Dorothy B. (Backenstoe) Roth, 91, of Emmaus, died July 21, 2018, in Phoebe-Richlandtown. She was the wife of the late Carl N. Roth. Born in Lower Macungie Township, she was the daughter of the late Clarence B. and Minerva E. (Litzenberger) Backenstoe.
Amanda Jean (Faidley) Layton, 33, of Driftwood, Texas, formerly of Macungie, died July 17, 2018, at MD Anderson Medical Center, Houston, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Christopher David Layton for 12 years. Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., she was a daughter of Angela Darling Faidley and the late Stephen Victor Faidley.
She was a 2003 graduate of Emmaus High School and continued her education with an art degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Larry E. Losch, 72, of Emmaus, died July 21, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Gale L. (Bachman) Losch for the past 50 years. Born in Topton, he was the son of the late Ray and Jane (Kroninger) Losch.
He was employed at The Morning Call for 35 years in various positions until retiring.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam era.
He was a member of the Emmaus Moravian Church and its Peanut Gang. He would say, “Life is not a dress rehearsal” and “My cup is half full.”
John Edward Belzner, 52, of Allentown, died July 12, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Robin (Geary) Belzner. They would have been married 27 years in September. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John Joseph Belzner and Margaret Ann (Fieller) Belzner.
He was a 1986 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem.
John worked at Apgar Oil Energy & HVAC, Allentown, for 20 years, most recently as a service manager.
Robert A. Flexer, 79, of Emmaus, died peacefully July 19, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Miriam (Stauffer) Flexer. They would have been married for 55 years on Aug. 3. Born in Upper Milford Township, he was a son of the late Clarence “Jim” and Emma (Schmeltzle) Flexer.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator throughout the Lehigh Valley for over 44 years, retiring from Schlouch, Inc. in 2000. His former employers included C.T. Flexer Estates, H.R. Kline Petroleum, John Hillegass Excavating, Petroleum Contractors and Gordon Baver, Inc.
Joyce M. Romig, 89, of Wescosville, died July 22, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late James W. Romig. Born in Mertztown, she was the daughter of the late George and Erma (Rader) Lutz.
Chad Allen Owens, 42, formerly of Emmaus, died suddenly July 15, 2018, on Bald Head Island, N.C. He was the husband of Maria del Pilar (Martinez) Owens. He was the son of Gregory and Jacqueline (Eberts) Owens.
He was a graduate of Emmaus High School and Penn State University.
He worked at Air Products before relocating to the Washington, D.C. area.
He was an independent IT specialist and was a partner in an IT firm providing services to the U.S. Government.
Elizabeth M. Christ, 97, of Emmaus, died July 20, 2018, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Paul M Christ, who died July 20, 2006. Born in Gilberton, she was the daughter of the late Stephen C. and Mary J. (Davis) Williams.
She was a secretary at Rodale Press in Emmaus until retiring.
She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus.
She is survived by a daughter, Marybeth and her husband Kenneth Havanko; brothers, Llewellyn Williams and Stephen C. Williams; grandson, Paul Havanko.
Muriel L. Pritchard, 90, of Acorn Drive, Emmaus, formerly of Coopersburg, died July 15, 2018, at the Lutheran Home, Topton. She was the wife of the late Edwin J. Pritchard. Born in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Johann and Winnie Benson.
She worked 18 years for the Southern Lehigh School District as a teacher and guidance counselor.
Jill Stewart Narrow, 70, of Emmaus, and West Palm Beach, Fla., died July 10, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, She was the beloved wife of Hank Narrow. They would have been married for 45 years in August. Born in Easton, she was the daughter of the late Miriam (Friedman) and Frank Stewart.
She was a 1966 graduate of Easton Area High School.
She had been a member of Temple Covenant of the Peace, Easton.
She was a 1970 graduate of Cedar Crest College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and sociology.