William A. Tyrka, 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 10, 2019, at home.
He and his wife Carol A. (Bender) Tyrka were married 25 years last June.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Anna (Faber) Tyrka.
He was a self-employed roofing contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years.
Before that, he was in roofing sales.
A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, he was the custodian for the last five years before his illness.
He was also as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Julius F. Iacocca, 93, of South Whitehall Township died Jan. 10, 2019, surrounded by his family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
The loving husband of Phyllis A. (Rose) Iacocca, the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, 2018.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Theodore and Assunta (Cocca) Iacocca.
A 1943 graduate of Allentown High School, after World War II he completed his education at Lehigh University graduating in 1948.
Edward J. Stachowski, 87, of Orefield, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy L. (Perley) Stachowski.
Born Jan. 21, 1931, in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late John and Stella Stachowski.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.
A production supervisor at Pepperidge Farm, Downingtown, for many years, he retired in 1988.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Betty J. Kunkle, 77, of Spring City, Chester County, formerly of Krumsville, Berks County, died Jan. 5, 2019, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Donald R. Kunkle, who died in 2013.
Born March 24, 1941, in Cumru Township, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester W. and Kathryn F. Burkhart.
The former co-owner of Kunkle’s Farm Stand in the Allentown Farmer’s Market, her true passion was to be at home raising her family.
Frank Alotta, 87, of Allentown, died Jan. 5, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Loretta (Rota) Alotta.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Josephine (Lena) Alotta.
He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Allentown.
Before retiring, he worked for Western Electric, owned Frankie Alotta’s Café and lastly for Mack Trucks as an expeditor.
He served in the Navy Reserves.
Elmer E. Daneker, 86, died peacefully Dec. 24, 2018.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Thomas) Daneker.
He was the loving husband of the late Patricia A. (Arndt) for more than 50 years.
After graduating from Palmerton High School, he proudly joined the Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of staff sergeant.
He was honored to be included as part of the Palmerton Area Veterans Memorial.
Irma S. Buchman, 88, formerly of Center Valley and Coopersburg, died Jan. 1, 2019, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was the wife of the late George F. Buchman.
Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and Beatrice S. (Yocum) Rhoads.
She was employed at the former Emmaus Telephone Co. and M.S. Young, Allentown, before retiring.
She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Center Valley.
She will always be remembered for her care for animals and in particular, dogs.
Rodnie L. Gruber, 45, from Slatington, died on Dec. 20, 2018, in his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1973, in Allentown, he was the son of Allen C. Gruber Sr. with whom he resided and the late Ruth L. (Jones) Gruber, who died last April.
He owned and operated Gruber Concrete Inc. for the last 25 years.
An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoying hunting, and formerly drove a racing car at Mahoning Speedway.
Elaine Rowlands, 87, of Slatington, died Jan. 6, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
She and her husband Charles E. Rowlands were married 67 years last Oct. 20.
Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Evelyn Mae (Krause) Fenstermacher.
She was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Slatington.
Julia M. Moroz, 93, formerly of Emmaus, died Jan. 3, 2019, in Luther Crest, South Whitehall, where she resided.
She was the wife of the late Eugene Moroz.
Born Aug. 2, 1925, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Julia (Fisher) and Alexander Kuhar.
She was a longtime member of Brookside Country Club, Macungie, and enjoyed bowling and golfing with her husband and friends.
In addition, she was an avid bridge player and enjoyed traveling abroad.
She and her husband also enjoyed being snow birds in Florida for many years.