East Penn Press

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Marie E. Cope

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Marie E. Cope, 96, of Emmaus, died Dec. 25, 2019. She was the wife of the late Russell H. Cope. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Mary Elizabeth (Palencar) Kovish.

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

She is survived by sons, Russell H. Jr. and William R.; daughter, Mary Cope Roy; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.

Lowell L. Vanskike

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies employee

Lowell Lee Vanskike, 90, of Emmaus, died Dec. 17, 2019. He was the husband of the late Thelma June (Sebastian) Vanskike who died February 2006. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Nellie Rose (Murphy) Vanskike and Lee Vanskike.

During the Korean War he served two years in the U.S. Army as a radio operator at Ft. Louis, Wash. and Salzburg, Austria.

He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and from Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.) with an Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Tommy Burkhardt

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Thomas J. Burkhardt Jr., 46, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 22, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Tom and Mary Beth (Fistner) Burkhardt.

He graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School in 1991 and worked at the Lehigh Valley Post Office since then. He spent many years coaching youth sports in Salisbury.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Edwards); children, Jared, Alicia, Justin and Jeremy; sister, Melanie; and a large extended family.

Contributions can be made to the family for medical and funeral expenses.

Mary V. (Lisi) Kuncio

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Emmaus

Mary V. Kuncio, 93, formerly of Emmaus, died Dec. 24, 2019 in DevonHouse Senior Living. She was the wife of the late John Kuncio Sr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Bednar) Lisi.

She was a devoted homemaker and member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her sons, John Jr., of Allentown, and Michael and his wife Judy, of Orefield; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Delphine Lisi, of Macungie; sister-in-law, Helen Bauman, of Macungie. She was predeceased by a son, David and a daughter, Mary Ann Frey.

Richard L. De Long

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Allentown

Richard Leo De Long, 58, of Allentown, died Dec. 20, 2019. He was the son of the late Leo H. De Long Jr. and Nancy De Long and second mom, Wanda.

He attended Emmaus schools and was self employed in construction.

He is survived by his companion, Eileen; son, Jeremy; daughter, Jamie; sisters, Patty, Sharon and Brenda; brothers, William, Leo and Scott. He was predeceased by his father; mother; and a sister, Diane.

He will be forever remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.

Danielle N. Spitale

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

owner, The Commix Hotel

Danielle N. Spitale, 52, of Emmaus, died Dec. 19, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Inpatient Hospice. She was the wife of David J. Spitale for 20 years. Born in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of Yvonne Olga (Mironik) Boykoff, of Allentown and the late Clifton R. Dennis Jr.

She was a loving wife and mother.

She was the owner of The Commix Hotel. Previously, she worked for GC Electric.

She was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Emmaus.

Edward Pfenninger

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

former Bethlehem Steel employee

Edward “Ed” Pfenninger, 88, of Macungie, died Dec. 17, 2019, surrounded by his loving family after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was the husband of Delores “Dee” Pfenninger for 65 years. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Emil and Ida (Thurnheer) Pfenninger.

He was a Pennsylvania National Guard Corps of Engineers member from 1949 to 1961.

He was a 1953 graduate of Lehigh University. He worked 32 years as a civil engineer at Bethlehem Steel then five years with an engineering consulting firm.

Andrew D. Modo

Monday, December 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School graduate

Andrew David Modo, 31, of Upper Milford Township, died unexpectedly Dec. 16, 2019 and generously donated his organs. He was the husband of Alyssa Spangler. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Ronald T. and Jayne (Quigley) Modo.

He was a graduate of Emmaus High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Temple University where he loved playing rugby.

He worked in genetics and as a chemist.

He will be remembered for his big personality, deep belly laugh and a presence that filled the room.

Leonard S. Warmkessel Sr.

Monday, December 23, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Leonard “Lenny” S. Warmkessel Sr., 82, of Emmaus, died Dec. 15, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Warmkessel for 29 years. He was the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Skvoretz) Warmkessel.

He and his wife enjoyed frequenting restaurants, playing cards and laughing as often as possible.

He was the manager at Freihofer’s Bakery, moving on to Stewart Sandwiches until his retirement in 1989.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle and seeing his doting second family at The Trivet on Route 29 in Emmaus.