Loretta K. Field, 89, of Catasauqua, died April 5, 2019, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Samuel A. Crouthamel Sr. and William E. Field.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Herman) Cook.
She worked for many years in the supply and distribution department for Lehigh Valley Hospital Center before retiring.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Catasauqua where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the choir. She was also a member of the former St. Andrew’s Young at Heart Club.
Susan Schwartz Stroock, 72, formerly of Emmaus, died March 30, 2019, after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was the wife of Chris Hackler.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., she moved with her family to Forest Hills, N.Y., at the age of 3.
In addition to many U.S. national parks, she and her husband had visited over 40 countries. They continued to travel after her diagnosis, most recently to Antarctica, a lifelong dream.
Jeffrey A. Gerhard, 62, of Whitehall, died April 5, 2019. He was the husband of Katherine M. (Marushak) Gerhard for 40 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Henry and Nannette “Nan” (Fetzer) Gerhard Raber and stepson of June Gerhard and the late Edgar A. Raber.
He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1974. He was a two-time inductee into the Whitehall High School Sports Hall of Fame.
He currently was operations manager for the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for over 40 years.
He coached baseball and football in both Hokendauqua and Coplay.
Ralph A. Eckhart Jr., 92, of Allen Township, died April 2, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Janet (Feidler) Eckhart for 38 years.
Born in Towamensing, he was the son of the late Ralph A. Eckhart Sr. and Ruth (French) Kincaid.
He served his country as a Seaman Second Class in the U.S. Navy.
He was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation as an electric furnace operator for 43 years before retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Greenleaf Lodge 561 F&AM.
Sharon Ann Graver, 66, of Northampton, died March 30, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, inpatient unit. She was the wife of Norman Graver Jr. for 46 years.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Norwood and Geraldine (Fehnel) Mann.
She was a 1970 graduate of Northampton Senior High School.
She worked at Majestic, Mary Fashions and Tama Manufacturing for many years.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville.
Mary Kumernitsky, 95, of North Whitehall Township, died March 28, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late John Kumernitsky Sr.
Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Anna (Dorociak) Fedio.
She retired in 1981 from Western Electric after 35 years of employment.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall.
Barbara A. Boruch, 79, formerly of Danielsville, died March 27, 2019, at Gracedale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nazareth.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Elizabeth A. (Kirchner) Boruch.
She was a garment worker at the former Scotty’s Fashion Mill, Little Gap, for several years.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville.
She is survived by a sister, Gloria J. and her husband Adam F. Newhard of Danielsville; a brother, Paul and his wife Pat of Jamesville, Bath; and several nieces and nephews.
Agnes T. Panny, 88, of Whitehall Township, died March 29, 2019, at Fellowship Manor.
Born in Whitehall, she was a daughter of the late Adolph and Anna (Klucsarits) Panny.
She and her twin sister, Marie, were known as the Panny Sisters polka singers.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles.
She is survived by two sisters, Stella Lubenetski and Margaret Held; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by three sisters; and five brothers.
Margaret “Marge” M. Yandrasits, 89, formerly of Whitehall, died March 29, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Manor, Meadowbrook. She was the wife of the late Frank J. Yandrasits.
Born in Whitehall, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Suzanna (Lucas) Harakal.
She was employed by the former Modern Slacks, Allentown, for many years before retiring.
She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, where she had been a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the pierogi-making committee.
Lori Elaine Seip, 48, of Coplay, died March 30, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of David M. Seip for 28 years.
Born in Somers Point, N.J., she was the daughter of Wayne E. Snyder Sr. of Lehighton and Nancy E. (Kemmerer) Kutzer of Coplay.
In addition to her husband, father and mother, she is survived by two daughters, Heather L. Seip and Melissa M. Seip, both of Coplay; a brother, Wayne E. Jr. of Lehighton; a sister, Wendi E. Iley of Allentown; and two grandchildren, Gage M. and Lasce M. MacGillivray.