James Edward Murphy III, 54, of Allentown and formerly of Lehigh Township, died May 17, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.
Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., he was a son of Maribeth (Forster) Murphy and the late James Murphy Jr.
He was a contractor for many years in the Lehigh Valley and Pocono areas. He was earlier a chef in New Jersey.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Joseph J. Murphy of Florida; two brothers, Sean M. Murphy and Colin S. Murphy and his wife Tiffany, both of Lehigh Township; and two grandchildren.
James G. Danenhower, 54, of Whitehall, died May 14, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Clarice M. (Mohry) Danenhower.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George V. and Beatrice C. (Reith) Danenhower.
He had been in the family business, Humphrey’s Hydraulic Inc. Later, he owned Hose and Hydraulics with his business partner, Carl Deutsch.
Tillie Sommers, 96, formerly of Coplay, died May 18, 2017, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Frank G. Sommers.
Born in Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Oleksak) Gladish.
She was a floor lady for the former Coplay Dress Company for many years.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles, and of the church’s rosary society.
Troy Gilbert, 51, of Macungie, died peacefully May 17, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of Robert A. and Dorothea M. (Helfrich) Gilbert.
He was a 1984 graduate of Emmaus High School.
He was a route salesman for various companies.
He was inducted into the Trexlertown Hall of Fame for softball.
Helena L. Stoudt, 87, of Northampton, died May 15, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Gilbert “Gip” F. Stoudt.
Born in Germansville, she was a daughter of the late Alvin D. and Lettie I. (Semmel) Snyder.
She was a bookkeeper for Phillips Feed & Grain, Germansville; Rollie’s Ice Cream; and Stoudt Wealth Management, Northampton.
John J. Nederostek, 99, formerly of Fullerton and Allentown, died May 20, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown campus. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Kiss) Nederostek.
Born in Cementon, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary C. (Kolumbar) Nederostek.
He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a Tech 4 medic/surgical tech in the Pacific Theatre.
He was a general foreman at the former Whitehall Cement Company.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Allentown, and of Holy Name Society.
Sylvia C. Mondjack, 75, of North Catasauqua, died May 20, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth M. (Ference) Mondjack.
She was a graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Allentown Business School. She studied art and sculpting at Baum School of Art.
She retired from Agere, formerly Western Electric, after working there for 42 years.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, North Catasauqua.
Lawrence G. Yadush, 73, of Northampton, died May 9, 2017, at his home. He was the husband of Patricia (Krech) Yadush of Easton.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George J. and Anna (Patrick) Yadush.
He attended Whitehall High School and was an Alvernia College graduate.
He was in the U.S. Army and was in Vietnam.
He was retired from the Whitehall Police Department. He was currently employed with Covenant Security Services.
He was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church, Easton.
Donald R. Hontz, 90, of Whitehall, died May 9, 2017, in the VNA Hospice of St. Luke’s. He was the husband of the late Evelyn S. (Hushkek) Hontz.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Earl W. Sr. and Ida (Whitehouse) Hontz.
He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was a foreman for PP&L for 42 years until he retired in 1989.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Biancamano and her husband Anthony; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Walter “Butch” R. Smith Jr., 69, of Catasauqua, died May 4, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Patricia (Hodge) Smith of Catasauqua.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Walter R. Sr. and Grace H. (Geiger) Smith.
He worked for 30 years in the blast furnaces and later as a maintenance electrician for Bethlehem Steel. Most recently, he was a delivery driver for Rahn’s Concrete.