Robert F. Thomas, 95, of Wescosville, died May 4, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan (Riegel) Thomas for 62 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James A. and Mary (Spear) Thomas.
He was a 1941 graduate of Allentown High School.
He was a World War II veteran in George Patton’s 3rd Army, including the Battle of the Bulge with the 26th Infantry Division.
He was the assistant purchasing agent for Essroc Corp. for 32 years.
David Robertson, 80, of Rotonda West, Fla., formerly of Alburtis, died peacefully May 5, 2019, at Tidewell Hospice, Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side. He was a loving and devoted husband to Phyllis Robertson for 47 years. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was a son of the late John and Frances (Aitken) Robertson.
He was a sales representative for Mack Trucks for 20 years.
He was a communicant of Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Fla. and previously was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
Sandra L. (Bowen) Hausknecht, 71, of Emmaus, died May 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of Robert P. Hausknecht. They were married for 52 years. Born in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Janet (Westbrook) Bowen.
She worked in international sales for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for over 30 years, retiring in 2008.
She was an active member of Church of the Good Shepherd U.C.C., Alburtis, where she was active with the crafters group and was a member of the handbell choir.
Jeanette I. (Arnold) Gehman, 83, of Alburtis, died May 10, 2019. She was the wife of the late Paul A. Gehman. Born in Cazenovia, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Homer F. and Ione C. (Collins) Arnold.
She worked as a clerk and assisted with the catering for Frey’s Country Store, Alburtis and prior to that she worked for General Seating, Topton.
Lois F. Frank, 87, of Center Valley, died May 10, 2019, in her home with her children by her side. She was the wife of the late Richard R. Frank. They were married 46 years. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Mildred (Bechtel) Allender.
She was active in local politics and served at the polls at Southern Lehigh High School.
She enjoyed traveling, gardening and antique shopping.
Bennie L. Howard, 50, of Macungie, died May 4, 2019. He was the husband of Jennifer (Koyt) Howard for four years. They had been together for 11 years. Born in McKeesport, he was the son of Geraldine and the late Alex Howard.
He worked at Kellogg’s in Breinigsville in packaging.
His favorite thing was spending time with his family. He loved basketball and football. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Penn State.
He was a loving man with a heart of gold who helped everyone he could.
Elizabeth C. “Liz” (Knerr) Hoffman, 91, a life-long resident of Alburtis, died peacefully May 9, 2019, in The Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the wife of the late Dale D. Hoffman. Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late William and Sadie (Kurtz) Knerr.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd U.C.C., Alburtis.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School.
Leonard A. Sonntag, 82, of Allentown, died May 12, 2019. He was the husband of the late Dawn L. (DeReamer) Sonntag. Born in Easton, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elsie H. (Kohler) Sonntag.
He was an industrial engineer at the former Western Electric Corporation, retiring from Lucent Technologies.
He was a graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Sandra J. Rhode, 68, of Emmaus, died April 29, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Philip P. Rhode. The couple observed their 50th wedding anniversary in March. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Pauline B. (Nase) Haring and the late Kenneth Haring.
She was a member of Old Zionsville United Church of Christ and was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1969.
She was the secretary and treasurer of the family business, Consolidated Mechanical Service of Emmaus, for many years.
Marie A. Flocco, 84, of Allentown, formerly of Macungie and Staten Island, N.Y., died peacefully May 4, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Richard W. Flocco. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Gallo) Todino.
She worked as a money transfer clerk at the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, retiring in 1994.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
She enjoyed music, reading books, going to the casinos and traveling with her family and friends.