Walter John Okunski, 81, of Salisbury Township, died March 26, 2019, under hospice care at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the loving husband of June H. (Feldmann) Okunski. They were married for 57 wonderful years. Born in Utica, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Edwena (Dzubian) Okunski.
He was a graduate of Colgate University and Upstate Medical School. He served his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. and did his surgical residency at Upstate Medical Center. His plastic surgery residency was at Allentown General Hospital.
Robert L. Schultz, 82, husband of the late Doris J. (Spencer) Schultz, of Zionsville, died March 25, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Born in Zionsville, he was a son of the late Wilbur S. and Carrie A. (Stahl) Schultz.
He was a 1954 graduate of East Greenville High School and was a truck driver for Triple A Trucking for most of his career, retiring after many years.
He was a longtime member of Bethany E.C. Church of Clayton, Barto and a member of Stahls Pottery. He was also on the board of directors of Milford Bible Camp.
Mary Louise (Marylou) L. McElroy, 85, of Zionsville, died March 22, 2019, with her family by her side in Lakeland, Fla. She was the wife of Joseph R. McElroy. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd B. and Florence (Reinhard) Wendling.
She worked at Air Products and hospice and started a ministry for the care of elderly, now known as Women of Grace Referral Ministry.
She was a member of Salem Bible Church, Macungie, where she touched so many lives.
Craig C. Onori, 64, of Lower Macungie Township, died peacefully in his home, March 27, 2019. He was the husband of Karen M. (Donnellan) Onori. Born in Plainfield, N.J., he was a son of the late Dominick and Mary (Courtney) Onori.
He was a graduate of Bucknell University where he earned his civil engineering degree and received his MBA from Kutztown University.
He was vice president of Operations at Lehigh Valley Health Network since 2005.
He loved spending time with his family and his most important role was being a husband and a dad.
Shirley E. Ryan, 78, of Macungie, formerly of Mahanoy City, died March 31, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Paul J. Ryan who died Sept. 12, 2009. Born in Mahanoy City, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Elizabeth M. (Ward) Thomas.
She was a 1959 graduate of Mahanoy City High School and past president of the alumni association and was also a member of the Mahanoy Area Historical Society.
She was a member of St. Paul’s UCC of Mahanoy City and a more than 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star Puritan Chapter #126.
CeCelia D. L. Fenstermaker, 67, of Alburtis, died March 30, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Gary R. Fenstermaker. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Madinna (Fink) O’Brien.
Before retiring, she worked in housekeeping for Bear Creek Resort and prior at Bally Case and Cooler and as a certified nursing assistant.
She enjoyed trips to the casino, bird watching and playing bingo and pinochle.
Edward Anthony Medernach, 99, of Alburtis, died March 27, 2019. He was the husband of the late Eleanor M. (Feidler) Medernach. Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late John W. and Fannie Miley.
He worked for Mack Trucks for more than 43 years.
He is survived by sons, David E. (Elizabeth), Jonathan E. (Sheila) and Leo E. (Debbie); daughter, Carol White (David); eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.
Robert A. Roth, 86, of Emmaus, formerly of Allentown, died March 29, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Wiesner) Roth. They were married for 62 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Albert V. and Phyllis (Keiper) Roth.
He was a graduate of Muhlenberg College.
He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Pocono during the Korean War.
He was employed by Eaton-Cutler Hammer for more than 30 years, retiring in 1996.
Jeffrey Peter Gaugler, 55, of Hereford, formerly of Emmaus, died March 13, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Donald Gaugler and the late Joyce M. (Smith) Reinbold.
He was a painter at Knoll International, East Greenville.
He is survived by a brother, Dennis D.; sister, Susan J. Balik; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard “Slick.”
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
Betty J. Bauer, 91, of Macungie, died March 22, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the daughter of the late Clarence E. Bauer Sr. and Edna M. (Hoffman) Bauer and was raised in Longswamp Township by her maternal grandmother, Stella Hoffman.
She was employed as an assembler at Allen Organ Company, Macungie, for over 40 years, retiring in 1992. She had also worked at the former Royal Manufacturing, Alburtis.
She enjoyed picking up her friends, going on drives and eating at local diners.