Eugene O. Schaffer, 83, of Schnecksville, died March 27, 2019, in his home. He was the husband of Catherine H. (Nemeth) Schaffer for 58 years.
Born in Orefield, he was the son of the late Charles and Leah (Rauch) Schaffer.
He was a sheet metal technician at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, for 30 years before retiring in 1991. Since his formal retirement, he was employed part time in the postal room of the former Meridian Bank, Allentown, and as a custodian at Neffs National Bank for 12 years before retiring.
He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.
Michael P. Cohan, 46, of Whitehall, died April 3, 2019, at St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown. He was the husband of Elissa (Neuman) Cohan for 19 years.
Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, he was the son of Patrick Cohan and Darlene (Baker) Souchak.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 1996.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Stiles.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Brendan and Brett; a sister, Clarissa Cohan; a stepsister, Susan; nieces; and nephews.
Phyllis D. Mizgerd, 83, died April 5, 2019. She was the wife of the late William S. Mizgerd Sr. for 62 years.
She was an administrator for over 30 years at the Whitehall Township Public Library before retiring. She previously worked at the former McLellan Ford, Allentown.
Eleanor “Ellie” Mae (Bunger) Albright, 98, died April 5, 2019, in her home in Bethlehem Township. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Albright for 42 years.
Born in Bear Gap, Columbia County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Victor and Mariah Eleanor (Meek) Bunger.
She attended Wynn’s School in Bear Gap.
She worked at several jobs over the years, most recently at Bethlehem Steel.
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.