Justin Simmons, R-131, has been appointed to serve on the House education, health, insurance and state government committees during the 2013-2014 legislative session.
Speaker of the House Sam Smith, R-66th, appointed Simmons to legislative committees this year.
"I want to thank Speaker Smith for naming me to these important committees," Simmons said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation that will improve the lives of the people of Pennsylvania."
Anthony J. Jurgill Sr., 84, of Salisbury Township, died January 6, 2013. He was the husband of Catherine Jurgill. He was one of 17 siblings.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Sharon and Denise; sons, Anthony and Steven; seven grandchildren; one sibling.
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Cantelmi Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Blanche A. (Rahn) Musser, 104, a long-time resident of Emmaus (74 plus years) died January 16, 2013, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of Henry S. Musser, who died January 1, 1990. Born in Mt. Penn, she was the daughter of George and Laura Rahn, of Kutztown.
Although she spent most of her life as a beloved wife, mother, and homemaker, she was trained as a bookkeeper and secretary at the Pierce School of Bookkeeping in Philadelphia. She was also a waitress at her parents' restaurant in Kutztown and Shankweilers in Fogelsville.
By EMILY THIEL
Special to The Press
Winter cold brings clear light blue skies, beautiful white winter snow and the bone chilling cold most of us dread. But in just 10 days we will find out if there will be six more weeks of winter.
James A. Hare III, 69, of Breinigs-ville, died January 14, 2013, in the Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Charlotte (Feijo) Hare. They celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in July. Born in Fall River, Mass., he was the son of the late James A. Jr. and Thelma C. (Brayton) Hare.
For the past 10 years he worked for Cyoptics Inc., and prior for 29 years at AT&T-Bell Labs.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield.
He was a baseball coach for the Breinigsville B-Vets.
Debra A. (Oswald) Kocher, 49, of Allentown, died January 15, 2013, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of James C. Kocher. They celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary last June 14. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Herbert E. Oswald of New Tripoli and Anna M. (Kiser) Neulin of Allentown.
She was employed as a seafood manager at the former Laneco in Dorneyville for 15 years, last working in 2001.
Paul J. Unangst, 98, of Leola, formerly of Wescosville, died January 6, 2013, in Moravian Manor, Lititz. He was the husband of the late Marion I. (Frey) Unangst.
He worked as a finish carpenter for builders in Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties before retiring. Born in Kintnersville, he was a son of the late Clinton and Rosa (Bergstresser) Unangst.
He was attending Forest Hill Mennonite Church, Leola, and was a former member of Emanuel United Methodist Church, Allentown.
John "Rosey" Laudenslager, 82, died January 7, 2013, at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, Fla. He was the husband of Gwen Laudenslager. They were married for 36 years. He was a son of the late Clarence and Veronica (McElroy) Laudenslager, of Emmaus.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Michael and Paul; stepsons, Ronald Campbell and his wife Suzanne, Jerry Campbell and his wife Martha, Craig Campbell and his wife April; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Keller, of Emmaus.
Kerry Trammell, 56, of Oak Ridge, Tenn, formerly of Emmaus, died in his home. He was the husband of Leslie Trammell. He was the son of Byron Trammell and the late Barbara (Stone) Trammell.
He is survived by his wife; children, Hayley and Robert; sister, Danette Waites; father, Byron. He was predeceased by his mother.
Services were held at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, Tenn.
Elizabeth A. Pio, 87, of Macungie, formerly of Fairview, N.J. and Jersey City, N.J., died January 10, 2013, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Joseph V. Pio. She was a homemaker. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Walsh) Yohe.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Beth, of Chatsworth, Calif.
Arrangements were made by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.