John F. Kruczek. 74, of Whitehall, died Dec. 14, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.
Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Micholick) Kruczek.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He worked in the maintenance department of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 30 years until retiring in 1995.
James R. Andrews, 66, of North-ampton and formerly of Carbondale,died Dec. 18, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Susan (Brady) Andrews for 43 years.
Born In Carbondale, he was a son of the late George and Helen (Alex) Andrews.
He was a Marine during the Vietnam era, during which he received the Marine Corps Dress Blues Award which was given to the most outstanding Marine in his platoon.
He was a business manager for the Laborers Local Union 158 from which he was retired.
The Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company Country Garden will hold an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Friday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The dinner will include soup, salad bar, rolls, side dishes, entrees and desserts. All proceeds benefit the fire company.
Beginning Jan. 2 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, Wednesday evening activities will include the following:
Soup and salad, 5-6:15 p.m.
Kingdom Kids (third-fifth grade), Ignite Group (sixth-12th grade) and adult classes including grief share and divorce care support groups, 6:30-8 p.m.
Friendly Fifties, a Northampton-based seniors club, held its annual Christmas party and dinner Dec. 5 at the Hungarian Club in Northampton. More than 200 attended the dinner and program. The group elected its officers for the following year. Officers and board members include, front from left, Sal Gattuso, Pat Gattuso, Vice President Judy Kodnovich, President Ruth Nafus, Secretary Joan Nickischer and Roseann Hantz. In back are Frank Bauer, Jennie Menio, Past President Roger Seremula, Monica Fedorak and Treasuer Gerry Reenock.
Dorothy Mae (Dunstan) Peters, 85, of Allentown, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Sacred Heart Hospital after suffering a stroke on Dec. 11, 2012. She was the wife of the late Quintus E. Peters.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Myrtle (Dettera) Dunstan.
She was employed by former C.M. Smith Textile Company, Allentown, as a board setter and quiller for 43 years before retiring in 1985.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She was a volunteer singer with the Salvation Army.
Pointing fingers Friday after winning the Northampton Area High School's Ugly Sweater Contest are, from left, Kim Butryn, guidance counselor, Dave Ibanna, teacher; Carolyn Ferreri, junior; Harley Butz, senior; Christ Henderson, sofpomore; and Seth Schaller, freshman. The HAHGS Student Council sponsored the contest, which attracted nearly 100 entrants. Office staff served as the judges. The winners received gift certificates and other prizes. The program was held to promote school spirit.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a report of a string of Christmas lights cut in the 200 block of Hollow Lane.
· Police responded to a report of a damaged pillar in the 200 block of East 21st Street.
· Damage to a vehicle brought officers to the 1500 block of Railroad Street.
· Police responded to a report of a truck on fire on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
· A report of Christmas lights cut brought officers to the 500 block of Washington Avenue.
Thomas "Duffer" R. Harding, 62, of North Catasauqua, died Dec. 19, 2012, from complications of diabetes at his residence. He was the husband of Sigrid (Bergmann) Harding of North Catasauqua.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Robert and Alverta (Hammer) Harding.
He bartended in local establishments and worked in printing for TGF, Hellertown.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Dave, Johnny and Troy; a brother, Michael Harding; a sister Julia and her husband Larry Weik; two grandchildren, Alexis and Johnny; and nieces and nephews.
Betty L. Herbinger, 98, of Whitehall and formerly of Northampton, died Dec. 13, 2012, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Karl J. Herbinger.
Born in Neu Ulm, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Friederick and Mathilde Preschenk.
She was a maitre-d and a coat check worker, who also performed other duties for the Blue Bell Inn, Blue Bell, and the former Gourmet Inn, Northampton, for 35 years. In Germany, from 1932 to 1954, she was a seamstress.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Berlinsville.