Jeanette H. (Fink) Roth, 87, formerly of Macungie, died Dec. 24, 2018, in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home, Kutztown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Harvey E. and Helen J. (Wachter) Fink.
She was a graduate of Allen High School, Allentown.
She worked as a machine operator for many years at Allentown Paper Box Factory, Allentown.
Clinton J. Hauser, 80, of Vera Cruz, died Dec. 22, 2018, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was the husband of Sylvia T. (Stepsics) Hauser and celebrated 53 years of marriage this year. Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Clinton E. and Mary (Toth) Hauser.
He was a self-employed contractor for 50 years.
He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Larry E. Keeney, 79, of Alburtis, died peacefully at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Campbell) Keeney to whom he was married for 56 years in June. Born in Clinton Township, Mich., he was a son of the late Earl and Maude (Solomon) Keeney.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for many years, retiring in 1992.
He had a unique sense of humor especially when it came to trivia. He was proud of his native state of Michigan and many answers to his trivia questions were “Michigan.”
He served with the U.S. Army in Korea.
Dorothy L. Powell, 92, of Emmaus, died Dec. 22, 2018, at Lehigh Commons. She was the wife of the late William T. Powell. They were married for 57 years. Born in Emmaus, she was a daughter of the late Sarah and John Brey.
She was a 1944 graduate of Emmaus High School and served as class secretary for 73 years.
She worked as a secretary/administrative assistant at Lehigh Valley Dairy and then as an executive secretary at Air Products and Chemicals, Trexlertown.
She enjoyed movies, reading, creating ceramics, painting and spending time with her family.
Lyle G. Trunk, 82, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 27, 2018, at ManorCare, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Blanche E. (Allem) Trunk for the past 65 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George T. and Gladys E. (Diehl) Trunk.
He was a roofer for most of his life until retiring.
He is survived by his wife; children, Sharon Erdman (David), Deborah Joseph (Lance), Glenn (Carolyn), Timothy (Beverly) and Faith Rivera (Jose); brother, Sherwood (Kathy); 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Irvin.
I am sure you have heard the ruckus raised in early December 2018 when several radio stations and Canadian broadcaster CBC Radio decided to ban the traditional Christmastime song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” one of the more outlandish offshoots of the #MeToo movement.
After numerous complaints of censorship, including a highly visible campaign by Star Trek star William Shatner, CBC restored the song to its Christmas lineup, as did two of the four radio stations that initiated the ban.
Before Christmas, my family committed to all staying home one night to watch holiday movies together.
As the time neared for the first film to begin, we found our pets had gathered in the living room as well, taking up a good portion of the couches. This is not an exaggeration. We have three dogs — and despite their alleged thinking, none of them is a true lap dog.
This happens pretty often. It’s not unusual to see one of us walk in the room, pause when we see the shortage of comfortable seating and choose to find a spot on the floor instead of moving a napping pet.