East Penn Press

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Thomas B. Payonk

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Thomas B. Payonk, 50, of Salisbury Township, died unexpectedly at home Dec. 2, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Bernard B. and Irene K. Payonk. He lived with his mother and cared for her as she aged.

He was a 1985 graduate of Salisbury High School.

He worked for Laneco prior to accepting a position with Piramal Critical Care where he worked until he was no longer able.

He was a member of the Fountain Hill Republican Club, Fountain Hill Democratic Association, V.F.W. and the Fountain Hill Hose Company.

Gerald D. Trout

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former L.V. Dairy employee

Gerald D. Trout, 91, of Emmaus, died Nov. 28, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Emily (Mitrisin) Trout. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 11.

He was employed at Lehigh Valley Dairy for 39 years prior to his retirement.

He served his country during World War II in the United States Army.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Allentown.

William J. Tonkin IV

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former South Whitehall police officer

William J. Tonkin IV, 74, of Macungie, formerly of Emmaus, died Nov. 27, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy A. (Hoffmeir) Tonkin. They were married for 33 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Martha (Seitz) and William J. Tonkin III.

He was a graduate of Dieruff High School, attended Temple University and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.

He honorably served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Richard Kepler Brunner

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

newspaper columnist, editor

Richard Kepler Brunner, 92, of Emmaus, died Dec. 1, 2018. He was the husband of Betty Louise (Folk) Brunner. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in November. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of Franklin Umstead Brunner and Mary Elizabeth (Kepler) Brunner.

He was a novelist, essayist, reporter, radio news/sports announcer, college administrator, teacher, newspaper columnist and editor.

Gary A. Fritch Sr.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Lower Macungie Township

Gary A. Fritch Sr., 65, of Lower Macungie Township, died Nov. 29, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Sharon D. (Gehman) Fritch. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Donald A. and Grace C. (Madtes) Fritch.

He was employed at Air Products and Chemicals for 20 years.

He was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Alburtis and was a former member and deacon at St. John’s UCC, Emmaus.

He was a former member of the Emmaus Ambulance Corps and the Emmaus Special Police.

Marilyn A. Rickey

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Macungie postal clerk

Marilyn A. (Krauss) Rickey, died Nov. 21, 2018, in her residence. She was the wife of the late Michael F. Rickey. Born in Macungie, she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Anna R. (Moll) Krauss.

She was a graduate of Emmaus High School.

She worked as a postal clerk in the Macungie post office for many years, retiring in 1993.

She was a member of Solomon’s U.C.C., Macungie and was active with the Macungie Minstrelaires.

Mary Carroll Roche

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Wescosville

Mary Carroll Roche, 89, of Wescosville, died Nov. 23, 2018, in her home She was the wife of the late Louis C. Roche. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late D. Albert and Angela (Carroll) Donegan.

She was a graduate of Notre Dame College, Baltimore, Md.

She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed raising her six sons.

Ethel M. (Reiss) Boyer

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Ethel M. (Reiss) Boyer, 86, of Macungie, died Nov. 15, 2018, in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home, Kutztown. She was the wife of the late Harold C. Boyer, who died Sept. 5, 2010. Born in Emmaus, she was a daughter of the late Henry M. and Ruth (Sallade) Reiss.

She was a member of Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis.

She was employed as a finisher for Knoll, Inc., East Greenville, until her retirement.

She enjoyed cooking and baking and picnics with the family and swimming.

Connie L. Fritch

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

graduate of Emmaus High School

Connie L. Fritch, 72, of Mertztown, died Nov. 24, 2018. She was the wife of Craig Roper, with whom she celebrated 31 years of marriage. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Harriet (Baker) Nuver.

She was a graduate of Emmaus High School.

She was employed at Landis Store Hotel and later worked in the care of children. She dedicated her life to the care and rescue of animals.

Louis Edward Fink

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Louis Edward Fink, 80, of Salisbury Township, formerly of Charleston, S.C., died Nov. 24, 2018, in Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, Richlandtown. He was the husband of Carole (Beech) Fink. They were married for 51 years. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Carl and Margaret Mary (Beckler) Fink.

He was the EDI coordinator for BP Company, Chicago, Ill., retiring in 2002.

He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.

His favorite hobbies were golfing, napping and being a Pop-Pop. He loved to cook and enjoyed making soups.