Richard G. Engler, 90, of Whitehall, formerly of Catasauqua, died Aug. 2, 2012, at Cedarbrook, Allentown. He was the husband of Elizabeth D. (Sullivan) Engler of Whitehall for 69 years.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Winfield and Ellen (Thomas) Engler.
He was an administrative assistant to the chief metallurgist at Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 42 years before retiring.
He was a former secretary of the Catasauqua Club and served on the Catasauqua Library Board.
William T. Ettl, 78, Catasauqua, died Aug. 9, 2012, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. He was the husband of Loretta Mae (Siegfried) Ettl.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Francis V. and Frances Ida (Miller) Ettl.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
He worked at Western Electric for many years before retiring.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Whitehall where he played dart baseball for many years.
He was a member of the Fullerton American Legion and the Telephone Pioneers.
Local church celebrates peaches
Robert "Whiskey" L. Reimer, 73, of Wescosville and formerly of Northampton, died Aug. 4, 2012, in his home after a battle with lung cancer. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Fritts) Reimer for 47 years.
Born in Cherryville, he was a son of the late Lester A. and Esther M. (Shover) Reimer.
He was a 1957 graduate of Northampton High School.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He worked for Mack Trucks for 34 years.
He was a former member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Northampton.
A young man gets ready to take aim.
Olga Chaply, 88, of Northampton, died Aug. 7, 2012, at Cedarbrook Nursing and Rehab Center, South Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Wasyl Chaply.
Born in Lvov, Ukraine, she was a daughter of the late Stefan and Katerina Kuzyk.
She was a sewing machine operator for various garment mills in the Lehigh Valley until retiring in 1973.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton, where she sang in the choir for many years.
There are currently no candidates on the ballot for municipal offices for the 2012 and 2014 elections. However, some in the community believe November's ballot will be filled with candidates seeking a seat on Coplay Borough Council.
The presidential ticket is not expected to draw large crowds to the polls like four years ago. Races are contested for U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives along with the state house and senate seats. Also, state Gov. Tom Corbett will seek re-election in 2014, with the term beginning in 2015.
Descendants of Joseph and Peter Laubach gather at the Siegfried Station open house, where photographs and memorabilia highlight the Laubach Brothers. Pictured from left are Connie Laubach Nagy, Elizabeth Laubach, Richard Laubach, Pat Close, Petie Close, Andrew Close, Jendy Sell and Aiden Sell. Peter Laubach operated a lumber yard, saw mill, distillery, general store, coal and grist mills and was a blacksmith. Joseph Laubach became a state senator, a Northampton County judge and founded a local church. Laubach Avenue bears the family name.
Sylvia A. (Minich) Snyder, 90, formerly of Nazareth, died July 31, 2012, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Luther J. Snyder.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Jane (Clayton) Minich.
She was an organist for St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, for 25 years and for Faith Lutheran Church, Forks Township, for 14 years before retiring.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Nazareth.