Contributions in memory of John J. Sommer, 90, of Whitehall, who died Aug. 24, 2019, may be made to the Save the Music Foundation or Central Catholic High School, both c/o the funeral home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, 18037.
Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc.
Matthew A. Maitski, 64, of Walnutport, died Sept. 29, 2019, at Riverstone Manor.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Michael and Mary (Myster) Maitski.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton.
He is survived by five siblings, Michael and his wife Sharon, Jane and her husband Bill Geiger, Tim and his wife Lori, Margie and her husband Michael Sylvester and Fred; nieces; and nephews.
Contributions may be made to Riverstone Manor, 1 Main St., P.O. Box 333, Walnutport, 18088.
Marion E. Laudenslager, 94, of Fullerton, died Sept. 28, 2019, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Laudenslager Jr.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William and Lizzie (Miller) Druckenmiller.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce C. and his wife Karen of Whitehall and Barry E. and his wife Debra of Allentown; a daughter, Debra K. and her husband Raymond M. Bodenchuk Jr. of Coplay; a sister, Jean Oswald of Florida; a brother, Donald Druckenmiller of Allentown; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.
Michael A. Tocci, 67, of Northampton, died suddenly Sept. 24, 2019. He was the husband of Donna Tocci.
He was the son of Marjorie and the late Patrick Tocci.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Joshua and Jonathan; a daughter, Jodi Weiss; three grandchildren; five siblings Greg, Joe, Dave, Robert and Susan; nieces; and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Patrick.
Arrangements were made by Cantelmi-Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.
Rudolph (Rudy) Raymond Mayo, 92, of Catasauqua, died Oct. 6, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Miriam “Tooty” (Schropp) Mayo.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Rocco and Lena Mazzocchetti.
He was in the U.S. Merchant Marines.
He was employed at the Bethlehem Steel for 40 years. He worked at Mayo Motors for many years.
I cannot think of a better week than this to emphasize the need for volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania — especially in the communities in which we live.
National Fire Prevention Week, celebrated this year Oct. 6-12, was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which more than 250 people died, some 100,000 were left homeless and more than 17,400 buildings burned.
The fire began Oct. 8 when, according to legend, Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over an oil lamp. The blaze continued well into the next day.
Madeline A. Jablonski, 82, of Bethlehem Township, died Sept. 27, 2019, at Gracedale Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Jablonski for 60 years.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Franklin and Irene Bair.
She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
She was a seamstress in various mills; retiring from Synthetic Thread.
A year of celebrating Coplay Borough’s 150th birthday — which kicked off in April with a visit from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a gala, a parade, a daylong festival at Balliet Stadium with the release of 150 lighted lanterns and a fireworks display and a pub crawl — will come to an end Oct. 19.
The closing ceremony will be held noon-10 p.m. at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.
Officers assisted a citizen in the unit block of South Third Street.
Police investigated the theft of an electric saw in the unit block of North Third Street.
The department performed a welfare check in the 300 block of Schreiber Avenue.
A domestic dispute in the unit block of South Second Street was investigated.
Police were on the scene of a residential fire in the unit block of South Fourth Street.
Lost keys in the 100 block of South Fifth Street were reported.
Dawn DeLong, of Bath, died Oct. 4, 2019. She was the wife of Gene DeLong for 51 years.
Born in Hazelton, she was a daughter of the late Kay (Irvin) and David Kaufman.
She was a 1965 Salisbury High School graduate.
She was an artist and worked from home for 50 years. She owned Country Art by Dawn.
She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua.
She was a choir mother for several choral groups at Hope United Church of Christ for 20 years. She and her husband were chapter leaders for Compassionate Friends of the Lehigh Valley for 15 years.