Madlyn Alice (Leibensperger) Haines, 92, died Dec. 11, 2018. She was the wife of Paul K. Haines, with whom she enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2015. She was the eldest child of the late Esther (Bortz) and Allen Leibensperger, of East Texas.
Orville Junior Wright, 87, of Wescosville, died Dec. 5, 2018, at Lehigh Center, Macungie. He was the husband of Julia Anna Wright. They were married for 58 years. Born in North York, he was a son of the late Orville Grant and Louise Margaret (Kretzing) Wright, both formerly of Newport.
He grew up in York and Allentown and spent summers in Perry County.
He graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in chemical engineering and from the Loop Course of Bethlehem Steel Corp. where he was part of the research division.
Ivy Kuhns, 100, of Allentown, died Dec. 4, 2018, at Devon House Senior Living. She was the wife of the late Charles H. Kuhns. Born in Taunton, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Charles and Estella F. (Gardner) Henson and was of the Christian Science practice.
Prior to retiring in 1981, she was employed at Mack Trucks, Inc., as an executive secretary for 25 years. Previously, she was employed as a public relations secretary at Exxon/Mobil in New York, N.Y., for 10 years.
Richard W. Schraden, 76, of Old Zionsville, died at home, Dec. 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Betty L. (David) Schraden. They were married for 52 years on May 28. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Earl and Sadie (Wieand) Schraden.
He was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville.
He was a graduate of Parkland High School. He was a diesel mechanic by trade, retiring from Trans Service Logistics in 2005 after seven years of service. Previously he worked for Exide Battery and began his career with ALPO.
Randall “Randy” LaFaver, of Emmaus, died Nov. 26, 2018, in Burbank, Calif., while on vacation visiting his son. He was the husband of Deborah “Stufflet” LaFaver. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Russell E. LaFaver and the late Joyce (Wetzel, LaFaver) Ziegler.
He was employed for 28 years by the Stroh Brewing company, Fogelsville, retiring in 1999. He was also employed as department head of the professional contractors desk at Home Depot, retiring in 2012.
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, a meal, sing, decorate and exchange gifts.
The holiday season can be especially difficult if a fire were to break out in a home and kill a loved one.
According to local media, a body of one man was found following a fire in Whitehall; a second fire recently displaced nine people and killed a dog.
The body of a man, approximately 50, was found after a fire occurred around 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at Spring Ridge Apartments, 1308 N. 13th St., Whitehall Township.
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Area students are among those recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success including: Marisa Palencar, of Alburtis; Victoria Carter, Jeishla Crespo, Margaret Davis, Jordyn Haberstumpf, Joana Hatzis, Cammi Jefferson, Alyssa Oakley, Victoria Salazar, Brianna Snyder, Sarah Toomey, Zoe Feller, all of Allentown; Hannah Ackerman, Alison Franzone, Austin Long, Peter Samuelson, all of Emmaus; Brianna McGinley, Stephen Wolf, both of Macungie; Shar Nyinyi, of Wescosville.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
Area students are among those who received degrees in recent commencement ceremonies including Jason Fatzinger and Amber Blunt, both of Macungie.