Wanda S. (Blood) Eckrode, 93, died on July 16, 2019.
Born in Lublin, Poland, she was a daughter of the late William and Emelia (Bulzer) Blood.
She was the wife of the late SSgt. John F. Eckrode Sr. retired U.S. Air Force.
She was predeceased by her daughter Charlotte Grace (Eckrode) Wetzel who died in March, and grandson Lance Corp. Jason Matthew Wetzel, who died in 1999.
She was a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
Esther K. Xander, 93, of Whitehall, died July 19, 2019, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall.
She was the widow of Allen Loch and David Xander.
Born in Weisenberg Township, she was the daughter of the late Howard W. and Edna S. (Schumaker) Wessner.
An assembly worker for Allen Organ, Macungie, for 33 years, she retired in 1988.
Her survivors include a daughter Carol A Voorhees and husband, Robert, of Marlton, N.J.; grandsons Gregory X. and Benjamin R. Voorhees; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Brynn.
Bonnie J. Goyzueta, M.A., Psy. D, 75, of Macungie, died July 17, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the widow of Luis F. Goyzueta Sr.
Born in Corning, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Marianne (Oliver) Woodworth.
She was an academic alumna of: Corning Community College; Allentown College; and Kutztown University.
She received her Doctorate in psychology from Rochelle University in 2008.
Bonnie was a bilingual teacher while living in Lima, Peru, from 1968-79.
Robert E. Dietrich Sr., 60, of New Tripoli, died July 21, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Nevin G. and Arlene M. (Williams) Dietrich of New Tripoli, with whom he resided.
He was a truck driver for Albright’s Mill, Kempton, for the last 11 years.
He was a member of the Old Time Plow Boys Association, Kutztown, and a member of the JBS Hunting Club, South Whitehall Township.
Daris A. Gross, 82, of Breinigsville, died July 18, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Fred J. Gross.
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Stanley A. and Anna H. (Landis) Debus.
She worked at Day-Timer for 20 years before retiring in 1999.
She was a member of Chestnut Hill UCC, Coopersburg.
A life member of Good Will Fire Company No 1, Trexlertown, she served as chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary for more than 25 years.
George W. Schmid Jr., 73, of Slatington, formerly of Kutztown, died July 18, 2019, in his home.
He was the husband of Joan M. (Bucks) Schmid.
Born Feb. 18, 1946, in Pricetown, Berks County, he was the son of the late Mamie (Schmel) and George W. Schmid Sr.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of E4.
He was a forklift operator at the former Caloric Appliance Corp., Topton, for 10 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Topton American Legion Post 217.
Charles E. Rowlands, 95, of Slatington, died July 18, 2019, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of the late Elaine F. (Fenstermacher) Rowlands who passed away in January.
Born Aug. 8, 1923, he was the son of the late William G. and Ella (Evans) Rowlands.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II with a rank of staff sergeant.
He was a drafting supervisor for 36 years at PPL, Allentown, before retiring in 1983.
Charmian L. Best, 65, of Warrington, Bucks County, formerly of Bethlehem, died July 17, 2019, in Fox Subacute at Warrington.
Born June 12, 1954, in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of the late Donald E. and Florence M. (Hartman) Best.
She was a food service worker at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for several years.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
She loved to socialize and readily made friends with most people she met.
She had a wonderful sense of humor and her deep chuckle and hearty laugh were contagious.
Isabelle C. Kercimar, 90, of Allentown, died in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
She was a countess of Slovak ancestry, and the daughter of the late Florence Stefania Sivak Burdock Bandzi and Michael Burdock of Allentown, PA.
The devoted and loving wife of Francis C. “Frank” Kercimar, who died four months and one day earlier, through her unbearable grief, she died of a broken heart.
Inseparable in life, they could not be separated by death itself.
Margaret M. Varner, 64, died July 12, 2019, in Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall.
Born in Albany Township, she was a daughter of the late Mark H. Miller and Annetta M. (Varner) Kleinsmith.
She was of the Protestant faith.
Her survivors include her sister, Betty K. (Steve) Heydt, of Akron; brother Kermit (Bonnie) Kleinsmith of Reading; and several nieces and nephews.
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Arrangements made by Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli.