Izola Thomas, 69, of Allentown, formerly of New Orleans, La., died Dec. 1, 2017.
She was the widow of Melvin Thomas Sr.
Born in New Orleans, she was a daughter of the late Freddie and Estelle Green.
A certified nursing assistant in New Orleans, she retired after 20 years of service.
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, along with several members of her family, she relocated to Allentown.
She was a devoted wife and mother and loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
MaryJane C. Hittner, 84, of Palmerton, Forest Inn, died peacefully Dec 6, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown.
She was the wife of the late Luther C. Hittner who died in 2006.
Born in Egypt, Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Edna (DeLong) Bernhard.
A bookkeeper for Capital Bakers, she later was a waitress for the former Wotrings Reception Hall, Schnecksville.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Towamensing, Palmerton.
Rose Marie Neikam, 82, formerly of Allentown, died Dec. 9, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Lower Saucon Township.
She was the wife of the late Calvin E. Neikam Jr.
Born in Trumbauersville, she was a daughter of the late Charles Ziara and Cecilia (Grzegorzewicz) Lest.
A graduate of Quakertown High School, she was a secretary at Mack Trucks for many years before retiring in 1984.
She was a member of Faith Church, Trexlertown, where she was a member of Seniors in Action.
Alfred L. Reimschissel, 91, from South Whitehall, died Dec. 10, 2017, in the care of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Hospice.
The beloved husband of Evelyn A. Flemish Reimschissel for 63 years of marriage, they shared many interesting activities.
They were parents to Carol E. Reimschissel Mackes and James Frank Reimschissel.
He and his brother Ferdinand (Fred) G. Reimschissel were the sons of Gertrude A. Dreisbach Reimschissel, a nanny and active church member, and Frank Bernard Reimschissel, a steam fitter with the coal industry at the Drifton Shops.
Members of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 16th and Chew Sts., Allentown, will be cooking a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018.
The meal includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage.
For information, call Jennifer at 610-437-2531 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pennsylvania German Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown.
Rumor has it the Belsnickel, the Pa. German Santa, will visit.
The public is invited to this free meeting.
Parking is available in the lot across Tacoma Street. Use ground floor “Office” entrance.
For information, call 610-285-6326.
Theresa C. Jacobs, 80, from Orefield, died on Dec. 7, 2017, in Westminster Village, Allentown.
She was predeceased by her partner Margie K. Smith.
Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Dorothy (Stichler) Jacobs.
Passionate about teaching, she was a graduate of Ursinus College.
She taught human biology and physical education for many years in a variety of schools, retiring from the Northern Lehigh School District.
She coached many high school girls basketball and softball teams.