Robert F. Thomas, 95, of Wescosville, died May 4, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan (Riegel) Thomas for 62 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James A. and Mary (Spear) Thomas.
He was a 1941 graduate of Allentown High School.
He was a World War II veteran in George Patton’s 3rd Army, including the Battle of the Bulge with the 26th Infantry Division.
He was the assistant purchasing agent for Essroc Corp. for 32 years.
David Robertson, 80, of Rotonda West, Fla., formerly of Alburtis, died peacefully May 5, 2019, at Tidewell Hospice, Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side. He was a loving and devoted husband to Phyllis Robertson for 47 years. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was a son of the late John and Frances (Aitken) Robertson.
He was a sales representative for Mack Trucks for 20 years.
He was a communicant of Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Fla. and previously was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
Emmaus Historical Society meeting 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church parish hall, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus. Annual elections will be held at the meeting prior to the program. The program is “2009 Anniversary Celebration - A Look Back” and will be presented by Dr. Michael Waddell and Teri Sorg-McManamon as part of the 2019 program and exhibit theme of “Celebrate the Celebrations.” It is open to the public.
Sandra L. (Bowen) Hausknecht, 71, of Emmaus, died May 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of Robert P. Hausknecht. They were married for 52 years. Born in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Janet (Westbrook) Bowen.
She worked in international sales for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for over 30 years, retiring in 2008.
She was an active member of Church of the Good Shepherd U.C.C., Alburtis, where she was active with the crafters group and was a member of the handbell choir.
Jeanette I. (Arnold) Gehman, 83, of Alburtis, died May 10, 2019. She was the wife of the late Paul A. Gehman. Born in Cazenovia, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Homer F. and Ione C. (Collins) Arnold.
She worked as a clerk and assisted with the catering for Frey’s Country Store, Alburtis and prior to that she worked for General Seating, Topton.
To the Editor:
Tuesday, May 21, is Primary Election Day in the state of Pennsylvania. I have been watching the East Penn School Board race carefully.
This year, five 4-year seats are up for election, and one 2-year seat.
There are two candidates running for 4-year seats who have been vetted and are being supported by the leadership of the Concerned East Penn Taxpayers Association. The two, David Bocchino on the Republican ballot and Diane Schaffer, on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, concern me.
Lois F. Frank, 87, of Center Valley, died May 10, 2019, in her home with her children by her side. She was the wife of the late Richard R. Frank. They were married 46 years. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Mildred (Bechtel) Allender.
She was active in local politics and served at the polls at Southern Lehigh High School.
She enjoyed traveling, gardening and antique shopping.
As we approach the May 21 Municipal Primary Election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office was the May 1 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
The 2019 municipal primary is May 21.
This is a true grassroots election.
Many of the names on the ballot are your neighbors, friends and even relatives.
You, the voters, will decide on the candidates who will move on to the November election to serve as township supervisors and commissioners, borough council members, school board directors, county commissioners and judges.
They will serve in office, anywhere from four to 10 years and make decisions that will directly affect you, your children and your community.
A 23-year-old female, of Wescosville, was arrested April 23 for disorderly conduct following an incident April 17 in the 300 block of Minor Street, according to Emmaus police.
Stephanie Lynne Lilly, 43, of Whitehall, was arrested April 14 for allegedly driving under the influence and hit and run in the 400 block of Ridge Street, according to Emmaus police. She was transported to Lehigh County DUI Center and processed.