Craig N. Merkel Sr., 78, of Whitehall, died Jan. 13, 2020. He was the husband of the late Bonnie Merkel for 53 years.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964 aboard the Kenneth E. Bailey DD/DDR #713-IC-3.
He was a member of the Whitehall Lions Club, the Fullerton American Legion Post 367 and the Fullerton Fire Company No. 1.
Dennis D. Kisthart, of Catasauqua, died Jan. 15, 2020, at home. He was the husband of Judy Kisthart.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served two tours in Vietnam.
He was president of Lehigh Valley Fireworks.
He was a member of the International Society of Explosives. He was a past commander of the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215.
He participated in the J4 Celebrations and at the Catasauqua Fire Department.
Richard D. Schaadt, 91, of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died Jan. 13, 2020, at Above and Beyond at The Knights, Allentown. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Nagey) Schaadt for 54 years.
Born in South Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Monroe H. and Margaret (Wetherhold) Schaadt.
He was a South Whitehall High School graduate where he was captain of the league-winning basketball team his senior year. He was a 1951 Muhlenberg College graduate. He earned a master’s degree at the Stonier School of Banking, Rutgers University.
Joseph D. Zemba, 63, of Catasauqua, died Jan. 19, 2020, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the former husband of Maria Cunningham.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Doris L. (Muth) Zemba.
He was a graduate of Catasauqua High School and Pacific Western University.
He was a member of the former St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, North Catasauqua.
He and his family owned and operated the Sportsman’s Bar, Catasauqua, for many years. He worked as a freelance writer and photographer for most of his life.
Evelyn M. Geiger, 94, of Catasauqua, died Jan. 14, 2020, at the St. Luke’s VNA Hospice House, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Geiger.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Joseph I. and Mary R. (Gerboc) Matejicka.
She was a master bookkeeper at Schneider Manufacturing Corporation.
She volunteered at her church, St. John Fisher Catholic Church, North Catasauqua, and was part of the pierogie and kiffle drives.
She is survived by a brother, Joseph; nieces; nephews; and friends.
Agnes Elizabeth Robertson, 88, of Whitehall, died Jan. 14, 2020, at home. She was the wife of Alistair Robertson for 62 years.
Born in Kearny, N.J., she was a daughter of William and Mayme Boog.
She was a 1949 graduate of North Arlington High School, New Jersey, where she was associate editor of her class year book and class secretary. She was a 1953 graduate of Montclair State Teachers College.
Vincenzo “Vincent” DiSante, 83, of Whitehall, died Jan. 4, 2020, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Dolores (Moore) DiSante for 57 years.
Born in Abruzzi, Italy, he was a son of the late Giuseppe and Fenesia (Balante) DiSante.
He was a tailor for the London Shop, Easton, for many years. He was later a quality control manager for Cross Country Clothes for 30 years.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles; and of its Holy Name Society.
He was a 25-year member of the Men of Malvern.
Adolf Sodke, 88, of Whitehall, died Jan. 3, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Elizabeth Sodke for 64 years.
Born in Wolfswinkle, Germany, he was a son of the late Edward and Marta Sodke.
He worked in construction. He was a longtime member of the Plumbers Union Local 690, Philadelphia, and retired in 1995.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Richard, Heidi and Steven; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Joshua.
He was predeceased by four brothers.
Ernest L. John, 88, of Allentown, died Jan. 6, 2020, at Whitehall Manor. He was the husband of the late Ann T. (Klucsarits) John.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Leonard F. and Anna E. (Schlosser) John.
He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War.
He was a senior project engineer for more than 21 years at the Fuller Company, Catasauqua, from which he retired in 1995.
He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.