Salisbury Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Robert A. Sonka

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Salisbury Township

Robert Anthony “Butch” Sonka, 75, died Aug. 18, 2019, in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was the son of the late Al and Helen (Bechowski) Sonka.

He ran his own painting and towing business on Lehigh Street, Allentown, for many years. He also raced stock cars for Broadway Speed Shop at Dorney Park.

He was a member of the Fearless Fire Company and the V.F.W. Post 2124 in Allentown.

He is survived by a brother, Al and his wife, Mary Lou; three nephews, Brian Soler and Jack and Mike; great-nephews and a great-niece; many friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Sandy.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Fighting for the 9/11 first responders and volunteers

As we remember the horrific events from Sept. 11, 2001, we cannot ignore the many first responders and volunteers who ran toward the twin towers of the World Trade Center to help those in need.

These heroes have been in the news recently, fighting for the compensation fund to continue to care for those facing serious medical issues as a result of the survivor search and debris removal efforts.

Due to recent legislation, these first responders will get the help they need.

Frank W. “Skip” Deutsch III

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Frank W. “Skip” Deutsch III, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jane L. (Whitesell) Deutsch, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Catherine (Beck) and Frank W. Deutsch Jr.

He honorably served his country in the Army during Vietnam.

He worked at Bethlehem Steel, retiring in 1998. He later worked for 21 years at Locust Valley Golf Course.

He had a passion for golf and loved dogs.

He was of the protestant faith.

Louis Furmansky

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

automobile dealer

Louis Furmansky, 92, of Macungie, died Sept. 3, 2019, with his wife of 70 years by his side. He was the husband of Shirley Furmansky. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Morris and Sarah Furmansky.

He was a lifelong automobile dealer. He was a co-owner of Mozes Brothers Buick, Superfine Motors and Allentown Mazda-Volvo.

He was a lifetime member of Congregation Agudas Achim and Temple Beth El.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Helen Kirschbaum; son, Stewart and his wife, Carol; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

L.c. CORONER’S OFFICE and Forensics Center

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

An Emmaus man was fatally injured in a lawn tractor accident Sept. 3 in Upper Saucon Township.

Frank Deutsch, 73, was pronounced dead 10:07 a.m. Sept. 3 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, according to a media release provided by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

An autopsy Sept. 4 revealed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death was ruled an accident, according to authorities.

Mary Dalla Palu

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Mary Dalla Palu, 92, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 7, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late John A. Dalla Palu, who died in 2012. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Roncolato) Reck.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Allentown.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.