Wallace “Wally” R. Ely, 81, died Aug. 7, 2018, in Allentown.
An author, historian, broadcaster and marketer, he was a prolific writer, spending part of every day at his computer writing essays about his life and memories of the Lehigh Valley, as well as several railroad books and e-books.
He received the Arts Ovation Award from the Allentown Arts Commission in 2011 for literary excellence.
He and his devoted wife, Suzanne, also his caregiver, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June.
Lynnette “Lynne” Ann Klinger, 57, of Allentown, died Aug. 9, 2018, at home surrounded by family.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Darlene (Snyder) Souders of Allentown, and the late Marvyn “Mike” Souders.
A 1979 graduate of Parkland High School, after high school she attended Moravian College, graduating with degrees in social work and psychology and then Kutztown State University from which she received a Master’s degree in psychology.
Constance T. Harkins, 79, of Allentown, died Aug. 8, 2018.
She was the wife of the late Neil J. Harkins.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Kelly Layman and stepdaughter of the late Dorothy Layman.
Before retiring, she was a registered nurse in the Allentown area for EPGI Associates, and previously at Good Shepherd Home and Sacred Heart Hospital.
She was a faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Allentown.
She also enjoyed being part of the Red Hat Society.
Brian P. McAvoy, 47, died July 28, 2018, at the home of his parents.
Born in Endicott, N.Y., he was a son of Thomas J. “Mac” and Barbara A. (Austin) McAvoy of New Tripoli.
Before his illness, he was a warehouse laborer.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by children Medina and Sean, both of Kempton; brothers Thomas Jr. of New Tripoli and Robert of Allentown; and beloved companion Michelle Stoudt.
Condolences may be made at kellerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were made by Keller Funeral Homes Inc., Fogelsville.
Dale T. Fenstermaker, 84, of Allentown, died July 29, 2018, in his home.
Born in North Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Tilghman and Hattie E. (Bear) Fenstermaker.
He was a laborer for Grim Sanitation Co., Ironton.
He attended Jordan United Church of Christ, Walbert, South Whitehall.
An avid NASCAR fan, he enjoyed motorcycling, and volunteered at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, Allentown.
Stephen J. Deutsch, 91, of Allentown, died Aug. 1, 2018, in Country Meadows Retirement Community, Bethlehem.
He was the husband of the late Helen B. (Billig) Deutsch.
Born in Kreidersville, he was a son of the late Steffan and Mary (Stutzenberger) Deutsch.
A 1945 graduate of Northampton High School, he was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Air Corps.
He later was a supermarket refrigeration specialist, working last for R.L. Eggert Refrigeration Co., Irvington, N.J. for 22 years, before retiring in 1992.
Dorothy K. Hermany, 88, of New Tripoli, died Aug. 4, 2018, at home.
She was the wife of the late Elmer K. Hermany who died in 1979.
Born in West Penn Township, she was a daughter of the late Calvin and Cora Catherine (Long) Koenig.
A former employee of Atlas Powder Co., Reynolds, for more than 42 years, she retired in 1991.
She was of the Protestant faith.
Her survivors include several nieces, nephews and friends.
Kevin A. Schaffer, 54, of Germansville, died Aug. 2, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born Dec. 27, 1963, in Allentown, he was the son of Paul E. and Shirley A. (Beil) Schaffer of Coplay.
He was the co-owner of ISS Fuel Sales and Service Inc., Germansville for 14 years before retiring.
Before that, he was employed at Mack Trucks Inc., Loikits Industrial Services and Iron Head Inc.
An automobile enthusiast, he was a member of the Ontelaunee Region Car Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Barbara G. Ahlert, 85, of Kempton, formerly of Buttzville, N.J., died July 28, 2018 at home.
Born in Copper Cliff Ontario, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Charles K. and Charlotte G. (Haight) Aldrich.
She was a 1951 graduate of Belvidere High School, Belvidere, N.J.
Her survivors include sons Michael David (Charis Lindrooth) Ahlert at home, and William King (Karen) Ahlert of Shimerville; daughter Christi Ann VanHorn of Green Lane; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Cheri Saunders of Quakertown.
Keith A. Whitaker, 64, of North Whitehall Township, died July 23, 2018, after being stricken while vacationing on an Alaskan cruise.
He and his wife Deborah J. (Newhard) Whitaker were married 32 years.
Born Oct. 21, 1953, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Walter S. Sr. and Dorothy E. (Zettlemoyer) Whitaker.
A master plumber, he was employed at the former Yorgey Supply Co., Schnecksville, and Tim Beil Plumbing, Laurys Station, before retiring.