George D. Billig, 85, of New Tripoli, died Aug. 9, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Nancy L.(Leiby) Billig celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1.
Born in Lynn Township, he was a son of the late Granville A. and Florence L.(Kocher) Billig.
A salesman for Nationwide Insurance Inc. for 41 years before retiring in 1997, he was also a school bus driver for the Northwestern Lehigh School District for 32 years, also retiring in 1997.
He was a 1949 graduate of Slatington High School.
Wendy G. Brantley has died.
Born on Feb. 10, 1959, she was the daughter of Elsie Quinn.
A graduate of Dieruff high school, Allentown, she went to Florida A.M. University, worked for the City of Allentown as a meter maid, then the parks department.
She worked for the police department, which she called the love of her life, until she went to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.
This job she wouldn’t trade for anything.
Joan Young, 82, from Allentown, died July 31, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She and her husband Robert Young were married 63 years in April.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William and Julia (Weber) Savage.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Sharon Witman and husband, Kurt, of Kutztown; son David at home; brothers William Savage Jr. and Thomas Savage, both of Allentown; sister Fay Hughes of Allentown; and grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Witman.
Her service will be private.
Jean F. Dietrich, 83, died Aug. 9, 2017, in her home, surrounded by her family.
She and her husband Wayne W. Dietrich, who died in December 2014, celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Born in Hamburg, Berks County, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Fannie F. (Reppert) Miller.
A 1952 graduate of Perry High School, Shoemakersville, she obtained a beautician’s license, which she held for many years.
Alice F. Gangaway, 81, of Willington, Conn., died Aug. 11, 2017, in Windham Hospital.
Born in Fogelsville, she was a daughter of the late Howard J.H. and Irene (Lorah) Fritzinger.
She was a member of the Federated Church of Willington.
Her survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Wilbur E. Gangaway; children Faith Nixt and her husband, Chuck, Garth Gangaway and his wife, Janet, and Sherry Robb; and grandchildren, Michael, David, Kaitlin, Megan, Allison and Nicholas.
Anthony J. “Joe” Cerrone, 89, of New Tripoli, formerly of Allentown, died Aug. 10, 2017, in The Lutheran Home at Topton.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth M. (Lever) Cerrone.
Born June 13, 1928, in Nazareth, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Katherine (Senneca) Cerrone.
A manager for The Wood Company, Allentown, for 32 years, he retired in 1993.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
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.
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.
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.