Irene G. (Hines) “Elsie” Reinert, 87, formerly of Macungie, died July 1, 2017, in Country Meadows of Allentown, Upper Macungie Township. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Reinert, who died Dec. 24, 2009. Born in Bethany, La., she was a daughter of the late Horace G. and Irene A. (Gulley) Hines.
She was a member of Zion Lehigh Lutheran Church, Alburtis, where she was a former church council member, a member of the Lydia Ladies, and an active member of the Bible Study Group.
Debra Ann (Crnovic) Johnson, 63, of Salisbury Township, died July 9, 2017, after a short illness. She was the wife of Mark A. Johnson. Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Rita (Lapinski) Crnovic.
She was a graduate of St. Francis Academy and Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh.
She was a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown and a volunteer for the Rho Chi Society.
She was a member of the Moms of Military.
An avid swimmer, she was a volunteer official at many area swim meets.
John Joseph O’Brien, 52, of Lower Macungie Township, died July 12, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown Campus. Born in London, England, he was the son of Margaret E. (Sargent) O’Brien with whom he resided and the late William J. O’Brien.
He was a 1983 graduate of Emmaus High School, and served his country in the United States Army.
He was employed by Ryder Truck, Alburtis.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Allentown.
A Montgomery County man died of natural causes in a traffic accident in Upper Milford Township July 14.
In a media release from the Lehigh County Office of the Coroner and Forensic Center, officials announced an autopsy completed July 14 revealed Robert W. Rutty, 55, of Perkiomenville, died of natural causes.
Rutty, according to authorities, was the operator of a tractor trailer which left the roadway and struck a retaining wall in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street, Upper Milford Township, around 6:36 a.m. July 14.
Rutty was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:19 a.m.
A resident in the 6000 block of German Road, Upper Milford Township, reported someone entered the basement of the residence and removed a black safe on wheels between June 22 and 24. The resident reported seeing a male on his property who was driving a white truck June 22. Anyone with information about the incident may contact Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville at 610-395-1438.
LaRue V. Zentner, 91, of Emmaus, died July 15, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Inpatient Hospice. She was the wife of the late Warren L. Zentner. Born in Vera Cruz, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Theresa (Malik) Dries.
She was employed by the 1st National Bank of Allentown for many years and in her husband’s business, Zentner Bros. Painting.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Over the years, she was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and volunteer at the Topton Lutheran Home yearly Christmas event.
Last month, the Lehigh Valley celebrated a first when it became home to its debut construction camp for girls.
Donald L. Long, 89, formerly of Emmaus and Naples, Fla., died July 14, 2017, in Fellowship Manor. He was the husband of the late Anna Mae (Fenstermaker) Long. Born in Wescosville, he was the son of the late Herbert P. and Florence I. (Bortz) Long.
He worked for Western Electric until 1957 when he became one of the owners of Fenstermaker’s Market in Emmaus, where he retired in 1984.
He honorably served his country in the Army during World War II.