Hilda S. Blose, 85, formerly of Whitehall, died June 25, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall Township, with her loving family by her side.
She and her husband Maurice A. Blose were married 64 years in February.
Born Feb. 17, 1934 in Ormrod, she was the daughter of the late Alois and Marie (Sommers) Bauer.
An Avon representative for many years, she was also a sewing machine operator at the former Ironton Fashions and Cross Country Clothes before retiring.
Ruth A. Leiby, 91, of Allentown, died June 23, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the widow of Sterling R. Leiby.
Born in Fogelsville, she was a daughter of the late Harry W. and Reba E. (Miller) Rockel.
She was a waitress for many years at the former Shankweiler’s Hotel, Fogelsville.
Her survivors include daughters Nanette R. Leiby of Allentown and Faye E., wife of Mark Casciano of Allentown; grandchildren Paul Richard Lucas and Nora Elise; nieces and nephews.
Harry L. Donat, 96, of Country Meadows, Allentown, died June 13, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife, Olga (Osifchin) Donat, would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in August.
Born in Macungie, he was a son of the late Rev. Harry J. and Ida (White) Donat.
A graduate of Slatington High School, he was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army from July 1943 until April 1946.
He served as an Army airways communication system cryptographer in the China-Burma-India Theater.
James R. Hite Sr., 78, of South Whitehall Township, died peacefully June 6, 2019, at home.
He and his wife, Monica (Dudding) Hite were married 58 years.
He was the proud father of Carol, James Jr., David and Brian; grandparent of Monica, Zachary, Chelsea, Dylon, Jessica, Maxwell and Jared; and great-grandparent of Skyla, and soon to be Sean.
The son of the late Raymond and Edna (Green) Hite, he was the brother of Clarence, Robert and Nancy.
He was predeceased by siblings Bernice, Raymond, Judith, Kathleen and Richard.
The world has lost a great man! Larry A. Williams, 62, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Slatington, took his final bow June 24, 2019, after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.
He and his wife, Theresa M. (Kocher) Williams, were married 11 years.
Born March 9, 1957, in Slatedale, he was the son of the late Betty Mae (Williams) Fenstermaker.
He always held the Northern Lehigh Community near and dear to his heart.
If there were an organization in need or an event coming up, he was playing a role in its success either as organizer, leader or participant.
Joyce D. (Roth) Kuntz, 77, of Slatington, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in her home.
She and her husband Warren S. Kuntz were married 56 years on June 16.
Born Aug. 23, 1941, in Washington Township, she was the daughter of the late Claude W. and Florence R. (Zellner) Roth.
She owned and operated Joyce’s Beauty Salon in her home for 40 years before retiring in 2010.
Before that, she was a key punch operator at the former Keystone Lamp Factory, Slatington.
She was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, and the former Washington Grange 1763.
Betty A. (Bloss) Laubach, 85, formerly of Allentown and Slatington, died June 23, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall Township surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of the late Louis L. Laubach.
Born Feb. 20, 1934, in Walnutport, she was the daughter of the late Joel R. Bloss and Helen B. (Rice) Bloss Konek.
She was co-Owner and founder of Keystone Answering Service, Allentown, from 1972-04.
Stephen M. Mercatili, 50, of Orefield, died June 12, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Margaret L. (Castronova) Mercatili were married 16 years.
Born Sept. 5, 1968, in Goshen, Orange County, N.Y., he was the son of Julia E. (Nardi) Mercatili of Warwick, N.Y. and the late Peter D. Mercatili Sr.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Roy E. Trone, 82, of Slatington, died June 15, 2019, in his home.
He was the husband of Markie F. (Snyder) Trone.
Born on July 23, 1936, in Freemansburg, Northampton County, he was the son of the late Roy R. Trone and Jessica N. (Ruth) Beaber.
He was a truck driver for National Van Lines for 16 years before retiring in 2003.
Before that, he was a sales representative at the former Mueller Chevrolet, Slatington, for 25 years.
Joan L. Rice, 87, a longtime resident of Fullerton, Whitehall Township, died peacefully at home June 16, 2019, with her loving and dedicated family by her side.
She was the wife of Ethan “Budd” Rice for almost 65 years.
Raised in East Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Dorothea (Millhouse) Schlecht.
A very dedicated member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, she enjoyed being a part of Bible Study, the book discussion group, the Vicar Committee, and the Jean Emanuel Scholarship Committee.