Jacob M. “Jake” Gartner 91, of Whitehall, died peacefully Oct. 17, 2018, at home surrounded by all he loved.
He and his wife Margaret E. (Selady) Gartner were married 65 years.
Born in Stiles, he was a son of the late Stephen and Katherine (Etchberger) Gartner.
A 1945 graduate of Coplay High School, he attended the Army Financial School and honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
He continued his service with an almost 43-year stellar career, attaining the rank of command sergeant major.
Bernadine M. (Keppel) Busch, 77, of Whitehall, died peacefully Oct. 17, 2018.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Hilda (Leitgeb) Keppel,
She and her husband, Joseph C. Busch Sr., celebrated 54 years of marriage this month.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown,
A 1959 graduate of Coplay High School, she was employed by Lehigh Valley Educators Credit Union in Allentown for 20 years, before retiring as the payroll administrator in 2004.
William J. “Bill” Best, 57, of Germansville, died Oct. 13, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born Dec. 1, 1960, in Cheltenham, Philadelphia, he was the son of Elizabeth Foscari and the late James L. Best.
He was a fiber optic cable specialist for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 375 for 22 years.
Madeline M. Seidel, 95, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2018, in Kutztown Manor, Kutztown.
She was the wife of the late John C. Seidel, who died in 1998.
Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Myron and Pearl (Bogert) Merkel.
A dog breeder in New Tripoli for many years, she mainly bred Chihuahua dogs, until retiring in 2005.
She was a member of Jacob’s Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township, and was a lifetime member of the Lynnport Fire Company.
She also volunteered for the former Northwestern Ambulance Corps for many years.
Devon T. Seier, 27, of Allentown, died Oct. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at home.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Lisa Ann Seier who died in 2005.
He was a salesman for Haldeman Ford, Allentown.
He attended St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bath.
A 2009 graduate of Parkland High School, he later graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2014.
He enjoyed basketball, bowling at Hampton Lanes, Northampton, and fishing.
Lisa Hoffman, 59, died on Oct. 4, 2018.
She was the daughter of the late George and Louise (Massarelli) Eissmann.
Raised in Salisbury Township, she attended Central Catholic High School.
She went to Penn State, where she met her husband Brian, with whom she celebrated 36 years of marriage last month.
They had two children, Shawn and Allison, and raised them in South Whitehall.
She was employed by Parkland School District for 20 years.
Robert H. Zentz, 81, president and CEO of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died Oct. 9, 2018.
A devout Christian, he wants everyone to know he is rejoicing with Jesus and will reunite with his friends and family again some day.
He was president and CEO of Fellowship Community for more than 22 years.
Before joining Fellowship, he enjoyed one day of retirement after serving 25 years as vice president of nursing with Sacred Heart Hospital.
He held many management positions with various hospitals throughout New York.
Joanne F. Gruber, 60, of Fogelsville, died Oct. 5, 2018, in Easton Hospital.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ralph P. Gruber of Fogelsville and the late Anna Mae (Griffi) Gruber.
She graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College and earned her Master’s degree in accounting from DeSales University.
She was currently employed by Strohl Chevrolet, Fogelsville, as a controller for the last 15 years.
Before that, she was an account manager for Mancor Inc. for many years.
Doris A. Koch, 71, of New Tripoli, died on Oct. 10, 2018, in Cornerstone Living, New Tripoli.
She and her husband Leroy D. Koch celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ernest F. and Alice M. (Fetherolf) Dietrich.
A 1965 graduate of Northwestern High School, she later worked as a prep cook for the former Terry’s Place Restaurant, New Smithville.
She was known for her love of shopping, which she referred to as her “retail therapy.”
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Mildred E. Kline, 76, of Germansville, died Oct. 10, 2018, in her home.
She and her husband Elwood C. Kline were married 54 years.
Born Sept. 27, 1942, in Germansville, she was the daughter of the late Fred R.C. and Bertha M. (Zettlemoyer) Muth.
She was employed in the housekeeping/laundry department of the Hampton Inn, formerly in Fogelsville for 12 years before retiring.
A member of Christ’s Church at Lowhill, New Tripoli, she formerly taught Sunday School and sang with the choir.