Carl Burton Martrich, 86, of Salisbury Township, died peacefully May 10, 2019, at home. He was the husband of Lenore (Koehler) Martrich for 66 years prior to her death in February of 2017.
He is survived by daughters, Linda and her husband, Ralph Schaffer, Karen Porter, Tami and her husband, Harry Ahlum; grandchildren, Nicole and Kirk; three great-grandchildren and faithful cat, Happy. He was predeceased by a son, Terrence.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Margaret F. (Kern) Papsun, 93, of East Texas Road, Allentown, Lower Macungie Township, died May 17, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late John M. Papsun who died in 1995. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, she was a daughter of the late George Sr. and Mae (Teryua) Kern.
She was employed as a seamstress/machine operator by Schneider Manufacturing, Allentown, where she also was a fashion model
She attended St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton.
Gordon “Gordy” Bender, 101, died peacefully in his sleep May 16, 2019. He was the husband of the late Helen (Burnell) Bender. They were married for 57 years. He was the son of the late William and Lotte Bender. He grew up in Catasauqua and raised his family in Emmaus.
He worked for Mack Trucks from the age of 18 until his retirement. He was proud of his work helping to organize the UAW and serving as a shop steward for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army, a Master Sergeant veteran of World War II, in the South Pacific.
Shirley C. Lentz, 85, of Wescosville, died May 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the beloved wife of Joseph S. Lentz. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary April 4. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Henry N. and Lilian M. (DeLong) Fegley.
She was a 1951 graduate of Allentown High School and worked for a couple of years as a dental assistant for the late Dr. Robert Minogue in Allentown.
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.