Ethel R. Nester, 85, of Allentown, died peacefully Nov. 10, 2017, at Above & Beyond, Allentown. She was the wife of Raymond H. Nester. They were married for 66 years this past August. Born in Vera Cruz, she was the daughter of the late Harold S. and Mildred B. (Kleckner) Bauman.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Emmaus.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1949.
Helen M. Bower, 85, of Emmaus, died Nov. 3, 2017, at home. She was the wife of the late Fred B. Bower. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Vernon Lorish and Alice M. Moyer.
She was a seamstress for various companies.
She will be remembered for her love of bingo, watching “Westerns” on TV and reading the newspaper.
Thomas E. Schlener, 52, of Macungie, died Nov. 9, 2017, at home. Born in Trenton, Mich., he was a son of the late Richard A. and Jacklyn (Seehausen) Schlener.
He was a professional truck driver for various companies in the Allentown area.
He is survived by a brother, John; a sister, Susan. He was predeceased by a son, Justin in 2010 and a brother, Richard in 2007.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by the Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville.
Dorothy O. Hoffner Folk, 92, died peacefully Nov. 9, 2017, at the Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th Street Campus, Allentown, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of George Folk and the late Donald Hoffner. They were married for 25 years. They resided in Bethlehem for many years.
Charles J. Rhoads, 71, died Nov. 9, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Patricia Rhoads. They shared 29 years of marriage. They would always laugh at the fact that her maiden name was Rhoads. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Drs. Jonathan and Teresa Rhoads.
Thomas S. Bleckley, 74, of Salisbury Township, died Oct. 30, 2017, in Manor Care. He was the husband of Shirley J. (Frantz) Bleckley.
He is survived by his wife; son, Keith J. and his wife Judith; daughter, Lori L. Bleckley-Dunlap; sister, Jeanne Phifer; grandson, Alex.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by the K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.
Iris N. Manero, 77, of Macungie, died Nov. 10, 2017, at Gracedale, Nazareth. She was the wife of Vincent J. Manero for the past 29 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Marco and Jemma (Benincasa) Giorgi.
She was employed at Kraft Foods until retiring.
Richard A. “Dick” Hahn of Coplay, formerly of Allentown and Emmaus died peacefully Nov. 11, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Dolores M. “Dolly” (Billie) Hahn. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary June 6, 2017. Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Allen and Anna (Urban) Hahn.
George P. Peters, 94, of Macungie, died Nov. 5, 2017. He was the devoted husband of the late Sally (Michael) Peters. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late George J. and Anna (Mingora) Peters.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He retired in 1983 as the foreman of #2 Machine Shop at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. after 42 years of service.
He was a parishioner of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
He was a member of the National Sokols and an avid golfer.
Elza Brachman, 86, of Macungie, died Oct. 29, 2017, after a courageous several-year battle with cancer, in her home surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Armand E. Brachman Sr. Born in Riga, Latvia, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Antonia (Ziemelis) Adgers.
She was a driven professional in all her varied interests. She was an accomplished career microbiologist. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Emmaus Garden Club. Her landscaping and floral designs won accolades, including landing a Rodale book cover.