Ashton Funeral Home


Roy E. Olsen

February 19 2017

Roy E. Olsen

Roy E. Olsen, 68 of Forks Twp., PA died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson Campus. Born October 19, 1948 in Easton, PA he was a son of the late Blayne and Doris (Healey) Olsen. His wife, the former Lois E. Saylor, died March 7, 2014.

He was a dispatcher for the PA Department of Transportation for 33 years before retiring. He was also a volunteer fire police for the Forks Twp. Fire Department for many years.

He is survived by three children: Larry Olsen, Sr. of Bethlehem, PA, Roy Olsen, Jr. and Valene Olsen both of Nazareth; a brother: Albert Olsen of Forks Twp., PA; a sister: Dawn Bold of Bethlehem; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services are 11 AM Friday (Feb. 24) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton with visitation 6 to 7:30 PM Thursday in the funeral home.  Interment is in Farmersville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Offer online condolences at

Martha L. Craig

February 16 2017

Martha Lloyd Craig passed away in Easton, Pennsylvania on February 16, 2017 at the age of 84.

Martha is survived by her loving husband Robert Craig of 64 years. They were married in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1952

Martha is lovingly remembered by children: Bruce Craig (Tammy) of Alexandria, OH; John Craig of Las Vegas, Nevada; Martha Miller (Scott) of San Diego, Ca; Carol Swanton (Tom) of Readington, NJ; Susan Rzewnicki (David) of Piscataway, NJ ; Glenn Craig of Myerstown, Pa;  Ten Grand Children; Katie, Elizabeth, Michael, Jim, Trevor, Craig, Dana, Jacob, Caitlin and Kelli; and one Great Grandchild, Caleb

Martha was born in Newark, NJ, and lived in Allentown, PA until married.  Having briefly lived in Illinois, Martha spent most of her married life in New Providence, NJ and work for several years employed at Barnes Chevrolet.  Bob and Martha moved to Easton, Pennsylvania in 2007 where they spent their golden years of retirement.

In addition to being involved in the Girl Scouts of America, Martha was an active member of her church community throughout her years in NJ and PA. Since the advent of earth day, Martha passionately engaged in household recycling efforts.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of Martha L. Craig; to Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton, PA 18042 or St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 419 South Street, New Providence, NJ 07974.

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William J. Cyphers, Sr.

February 15 2017

William J. Cyphers, Sr., 76 of Palmer Twp., PA died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Easton Hospital after being stricken at home. Born May 5, 1940 in Wilson Borough, PA he was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Martin) Cyphers. He and his wife Dorothy (Rush) Cyphers were married 49 years. A 1958 graduate of Wilson High School, he had been a bus driver for Easton High School and steward for the Palmer Twp. Fire Company for several years. He then worked at Uncle Wesley’s Restaurant in Easton before he and his wife purchased the business in 1972. He owned and operated Uncle Wesley’s until retiring in 2000 when his son Matthew assumed ownership. Bill was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church, Easton and several clubs including Citizen Hose, Liberty Hose, Fleas and Wilson Borough Republican.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; 3 sons: Matthew and his wife Jonnel, Jess, and William, Jr. and his wife Julie all of Palmer Twp., PA; his sister: Leona of Wilson Borough; and 4 grandchildren: Mattie, Samuel, William III and Jacob.

Services are 10 AM Monday (Feb. 20) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St.,  Easton, with visitation 2 PM to 4 PM Sunday in the funeral home. Interment is in Northampton Memorial Shrine.

Memorial contributions may be made to Green Pond UM Church, 4411 Green Pond Rd., Easton, PA 18045 or the American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA  22215.

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William E. Melin

February 11 2017

William E. Melin

William E. Melin, Professor Emeritus of Music at Lafayette College, was given eternal peace in the arms of God on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He is survived by members of his family, including Virginia Melin, his wife of 54 years, his 2 sons: William Melin and his wife Susan, Michael Melin and his wife Kimberly and their 2 children: Kenneth and Charles.

A Memorial Service is being planned for the spring. The time and location will be announced by the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton.

Memorial contributions, in his name, may be made to an animal shelter.  Offer online condolences at

JoAnn D. Goldsmith

February 11 2017

JoAnn D. Goldsmith

JoAnn D. Goldsmith, 76 of Palmer Twp., PA died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Easton Hospital. Born July 11, 1940 in Easton, PA she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Dolores (Renner) Doria. She and her husband the former Mayor Thomas F. Goldsmith were married 45 years. A 1958 graduate of Easton High School, she received a degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1962 and taught at the Vanderveer and Paxinosa Elementary Schools in Easton for 11 years. JoAnn was a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church; the Northampton Country Club and the Pomfret Club. She enjoyed golfing with family and friends, playing mahjong and bridge but she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband: Thomas; her son: James Timothy Goldsmith and his wife Heidi; and 3 grandchildren: Anthony, Steven and Timothy. She was predeceased by two brothers: James and Joseph.

Services are 10:30 AM Wednesday (Feb. 15) in College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead Street, Easton, PA with a calling period 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Tuesday (Feb. 14) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. Interment in Northampton Memorial Shrine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or College Hill Presbyterian Church.  Offer online condolences at

Robert L. Brown

February 9 2017

Robert L. Brown

Robert L. Brown, 86 of Palmer Township, PA passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born March 16, 1930 in Coplay, PA he was the son of the late Granville Washington Brown, Jr. and Kathryn (Lansenderfer) Brown. He was the loving husband of Cynthia (Nicholls) Brown for 53 years.

After graduating from Coplay High School and serving in the Army infantry during the Korean War, Robert attained his Degree in Engineering from Lehigh University. In 1970, Robert and his business partners created Eastern Engineering Associates in Easton. He played an instrumental role in the growth and success of the business over the next decades before retiring in 2001.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his immediate and extended family and provided many wonderful experiences for them to treasure, through family vacations, lazy summer evenings at the River House or story telling around the dinner table. He enjoyed shooting at the gun range, but his favorite hobby was to build and fly his model airplanes on a sunny windless day. Robert will be remembered most as a wonderful father, husband and grandfather who enjoyed taking care of and spending time with his family.

Irreplaceable to them, he will be sorely missed by: his wife: Cynthia; son: Jeffrey C. Brown and his wife Heidi of Bushkill Twp., PA; daughter: Deborah Carey and her husband Michael of Hellertown, PA; sister: Joyce; 8 grandchildren: Leah, Elijah, Joshua and Luke Brown, Rowan and Cole Carey, Robert Thom, Joel Thom and his wife Dawn and a great grandson: Jacob Thom.

Services are 1:30 PM Tuesday (Feb. 14) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton with visitation 6 PM to 7:30 PM Monday in the funeral home. Interment in Bethlehem Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to any veteran’s organization.

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Cynthia R. Pecile

February 8 2017

Cynthia R. Pecile, 46, of Easton, formerly of Bronx, NY, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Easton Hospital.

Born in Weehawken, NJ, she was a daughter of Maureen (Cela) Pecile of Brooklyn, NY and the late Robert Pecile.

Surviving with her mother are her sons, Nick and Michael Saperstein and her husband, Jon Herman.

Services will be private.

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Leslie Ernest Dearing

February 8 2017

Leslie Dearing, age 90, passed away on February 8, 2017.    He was being cared for at the Pat Roche Hospice Care home in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Leslie leaves his wife of 67 years, Florence Unruh Dearing.  His daughters Linda Longley (Peter) and Barbara Friedman (Larry), his son Daniel Dearing (Sherri).  His brother Herbert L. Dearing (Joyce).  His grandchildren; Sarah Harper, Daniel Longley, Tracey Roberts, David Longley, Rebecca Berbel, Samuel Friedman, Rachel Arnold, Jacob Friedman, and Micah Friedman.   Nine great grandchildren.

Leslie was born in Calumet, Oklahoma and lived in Mustang, Oklahoma.   He was the son of William Robert Dearing and Anna Evalena (Tech).  He was one of nine children.   Leslie along with his parents moved to Kansas.

Leslie enlisted in the Army to serve during World War II.   He worked for Western Electric, Southwestern Bell and AT&T.   His time working for these companies bridged and he retired from AT&T with 39 years of service.   While working for the Bell System he met Florence and they lived in Kansas, Missouri and New Jersey.   After retirement Leslie decided to volunteer by doing taxes for AARP in Easton PA.  He received a commendation plaque for performing this volunteer tax work for 20 years of service.

In 2000 Leslie and Florence decided to build a house in Palmer PA and move away from New Jersey.   They spent 14 years in their Palmer home and enjoyed many visits and holidays with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Leslie’s most important work was his hours of study, teaching, worship, and volunteer work at the number of churches where he lived in Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   Madison Baptist in Madison, New Jersey and Fellowship Baptist in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Services will be held 10:30 am Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton.  A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until service time Saturday in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Leslie Dearing.