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Kowalchik, Theresa C. - Allentown  
Kowalchik, Theresa C. Theresa C. Kowalchik, 75, of Allentown, died March 26, 2015 in Lehigh Valley Hospital Inpatient Hospice. She was the wife of George J. Kowalchik, Sr. Born in Edwardsville, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Catherine A. (Borinski) Roberts. She was a line worker for Alpo Pet Foods for 22 years, retiring in 2007. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield. Survivors: Husband; Son, George J. Kowalchik, Jr. and wife Sandy of Goodyear, AZ; Daughter, Theresa C. wife of Wally Derr of Allentown; Sister, Margaret Hannis of FL; Granddaughters, Nicole wife of Daulton Messick, and Jenna Shultz. Services: Funeral Services Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM in Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., 250 Main St., Emmaus. Viewing 9:30 to 10:30 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Maternity Cemetery. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 617-A Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055.
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 28, 2015
Kraihanzel, Charles S. - Bethlehem  
Kraihanzel, Charles S. Dr. Charles S. Kraihanzel, 79, of Hanover Township, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, while in the care of St. Luke's Hospice House in Bethlehem. He was the husband of Pauline F. (Tripp) Kraihanzel. They celebrated 57 years of marriage in June of 2014. Born in New Bedford, MA he was the son of the late Charles and Hattie (Vaughan) Kraihanzel. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Brown University and his M.S. degree in 1959 in Organic Chemistry and his Ph.D. in 1962 in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and furthered his Postdoctoral studies from 1961 to 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kraihanzel was a Chemistry Professor at Lehigh University for 40 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bethlehem, where he served as a Sunday School Teacher and a Basketball Coach for 25 years, sang in the Choir, was a Church Moderator, a Deacon, a Small Group Bible Study Leader. He also led the Senior Citizens Group and was a Summer Camp Director at Camp Ichthus. Charles coached baseball at Lehigh and City Line Little Leagues in Bethlehem. He was a Freedom High School Band Parent and President from 1975-1976. Charles enjoyed gardening and wood working. Survivors: his loving wife, Pauline; daughter, Sherna A. Anthony and her husband, Paul of Bethlehem; sons, Paul F. Kraihanzel and his wife, Shelley of Bethlehem; Kris M. Kraihanzel and his wife, Lynn of Malvern, Pa. and Eric J. Kraihanzel and his wife, Heather of Bethlehem; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Charles Kraihanzel will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden Street, Bethlehem, 18017, with a reception to follow at the Church. The Long Funeral Home in Bethlehem is entrusted with arrangements. A memory tribute may be placed at www.longfhuneralhome.com Contributions: Because of Charles' love of music and singing in the choir, a special fund has been established to help purchase a new organ for First Baptist Church of Bethlehem. Please send contributions to First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden Street, Bethlehem 18017.
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 28, 2015
Kraipovich, Isabelle M. - Allentown  
Kraipovich, Isabelle M. Isabelle M. Kraipovich, 91, formerly of Country Meadows, Allentown, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in Keystone Villa, Douglassville. She was the wife of the late Anthony Joseph Kraipovich. Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late William L. and Wilda (Kanute) Meredith. She was a 1941 graduate of Tamaqua High School and a graduate of McCann's Business School, Mahanoy City. Prior to retiring in 1989, Isabelle was employed as a bookkeeper for family businesses for 20 years, an office worker for Gilbert's TV and Stereo for six years, and an office worker for Colonial Parking for 12 years. She was of the United Church of Christ faith, a member of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Auxiliary, and an Alcore Gift Shop volunteer for 15 years. Survivors: daughters, Joan I. Chaplin, Birdsboro, Beverly J. Murphy and husband, Joseph W., Waipahu HI; sister, Jean Homanick, Allentown; grandchildren, Jennifer Coull, King of Prussia, Dr. Gregory Chaplin, MA, Bryan Murphy, HI, Kevin Murphy, NC; great granddaughters, Eliza Coull, Siabh Chaplin. Brother, William, preceded her in death. Services: 11:30 AM Thursday in Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. 1335-37 W. Linden St. Call 11 AM until service time. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. www.stephensfuneral.com Contributions: in lieu of flowers, to American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place Bethlehem 18017.
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 28, 2015

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Koch, Clarence J. - Whitehall  
Koch, Clarence J. age 99, died peacefully on March 25, 2015 in Holy Family Manor of Bethlehem. Clarence lived in Whitehall for more than 50 years. He grew up in White Haven, PA and lived in a house he built himself in Ashley, PA before moving to Whitehall. Clarence worked as an engineer on the Lehigh Valley/Bethlehem Railroad until his retirement. He loved to share stories of the olden days when he could fix anything and nothing was ever thrown away. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary, Clarence is survived by his daughter, Marianne and her husband, Joseph Stretanski of Stamford, CT and son, Charles and his wife, Donnice Koch of Overland Park, KS. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Linda Peters and her husband Mark of Flemington, NJ, Christopher Koch and his wife, Julie of Newberg, OR, David Stretanski of Redbank, NJ, Eric Koch of Overland Park, KS and Mary Frangus and her husband Chris of Monroe, CT. He also had 10 great grandchildren; Connor, Ryan, MaryKate, Joshua, Kyler, CJ, McKenzie, Daniel, Casey and Peter. Services: His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Edward J. Essig at 10:00 am on Monday March 30, 2015 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Avenue, Whitehall, PA 18052, located 1 block south of the Fullerton Ave. exit of Route 22. Viewing will begin at 9:00 am in the Church Foyer. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Upper Macungie Twp. Gilbert Funeral Home of Whitehall is honored to handle his arrangements
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 27, 2015

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Kraynek Sr., George R. - Catasauqua  
Kraynek Sr., George R. George R. Kraynek, Sr., 84 years of Catasauqua, passed away on March 25, 2015. He was the husband of the late Kathleen C. (Pascoe) Kraynek to whom he was married for 63 years. Born June 17, 1930 in North Catasauqua he was the son of the late John Kraynek and Margaret (Groman) Fassman. George was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Catasauqua. He worked for the Central Railroad of New Jersey as a Trackman intermittently from 1949 to 1972. He also worked for Whitehall Manor Construction for 10 years. He retired from Phoenix Forging Co., Catasauqua, in 1992 after 20 years of service. He loved feeding the deer, ducks and feral cats in the Community. He was a familiar sight in Catty walking his dog "Misty" and driving his light blue '86 Chevy Truck. Survivors: He is survived by his son George, Jr., and his wife Susan of Kutztown, daughters Barbara and her husband Larry Ritter of Whitehall; Kathleen and her husband Anthony Vaglica of Silver Spring, MD.; brother Joseph Fassman of Allentown, sister Gail Kelly of Fremont, IN; grandchildren Jason Kraynek of Chicago, IL, Andrew Kraynek and his wife K'La of Fremont, CA, Adam Huffort and his wife Cyrena of Coplay, Ryan Huffort of Whitehall, Tara Vaglica and Anthony Vaglica of Silver Spring, MD; Great-Grandchildren: Jocelyn and Nathan Huffort of Coplay. Services: A mass of Christian burial will be held 10am Monday March 30th, 2015 at St. Mary's Church of the Annunciation, 122 W. Union Street, Catasauqua, PA 18032. His viewing will be 8:30-9:30am Monday at the Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Walnut St. Catasauqua, 18032. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made in his name to any animal rescue of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brubakerfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 26, 2015
Kressley, Carl R. - Breinigsville  
Kressley, Carl R. Carl R. Kressley, 78, of Mertztown, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Judith A. (Fenstermacher) Kressley. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in October. Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late Raymond F. and Pearl A. (Hausman) Kressley. He was a truck driver and diesel mechanic for Nothstein Brothers in Trexlertown for 36 years before retiring and also worked at Seidel Mowers for 15 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Mertztown. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandchildren, baseball, working on lawn mowers, his garden and auto racing. Survivors: wife; sons, Jeffrey C. and wife, Carol L.; Ronald C. and wife, Michelle L.; Steven C. and wife, Donna L.; Russell C. and wife, Carol J.; Ray C. and wife, Bonny C.; daughter, Brenda C. wife of Joseph A. Fatzinger, Jr; sisters, Ruthann wife of Terry Snyder; Marie wife of George Micolochick; twelve grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren. Services: Services: 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church 50 Luther Drive, Mertztown. A calling hour will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Interment at Longswamp Union Cemetery SCHMOYER FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements. www.schmoyerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Morning Call on Mar. 26, 2015
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