Kenneth C. Longenbach, 81, of Slatington, died Dec. 13, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Janet Schertzinger and Lucille (Biery) Longenbach.
Born May 5, 1937, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Clyde and Anna Longenbach.
He was employed at Tyler Pipe, Macungie, before retiring.
His survivors include daughters June M. Womer of Hanover Township, Tana D. Krum of Slatington; siblings Franklin, Carl, Dennis and Marlene; six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by sons Randy and Joseph.
When 16-year-old Arnav Krishna arrived home, he was greeted by a cheering crowd of nearly 100 people.
Unfortunately, his journey didn’t come after achieving his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal in cycling.
But the trip followed a training regimen every bit as arduous, and the cheers were every bit as genuine, as a post-Olympic parade.
Arnav, who passed away after a two-year battle against cancer, spent his last week celebrating life with friends and family.
Robert C. Nester, 55, of Allentown, was stricken Dec. 6, 2018, while hunting with his friends in Montrose.
He and his wife Lynn A. (Jones) Nester celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in July
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Raymond H. and Ethel R. (Bauman) Nester.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Engineering degree in material science engineering from Lehigh University.
A metallurgical service engineer, he was employed by ArcelorMittal of Steelton, Dauphin County.
George F. Sasara, 92, of Orefield, died Dec. 16, 2018.
The loving husband of Mary C. (Hutnyan) Sasara, the couple was married 67 years in July.
Born May 23, 1926, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Plescatch) Czaczara.
He was a graduate of the former South Whitehall High School.
A veteran of WWII, having honorably served in the Army Air Corps., he attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He was a member of the 9th Flight Squadron, 49th group, stationed in Chitose, Japan.
John Paul LeCompte Sr., 69, of South Whitehall, died Dec. 15, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
The beloved husband of Kathleen (Heltzel) LeCompte, the couple was married more than 43 years.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Catherine (Kline) LeCompte.
A 1967 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 1972 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, he worked in sales for more than 40 years in the packaging, janitorial and restaurant supply industry for various companies.
Josephine E. “Betty” Schwartz, 97, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, holding the hand of her cherished hospice volunteer, Polly, surrounded by family in the home of her granddaughter Lenore “Lynn” Tretter and her husband David.
She was the wife of the late Kenneth P. Schwartz.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph M. and Matilda A.E. (Riedy) Reeser.
A seamstress for the former Schneider Manufacturing for 22 years, she retired in 1984.
Carl H. Dietrich, 64, of Breinigsville, died on Dec. 18, 2018, in Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Herman D. and Esther R. (Scherer) Dietrich and stepson of the late A. Christine (Warmkessel-Snyder) Dietrich.
He worked part time at Kernsville and Fogelsville elementary schools.
He enjoyed life’s simple things and liked helping on the farm and in the kitchen.
He loved gardening, church, music, Batman, Skip-Bo and especially bingo.
Joette M. Reitz, 60, of Slatington, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of Jeffrey A. Reitz.
Born Feb. 3, 1958, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Lorraine A. (Blose) VanNorman of Slatington and the late Ted C. VanNorman.
She was a customer service representative at Kmart, Walnutport, for the last 25 years.
Before that, she worked at the former Kern’s Furniture, Slatedale, for several years.
She was a 1976 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School.
Madlyn Alice Haines, 92, born June 27, 1926, died Dec. 11, 2018.
She was the beloved wife of Paul K. Haines, with whom she enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2015.
Along with her brothers Ray Leibensperger of Allentown and Robert Leibensperger of Canton, Ohio, she was the eldest child of Esther (Bortz) and Allen Leibensperger of East Texas.
An avid learner, she attended Allentown High School where her intellect was so advanced she skipped a grade and graduated with honors in 1943, at age 17.
Henry H. Shoemaker, 79, of North Whitehall Township, died Dec. 17, 2018, at home.
He and his wife Irene A. (Oswald) Shoemaker were married 59 years on June 13.
Born Dec. 13, 1939, in Lehigh Township, he was the son of the late Ralph A. and Eleanor L. (Costenbader-Sterner) Shoemaker.
An insurance agent, he owned and operated the Henry H. Shoemaker Insurance Agency, North Whitehall Township, from 1982-2005.
Before that, he was an underwriting manager at the former Stuyvesant Insurance Co., Allentown, for 25 years.