Joyce M. Ruch, 82, of Allentown, died Oct. 9, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. She was the wife of Donald E. Ruch, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in East Texas, she was a daughter of the late Luther R. and Louise A. E. (Peifley) Shade.
She was a supervisor for the former Day-Timer in East Texas for 20 years.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High Schol.
She was an active attendee of the South Whitehall Crime Watch, a member of the Eastern Star, Catasauqua Lodge and a member of the Cetronia Senior Citizens.
Constance S. Druckenmiller, 80, of Emmaus, died Oct. 4, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Roland O. Druckenmiller. The couple would have celebrated 59 years of marriage Nov. 21. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Stephen M. and Anna C. (Miknius) Sabol.
She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus.
She was employed in the financial office at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, Orefield, for 40 years, retiring in 2017.
Maxine L. Knapp, 86, of Lower Macungie Township, died Oct. 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Corning, N.Y., she was the daughter of Wendell and Elizabeth (Deuerlein) Knapp.
She graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1950 and majored in art and psychology at the University of New York, Farmingdale.
She spent many years working in the field of human services: in alcoholic rehabilitation, the care of pre-delinquent girls, recovering mental patients, and for 25 years assisting the mentally handicapped.
Glen A. Acker, 37, of Emmaus, died Oct. 5, 2018. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Scott A. Acker and Carolyn A. (Page) Bunting.
He worked as a cook for The Shelby and formerly at the Bethlehem Brew Works.
He is survived by his father and wife, Susan; mother and her husband Larry Bunting; son, Derek N.; sister, Melissa Vaka; stepsister, Karen Bailey; grandfather, Glenwood Barlow; grandmother, Elda; many aunts, uncles, niece, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a stepbrother, Derek Smith; grandfathers, Allen, and Warren Koch; grandmother, Alice Barlow.
Russell L. Kernechel, 88, formerly of Allentown and Macungie, died Sept. 30, 2018, in Treyburn Rehabilitation Center, Durham, N.C. He was the husband of the late Nancy K. (Newhard) Kernechel and Patricia (Buss) Kernechel. Born in Quakertown, he was a son of the late William and Sara (Schaffer) Kernechel.
He was a carpenter and worked for Dries Building Supply for 25 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of a Purple Heart, Korean Campaign Medal and three Bronze Stars.
J. Julian Familia, 36, of Emmaus, died Oct. 4, 2018. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of Jose Familia, of Orefield and Maria (Medina) Garcia, of Florida.
He volunteered for the Emmaus Fire Department and worked as an EMT for the Emmaus Ambulance Corps. Previously he was a police officer for the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.
He was a member of the Emmaus Lodge No. 792 F.&A.M.
Robert V. Reckmack, 79, of Slatington, formerly of Emmaus, died Oct. 2, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Palmerton. Born in Danbury, Conn., he was the son of the late Raymond V. and Claire E. (Neimeyer) Reckmack.
He enjoyed viewing the beautiful outdoors through the eye of his binocular collection. He liked visiting the Comic Masters Comic Book Store, collecting sunglasses and through the years enjoyed satisfying his eclectic palette.
Mary Ann Kusko, 62, Center Valley, formerly of Allentown, died at Sacred Heart Assisted Senior Living facility. She was the daughter of Mary (Hreshko) Kusko and the late Joseph Kusko.
She attended Lafayette College and graduated from Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She served in student government and played intramural team tennis at both colleges. She was a member of the Freshman Day Organizing Committee at Lafayette. She received her master’s degree in telecommunications.
Lisa A. Hoffman, 59, of Allentown, died Oct. 4, 2018. She was the wife of Brian Hoffman, They were married for 36 years last month. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise (Massarelli) Eissmann.
She grew up in Salisbury Township and attended Allentown Central Catholic High School and Penn State University.
She was employed by Parkland School District for 20 years. She loved working as a teacher’s aide and paraprofessional at Ironton Elementary School, where she was devoted to her co-workers and her students.
June Marie Danweber, 78, formerly of Emmaus, has died. She was the wife of Carl T. Danweber, to whom she was married for over 58 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Dorothy (Ward) Caine.
While attending and later graduating from the nursing program at Muhlenberg College she was crowned queen of the 1959 Allentown National Guard. Working for over 30 years in the Emmaus area, she was a registered nurse and the office manager for the OB-GYN practice of Dr. Dorsey and Dr. Lam.