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.
On April 19, Lower Macungie Middle School will host their second annual mini-thon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund for pediatric cancer.
The mission of The Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.
Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is automatically eligible for support.
Approximately 100 new families receive support each year.
Edward W. Smith Jr., 78, of Emmaus, died March 30, 2013, in ManorCare Health Services, Allentown. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Burnham) Smith. The couple celebrated 53 years of marriage last August 22. Born in Lakeview, Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Edward W. Sr. and Grace J. (Amodeo) Smith.
He was an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus, where he served as an usher and was a charter member of the St. Ann's Council, Knights of Columbus, Emmaus.
The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education is asking for the public's support for House Resolution 139, which would require a comprehensive study of educational programs available to gifted students in Pennsylvania school districts. (See Guest View, this page.)
Charlotte J. Antler, 70, of Zionsville, died March 29, 2013, at Lehigh Center, Macungie. She was the wife of Charles A. Antler. Born in Vera Cruz, she was the daughter of the late Earl Sr. and Anna (Kline) Arndt.
She was last employed by Benson Greenhouses for 44 years until retiring. She was previously employed at Rodale Manufacturing.
She loved working with flowers and associating with customers and friends.
She was a member of Chestnut Hill Church, Coopersburg.
Local author Bryan Svencer will visit the Emmaus Public Library to talk about his new book, EDUTAINMENT 1:30 p.m. April 6. It includes 17 dynamic teaching strategies and incentives for the 21st century.
"This is not your mother's classroom anymore," Svencer said.
Svencer teaches fourth grade at Lincoln School in Emmaus and has been incorporating this philosophy in his classroom for years. After his talk he will autograph copies of the book, for sale at the library at that time.
R. David Stewart, 70, of Emmaus, died suddenly March 26, 2013. He was the husband of Wilma A. Stewart, with whom he would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Born in Morgantown, W. Va., he was the son of the late Robert and Helen (McQuay) Stewart.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked for PP&L, VAST, and Mt. Trexler Home before retiring.
He was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.
He enjoyed doing sudoku and spending time with his grandchildren and their dog Buddy.
The Emmaus Historical Society museum needs additional time for renovations and is now scheduled to reopen April 13. Orders are being taken until April 5 for Shoo Fly pies to be picked up at the April 17 meeting or picked up at the museum April 20. Call 610-966-6591 to order. For additional information, visit their website at emmaushistoric-pa.org.
The Allentown Music Club is offering a $1,000 Past President's Assembly scholarship to a high school senior who resides in Lehigh or Northampton counties.
The student must be accepted at an accredited institution and be pursuing music performance. Application deadline is April 10.
Call Paula Evans at 610-261-4072 or Jane Gambone at 610-435-0120 for information.
To the Editor:
On March 23, Garrett Rhoads and the Eastern Pa. Business Owners sponsored an electronics recycling event at Willow Lane Elementary School.
At a meeting of the Angel Networks of the East Penn schools, Mr. Rhoads offered to collect donations on their behalf at the recycling event, which he presented solely as a service to the community.
However, Mr. Rhoads used the event to campaign, both verbally and with literature distribution, for the East Penn school board. He permitted two other candidates to campaign as well.