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.
Nancy A. Hersh, 87, formerly of Wescosville, died Dec. 6, 2018, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. Born in Dallas, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Franklin C. and Emma R. (Kramlich) Hersh.
She was a 1949 graduate of Allentown High School and received a bachelor of science degree from Drexel University in 1953. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.
Mary Ellen Oberdorf, 74, of Emmaus, died at home Dec. 7, 2018. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Bonita M. (Sonntag) Oberdorf and the late Richard C. Oberdorf.
She was a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in education.
She was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus.
She began her working career as a special education teacher, pausing to raise her family. She returned to the workforce at AT&T for several years and then as a successful independent consultant.
Margaret A. “Peggy” (O’Connell) Spinato, 82, of Wescosville, died Nov. 27, 2018, in St. Luke’s, Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Anthony J. Spinato. They were married for 61 years. Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late James and Kathryn (McMenamin) O’Connell.
Helen (Rodgers) Gery, 96, of Salisbury Township, died Dec. 7, 2018, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township. She was married for 60 years to the late John R. Gery, when he passed away June 15, 2004. Born in West Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Mary (Sharkey) Rodgers.
She was a graduate of Whitehall High School.
She was employed at Hess Brothers in the 1940s, was a real estate sales person for Deutsch Realty and A.R. Ulans Realty for 17 years, retiring in 1982.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
William E. Confer, 80, of Alburtis, died Nov. 26, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Kathy J. (Kurtz) Confer to whom he was married for 44 years in May. Born in Alburtis, he was a son of the late Warren H. and Miriam G. (Haas) Confer.
He worked for Bethlehem Steel as a crane operator for 30 years, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Alburtis Rod and Gun Club and NIMROD Wildlife Association.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching his favorite football team, the Washington Redskins.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Walter “Walt” Robert Conway, 85, of Emmaus, died peacefully Dec. 5, 2018. He was the husband of the late Carol Ann (Brahler) Conway to whom he was married for 55 years. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Beatrice Marie Dougher Conway.
He was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School and completed two years at the University of Scranton prior to enlisting in the Army. Following his honorable discharge from the Army he worked for Bell Telephone and retired from AT&T as an executive administrative sales manager.