Elizabeth M. Christ, 97, of Emmaus, died July 20, 2018, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Paul M Christ, who died July 20, 2006. Born in Gilberton, she was the daughter of the late Stephen C. and Mary J. (Davis) Williams.
She was a secretary at Rodale Press in Emmaus until retiring.
She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus.
She is survived by a daughter, Marybeth and her husband Kenneth Havanko; brothers, Llewellyn Williams and Stephen C. Williams; grandson, Paul Havanko.
Muriel L. Pritchard, 90, of Acorn Drive, Emmaus, formerly of Coopersburg, died July 15, 2018, at the Lutheran Home, Topton. She was the wife of the late Edwin J. Pritchard. Born in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Johann and Winnie Benson.
She worked 18 years for the Southern Lehigh School District as a teacher and guidance counselor.
Jill Stewart Narrow, 70, of Emmaus, and West Palm Beach, Fla., died July 10, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, She was the beloved wife of Hank Narrow. They would have been married for 45 years in August. Born in Easton, she was the daughter of the late Miriam (Friedman) and Frank Stewart.
She was a 1966 graduate of Easton Area High School.
She had been a member of Temple Covenant of the Peace, Easton.
She was a 1970 graduate of Cedar Crest College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and sociology.
Eugene A. Shuxteau, 93, of Macungie, died June 28, 2018 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Marielies M. (Tauscher) Shuxteau. Born in Downers Grove, Ill., he was the son of the late Andre and Vlasta (Novak) Shuxteau.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a sales manager at Jefferson Smurfit Company for 40 years until retiring in 1987. He was a member of Hope United Church of Christ, Allentown and was a former advisory board member of the Salvation Army for 25 years.
Reginald Jay Root, 82, of Alburtis, died July 14, 2018, at home. He was the husband of the late Hope P. (Heffner) Root. Born in Morrisville, he was a son of the late Stanley Busch Root and Dorothy (Brown) Root.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War for 25 years, retiring as Torpedo Man’s Mate, First Class.
Brenda Trexler Myers, 79, of Nokomis, Fla., died June 23, 2018. She was born and raised in Macungie. She was the wife of John Myers. They were married for 60 years.
She graduated from Emmaus High School and went on to become an oncology nurse and hospice volunteer. Brenda had many passions. She loved her furry friends, and had an art for turning her many houses into homes. She traveled the world with her husband and visited 59 countries where she could be seen riding elephants or enjoying the customs of the local people.
Kenneth C. Higgins, 94, of Allentown, died June 23, 2018 in his residence. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Wenner) Higgins. Born in Macungie, he was the son of the late Norman and Miriam (Fair) Higgins.
Christopher J. Abel, 48, of Allentown, formerly of Lower Macungie, died June 28, 2018. He was the loving husband of Tara (Herstich) Abel with whom he shared 26 years of marriage. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of James and Barbara (Wickert) Abel.
He was a graduate of Saucon Valley High School, Class of 1988, where he was an avid wrestler.
He worked as a machinist at B&G Manufacturing for most of his life.
He enjoyed traveling with his daughter’s tournament teams and was a softball coach for L.M.Y.A.
He was a former member of Silver Creek Country Club.
Irene K. “Honey” Payonk, 84, of Salisbury Township, died July 13, 2018, at the Hospice House of St. Luke’s. She was the wife of the late Bernard B. “Bernie” Payonk for 55 years. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late George and Barbara (Hilbert) Kloo.
She was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked as a secretary for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and later Air Products Corp.
She was a parishioner of St. Ursula Catholic Church, Fountain Hill and a member of the Golden Hillers.
Gerald D. “Shug” Reese, 87, of Emmaus, died July 9, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Jacqueline D. (Boyer) Reese, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Stanley Reese and Myrtle (Schaffer) and Richard Mohr.
He honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean conflict.
He worked as an office manager in gas sales for Air Products for 40 years, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus.