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David A. Allan

Ronald L. Apgar

John R. Bisher

Dorothy Brodt

Robert C. Buskirk

Bonnie R. Buss

Anthony J. Castronova

Shawn M. Cobb

Dorothy Davis

Richard A. DeRohn

Russell J. Diehl

Nancy L. Docker

Carolyn L. Drake

Reinaldo R. Figueroa, Sr.

Vernon C. Fogel

William Garrecht

Lynda A. Grosset

Mary C. Haas

Eleanor K. Harada

Gary S. Hanisak

Jeffrey A. Heilman

Tracylyn M. Heller

Pauline A. Hoops

Ferne P. Keiper

Christopher Kraus III

John B. Kropf

Ruth E. Lippy

Lena J. Maston

William A. Miller

Carolyn S. Nowiak

Valerie Joy Peterson

Charlotte S. Powell

Juan Santiago

Jeanette M. Schaefer

Catherine Schrantz

Verna Jane Schuler

Henrietta L. Schwar

Betty Jane Seltzer

Donald Singer

David H. Smith

James R. Starner

Charles W. Steinke

Patricia A. Stires

Shane T. Uttard

Julius F. Varady

Anthony A. Ventura

Dorothy J. Wassum

Hall Weaver, Jr.

Geraldine M. Weidlick

Richard W. White

Ronald E. Whitney


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Anthony A. Ventura

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Anthony A. "Tony" Ventura, 55, of Bushkill, PA, formerly of Wilson Borough, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Born: May 3, 1959 in Newark, NJ, he was a son of the late Louis and Elma Lunga Ventura.

Personal: Tony was a graduate of South Plainfield High School and continued his education in the IBEW electrical apprenticeship program. He went on to become a licensed electrician in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was employed as an electrician by IBEW, Local 102 for over 20 years. Tony was a highly skilled tradesman that took pride and honor in his craft. He enjoyed working with his hands and most of all, riding his Harley.

Memberships: He was a member of Safety First Volunteer Fire Company.

Survivors: Two daughters, Erica, of Coplay, and Kelly A., of Allentown; a son, Anthony S., of Wilson Borough; a brother, Louis and his wife Fran, of Point Pleasant, NJ; a sister, Roseanne, of South Plainfield, NJ; and his former wife, Jeanne O'Rourke Ventura, of Daytona Beach, FL.

Services: Will be held at 4pm Thursday, July 24, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Call Thursday 2-4pm in the funeral home. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


James R. Starner

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James R. Starner, 65, of Lower Mt. Bethel Township, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Born: June 18, 1949 in Pen Argyl, PA, he was a son of the late Lester and Violet Kellow Starner.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Roxann "Rocky" Hayes, celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on March 5, 2014. Jim was a self-employed painter. He was a 1968 graduate of Easton Area High School. Jim enjoyed barrel racing, playing pool, riding horses and was a #1 flag racer. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved making eggies for his granddaughter.

Memberships: He was a member of Forks United Church of Christ. Jim was a member of Starner Mountain Hunting Club, Slate Belt Men's Pool League, A.P.A,
T.A.P and various area clubs. He was a former member of E.P.G.A.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Rocky, he is survived by a son, Joshua J. and his wife Heather, of Forks Township; a brother, Dale and his wife Kim, of Forks Township; three sisters, Rita Gallagher and her husband Mark, of the Poconos, Bonnie and Pat Starner, both of Easton; a granddaughter, Raven Anderson; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Loretta Starner.

Services: Will be held at 6pm Monday, July 21, in Fork's U.C.C., 4500 Sullivan Trail, Stockertown. Call Monday 4-6pm in the church. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at
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Memorials: May be made to the church, Stockertown, PA 18083.


Gary S. Hanisak

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Gary S. Hanisak, 55, of Wilson Borough, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: August 19, 1958, in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Gerald and Marian Case Hanisak.

Personal: He and his wife, Petty, would have celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on August 24, 2014. Gary was employed by Redner's Market, Palmer Township, for fifteen years. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his lab "Meadow" and was an avid NY Jets and Baltimore Orioles fan.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Petty, he is survived by a daughter, April Hanisak, of Pittsburgh; a step-daughter, Pam Eisenreich and her husband Michael, of Northampton; and a step-son, Skip Kramer, of Allentown.

Services: Private arrangements are under the direction of the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.


Donald Singer

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Donald Singer, 80, of Greendell, NJ, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Easton.

Born: November 12, 1933, he was a son of Louis and Gertrude Singer.

Personal: He was retired from the East Orange New Jersey Veterans Administration where he worked for 25 years.

Survivors: A brother, David Singer, nieces and nephews.

Services: Private arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton.


William Garrecht

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William Garrecht, 80, of Easton, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at his home.

Born: May 23, 1934 in Easton, PA, he was a son of the late Thomas and Sarah Ricca Garrecht.

Personal: His wife of 37 years, the former Helen Brower, died April 4, 1994. William was last employed by Louie's Café, Easton. Prior to that, he was the owner and operator of Tommy's Café and employed by various construction companies. He attended Easton High School where he played football. He was a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy where he played football, and attended Louisville University. William enjoyed watching sports, especially football and had coached little league baseball.

Memberships: He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

Survivors: A son, Scott Lipare and his wife Doreen, of Bethlehem Township; four daughters, Donna E. Miller, of Wilson Borough, Cindy L. Wilson and her husband Warren, of Bethlehem Township, Lori A. Mitchell and her fiancé Keith DePre, of Bushkill Township, and Tammy R. Garrecht, with whom he resided; fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas G. Garrecht, four brothers, Leonard, Joseph, Gilbert "By" and an infant, Anthony Falcone; and a granddaughter, Faith Garrecht.

Services: Were held Monday, July July 14, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton.  Private interment will be in St. Joseph's New Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Henrietta L. Schwar

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Henrietta L. Schwar, 93, formerly of West Easton, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Old Orchard Health Care Center.

Born: September 16, 1920, in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Liveria Pursell Fisher.

Personal: Her husband of 53 years, Bernard F. Schwar, Sr., died May 2, 1995. Years ago, Henrietta worked for the former Rudolph's Pocketbook Factory. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School. Henrietta enjoyed bingo, crocheting and playing the piano and organ.

Memberships: She was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church. Henrietta had been an active member of the former Glendon United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, was a member of the Dorcas Society and helped with rummage and bake sales.

Survivors: A son, Bernard F. Schwar, Jr., of Rileyville, PA; a daughter, Linda L. Poole and her husband Michael, of Forks Township, five grandchildren, Deborah, Michael, Kerri, Bernard W. and Kelly, and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three brothers, John, Grant and Gerald Fisher and three sisters, Rella Sickles, Marguerite Graham and Dorothy Lippincott.

Services: Were held Tuesday, July 15, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


Lynda A. Grosset

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Lynda A. Grosset, 64, of Moore Township, formerly of Easton, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

Born: December 21, 1949 in Wilson Borough, PA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Evelyn I. Barber Deck.

Personal: She and her husband, James F. Grosset, celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on November 24, 2013. Lynda was employed by the former Orr's of Easton and the former Mohican Market.

Survivors: She is survived by her husband James.

Services: Were held Tuesday, July 8, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


Lena J. Maston

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Lena J. Maston, 69, of Washington Twp., PA, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014.

Born: February 12, 1945, in Philadelphia, PA, she was a daughter of the late Nickolas and Jennie Orlando.

Personal: Her husband of 28 years, Kemper Maston, Jr., passed away February 9, 1996. Lena was a dedicated caregiver, working as a nurse's aide for 15 years at the Care Center of Lopatcong and also in private duty home care for Care for People. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and crossword puzzles.

Survivors: Four sons, Richard and his wife Allison, of Tatamy, David and his wife Tiffany Fisher-Maston, and Steven, all of Bangor, and Daniel and his wife Shana, of Wilson Borough; and three grandchildren, Brittany, Zachary and Nickolas.

Services: Private services and burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of St. Luke's, 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Ste. 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017.


Tracylyn M. Heller

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Tracylyn M. Heller, 35, of West Easton, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014.

Born: May 23, 1979 in Wilson Borough, PA, she was a daughter of Dawn M. Howey Heller, with whom she resided, and the late Theodore S. "Ted" Heller, Jr.

Personal: Tracylyn was employed by Giant Food Stores, Palmer Township, for eight years. She was a 1998 graduate of Easton Area High School where she was a majorette in the band and a graduate of the Career Institute of Technology. Tracylyn enjoyed camping and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Survivors: In addition to her mother Dawn, she is survived by two brothers, Thomas T. Sr. and his wife Michele, of Allentown, and Todd and his wife Taylor, of Wilson Borough; a sister, Tara A. Zemencsik and her husband Kenny, of Wilson Borough; her maternal grandmother, Betty Mae Ludwig, of Wind Gap; her paternal grandmother, Eleanor Roskilly, of Palmer Township; seven nieces and nephews, Thomas Jr., Kamron, Kadence, Briley, Matthew, Madalyn and Mackenzey; and her boyfriend, Wayne Thornton, of Easton. She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Stanley Howey, and her paternal grandfather, Theodore Heller, Sr.

Services: Were held Friday, June 27, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Easton Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Russell J. Diehl

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Russell J. "Chub" Diehl, 78, of Williams Township, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 in St. Luke's University Hospital.

Born: February 13, 1936 in Easton, PA, he was a son of the late Frederick H. Sr. and Emma Hoffert Diehl. Personal: His wife of 46 years, the former Mary Louise Lander, died January 19, 2014. Chub retired from the road department for Williams Township where he worked for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked for the former Andy's Excavating. He served with the US Army. Chub was an avid outdoorsman enjoying camping, hunting and fishing.

Memberships: He was a member of St. John's Church on Morgan Hill. He was a life member of the Williams Township Fire Company.

Survivors: A brother, Lawrence "Mike" Diehl, of Williams Township; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick H. Jr. and Herman H. Diehl, and a sister Pauline Yohn.

Services: Were held Thursday, June 26, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer online condolences at
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Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Williams Township Fire Company, 2500 Morgan Hill Road, Easton, PA 18042.


David H. Smith

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David H. Smith, 72, of Palmer Township, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: September 29, 1941, in Easton, he was a son of the late Mahlon Smith and Claire Hayden Lipari.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Elsa J. Young, would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on August 31, 2014. Dave had worked at Bell Telephone and AT & T. He graduated from Notre Dame High School Class of 1959. Dave served in the Air Force. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and target shooting.

Memberships: Dave was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers District 3 and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Elsa, he is survived by a daughter, Susan L. Halbing and her companion Al Kerns, of Kingston, PA; two sons, DJ Smith, of Easton and Michael J. Smith and his wife Jennifer, of Avon, CT; a sister, Frances Newman, of Hamburg, PA; five grandchildren, Joshua Halbing and his wife Nicole, Zachary Halbing and his fiancée Amanda Rossiter, Emily Halbing, Hanna and Trevor Smith , and a great-grandson, Zachary Joseph Halbing.

Services: Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.


Carolyn S. Nowiak

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Carolyn S. Nowiak, 91, formerly of Easton, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in New Eastwood Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Born: March 4, 1923, in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Louise Diehl Stem.

Personal: She retired in 2003 from Leigh Fuel Corp., Alpha, NJ, where she worked for 20 years. Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her family, singing and crocheting.

Memberships: She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and its WELCA. Carolyn was a member and past president of the American Businesswomen's Association.

Survivors: A daughter, Louise C. Baer and her husband Frederick, of Easton; three grandchildren, Emily Kitt and her husband Patt, Sarah Ruttle and her husband Jacob, and Andrew Baer and his companion, Jennifer Macgregor; a great- granddaughter, Wylie Kitt, a nephew, David Meade and his wife Riva, a great- niece, great-nephews, and a good friend and neighbor, Abraham Awwad. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Stem and Eleanor Meade.

Services: A memorial service was held Monday, June 22, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial in Easton Heights Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, memo: music department, 2115 Washington Blvd., Easton, PA 18042.


Mary C. Haas

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Mary C. Haas, 94, of Palmer Township, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: February 14, 1920, in Easton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Bertha Capanna.

Personal: Her husband of 64 years, Stanford A. Haas, died September 20, 2003. She graduated from Easton High School Class of 1937.

Survivors: A son, Robert A. Haas, of New Ringgold, PA; a sister, Doris Crane, of Bethlehem Township, PA; three granddaughters, Lisa Jane Vargas and her husband Mario, Lori Lynn Haas, and Lynda Marie Christel and her husband Robert, all of Arizona; and four great-grandchildren, Alyx, Caden, Carsyn and Colten. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas H. Haas, a brother and five sisters.

Services: Were held Tuesday, June 24, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


Pauline A. Hoops

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Pauline A. Hoops, 85, of Palmer Twp., passed away to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Born: February 1, 1929, in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Margarette Pritchard Walters.

Personal: Her husband of 55 years, Paul O. Hoops, died November 3, 2001. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo and playing cards.

Memberships: Pauline was a member of Phillipsburg Alliance Church.

Survivors: Two sons, Paul Hoops, Jr. and his wife Jacqueline, of Gainesville, FL and Patrick and his wife Roxanne, of Palmer Twp.; two brothers, Paul Walters, of Palmer Twp. and Harry Walters, of Easton; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Walters and a sister, Victoria Organetti.

Services: Were held Saturday, June 21, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to Phillipsburg Alliance Church, 255 Lincoln Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.


Jeanette M. Schaefer

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Jeannette M. Schaefer, 77, of Avona Heights, Wilson Borough, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: April 14, 1937 in Williams Township, PA, she was a daughter of the late August Conrad Richebacher and Carrie Edna Williams Richebacher.

Personal: Her husband of 21 years, William F. Schaefer, died January 17, 1998. Jeannette had been employed by Weller Electric. Previously, she had worked for Tung-Sol. She was a 1955 graduate of Wilson High School. Jeannette was affectionately known as "Aunt Toot" by many.

Memberships: She attended St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and its lunch bunch. She was a member of Blue Ridge Ski Club, Bangor, and a former member of the Red Hat Society and St. Andrew's Women.

Survivors: She is survived by sixteen nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, August, Harry, Jack and William Richebacher, and three sisters, Hilda Heimbach Strouse, Catherine Brower and Mae Emma Hoadley Young.

Services: A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, June 21, in the Wilson Boro Republican Club, 1708 Washington Blvd., Easton, with fellowship and refreshments followed. Private burial will be held in Northampton Memorial Shrine. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Rd., Easton, PA 18042; and Children's Home of Easton, 2000 South 25th St., Easton, PA 18042-2831.


Dorothy Brodt

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Dorothy Brodt, 75, of Forks Township, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at her home.

Born: September 29, 1938 in New York, NY, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna Maleski Ringhoff.

Personal: She and her husband, Wayne P. Brodt, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on March 24, 2014. Dorothy attended Wilson High School. She was known as "Bingo Dot" organizing bingo bus trips for charity events. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors: In addition to her husband Wayne, she is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Dundore and her husband Earl, of Lebanon, PA; a son, Wayne P. Brodt, Jr., of Easton; eight brothers, Charles Ringhoff and his wife Eileen, of Belfast, PA, Harold Ringhoff and his wife Virginia, of Alpha, NJ, Arthur Ringhoff, of Ocala, FL, Francis and George Ringhoff, both of Phillipsburg, NJ, John Ringhoff, of Danielsville, PA, Leonard Ringhoff and his wife Pam, of Williams Township, and Gary Ringhoff and his partner Michael Holford, of Easton; two sisters, Joan Gates and her husband Ronald, of Titusville, PA, and Barbara Loudenberry and her husband John, of Lady Lakes, FL; seven grandchildren, Michelle, Robert, Patrick, Andrew, Philip, Kyle and Sheila; four great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Tabitha, Tyler and Reece; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Pauline Gruver, Evelyn Smith and Jane Gerhardt.

Services: Were held Thursday, June 19, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army of Easton, 1110 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042.


Ronald L. Apgar

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Ronald L. Apgar, 67, of Easton, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital-Anderson Campus from complications of surgery.

Born: January 17, 1947 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late William E. and Martha B. Bradley Apgar.

Personal: He had been a contract lineman for various telephone companies. Ronald was a 1965 graduate of Easton Area High School and attended Santa Barbara Community College. He served with the Army during the Vietnam War. Ron's passions included time with his family, laughing with his brothers, Bill, Bob and Brian, spending time with his daughters, Kathryn and Connie, and son, Greg. He was a humanitarian who would help anyone in need. While living in California, he and Carol rode their horses through the redwoods, while their three dogs, cats and sometimes even the chickens followed the horses through the woods. Ron loved the outdoors, camping, going to the beach, planting in the garden, and sitting in the dark to explore the stars. He loved his dogs, Tonka and Minnie and yearned to live on a farm with lots of animals. Ron was part of the dance group called the Go- Go Boys in the 60's, along with Nick Pintande, Alonzo Pratt and Fred Queen. They performed with the popular band, the Combinations, danced at the Notre Dame Dances, the Green Onion and other nightspots. Everyone loved the Go- Go Boys. He continued to dance all his life.

Memberships: He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Survivors: He is survived by his lifetime partner, Carol Free; a son, Greg Smith, of Easton; two daughters, Kathryn and Connie Free, both of Easton; three brothers, William and his wife Diane, of Centerville, VA, Robert, and Brian and his wife Deborah, all of Easton; two sisters, Brenda Lescombe and Jackie Faschaw, both of New York.; two grandsons, Michael Larks and Gregory Smith, Jr.; a great-grandson, nieces and nephews.

Services: A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 14, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Stories and anecdotes of Ron's life are welcomed. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


Julius F. Varady

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Julius F. "Juicy" Varady, 82, formerly of Hanover Township, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Gracedale.

Born: August 2, 1931, in Easton, PA, he was a son of the late Anna Lieb Varady.

Personal: He and his wife the former Serafina Ventura Butto, would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on July 6, 2014. Julius retired as a letter carrier from the US Postal Service, Phillipsburg, NJ, where he worked for 30 years. He graduated from Easton High School Class of 1949. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War. Julius enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening, and playing quoits.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Serafina, he is survived by a son, Joe Butto and his wife Dee, of Cherryville, PA; a daughter, Rose Smith, of Bethlehem; and five grandchildren, Cory and Macy Praschyk, Bryan Smith, Joe and Brianna Butto.

Services: A memorial service with military honors was held Monday, June 16, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Carolyn L. Drake

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Carolyn L. Drake, 75, of Williams Township, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Carlee and James Stackhouse, surrounded by her loving family.

Born: April 20, 1939, in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Mary Seiple Canfield.

Personal: Her husband of 54 years, Donald C. Drake, Sr., died December 1, 2010. Carolyn attended Phillipsburg High School. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, who enjoyed cooking for her family, especially spaghetti dinners, talking with her grandchildren, gardening and bird watching. She was an avid Eagles fan.

Memberships: Carolyn attended Christ Evangelical Congregational Church, Williams Township. She was an active member of St. Luke's Wellness Center, Warren Campus. Survivors: A daughter, Carlee L. Stackhouse and her husband James, with whom she resided; three sons, Donald C. Drake, Jr. and his companion, Lydia Couto, of Boston, MA, Mark A. Drake and his wife Denise, of Easton and Jeffrey C. Drake and his wife Donna L., of Lopatcong Township, NJ; a brother, Carl Canfield and his wife Donna, of Wilson Borough; a sister, Judy Stenabaugh and her husband Richard, of Phillipsburg, NJ; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services: Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, PO Box 4029, Easton, PA 18043-4029.


Anthony J. Castronova

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Anthony J. Castronova, 57, of Palmer Township, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 in VNA of St. Luke's Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Born: March 16, 1957 in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Anthony P. and Geraldine M. Bechtel Castronova.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Jacqueline L. Fazekas, celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on August 5, 2013. Anthony retired from the City of Easton where he was employed for 34 years. He attended Easton Area High School where he played football. Anthony loved vacations to Ocean City, MD. He enjoyed Sunday rides, riding his motorcycle and driving his Corvette. He was an avid Penn State, Phillies and Eagles fan.

Memberships: He was a member of Lester W. Pfeffer, American Legion Post 611; Wilson Boro Republican Club and various local social clubs.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Jacqueline, he is survived by a son, Anthony J. III and his wife Jennifer, of Daphne, AL; two daughters, Ria A., of Walnutport and Lottie M., of Myrtle Beach, SC; a step-son, James R. Mowery III, at home; a brother, Thomas J. and his wife Peggy, of Easton; a sister, Patricia A. Huffstutler, of Bethlehem Township; four grandchildren, Dominick, Isabella, Aviana and Malachi; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Diane.

Services: Were held Thursday, June 12, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of St. Luke's 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or the charity of choice.


Jeffrey A. Heilman

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Jeffrey A. Heilman, 57, of Easton, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 in St. Luke's University Hospital.

Born: June 14, 1956 in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Thomas R. Sr. and Grace Fay Meyers Heilman.

Personal: He retired as a principal biologist from New Jersey Department of Transportation where he was employed for 18 years. Jeffrey was a 1974 graduate of Easton Area High School where he played baseball and football. He received his B.S. in biology from Rider College in 1978. He was an avid Easton Red Rover, Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. Jeffrey loved bike riding, especially with the Genesis Bicycle Club.

Memberships: He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Survivors: His beloved partner of 12 years, Janice Herman, with whom he resided; a daughter, Emily Allison Hanewicz, of Brookfield, CT; two brothers, Thomas R. Heilman, Jr. and his wife Linda, of Williams Township and William C. Heilman and his wife Jane, of Easton; nieces and nephews.

Services: Were held Wednesday, June 11 in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Varsity "E" Club or Easton Diamond Club, c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Hall Weaver, Jr.

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Hall F. "Chuck" "Butch" Weaver, Jr., 73, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: June 12, 1940, in Easton, PA, he was a son of the late Hall F. Sr. and Mary Margaret Wright Weaver. Personal: His wife, the former Beverly Pozzi, passed away in 1988. Hall was last employed by York Penn Machinery. Prior to that, he worked for Air Products and Ingersoll Rand Company. He was a 1958 graduate of Easton High School, attended Penn State University and received a B.S. in engineering from C.W. Post. Hall enjoyed Penn State football and trips to Ocean City, NJ.

Memberships: He was a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church. Years ago, he was active in the Easton Area Jaycees.

Survivors: Two sons, Kurt M. Weaver and Lisa Infantino, of Palmer Township, and Mark C. Weaver and his wife Andrea, of Tarpon Springs, FL; a daughter, Jennifer Wunderler and her husband Carl, of Macungie; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Morgan and Ryan Weaver, Brooke and Reese Wunderler, and Nathan and Breana Weaver; an aunt, Jane Wertz, of Newport, PA, and cousins, Bobbi Hoy and Mary Jane Wertz.

Services: Private graveside services were held in Easton Cemetery under the direction of the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beverly Weaver Nursing Scholarship, c/o NCC Foundation, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020.


Eleanor K. Harada

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Eleanor K. Harada, 82, of Bethlehem Township, PA, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, in VNA of St. Luke's Hospice House. Born: June 20, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was a daughter of the late James and Kuni Takashima Kagawa.

Personal: Her husband of 55 years, William A. Harada, MD, passed away March 26, 2010. Eleanor graduated from McKinley High School, Honolulu, HI, and the University of Hawaii, where she earned a BS degree. She enjoyed volunteering, connecting with people, quilting, sewing, crafts and crossword puzzles.

Memberships: She had served on the Women's Board of Easton Hospital.

Survivors: A son, Jonathan S. Harada, of Westerville, OH; three daughters, Heidi A. Harada and her husband Adam Shapiro, of Wellesley, MA, Carol Harada and her husband Gregory Bergere, of San Francisco, CA, and Laura Harada and her husband Tim O'Keefe, of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, George Kagawa and his wife Chris, of Sedona, AZ and three grandchildren, Thomas Harada, Samuel Harada and Malia Kramer-O'Keefe.

Services: A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, June 21, in Country Meadows, 4025 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Country Meadows Co-worker Fund c/o Tina Litsch, 4025 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020.


Ronald E. Whitney

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Ronald E. Whitney, 55, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Born: April 21, 1959, in Belleville, NJ, son of Pearline Elliott Whitney, of East Orange, NJ and the late George Whitney.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Denise Brooks, celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on January 7, 2014. Ron was employed by JP Morgan Chase, NY, NY, for 27 years. He served the US Navy.

Survivors: In addition to his mother, Pearline, and his wife, Denise, he is survived by two sons, Ronald Thomas and Brandon Whitney; a daughter, Samiyyah Whitney; three brothers, Stanley, Steven and Troy Whitney, and two sisters, Georgianna Aiken and his twin, Rosalind Johnson; three grandchildren, Noah, Jonah and Kayori; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services: Memorial Service 11am Wednesday, June 4, in the Strunk Funeral Home, 2101 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042. Call Wednesday 10-11am. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


William A. Miller

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Beloved husband, father and grandfather, William A. Miller, 65, of Forks Township, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg with his family at his bedside.

Born: June 24, 1948 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late Alfred W. and Irma M. Beam Miller.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Lynda M. DeHart, celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2013. Bill was employed by various meat packing companies including the former Schafer Bologna Company. He was a 1966 graduate of Easton Area High School. Bill loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed boating on the river, softball, golf, woodworking and his annual trips to camp. Bill was an avid Philadelphia and Easton sports fan.

Memberships: He was a member of various local social clubs. Survivors: In addition to his wife Lynda, he is survived by three daughters, Stacy Schumacher and her husband Eric, of Forks Township, Liza Connell and her husband Kevin, of Half Moon Bay, CA, and Jenna Miller, of Forks Township; and seven grandchildren, Tre, Aniya and Theia Schumacher, Lexie and Macklin Connell, and Ty and Shae Miller.

Services: Viewing 4-6pm Wednesday, June 4, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough, followed by services at 6pm. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Easton Hospital Home Health & Hospice Services, 3001 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020 or Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cancer Center, PO Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028.


Ferne P. Keiper

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Ferne P. Keiper, 92, formerly of Forks Township, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Gracedale.

Born: June 20, 1921 in Lehighton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Mary Sittler Daubert.

Personal: Her husband, George E. Keiper, died January 23, 1995. Ferne retired from the former Mack Printing Company. She was a graduate of Lehighton High School. Ferne enjoyed ceramics and knitting.

Memberships: She was a member of Forks United Church of Christ.

Survivors: A son, Gary L. and his wife Patricia, of Bethlehem; a daughter, Nancy Torok and her husband Bruce, of Forks Township; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by a son, Robert A. Keiper, a brother, Floyd Daubert, and a sister, Erma Daubert.

Services: 10:30am Tuesday, June 3, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Call Tuesday 9:30-10:30am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Hay's Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to Forks U.C.C., 4500 Sullivan Trail, Stockertown, PA 18083.


Juan Santiago

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Juan Santiago, 86, of Easton, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his home.

Born: August 10, 1927, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he was a son of the late Martin Santiago and Elena Rodriguez. Personal: He and his wife the former Engracia Velez celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in September of 2013. Juan was a bartender and bouncer at a country club in Puerto Rico. He enjoyed going to church, reading to his children, and loved animals.

Memberships: Juan was a member of Iglesia de Cristo Pentecostal Church. 

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Engracia, he is survived by six sons, Juan "Jr." Santiago, Juan D. "Nino" Santiago, Luis A. Santiago, Jose M. Santiago, Benjamin Rivera, and Frankie Rivera; five daughters, Nelida Santiago, Elena Santiago, Maria D. Santiago Figueroa, Maria M. Santiago Stambaugh and Migdalia Rivera LaSalle; two brothers, two sisters, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four children, Cruz M. Santiago, Aida Santiago, Juan D. Santiago and Luis A. Santiago.

Services: 9:30am Wednesday, June 4, in Iglesia de Cristo Pentecostal Church, 1112 Spring Garden St., Easton. Call Tuesday 4-6pm in the church. Burial will be in Easton Heights Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Engracia Santiago, c/o the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton, PA 18042.


David A. Allan

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David A. Allan, 52, of Palmer Township, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in St. Luke's University Hospital-Fountain Hill.

Born: August 15, 1961, in Bethlehem, PA, he was a son of the late Muriel Bond Mest.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Kathryn McCollough, celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary on October 7, 2013. David was last employed by Muschlitz Excavating. He graduated from Freedom High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy. David served with the Navy during the Persian Gulf War. He was a commander in the Naval Reserve. David was an avid reader and enjoyed playing baseball with his son.

Memberships: He was a member of Parkway Church of Christ, Allentown and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Kathryn, he is survived by a son, David McCollough Allan, at home and a sister, Carol.

Services: A memorial service will be held at 6pm Sunday, June 1, in Parkway Church of Christ, 1741 Jefferson Street, Allentown. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer on-line condolences at
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Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family c/o the funeral home, 2101 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042.


Doris E. Sandt

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Doris E. Sandt, 101, of Palmer Township, passed away, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her home.

Born: October 27, 1912, in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Charles O. and Laura Gano Sandt.

Personal: She retired in 1977 from Ingersoll Rand Co., where she worked for 35 years. Doris graduated from Easton High School Class of 1930. She enjoyed traveling and bowled in a league at Bar-Don Lanes for many years. Doris was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan.

Memberships: Doris was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Easton, where she was a former Sunday school and Bible school teacher, a member and former president of WELCA, a member of St. Paul's Quilters, a volunteer for Girl Scouts and a 25 year volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was named St. Paul's Volunteer Saint in 2012. Doris had been a member of a weekly bridge club for many years.

Survivors: Cousins, Anna Wolper, of Nazareth, David Wopler, of Ohio and Judy Sopko, of Bethlehem; her "kids", Lori and Scott Kocher, of Wilson Borough; her good friend and neighbor, Arlene Erich, of Palmer Township; and her good friend, Sandra Hamil, of Orefield. She was predeceased by a brother, John Sandt and two sisters, Ida Kocher and Bessie Catherine Sandt.

Services: Were held Monday, June 2, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Easton Heights Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 610 W. Berwick St., Easton, PA 18042.


Geraldine M. Weidlick

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Geraldine M. "May" Weidlick, 84, of Wilson Borough, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Easton Hospital.

Born: December 30, 1929, in Wilson Borough, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Mary Seiwell Heiselmeyer.

Personal: Her first husband, Aza M. Lake, and her second husband, Vernon R. Weidlick, both died earlier. She was employed by New Eastwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Wilson Borough, where she worked for 30 years. Prior to that, she was employed by the former Woolworth's. May enjoyed yard sales, bingo and dining at the Tic Toc Diner and loved to sing church hymns.

Memberships: She was a member of Grace Assembly of God, Palmer Township.

Survivors: A son, Bruce W. Lake, Sr. and his wife Shelley, of Palmer Township; a daughter, Brenda Lake, of Wilson Borough; a brother, Donald Reese, of Philadelphia; two sisters, Pauline "Fay" Calandra, of Forks Township and Mildred Beisel, of Bath; seven grandchildren, Bruce W. Lake, Jr. and his wife Brandi, Tara Buitron and her husband The Rev. Milton, Thomas, Jr., Scott, and Shawn Smith, Chad Hanni and Eric Everitt; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Weidlick, three brothers, Eugene, Harold and Earl Heiselmeyer, and a sister, Eleanor Williams.

Services: Graveside services were held Monday, June 2, in Northampton Memorial Shrine, 3051 Green Pond Road, Palmer Township. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at
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Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, CenterPointe II, Suite 103, 1160 US Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 00807.


Charlotte S. Powell

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Charlotte S. Powell, 89, of Bethlehem, PA, formerly of Parlin, NJ, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Moravian Village of Bethlehem.

Born: March 17, 1925, in Philadelphia, PA, she was a daughter of the late William M. and Florence M. Himbert Schoen.

Personal: Her husband of 14 years, James P. Powell, died earlier. Charlotte retired in 1990 from Heraeus Amersil, Inc., Fairfield, NJ. She graduated from Battin High School, Elizabeth, NJ. Charlotte enjoyed her cats, traveling and cooking.

Survivors: Three nieces, Paula Spilner, of Philadelphia, Candy Spilner, of Cochecton, NY and Maggie Spilner-Brotzman, of Williams Township; a niece-in-law, Carol Powell, of North Plainfield, NJ and a nephew-in-law, Gary Powell, of New Jersey. She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Spilner, who died in 2003.

Services: Services and interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, NJ, will be held privately. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.


Richard A. DeRohn

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Richard A. "Rich" DeRohn, 62, of Easton, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home.

Born: September 11, 1951, in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Charles H., Sr. and Rhoda A. Smith DeRohn.

Personal: He was last employed by Lifetime Doors, Forks Township. Rich had also worked for various area contractors and roofers. Rich was an avid Bronco fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors: Four brothers, Robert DeRohn, of Las Vegas, NV, William DeRohn, of Huntingdon, PA, Charles and Edward DeRohn, both of Easton; five sisters, Shirley Andrew, Susan Manigo, Charlotte Diehl and Cindy Lucy, all of Easton, and Melody Vandever, of Las Vegas; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Barry and John DeRohn and a sister, Darlene Zimmerman.

Services: Private arrangements are under the direction of the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


Frances Timberman

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Frances "Fran" Timberman, 76, of Wilson Borough, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at her home.

Born: July 21, 1937 in Roanoke, VA, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Ida Gilliam.

Personal: Her husband of 29 years, William M. Timberman, died March 14, 1988. She retired in 2012 from Easton Hospital where she was employed for 43 years. Fran was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She was also a foster mother for 15 years.

Survivors: Four sons, Carl E. Timberman and his wife Kathy, of Saylorsburg, James M. Timberman and his wife Anne, of Palmer Township, Mark W. Timberman, at home, and Vawn Peterkin, of Wilson Borough; two daughters, Barbara E. Schneebeli and her companion Kevin Gray, of Palmer Township, and Sharon Timberman, at home; a sister, Mildred Moody, of Colonial Heights, VA; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Josephine Totty.

Services: 11am Friday, May 30, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Call Friday 10-11am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Valerie Joy Peterson

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Valerie Joy Lear Peterson, 59, of Mount Laurel, NJ, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 at the home of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Beverly and Merwin Valentine, of Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Born: January 31, 1955, in Wilson Borough, she was a daughter of Geraldine Lois Shaw Koskey, of Easton and the late Donald R. Lear, Sr. She was the step- daughter of Richard Koskey.

Personal: She and her husband, Norman Peterson, would have celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2014. Valerie was employed by ARI Automotive, Mount Laurel, NJ, for 16 years. She graduated from Easton Area High School Class of 1972 and earned a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Valerie was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling and fitness.

Survivors: In addition to her mother, step-father and husband, she is survived by a brother, Donald R. Lear and his wife Ann, of Palmer Township, a sister, Robin Hixon and her husband David, of Easton; and two nieces, Rebecca Hixon and Regan Lear. She was predeceased by a sister, Cheryl Lear, who died in 2009.

Services: 4pm Friday, MAy 30, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick Street, Easton. Call Friday 3-4pm in the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Hay's Cemetery. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cure P.S.P., 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.


Nancy L. Docker

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Nancy L. Docker, 60, of Forks Township, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born: April 12, 1954 in Somerville, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George "Buzzy" and Janet Stueber Taylor.

Personal: She and her husband, Wayne A. Docker, celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on November 1, 2013. Nancy was employed as a school nurse by the Phillipsburg School District for 19 years, working at Barber and Freeman Elementary Schools. She had also worked for Easton Hospital in labor and delivery and for Warren Hospital. She was a 1972 graduate of Phillipsburg High School. She had received her R.N. from Somerset Community College and her B.S.N. from Cedar Crest College. Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who enjoyed spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed travelling to see her grandsons in Texas. Nancy was an avid New York Yankees fan. She enjoyed cooking, feeding the birds, basket bingo and sewing. Nancy enjoyed monthly luncheons with her co-workers and the "Obama Women." She was also a breast cancer advocate.

Memberships: She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she had been a Vacation Bible School teacher and helped with the ProJeCt Food Bank at the church. She was also a member of the New Jersey Education Association and the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club. She had been a member of the Easton Junior Women's Club.

Survivors: In addition to her husband Wayne, she is survived by a son, Bryce A. Docker and his wife Laura, of Fort Worth, TX; a daughter, Susan C. Docker, at home; a brother, George Taylor, of Cherry Valley, PA; three sisters, Susan Piazza and her husband Randy, of Phillipsburg, NJ, and Janet and Carol Taylor, both of Tampa, FL; a sister-in-law, Barbara Eastman and her husband John, of Forks Township; two grandsons, Jack and Bo; nieces and nephews, Randy Piazza and his wife Jessy, Scott Piazza, Laura, Allison and Gabby Taylor; and a great-niece, Beatrix Piazza. She was predeceased by a brother, Paul Taylor.

Services: A memorial service was held Thursday, May 29, in St. John's Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry Street, Easton. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Support Community, 3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or the church, Easton, PA 18042.


Richard W. White

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Richard W. White, 76, of Glendon Borough, PA, passed away peacefully Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born: May 29, 1937, in Easton, he was a son of the late William R. and Eleanor M. Harley White.

Personal: He and his wife, Sharon Ingraffea White, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on October 10, 2013. Richard was an auto mechanic by trade. He owned and operated White's Garage, Glendon, from 1992 until his retirement in 2005. Previously he worked for FAM Corporation. He graduated from Wilson High School Class of 1955. Richard had served as a zoning officer and on the planning board of Glendon Borough prior to serving on Glendon Borough Council from 1994-2005. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and cars. Richard was also a Washington Redskins fan and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Sharon, he is survived by two daughters, Monica Peters and her husband William, of Glendon, and Sharon Casey and her husband Robert Jr., of Wilson Borough; a sister, Barbara Ingraffea, of Lake Harmony, PA; two grandchildren, Kevin Peters and Eleanor J. White and her fiancé Christian Weber; nieces and nephews.

Services: Were held Wednesday, May 28, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042 or the American Lung Association, PO Box 4029, Easton, PA 18042-4029.


Shawn M. Cobb

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Shawn M. Cobb, 43, of Easton, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Hunterdon Medical Center.

Born: February 16, 1971, in Raritan Township, NJ, he was a son of the late Michael Cobb and Denise Tinnes Campbell and her husband Glenn Campbell, of Easton.

Personal: Shawn was last employed by the former Joe Smith Construction, Easton, where he worked for 8 years. He had attended North Hunterdon High School. Shawn was an avid NASCAR fan. He was also a New York Jets fan.

Survivors: In addition to his mother and her husband, he is survived by a brother, Dylan, two sisters, Valerie and Brooke, two nieces, Jonelle and Kiena, three nephews, Justin, Kieon, and Javon; a great-niece, Jai'ana; two great-nephews, Jayvion and Jeremiah; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services: Calling hours to celebrate Shawn's life were held on Tuesday, May 27, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick Street, Easton. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family c/o the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton, PA 18042.


Robert C. Buskirk

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Robert C. Buskirk, 58, of Easton, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at his home.

Born: February 18, 1956, in Easton, he was a son of the late Mary Flyte Sortino and Patrick Sortino.

Personal: He was last employed by Curtiss Wright, Phillipsburg, NJ. Previously he worked for Bi-State Construction. Robert served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, going on cruises and to the beach.

Memberships: Robert was a member of Citizens Hose Co., Liberty Hose Co., Safety First Volunteer Fire Co. and Brown & Lynch American Legion Post #9.

Survivors: His fiancée of seven years, Colleen Hunsberger, a daughter, Jennifer Buskirk, of Nazareth; two step-daughters, Christine Wisner, and Chelsea LaFevre, both of Easton; two brothers, Terry Buskirk and his wife Karen, of Palmer Township and Michael Buskirk and his fiancée Pattie, of Easton; four sisters, Cindy Remaley and her husband John, of Stockertown, Rose Sortino, of Bethlehem Township, Katherine Lippincott and her fiancée Joe Medellin, of Wilson Borough and Patricia Pool, of Franklin, TN, a half-brother, Richard Buskirk, of Easton; two half-sisters, Kimberly VanBiliard and Beth Slingland, both of Phillipsburg, and four grandchildren, Emylia Geschwindner, Audrey Bennett, Aiden Seese and Dominique Jones. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Buskirk and Patrick Sortino.

Services: A memorial service was held Thursday, May 21, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Burial in St. John's Union Cemetery, Williams Township.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, LV Unit, 3893 Adler Place, Ste. 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or the Brown & Lynch American Legion, Post 9, 2260 Corriere Drive, Easton, PA 18045.


John R. Bisher

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John R. Bisher, 71, of Easton, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Easton Hospital.

Born: May 9, 1943, in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late John and Hilda Easterday Bisher.

Personal: His wife of 50 years, the former Nancy Butler, died February 24, 2014. John was a truck driver for 50 years, last working at R.S. Rotondi Trucking, Harmony, NJ, for 15 years. Previously, he was employed by the former Trans Mix Concrete for 35 years. He loved his dogs, Sparky and Star.

Memberships: He was a member of many social clubs in the Easton area.

Survivors: Two brothers, William and Roland Bisher, both of Easton; two sisters, Shirley Krauss, of Bangor and Georgette Burger, of Pen Argyl; a nephew and a niece who were his caregivers, Roland Bisher, Jr. and Mary Bisher; and many other nieces and nephews.

Services: Graveside services were held Friday, May 23, in Hay's Cemetery, 704 Packer Street, Easton, where he will be buried on his nephew, Larry's grave. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton, PA 18042.


Dorothy Davis

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Dorothy Davis, 68, of Wilson Borough, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at the home of her son, William K. Stocker, Jr. and his companion Frances Zaragoza, of Effort, PA.

Born: July 12, 1945 in Ackermanville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Margaret S. Williams. Personal: Her husband, Harold G. Davis, Jr., died April 16, 1999. Dorothy retired in 2013 from Crayola, where she worked for 15 years. She was a 1963 graduate of Easton High School.

Survivors: Two sons, William K. Stocker, Jr. and his companion Frances Zaragoza, with whom she resided, and Wendell K. Stocker and his wife Freddi, of Summit Hill, PA; a daughter, Crystal Lynn Hahn and her husband Nathan, of Stockertown, PA; six sisters, Betty Mae Ludwig, of Wind Gap, PA, Pauline Klump, of Bangor, PA, Shirley A. Halpin, of Easton, PA, Barbara Leibensperger, of Egypt, PA, Doris Miller and Darlene M. Werner, both of Bangor, PA; and six grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Amanda and Heath Stocker, Robert and Travis Hahn and Nicolas Zaragoza. She was predeceased by two brothers, Gilbert, Jr. and Robert Edinger.

Services: Were held Wednesday, May 20, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Call Wednesday 1-2pm in the funeral home. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Vernon C. Fogel

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Vernon C. Fogel, 83, of Lower Saucon Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in St. Luke's University Hospital.

Born: February 23, 1931 in Pen Argyl, PA, he was the son of the late Erma Buskirk DeLong.

Personal: He and his wife, M. Lorraine Nothstine, celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on March 5, 2014. Vernon was employed by Maier's Bakery for 30 years. He had served in the Air Force. Vernon enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved his dogs.

Memberships: He was a member of New Creation United Church of Christ.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Lorraine, he is survived by three sons, Mike, of East Stroudsburg, Jimmy, of Wilson Borough, and Mark, of Sharon, PA; a daughter, Cheryl, of Catasauqua; a daughter-in-law, Carrie Krouse, of Wilson Borough; a brother, Donald Schreck, of Wind Gap; three grandchildren, Jennilee Wieand, Craig S. Wieand II, and Hunter Fogel; and three great-grandchildren, Alexia, Jonathan and Benjamin. He was predeceased by a son, Craig S. Wieand, and a brother, William Schreck.

Services: Private services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


Christopher Kraus III

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It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Christopher Kraus III, 71, of Easton, who passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 in Old Orchard Healthcare Center.

Born: March 3, 1943 in Easton, PA, he was the son of the late Christopher Jr. and Violet Glenville Kraus.

Personal: He and his companion, Elaine J. Ditze, of Phillipsburg, NJ, were together for 34 years. Christopher retired from SI Handling Systems, where he was employed for 39 years. In retirement, he was a custodian at Williams Township Elementary School for 8 years.  He was a 1963 graduate of Easton High School.  Christopher was a sports enthusiast and an avid fan of Penn State, the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, and the New York Yankees.  He played softball and enjoyed bowling, photography and classic cars. He loved all things Disney and enjoyed traveling to Disney World on many occasions.

Memberships: He was a life member of Order of Fleas, Inc.

Survivors: In addition to his companion Elaine, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberly L. Schlemmer and her husband James Jr., of Manheim Township, PA, and Kristen M. Fox and her husband Jonathan L., of Fort Carson, CO; a brother, William and his wife Marie, and a sister, Maryalice Ziegenfuss and her husband Charles H., all of Easton; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Jenna and Stephen Martin, Jonathan and Joshua Fox, and Lauren and AJ Schlemmer; nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Sandra Boehmer, of Easton.  He was predeceased by a brother, Chester, three sisters, Caroline Kraus, Shirley Eldridge and Idaetta Taylor.

Services:   Private services will be held at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or the charity of one’s choice.


Shane T. Uttard

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Shane T. Uttard, 28, of Bethlehem Township, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in South Whitehall Township as a result of injuries sustained from a car accident.

Born: January 15, 1986 in Fountain Hill, PA, he was the son of James M. Uttard and Brenda Y. Bauder Deubler, both of Bethlehem, and his step-father, David Deubler, with whom he resided.

Personal: Shane was a 2004 graduate of Freedom High School and served with the Army during the Global War on Terrorism. He loved music, animals and computers, and took pride in his car, a Buick LeSabre. Memberships: He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Farmersville.

Survivors: In addition to his parents and step-father, he is survived by a brother, Sean A. Uttard, of New Orleans, LA. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, James A. and Catherine F. Uttard and Karl and Charlotte Deubler, and his maternal grandparents, Norman and Elizabeth Trapp.

Services: 11am Tuesday, May 20, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough. Call Tuesday 9-11am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Farmersville Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.


John B. Kropf

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John B. Kropf, 83, of Palmer Township, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born: June 15, 1930 in Easton, PA, he was a son of the late Carl and Mabel Bush Kropf.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Dawn Martin, celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 19, 2013. His first wife, the former Antoinette "Dolly" Williams, died in 1969. John was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked for Prudential Insurance for 17 years. He was a 1950 graduate of Easton High School and served with the Air Force during the Korean War. John loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing, woodworking, photography, storytelling and automobiles.

Memberships: He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Tatamy. He was member of Quinlintown Hunting Club for 47 1/2 years.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Dawn, he is survived by three sons, John B. Kropf, Jr. and his wife Pattie, of Macungie, David N. Lambert and his wife Aleta, of Pittstown, NJ, and Brian W. Kropf and his wife Linda, of Bethlehem Township; two daughters, Kimberly A. Badillo and her husband Frank, of Palmer Township, and Sharon A. Kropf, of Henrico, VA. He was Old Granddad to his ten grandchildren, Sean, Brendan, Nathan and Melissa Kropf, Anthony, Katie and Ilana Badillo, Jennifer and Amanda Lambert, and Tim Farrell; and three great-grandchildren, Novell and Luna Badillo, and Isabel Farrell. He was predeceased by a brother, Carl "Bushy" Kropf, Jr., and two sisters, Henrietta "Ottie" Brown and Nina Strauss.

Services: A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, MAy 18, in St. Peter's U.C.C., 4th and Broad Streets, Tatamy. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 South 12th Street, Suite #101, Allentown, PA 18103.


Charles W. Steinke

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Charles W. "Budd" Steinke, 87, formerly of Easton, PA and Sebring, FL, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 in Country Meadows.

Born: May 7, 1926 in Easton, he was a son of the late William C. and Frieda N. Klein Steinke.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Ruth Ferguson, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on May 18, 2013. Budd retired from U.G.I. where he was employed for 43 years. He was a 1944 graduate of Wilson High School and served with the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Budd enjoyed golfing, bowling and collecting stamps.

Memberships: He was a member of East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by a son, William C. Steinke and his wife Karen, of Battle Ground, WA; two daughters, Janis E. Whiteman and her husband Karl, of Milford, IA, and Joni M. Wambold and her husband Donald, of Bethlehem Township, PA; six grandchildren, Jody and Bruce Klipple, Joseph and Daniel VanBrackle, Stephanie Demko and Melissa McDonough; and a great-grandson, Aidan VanBrackle. He was predeceased by a daughter, Candis L. VanBrackle, a sister, Alma Ruth Steinke, and his former wife and mother of his children, Dorothy Drumheller Steinke.

Services: A memorial service was held Saturday, May 17, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick Street, Easton. Burial in Hay's Cemetery. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


Betty Jane Seltzer

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Betty Jane Seltzer, 83, formerly of Mohnton, PA, and Bethlehem Township, PA, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Gracedale.

Born: February 7, 1931, in Mohnton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Isaiah and Gertrude Hoster Sheaffer.

Personal: Her husband, Marvin L. Seltzer, Sr., passed away December 27, 1962. Prior to her retirement, Betty Jane was employed as a store clerk.

Survivors: A sister, Clara D. Barth, of Mohnton, PA. She was predeceased by two sons, Richard L., formerly of California, who passed away in 1994, and Marvin L., Jr., formerly of Arizona, who passed away in 2002, and a sister, Anna Withers, formerly of Reamstown, PA.

Services: Were held Wednesday, May 14, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, PA.


Dorothy J. Wassum

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Dorothy J. Wassum, 87, formerly of Bath, PA, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

Born: December 16, 1926, in Wilson Borough, PA, she was a daughter of the late Walter E. and Bertha M. Weiss Wiend.

Personal: Her husband of 65 years, Leroy Wassum, died September 17, 2013. Dorothy graduated from Wilson High School. She was an avid reader and enjoyed dancing with her husband.

Memberships: Dorothy was a member of Palmer Moravian Community Church. Survivors: A goddaughter, Jennifer Shatto and her husband John, of Eldersburg, MD, and their children, Elle and Tyler.

Services: A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 14, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Memo: Compassionate Care, Attn: Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 or Palmer Moravian Community Church, 2901 John Street, Easton, PA 18045.


Ruth E. Lippy

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Ruth E. Lippy, 97, of Palmerton, PA, formerly of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Brookmont Healthcare Center, Effort.

Born: November 8, 1916, in Chambersburg, PA, she was a daughter of the late William and Annie Oyer Jones. Personal: Her husband of 68 years, J. Chester Lippy, died February 1, 2005.

Memberships: She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Easton, where she formerly served on the Board of Deacons.

Survivors: Two sons, The Rev. Chester P. Lippy and his wife Janice, of Rome, NY and Ronald C. Lippy and his wife Donna, of Omaha, NE; three daughters, Patricia Seagreaves and her husband Jeff, of Cave Junction, OR, Charlotte Everitt (late husband Robert Everitt), of Palmerton and Sandra VanWhy and her husband Aaron, of Easton; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, five brothers, Walter, Merle, Frank, Harry and Arthur Jones, and three sisters, Mary Ruppert, Catherine Gilbert, and Esther Walls.

Services: A memorial service was held Monday, May 12th in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to an animal shelter of your choice in Ruth's name. She was an avid animal lover.


Verna Jane Schuler

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Verna Jane Schuler, 88, of Williams Township, where she resided with her niece, Deborah Patterson and her husband John, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Abington Manor.

Born: August 25, 1925 in Williams Township, PA, she was a daughter of the late William R. Schippers, Sr. and Edith G. Coken Schippers Vetter.

Personal: Her husband of 48 years, John H. Schuler, died in 1997. Verna was a 1943 graduate of Easton High School and attended Churchman's Business School. She last worked as an assistant for Dale Graham, DDS, for 20 years until her retirement. Years ago, she worked for the former Bechtel's Supermarket and Vince Forge Industries. Verna enjoyed reading, playing pinochle, crocheting and crossword puzzles. She received a commendation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame for consecutively voting in every November election for 50 years.

Memberships: She was a member of St. John's Church on Morgan Hill.

Survivors: In addition to her niece, she is survived by three grandchildren, John R. Schuler, of Atlanta, GA, Lisa Hutchison and her husband Michiel and Gwen Kleiser and her husband Richard, all of McGehee, AR; three great-grandchildren, Macey Pambianchi and her husband Anthony, and Carson and Colton Hutchison; a great- great-granddaughter, Charli Kate Pambianchi; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John H. Schuler, Jr. in 1992, five brothers, Harry C., William R. Jr., Richard G., Frank D. and Jack A. Schippers, and three sisters, Lydia Lowe, Ruth Sharbaugh Garey and Bretta Catherine Schippers.

Services: Were held Thursday, May 8, in St. John's Church on Morgan Hill, 2720 Morgan Hill Rd., Williams Township. Burial will be in St. John's Union Cemetery. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to the church, Easton, PA 18042.


Catherine Schrantz

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Catherine Schrantz, 35, of Hellertown, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Born: November 21, 1978, in Easton, she was a daughter of Judith Boivin Frindt, of Bethlehem and the late Robert J. Frindt, Sr.

Personal: She and her husband, Russell J. Schrantz, celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on December 5, 2013. Catherine was employed by NHS Human Services, Coal Township. She enjoyed helping others, spending time with family and friends, and playing bingo. Catherine was a wonderful person, loving wife and mother and will be sorely missed.

Survivors: In addition to her husband, Russell, and her mother, Judith, she is survived by a son, Michael, and a daughter, Alexis, both at home; two brothers, Robert Frindt, Jr. of Bethlehem Township, and Nicholas Frindt, of Girardville; a sister, Angie Lamberton, of Bethlehem Township; nieces and nephews, Christopher, Steven, Nicole, Aubrey, Meado, Daniel, Joey and Michael C. She was predeceased by her father, a sister, Kristine Melsom and a nephew, Thomas "Bubba" Melsom.

Services: A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 7, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Offer online condolences at
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Memorials: May be made to the family c/o the funeral home, Easton, PA 18042.


Patricia A. Stires

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Patricia A. Stires, 69, of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital-Warren.

Born: February 18, 1945, in Easton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Clifford and Helen Peer Rose.

Personal: She and her husband, Ernest Stires, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2013. Patricia was a housekeeper for several area hotels. She enjoyed bingo and going to casinos.

Memberships: Patricia was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Easton. Survivors: In addition to her husband, Ernest, she is survived by two sons, John G. Dailey, Jr. and his wife Shirley, of Easton and Randy Dailey and his wife Luann, of Palmerton; three daughters, Pamela Lamb and her husband W. Joseph IV and Tracey Schick, both of Easton and Jodie Shabaz, of Phillipsburg, NJ; a step- daughter, Kirstin Stires, of Easton; a brother, Clifford Rose Jr., of Kansas; four sisters, Linda Brookes and her husband Greg, of Australia, Brenda Rose and Terry Dennis and her husband Nathaniel, all of Easton and Cindy Douglas and her husband Leo, of Upper Darby, PA; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services: A Celebration of Life was held Friday, May 9, in the Wilson Community Center, 2210 Liberty St., Wilson Borough. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to family, c/o Mrs. Pamela Lamb, 320 Frederick St., 1st floor, Easton, PA 18042.


Bonnie R. Buss

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Bonnie R. Buss, 66, of Allentown, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 in VNA of St. Luke's Hospice House.

Born: July 15, 1947, in Wilson Borough, PA, she was a daughter of the late Edward S. Jr. and Jean R. Frederick Beers.

Personal: She was employed by the former JT Baker Chemical Company for over 28 years in purchasing and planning and inventory control. Bonnie graduated from Easton High School Class of 1965. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially with her granddaughter. Bonnie was unconditionally grateful to her friends, Maureen, Connie and Sheila, for all their love and support.

Survivors: Two sons, Kyle W. Buss, of Denver, CO and Kris E. Buss and his wife Lauren, of Wall, NJ; a granddaughter, Kali Rae Buss; and a niece, Allison Jaworowski and her husband Cody, of Bethlehem. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother, Ronnie Allen Beers.

Services: Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 6, in Northampton Memorial Shrine, 3051 Green Pond Road, Palmer Township. Arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at
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Reinaldo R. Figueroa, Sr.

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Reinaldo R. "Ray" Figueroa, Sr., 77, of Easton, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital.

Born: July 4, 1936, in Patillas, Puerto Rico, he was a son of the late Isodoro and Epifania Morales Figueroa.

Personal: Ray was last employed by the former Typin Steel. He was retired from Victaulic, formerly Lehigh Foundry, where he worked for 17 years. He was known to his family as "Nando". Ray enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to music and walking.

Survivors: His wife, the former Gloria Rosa, of Easton; two sons, Reinaldo R. Figueroa, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, of Corpus Christi, TX and Rafael Figueroa and his wife Katherine, of Coaldale, PA; two daughters, Mona Lisa Jones and her husband Dave, and Lillian Canlon, of Easton; two brothers, Jacobo and Rafael Figueroa, both of Puerto Rico; three sisters, Iris Rodriguez, of Allentown, Andrea Figueroa, of Puerto Rico and Marta Soto, of Brooklyn, NY; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Services: Were held Monday, May 5, in the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough. Offer online condolences at
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