Larry N. Merkle, M.D., 78, died April 6, 2018, in Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Raised in Slatington by his parents, the late Claude and Lillian (Rauch) Merkle, he lived in Nazareth with his wife of 38 years, Brenda (Reinert) Merkle.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his medical degree from Heidelberg University, Germany.
Claire Rose Rantz, 84, of Renaissance Home, Northampton, died April 9, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
She was the wife of the late Donald E. Rantz.
Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Alice (McGinley) McGeehin.
For more than 50 years, she worked as a registered nurse, beginning her career at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York, later working with various medical facilities in the Lehigh Valley and lastly retiring from Luther Crest retirement community.
She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield.
Harold R. Gehringer, 87, of Kutztown. died April 11, 2018, at home.
He and his wife Mildred E.L. (Wessner) Gehringer were married 68 years last August.
Born in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Robert and Lillian (Held) Gehringer.
He was a farmer all his life in Weisenberg Township and was a truck driver for the former Wessner’s Grains, Kutztown, for 30 years.
A member of Ziegels Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, he served 16 years on church council.
For 55 years, he was a member of the Seipstown Grange where he served as an officer on the board.
David J. Sterner, 40, of Red Hill, died April 12, 2018, in Allentown.
Born in Reading, he was a son of George K. Sterner of Bechtelsville; and Linda D. (Dodson) Wojciechowski, wife of Gerald Wojciechowski, of Macungie.
He attended Boyertown School District and Lehigh Carbon Community College.
He was formerly a tree trimmer with Green Shadow Tree Service, Hellertown.
Pauline E. Henry, 102, died April 14, 2018, in Laurel Living Center, Hamburg.
She was the wife of the late George E. Henry.
Born in Albany Township, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Ida (Snyder) Lutz.
Employed briefly as a cleaning lady for the Tom Schaeffer R.V. Business, Shoemakersville, in the late 1970s to early 1980s, her true passion was taking care of her family and home.
She loved to garden, embroider and bake for her family.
She was a member of New Bethel Church, Kempton.
John Cargill Robertson, 60, of Albany Township, died suddenly in the Emergency Department of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken while volunteering with the Kempton Historical Society.
A loving father, son and brother, he valued his family and brought passion to all of his endeavors.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., he was a son of Susan (Ryan) Robertson, Kempton, and the late Chester J. Robertson Jr.
A member of Kempton New Church, Kempton, where he was former treasurer, he was currently serving as treasurer of the Old School Village project.
Willis E. Kuhns, 83, died April 14, 2018, a day before his 84th birthday, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Carol A. (Keim) Kuhns were married since 1971.
Born in Lower Macungie Township, he was the son of the late Willis B. and Leah R. (Guth) Kuhns.
He was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
One of six children, he graduated in 1952 from William Allen High School, near the top of his class.
He attended Penn State University on a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship, earning dual degrees in engineering.
Raymond S. Bobiak, 95, of Kempton, died April 10, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife, Lorraine L. (Kemmerer) Deily-Bobiak, celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary last September.
Born in Pleasant Valley, he was the son of the late Bruno and Louisa (Reichert) Bobiak.
The former owner of Sam’s Delicatessen, Quakertown, in the 1960s, he was later a welder for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, until retiring in 1985.
He was a member of Jacob’s Church, New Tripoli, and the Kempton Fire Company.
Ruth L. Gruber, 64, of Slatington, died April 13, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She and her husband Allen C. Gruber Sr. were married 47 years.
Born Oct. 12, 1953, in Palmerton, Carbon County, she was the daughter of William J. Jones Jr. and his wife, Ruth, of Emerald, and Helen M. (Musselman) Bertsch and her husband, Clint, of Walnutport.
She was a bookkeeper and secretary since 1975, for Allen Gruber Concrete Contractor Inc., Slatington.
Ericka H. Smith, 52, of Breinigsville, died April 11, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She and her husband John A. Smith Sr. were married 27 years this month.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Melroy Sr. and Wilhelmena (Graham) Houser.
She worked in human resources for Merck and Co., based in Kenilworth, N.J., for many years.