Alma A. Apgar, 83, of Allentown, died March 27, 2013, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Fenton Apgar Jr., who died in 1992. Born in Philadelphia,, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Gollon) Strunk.
She was a member of the Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, Lutheran Congregation.
She was employed as a long distance telephone operator for almost 29 years, for the former Bell Telephone, now Verizon, and was a lifetime member of the Pioneers of Bell Telephone. She had also worked part time as a PBX Operator at Sears.
Frank H. Leeland, 92, formerly of Zionsville, died March 28, 2013. He was the husband of Ruth (Flavell) Leeland.
He is survived by his wife; children, Frank, of Florida, Linda Elie, of Kutztown, David, of Leesport; numerous grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Grace E.C. Church, Hosensack. Arrangements were made by the Falk Funeral Home Inc., Pennsburg.
To the Editor:
Six months after one has obtained their drivers permit, they are allowed to get their license. In the state of Pennsylvania, the age that one gets their permit is 16.
Some legislators are arguing for a national graduated driver licensing law to replace the separate individual state regulations.
The statistics in 2009 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed 16 year olds have crash rates higher than drivers of any other age. It was also noted car collisions were the leading cause of death in 13 to 19 year olds.
To the Editor:
In response to a letter to the editor by Jane Aylor Fretz in the March 14 opinion page, "Standing up to the NRA, I felt I had to respond.
She is wrong about the NRA being a front group for gun manufacturers; they have a membership of hundreds of thousands of decent freedom loving Americans! Next "Guns don't kill people, people kill people!"
"If guns kill people, than pencils misspell words."
Edwin J. Haberstumpf, 77, of Emmaus, died March 31, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Inpatient Hospice. He was the husband of Lois K. (Neave) Haberstumpf, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Albert H. and Ruth E. (Miller) Haberstumpf.
He was a welder for the former Haberstumpf Welding for many years, retiring in 1993.
He was an active member of Emmaus Moravian Church, serving as a sacristan for many years and as sexton for 20 years.
He was past president of the Emmaus Ambulance Corp.
J. Thomas "Tom" Kemmer, 76, of Macungie, died March 27, 2013 in Cedarbrook Nursing Home. He was the husband of the former Rosemary Markowski, of Baltimore, Md. Born in Garrett County, Md., he was the son of the late Joseph N. and Katherine L. Kemmer.
As a young man he marched and performed with several drum and bugle corps, including the Yankee Rebels of Baltimore. While attending the University of Baltimore, he played lacrosse and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity and earned his degree in 1958.
Kathleen M. Herring, 70, of Wes-cosville, died March 29, 2013, at home with her family by her side. She was the wife of Guy A. Herring Sr. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last July. Born in Summit Station, she was a daughter of the late Howard M. and Ina A. (Long) Fessler.
She worked for Lucent Technologies for 27 years, retiring in 1998.
She was a member of Hope United Church of Christ, Allentown.
She was a Phillies fan and enjoyed camping and spending time with her family.
Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 will meet noon, April 4 at St. Timothy's Church, 140 So. Ott St., Allentown. Program is a visit from the Senior Center Chorus. Business meeting will follow. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. For additional information, call 610-437-4265.
Rev. Roger C. Fenstermaker, 81, of Allentown, died March 27, 2013, at home. He was the husband of Joan C. (Scanlin) Fenstermaker. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last June. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Russell and Caroline D. (Caine) Fenstermaker.
He received his Master of Divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown in 1961. He served churches in Catasauqua, Columbia, Jim Thorpe, Palmyra, Harrisburg, Allentown and Bethlehem before retiring.
He was a member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Church, Emmaus.
Lucille Soffera, 57, of Macungie, died March 23, 2013. Born in Easton, she was a daughter of Grace A. (Rundle) Soffera and the late Samuel Soffera Sr.
She is survived by her mother; companion, Earl Bugbee; brothers, Angelo and Samuel Jr.; sister, Laurie Ann Doyle. She was predeceased by a son, Lucas.
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Sell-Herron Funeral Home, Allentown.