Ronald E. Kern, 81, of Lower Macungie Township, died June 21, 2019, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Joanne M. Kern. They shared 60 beautiful years together. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Emil and Louise Stutzenberger Kern.
He was a 1956 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School and attended Penn State University.
He was employed as a manufacturing engineer at Mack Truck and retired in 1996. Previously, he worked at Air Products.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus.
Carson “Poppy” D. Markle, 87, died peacefully June 23, 2019. He was married to his high school sweetheart, the late Virginia R. Markle. They were married for 61 years. He was the son of the late Victor and Gladys Markle, of Emmaus.
From 1950 to 1953 he served in the U.S. Marine Corps - 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion Easy Company, during the Korean War, fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and received three Bronze Stars.
John Paul Sulick, 80, formerly of Emmaus, died in Los Angeles, Calif., June 25, 2019. Born in Palmerton, he was the son of John J. and Mary Sulick.
He graduated from Palmerton High School, Class of 1957.
He served in the U.S. Army and worked for most of his life at Bethlehem Steel.
He was a talented pianist, a former member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus and a member of The Compassionate Friends.
With his sense of humor and kind soul, anyone who knew him couldn’t help but love him. Above all, he was a loving, dedicated father.
Daniel J. Gaffney, 66, of Emmaus, died June 23, 2019, in his home. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Jane L. (Zawilla) Gaffney, of Whitehall and the late Donald B. Gaffney.
He was a 1970 graduate of William Allen High School and furthered his education at Bloomsburg University and Temple University.
He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 2599-13. He was a career steel machinist at Prior Coated Metals, Inc., Allentown, for many years, retiring in 2017.
He was a Lutheran.
Bernice E. Haas, 94, formerly of Lower Milford Township, died June 21, 2019, at Saucon Valley Manor. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Haas Sr. She was the daughter of the late Morris and Dornelda (Yeakel) Stoudt.
She was a cleaner at various homes and offices in the Lehigh valley.
She was a member of Chestnut Hill Church, Coopersburg.
Dorothy Mae “Dolly” Rohrbach, 87, of Alburtis, died June 19, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late Herbert G. Rohrbach Jr. who died Aug. 18, 2015. They were married for 63 years. Born in Macungie, she was a daughter of the late James B. and Verna (Kerchner) Heil.
She worked as a seamstress at the former John Rems Co. for 30 years in Macungie, JoMar Manufacturing in Alburtis and as a representative for AAR Fogelsville.
She was a member of Solomon’s United Church of Christ, Macungie.
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.