Gerard J. “Jerry” Black, 64, of Allentown, died under hospice care Nov. 18, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Claire E. (DerRohn) Black. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James and Veronica (Dagney) Black.
Randy L. Kercher, 63, of Emmaus, died Nov. 9, 2017. He was the son of the late Karl and Ethel (Poh) Kercher.
His career passion was in independent writing.
He is survived by siblings, Alan, Joan Graham and Fay.
Contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Macungie.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, 28 W. Main St., Macungie.
Bonnie Dams, 74, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 7, 2017. She was the wife of the late Dale Arthur Dams. Born in Grand Haven, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Clyde Zietlow and Cornelia Bol.
She worked at Rodale and Air Products, but her favorite job, by far, was running the preschool at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. She was a tireless supporter of her son’s athletic teams and managed the Emmaus Fire Company concession stand with an unbridled enthusiasm.
Susan M. Charron, 68, of Lower Macungie Township, died Dec. 6, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Born in East Stroudsburg, she was the daughter of the late Albert “Barney” E. Charron Sr. and Virgie M. (Green).
She worked in the ability development program at Kutztown University. She taught ESL at the Reading Literacy Council and was an associate professor in the humanity division at Reading Area Community College, from where she retired.
She was a member of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, Allentown.
Jean Reeder Baginsky, 66, of Exton, died peacefully Nov. 27, 2017, after a long illness. She was the wife of Walter Baginsky for 33 years. She was a daughter of the late Leon and Mabel Reeder.
She was a cosmetologist and owned her own salon, Royal Touch, in Alburtis. She taught cosmetology at Empire Beauty School for six years and at Folcroft VoTech school for 34 years.
She was active in the Lutheran church and at one time played the organ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton.
She loved to travel and her favorite place to visit was Alaska. She also loved to knit and sew.
Emmaus Historical Society Christmas Covered Dish Party 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets, Emmaus. Call the museum if attending and leave a message if you are bringing an appetizer, side dish or dessert. Appetizers will be available upon arrival for members to snack and visit before dinner.
Ann M. Walter, 91, of Emmaus, died Dec. 5, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Ralph L. Walter. Born in Olean, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Matylas) Coplak.
She was the bookkeeper and vice president of Ralph J. Walter Electric for many years, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of Zion’s Reformed U.C.C., Allentown, serving as the secretary of the woman’s guild.
Kevin Shoemaker, president of the Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society, announced the release of “Alburtis, A Stroll Through The Past.” This 171-page, softbound history of Alburtis is available at Alburtis Borough Hall while supplies last. There is a charge.
The book provides historical photographs and maps of the villages of Alburtis and Lock Ridge and traces their merger in 1913 to become the Borough of Alburtis.
Old photographs, taken in 1906 by Charles and Linnie Ross, are compared with images of the same scenes as they appear today.