Edwin J. Eckroth, 75, of Emmaus, died March 21, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of LaRue I. (Guldner) Eckroth. The couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary last September 27. Born in North Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late John W.B. Eckroth and Edna M. (Merkle) German.
He was a self-employed memorial engraver and designer for 16 years, retiring in 2006. Prior to that, he worked at Keystone Memorial in Allentown for 22 years.
Jeffrey S. Schmeltzle, 53, of Emmaus, died March 20, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He would have been 54 years old March 29. He was the husband of Kerry (Hauser) Schmeltzle, with whom he celebrated 20 years of marriage Jan. 16. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Robert R. Schmeltzle of Emmaus and the late Bertha (Reiss) Schmeltzle.
Kenneth R. Holland Sr., 86, of Emmaus, died March 24, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of the late Frances A. (Schmeltzle) Holland. Born in Topton, he was the son of the late George W. and Beulah (Hilbert) Holland.
He was a knitter for the former Royal Manufacturers and an assembler for the former General Machine, Emmaus, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville.
Paul A. Gehman, 84, of Alburtis, died March 23, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Jeanette I. (Arnold) Gehman, to whom he would have been married 60 years in June. Born in Bally, he was the son of the late John and Perma Gehman.
He worked as a knitter at Royal Mfg. for over 30 years, retiring in the 1990s.
He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.
His memberships included various organizations throughout the community.
Michael Allen 'Mike" Dilcher, 56, of Emmaus, died March 11, 2013, in his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Warren J. and Doris M. (Ernst) Dilcher.
For 25 years, he served as bar manager and recording secretary for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Allentown. Previously, he was an assembler at Mack Trucks Inc. for 10 years.
He was an avid pool player.
Ray R. Bast, 88, of Macungie, died March 11, 2013, of natural causes in Lehigh Center, Macungie. He was the husband of Joan M. (Bard) Bast. Born in Kutztown, he was a son of the late George and Mamie (Smith) Bast.
He was a 1942 graduate of Kutztown High School and a 1950 graduate with honors from Lehigh University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Navy.
He was a member of St. Paul's UCC, Kutztown.
Margaret L. Lichtenwalner, 88, of Salisbury Township, died March 11, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Arthur A. Lichtenwalner Sr. who died in April, 1998. Born in Limeport, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Elvina (Hillegas) Stauffer.
She was a former member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Martha Newhard, 91, of Macungie, died March 14, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown. Born in Northampton, she was the wife of the late Raymond A. Newhard.
She is survived by daughters, Bernice and her husband Jacob Ginder of Watchung, N.J., Elaine and her husband Thomas Phillips of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Heather Lattanzio; grandsons, Raymond Phillips, Spenser Phillips; great-granddaughter, Abigail. She was predeceased by a son, Howard.
Contributions may be made to Children's Bible Fellowship.
Michael W. Derewicz, 75, of Macungie, died in his home March 16, 2013. He was the husband of Dolores Derewicz. They were married for 53 years. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he worked as a technical writer for Mack Trucks for 29 years before accepting early retirement in 1987. He then worked at Wedgewood Golf Course as a member of the grounds crew for 25 years.
Paul D. Bertsch, 91, of Emmaus, died March 16, 2013, in DevonHouse Senior Living, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Lillian L. (Stevens) Bertsch. Born in Sigmunds, he was the son of the late William H. and Annie E. (Meitzler) Bertsch.
He worked for Occidental Chemical, Pottstown, retiring in 1986. Previously he worked for Air Products and Chemicals. In retirement he helped Mark "Dutch" Kistler Auctions.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus.
He honorably served his country in the Army Air Corp during World War II.