Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, June 22, 2018

E. Antoinette Butler

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Danielsville

E. Antoinette “Toni” Butler, 78, of Danielsville, died May 2, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg campus, Bethlehem. She was the wife of James C. Butler for four years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Anthony Schrettner and Dorothea (Polckow) Schrettner.

She was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.

She was a purchasing manager for the former Losey & Company Inc., Palmer Township, for 20 years before she retired in 2005.

Richard A. Meckes Sr.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Egypt VFW Post 7293 member

Richard A. Meckes Sr., 78, of Gouldsboro, died Jan. 25, 2018, in Clermont, Fla. He was the husband of Jeanette (Torbey) Meckes for 57 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Allen F. and Josephine (Kohlhauser) Meckes.

He was a Whitehall High School graduate.

He was a six-year U.S. Navy veteran and was aboard the USS Saratoga.

He was a mechanic with Mack Trucks for 32 years until he retired.

He was a member of Egypt VFW Post 7293 and American Legion Post 0274 of Gouldsboro. He was a lifetime member of Petersville Rod & Gun Club.

Zachary J. Houlik

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Breinigsville

Zachary J. Houlik, 22, of Greensboro, N.C., and formerly of Breinigsville, died May 4, 2018, as a result of an motor vehicle accident in Franklin County, Virginia.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was a son of Wendy J. (Hoppes) Houlik with Joseph Szakal of Whitehall and James M. with Jean (Yingling) Houlik of Mechanicsburg.

He was a 2013 graduate of Parkland High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lees-McRae College and a master’s degree from Appalachian State University.

He was a purchasing planner for Gilbarco-Veeder-Root, Greensboro, N.C.

Launa K. Miller

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmanuel Lutheran Church member

Launa K. Miller, 78, of Moore Township, died May 3, 2018, at her residence. She was the wife of the late Larry L. Miller.

Born in Bowmanstown, she was a daughter of the late Matthew H. and Orba (Rehrig) Nicholas.

She was an optician for 19 years for various optical facilities in Lehigh Valley before she retired in 1998.

She was a sexual abuse counselor at the Northampton County Survivor Center, Easton, for eight years.

She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bath, where she was a former youth group adviser, a greeter and an usher.

Carol Lynn Thompson

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church member

Carol Lynn Thompson, 53, of Coplay, died May 6, 2018, at home. She was the wife of John Thompson for 33 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Mel and Rosemarie (Herzog) Haffner.

She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Zachary; a brother, Dennis Haffner of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Diane and her husband Angel Silva of Northampton; nieces; and nephews.

Karen G. Danner

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

school bus driver

Karen G. Danner, 66, of Allentown, died April 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Robert Danner II for 45 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Granville and Loretta (Steigerwalt) George.

She was a 1969 graduate of Dieruff High School.

She was a bus driver for Parkland School District for 26 years until she retired in February 2017.

Mary M. Ringer

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s UCC member

Mary M. (Marcks) Ringer, 90, of Whitehall, died April 28, 2018, at Lehigh Commons, Lower Macungie Township. She was the wife of Alton H.S. Ringer for 53 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Grover P. and Cajus V. (Eisenhard) Marcks.

She was an assembler at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for 15 years. She co-owned and assisted her husband with their Whitehall farm operation for 38 years.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys.

Joan M. Cressley

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Lehighton

Joan M. (LaRose) Cressley, 78, of Lehighton, died April 26, 2018, in her home. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Cressley.

Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Clarence T. and Mary A. (Caffrey) LaRose.

She was a bank teller for more than 25 years for the former Tri-County Bank, Lehighton and Bowmanstown, until she retired in 2002.

She was a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Franklin Township.

She was a member and a former treasurer of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club.

Ruth Willistein

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

101 years old

Ruth Frederick (Hartman) Willistein, 101, died May 1, 2018, at The Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was married for 48 years to Paul August Willistein Sr., who died May 1, 1991, at 85.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Phaon Hartman and Minnie Frederick Hartman, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township.

She was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1934.

Ruth was owner-operator of Wayside Flower Shop, Bethlehem; managed Bookman’s Book Store, Allentown, and was a governess in Philadelphia and Ocean City, N.J.

Edward Orak

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Walnutport

Edward Orak, 64, of Walnutport and formerly of Fords, N.J., died March 18, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Christine (LaVista) Orak and the fiance of Jacqueline Lajewski for 16 years.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he was a son of the late John and Anna (Tomas) Orak.

He worked for General Motors Corporation before he retired and previously worked as an independent truck driver.

He was a former member of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Fords, N.J.