East Penn Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Gwen “Coach” Whildin

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

well-known area coach

Gwen “Coach” Whildin, 66, died Jan. 21, 2019, in her home in Pompano Beach, Fla., of complications from diabetes and ESRD. She was the daughter of the late Lois and Lew Whildin.

Formerly of Bearsden in Germansville, she graduated from Parkland High School, Lock Haven University and did graduate work at the University of Montana and East Stroudsburg University.

She taught and coached swimming for Panther Valley School District for four years and Northampton Area School District for 32 years, retiring as coordinator of the district health and physical education program.

Frank Krajcsir

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Upper Saucon Township

Frank Krajcsir, 81, of Upper Saucon Township, died Jan. 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he was the son of the late Josef and Mary (Szabo) Krajcsir.

He was a freedom fighter for the Hungarian Revolution and emigrated to the U.S. in 1957.

He worked as a utility person for the former Bon-Ton department stores, previously known as Hess’s, beginning his career in the South Mall location and then spending the rest of his career in the Palmer Park location.

Methodius “Meddy” J. Kocis, DDS

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Dr. Methodius “Meddy” J. Kocis, 87, of Macungie, died Jan. 23, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Theresa A. (Bobowski) Kocis. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Stephen S. and Anna V. (Labanz) Kocis.

He was a graduate of Emmaus High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He also attended Moravian College and Temple University School of Dentistry.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a dentist in Wescosville for 32 years until retiring.

Michael P. Raynock

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Lower Macungie Township

Michael P. Raynock, 65, of Lower Macungie Township, died Jan. 26, 2019, in his home. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of Gloria (Hetzner) Raynock and the late Joseph F. Raynock, who died Dec. 16, 2011.

He was a registered surveyor.

He graduated from Penn State University.

He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army.

He is survived by his mother; brother, Joseph J. and his wife Pat.

Services are private. Arrangements entrusted to the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.

Sally A. Hendricks

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Zionsville

Sally A. Hendricks, 77, of Emmaus, formerly of Zionsville, died Jan. 21, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was the wife of the late David O. Hendricks, who died March 1, 2016. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Bernadine (Rice) and Nelson Bruder.

She had a love for all animals. She raised and bred Great Danes for many years. She also raised and showed quarter horses alongside her husband, who formerly owned Hendricks and Sons Auto Center of Emmaus, until he retired and handed the reigns over to their two sons.

Rev. Dr. James W. Bowers

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

former Holy Spirit Lutheran pastor

Rev. Dr. James W. Bowers, 66, of Palmer Township, died Jan. 23, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson. He was the husband of Mary F. (O’Donnell) Bowers for 43 years. Born in Reading, he was a son of Mary Ann (Daniels) Bowers and the late William Bowers.

He was a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Lehigh Valley for 15 years.

He was a pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, until retiring last year. Prior to that he was the pastor at St. Paul’s Third Lutheran Church, Palmer Township.

Robert J. Fenstermaker

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School graduate

Robert J. Fenstermaker, 45, of Allentown, died Jan. 23, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Dawn M. (Moyer) Fenstermaker. They were married for 20 years on Oct. 24, 2018. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Dale S. and Marilyn E. (Schantz) Fenstermaker.

He was a store manager for PALCB Wine and Spirit Stores.

He was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church, Allentown and grew up attending St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Emmaus.

Lois E. Wanisko

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Emmaus

Lois E. Wanisko, 90, of Phillipsburg, N.J., died Dec. 31, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital Warren Campus. She was the wife of the late Louis E. Wanisko. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Anna (Trexler) Hamscher.

She worked as a secretary and office manager for the family vending business, retiring in 1996.

She was a member of the Bernadine Mae Legion Auxiliary and a board member of the Phillipsburg Senior Center, where she volunteered countless hours.

John E. Weibel Sr.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fort Myers, Fla. and Macungie

John E. Weibel Sr., 82, of Fort Myers, Fla. and Macungie, died Jan. 20, 2019, in the LVHN hospice unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Maria Louise “Teddy” Weibel. They were married for 43 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Ethelbert C. Weibel and Dorothy F. (Miller) Weibel.

Her was an Allentown High School graduate.

He was the founder and president of Valley Pet Supply, Inc. of Allentown, retiring in 2009.

Kathryn L. Lichty

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Lower Macungie Township

Kathryn L. (Reid) Lichty, 81, of Lower Macungie Township, died in her home Jan. 19, 2019. She was the wife of the late Jacob V. Lichty for 56 years. Born in Staten Island, New York City, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Van S. and Martha E. (Harris) Reid and grew up traveling with an Army family before settling in Marshall, Mo.

She graduated from Marshall High School and Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and then worked as an elementary teacher in Lees Summit, Mo., Quakertown, Rochester, N.Y. and Easton.