The Morning Call (Sunday) : 2020-11-15

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36 The Morning Call | Sunday, November 15, 2020 Obituaries The Morning Call extends condolence­s to the families and loved ones of those who have passed. 610-820-6565 Dr. Vera Jean (Palmer) Krisukas Harold R. Maurer Sylvia J. Spirk Dr. Vera Jean Krisukas, 100, of Allentown passed away peacefully November 10, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Vera was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Broni G. Krisukas. She was born in Stroudsbur­g, Pa. on December 30, 1919 to the late Ellsworth and Leila Palmer. Vera is the eldest of 7 and survived by her brothers Lee and James Palmer; son Gene F. Krisukas and wife Carol, son Rodger D. Krisukas and wife Judy, daughter Lea Ann Graeffe and late husband Howard, and daughter Jane E. De Piero and husband James. She is also survived by her 9 grandchild­ren and 15 great grand children. Vera graduated from Penn State in 1941 and completed medical school at Temple University in 1944. In 1946, Vera started her own family practice; spanning over five decades, her favorite part was welcoming new life into the world. Prior to her retirement in 1990, Vera served as the Medical Director of Health Services at Cedar Crest College from 1965-1984. She was a doctor to all and it wasn't unusual for her to accept a tray of homemade baklava as payment for services. Dr. Vera Krisukas served as president of both the Medical Women of Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Academy of Family Practice. She was also a member of the American Medical Society, Lehigh County Medical Society, and the Allentown Hospital Medical Board. Vera believed in educating and giving back to the community. As a Girl Scout Troop Leader for over 16 years, she taught leadership and outdoor skills. Throughout the 80's and 90's Vera served as a board member on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Planned Parenthood of Lehigh Valley, and the YWCA. She also was on the Advisory Committee on Sex Education and a lecturer in Lehigh County Schools. Post retirement, Vera held various positions at Cedarbrook Nursing Home and Phoebe Allentown. Additional­ly, she volunteere­d across the Lehigh Valley at many blood drives with the mobile Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Dr. Vera Jean Krisukas received several awards over the years culminatin­g with the YWCA's Women's Leadership Award in 1991. Vera was also a Charter Member of Calvary Baptist Church of Allentown. Vera never let outside influences deter her active life style which included concerts, traveling all over the world, hunting, camping, skiing (until she was 89), hiking, and canoeing. She shared her love of the outdoors and the Delaware River with her grandchild­ren well into her 90's. Dr. Vera Jean Palmer Krisukas had a life well lived. The immediate family will be holding a private service with a Celebratio­n Of Life to follow in the Spring. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Greater Valley Girl Scout Council, or Phoebe Allentown. Arrangemen­ts by Trexler Funeral Home, Allentown. www.trexlerfun­ Harold R. Maurer, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away November 8, 2020. He was the husband of the late Betty Jean (Rabenold) Maurer for 61 years before her death in 2014. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Oscar and Helen (Walter) Maurer. Harold was employed by Roller Smith before going to Lehigh University to work as a technician in Fritz Lab. He then worked at Bethlehem Steel's Homer Research Lab as a technician for 20 years. He served his country for two years in the US Army during the occupation of Japan. Harold loved shad fishing, golfing and long distance running. He even shot a hole in one (hole 3) at Southmoore Golf Course. He ran the Boston Marathon twice and the New York Marathon once. His children think their father's biggest accomplish­ments were his role as father. He was the kind of dad who bermed snow in the back yard and got out the garden hose to make an ice rink to skate on. It was less important that the backyard look nice, but more important that it could be played in. It had a wonderful tree fort and tire swing, which resulted in all the grass beneath it being worn away. He taught his children to always leave a campsite cleaner than the way they found it on their many camping adventures. They saw every fort in Pennsylvan­ia to throw in some history during camping trips. He taught all the children to ice skate, mostly on ponds and the canal, so many times they shoveled paths to skate, have winter picnics and sled. The children always had a bicycle to ride ---not always new, but they always had one. He drove his son's old drum set to many battle of the bans events in the 60s, in the old Rambler station wagon. He traveled with the Liberty High School Grenadier Band to St. Petersburg when Cindy played the trombone. He always encouraged his children to follow whatever their interests were and never missed a soccer game, concert or sporting event. He even rented a chauffeur's costume and chauffeure­d his granddaugh­ter and her friends to their prom. He showed up, this was the best Dad! "You did a great job, Pop!" Surviving are daughters, Cynthia J. (Ronald) Cressman of Bethlehem and Sally Jo Lawrence of Bethlehem; sons, Eric Maurer of Hope, NJ and Thomas P. Maurer of Naples, FL; grandchild­ren, Daniel and Derek Cressman, James and Jacob Maurer, and Katie and Morgan Lawrence; great-grandchild­ren, Lucy and Isla St. Cressman and Jaya Lawrence-Gupta; and a brother, Randall Young. Services will be at convenienc­e of the family. Arrangemen­ts, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of one's choice. Online condolence­s may be recorded at www. Sylvia J. Spirk died peacefully at her home of more than 63 years on Friday, November 13, 2020. Born December 23, 1926 in Fountain Hill, PA to the late Anthony and Amelia (DiMeglio) Iasiello. She was the wife of Bernard R. Spirk, Sr. for 69 years, married July 7, 1951. Sylvia and Bernie were 1945 graduates of Fountain Hill High School. Sylvia's first job was as a clerk at FC Woolworth on Third & New Streets, Southside Bethlehem then, at the time of her marriage, in the business office of H Leh & Co. in Allentown. When her youngest children were middle school aged, Sylvia began working in the guidance department­s of, first, Notre Dame High School, then, Bethlehem Catholic, and ending her working career at Allentown Central Catholic after more than 20 years of touching the lives of thousands of students. Nothing was more important to Sylvia than her family. She liked being part of a big family. She was the seventh of nine and she and Bernie had eight children. As a mother, she immersed herself in raising her children and, as Grams, helping with her grandchild­ren and great-grandchild­ren. She followed their school-aged achievemen­ts and then supporting them in their adulthood endeavors. Survived by her husband; children - Bernard, Jr., Michael (Susan), Janice, Patricia (John), Mary Beth (Margaret), David (Ann), Francis (Patricia), Robert (Alicia); grandchild­ren – Bernard, III (Leslie), Jenna (Anthony), Emily (Joseph), Meredith (Patrick), Matthew (Christine), Kelly (Michael), Katie (Todd), Isabelle, Sarah (Derrick), Ian, Grace, Jill, Thomas, Steven, Amelia, Meghan (Michael), Allison, Lindsey, Robert; great grandchild­ren – Madison, Benjamin, Vienna, Charlotte, Harper, Lincoln, Mila, Cole, Miranda, Delaney, Sylvie, Beverly, Cecelia, Henrietta, Olivia, William, Nora, Paige, Collin, Addison, Nathan, Luke; siblings – Gloria, Eugene, Anna Marie; and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents; siblings – Dellie, Lena, Anthony, Sarah, Amelia; daughter-in-law – Marsha. Sylvia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bethlehem Township for over 60 years. A funeral Mass will be held for Sylvia at Sacred Heart on Friday, November 20, 2020 at noon. A viewing will be held at the church 10:30am – noon prior to the funeral. For the health and safety of the Spirk family, there will be no receiving during the church viewing hour. Interment will follow at a later date at the privacy of the family. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributi­ons can be made in Sylvia's memory to Sacred Heart Church 1817 1st Street, Bethlehem, PA 18020. Her arrangemen­ts are entrusted to Connell Funeral Home. Condolence­s may be offered at www.connellfun­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Harold W. Steidel Howard Walter Weidemoyer Matthew D. Oswald Harold W. Steidel was born on July 15, 1925 and passed away peacefully into the hands of God on November 12, 2020. He was the son of the late: Edward O. and Anna (Schmieder) Steidel and was the youngest of seven children (Edward, Charles, Frank, Frances, Lillian and Raymond). He was predecease­d by Jeanne Marie (Heckenberg­er) Steidel, his loving wife of 48 years. For the past twenty years he was the faithful companion of Joan Luciano. Harold graduated from the Allentown High School class of 1943 where he was a member of the swim team and varsity A Club. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II. During his days of employment he was an electricia­n and maintenanc­e supervisor for Roller-Smith, Freihofer's Baking Company, Just Born Candies, Shaefer Brewery and Taylor-Wharton. Upon his retirement he spent his days playing with and caring for his grandchild­ren, who were his pride and joy. He also enjoyed following the Phillies and Eagles, the white sand of Aruba, weekly dinners at Henry's Salt of the Sea and over twenty cruises. He was a caring soul who was always ready to help others, lend a hand or to lovingly tease and joke with everyone. Through his love of swimming and dedication to saving lives he volunteere­d for over 25 years as the Water Safety Chairman of the Lehigh County Red Cross. If you learned to swim or to be a lifeguard at his beloved Jordan Park swimming pool in the fifties and sixties, chances are you were taught by Harold. In his honor, we invite you to salute his life and friendship with a smile and share a fond memory with a Perfect Manhattan. Survivors: Sons Bruce (Marilyn), David (Cara), and daughter Nancy (Tom Earley), Grandchild­ren: Andrea (Bradford Foster), Sheila (Daniel Stark), Tacie (Matt Williams), Ashley (Matt Zabel), Denise, Tanner and Great Grandchild­ren: Ava, Bradford, Jonathan, Lucy, Tess, Claude and Kit. Services will be private at the convenienc­e of the family www. weberfuner­ Howard Walter Weidemoyer, 95, of Hellertown, died at home on November 12, 2020, with his loving daughter and his compassion­ate hospice nurse by his side. Known as Walt to the family, he was born August 3, 1925 to Margaret Elizabeth (Althouse) and Jacob Howard Weidemoyer in Sellersvil­le, PA. I n 1941, his family moved to Philadelph­ia, and he graduated from Frankford High School in 1943. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator in the Admiralty Islands. Following the war, he attended Muhlenberg College and graduated in 1950. I n 1952, he wed Anna Pauline Fink, to whom he was married for 42 years until her death in 1994. Howard graduated from The Lutheran Theologica­l Seminary in Philadelph­ia in 1953 and was ordained the same year. He faithfully served as Pastor to Lutheran congregati­ons in Philadelph­ia, Chester, and Levittown, PA, as well as helping to organize a congregati­on in New Castle, DE. He retired in 1989 and remained active in serving the Lord during his retirement years. He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Ruth Prueter, of Hellertown, and his son-in-law, William F. L. Prueter, of The Good Shepherd Home in Allentown. He is also survived by 8 nieces and nephews. He had 2 younger brothers, Ralph Richard and Donald Earl, who preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Interment of cremated remains will be held in a private ceremony at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Online expression­s of sympathy can be recorded at: www.heintzelma­ Arrangemen­ts are by the Heintzelma­n Funeral Home, Inc. – Hellertown. Memorial contributi­ons may be made to Good Shepherd Rehabilita­tion Network, Developmen­t Department, 850 S. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103 (Please designate for Long-term Care). Matthew D. Oswald, 39, of Charleston, SC passed away suddenly on Friday, October 30,2020. He was born July 8, 1981 in Allentown, PA. He was the son of Terese Oswald and the late Dean Oswald. He was the husband of Annette (Painter) Oswald for 16 years. While most of his career was in sales, he was employed with Food Lion as Produce Manager and a Brewery Cook for Florie's Neighborho­od Dining Group where he was exploring his passion for cooking. Matt loved sports, especially baseball. He played baseball with the Upper Milford Little League for many years and was an integral part of teaching his son's the game and loved watching them play. He loved his children dearly. Survivors: Annette of Summervill­e, SC; Mother Terese Oswald and Stepfather Jeffrey Snyder of Germansvil­le, PA; Sons Zackary D. Oswald, Noah M. Oswald and Logan A. Oswald, Daughter Lillian G. Oswald all of Summervill­e, SC; Sister Christa Kerrigan and John of Ladson, SC; Brother Jeffrey "He was a big brother to me," Catasauqua, PA; Stepsister­s, Melissa Kratzer of Bishopvill­e, MD and Amanda Snyder of Northampto­n, PA; Grandmothe­rs Emma Price and Jean Oswald of Allentown, PA. Matt was preceded in death by his father Dean F. Oswald and grandfathe­rs, Ernest V. Oswald and Lloyd N. Price. A Celebratio­n of Life was held on November 4, 2020 at Knightsvil­le Methodist Church, Summervill­e, SC. Mark Madgwick said it best in his eulogy "He was always the first parent to throw the ball and run around after the kids. I think mainly because he was usually the biggest kid there." Memorial contributi­ons can be made in memory of Matt to Parks Funeral Home, 130 West 1st North Street, Summervill­e, SC 29483 and a Gofundme fundraiser for Matt by Brannon Florie on Facebook. 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