Donald Carl Nelson, 95, died peacefully on July 28, 2017.
He was one of the kindest souls one would have had the privilege to meet.
Mechanically inclined, he served in the Army Air Corps earning the rank of corporal as an aerial engineer assisting in delivering new planes to both fronts during World War II.
Born in Detroit Mich., and raised by his mother during the Depression, he was a hard worker who both owned a business earlier in life, and worked for various companies throughout his career, ending as a sales manager for Swift Microscopes.
Political rhetoric matters! Political narratives matters! Both create limits on what can be done when focus shifts from rhetoric and narratives to policymaking.
After months of wrangling the Republicans failed to deliver on a foundational political rhetorical promise — repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. After the House barely passed a bill, the Senate Republicans failed to pass a watered-down version of a bill to repeal the ACA.
James R. McGonigle, 82, died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2017.
The husband of Joan M. (Klein) McGonigle who died in 2016, he proudly served his country in the Army, and worked for Pillsbury as a mixer more than 30 years.
An avid bowler, he rolled a 300 game earlier in life, played baseball for the Allentown Patriots, and enjoyed golf.
I recently started reading the book “Run, Spot, Run” by Jessica Pierce, a bioethicist, after reading an interview where she discussed the ethics of keeping a pet.
In an Aug. 1 theguardian.com article, “Should We Stop Keeping Pets? Why More and More Ethicists Say Yes,” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, Pierce said she began questioning the idea of pet ownership after she saw a man bring a tub of live baby rats to her local pet store, as she was purchasing crickets for her daughter’s gecko.
Ruth E. Schneck, 85, of Slatington, died Aug. 4, 2017, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall.
She and her husband David G. Schneck were married 67 years last April 9.
Born Sept. 1, 1931, in Lynn Township, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Minerva (Sechler) Bleiler.
She was a teacher’s aide for Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, Schnecksville, for 17 years before retiring in 1997.
Additionally, she was co-owner of Stor-Mor Self Storage, Washington Township, for 31 years.
She also assisted her husband in operation of their family farm.
Jason S. “Jay” Rhoda, 39, of Allentown, died suddenly Aug. 3, 2017.
Born July 26, 1978, in Allentown, he was a son of David S. Rhoda and Colleen N. (Garner) Ecker.
He was employed at Dunn and Bradstreet and was previously a commercial truck driver.
An avid New York sports fan, fitness enthusiast and gym rat, he was a natural comedian from a young age and touched the lives of everyone he met with his personality and smile.
Matthew Richard Gurniak of Fogelsville graduated in December 2016 cum laude with a degree in chemistry from James Madison University.
Amber Michele Zweifel, 29, died Aug. 1, 2017, from an aggressive form of cancer.
Born Nov. 3, 1987, in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of Karen M. (Hoffman) Demkovitz and her husband, Andrew, of Germansville, and Vernon E. Zweifel and his wife, Lisa, of Treasure Coast, Fla.
She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School, Ocean City, Md. and went on to double major at Temple University, Philadelphia, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science.
Betty J. Rump, 88, of Sellersville, formerly of Krumsville, Berks County, died Aug. 4, 2017, in her home.
She was the widow of Harlan L.”John” Rump, who died in 1987.
Born in Albany Township, she was a daughter of the late William and Elva (Knepper) Kunkel.
She was a machine operator for the former Deisher Knitting Mill, Kutztown.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
George L. Carl, 83, of Trexlertown, died Aug. 3, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.
He and his wife Shirley F. (Thomas) Carl celebrated 64 years of marriage on July 25.
Born in Trexlertown, he was a son of the late Morris and Elda (Johnson) Carl.
Before retiring in 1986 he worked at Owen Bastian Flooring for many years and previously for Hackman’s Flooring.
He was a member of Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association and Macungie Minstrelaires.