Mitzi Ann Hamm, 47, of Lower Macungie Township, died Sept. 4, 2017, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of JoAnna (Staly) Matey, of Lower Saucon Township and the late Verlon G. Ryals Sr.
She worked as an administrative assistant for the Lower Macungie Township Parks and Recreation and previously for 17 years for Progressive Insurance.
Betty Jeanette Kline, 96, formerly of Emmaus, died Sept. 4, 2017. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ray G. and Lillian (Edwards) Wetherhold. She married the late Charles James Kline Jr. in 1945, and they observed their 63rd anniversary before his passing.
She graduated from Emmaus High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a physical education degree from East Stroudsburg State College.
Clarence J. Layton, 99, of Allentown, died Sept. 7, 2017, in Whitehall Manor. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Franklin and Annie (Lantz) Layton. He was the husband of the late June M. (Borrelli) Layton, who died in 2014.
As a teenager, he was an active participant in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression.
Later, he served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific.
He worked as a test set technician for the former Western Electric for 40 years, until retiring in 1982.
State Representative Daniel T. McNeill died Sept. 8, 2017. He was the husband of Jeanne (Mudri) McNeill for 32 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen, of Bethlehem, Shannon, of North Catasauqua and Heather Childress, of Allentown; a granddaughter, MacKenzie; a god-son, Van Scott and his husband Bill Clegg, of New York; along with a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Isabelle (Isaac) McNeill.
Robert G. Bisbing, 90, of Macungie, died Sept. 5, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Patricia (Groft) Steltz Bisbing. They were married over 40 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Irma Shetler and Russell R. Bisbing.
Bernard G. “Bernie” Shearn, 65, of Alburtis, died Sept. 9, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Janet M. (Garvey) Shearn for the past 45 years. Born in Ashland, he was the son of the late Bernard H. and Helen (Johnson) Shearn.
He as a machine operator at Pabst/Stroh Brewery for 28 years until his retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam era.
Robert C. McKeever, 92, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2017, in the Lehigh Center, Macungie. He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Wenner) McKeever with whom he would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 7.
He is also survived by a daughter, Lynette (McKeever) Clarke, of Emmaus; and two grandhcildren, Sarah E. Clarke, of Olympia, Wash. and Ian R.C. Clarke, of Portland, Ore.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert D., in 2011.
Carolyn M. Godtfring, 84, of Emmaus, formerly of Dallas, Pa., died Aug. 31, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack H. Godtfring. The couple celebrated 63 years of marriage May 22. Born in Dallas, she was the daughter of the late William and Emma (Weber) Morris.
She was a graduate of Dallas High School.
She was an active member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Congregational Church, Emmaus, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Lee C. Thompson, 74, of Emmaus, died Aug. 28, 2017, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Clarence and Arlene (Hinkle) Thompson.
He was a supply clerk for the Colgate-Palmolive Manufacturing Co. for several years.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a brother, Dale, of Henderson, Nev.; sister, Sandra Leister, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mary; companion, Derrick Hamilton; four nieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Barry and Bruce.
Joan L. Hammer, 81, of Coplay, died Aug. 16, 2017, at her daughter’s home in New Tripoli. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Hammer Jr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Naomi (Mengel) Obereker.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School and worked for many years as a cashier and shop steward for the former Lane Co. in Coplay.
She loved Elvis Presley and his music and, on the 40th anniversary of his death, left this earth to dance with The King.