Josephine E. “Betty” (Reeser) Schwartz, 97, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, in the home of her granddaughter, Lenore “Lynn” Tretter and her husband David. She was the wife of the late Kenneth P. Schwartz. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph M. and Matilda A.E. (Riedy) Reeser.
She was a seamstress for the former Schneider Manufacturing for 22 years, retiring in 1984.
Jeanette H. (Fink) Roth, 87, formerly of Macungie, died Dec. 24, 2018, in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home, Kutztown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Harvey E. and Helen J. (Wachter) Fink.
She was a graduate of Allen High School, Allentown.
She worked as a machine operator for many years at Allentown Paper Box Factory, Allentown.
Clinton J. Hauser, 80, of Vera Cruz, died Dec. 22, 2018, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was the husband of Sylvia T. (Stepsics) Hauser and celebrated 53 years of marriage this year. Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Clinton E. and Mary (Toth) Hauser.
He was a self-employed contractor for 50 years.
He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Larry E. Keeney, 79, of Alburtis, died peacefully at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Campbell) Keeney to whom he was married for 56 years in June. Born in Clinton Township, Mich., he was a son of the late Earl and Maude (Solomon) Keeney.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for many years, retiring in 1992.
He had a unique sense of humor especially when it came to trivia. He was proud of his native state of Michigan and many answers to his trivia questions were “Michigan.”
He served with the U.S. Army in Korea.
Dorothy L. Powell, 92, of Emmaus, died Dec. 22, 2018, at Lehigh Commons. She was the wife of the late William T. Powell. They were married for 57 years. Born in Emmaus, she was a daughter of the late Sarah and John Brey.
She was a 1944 graduate of Emmaus High School and served as class secretary for 73 years.
She worked as a secretary/administrative assistant at Lehigh Valley Dairy and then as an executive secretary at Air Products and Chemicals, Trexlertown.
She enjoyed movies, reading, creating ceramics, painting and spending time with her family.
Lyle G. Trunk, 82, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 27, 2018, at ManorCare, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Blanche E. (Allem) Trunk for the past 65 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George T. and Gladys E. (Diehl) Trunk.
He was a roofer for most of his life until retiring.
He is survived by his wife; children, Sharon Erdman (David), Deborah Joseph (Lance), Glenn (Carolyn), Timothy (Beverly) and Faith Rivera (Jose); brother, Sherwood (Kathy); 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Irvin.
Linda M. George, 55, of Macungie, died Dec. 12, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the companion of Keith Jones. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Thomas G. Wetzel and the late Carol G. (Zoch) Hoppes.
She worked for Cedarbrook Nursing Home for 20 years as a nurse’s aide. She also bartended at the Alburtis Fire Co. Social Club for many years.
She was a member of the Alburtis Fire Company, where she was like a mother and grandmother to the firefighters and was a member of the Alburtis Rod and Gun Club.
Bruce K. Geary, 75, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 10, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Cheryl (Hildebrand) Geary, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Vincent Geary and Laura (Pussini) Geary Wagner and stepson of Russell Wagner.
He was a 1961 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.
He served in the U.S. Naval Air Force as an aviation electrician during the Vietnam War.
For many years he worked in tool and die manufacturing for General Electric and later Black and Decker.
Genevieve L. Krieger, 90, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 15, 2018, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late William and Frances (Werst) Haney. She was the wife of the late Harry G. Krieger Sr. who died in 2015.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
She was past president of District 8 and senior vice president of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2124.
Arthur Marean Madarassy, 93, of Emmaus, formerly of Wilmington, Del., died peacefully Dec. 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Faith Vandever Gottschall Madarassy who died in 2016. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., and raised in Brooklyn, he was an accomplished musician, keen scientist, experienced builder, avid ballroom dancer and chef.