Helen V. Heisler, 77, of Allentown, formerly of Orefield, died Feb. 17, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of the late Richard L. Heisler Jr.
Born Nov. 26, 1942, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles O. Smith Sr. and Dorothy P. (Fitschen) Smith.
She co-owned and operated with her late husband, the former Jubilee Kennels, Orefield, for 30 years before retiring in 1998.
Before that, she worked in the financial accounting office for the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
Nancy L. “Nanc” Novotny, 87, of Breinigsville, died Feb. 23, 2020, in Luther Crest, South Whitehall.
She and her husband, Cornelius A., celebrated their 49th anniversary last September.
Born in Whitehall, she was a daughter of the late William and Alice (Williams) Fenstermaker.
A 1950 graduate of Allentown High School, she was a Mack Truck retiree after 31 years of employment and was a UAW member.
She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a devoted wife and mother.
Theresa Ignar, 82, of New Tripoli, died peacefully Feb. 20, 2020, in her home.
She and her husband, Leo B. Ignar, were married 62 years last July 20.
Born June 2, 1937, in McAdoo, Schuylkill County, she was the daughter of the late Wassil and Pauline (Buckta) Miga.
A graduate of the Empire Beauty School, Hazleton, she attended Dean College, Franklin, Mass., where she studied art.
She was multilingual, later in life studying Spanish.
Robert E.A. Burkhardt, 87, from Fogelsville, died on Feb. 19, 2020, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.
He was the widower of Bernice B. (Hite) Burkhardt.
Born in Chapmans, he was a son of the late Alfred B. and Ella (Glick) Burkhardt.
An excavating heavy equipment operator for most of his career at Burkhardt Excavating and Lehigh Stone, he was also employed by Dorr-Oliver, Fogelsville, and Sales Systems Ltd., Allentown.
He was a member of Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township and a volunteer firefighter for Fogelsville Fire Company for 21 years.
The Rev. Paul M. Carlson, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather and pastor of 40 years, passed into his eternal home Feb. 18, 2020.
The son of missionary parents, the Rev. Paul and Ruth Carlson, he was born in Saigon, Vietnam.
He and his wife Gerri M. (Flexer) Carlson celebrated 65 years of marriage.
A graduate of Du Bose High School in Florida, King’s College in New York and Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, he was pastor of the Emmaus, Wescosville and East Texas churches which combined into the Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.
Members of the local firefighting community honored the memory of Forrest F. Hausman, 85, of Breinigsville, who died Feb. 13, 2020, in Lehigh Center, Macungie.
The funeral service for Hausman, former fire chief and fire police captain of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, was held Feb. 20.
A viewing with firefighter honors took place Feb. 19 at Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville.
Harriet A. Drabic, 85, of Nanticoke, formerly of Coplay, died Feb. 17, 2020, in Birchwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke.
She was the wife of the late Stanley Drabic.
Born June 14, 1934, in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond S. and Lillian A. (Hartman) Harmon.
She was a seamstress at the former Cross Country Clothes, Egypt, for many years before retiring.
Her survivors include a son Stanley P. Drabic of Germany; sisters Carol A. Jones, with whom she resided, and Marilyn J. Washcalus (John) of Pringle.
Ethel L. Hamm, 95, of New Tripoli, died Feb. 20, 2020, at home.
She was the widow of Clark K. Hamm.
Born in Tilden Township, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Elsie (Fink) Reppert.
A farmer all her life, she was the epitome of the Pennsylvania Dutch lifestyle: work hard, give unto others, and ask nothing in return.
She was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in New Tripoli.
Phyllis Ann Frey McBride, 74, of Slatington, died Feb. 4, 2020, with her family at her side.
Betty J. (Stoudt) Waidelich, 71, of Kempton, died on Feb. 14, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of the late James D. “Jesse” Waidelich, who died in 2016.
Born in Slatedale, she was the daughter of the late Robert Stoudt and Sarah Weiss.
A 1966 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School, she was a member of Jacob’s Church, New Tripoli.
She enjoyed working at her daughter’s Five Points Cricket Farm, Kempton, over the last few years up until a week before her death.