Oct. 13, 1949 – June 18, 2013
George Blazinsky, 63, of Northampton died on Tuesday, June 18 at home. He was the husband of Beverly (Keller) Blazinsky. He was a truck driver for many years and was recently promoted to regional manager for CPC Logistics in Bethlehem. Born Oct. 13, 1949 in Allentown, he was a son of the late George and Dorothy (Ressler) Blazinsky. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Martin, of Coplay; a brother, Gary Blazinsky, of Maryland; a sister, Gail Barriner, of Missouri; and two grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a brother, Greg Blazinsky. Services were on Saturday morning in the Schisler Funeral Home, Northampton. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
EDWIN W. CROUT, JR.
April 6, 1947-June 17, 2013
Edwin W. Crout, Jr., 66 of Bushkill Township, died Monday, June 17. He was the husband of June E. (Guth) Crout. Edwin was employed by PennDOT as an equipment operator for 30 years before retiring in 2003. Born in Wilson Borough on April 06, 1947, he was the son of the late Edwin W. Sr. and Hilda (Sterner) Crout. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, David P. Crout of Northampton; step-son, Richard Ramer of Allentown; step-daughter, Jayne Ramer of Ormrod; grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Serfass and Ruth Kratzer. Services were held last Friday, in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Bath. Interment followed in the Hope Cemetery, Hecktown. In lieu of flowers, may be made in memory of Edwin to the American Diabetes Association, 65 E. Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 502, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Wally G. Frey
July 17, 1926 – June 14, 2013
Wally G. Frey, 84, of Nazareth died Friday, June 14 in Easton Hospital. A 1947 graduate of Nazareth High School, he was a self-employed roofer in the Nazareth area until retiring. Born July 17, 1928 in Nazareth, he was a son of the late Hunter S. and Catherine (Wallace) Frey. He was a member of Nazareth Moravian Church and the Bethlehem Elks. Surviving are two sons, Jack Frey, of Nazareth and Richard Frey, of Hazleton; his twin sister, Jill Frey, of Charleston, S.C.; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Preceding him in death were two brothers, Robert and Hunter Frey. At his request there were no services, but he asked that people donate a kind word, a friendly smile, a helping hand, or any act of kindness. Arrangements were by the Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth.
Claire J. Fuls
Jan. 10, 1933 – June 18, 2013
Claire J. Fuls, 80, formerly of Nazareth and Lower Mt. Bethel, died Tuesday, June 18 in Manor Care, Palmer Township. She was the wife of the late Carl Fuls, who died Feb. 21, 1973. She worked in various blouse mills before retiring, and was a member of UNITE. Born Jan. 10, 1933 in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Lena (Laubach) Newhard. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Martins Creek. Surviving are two sons, Carl R. of Swiftwater and Kevin W. of Robesonia; three daughters, Vanessa Voltemate of Northampton, Melanie Kroboth of Plainfield Township, and Alice Frable of Saylorsburg; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Doris Werkheiser of Wilson, Betty Stocker of Palmer Township, and Victoria Nolf, of Tatamy; and five brothers, Richard Newhard of Northampton, Paul Newhard of Plainfield Township, Jerry Newhard of Easton, Charles Newhard of Tatamy, and Glenn Newhard of Florida. Preceding her in death was a sister, Rosabelle Shafer. Services were held on Friday morning in the Schmidt Funeral Home, Nazareth, followed by burial in Church Hill Cemetery, Martins Creek. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2904 Church Rd., Martins Creek, PA 180163.
Vincent J. Hendershot
Vincent J. Hendershot, 69, of Newburg Rd., Bethlehem (Lower Nazareth Township) died Saturday morning, June 22, 2013 in Easton Hospital. He worked as a truck driver for MTS Trucking Co., Nazareth, and later for Rollin Johnson Trucking Co., Stockertown. Born in Somerset, N.J., he was a son of the late Charles, Jr. and Melbina Mae (Beam) Hendershot. He was a social member of the Jacksonian Club, East Lawn Fire Co., and the VFW, all of Nazareth. Surviving are two sons James R., with whom he resided, and Richard J. of Stroudsburg; a granddaughter; three sisters, Loraine Perodis of Lincoln, Maine, Delores Newman of New Hampshire, Priscilla O’Neil of Palm Coast, Fla.; two brothers, Elmer of Whippany, N.J., and Kenneth of Delaware; nieces and nephews. Services will be at the convenience of the family, arranged by the Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Nazareth. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Pauline E. Rampulla
March 24, 1924 – June 18, 2013
Pauline E. Rampulla, 89, of Nazareth died Tuesday, June 18 at home. She was the wife of the late James C. Rampulla, who died Oct. 31, 1995. Born March 24, 1924 in Nazareth, she was a daughter of the late William and Marion (Kressler) Roth. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its Altar & Rosary Society in Nazareth. Surviving are two daughters, Constance A. White of Easton and Sheila Morris of Nazareth; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Anita Trach of Bath and Lorraine Serfass of Virginia; and a brother, Randolph Roth of Seguin, Texas. Preceding her in death were sons Andrew and James Rampulla; brothers Marvin, Maynard, Franklin, Paul and William Roth; and sisters Mabel Correll, Hilda Ruth, and Evelyn Buss. Services were held on Friday morning in the Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home at 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, PA 18064.
Dennis D. Romanishan
December 13, 1958 – June 24, 2013
Dennis D. Romanishan, 54, of Moore Township, died on Monday, June 24 at his residence. He was the husband of Denise J. (Clough) Romanishan. They celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on April 28th. He was a graduate of Northampton High School class of 1976. Dennis was self-employed as a siding and window contractor in the local area for more than 30 years. Born in Northampton on December 13, 1958, he was a son of Ruth C. (Yob) Romanishan of Moore Township and the late William J. Romanishan, Sr. In addition to his wife, Denise, and his mother, Ruth, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Arlene M. (Fenstermaker) Yob of Chapman Quarries; step-children, Greg Knauss of Salisbury Township and Stacy Burd of Moore Township; step-grandchildren; brothers, William J. Romanishan, Jr. of Moore Township, Michael K. Romanishan of Bushkill Township, and Neil A. Romanishan of Moore Township; niece; nephews; and a great-niece. Services will be private, at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown – Bath.
Jan. 10, 1932 – June 22, 2013
Donald L. Thew, 81, of Nazareth died Saturday, June 22 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was the husband of Dolores (Blahusch) Thew. He was an engineering supervisor at AT&T in Allentown for 30 years before retiring in 1989. He had served as corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Thew was a graduate of Massanutten Academy in Woodstock, Va., and was a 1959 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton. Born Jan. 10, 1932 in Shamokin, he was a son of the late William and Ethel (Kerstetter) Thew. He enjoyed playing cards at the East Lawn Fire Co. He was a past member of the bowling league at the Northampton Liederkranz. In addition, he was a former coach for girls softball in Phillipsburg, N.J., and a coach for boys youth baseball in Nazareth. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dana Rathmell, of Richmond, Texas, and two granddaughters. Preceding him in death were a brother, William Thew, and two sisters, Eleanore Erdman and Marie Schaffer. Services were held on Wednesday evening in the Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, c/o the funeral home at 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, PA 18064.
GORDON A. VanSCHOICK, SR.
September 30, 1920 – June 18, 2013
Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr., 92, of Bushkill Township, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died on Tuesday, June 18. He was the husband of Mildred F. (Hughes) VanSchoick with whom he shared 71 years of marriage last November. During World War II, Gordon honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Theater. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he was employed by Scherer Corp. in Somerset, NJ. Previously, he worked in the plumbing and boiler industry for more than 40 years as a journeyman plumber. Born in Robbinsville, NJ on September 30, 1920, he was the son of the late Rosteen and Mary Etta (Conover) VanSchoick. In addition to his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his children; sons, Gordon A. Jr. of Virginia, David R. with whom he resided, Herbert B of Lancaster, Thomas A. of NJ, and William J. of NY; daughters, Marjorie Christiansen of NJ and Susan Packowski of New Orleans, LA; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Edith Bellis and Emma Atkinson. A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 22 in the Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Arrangements have been entrusted to the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown – Bath. Contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the RBC Ministries, PO Box 2222 Grand Rapids, MI 49501.
ROBERT J. VOGEL, SR.
April 18, 1944 – June 23, 2013
Robert J. Vogel, Sr., 69, of Bushkill Township, formerly of Klecknersville, died on Sunday, June 23. He was the husband of the late Rosemary (Wikoff) Vogel with whom he shared 48 years of marriage prior to her death in 2012. Robert was employed by PennDOT as a heavy equipment operator for 30 years before retiring in 1997. He was a life-member of both the Kunkletown and Stockertown Rod & Gun Clubs. Born in Point Phillips on April 18, 1944, he was a son of the late David and Bernetta (Williamson) Vogel. He is survived by daughters, Betty A. Fenstermaker, Tina K. Vogel, and Tammy M. Flurer; sons, Robert J. Vogel, Jr., and William D. Vogel; nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. In addition to his late wife, Rosemary, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eva Vogel, as well as two infant brothers, Herbert and Wilson. Services will be private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Village of Moorestown – Bath. Contributions may be made in memory of Robert to the St. Luke’s Hospice, 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017.