Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Earl D. Smoyer

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Fullerton American Legion member

Earl D. Smoyer, 88, of South Whitehall Township, died May 17, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown campus. He was the husband of the late Virginia (Hebig) Smoyer.

Born in Bath, he was a son of the late Howard D. and Gladys I. (Miller) Smoyer.

A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict, he served aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts.

The longtime head custodian for Kratzer Elementary School in the Parkland School District, he retired in 1993.

Gordon Bender

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

101 years old

Gordon “Gordy” Bender, 101, died May 16, 2019. He was the husband of the late Helen (Burnell) Bender for 57 years.

He was a son of the late William and Lotte Bender and grew up in Catasauqua.

He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II.

He worked at Mack Trucks from the age of 18 until he retired.

He helped to organize the United Auto Workers for which he was a shop steward for many years.

Margaret Kuchera

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John Fisher Catholic Church member

Margaret Kuchera, 93, of Northampton, died May 17, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late Jacob P. Kuchera.

Born in Hokendauqua, she was a daughter of the late George and Helen (Bartos) Cowitch.

She worked for Western Electric for many years.

She was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, North Catasauqua.

Arthur J. Benscoter

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Chapman Lodge 637 F&AM member

Arthur J. Benscoter, 68, of Walnutport, died May 16, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Karen D. (Walker) Benscoter for 42 years.

Born in Meshoppen, he was a son of James Benscoter of Northampton and the late Dorothy (Steele) Benscoter.

He was a 1969 graduate of Northampton High School.

He was an operations manager for PP&L, Allentown, for 44 years before retiring in 2013.

He was a member of Chapman Lodge 637 F&AM, Northampton, and of the Lehigh Consistory Valley of Allentown, where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a Boy Scout.

Stewart R. Bright

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Catholic Church member

Stewart R. Bright, 94, of Northampton, died May 16, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Anna E. (Spaits) Bright for 73 years.

Born in Strausstown, he was a son of the late Edgar and Laura (Strauss) Bright.

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

He was a water treatment plant operator for Northampton Borough Municipal Authority until he retired in 1987.

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

He was a member of the Young At Heart senior group, Northampton.

Margaret F. Papsun

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

attended St. John’s United Church of Christ

Margaret F. Papsun, 93, of Lower Macungie Township, died May 17, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late John M. Papsun.

Born in Oahu, Hawaii, she was a daughter of the late George Sr. and Mae (Teryua) Kern.

She was employed as a seamstress and machine operator at Schneider Manufacturing, Allentown, where she also was a fashion model.

She attended St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton.

Stephen P. Gober

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Stephen P. Gober, 93, of Northampton, died May 14, 2019. He was the husband of the late Caroline (Ebner) Gober.

Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Schlaffer) Gober.

He worked at Cross Country Clothes for 46 years until his retirement.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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

He was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Catholic War Veterans Post 454 and the Young at Heart senior group.

Carol A. Kroboth

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John the Baptist Church member

Carol A. Kroboth, 63, of Whitehall, died May 9, 2019, at home. She was the wife of Martin J. Kroboth Jr.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Jean (Miller) Weiss.

She was a server for the former Village Inn and the Luther Crest retirement community, Allentown.

The was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles.