Harold M. Schantz, 82, died unexpectedly May 27, 2018, on his farm.
He had been battling coronary disease and Parkinson’s.
Born Nov. 28, 1935, he was a son of Louis M. and Jeannette E. (Dorwart) Schantz.
After graduating from Parkland High School, he lived and worked on the family farm, Schantz Orchards, in Orefield.
Upon the death of his father, he took over ownership of the orchard with his brother Louis.
The brothers ran the orchard until 1989, when they sold the property.
Stella Ruth Reinert, 78, of Allentown, died May 24, 2018, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Robert J. Reinert Sr.
Born Aug. 27, 1939, in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was the daughter of the late Roy James Boner and Eleanor Louise Richards.
She was a records clerk at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, before retiring.
She was a Catholic.
Since her formal retirement, she was a clerk at the Salvation Army, Allentown, for several years.
Edna M. Leibensperger, 85, formerly of Kempton, died May 26, 2018, in Kutztown Manor.
She was the widow of Ray A. Leibensperger.
Born in Lowhill Township, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Eva (Stauffer) Werley.
She worked for the former Kutztown Shoe Co. and as a packer for the former Standard Plastics Co.
In addition, she worked on her family’s farm all her life.
She was a member of Ziegels Lutheran Church, Breinigsville.
Viera Alice Theresa Kudela, 74, of Lehighton, died May 20, 2018, with family by her side.
Born June 10, 1943, in Bratislava, Slovakia, she was the daughter of the late Frances A. and Joseph S. Sefcik.
Beloved mother of Mark Kudela, she will be lovingly remembered by her brothers John Sefcik (Mildred) of Florida and Joseph Sefcik (Rose) of California; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.
A graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School, she attended Muhlenberg College.
Mary “Becky” Hilbert, 94, formerly of Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall, and Highland Street, Allentown, died peacefully May 6, 2018 at Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth, with her devoted and loving family by her side.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Franklin B. and Katharine M. (Singiser) Koehler,
She and her husband Bertram J. “Bert” Hilbert were married 53 years at the time of his death in 2014.
Throughout her life, her church was of paramount importance.
Ralph E. Trumbower, 95, a former Allentown resident, died peacefully May 24, 2018, while a resident of Sacred Heart Senior Living, Center Valley.
He and his wife Charlotte M. (Schlicher) Trumbower were married 52 years.
Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Elizabeth Keen.
He served with the U.S. Marine Corps. in the Central Pacific during WWII.
He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown.
He retired as a conductor for Conrail and the former Bethlehem Steel PBNE railroad. and as a courier for Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network.
Brian L. Werley, 68, of Whitehall, died May 19, 2018, at home.
He was the son of Sterling A. Werley of Seipstown and the late Dorothea (Holben) Dotterer.
A private fleet driver at Kraft Foods for 36 years, he retired in 2009.
During that time, he drove more than 3. 4 million miles without an accident.
He also served in the National Guard and was a member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church, Weisenberg Township.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed gardening, classic cars and vacationing at the beach.
Denise Alden Hendricks, 63, died May 20, 2018, in her Kempton home in the presence of her loving family.
She and her husband Steven D. Hendricks celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary in June 2017.
Born in Abington, she was a a daughter of Gloria (Hubscher) Alden and the late Karl R. Alden II.
She was a member of Kempton New Church, Kempton, and the Semper Fi Families Organization of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Althea M. Oswald, 84, from New Tripoli, formerly of Coplay, died May 8, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the wife of the late Sterling A. Oswald.
Born July 1, 1933, in Ironton, she was the daughter of the late Morris M. and Ida Mae (Warke) Muthard.
Her survivors include children Gregory S. Oswald and his fiancée Samantha T. Johnson of New Tripoli, Linda M. and her husband, Harvey L. Yerger of Coplay, Brenda J. and her husband, Kerry L. Baldwin, with whom she resided; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Mary E. Houlik, 91, of Allentown, died peacefully on May 11, 2018.
She and her husband John E. Houlik were married 56 years at the time of his death in 2008.
Born in Hackensack, N.J., she was the dietary purchasing manager at the former Bergen Pines County Hospital until retiring.