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Friday, October 20, 2017

Madeline Golembeski

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Lower Macungie Township

Madeline “Madge” Golembeski, 77, of Lower Macungie Township, died peacefully Aug. 8, 2017, with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Walter J. Golembeski who died Oct. 18, 2011. Born in Hamtramck, Mich., she was the daughter of the late John B. and Madeline (Krispin) Bonczewski.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield and was a member of the Ancient Oaks Women’s Organization.

She worked at the former Weaver’s Gems and Minerals and the former Triangle Traveling Store, both of Emmaus.

William L. Sipos

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Salisbury Township

William L. Sipos, 89, formerly of Salisbury Township, died Aug. 23, 2017, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Lillian A. (Roth) Sipos. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Ludwig and Clara (Opez) Sipos.

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

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus.

He was employed at Mack Trucks, retiring in 1987. He previously worked at Grammes-McCord in Allentown for 24 years.

He enjoyed woodworking and gardening in his spare time.

Emory J. Long

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Emory J. Long, 87, of Emmaus, died Aug. 21, 2017, in The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of Eleanor L. (Heussman) Long, with whom he shared over 60 years of marriage. Born in Alburtis, he was the son of the late Howard W. Long and Isabella (Reese) Long.

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

He was a 1947 graduate of Emmaus High School and a 1949 graduate of Allentown Business College.

He was employed in the Linderman Library at Lehigh University.

Terry J. Ritter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Terry J. Ritter, 70, of Macungie, died Aug. 19, 2017, at the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown, after a brief illness. He was the son of Jean M. Ritter and the late Jack Ritter.

He was a 1966 graduate of William Allen High School.

He served in the Army National Guard.

He was a former co-owner of C&T Foreign Car Parts, Allentown, for many years, and later retired from A&A Auto Parts.

He loved music and cars, Eagles football and spending time with his family.

Paul E. Merkel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Alburtis

Paul E. Merkel, 86, of Alburtis, died Aug, 21, 2017, in his residence. He was the husband of the late Gladys E. (Miller) Merkel, who died Oct. 14, 1999. Born in Alburtis, he was a son of the late Adam and Mary (Krasukak) Merkel.

He was a 1949 graduate of Emmaus High School.

He worked in the parts department at the former Caloric Corporation, Topton, for many years, until the plant closed in 1991. He also worked for Frank Hunsel’s Mink Farm, Alburtis, for several years.

He was an avid gardener who enjoyed the wildlife around his home. He was also a cat lover.

Theresa J. Neil

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Allentown

Theresa J. Neil, 80, of Allentown, died Aug. 27, 2017, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Terrence R. Neil Sr. They shared 56 years of marriage until his death April 6, 2014. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Terrence F. and Marion (Bowen) Moorehead.

A 1955 graduate of Allentown High School, she was employed by the Allentown Police Department for several years as a crossing guard.

She was a member of Jordan UCC and its choir until she was unable. Previously, she was a member of the former Trinity UCC and its choir.

Mark C. Shenberger

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Mark C. Shenberger, 48, of Macungie, died Aug. 24, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Boulevard, Salisbury Township. He was the son of Dale and Annette (Seidel) Shenberger.

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

He was active with the Macungie Fire Co. and enjoyed going to the social hall.

He was proud of his jobs detailing recreational vehicles for private clients and also buses for the former Leonard Bus Lines.

Suzanne S. Kratzer

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus H.S. graduate

Suzanne S. Kratzer, 74, of Allentown, died Aug. 22, 2017, in her home with her beloved Bedlington Terrier, Frosty faithfully by her side. She was the wife of the late former Pennsylvania State Sen., Rev. Guy M. Kratzer. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late A. Mark and Catherine B. (Weaver) Schappel.

She was a 1961 graduate of Emmaus High School and served as president of both her junior and senior class and served on the class reunion committees including the 50th in 2011.

Barbara Ann (Behney) Williams

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Barbara Ann (Behney) Williams, 81, of Emmaus, died Aug. 25, 2017, at home with her husband by her side. She was the wife of Frederick “Fritz” Williams. They were married for 60 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy Marsch and Kenneth Schildt.

She was a 1954 graduate of Allentown High School.

She worked for more than 25 years at Emmaus Manufacturing Company where she served as chairwoman for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union for several years.

Lois R. Abbott

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

former Emmaus H.S. librarian

Lois R. Abbott, 72, died Aug. 14, 2017, at Luther Crest, South Whitehall Township. Born in Berks County, she was the daughter of B. Eleanor (Smith) Reppert, of Blandon and the late Arlan Reppert.

She was a librarian at Emmaus High School for over 20 years. Previously, she was a librarian in the Fleetwood School District.

She graduated from Kutztown with a bachelor’s degree in library science and received her master’s degree from Villanova University.