Marianne L. Sickonic, 55, of Macungie, died in her home on February 3, 2013. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Dorothy M. (Jones) Allender of Macungie and the late Arthur A. Allender.
She was the sole caretaker of her mother for many years. She was a loving and devoted mother to her sons, Michael, of Allentown, and Matthew, of Bethlehem.
She is survived by her mother; sons; brothers, Paul Allender and his wife Linda, of Allentown, Todd Allender and his wife Sandy, of Orefield, sister, Susan E. Knerr, of Durham, N.C.
Marion C. O'Connor, 84, of Trexlertown, died February 9, 2013, in Mosser Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late John J. O'Connor.
She is survived by a son, John; daughter, Pamela and her husband, John Albrecht; sister, Adele Mauriello; four grandchildren.
Services are private. The Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus, is handling arrangements.
Florence A. O'Leary, 61, of Wescosville, died February 6, 2013, in her residence surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Donald F. O'Leary, with whom she celebrated 38 years of marriage. Born in Flushing, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Katherine (McGovern) Russell.
She worked as a cashier for Rite Aid Pharmacy and previously as a line supervisor for Whitman Packaging on Long Island.
She was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, where she taught CCD classes.
Marie E. Xiques, of Lower Macungie Township, died February 5, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Miguel "Mike" Xiques Jr. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 16. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Frederick Miller and Lillian (Staples) Miller Solomon.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
She was a volunteer for Lehigh Valley Hospital.
She enjoyed cross stitch sewing and travel.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting applications for May through August employment for students and government service interns. Applicants must have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, must be 18 years old and must be enrolled in in college for the fall 2013 semester. Submissions must be received by the close of the business day Feb. 22.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall Township, will be having its fifth annual chili cook-off 5-8 p.m. March 16.
The community is invited to taste 40 chilies from professional, amateur and firehouse chefs and vote for their favorites.
Free-will donations will support the ministries of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
Log onto asburylv.org for more information.
Josephine K. Hinkle, 94, formerly of Emmaus, a life-long educator and librarian, died February 5, 2013, at Arbor View, an extension of Willow Valley retirement community, Lancaster. She was the wife of the late James O. Hinkle. Born in Reading she was proud of her Pennsylvania German heritage.
She was the first member of her family to go to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in library science, both from Kutztown University. She served as librarian originally at Emmaus High School, and finally at Emmaus Junior High School.
Herman A. Ginder, 85, of Macungie, formerly of Allentown, died February 8, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inpatient Hospice Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Jane F. (Roessler) Ginder. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Arthur and Esther (Bowman) Ginder.
He was a carpenter all of his life and worked for Butz Construction Co. for many years where he was a foreman. He was a member of the Carpenter Union #600.
He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corp. during World War II. He then went on to the Naval Academy from 1947 to 1950.
Stephen Christopher Mohan Sr., 80, of Macungie, died February 9, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Josephine "Jo" (Pace) Mohan. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary June 21, 2012. Born in Newfield, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Helen (Lukowit) Mohan.
PA 2-1-1, which connects people who need help with critical services and volunteer opportunities, is now available in the Lehigh Valley.
The toll-free telephone number offers information and referrals for basic needs, food banks, child and elder care, health services, housing, support groups and more.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
In addition, 2-1-1 can be integral to the community's crisis response in the event of an emergency, such as flooding, tornado, fire or other tragedy.
For more information, go to uwlanc.org.