Dr. Edward “Ed” J. Earley, 76, of Fogelsville, died Jan. 3, 2018, surrounded by his family in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.
Born in Dunmore, he was a son of the late Edward Sr. and Eleanor (Hess) Earley.
Married June 15, 1968, to Jan Gallick in Honesdale, the couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary last June.
He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve upon graduation from high school, honorably serving his country for six years.
He spent 21 months in active duty aboard the U.S.S. Staten Island, an icebreaker.
Richard C. Steager Jr., of Orefield, died Jan. 4, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Louise D. (Hausman) Steager were married 27 years last October.
Born July 3, 1958, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of Mary J. (Leszcynski) Steager and the late Richard C. Steager Sr.
He was affiliated with Faith Wesleyan Church, Orefield.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by children Melissa S., wife of Scott Penn, of Germany, Jacob R. and Tyler R., both of Orefield; and three grandchildren.
Juanita Tapper, 86, of Allentown, formerly of New Tripoli, died Dec. 30, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She and her husband Edward F. Tapper were married 59 years last May.
Born in Ewing, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Coleman Evans and Leila (Vice) (Evans) Lane.
She worked at Cottage Antiques and Crafts, South Whitehall, for many years.
She was a member of the former Northwestern Ambulance Corps.
A devoted wife and mother, she will be remembered most for her passion for cooking and genuine love of family.
John B. “Jack” Hemmis, 82, of Orefield, died Jan. 2, 2018, at home.
He and his wife Joanne L. (Carter) Hemmis were married 60 years last July.
Born in Morrisdale, he was the son of the late Agnes Miller.
He was a toolmaker for the former Western Electric Co. and the former AT&T, which became Lucent Technologies.
He retired from Lucent after 44 and a half years in January 2000.
He held various positions with Local 1522, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Joan M. Wentz, 83, of Germansville, died on Jan. 7, 2018, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Robert F. Wentz.
Born June 11, 1934, in Heidelberg Township, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Florence (Kunkle) Rauch.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Slatington.
Jean A. Best, 69, of Orefield, died Jan. 5, 2018, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
She and her husband Lewis L. Best were married 51 years last Oct. 24.
Born Feb. 17, 1948, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Sulick) Kokolus.
The office manager of Best Insurance Agency, Schnecksville, for 34 years, she retired in 2012.
She was a member of Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, Orefield.
U.S. Army retired Brig. Gen. Anna Mae V. Hays, 97, died Jan. 7, 2018, in Knollwood Retirement Facility, Washington, D.C.
She was the wife of the late William A. Hays.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Daniel J. II. and Matie (Humphrey) McCabe.
A graduate of Allentown School of Nursing, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Columbia University and Master of Science degree in nursing from Catholic University of Washington, D.C.
Her survivors include nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother and sister.
Edwin L. Laubach Jr., 34, of Slatington, died Jan. 3, 2018.
He was the son of Edwin L. Sr. and Janice M. (Hunsicker) Laubach of Slatington.
He was a 2002 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Daniel L., at home; and paternal grandmother Catherine E. Knauss of Northampton.
A celebration of his life will take place 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Slatington Moose.
Arrangements were made by Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Schnecksville.
Neil A. Pastre, 88, longtime resident of Whitehall, and recent guest of Devon House, Allentown, died peacefully on Dec. 13, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Gio Batta and Rose (Candia) Pastre,
He and his wife Margaret M. “Peg” (Cunningham) Pastre were married 56 years at the time of her death in 2007.
A graduate of Allentown High School and Muhlenberg College in 1950, he served with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of sergeant in two years, while stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.
Ernest W. Rupp, 89, formerly of Fogelsville, died Dec. 23, 2017, in Evans Retirement Center, Fleetwood.
Born in Weisenberg Township, he was the son of the late Willard D. and Edna (Shellhammer) Rupp.
A planning estimator for the U.S. Navy civil service division in Philadelphia for 24 years, he retired in 1988.
He loved fishing and the outdoor life, as well as reading.
His survivors include sons Gregory and fiancée Diane Sostak of Mertztown, and Timothy of Coopersburg; and grandchildren, Dakota, Torrey and Arlen.