Donald A. Stephen, 86, of Macungie, died Jan. 11, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospice House. Born in Minesite, he was the son of the late Alvin O.J. and Effie H. (Hilbert) Stephen.
He was a 1949 graduate of Emmaus High School.
He was a carpenter for Alvin O.J. Stephen for 35 years; a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 600 and later worked part time for Lexus of the Lehigh Valley during retirement.
He was a member of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, serving as a Sunday school superintendent.
Janina Maria Branny, 86, of Lower Macungie Township, died Jan. 9, 2018, in her home. She was the wife of the late Boleslaw Frank Branny who died in 1999. Born in Cieszyn, Poland, she was a daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Anialea (Obracaj) Cienciala. She was a pharmacist in Poland.
She was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Emmaus.
Jacob S. “Jake” Diehl, 33, formerly of Emmaus, died Jan. 3, 2018, at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Diann R. (Focht) Nonnemacher and Gerald R. Diehl Jr.
He was a member of Central Manor Church, Washington Borough, Lancaster County.
He was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 2003 and was an avid sports fan.
He was involved with America’s Keswick in Whiting, N.J. and A New Life Sober Living, Lancaster. He was a loving father and a kind and gentle soul.
Lois Ann (Radler) Vandenburg, 82, of Emmaus, died at Luther Crest Nov. 20, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Irene and William Radler.
She graduated from Emmaus High School and continued her education at Temple University School of Nursing.
She was a world traveler, collector of art and inquisitive soul.
She was a member of the Mountain View Lioness Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Pamala; niece, Karen Sampson; nephew, Rodney Fentsamacher; and great nieces and nephews.
John L. Metz, formerly of Salisbury Township, died Jan. 15, 2018, at Above & Beyond Senior Living in Allentown. He was the husband of the late Rose (Adamek) Metz, who died in 2015. Born in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Joseph and Emma (Leone) Metz.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He worked many years as a welder at Bethlehem Steel and was an avid bowler.
He is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. and her husband Kevin Colarusso, of Andreas; sister, Anna Machain, of Bethlehem. He was predeceased by a brother Harold.
Richard R. Gaugler, 81, of Alburtis, died peacefully, Jan. 14, 2018. He was the husband of Christine M. (Peiffer) Gaugler. They were married for 54 years. Born in Quakertown, he was the son of the late Samuel and Emma (Yeager) Gaugler.
He was a member of Zion Lehigh Lutheran Church, Alburtis.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was employed by PPL until his retirement.
He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Lee Hildebeitel, 91, of Upper Milford Township, died in his home Jan. 10, 2018. He was the husband of the late Charlotte A. (Lambert) Hildebeitel. Born in Limeport, he was the son of the late Lee Henry and Mae (Geissinger) Hildebeitel.
He was a retired truck driver and formerly worked for Agway Petroleum.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was a life member of the Lower Milford Fire Co., Limeport, and was also a member of the Mystic Chain Park and the Grundsow Lodsch #13.
William H. Mehrtens Jr., 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 6, 2018, in Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Joyce A. (Bermel) Mehrtens. They were married for 54 years. Born in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late William H. Mehrtens Sr. and Janet (Galan) Uhrig.
He worked as an accountant for Suffolk County, Long Island, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown.
He was a member of the Lower Macungie Senior Citizens and served on the board of directors at the Fairways at Brookside.
Linda E. Hinkel, 70, of Emmaus, died Jan. 12, 2018, at home. She was the wife of David A. Hinkel, to whom she was married for almost 50 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Norman R. and Arlene E. (Bauder) Bruch.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Milford Branch.
Before retiring in 2007, she worked for Mack Trucks, starting as a key punch and lastly in the accounting department.
She enjoyed crocheting and sewing.
Fanny Salice, 90, of Lower Macungie Township, died at home Jan. 5, 2018. She was the wife of the late Philip Salice. Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Tony and Angelina Peraino.
She is survived by grandchildren, Anthony and Michael Aliota and Lisa DePalma; great-granddaughter, Amanda Aliota. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen A. DePalma in 2007.