Robert Anthony “Butch” Sonka, 75, died Aug. 18, 2019, in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was the son of the late Al and Helen (Bechowski) Sonka.
He ran his own painting and towing business on Lehigh Street, Allentown, for many years. He also raced stock cars for Broadway Speed Shop at Dorney Park.
He was a member of the Fearless Fire Company and the V.F.W. Post 2124 in Allentown.
He is survived by a brother, Al and his wife, Mary Lou; three nephews, Brian Soler and Jack and Mike; great-nephews and a great-niece; many friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Sandy.
As we remember the horrific events from Sept. 11, 2001, we cannot ignore the many first responders and volunteers who ran toward the twin towers of the World Trade Center to help those in need.
These heroes have been in the news recently, fighting for the compensation fund to continue to care for those facing serious medical issues as a result of the survivor search and debris removal efforts.
Due to recent legislation, these first responders will get the help they need.
Grant Folsom, 25, of Emmaus, was arrested Aug. 17 for alleged simple assault after a dispute in the 100 block of North Fifth Street, according to Emmaus police. He was transported to the Lehigh County Booking Center.
Glenn Troy Frankenfield, 46, of Pennsburg, was arrested Aug. 20 for an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle and driving while under suspension after he allegedly left the scene of an accident in the 600 block of Chestnut Street, according to Emmaus police.
Frank W. “Skip” Deutsch III, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jane L. (Whitesell) Deutsch, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Catherine (Beck) and Frank W. Deutsch Jr.
He honorably served his country in the Army during Vietnam.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel, retiring in 1998. He later worked for 21 years at Locust Valley Golf Course.
He had a passion for golf and loved dogs.
He was of the protestant faith.
Louis Furmansky, 92, of Macungie, died Sept. 3, 2019, with his wife of 70 years by his side. He was the husband of Shirley Furmansky. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Morris and Sarah Furmansky.
He was a lifelong automobile dealer. He was a co-owner of Mozes Brothers Buick, Superfine Motors and Allentown Mazda-Volvo.
He was a lifetime member of Congregation Agudas Achim and Temple Beth El.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Helen Kirschbaum; son, Stewart and his wife, Carol; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
An Emmaus man was fatally injured in a lawn tractor accident Sept. 3 in Upper Saucon Township.
Frank Deutsch, 73, was pronounced dead 10:07 a.m. Sept. 3 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, according to a media release provided by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.
An autopsy Sept. 4 revealed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death was ruled an accident, according to authorities.
Charles J. “Jake” Harry, 75, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 5, 2019, in his home. He was the husband of Linda L. (Gollie) Harry for the past 54 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Victor and Marie (Eckhart) Harry.
He was a member of the Labor Union #1174 for over 50 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Mary Dalla Palu, 92, of Salisbury Township, died Sept. 7, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. She was the wife of the late John A. Dalla Palu, who died in 2012. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Roncolato) Reck.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Allentown.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Gertrude Allmer, 78, of Alburtis, died Sept. 6, 2019, at her residence surrounded by family. She was the wife of Alwin Allmer, of Alburtis. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Emma (Starke) and Paul Danneberg.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Reading and a member of the Reading Liederkranz for over 50 years.
She was a graduate of Reading High School after which she completed training as a dental assistant.