43 years.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late F. Murray Iobst and Normile (Stoddard) Iobst.

He was a 1962 graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Muhlenburg College.

He was a self-employed musician and educator. As an educator, he taught music both through private instruction and, most recently, a long tenure at Community Music School Lehigh Valley.

Catherine Rank

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Catholic Church member

Catherine “Kitty” Rank, 99, of Northampton, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late David T. Rank.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mikisits) Gerencser.

During World War II, she worked sewing military uniforms.

She was a seamstress in the garment industry for many years. She was a longtime cook and worker at the Hungarian Hall (Saint Peter and Paul Society) in Northampton for more than 50 years.

Janet D. James

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Catasauqua Area School District employee

Janet D. James, 78, of Coplay, died Aug. 30, 2018, at her home. She was the wife of George F. James for 58 years.

Born in Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy C. (Stewart) Finley.

She was a graduate of Catasauqua High School, Class of 1958, where she served as class treasurer.

She worked for the Catasauqua Area School District in the administrative office for many years.

She was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua.

Helen H. Sodl

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former sewing machine operator

Helen H. (Hock) Sodl, 97, died Aug. 19, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Bethlehem where she resided. She was a wife of the late George S. Sodl for 61 years.

Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Roza (Unger) Hock.

She worked as a sewing machine operator in the local garment industry.

Ronald G. Savacool Sr.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

previous car salesman at Gilboy Ford

Ronald G. Savacool Sr., 69, of Orefield, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William B. Sr. and Crisol G. (Mastoras) Savacool.

He was a car salesman for the former Krause Dodge, Schnecksville, and before that, Gilboy Ford, Whitehall.

He was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

Frank Trinkle

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

secretary/treasurer for Allen Township

Frank Trinkle, 84, died Aug. 21, 2018, after surviving many years of lung cancer and associated illness. He was the husband of Terri (Szupper) Trinkle for 57 years.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Kornfeind) Trinkle. He grew up in Kreidersville on a farm, not far from where he lived most recently.

He graduated from Northampton High School and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Muhlenberg College.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Alice I. Potteiger

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

ladies auxiliary life member

Alice I. Potteiger, 83, of South Whitehall Township and formerly of Slatington, died Aug. 19, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, inpatient unit, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Theodore R. Potteiger Jr.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late George and Lillian (Nagle) Chimich.

She attended the former Egypt United Church of Christ, Whitehall.

She was a life member of the VFW ladies auxiliary in Walnutport.