John P. Pelcheck, 89, of Allentown, died June 4, 2017, at home.
He was the husband of the late Ethel V. (Cox) Pelcheck.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Adamcik) Pelcheck.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marines.
Before retiring in 1988, he was a conductor with Conrail for 37 years.
Julie A. Herman, 30, of East Stroudsburg, died June 2, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Michael Herman of Allentown and Tanya (Strohl) Stockman of East Stroudsburg.
Her survivors include father, Michael and wife Lisa; mother, Tanya and husband Robert; daughter Natalya Rivera of Allentown, paternal grandmother Faye Herman of Emmaus; sisters Destiny Miller of Tamaqua and Kelsey Herman of Allentown; brothers Matthew Miller of Tamaqua, Tyler and Logan Stockman of East Stroudsburg, nieces and nephews.
Russell L. Rader, 85, of Coplay, died May 30, 2017, in his home.
He and his wife Delores M. (Simock) Rader were married 61 years last Oct. 21.
Born Feb. 29, 1932, in Alburtis, he was the son of the late Irwin H. Sr. and Ella E. (Keim) Rader.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.
He was a plumber at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for 28 years before retiring in 1988.
A member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, he was a former member of the former Vernon G. Kern VFW Post 8344, Schnecksville.
Dorothy M. Janenko, 90, of Allentown, died peacefully on May 28, 2017.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Sue (Kakelacik) Janenko.
A lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, she enjoyed being a lector there.
She proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of sergeant, and was a member of Fullerton American Legion Post 367.
A 1945 graduate of Allentown High School, she was an administrative assistant at Sacred Heart Hospital and Capital Blue Cross.
She was an avid bowler.
George M. Bubernack Sr., 81, died June 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Married May 3, 1958, he and his late wife Carol J. (Choplick) were married 55 years before she died on Nov. 14, 2013.
They lived in Coopersburg for nearly 40 years.
The youngest of nine children, he was born April 2, 1936 in Atlas, Northumberland County, the son of the late Michael T. and Johanna (Lezynska) Bubernack.
He attended Mt. Carmel High School and joined the Army in 1954.
In the Army, he learned to fix radios and electronics, and played the trumpet in the band.
Thomas F. Higgins, 85, of Macungie, died May 21, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Lower Saucon Township.
He and his wife Eleanor M. (Hamm) Higgins were married 60 years last July 21.
Born Nov. 16, 1931, in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Elva Marie (Wallace) Higgins.
He was the owner and founder of Insulation Corporation of America since 1981.
Before that, he was president and owner of the former Northern Lehigh Erectors Inc., Allentown.
Russell Peter Bear, 96, formerly of Orefield, died in peace June 4, 2017, in Concordia of Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh.
He was the loving husband of the late Rachael L. (Knauss) Bear who died in 2012.
Born Jan. 19, 1921, in Slatington, he was the son of the late Francis G. and Alice A. (Weida) Bear.
A 1938 graduate of Slatington High School, he graduated from Penn State University in 1942.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy achieving the rank of ensign during World War II.
Billie Jean (Behrens) Kolesar, 71, of Germansville, died June 1, 2017, in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.
She was the wife of the late George M. Kolesar Jr.
Born Oct. 6, 1945, in Lincoln, Neb., she was the daughter of the late Betty J. (Swenson) Behrens and William Thomas.
Her survivors include daughter-in-law Lisa A. Kurutz; brother James Behrens; sister Karen Hrdlicka; grandchildren Nicholas D. and Amanda L. Kurutz; great-grandchildren Aiden and Kensi; one niece; and two nephews.
She was predeceased by a son Donald D. Kurutz.
Pamela A. “Pam” Kerschner, 58, of New Tripoli, died peacefully June 4, 2017, in her home after a brief battle with ovarian cancer.
She was the loving wife of David P. Kerschner Sr., whom she married July 14, 1979.
Born in Reading, she was the daughter of Anna Mae (Sittler) Kline of Kutztown and the late Robert K. Kline, who died Feb. 19, 2013.
A 1977 graduate of Kutztown Area High School, she was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli.
After high school, she was employed by Erie Insurance Co., working at the Kutztown location.
Carolyn M. Rupp, 92, formerly of Germansville, died peacefully, May 24, 2017, surrounded by her loving family in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall.
She was the wife of the late George S. Rupp.
Born June 24, 1924, in Weisenberg Township, she was the daughter of the late Nevin and Hilda Mae (Holben) Holben.
She was employed in the laundry department at Cedarbrook, South Whitehall, for many years before retiring in 1985. Previously, she worked at Kraft Foods.