Veterans Day celebrates all who served our country honorably in both war and peace.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and observed the anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11, 1919. This day has continued as a celebration of those who served our country. It was declared a national holiday in 1938, and the name change became official in 1954.
Armistice Day was made a national holiday “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace,” according to the USDVA.
A 64-year-old male, of Emmaus, was arrested Oct. 6 for driving under the influence and accidents involving unattended property in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street, according to Emmaus police. He was transported to Lehigh County DUI Center and processed.
An 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, both of Allentown, were arrested Sept. 3 for theft from a motor vehicle and other related charges in the 500 block of North Third Street, according to Emmaus police. Both were transported to Lehigh County Booking Center and processed.
A 22-year-old male, of Phillipsburg, N.J. and his 22-year-old passenger, also of New Jersey, escaped injury in an accident along Chestnut Street, Upper Milford Township, 4:23 p.m. Oct. 25.
John P. Staub, 83, of Salisbury Township, died in his home, Oct. 29, 2018. Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of the late John Peter and Elizabeth (Schaublin) Staub. He was the husband of the late Sonya J. (Brustman) Staub, who died in 1999.
He was a computer programmer for National Cash Register (NCR), Bethlehem, for 29 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Allentown where he served as a Eucharistic minister and a prison minister.
He was a former captain of the Salisbury Ambulance Corp and a certified EMT.
Katherine A. (Smull) Freed, 97, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her home Oct. 29, 2018. She was the wife of the late Willard Henry Freed, who died July 4, 1999. They were married for 46 years. Born in Monroeville, she was the daughter of the late Simon Eugene Smull and Mathilda Rose (Kreiling) Smull.
After spending her childhood in Forest Hills, she graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. She began her professional career at United Engineering and Foundry Company, Pittsburgh and ultimately became the administrative assistant to the executive vice president of the company.
Claire C. Dronetti, 88, of Emmaus, died Nov. 4, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael R. Dronetti for 43 years who died July 25, 1993. Born in West Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Susan (Zoscin) Pollock.
She was employed by Alto Trucking Company as a bookkeeper for three years and then did the bookkeeping and sewing for the family business, Dronetti Upholstery, from 1963 until her death.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, creating Faberge eggs, but most importantly spending time with her family.
Thanks to an East Penn Press subscriber, a retired science teacher, who let us know the photo on the front page of the Oct. 31 East Penn Press issue regarding Lower Macungie Middle School students raising money for breast cancer had an incorrect word. The Press said the students posed in the shape of a beaker. Our reader pointed out the students were actually in the shape of an Erlenmeyer flask. The Press apologizes for the error.