Tina M. Kocher, 52, of Walnutport, died Oct. 30, 2012, at ManorCare Health Services.
Born in Danielsville, she was a daughter of the late Alfred Sr. and Joyce (Jones) Montanaire.
She worked for ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem, as a certified nursing assistant, and then as a nursing scheduler, for 20 years.
She is survived by a son, Russel F. Jr.and his wife Tiffany of Northampton; a grandson, Chase Kocher of Northampton; a sister, Nadine and her husband Gregory Glovas of Danielsville; nieces; and nephews.
Anne S. Gratz, 87, of Whitehall, died Oct. 23, 2012, in County Meadows of Allentown. She was the wife of Turney T. Gratz for 56 years.
Born in Bardstown, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Jennie (Spalding) Stocker.
She taught for five years in Norfolk, Va., and for 30 years in the Easton Area School District, retiring in 1989.
She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall.
She was a member of the Golden Agers of Whitehall and of the PSEA-R and PASR.
In the aftermath of Sandy come "storm chasers," aka rip-off repair people, who descend on areas after a natural disaster looking to scam those in need of home repairs.
Homeowners facing major repairs following Hurricane Sandy should be on alert for scam artists hoping to prey on older adults. AARP Pennsylvania wants to alert people about common contractor scams during a time when members may be most vulnerable, said Jim Palmquist, state president.
Woodlawn, Greenawalds and Cetronia fire departments, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, were dispatched for a house fire 6:33 p.m. Nov. 3 to 1461 N. 22nd St., South Whitehall Township. When Woodlawn Chief Rusty Held arrived on scene, he declared it to be a working house fire and asked for a second alarm. Due to the nature of the fire, Held then asked for a third alarm to bring additional manpower from Tri-Clover, Whitehall, Allentown and Catasauqua fire departments to help control the fire and ventilate the roof.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 900,000 military veterans. Their tremendous service to our nation stands as a point of pride for our commonwealth.
It takes a special person to be a soldier, sailor, Marine, member of the Air Force or a member of the Coast Guard.
How many people would want to or be able to face the threats and uncertainties that our service members have and still do on a daily basis?
I spent Sunday at a fundraiser for the family of a 2012 Northampton Area High School grad who died recently from brain cancer.
The benefit raised money to help the family of Alec Ferullo, a 2012 Northampton Area High School graduate who died Oct. 8 of brain cancer. His parents had to take unpaid leaves of absence from their jobs in order to care for him during his last few months.
As I watched people buy raffle tickets, baked goods and souvenirs, I couldn't help but think how soon Thanksgiving will be here – and then Christmas and New Year's.
Thomas W. Unger, 67, of Northampton, died Nov. 2, 2012, in Lehigh Township as a result of an accident due to cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. He was the husband of Connie S. (Rohr) for 39 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Stephen J. and Rose (Paukovitz) Unger.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, and a master's in business administration from Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.
He was senior vice president of production at Zinc Corporation of America, Palmerton, for 24 years before retiring in 1998.
Members of the community raise money to benefit the family of a young man who died of brain cancer.
Hilda Kohut, 82, of Whitehall, died Nov. 4, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Stephen Kohut for 60 years.
Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Johanna (Steltzman) Malits.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall, and of its Altar and Rosary Society.
Julia Martino, 45, died Nov. 4, 2012, of pneumonia.
She is survived by her fiance, Michael Mullikin; a sister, Denise and her husband Tom Shimkanonl and two nephews, Erik and Evan.
Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.