Melissa A. Graberitz Schuler, 51, of Harrisburg, died May 4, 2018, at Harrisburg Hospital. She was the companion of Bruce Hill of Harrisburg.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of John Graberitz of Slatington and the late Dorothy (Deutsch) Graberitz.
She worked in the food service industry for many years.
Patrick William Murray, infant son of Damian and Sarah (Jolly) Murray, died May 1, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents, Richard and Christine (Avenali) Jolly of Kane; a paternal grandmother, Sara (Rothenberg) Drey of Arizona; a paternal grandfather, Boyd Murray of Allentown; maternal great-grandparents, Alfreta and Michael Avenali; an uncle, Jesse Jolly; an aunt, Daniella Murray; and extended family and friends.
Donald C. Heffelfinger Sr., 81, of Lehighton, died May 2, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Gloria A. (Parry) Heffelfinger for 41 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late George J.L. and Evelyn V. (Lewis) Heffelfinger.
He was a 1956 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem.
He was a heavy equipment operator in the slag plant at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Parryville.
He was a life member of the First Ward Volunteer Fire Company, Northampton.
Paul J. Oswald, 72, of Whitehall, died May 4, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Janice L. (Neetz) Oswald for 52 years.
Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Paul J. and Agnes (Schelly) Oswald.
He was a track man for the former PBNE Railroad and also the Labor Union 1174, Allentown.
He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Bethlehem.
Helen E. Paukovits, 91, of Northampton, died May 2, 2018, at Scared Heart Senior Living, Northampton. She was the wife of the late William P. Paukovits Sr. and the companion of Robert Check for the past 24 years.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Eberhardt) Herschman.
She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.
She is survived by two sons, William P. and his wife Rosann and John F. and his wife Pattiann; a daughter, Nancy; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Natalie (Natalia) Lutyi, 94, formerly of Whitehall, died April 30, 2018, at Above & Beyond, the Knights, Allentown. She was the wife of the late John (Ivan) Lutyi, whom she met and married while in a German prison camp.
Born in Ukraine, she was a daughter of Yakov and Tatiana (Isayova) Ruban.
She retired from Cross Country Clothes, Northampton, where she worked for 30 years.
Paul D. Shoemaker, 97, of Emmaus, died May 2, 2018, at his home. He was the husband of the late Mae (Miller) Shoemaker.
Born in Treichlers, he was a son of the late Edwin and Mabel (Owens) Shoemaker.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1939 to 1945.
He was a manufacturing supervisor at the former Caloric Corporation, Topton, for 22 years before he retired in 1980.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Cherryville. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge 792.
E. Antoinette “Toni” Butler, 78, of Danielsville, died May 2, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg campus, Bethlehem. She was the wife of James C. Butler for four years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Anthony Schrettner and Dorothea (Polckow) Schrettner.
She was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.
She was a purchasing manager for the former Losey & Company Inc., Palmer Township, for 20 years before she retired in 2005.
Richard A. Meckes Sr., 78, of Gouldsboro, died Jan. 25, 2018, in Clermont, Fla. He was the husband of Jeanette (Torbey) Meckes for 57 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Allen F. and Josephine (Kohlhauser) Meckes.
He was a Whitehall High School graduate.
He was a six-year U.S. Navy veteran and was aboard the USS Saratoga.
He was a mechanic with Mack Trucks for 32 years until he retired.
He was a member of Egypt VFW Post 7293 and American Legion Post 0274 of Gouldsboro. He was a lifetime member of Petersville Rod & Gun Club.
Zachary J. Houlik, 22, of Greensboro, N.C., and formerly of Breinigsville, died May 4, 2018, as a result of an motor vehicle accident in Franklin County, Virginia.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was a son of Wendy J. (Hoppes) Houlik with Joseph Szakal of Whitehall and James M. with Jean (Yingling) Houlik of Mechanicsburg.
He was a 2013 graduate of Parkland High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lees-McRae College and a master’s degree from Appalachian State University.
He was a purchasing planner for Gilbarco-Veeder-Root, Greensboro, N.C.