Thomas (Tom) Verghese, 61, of Emmaus, died peacefully June 22, 2019, after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Anna Verghese. They were married for 35 years. Born in Kerala, India, he was a son of the late Annamma and MT Verghese.
Harold J. Eyer, 100 years and 6 months to the day, formerly of Emmaus, died June 23, 2019, at Heather Glen Senior Living, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Sadie J. (Iobst) Eyer, who died June 7, 2004. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Roy I. and Anita (Moyer) Eyer.
He was employed at Air Products & Chemicals for 35 years before retiring.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in Italy and received eight Bronze Stars.
He was a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Congregation, Emmaus.
Betty G. (Gulden) Buehrle, 90, of Allentown, died June 15, 2019, in Luther Crest, South Whitehall Township. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. Paul L. Buehrle. They were married 68 years. Born in Perkasie, Bucks County, she was a daughter of the late Russell T. and Irma (Snyder) Gulden.
She was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus.
She was a licensed beautician, operating the former Betty’s Hairdressing Salon, Wilmington, Del.
She was a talented seamstress, dedicated volunteer and loving wife and mother.
Fern I. (Rickert) Ockovic, 102, of Salisbury Township, died June 21, 2019, with her daughter by her side in Devon House. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Ockovic. The youngest of 10 children, she was a daughter of the late George and Ida (Levan) Rickert.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan and partner, Jeff Weiss; nieces, Virginia Sell and Elaine Peter; great-niece, Ann Marie Wranitz.
Contributions may be made to Westminster Adult Day Services or Salem United Methodist Church.
Waldemar Ramirez, 77, of Macungie, died peacefully June 21, 2019, at Legend of Allentown. He was the husband of Alma (Suarez) Ramirez, with whom he shared over 51 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Enrique Ramirez and Obdulia Zapata.
Before retiring, he worked as a layout at Agere Systems for over 41 years.
His grandchildren and canine companions were his pride and joy.
Philip A. Merenda, 80, of Emmaus, died June 15, 2019, in Manor Care Allentown. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Micek) Merenda. They were married 41 years. Born in Mineola, N.Y., he was the son of the late Anthony and Gwendolyn (Williams) Merenda.
He was a graduate of Lehigh University.
He was a supervisor in the accounting department at Mack Trucks for 30 years, retiring in 1998. After retirement, he drove a school bus for Paragon Transit for many years.
He was a member of Emmaus Moravian Church, where he was a choir member.
Veronica Ann “Ronnie” (Barber) Hafner, 85, of Salisbury Township, died June 17, 2019. She was the wife of the late Karl “Bud” Hafner. They were married for 53 years. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Barber and Marguerite (Byrne) Barber Brenner.
Before retiring, she worked for Leh’s Department Store, Bell Telephone, Crown America at the customer service desk and Salisbury Township School District in the cafeteria at Harry S Truman School.
She was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.
Ronald F. Moyer Sr., 81, of Macungie, died June 11, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of the late Phyllis C. (Moll) Moyer, who died May 17, 2018. Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Myron R. and Arlene E. (Ringer) Moyer.
He was employed by Cabot Corp., Boyertown, for over 35 years until his retirement.
Guy Ray Bachman, 53, of Red Rock, Pa. and Cullman, Ala., died May 26, 2019. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Jackie C. Bachman and the late Linda Rae Fehnel Bachman.
He grew up in Emmaus and graduated from Salisbury High School, Class of 1983.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1989.
He was co-owner and operator of the Red Rock Mountain Campground for the past 20 years.
Barbara E. Johnson, 87, of Lower Macungie Township and formerly of Itasca, Ill., died June 10, 2019, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Burton A. Johnson. They were married for 67 years in January. Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late William S. and Enid (Smith) Edwards.
She was a dedicated homemaker but loved to travel both domestically and abroad.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.