Melvin L. “Mike” Wilson, 82, of Allentown, died Oct. 2, 2017, at home.
He and his wife Hope (Davis) Wilson were married 21 years in February. He was also the husband of the late Barbara J. (Blose) Wilson.
Born in Salisbury, Md., he was a son of the late Howard L. and Gwendolyn R. (Elliott) Wilson.
The senior operations supervisor and trainer for LANta for 37 years, he enjoyed spending time with his family and taking trips to the casino.
Stewart E. Bear, 89, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in his home.
He and his wife Rose M. (Stuckley) Bear were married 63 years on March 15.
Born on his family farm in Weisenberg Township, he was the son of the late Edwin F. and Daisy M. (Shoemaker) Bear.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.
A member of the Lehigh County Farmer’s Association, he was a lifelong farmer in Weisenberg Township.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Ziegels Union Church, Breinigsville.
Elmer R. Baer, 87, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his late wife Carole G. (Fay) Germick Baer were married 31 years.
Born and raised on a farm in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Elmer Sr. and Polly R. (Werley) Baer.
He previously had been married to Jean Peters of Allentown for 17 years.
Attending first and second grades in Rupp’s One Room Schoolhouse, he graduated from the former South Whitehall High School in 1948.
Paul H. Schmeltzle, 77, of Allentown, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Marguerite E. (Engle) Schmeltzle were married 37 years in June.
The son of the late Henry and Sallie (Miller) Schmeltzle, he worked at Greenwood Cemetery and Crematorium for almost 56 years before retiring in 2011.
He honorably served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and snow plowing.
Jeffrey C. Frey, 59, of Orefield, formerly of Leesport, died Oct. 2, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born April 22, 1958, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Carl W. and Dolores G. (Metzger) Frey.
A 1976 graduate of Parkland High School, he graduated in 1980 from Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
He was an engineer with UGI Utilities from 1980-2014.
An avid bowler, he participated in the Berks Lanes Bowling League for many years, and he loved hiking nature trails.
Jeffrey C. Best, 61, of Schnecksville, died Sept. 25, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born Dec. 16, 1955, in Allentown, he was the son of Dorothy V. (Remaley) Best of Schnecksville and the late Henry F. Best.
He was a night shift manager for many years at Giant Food Store, Wind Gap.
A life member of the Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, and the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, he also was a member of Smokey Bear Hunting Camp, Clearfield County, and a social member of the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.
Frank T. Smolinsky, 74, of Kutztown, died Sept. 29, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Dorothy E. (Keyso) Smolinsky were married 53 years in June.
Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Smolinsky.
He was a self-employed carpenter in Bucks County and around the Lehigh Valley.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Kutztown.
A devoted husband and father, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Jon Sardjono Wirono, 89, died on Sept. 21, 2017, at home in Ocala, Fla., after a long illness. Born in Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia, he was the son of the late Wongso and Wakijem Wirono.
The loving husband of Julia (Dise) Wirono, they were married 50 years.
He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Ocala.
Kenneth Eugene Gorsuch, 82, of Kempton, died Sept. 30, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Ida Catherine (Wiltraut) Gorsuch were married 56 years last July 30.
Born April 10, 1935, in Westerville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur and Kathryn (Fontainelle) Gorsuch.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during a peacetime era.
He was a sales representative at Testor’s Corp.
He was a faithful member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli.
Clair D. Hunsberger, 86, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township, died suddenly Sept. 27, 2017, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, surrounded by his loving and dedicated family.
He and his wife Louise M. “Mary Lou” (Zondlo) Hunsberger were married 55 years at the time of her death in 2010.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Franklin and Pearl (Diehl) Hunsberger.
A devoted member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, he was a longtime member of the Golden Agers.