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Dr. Donald J. Chaputa


1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Donald J. Chaputa Obituary
Dr. Donald J. Chaputa, 83 of Allentown- S. Whitehall Twsp., PA. died on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Luther Crest Personal Care home, Allentown. Born June 21, 1934 in Northampton, PA, he was the son of the late Stephen Chaputa and the late Julia (Shattuck) Chaputa. He was the husband of Gloria I. (George) Chaputa with whom he shared 59 years of marriage last June 28, 2017. Donald was a 1952 graduate of Whitehall H.S. who continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Muhlenberg College in 1954. He went on to earn his Doctorate from the PA School of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA. in 1958. He opened his private practicein 1961, later to become Chaputa & Drabick, PC in Whitehall-Fullerton in 1976, and continued to offer eye care to the community for 41 years until retiring in 2001. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church Allentown, PA. Donald was the Past President of the Lehigh Valley Optometric Society, former member of the Whitehall Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a Charter member of the Sky Scalers-Model Airplane Club and was their Treasurer for many years. He enjoyed hunting competition skeet and trap shooting and was a past Pennsylvania state champion, winning in the 410 GA category. He also loved the outdoors and fishing. He caught one of the largest fish in the N. West Territory, Canada. Don was a military and Civil War buff and enjoyed re-enacting in the L.V. as a Lieutenant for the Union Army. Donald served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1958- 1961. Surviving along with his wife Gloria are son, Gregory S. Chaputa and wife Mia of Macungie, PA, daughters, Dr. Melanie M. wife of Dr. Kenneth Cherry of State College, PA, Carla A. wife of Mark Wieand of Schnecksville, PA and Nadine wife of Arthur Mason of Coopersburg, PA, brother, James Chaputa and wife Cynthia of La Verne, CA, sisters, Sonia wife of Richard Sippel of Emmaus, PA and Jeanne wife of Robert Oyer of Sarasota, FL; 4 grandchildren; Lauren, K.C., Eric and Allison. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018, and Friday, June 15, 2018 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM both at Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton, PA. 18067. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1:00 PM on Friday June 15, 2018 at St. Francis Of Assisi R.C. Church, 1046 W. Cedar Street Allentown, PA. 18102. Concluding with graveside services and interment at St. John's Catholic Church Cemetery, Northampton. Contributions: May be made to St John's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton or St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church both C/O the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com
Published in Morning Call on June 12, 2018
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