Francis H. Near, 71, of Whitehall, died Jan. 21, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospital Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Suzanne (Jenett) Near.
Born in Sterling, Ill., he was the son of the late Ralph and Katherine (Portner) Near.
He worked in apartment maintenance at Helfrich Springs, Whitehall, for 26 year, retiring in 2010. Before that, he had been a service manager and auto mechanic at Pep Boys, Whitehall.
He served proudly in the U.S. Army and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Allentown.
Lynne M. Olsen, 66, of Whitehall, died Jan. 16, 2013, in the home of her son, Darren Olsen. She was the wife of Thomas E. Olsen.
Born in Toms River, N.J., she was a daughter of the late John W. and Edna G. (Applegate) Naylor.
She worked at the Northampton Middle School as a security guard for the last five years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Darren and Trent; a daughter, Kristy Hanlon; three grandchildren, Brittanie, Shay, and Austin; a brother; four sisters; three stepchildren; nieces; and nephews.
Violette M. Powell-Dohlenkopf, 101, of Northampton, died Jan. 14, 2013, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Walter D. Powell and the wife of the late Joseph F. Dohlenkopf.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late James and Jessie (Dunn) Wilmington.
Ethel A. (Laury) Barthel, 80, of North-ampton, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Gracedale, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late Hampton G. Barthel Sr.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Bessie (Staufflet) Laury.
She was a sewing machine operator for the former Tama Manufacturing and the former D&D Shirt Factory, both of Northampton, for 32 years before retiring.
She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Northampton.
Clarence H. W. Roth, 99, formerly of Germansville, died Jan. 16, 2013, in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall, where he was residing.
He was the husband of the late Bertha M. (Stettler) Roth.
Born Nov. 22, 1913, in Center Valley, he was the son of the late Frank and Annie (Ludwig) Roth.
He worked at the former Walter K. Long Feed Mill in Chapmans until retiring.
Prior to that, he was a farmer on the Howard E.H. Stettler Farm, South Whitehall Township.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Ziegels Union Church, Breinigsville.
Judith Anne Carrion, 65, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 14, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospice. She was the wife of Ernest Carrion.
Born in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of the late Jerry and Mary (MacLaughlin) Jackson.
She was retired after working for Lehigh University in the financial aid office.
She was active with St. Jude's Research Hospital.
Marie A. Jusulavage, 87, of Coplay, died Jan. 9, 2013, in her daughter's home. She was the wife of the late Julius J. Jusulavage.
She is survived by four sons, Julius Jr., Michael, John and his wife Audrey and Gregory; a daughter, Maryann and her husband Terry Schmoyer; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.
She was predeceased by a brother, William; and a sister, Genevieve.
Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 881 Marcon Blvd., Suite 3700, Allentown, 18109.
Arrangements were made by Hauke Funeral Home Inc., Coplay.
Gisella "Stella" A. Wiessner, 89, formerly of Northampton, died Jan. 9, 2013, in Schuylkill Medical Center East, Pottsville. She was the wife of the late Raymond M. Wiessner.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Steier) Solderitch.
She was a meat packer for the former A&B Meats, Allentown.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Bath.
She is survived by two sons, Dennis E. of Mahanoy City and Thomas of Florida.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hilda Hanner.
Andrew M. Siska, 84, formerly of Allentown, died Jan. 9, 2013, in Northampton Village, Northampton. He was the husband of the late Bessie (Veranka) Siska for 53 years.
Born in Cementon, he was a son of the late Frank and Katarina (Konopeus) Sisla.
He was a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Vietnam War.
He was a pipefitter for Allentown State Hospital until he retired.
He was a member of St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, Nesquehoning.
He was a life member of Egypt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 and of the American Legion.
John Oscipok, 96, a Fullerton resident for 60 years, died Jan. 13, 2013, in his home. He was the husband of the late Ann J. (Mankos) Oscipok for 61 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Kunsman) Oscipok.
He attended Northampton High School.
He was in the U.S. Army World War II and was a paratrooper with the 17th Airborne Division. He was in the first group to jump into Germany. He received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
He was a turn foreman in air, water and steam for 42 years at Bethlehem Steel until he retired.