Donald Edward Malloy, 66, of Emmaus, died Sept. 26, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was a loving and devoted father and a big kid at heart. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late William E.R. and Kathryn (Heimbrook) Malloy.
Her loved anything with an engine and was a master technician working in the automotive industry for more than 40 years.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved sharing stories of his family’s home cooking and enjoyed any strange food combination you could think of.
John C. Gumpy, 80, of Macungie, died Sept. 29, 2019, in Cedarbrook. He was the husband of Margery (Davis) Gumpy. They were married for 57 years. Born in Danville, he was the son of the late Reginald and Adria (Herring) Gumpy.
He was a pipe organ builder and owner of Lehigh Organ Company for over 30 years.
He was a founding member and Fellow of the American Institute of Organ Builders.
He was church organist for Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton, for 16 years.
He was a member of Grace Church, Bethlehem.
Lorraine C. Miner, 92, of Emmaus, died Sept. 24, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late William D. Miner. Born in Lehighton, she was the daughter of the late David A. and Edna M. (Kuhns) Mertz.
She worked for Lutron Electronics and later Data Works for many years, retiring in 2006.
She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C.
She is survived by a son, Donald W. and his wife, Susan, of Emmaus; daughters, Carol A. and her husband, Ned Wieder, of Emmaus and Donna K. widow of Dale Diehl, of Emmaus; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Charles “Mike” R. Hammer, 83, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 26, 2019, at Holy Family Manor. He was the loving husband of Joan (Eitnier) Hammer with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Charles and Julia (Wasichko) Hammer.
He honorably served his country in the United States Navy.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University and a master’s degree while teaching at Salisbury High School from 1963 to 1996.
He worked for Pennsylvania wine and spirits stores for 30 years.
Richard L. Steager, 79, of Emmaus, died Sept. 28, 2019, in The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of Ilsemarie “Terry” (Eilts) Steager. They were married for 53 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Kenneth S.E. and Beulah C. (Hunsicker) Steager.
He honorably served his country in the Army for 25 years, reaching the rank of Sergeant 1st Class and served during Vietnam.
He later was a life insurance salesman in Germany for 20 years, retiring in 2008.
He was a member of the Emmaus VFW and the NCOA.
Ann L. Zablocki, 62, of Macungie, died at her home Sept. 27, 2019. She was the loving wife of Edward T. Zablocki, with whom she celebrated 40 years of marriage on May 5. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William J. Albert and Nancy Lou (Paul) Albert, of Allentown.
She was a 1975 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
Until 1996, she worked for 25 years as an administrative assistant for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Allentown.
Jerome H. Askin, 86, of Emmaus, died Sept. 26, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was the husband of the late Anita (Mauceri) Askin. Born in Ozone Park, N.Y., he was the son of the late David J. and Ethel (Gorden) Askin.
He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He worked as a truck driver for Dealers Transit, Matlack and Myers Men for many years. Later, he was a driver guard for Dunbar Armored, retiring in 2014.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus.
Jeffrey S. Diefenbach, 50, of Alburtis, died Sept. 17, 2019, in his home. He was the husband of Michele M. (Podlesny) Diefenbach, with whom he shared nearly 21 years of marriage. Born in Mineola, N.Y., he was the son of the late William and Marilyn (Lemke) Diefenbach.
He was a landscape architect and the owner of Pangaea. Prior, he worked with Jim Blaukovitch Golf Course Design and Creative Landscape.
He will be remembered for his creative designs, drawings and his home which he built.
His family is a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall.
William E. Eiler, 79, of Macungie, died Sept. 19, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Nancy (Hanlon) Eiler. Born in Frederick, Md., he was the youngest son of eight children to the late Newton Eiler and Alice Stoner.
He graduated from Thurmont High School, in Thurmont, Md. in 1958.
He later went on to serve in the United States Air Force.
He worked at Mack Trucks , retiring in 1994.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Susan (Kenneth Johnson), of Center Valley; son, Michael, of Hellertown.
Alethea B. Shurskis, 99, of Myerstown, died Sept. 14, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was the wife of the late Sigmund W. Shurskis, who died March 7, 1994. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Dorothy C. (Strohmeier) and William J. Cliff.
She was a 1937 graduate of Allentown High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1941 from Moravian College, Bethlehem.
She worked as a school teacher in the Salisbury Township School District for 13 years.
She was a member of Lebanon Moravian Church and enjoyed quilting and needlework.