Dolores J. "Phif" Kunkle Monday, October 6, 1930 - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dolores J. “Phif” Kunkle, 86, of Lehighton passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Lehighton she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (Langkamer) Phifer. She was a 1948 graduate of Lehighton Area High School. Dolores worked as a Radiologist and was head of the Radiology department at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton for 40 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton. She is survived by her Nephews; Mitch Phifer of Allentown and Jeff Phifer of Chesapeake, VA and Great-Nieces & Nephews; Matthew, Tyler, Ashely, Allyssa and Jeffrey. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Kunkle, a Brother, Richard Phifer and her Companion James Kunkle. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Schaeffer Funeral Home, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

We send our deepest sympathies to family and friends of Dolores.  My mother, Kathryn Strohl, visited Dolores weekly while she was a resident at Mahoning.  Dolores' roommate, Ruth Koch, is a good friend of my mothers, and when she met Dolores they too became friends instantly.  Dolores was always so happy for the visits and the special "treats" my Mom would bring along.  It saddened my mother deeply to find out she was in ICU at Lehighton Hospital.  After she returned to Mahoning Mom stopped by to see her, but she was not responsive.  I too visited with them now and again.  Dolores was quick to smile, loved to chat, and always wished we could stay longer.  God bless each of you as you hold her in your memories.  Linda Sidor and Kathryn Strohl

My thoughts are with Mitch and Jeff and their families. Phif loved you boys so much. My mom and my aunt Shirley had a very tight bond with Phif. Those 3 women were unstoppable. I have so many great memories that I will keep in my heart. Phif was a wonderful friend. I hope you keep your memories in your heart.

Mitch and Jeff, so sorry to hear about the passing of our dear friend Dolores!   Nana will be loss without her as her roommate.  I loved her dearly!!!!!!  Loved our times together with her.  SHe is resting now. May God bless.