Walter Graf, 87, of Whitehall, died peacefully June 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
He and his wife, Agnes C. (Frisch) Graf, were married 64 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles and Hermina (Keppel) Graf.
A 1946 graduate of Allentown High School, he honorably served with the U.S. Army, and returned home to work at Bethlehem Steel for more than 43 years.
He enjoyed horse racing, playing poker and attending auctions.
Kelsy Lynn Thomson, 35, of Whitehall, died June 7, 2017. Her greatest love in life were her daughters, Addison and Kendall.
There was nothing she would not do to see them happy.
Christmas was a favorite time, decorating the tree with the girls and making it a special celebration.
She loved music, specifically Bruce Springsteen, and she would frequently coach her daughters on singing along to the songs she herself enjoyed.
Being such a loving and caring person made her perfectly suited for her job with the human resources team at Amazon.
Karen P. Hoke, 64, of Allentown, died June 15, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.
She and her husband Raymond F. Hoke were married 37 years.
Born in Morrisville, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Wayne H. and Sylvia (Ward) Page.
Valedictorian of her high school class in Smithburg, Md., she graduated from Lebanon Valley College.
For 30 years, she was employed at Tarkett.
She enjoyed reading and knitting.
Charles M. Snyder, 89, of South Whitehall Township, died June 16, 2017, in ManorCare, Allentown.
He was the husband of the late Grace E. (Mumbauer) Snyder.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Victor and Grace (Stauffer) Snyder.
He served in the U.S. Army.
For 47 years, he was a sheet metal worker at Pennsylvania Supply Company.
He was an avid trap shooter, hunter and fisherman.
His survivors include children Jean Snyder, Karen, wife of Michael Polgar, and Charles M. Jr., and wife, Carol; and grandchildren Nathan, Andrea and Alena.
Joseph L. Niezgoda, 87, of Allentown, died June 14, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Anne I. (Nizio) Niezgoda were married 63 years last Aug. 8.
Born July 17, 1929, in Larksville, Luzerne County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Malodobra) Niezgoda.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and his Master’s in Business Administration degree at The University of Scranton.
Harold B. Carpenter, 76, of New Tripoli, died June 12, 2017, in his home.
Born Nov. 9, 1940, in Plainfield, Somerset County, N.J., he was the son of the late Norman B. and Vera (Robinson) Carpenter.
A self-employed mechanic, he restored automobiles in New Tripoli for many years.
He was a member of Living Stone Fellowship, New Tripoli, and the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Susan J. Fields, 58, of Hamburg, died June 13, 2017, in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Lillian M. (Kressley) Gressley of New Tripoli and the late Elmer H. Gressley.
She was a caregiver with Comfort Keepers of Berks County for eight years.
A member of the former Northwestern Lehigh Jayceettes, the Kutztown Jaycee Women, and Kutztown Jaycees, she served as the first woman president with that club.
Marjorie S. Sinclair, 95, of Neffs, died June 9, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem.
She was the wife of the late Vincent R. Sinclair.
Born Dec. 24, 1921, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Kate (Schmoyer) Orner.
She was a former member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Allentown, and a special friend of Jordan UCC, South Whitehall.
Very well known for her ministry of making “crosses in your pocket,” she made thousands of these, 2,000 of which went to Liberia to a church and school sponsored by Jordan UCC.
Wendy M. Gambler, 49, of Kutztown, died June 4, 2017.
She and her husband Scott A. Gambler were married 21 years last Sept. 30.
Born April 8, 1968, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ernest I. Ruch Sr. of Kutztown and the late Patricia E. (Reinhard) Ruch.
She was a claims processor for Aetna for the last 26 years.
Frederick K. Kitson, 90, of Macungie, died June 9, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.
He was the husband of Barbara A. (Grim) Kitson for 41 years in May, and the late Jane E. (Heller) Kitson.
He was a son of the late Harold and Margaret (Holder) Kitson.
A 1944 graduate of Springfield High School, Erdenheim, Montgomery County, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 17 serving on active duty in the Pacific before being discharged in 1946.