Howard Lee Yeakel, 57, died peacefully at his home in Allentown, December 1, 2012, after a courageous six month battle with cancer. Born in Allentown, he was the youngest child of Chester Franklin Yeakel Sr. and Anne (Godusky) Yeakel.
He grew up in Vera Cruz and graduated from Salisbury High School in 1974, where he was the gold key winner in the National Scholarship Arts Award.
Ruth C. MacHose, 86, of Allentown, formerly of Zionsville, died December 6, 2012, in the Phoebe Home. She was the wife of the late Robert L. MacHose. Born in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of the late Norman R. and Beulah (Dederick) Fellencer.
A graduate of Allen High School, she was employed at Freeman and Vogt's Jewelers and was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus.
Gloria M. Bachman, 80, of Emmaus, died December 4, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Inpatient Hospice. She was the wife of the late Neil D. Bachman Sr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Simon P. and Cora C. (Longenbach) Danner.
She was employed at BruMar and Levine and later for Chernay Printing, retiring in 1999.
She was a member of Vera Cruz E.C. Church and enjoyed playing bingo.
Earl H. Shankweiler, 96, of Vera Cruz Road South, Emmaus, died December 8, 2012, at Lehigh Center. He was the husband of Althea L. (Weil) Shankweiler. They were married for 72 years June 8. Born in Hensingersville, he was a son of the late Llewellyn and Stella (Bauder) Shankweiler.
He retired after working at Air Products for over 30 years.
He was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd U.C.C., Alburtis, and the Citizens Fire Company of Upper Milford and Upper Milford Western District Fire Company.
Joan (Carnes) Nahrgang, 85, of Schnecksville, died December 3, 2012, at Country Meadows, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Charles A. Nahrgang Jr. Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Haskell) Carnes.
A graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a Bachelor of Arts in home economics, she was employed as a home economics teacher in the East Penn School District for 10 years, retiring in 1992.
She was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Trexlertown.
Edward Elias Geosits, 55, died in his home with his family after a courageous battle with colon cancer. He was the husband of Jill (Rush) Geosits. They were married for 32 years. Born in Easton, he was a son of Edward S. and Maureen (Shumar) Geosits.
He attended Easton High School, Lafayette College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he enjoyed playing basketball, one of his passions. In 1975, he was named the East Penn League Most Valuable Player.
Doris F. Geist, 78, of Emmaus, died November 26, 2012, in her home. She was the wife of Arthur C.G. Geist. Born in Vera Cruz, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Irving Reichard and Lillian G. (Muth) Reichard.
She was a member of St. John's UCC, Emmaus.
Burrell Joseph Brown, 82, of Wildwood, Fla., died September 13, 2012, in Leesburg, Fla. Born in Fountain HIll, B.J. was the son of the late Joseph B. and Ruth L. (Schaffer) Brown.
He was a 1948 graduate of Emmaus High School where he was All Lehigh Valley League in football.
He was a Marine Corps Korean War veteran (1948-1952) and received a Purple Heart medal.
He graduated from the University of Tampa in 1956 where he played football.
Betty H. Schwartz, 85, of Emmaus, died November 19, 2012. She was the wife of the late Arthur P. Schwartz. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late William W. and Helen M. (Waschek) Brown.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus.
She worked as a sewing machine operator until retiring.
She is survived by a sister, Dolores Carl of Emmaus; nieces; nephews. She was predeceased by her companion, Clifton Kelly; brother, William H. Brown; sister, Marie E. Keller.
Contributions may be made to the church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus, 18049.
Leo P. Kehoe, 86, of Emmaus, died November 28, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Cynthia (Hetherington) Kehoe for the past 24 years and the late Audrey (Thompson) Kehoe. Born in Forty-Fort, he was a son of the late James and Agnes Kehoe.
He was employed by Conrail until retiring in 1986.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Susan Kehoe and Sharon Yeakel; son, Richard; sister, Sissy Kaplan; stepson, Christ Schadler; two step-grandchildren; a stepgreat-grandson.