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Obituaries

Janice L. Prentice

May 12 2017

Janice L. Prentice, 88, formerly of Bethlehem Township, died Friday, May 12, 2017 in Abington Manor, Easton.

Born June 2, 1928 in Robertsdale, PA, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Herbert W. and Marietta (Griest) Glassco.  Her husband, Joseph R. Prentice died in 1997.

Janice was a bridal consultant at Bixler’s Jewelers, Easton.  She was also a piano teacher.  She was a member of St. John’s Church on Morgan Hill and a graduate of Oberlin College.

Surviving are her son, Richard J. “Rick” Prentice and his wife, Gayle of Spencer, NC; 2 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and a great great grandson.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Northampton Memorial Shrine, Palmer Township.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church on Morgan Hill, 2720 Morgan Hill Rd., Easton, PA 18042 or The Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Rd., Easton, PA 18042.  Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Elaine G. Rutherford

May 10 2017

Elaine G. Rutherford, 78, of Palmer Township, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Easton Hospital.

Born April 17, 1939 in Islip, NY, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Ruth Gallagher.  She and her husband, Albert B. Rutherford were married 26 years.

Elaine was a nurse at The Children’s Home of Easton until retiring.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Easton; a board member of ProJeCt of Easton; a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Easton where she assisted in the K-Kids program; a camp counselor at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald Camp in Greeley, PA; and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving with her husband, Albert, are 3 daughters, Kim Murphy and her husband, Chris of Pottstown; Robyn Steltz and her partner, Greg Mowrey of Phoenixville; and Jodi Fiorenza and her husband, Glen in Germany; a daughter-in-law, Leah; a brother, David Gallagher; 2 sisters, Nancy Creighton and Donna Bassett; 10 grandchildren and a great grandson.  A son, David Laub and a granddaughter died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 in First Presbyterian Church, 333 Spring Garden St., Easton.  There will be a visitation from 1:30 pm until service time on Sunday in the church.  The Ashton Funeral Home Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to ProJeCt of Easton, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald Camp or Kiwanis Club of Easton.  Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Eleanor M. James

May 9 2017

Eleanor M. James

Eleanor M.  James, 93 of Palmer Twp., PA died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born July 4, 1923 in Easton, PA she was the daughter of the late John and Edith (Laufersweiler) MoDavis. She graduated from Easton High School in 1941 and from the Easton Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. Employed by Easton Hospital for several years, she then worked for Dr. Joseph Brau for 26 years and Dr. Elizabeth McNeal for 10 years before retiring in 1988. Eleanor was a lifelong member of First Moravian Church Easton where she had been an Elder, a Sunday School Teacher, a Sacristan, a member of their Women’s Guild and Women’s Fellowship and honored as Member of the Year in 2005. She was also active with Church Women United; the Council of Churches and was a member of the Nurse’s Alumni Association of Easton Hospital and the Brown & Lynch Post #9 Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter: Roberta “Bobbi” James of Avenel, NJ; two grandchildren: John and Stacey McCree and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband: Robert E. James in 2012, her daughter: Nancy Beckman in 2011 and three brothers: John, Richard and Joseph MoDavis.

Services are 11:00 AM Monday, May 15 in First Moravian Church, 225 N. 10th Street, Easton, PA with visitation 10 to 11 AM in the church. Interment is in Northampton Memorial Shrine. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Moravian, 225 N. 10th St., Easton, PA 18042. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Lynn Jack Bradt

May 8 2017

Lynn Jack Bradt

Lynn Jack Bradt, 89 formerly of Easton, PA lost his courageous battle with vascular dementia Sunday, May 7, 2017. Born April 8, 1928 in St. Louis, MO he was a son of the late Phoebe (Wright) and Horace Bradt. Jack was a very active member of the Lehigh Valley community and was deeply involved with both the business community and with services for children.

After graduating from high school in  Monterrey, Mexico, he served in the US Marine Corps, 1946 – 1948. He continued  to Cornell University where he met his wife, Patricia Thornton, and received a Bachelor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering  in 1953. Patricia and Jack married in 1952 and would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in September. He founded SI Handling Systems (now part of Paragon Technologies) in Easton in 1958 and remained its CEO and president until retirement in 1986. He then focused his energies on teaching as the “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Lehigh University and as “Executive in Residence” at Cornell University.

His concern for the less fortunate continued as Director of Human Services in Northampton County (1994 -1997) and as a founding member and Director of ProJeCT of Easton during the tumultuous late 1960’s. He served as president of the Easton Area Council of Churches and of United Way of Northampton/Warren Counties.  His concern for children involved him with Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Jack  was a Director of several companies, banks, and non-profits and enjoyed his contacts through the Philadelphia Presidents’ Organization. He was a valued  Trustee of Lafayette College, Easton Hospital and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received many awards for his work with businesses and non-profits including the 1985 Pennsylvania Small Businessman of Year from the Small Business Administration and  “2008 Soli Deo Gloria” Award from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He was a devoted member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Easton for over 59 years, serving in many leadership  positions. In his later years Jack not only helped establish the Hamilton Business Center in Allentown, but also the Executive  Service Corps of the Lehigh Valley, where retired executives advise non-profits.

A talented sailor, Jack enjoyed sailing competitions on his beloved Lake Fairview in the Poconos. An enthusiastic biker, he often rode from Easton to Allentown along the Lehigh River bike path. He leaves an outstanding model for community service.

He is survived by: his wife, Dr. Patricia Bradt; two sons: James Bradt of Minneapolis, MN, George Bradt of Merion Station, PA; a brother: James Bradt of Clayton, CA; and 3 grandchildren: Brian and Tara Moriarty and Natalie Bradt. He was predeceased by his daughter: Julia Bradt Hallingse.

A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Wednesday, May 10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton, PA with a calling period from 9:30 to 11 AM in the church. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry Street, Easton, PA 18042 or ProJeCt of Easton, 320 Ferry St., Easton, PA  18042. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Ruth Nancy Haley

May 7 2017

Ruth Nancy Haley

Ruth Nancy Haley, 78 of Forks Twp., PA died Friday, May 5, 2017 at home. Born July 14, 1938 in Mahanoy City, PA she was a daughter of the late Alice (Snyder) and Edward Haley. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from D’Youville College and her Master’s Degree from St. Louis University. She was employed by the Northampton County Department of Human Services in 1965 and as Administrator of Children and Youth Services from 1968 until retiring in 1996. Nancy was named Social Worker of the year in 1986 by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was a Trustee and past president of the Easton Area Library; officer of the Friends of Easton Area Library; she served on the Board of ProJeCt of Easton; and Project Child of the Lehigh Valley; and she was a member of the Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Easton where she served on the Women’s Council.

She is survived by her sister: Ann Gabrielli of Belmar, NJ; a niece and 2 nephews: Haley St. Denis, Joe Morello and Ned Morello; and 5 grandnieces/nephew: Rachel St. Denis, Trevor, Jordan, Kate and Emma Morello.

Mass will be held 2 PM Friday, May 12 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 139 S. 5th Street, Easton with a calling period from 1 to 2 PM in the church. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling arrangements. Interment will be private in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.

Memorial contributions may be made to ProJeCt of Easton, 320 Ferry Street, Easton, PA 18042. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Anna Mae “Maisie” Sandwick

May 7 2017

Anna Mae “Maisie” Sandwick, 91, of Easton and Bangor, died Sunday, May 7, 2017 in St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born February 28, 1926 in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Irvin and Flora (Seip) Steckel.  Her husband, Charles M. Sandwick, Jr. died last year.

Maisie worked for the Journal of Commerce, Phillipsburg and for Blue Ridge Textile Co., Bangor.  She was a member of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, a graduate of Churchman Business College, a member of the Palmer Township AARP, Sertoma Club, Earl Held’s All Girl Band and vice president of the Weston Resident Council.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Tona Brooks and Susan Spencer, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church.  A visitation will be held from 9:00 am until service time on Thursday in the church.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, 3100 Hecktown Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020.  Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Shirley Ann Seifert

April 29 2017

Shirley Ann Seifert

Shirley Ann Seifert, 72, of Forks Twp., PA died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Easton Hospital. Born January 25, 1945 in Nazareth, PA she was the daughter of the late Roy and Elizabeth (Johnson) Fehnel.  She earned her RN at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and was employed by Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for many years. She was also a private duty nurse on College Hill in Easton for several years and member of Arndts Lutheran Church, Forks Twp. Shirley enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling with her husband and friends. She was also a talented artist, who loved working on arts and crafts.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years: James B. Seifert; a brother: Charles Fehnel in Atlanta, GA; and two nieces. She was predeceased by a brother George Fehnel.

A Memorial Service will be held 10 AM Wednesday, May 17 in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.

Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Charles R. Gulick

April 23 2017

Charles R. “Chas” Gulick, 93, of Easton, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 in his home.

Born September 3, 1923 in Phillipsburg, NJ, he was a son of the late Charles S. and Ruth (Fahs) Gulick.  He and his wife, Evelyn “Evie” (Bellis) Gulick were married 67 years.

Chas graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1941, and was an active member of his class reunion committee.  He was a proud Army Veteran, serving during WWII.

Chas was a reporter and editor for the then Easton Express for 23 years.  During his tenure there, he wrote numerous stories and headlines, covered the 1955 Easton flood in a rowboat and was selected by the paper to cover JFK’s funeral in 1963.  He then worked as an editor for the Morning Call for 16 years, and for the Journal of Commerce in Phillipsburg, NJ for 10 years.

Chas was a true wordsmith, and used his amazing talent to write press releases for Chansonnette Theatre and Two Rivers Area Commerce Council.  He co-wrote the Bicentennial Pageant in Easton in 1976, which was the forerunner of Easton’s Heritage Day.  Chas also recorded several radio ads for WEST.

In 1946, Chas joined the Easton Express Glee Club.  The group merged with the Easton Player’s Guild in 1948 to form Chansonnette Theatre.  It was there he met Evie, and they both became charter members of Chansonnette.  Chas went on to perform in over 50 Chansonnette productions.  His favorite roles were FDR in “Annie”, and Mayor Shinn in “The Music Man”.  Chas also worked behind the scenes at Chansonnette, selling ads, tickets, ushering and painting sets.  He loved performing in Chansonnette’s small shows at local nursing homes throughout the Valley.  Chas lent his beautiful baritone voice in these shows to “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot, and loved singing the duet “I Remember It Well” from Gigi with his dear friend, Jean McClay.

He was a member of the former Olivet Presbyterian Church, Easton where he loved singing in the church choir.  Most recently, he was a member of First Moravian Church, Easton.

Chas’s rapier wit and sense of humor were legendary.  He found the humor in everyday life, and never took himself too seriously.  His vast encyclopedic knowledge made him men’s team leader of many late night Trivial Pursuit games, and made him the “answer guy” for any questions regarding Easton, the Lehigh Valley and trivia in general.  He loved crossword puzzles, opera, Nestle Crunch bars and was a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan.

However, Chas’s greatest role was husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was affectionately known as Dad, Pappy or Pappy Chas by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren alike as well as many family friends.

He is lovingly missed by his wife, Evelyn “Evie”, his two daughters, Donna Giobbi and her husband, Herb of Arlington, VA and Angel Gulick of Easton, a son, Mark R. Gulick and his wife, Rhonda of Whitehall, his 6 grandchildren Shannon, Matthew, Ashley, Amanda, Jared and Ben, and 3 great grandchildren, Lauren, Jayden and Savana.  His brother, Robert F. Gulick died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 28, 2017 in First Moravian Church, 225 N. 10th St., Easton.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh St., Suite 100, Allentown, PA 18103.  Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.