Edward "Geetz" C. Groller, 82, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 8, 2012, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. He was the husband of Elaine P. (Schuler) Groller of Bethlehem.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Edward and Eva (Dopsovic) Groller.
He worked for 42 years. Upon retiring, he was the business agent for Local IW 36.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Edward, Randall, Kevin and his wife Tracy and Kurt and his wife Linaka; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two sisters.
If the Mayan calendar's end-of-the-world "prediction" doesn't kill us Dec. 21, surely the fall off the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year will.
If our elected officials, who spend more time on television explaining why they can't agree on a savings and spending plan than actually doing something about it, fail to avert the tax hikes coming Jan. 1, 2013, we all will be dangling from the edge as our 401k plans dwindle and our grocery bills double.
Barbara A. Lease, 62, of Whitehall, died Dec. 7, 2012, at home.
She was born in Baltimore, Md.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
She is survived by two daughters, Christina A. Peugh, with whom she resided, and Micelle M. Peugh of Honaker, Va.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles Jacobs of Berkeley Springs, W.V., and Buddy Jacobs of Cumberland, Md.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Fellers.
Arrangements were made by Hauke Funeral Home Inc., Coplay.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church food pantry and homeless programs will hold a benefit baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 23.
The event will be held at the church, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethlehem.
There will be kiffles, Italian cookies, chocolate babka, chocolate covered cherries, Moravian Sugar Cake, pumpkin pie, and more.
Call 610-865-3603 or visit www.standrewsbethlehem.org for information.
The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating.
Public skating is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents.
Group skating lessons began Nov. 26; and hockey clinics are from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
Isabelle (Kiss) Ehler, 98, of Whitehall, died Dec. 7, 2012, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Frank Ehler Jr.
Born in Cementon, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Irma Kiss.
Before retiring in 1962, she was a silk weaver at the former Frank and Stessel Silk Company, Cementon.
She was a member of Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church, Northampton.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret Cyprus of Thousand Oaks. Calif.; and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Schisler Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.
Knights of Columbus Council 10921 of St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, will be hosting its annual free throw contest for boys and girls from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2013, in the church gymnasium.
Registration is 3:30 p.m. with shooting starting at 4:15 p.m.
Proof of age (between ages of 10 and 14 as of Jan. 1, 2013) and parents' written permission are required to participate.
This is a non-denominational event and there is no entry fee.
Winners of their respective divisions will advance to district, regional and state competitions.
The railroad bridge collapse in the West Deptford area of New Jersey Nov. 30 should be a wake up call to fix our area's crumbling infrastructure.
As we all know, procrastination can be a dangerous thing.
This spill of vinyl chloride, a toxic chemical, into a feeder creek of the Delaware River has the potential to kill wildlife and taint a delicate ecosystem still recovering from the consequences of our country's industrial revolution.
Mary "Mrs. Kay" Hannah Kowaleski, 93, of Catasauqua, died Dec. 3, 2012, at Sacred Heart Assisted Living, Center Valley. She was the wife of the late Leo E. Kowaleski.
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Marie (McLean) Evans.
She was a graduate of East Stroudsburg State College and Penn State College. She earned a master's degree in education in counseling from Lehigh University.