Ruth A. Schraden, 84, of Emmaus, formerly of South Whitehall Township, died Aug. 30, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born Dec. 17, 1934, in South Whitehall Township, she was daughter of the late Harold C. and Goldie L. (Werley) Schraden.
She was a bookkeeper at the former Hubco Ford, the former Lehigh Valley Dairy and the former Shoemaker Garage before retiring.
Active in the life of her church, she was a member of Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, where she taught Sunday School and sang with the choir for 50 years.
Elizabeth “Beth” Gale Harwick, 60, of Kempton, died peacefully Aug. 15, 2019, in her home with family at her side.
She was the loving wife of Keith D. Harwick, with whom she celebrated 37 years of marriage on May 15.
Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late George and Inez (Sayers) Gale.
An educator, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, and her Master’s from Kutztown University.
Charles J. Rauch, 87, of New Tripoli, died Aug. 15, 2019, in the home where he was born, with his caring wife by his side.
The loving, gentle and generous patriarch of the Rauch family, he will be vastly missed, along with his humorous pearls of wisdom. He was the affectionate husband of Shirley A. (Ney) Rauch, with whom he celebrated 64 blessed years of marriage on Jan. 15.
The son of the late Charles J.D. and Mabel L. (Reitz) Rauch, he was a lifelong farmer in Lynn Township and worked for the Northwestern Lehigh School District.
Ella A. Schaller, 92, formerly of Slatington, died Aug. 15, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall.
She was the wife of the late Ernest J. Schaller.
Born Nov. 19, 1926, in Weisenberg Township, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester E. and Mabel I. (Kocher) Grim.
She was a food service worker for several restaurants in the Lehigh Valley before retiring.
Her survivors include children Carl W. Masters, Blanda J. Prutzman and Shirley M. Kramer; brother Willard C. Grim; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joseph J. Molchany, 86, of Allentown, died peacefully Aug. 24, 2019, surrounded by his loving family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Ruth K. (Giangulano) Molchany who died in 2008.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late James G. and Susan M. (Budihas) Molchany.
Employed by Essroc Cement Company for 27 years, he retired in 1995.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield.
Nevin R. George, 95, of Whitehall, died peacefully Aug. 26, 2019, at his home.
He was the loving husband of Eleanor L. (Rudolph) to whom he was married 25 years, and the late Anna G. (Bachman) George.
Born in Albany Township, Berks County, he was a son of the late Victor and Elsie (Hamm) George.
He was a production inspector for the former Western Electric, Allentown, for 23 years before he retired.
In his youth, he enjoyed working on the family farm in Lynn Township.
In his spare time, he liked to go to auctions, and he loved telling jokes.
Nancy L. Barr, 84, of Schnecksville, died Aug. 26, 2019, in Luther Crest Health Center, South Whitehall.
She and her husband, John E. Barr, were married 60 years in February.
Born March 26, 1935, in Ellwood City, Lawrence County, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth B. McConahy Sr. and Mary Lucille (McCaslin) McConahy.
After graduating in 1956 from the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, she was a registered nurse at several hospitals throughout Pennsylvania and with U.S. Steel Company.
Douglas J. Briody, 48, of Slatington, died Aug. 26, 2019.
Born in Allentown, he was raised by his mother Mary Deily and Richard Deily Jr., along with his late father Dennis Briody and Joanne Briody.
A 1988 graduate of Northampton Area High School, he loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter.
An exceptional craftsman, he worked on home repairs and improvements for many years with his brother, Eston.
He had a passion for cars, and restored a classic 1967 Chevy II Nova from the ground up.
Walter J. “Chuck” Frisch, 85, of Germansville died Aug. 20, 2019, in Fellowship Terrace, Whitehall.
He was the husband of the late Bette J. (Handwerk) Frisch.
Born June 16, 1934, in North Coplay, he was the son of the late Frank and Gisella (Haber) Frisch.
He was employed at the former Coplay Cement Co. for 35 years before retiring in 1995.
Active in the life of his church, he was a member of Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church, Slatington, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as Eucharistic minister.
Francis J.”Smokey” Stimpfl, 79, of Schnecksville, died Aug. 17, 2019. He was the husband of the late Patricia A. (Reinert) Stimpfl.
Born Sept. 4, 1939, in Fogelsville, he was the son of the late Frank J. and Agnes R. (Yurasits) Stimpfl.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during a peacetime era.
A line operator at the former Stroh Brewery, Fogelsville, for 22 years, he retired in 2002.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.