Ernest I. Ruch Sr., 78, of Kutztown, died on Feb. 22, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Patricia E. (Reinhard) Ruch.
Born April 13, 1939, in North Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Willard G. and Marie R.A. (Hoffman) Ruch.
He was employed in the maintenance department of Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown and Macungie, for 30 years before retiring in 1993.
An avid outdoorsman, he was a life member of the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, and the Slatington Skeet Club.
Julia M. Paul, 81, of Slatington, died Feb. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of the late Frederick R. Paul.
Born Aug. 1, 1936, in Washington Township, she was the daughter of the late Albert P. and Julia (Richtor) Bretz.
She was a processor at Jaindl Farms Inc., Orefield, for 24 years before retiring.
Before that, she was a sewing machine operator at the former Movie Star Slip Co. and Modern Pants Factory.
She was of the Catholic faith and formerly volunteered with NOVA Auxiliary, Coplay.
Donna Marushak, 60, of Slatington, died Feb. 21, 2018, in her home.
She and her husband Neil B. Marushak were married 36 years last Sept. 5.
Born Sept. 27, 1957, in Freeport, N.Y., she was the daughter of Albert J. and Ann (Pardes) Reed of Allentown.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure and Wilkes universities, she was a teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District for 23 years before retiring in 2014.
Before that, she taught at the Sacred Heart School, Allentown, and the Northern Potter Children’s School, Ulysses.
Dorothy M. Oberholzer, 93, of Cetronia, died Feb. 19, 2018, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Walter F. Oberholzer.
Born April 29, 1924, in Ruchsville, North Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late Russell I. and Annie M. (Easterday) Shiffert.
A food service worker at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, for 16 years, she retired in 1985.
She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Cedar Union Church, Cetronia.
Leon P. Rex III, 83, of Slatington, died on Feb. 19, 2018, in his home.
He and his wife Joyce L. (Myers) Rex were married 54 years last July 20.
Born Dec. 2, 1934, in Red Bank, Monmouth County, N.J., he was the son of the late Leon P. Jr. and Helen L. (Bair) Rex.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during a peacetime era.
He was vice president and co-founder of Jo-Le Equipment Inc., Slatington, for the last 30 years.
He was a member of Grace Gospel Chapel, Allentown
Willis F. Schaffer, 97, from Fogelsville, died Feb. 22, 2018, at home.
He was the widower of Pauline (Faust) Schaffer.
Born in Upper Macungie Township, he was the son of the late Edgar and Beulah Schaffer.
A farmer in Upper Macungie Township all his life, he was a member of the Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church and an active follower of God. He was a member of Fogelsville Senior Citizens.
Stephen M. Maciolek II, 74, of Breinigsville, died on Feb. 19, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.
The loving husband of the late Josie (Zegarelli) Maciolek, they were married 36 years.
Born May 4, 1943, in Utica, N.Y., he was the son of the late Stephen and Helen (Rodzinka) Maciolek.
He was employed at Unisys Corporation for his entire career and retired after 40 years of service.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era.
He attended St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Jerome M. Dancheck, 77, of Whitehall, died peacefully Feb. 24, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospice, surrounded by his loving and dedicated family.
He and his wife Janet K. (Price) Dancheck were married 52 years.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Michael and Josephine (Kozelsky) Dancheck.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, and continued his patriotism throughout his life.
A 1957 graduate of GAR High School, he earned his degree from Lafayette College in 1974.
A mechanical engineer for Air Products and Chemicals, he retired in 2000.
Charles E. “Chuck” Hughes, 57, of Allentown, died Feb. 23, 2018, in St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem.
Born Dec. 14, 1960, he was the son of the late Charles P. Jr. and Marion T. (Stryker) Greenwood, and also the son of the late William E. and Belle Hughes.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy.
Before retirement, he worked in various warehouse positions.
He was an avid Mets baseball fan and truly loved music, animals, family and friends.
James A. Coombe, 82, from Northampton, formerly of Whitehall, died peacefully Feb. 19, 2018, surrounded by his loving and dedicated family.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harry and Daisy (Frankenfield) Coombe,
He and his wife, Sylvia C. (Cappellini) Coombe, were married 60 years.
A very dedicated member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, member of the finance committee, and was a mainstay at the monthly breakfasts and church festivals for many years.