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Obituaries

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.

Henry W. Amerman, Jr.

April 20 2017

Henry W. Amerman, Jr., 92 of Palmer Twp., PA died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at New Eastwood Care and Rehabilitation Center, Wilson.  Born November 24, 1924 in Easton, PA he was a son of the late Orpha (Frantz) and Henry Amerman, Sr.

A graduate of Easton High School, he was a Corporal in the Marine Corps during WWII and employed by the Easton Express newspaper for more than 30 years before retiring. He was an avid hunter, he loved baseball and he was a licensed single engine pilot. Henry had been a member of numerous gun clubs, veteran associations, social clubs and was a member of the NRA and F. & A. M.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Estella (Stitzer) Bean Amerman; step-daughter: Sherry Buss and her husband David of Easton; step-son: Thomas Bean and his wife Mary of Pahrump, NV; half-sister: Carol Amerman in Florida; 3 step-grandchildren; 6 step- great-grandchildren; a step-great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews including: Scott Amerman and Linda Amerman Thatcher. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Katherine Jacoby;  brother: Carl “Bud” Amerman; and sisters: Ethel Tenges and Doris Amerman.

Services are 2 PM Wednesday (April 26 ) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton, with visitation from 1 to 2 PM in the funeral home. Interment is in Northampton Memorial Shrine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Theodora L. Wheelen

April 19 2017

Theodora L. Wheelen, 72 of Easton, PA died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Easton Hospital. Born February 2, 1945 in Easton she was the daughter of the late John and Marie Garrity. She had been employed by Eastern Affiliated in Easton for more than 20 years before retiring.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years: Thomas E. Wheelen; 3 children: Terri, Tracy and Thomas, Jr. all of Easton; and 3 grandchildren.

Services are 1:30 PM Monday (April 24) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton, with visitation 1 to 1:30 PM. Interment is in Easton Cemetery.

Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

An Luong

April 18 2017

An Luong

An Luong, 77 of Easton died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at home. Born August 20, 1939 in Vietnam he was a son of the late De Van Luong and Cua Thi Nguyen. His wife, Hanh Luong died in February. He was employed by the Victaulic Company for more than 26 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Easton where he served on the property committee.

He is survived by 6 children: Nguyet, Huong, Trinh, Thu, Sieu, Chuong and 9 grandchildren.

Services are 10 AM Friday (April 21) in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton; the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling arrangements. Interment is in Forks Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Raymond W. Payne, Jr.

April 12 2017

Raymond W. Payne, Jr., 73 of Easton, PA died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Gracedale. He was an Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War and had been in sales for many years before retiring. He is survived by a son Scott.

Services will be announced by the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

Rose M. Seibel

April 11 2017

Rose M. Seibel, 95, formerly of Phillipsburg, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Tampa, Fla.

Born October 19, 1921 in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Anna Marie (Kreil) Merwarth.  Her husband, Robert L. Seibel died in 2006.

Surviving is her son, Robert S. Seibel of Auburndale, Fla.

Services will be 10:00 am Friday, April 14, 2017 in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton.  A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until service time in the funeral home.  Interment will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine.  Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

John R. Fulper

April 10 2017

John R. Fulper, 78, of High Bridge, NJ, died Monday, April 10, 2017 in Gracedale.

Born December 17, 1938 in Somerville, NJ, he was a son of the late Lewis and Pearl (Wydner) Fulper.  His wife, Kathryn (Barber) Fulper died in 2012.

John was a foreman with the High Bridge Road Department until retiring.
He is survived by two daughters, Ginger Zehnbauer of Forks Township and Sheri Malloy of Belvidere, NJ; a son, Ronald Fulper of Neshanic Station, NJ; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services will be private.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.

John R. Decker

April 9 2017

John R. Decker, 80 of Easton, PA died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson Campus. Born March 25, 1937 in Wantage Twp., NJ he was a son of the late Frank and Susan Decker.  He had been a carpenter in New Jersey for more than 30 years before retiring.

He is survived by: two grandchildren: Jennifer Burd, with whom he resided and Rafael Fontan; a brother: George Decker and 3 great-grandchildren: Hailey and Brianna Burd and Sabrina Fontan. His wife: Eleanor, son: John, Jr. and daughter: Cindy all died earlier.

Visitation will be held 10 AM to 11 AM Thursday (April 13) in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. Interment will be private in Mount Salem Cemetery, Wantage Twp., NJ.

Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.