Catherine L. Lobach, 65, of Breinigsville, died Dec. 24, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Northampton.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Milton and Arlene (Beltz) Gouger.
She worked at Cedarbrook Nursing Home for more than 20 years before retiring.
Donald J. Close, 86, of Whitehall, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Whitehall.
Born in Whitehall, he was a son of the late Richard V. and Florence (Ellwood) Close.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees fron Penn State University.
A World War II veteran, he was a corporal in the Army Air Corps and later served in the Navy.
He was a hydrologist-in-charge for the National Weather Service, Ohio River Forecast Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring in 1989. He served in the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1964. He was a past treasurer of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority.
Margaretta L. Lentz, 86, of Hokendauqua, died Dec. 26, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown Campus.
She was the wife of the late Anthony J. Lentz.
Born in Hokendauqua, she was a daughter of the late Arnold and Anna (Keshel) Theiss.
She was a graduate of Whitehall High School.
She was a seamstress at Tama Manufacturing, Northampton, and Baby Gro, Allentown, until retiring.
She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, where she prepared and folded weekly bulletins.
The following are Northampton soccer scholar athlete nominees, which will be honored at a banquet this Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Northampton Community Center.
Leandra M. Sterner
Sterner is a forward with 47 career goals and 16 career assists, including 23 goals and four assists this season. She ranks 124th in a class of 418 with a 3.56 GPA.
The Whitehall Township Police Department responded to a carjacking Jan. 5 at the Whitehall Mini Mart, 3690 Lehigh St.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8:40 a.m. the victim was approached by Richard J. Bauer Jr., of the 1300 block of Crestwood Road, Bethlehem, asking for a ride to the Giant Food Store in Whitehall.
In the 2600 block of Range Road, Bauer brandished a knife and demanded the victim's wallet and cell phone. Bauer then demanded the victim drive him to ATMs to retrieve cash, the complaint says.
John W. Kasten, 63, of Palmerton, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Karen (Korutz) Kasten for 40 years.
Born in Jim Thorpe, he was a son of Wayne Kasten of Lehigh County and of the late Rose D. (Molnar) Karsten.
He was a Whitehall High School graduate.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physics, cum laude, from Moravian College.
He was the borough manager of Bangor since 2008.
He was a manager, secretary, and treasurer for eight years each for both Slatington and Palmerton boroughs.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
DECEMBER 22, 2013
· A report of a disturbance brought officers to the 1100 block of Lincoln Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1000 block of Seventh Street.
DECEMBER 23, 2013
· Police responded to a report of harassment in the 400 block of Buttonwood Street.
· A report of a disorderly man brought officers to the 1200 block of Second Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1000 block of Fourth Street.
Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
DECEMBER 30, 2013
· A report of a DUI brought officers to the 200 block of Edward Lane.
· An alarm summoned police to the 600 block of South 14th Street.
· Officers responded to a report of a fire in the 500 block of Kurtz Street.
· A request for a protection-from-abuse order brought police to the unit block of Cambridge Place.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 800 block of Bridge Street.
· A report of a damaged window brought police to the 100 block of Front Street.
Mae Elizabeth Herber, 93, died peacefully in the morning of Jan. 3, 2014.
Born Nov. 13, 1920, in Schoenersville, she was the daughter of the late Walter J and Florence E (Smith) Greenamoyer.
She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Warren Charles Herber, who died in October 2007.
A 1939 graduate of Catasauqua High School, she began working as a lab technician for Lehigh Valley Dairy where she met her future husband through a mutual friend.
They married in 1943 while he was on furlough from the Army during World War II.
Helen S. Craven, 99, of Catasauqua, died Dec. 30, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Paul Craven.
Born in North Dakota, she was a daughter of the late Walter A. and Anna Lavigne (DeMers) Samski.
She worked in the commercial accounting department of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company before retiring.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Catasauqua.