Mark “Bommer” J. Bonshak, 53, of Whitehall, died Dec. 23, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Catherine “Peach” R. (Gober) Bonshak for 29 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of Joseph and Bettyjane (Dougherty) Bonshak of Whitehall.
He a 1982 graduate of Whitehall High School, where he was a star athlete, and a 1986 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he lettered in baseball all four years.
He was a sales executive in area development for FedEx Services, Lehigh Valley district.
Carole A. Sachse, 77, formerly of York, died Dec. 17, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Matthew J. Sachse.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Theodore T. and Helen (Linkus) Asher.
She was a manager for the IRS in Washington, D.C., for 25 years before she retired in 2001.
She is survived by two sons, Matthew J. of Bethlehem and David B. and his wife Diane of Hagerstown, Md.; and two siblings, Theodore T. and his wife Karen Asher of Lilburn, Ga., and Alice and her husband Barry Lichtenstein of Brentwood, N.Y.
Rose David, 87, of Northampton, died Dec. 17, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the life companion of the late Harry Katz.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Maria (Felix) David.
Before retiring, she was employed by Cross Country Clothes.
She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.
She is survived by nieces; nephews; a sister-in-law, Dorothy David; and a brother-in-law, Russell Druckenmiller.
Larry Ritter, 81, of Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2017. He was the husband of Gloria (Mullins) Ritter for 36 years.
Born in Egypt, he was a son of the late Samuel and Althea (Kern) Ritter.
He was a 1984 graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Lehigh Carbon Community College.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959, earning a rank of radarman second class.
He was a mechanical engineer with General Electric for 28 years and Trane for 12 years. After retirement, he worked in maintenance for a Christian church and school in Florida.
Annamae C. (Patrouch) Merics, 81, of Winter Garden, Fla., died Nov. 9, 2017, at Health Central Hospital, Ocoee, Fla. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Merics.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Lelko) Patrouch.
She was a 1954 Whitehall High School graduate.
She was a secretary at Dun & Bradstreet, from which she retired in 1994.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
Josephine Ann Slonaker, 87, of Whitehall, died Dec. 22, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Francis E. Slonaker Sr.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ferdinand and Vilma (Gergowicz) Kantz.
She was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School.
She was a clerk at Hilbert’s Pharmacy and Gifts until her retirement at the age of 80.
Earlier in life, she worked for GE and Black and Decker, Allentown.
Joseph S. Schlager Jr., 74, of Northampton, died Dec. 18, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Lynne J. (O’Brien) Schlager for 44 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph S. Sr. and Theresa (Gessitz) Schlager.
He was a 1961 graduate of Coplay High School.
He was in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam era.
He was a salesman for Bethlehem Ford for over 20 years until he retired in 2005. Previously, he was a salesman for the former Berman Furniture Company, Allentown.
Margaret “Peg” A. Leve, 71, of Danielsville, died Dec. 20, 2017, at Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Richard A. Leve for 49 years.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Angeline (Plever) Asman.
She was a receptionist at the former Penn America Insurance Company, Hatboro, for five years. Before that, she was a manager at The Spiegel Company, Bensalem, for 17 years.
She was a former member of St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia.
Margaret H. Rhoades, 96, of North Catasauqua, died Dec. 11, 2017, at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. She was the wife of Russell W. Rhoades.
Born in Mount Bethel, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Hazel (Pensyl) Hagerman.
She was a secretary for the former Bethlehem Steel for many years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a niece, Jane O’Donnell; and a nephew, James Dearden.
Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.
Donald “Doc” T. Dougherty, 87, of Whitehall, died Dec. 7, 2017. He was the husband of the late Marjorie A. (Young).
Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late Thomas and Emma M. (Morgan) Dougherty.
He was a 1948 graduate of Allentown High School.
He was a Marine Corps sergeant in the 1st Marine Air Wing Mag 33, Squadron VMF-311, and he served in Yongil-Mam Airfield (K-3) in Ponhang, Korea. He maintained the F9F Panther jets of John Glenn and Ted Williams.