Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 24, 2017

William M. Snyder, worked in the coke plant

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William M. Snyder, 89, died April 2, 2017, at Westminster Village, Allentown. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Floyd and Elizabeth C. (Rufe) Snyder. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (Edelman) Snyder.

He worked in the Bethlehem Steel Coke Works plant for 40 years until he retired in 1992.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Berger; two grandchildren, Fred Berger and Brenda Demyan and her husband Andrew; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Robert and Ann Demyan.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Thomas C. Williams, Assumption B.V.M. Church member

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Thomas “Dusty” C. Williams, 62, of Coopersburg, died in his home April 6, 2017. Born in Brookville, he was a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Guzanic) Williams. He was the husband of Mary (Bauer) Williams for 41 years.

He was a heavy equipment operator at Barbiche Brothers, Flemington, N.J., for many years until he retired due to illness.

He was a member of Assumption of the B.V.M.- R.C. Church, Bethlehem, where he volunteered.

He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Evelyn E. Tancin, seamstress

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Evelyn E. Tancin, 84, of Whitehall, died April 1, 2017, in Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Hattie (Grim) Clewell. She was the wife of the late Thomas N. Tancin.

She was a seamstress for many years.

She is survived by a son, Robert and his wife Maureen; a granddaughter, Nicole; two grandsons, Thomas J. Tancin and his partner Timothy Larkin and Corey Tancin; and two sisters, Harriet Santee and Ruthann Shambo.

William Oliver Shafer, St. Anne’s R.C. Church member

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William Oliver Shafer, 69, of Fountain Hill, died March 29, 2017, in Cedarbrook - Fountain Hill. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Richard A. and Janet V. (Aldinger) Shafer.

He graduated from Northampton High School.

He was in U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

He was a self-employed landscaper and did interior and exterior painting most of his life until he retired.

William O. Fleckenstein, switching systems vice-president

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William O. Fleckenstein, 91, of Bethlehem, died March 9, 2017, at Moravian Village Health Center, Bethlehem. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late August and Helen (Dippre) Fleckenstein. He was the husband of the late Jeanne H. Fleckenstein for 67 years.

He was in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. St. Paul in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Keystone College and Lehigh University, where he won the Dupont Prize as the highest ranking senior in electrical engineering.

Antoinette A. Luciano, worked at Blough Nursing Home

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Antoinette A. Luciano, 79, of Bethlehem, died March 30, 2017, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Saharuk) Grello. She was the wife of Victor M. Luciano for 46 years.

She worked in the laundry and housekeeping department at Blough Nursing Home, Bethlehem, for 23 years until she retired.

Kenneth E. Dech, of Bethlehem

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Kenneth E. Dech, 69, of Bethlehem, died March 31, 2017, at his residence. Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Kenneth H. and Ruth E. (Hess) Dech.

He attended St. Peter’s U.C.C. Church, Seemsville.

He is survived by two sisters, Ruthann and her husband Emery Werkheiser of Northampton and Virginia Brey of Hilliard, Ohio; three nieces; and three nephews.

Contributions may be made to Life Path, c/o the funeral home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton, 18067.

Arrangements were made by Schisler Funeral Home, Inc., Northampton.

James Otto Kershner, laborer

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

James Otto Kershner, 58, of Bethlehem, died March 25, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He had been a resident of ManorCare I for many years. Born in Coopersburg, he was a son of the late Charles and Mildred (Lindaberry) Kershner.

He was a laborer for many years in various factories in the Lehigh Valley before becoming disabled.

He was a former member of Chestnut Hill Church U.C.C., Coopersburg.

James M. Putt, VA volunteer driver

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

James M. Putt, 69, of Lansford, died suddenly after a brief illness in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Joseph W. and Janina G. (Keidle) Putt.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

He worked various jobs over the years and was a locksmith for many years. He was a volunteer driver for veterans that needed transportation to and from the VA Medical Hospital at Wilkes Barre.

He was a member of the Lehighton branch of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).

William F. Valitski, engineer

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William F. Valitski, 80, of Hellertown, died March 21, 2017. Born in Fountain Springs, he was a son of the late William C. and Anna (Charney) Valitski. He was the husband of the late Loretta (Syzdek) Valitski.

He was a Villanova graduate.

He was an engineer for Philco Company and later for General Electric Space Center. He then worked for the former Burroughs Corporation, which became Unisys, for many years until he retired in 1997.