Margarete Eleanor Holt Parker, died peacefully Feb. 5, 2018, after a brief illness at the Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown. She was the wife of Desmond Risley Parker. They were married for 64 years. Born of German immigrant parents, she was the daughter of Gustav and Elfriede Holt, of Long Beach, N.Y.
She graduated from Long Beach High and attended the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing, New York City.
She worked as a registered nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital for 35 years.
Ryszard Rokicki, 62, of Emmaus, died Feb. 18, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the beloved husband of Malgorzata E. (Przyziolkiewicz) Rokicki. They would have celebrated 17 years of marriage on Feb. 22. Born in Torun, Poland, he was the son of the late Mieczyslaw C. and Eugenina (Basarewska) Rokicki.
He was the owner of Electrobright in Macungie for about the last 30 years. He was an ambitious inventor and held several patents in the electropolishing metal field.
Randy L. Helfrich, 60, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Macungie, died Feb. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Grace E. (Schmoyer) and Ray Helfrich Sr.
He attended Emmaus High School,
During his time in Pennsylvania, he worked as a laborer in manufacturing and in construction and other seasonal positions. Upon moving to Lewes, he worked as a farmhand as well as at the produce stand of the farm. His last place of employment was as a road service tech for Wiedmann Towing.
Aaron J. Oleksa, 34, of Macungie, died Dec. 16, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, after a long illness. He was a resident of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, Bethlehem, for the past three years. He was the son of Brenda and Joel Oleksa, of Summerfield, Fla.
He was a 2001 graduate of Emmaus High School and a 2007 graduate of Penn State University.
He had a passion for film and video. He frequently visited Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays and greatly enjoyed the sport.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Elizabeth and beloved nephew Logan, both of Macungie.
Shirley Mae Keiser, 87, formerly of Macungie and Bradenton, Fla., died Feb. 6, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Walter W. Keiser. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Estelle (Mink) Wirth.
She is survived by siblings, Alice Bowman, Dale Wirth and Nancy Althouse; nieces and nephews.
Services are private. Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
John J. Kutzko, Jr., 84, of Macungie, died Feb. 10, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Laura (Ross) Kutzko to whom he was married for 30 years July 23, 2017. Born in Nesquehoning, he was the son of the late John J. Sr. and Anna (Marouchoc) Kutzko.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era.
He owned and operated the former J.J. Kutzko Photography, Allentown, for 40 years, retiring in 2015. Concurrently, he was employed at the former Western Electric, Allentown 30 years, retiring in 2015.
Philip M. Buss, 81, of Macungie, died Feb. 5, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of the late Claire J. Buss. Born in Shimerville, he was the son of the late Robert and Ella (Krammes) Buss.
He was an entrepreneur, builder, developer and owned a water company.
He was a life member and past president of the Lehigh Valley Builders Association.
Brian K. Arndt, 55, of Alburtis, died Feb. 15, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Melody S. (Fogel) Arndt, to whom he was married nearly 34 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Evelyn M. (Schantz) Arndt, of Vera Cruz and the late Kenneth E. Arndt.
For 31 years he worked as a machine operator for Bloomer Chocolate Company, East Greenville.
He was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Alburtis, where he served in the senior choir, was a Sunday school teacher and enjoyed being the mastermind behind Vacation Bible School props.
Eleanor E. Stephens, 92, died Feb. 11, 2018. She was the wife of the late Ellis H. Stephens, who died Dec. 16, 2003. They were married for 57 years. Born and raised in Delaware Water Gap, Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Clayton K. Bush and Annabelle (Frutchey) Bush.
She attended Smithfield Elementary School and Stroudsburg High School. She moved to her home in the East Texas area after she married.
Jeanette D. Lackner, 77, of Emmaus, died Feb. 12, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Alfred C. Lackner Sr. and Dorothy (Eck) Homich.
She was a retired seamstress.
She is survived by sisters, Carol and Joan Guth; brothers, Stanley, Michael and John Antrim; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Alfred and a sister, Shirley Knerr.