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.
Althea Miller Randall, 94, formerly of Emmaus, died October 29, 2012, in Lehigh Commons, Macungie. She was the wife of the late Pierce Randall, who died in 2005. They celebrated 64 years of marriage on Jan. 25, 2005. Born in Macungie, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Annie (Race) Miller.
She graduated from Emmaus High School in 1936 and attended her 50th high school reunion in 1986.
Earl P. Geist, 92, of Macungie, died November 3, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Anna M. (Schmoyer) Geist. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in April. Born in East Texas, he was a son of the late Paul Geist and Edna Siegfried.
He was a meat smoker for 14 years at the former A&B Meat Packing Company and Wilson Meat Packing Company in Allentown, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of Huff's Union Church, Alburtis, serving on church and was past treasurer of the park board for 32 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.