Julius “Joe” Hlasney, formerly of Whitehall, died Sept. 3, 2018, at Bethlehem Manor. He was the husband of Helen (Tutko) Hlasney for 68 years.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Mucha) Hlasney.
He was an electrical technician for the former Western Electric before retiring.
He served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
Larry V. Kulhamer, 67, of Whitehall, died Aug, 29, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Marion D. (Lindenmuth) Kulhamer and the late Vincent P. Kulhamer.
He was a professional driver for PennDOT for many years until he retired in 2012. He worked earlier in life in the 5C plant of Mack Trucks.
He was a life member of Woodlawn Fire Company and Fullerton Fire Company No. 1.
William A. Flamish, of Whitehall, died Sept. 1, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Doris (Clauser) Flamish for 55 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Yanger) Flamish.
He was 1944 graduate of Allentown High School, where he lettered in both football (under coach J. Birney Crum) and track. He was inducted into the Allentown-William Allen High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a 1949 graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While there, he played in two Sugar Bowls.
Charles W. Rettew Jr., 70, of Whitehall, died Aug. 29, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Delores (Tacker) Rettew for 48 years.
Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Charles Rettew Sr. and Kathryn (Griffith) Rettew.
He was employed by the Northampton County Department of Human Services for 32 years, retiring in 2013. Before that, he worked for Fuller Company for 20 years.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Coplay.
Donald A. Benner, 91, of Catasauqua, died Aug. 30, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. He was the husband of the late Corinne (Mark) Benner and the late Nancy (Berg) Benner.
Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Karl and Arlene (Griesmer) Benner.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a 1944 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
He was employed by the Fuller Company as a fitter/welder for 37 years before retiring.
He was of the Lutheran faith.
James D. Craig Iobst, 73, of Whitehall, died Aug. 21, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Pamela (Watts) Iobst for 43 years.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late F. Murray Iobst and Normile (Stoddard) Iobst.
He was a 1962 graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Muhlenburg College.
He was a self-employed musician and educator. As an educator, he taught music both through private instruction and, most recently, a long tenure at Community Music School Lehigh Valley.
Catherine “Kitty” Rank, 99, of Northampton, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late David T. Rank.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mikisits) Gerencser.
During World War II, she worked sewing military uniforms.
She was a seamstress in the garment industry for many years. She was a longtime cook and worker at the Hungarian Hall (Saint Peter and Paul Society) in Northampton for more than 50 years.
Janet D. James, 78, of Coplay, died Aug. 30, 2018, at her home. She was the wife of George F. James for 58 years.
Born in Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy C. (Stewart) Finley.
She was a graduate of Catasauqua High School, Class of 1958, where she served as class treasurer.
She worked for the Catasauqua Area School District in the administrative office for many years.
She was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua.
Helen H. (Hock) Sodl, 97, died Aug. 19, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Bethlehem where she resided. She was a wife of the late George S. Sodl for 61 years.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Roza (Unger) Hock.
She worked as a sewing machine operator in the local garment industry.
Ronald G. Savacool Sr., 69, of Orefield, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William B. Sr. and Crisol G. (Mastoras) Savacool.
He was a car salesman for the former Krause Dodge, Schnecksville, and before that, Gilboy Ford, Whitehall.
He was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.