Nancy L. Hilbert, 80, of Emmaus, died Nov. 10, 2018, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. She was the wife of Leonard K. Hilbert. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late Robert E. Sr. and Cora (Williams) Sherlin.
She was a member of Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, Emmaus.
She enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband; daughters, Janelle Nace, Donna Kauffman (Thomas) and Cheryl Wigfield (David); 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Joanne M. (Koch) Fisher, 86 and John O. “Jack” Fisher, 91, of Salisbury Township, died from a motor vehicle accident in Lehigh Township. Joanne was pronounced dead at the scene on Nov. 8 and Jack died Nov. 9, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. They shared 55 years of marriage.
John P. Staub, 83, of Salisbury Township, died in his home, Oct. 29, 2018. Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of the late John Peter and Elizabeth (Schaublin) Staub. He was the husband of the late Sonya J. (Brustman) Staub, who died in 1999.
He was a computer programmer for National Cash Register (NCR), Bethlehem, for 29 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Allentown where he served as a Eucharistic minister and a prison minister.
He was a former captain of the Salisbury Ambulance Corp and a certified EMT.
Katherine A. (Smull) Freed, 97, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her home Oct. 29, 2018. She was the wife of the late Willard Henry Freed, who died July 4, 1999. They were married for 46 years. Born in Monroeville, she was the daughter of the late Simon Eugene Smull and Mathilda Rose (Kreiling) Smull.
After spending her childhood in Forest Hills, she graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. She began her professional career at United Engineering and Foundry Company, Pittsburgh and ultimately became the administrative assistant to the executive vice president of the company.
Claire C. Dronetti, 88, of Emmaus, died Nov. 4, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael R. Dronetti for 43 years who died July 25, 1993. Born in West Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Susan (Zoscin) Pollock.
She was employed by Alto Trucking Company as a bookkeeper for three years and then did the bookkeeping and sewing for the family business, Dronetti Upholstery, from 1963 until her death.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, creating Faberge eggs, but most importantly spending time with her family.
Paul E. Klingman Sr., 82, of Emmaus, died at home, Oct. 23, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Reiss) Klingman. The couple would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 4, 2019. Born in Vera Cruz, he was the son of the late George and Edna (Fenstermaker) Klingman.
He was a member of Zionsville Lutheran Church.
He was a rubber molder for the former Rodale Manufacturing for 33 years, until the plant closed. He later worked for Rodale Press until his retirement in 1997.
Johanna K. (Kotch) Green, 82, of Emmaus, died Oct. 22, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Janenko) Kotch.
She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
She worked for Leh’s Department Store and later worked as a secretary for Mack Trucks and retired in 2007 from the Borough of Emmaus.
She was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church, where she was a choir member and organized the Fall Fest.
She was a member of the Emmaus Garden Club and the Mack Ski Club.
Steven W. Ryan, 64, of Emmaus, died in his home surrounded by his family Oct. 26, 2018. He was the husband of Susan (Ayer) Ryan. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Elaine C. (Sagendorf) Ryan and the late Thomas F. Ryan.
He was a graduate of Richfield High School, Waco, Texas. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas. In 2017, he retired from Alcoa (Huck) Fasteners based out of Waco, Texas, after 38 years of service.
Robert A. Sanchez, 69, of Emmaus, died unexpectedly at his home, Oct. 19, 2018. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Anthony and Elaine (Mertz) Sanchez.
He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in 1967 and worked as an electrician by trade and later at Mack Trucks then the Greif Companies and Colonial Crest Apartments.
He was a board member of the Mercantile Club, which he loved dearly along with the people who came there. He was also a member at the Emmaus Fire Co. #2 and other Emmaus social clubs.
Robert C. Diehl, 84, of Macungie, died Oct. 27, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Edna G. (Peters) Diehl to whom he was married for 64 years. Born in Hancock, Berks County, he was the son of the late Clarence I. and Elsie (Gracely) Diehl.
He was employed in the shipping and receiving department of Precision Roll Grinders, Chapmans, for 14 years, retiring in 1995. Prior to that he worked for the former Schoeneck Farms, Macungie, for 31 years.