As holiday schedules get busy in the coming days and weeks, The Press and Blue Ridge Communications are asking the public to not forget those who have given so much.
Now in its third year of giving, we invite our readers to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending much needed and requested food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home and stationed in such countries as Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Jorge O. Santiago, 34, of Wescosville died October 28, 2012, in Reading Hospital.
Arrangements were made by the Irwin M. Judd Funeral Home, Allentown.
Frank Beck, 89, of Emmaus, died October 30, 2012, in Manor Care, Allentown. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna (Molnar) Beck.
He was the co-owner of Beck Brothers, a farm and light industrial equipment business in Emmaus, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the Gablesville Athletic Association, member of the Vera Cruz Fire Co. and the Upper Milford Western District Fire Co., was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to travel.
Robert A. "Freddie" Fritch, 84, of Emmaus, died Nov. 2, 2012, in the Phoebe Home. He was the husband of the late Mary P. (Fegley) Fritch. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Lloyd A. and Erma M. (Acker) Fritch.
He worked as a gauger for Buckeye Pipeline for 28 years, retiring in 1988.
He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean conflict.
He was a member of St. John's U.C.C. and Emmaus VFW Post 7088.
In his retirement, he enjoyed golfing.
The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus is now holding a Florida fruit sale selling tangelos, navel oranges and grapefruit. Call 610-965-3977 to place an order. The last day to order will be Nov. 18 for a Dec. 7 pickup.
The Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society, 406 Franklin Street, Alburtis, will hold a general membership meeting with officer nominations 7 p.m. at their headquarters.
Vernon H. Oswald Sr., "Ossie," 86, of Emmaus, died October 29, 2012, in his home. He was the husband of the late Helen J. (Feist) Oswald, who died Feb. 29, 2012. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Howard E. and Carrie E. (Fegely) Oswald.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus and was a naval veteran serving during World War II.
He was the owner of Ossie's Coin Shop in Allentown and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Emmaus.
Chief David A. Faust said the Emmaus Police Department, Public Works Department, Fire and Ambulance Corps responded to varied calls for service as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Faust said on Oct. 26 prior to the storm, the borough manager held a meeting with all department heads and command staff to discuss preparedness and strategies for the storm.
Alice E. Kleckner, 88, of Allentown, died November 4, 2012, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Franklin W. Kleckner. They were married for 67 years in September. She was a homemaker.
Born in Lansford, she was the daughter of the late Harry T. and Addie R. (Woodbridge) Pry.
She is survived by her husband; sons, William F. and his wife Talitha of The Villages, Fla., Glen T. and his wife Louise of Allentown; daughter, AddieAnn and her husband Rick Sherer of New Tripoli; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Ryan Young, 27, of Macungie, was arrested for DUI on Lower Macungie Road at Krocks Road, Lower Macungie Township, 7:55 p.m. Oct. 15. Young was stopped for a traffic violation and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance.
With the tumult and ballyhoo of the current election cycle behind us, let's look to the future with a keen eye toward our past.
Our veterans stood tall when the threats of fascism, communism and terrorism threatened our security.
Their blind and unyielding dedication to defending democracy and freedom has continually helped preserve all we hold dear as American citizens.