East Penn Press

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ethel R. Nester

Friday, November 17, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Vera Cruz

Ethel R. Nester, 85, of Allentown, died peacefully Nov. 10, 2017, at Above & Beyond, Allentown. She was the wife of Raymond H. Nester. They were married for 66 years this past August. Born in Vera Cruz, she was the daughter of the late Harold S. and Mildred B. (Kleckner) Bauman.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Emmaus.

She was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1949.

Helen M. Bower

Friday, November 17, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

former seamstress

Helen M. Bower, 85, of Emmaus, died Nov. 3, 2017, at home. She was the wife of the late Fred B. Bower. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Vernon Lorish and Alice M. Moyer.

She was a seamstress for various companies.

She will be remembered for her love of bingo, watching “Westerns” on TV and reading the newspaper.

Thomas E. Schlener

Friday, November 17, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

professional truck driver

Thomas E. Schlener, 52, of Macungie, died Nov. 9, 2017, at home. Born in Trenton, Mich., he was a son of the late Richard A. and Jacklyn (Seehausen) Schlener.

He was a professional truck driver for various companies in the Allentown area.

He is survived by a brother, John; a sister, Susan. He was predeceased by a son, Justin in 2010 and a brother, Richard in 2007.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by the Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville.

Thomas S. Bleckley

Friday, November 17, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Thomas S. Bleckley, 74, of Salisbury Township, died Oct. 30, 2017, in Manor Care. He was the husband of Shirley J. (Frantz) Bleckley.

He is survived by his wife; son, Keith J. and his wife Judith; daughter, Lori L. Bleckley-Dunlap; sister, Jeanne Phifer; grandson, Alex.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by the K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.

Richard A. Hahn

Friday, November 17, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

retired Allentown police sergeant

Richard A. “Dick” Hahn of Coplay, formerly of Allentown and Emmaus died peacefully Nov. 11, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Dolores M. “Dolly” (Billie) Hahn. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary June 6, 2017. Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Allen and Anna (Urban) Hahn.

George P. Peters

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethlehem Steel foreman

George P. Peters, 94, of Macungie, died Nov. 5, 2017. He was the devoted husband of the late Sally (Michael) Peters. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late George J. and Anna (Mingora) Peters.

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

He retired in 1983 as the foreman of #2 Machine Shop at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. after 42 years of service.

He was a parishioner of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.

He was a member of the National Sokols and an avid golfer.

Elza Brachman

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

career microbiologist

Elza Brachman, 86, of Macungie, died Oct. 29, 2017, after a courageous several-year battle with cancer, in her home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Armand E. Brachman Sr. Born in Riga, Latvia, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Antonia (Ziemelis) Adgers.

She was a driven professional in all her varied interests. She was an accomplished career microbiologist. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Emmaus Garden Club. Her landscaping and floral designs won accolades, including landing a Rodale book cover.