Salisbury Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Gary L. Steckel

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Gary L. Steckel, 77, of Macungie, died Sept. 8, 2018, in his residence. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Robert Steckel and Edna (Fenstermacher) Rooney.

He was a retired HVAC technician and an avid gardener with a witty sense of humor.

He is survived by a son, Timothy and his wife Betty, of Allentown; daughter, Jana, of Emmaus; half-brothers, Randall Rooney, Jeffery Rooney and Duane Rooney; half-sisters, Maieve Hartman, Eileen Kupcha, Colleen Nechetsky, Kathleen Wiragh. He was predeceased by a brother, Kerry.

Linda M. Kauffman

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Linda M. Kauffman, 73, of Macungie, formerly of Allentown, died Sept. 16, 2018, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack L. Kauffman. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary last May. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John F. and Dorothy F. (Stephens) Hrivnak.

She performed clerical work for various companies in the Lehigh Valley.

She served as an organist and choir director for St. John’s E.C. Church for many years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Dale J. “Doc” Stout

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Salisbury Township

Dale J. “Doc” Stout, 77, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 15, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Frances H. “CieCie” (Pors) for 54 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Henry A. and Flossie R. (Hoch) Stout.

He was a lineman for Verizon and served in the military police in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury and was the youngest of 13 children.

He enjoyed meeting his friends at McDonald’s on South 4th Street.

Jane J. (Eschenbach) Oswald

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Alburtis

Jane J. (Eschenbach) Oswald, 84, of Alburtis, died Sept. 16, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the loving wife of Lloyd B. Oswald. They were married for 67 years. Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Helen R. (Heiser) Eschenbach.

She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Alburtis, where she was a Sunday School teacher and served as a former member of the Consistory for 14 years.

Kevin M. Baus

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former Lehigh Valley chef

Kevin M. Baus, 62, of Macungie, died Sept. 8, 2018, in his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Stella A. (Giniewski) Baus.

He graduated from and played baseball at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

He was a chef in the Lehigh Valley at various restaurants and facilities.

He enjoyed salmon fishing and bicycling.

He is survived by siblings, Kathleen Garger, Craig and his wife Diane, Melodie and her husband Thomas Novatnack, Tracy and her husband Thomas Malinowski, Carol Yaniger and Barbara Loupos; nieces and nephews.

Thomas Pelzer

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

former tractor trailer driver

Thomas Pelzer, 81, of Macungie, died Sept. 6, 2018, in the St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Carole A. (Sweet) Pelzer. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Lawrence Pelzer and Mildred (Flannigan) Pelzer.

He was a graduate of Germantown High School, Class of 1955.

He served in the Army from 1958 to 1962 during the Berlin Crisis.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved spending time at the shore in Sea Isle City, N.J.

Patsy Ann Kline

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Emmaus

Patsy Zimmerman Kline, 72, of Lawrenceville, Ga., formerly of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2018. She was the wife of Ronald Kline. They were married for 52 years. Born in Elizabethville, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Althea (Wood) Zimmerman.

She graduated from Emmaus High School in 1964 and Bethlehem Business College in 1965.

She was a member of the Joy Class of First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, Ga.

John J. Speer

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Old Zionsville

John J. Speer, 90, of Old Zionsville, died Sept. 7, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Ellen A. (Moyer) Speer, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Glenside, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary E. (Stark) Speer.

He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School.

He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Justin C. Burdge

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Alburtis

Justin C. Burdge, 39, of Alburtis, died unexpectedly Sept. 2, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was the son of Yvonne (Wetzel) Burdge and the late Frank Burdge.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR races with his friend Zack.

He is survived by his companion Angie Trego; daughters, Leah and Ashlyn; a sister, Christin; a niece; two nephews and Grandma Wetzel.

A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 7722 St. Peter’s Road.