Robert W. Ritter, 82, of Lower Saucon Twp. and formerly of Center Valley, died Oct. 3, 2013, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. He was the husband of Faye J. (Deily) Ritter for 62 years. Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late William T. and Cora L. (Kale) Ritter.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was the coordinator for research and development and managed the hazardous waste disposal program at Air Products and Chemicals, Trexlertown, for 41 years until his retirement.
He was a former member of St. Paul's "Blue" Church, Coopersburg.
Babies and spoiled brats. Yep, I'm talking about the members of the United States Congress.
The recent government shutdown is an example of the abysmal failure of our elected officials to behave like responsible adults and work out their differences in a respectable and professional manner.
I am not going to mention political parties or the issue Congress is fighting about. Both are irrelevant because, when you strip away the rhetoric of party politics, you can see the shutdown for what it is – grownups behaving badly because they suffer no consequences for their actions.
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH
The Lower Milford Township Fall Festival was held Sept. 28 at the township's municipal building complex.
The National Retired and Active Federal Employees Association is the driving force, which continues to fight for retirement benefits established by the U.S. Congress. Currently Congress is continuing negotiations over the 2014 budget, sequestration and the debt ceiling.
A congressional committee is currently considering a move of determining annual cost-of-living adjustments by a new method, which will result in a lower cost of living allowance and hurt seniors who are already facing increased living expenses.
Rose E. Jandrisevitz, 99, formerly of Emmaus and Coplay, died Oct. 2, 2013, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna (Matjas) Jandrisevitz.
She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
She was employed as a housekeeper at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Limeport, for 10 years and then for St. Peter's R.C. Church, Coplay, for 33 years, until retiring.
She is survived by a sister, Angela Saylor; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Kollar; brother, Rudy.
Kenneth Wm. Thomulka, Ph.D., 71, of Allentown, died Sept. 28, 2013, in his residence. Born in Mt. Holly, N.J., he was the son of the late William and Betty (Woods) Thomulka.
He received his bachelor's of science degree in bacteriology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He attained his master's of science degree and doctorate in microbiology, microbial physiology and microbial genetics from Hahnemann Medical College.
Nevin R. Schantz, 94, of Allentown, died Sept. 17, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of the late Betty J. (Guinther) Schantz. Born in Shimersville, he was the son of the late George H. and Annie H. (Roeder) Schantz.
He was a member of St. Paul's U.C.C. of Trexlertown.
He was a millwright for over 16 years for the Carpenters and Joiners of America Union. Prior he worked for Bethlehem Steel and he also farmed.
He was a former officer at the Macungie Grange.
He enjoyed playing cards, gardening, woodworking and attending senior citizens meetings.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT REINECKE
The 2013 Lehigh County Chorus Festival was held Sept. 28 at Salisbury High School under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle. She is an associate music professor and director of choral music at Moravian College. The festival featured 90 students from Allentown Central Catholic High School, Catasauqua High School, Lehigh Valley Christian High School, Louis E. Dieruff High School, Northern Lehigh High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School, Salisbury High School, Whitehall High School and William Allen High School including: