Jane A. “Janie” Holben, 66, of Orefield, died Feb. 28, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
The loving wife of Barry J. Holben, they were married 38 years last June 30.
Born March 6, 1951, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Thomas E. and Ethel (Goach) Grider of Allentown.
A graduate of Gratz College with a Master’s degree in education, she was an elementary school teacher more than 20 years, most recently with the Whitehall-Coplay School District.
George David Jones, 59, of New Ringgold, died Feb. 28, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at his business.
He was the husband of Deborah A. (Klotz) Jones, with whom he happily spent the last 20 years.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Hazel (Hower) Blinkhorne and a stepson of Robert Blinkhorne of Catasauqua.
He was the owner and operator of George Jones 309 Auto, Tire, Service and Sales Company, formerly of Germansville, and later of New Tripoli since 1993.
Willard A. Mantz, 89, of Laurys Station, and Schnecksville, died Feb. 27, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Aldine A. (Hoffman) Angstadt-Mantz were married April 27, 1985.
He was also the husband of the late Ruth (Ramaly) Mantz, who died in 1976.
Born in Laurys Station, he was a son of the late Albert and Mary (Confer) Mantz.
A miller and line worker for ConAgra Flour Mill, North Whitehall Township, more than 50 years, he retired in 1995.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.
Phyllis Tarricone, 69, of Palmer Township, died Feb. 27, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Lower Saucon Township.
She and her husband, Christopher C. Tarricone, celebrated their 47th anniversary.
Born in Rochester N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Indiano) Aloisio.
An accountant for 45 years, she was previously employed by Herder-Tarricone Associates.
Affiliated with St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, she was devoted to her children and grandchildren and was affectionately called “Mama.”
Deloris G. Kline, 83, of Allentown, died Feb. 24, 2018.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Hartzell and Geraldine (Trapp) Romanchuk.
A member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, she was a member of the Women of the ELCA at the church.
She was a diet clerk for Sodexo at Cedarbrook nursing home before retiring.
David G. Christman, 75, of Shinglehouse, Potter County, formerly of Slatington, died Feb. 19, 2018, at the home of his son, Scott, in Germansville.
Born May 3, 1942, in Allentown, he was the son of the late George A. and Miriam A. (Bachman) Christman.
A truck driver for Roadway Express for 37 years, he retired in 2000.
He was a member of the Diamond Fire Co. No. 1, Goodwill Fire Company Germansville, Lynnport Fire Company and Emerald Fire Company.
Andrew “Andy” Simpson Wight, 69, of North Whitehall Township, died Feb. 18, 2018, at home with his puppy, Madison, by his side.
He and his loving wife, Patrice “Patti” (Wanish) Wight, celebrated their 31st anniversary in last December at Disney World.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was a son of the late Charles John and Mary (Simpson) Wight.
After coming to the United States at age 4, he was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1965.
Ernest I. Ruch Sr., 78, of Kutztown, died on Feb. 22, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Patricia E. (Reinhard) Ruch.
Born April 13, 1939, in North Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Willard G. and Marie R.A. (Hoffman) Ruch.
He was employed in the maintenance department of Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown and Macungie, for 30 years before retiring in 1993.
An avid outdoorsman, he was a life member of the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, and the Slatington Skeet Club.
Julia M. Paul, 81, of Slatington, died Feb. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of the late Frederick R. Paul.
Born Aug. 1, 1936, in Washington Township, she was the daughter of the late Albert P. and Julia (Richtor) Bretz.
She was a processor at Jaindl Farms Inc., Orefield, for 24 years before retiring.
Before that, she was a sewing machine operator at the former Movie Star Slip Co. and Modern Pants Factory.
She was of the Catholic faith and formerly volunteered with NOVA Auxiliary, Coplay.
Donna Marushak, 60, of Slatington, died Feb. 21, 2018, in her home.
She and her husband Neil B. Marushak were married 36 years last Sept. 5.
Born Sept. 27, 1957, in Freeport, N.Y., she was the daughter of Albert J. and Ann (Pardes) Reed of Allentown.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure and Wilkes universities, she was a teacher in the Northern Lehigh School District for 23 years before retiring in 2014.
Before that, she taught at the Sacred Heart School, Allentown, and the Northern Potter Children’s School, Ulysses.