Mary M. Weiser, 87, of Emmaus, died May 31, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Weiser. Born in Moscow and raised in Sunbury, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Wallace Stevens II and Verna May (Bird) Stevens Erdley.
She was first employed at the Patio Restaurant in Hess’ Department Store. Later, she was an assembler at Black & Decker until retiring.
Dorothy Winther Larkins, 71, of Alburtis, died May 24, 2018, in Palatka, Fla. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Robert E. Winther and the late Dorothy Nase Winther.
Elaine Buttacavoli, 75, of Macungie, died May 30, 2018. She was the wife of Peter Buttacavoli. They were married for 57 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Sidney and Rae Balinsky.
She graduated from Glassboro State Teachers College in New Jersey and was a certified teacher of the handicapped. Although afflicted with muscular dystrophy herself, she was a teacher for many years. When her disability prevented her from teaching she retired.
She is survived by her husband; son, Craig; daughter, Lana; sister, Harriet; brothers, Warren, Alvin and David.
Garrett S. “Gary” Runey, Lt. Col. USAF (ret.), 96, of Emmaus, died June 5, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Diane A. (Riu) Runey. Born in Brooklyn, Wis., he was the son of the late Stanley M. and Ethel Mae (Miller) Runey.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force after 30 years of service. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and served his country as a pilot during World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars.
He enjoyed golfing, travel, reading and flying.
Following retirement he owned a small auto parts business.
Hazel A. (Klein) Major, 77, of Macungie, formerly of New Tripoli, died June 9, 2018, at Heather Glen Senior Living, Allentown. She was the wife of W. Anthony Major to whom she was married for 55 years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Virginia M. (Sherrow) Klein.
She was a graduate of Bowling Green University with a bachelor’s degree in education, Class of 1963, and was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority Alumni Association.
She was employed as a substitute teacher in the Northwestern Lehigh School District for 28 years before retiring.
Dr. J. Michael Lee, 73, of Macungie, died June 7, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Mary E. (Ryder) Lee, with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Walden C. and Anne T. (O’Shea) Lee.
He was a graduate of the University of Missouri, Southern Illinois University and received his doctorate in business administration from American/Nova Southeastern University.
He honorably served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.
David J. Schumacher, 76, of Emmaus, died peacefully June 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He and his wife Victoria A. Cerulli were together for 25 years. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late Jacob and Kathryn (Williams) Schumacher.
He graduated from Central High School, Scranton and Susquehanna University in 1964. While at Susquehanna he was president of his fraternity, Theta Chi.
Ruth E. Stoudt, 97, of Washington, N.J., formerly of Zionsville, died May 28, 2018, in her daughter’s residence. She was the wife of the late Herman J. Stoudt Sr. Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Emily M. (Mebus) Pyle.
She was a seamstress for Rems and R & F Dress Factory, Macungie, retiring in 1977.
She was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended Washington United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Washington United Methodist Women.
Christopher J. Luhman, 62, of Macungie, died May 30, 2018, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was the husband of Nancy (Seibert) Luhman. They were married for 35 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Betty (Dorney) Luhman, of Allentown and the late James Luhman.
He was a machine operator for the former Day-Timers and most recently for Morgan Ceramics.
Bernice A. Ritter, 82, formerly of Emmaus, died May 30, 2018, in Caroline Hospice, Denton, Md. She was the wife of the late Richard L. Ritter Sr. Born in Shamokin, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Anna B. (Urdzik) Deveraux.
She was a graduate of Moravian College.
She worked as a social worker for Head Start and at the Music Box Shop, Emmaus.
She was a very dedicated wife and mother and had a deep faith.