Katherine S. Rape, 50, of Lehigh Township, died March 17, 2017, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was the wife and life partner of Rhonda Burian for 30 years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Terry and Susie (Korsak) Rape.
She was a 1984 graduate of Northampton High School.
She was briefly in the U.S. Navy.
She worked for many years at Guardian Photo/Qualex photo finishing until the company closed. She then worked at Amazon.com.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Coplay.
Ruth A. Oswald, 103, of Allentown, died March 5, 2017. She was the wife of the late John “Randy” Randolph Oswald.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Ortt) Steiger.
She worked for the former Hess’s Department Store, Allentown.
She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua for many years.
She volunteered at Lehigh Valley Hospital, formerly Allentown General Hospital.
She is survived by a daughter, Jane Larson and her husband Roger; a son, David Oswald and his wife Nora; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Susan E. Hebelka, 61, of Whitehall, died March 11, 2017, at Kutztown Manor.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lovie (Grim) Hebelka.
She was an assistant to the district manager of Kmart Corporation where she worked for more than 30 years. She was a tax preparer for H&R Block.
Dolores J. (Shimkanin) Case, 83, of North Catasauqua, died March 8, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late Theodore R. Case Jr.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John Sr. and Thelma (Moore) Shimkanin.
She worked for more than 45 years in the human resources management team at Lucent Technologies, formerly the Western Electric Corporation, Allentown.
She was a longtime member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua and volunteered at the church food bank for many years.
John A. Schwartz, 80, of Cementon, died March 6, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of the late Evelyn (Soroka) Schwartz.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late David B. and Annie K. (Musco) Schwartz.
He was a 1954 graduate of the former Coplay High School.
He was an aviation mechanic YN3 in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.
He worked in the shipping department of the former Bonney Forge, East Allentown, for more than 35 years until he retired. He was earlier a food processor for the former Smith Milling Company, Northampton.
John Kutzer Jr., 86, of Coplay, died March 3, 2017, at his residence. He was the husband of Nancy (Kemmerer) Kutzer for 36 years.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late John Kutzer Sr. and Alma (Fritz) Glendenmyer.
He worked in the tool crib for Mack Trucks until he retired.
He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Catasauqua, where he sounded the shofar during services.
He was a member of Lehigh Valley Harmonica Club.
E. Elsie Schuster, 86, of Whitehall Manor, died March 7, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert “Lardy” Schuster.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late George and Stella Hirschman.
She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catasauqua.
Thor H. Bahrman Sr., 90, of Hanover Township, died March 4, 2017, at home. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was a son of the late Ellsworth V. and Mary (Miller) Bahrman Sr. He was the husband of Millie (Nosal) Bahrman for 62 years.
He attended Wyoming Seminary and was a graduate of Widener University.
He was machinist’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was aboard the USS Duluth in the Pacific Theater.
He was the owner of Ellsworth V. Bahrman Inc., Bethlehem, serving the automotive and light industrial equipment markets.
Grace E. Baker, 91, of Allentown, died March 8, 2017, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.
Born in Greenwich Township, she was the daughter of the late Chester U. and Carrie (Derr) Kramer.
She and her late husband, Mark G. Baker, met as children while living on neighboring farms in Krumsville, and became high school sweethearts.
They married in in 1943, in Sherman, Texas, while he was serving in the U.S. Army.
They enjoyed 30 years together until his sudden death while answering a fire call with the Cetronia Volunteer Fire Company in 1973.
Helena Radakovits, 95, died Feb. 27, 2017, of a long-term illness. She was the wife of the late Frank Geosits and the late Edward Radakovits.
She was born in Szentpetefa, Hungary.
She is survived by a daughter, Clara Mian; a stepdaughter, Linda Issowits and her husband John; a stepson-in-law, Fred Kedl; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a niece, Mary Silipovits; nephew, John Silipovits; two great-nieces, Rosemarie Schlenick and Susan Silipovits; and a goddaughter, Kathy Fargo.