Lynda L. Kapec-Bortz, 69, of Alburtis, died Nov. 11, 2018, in her residence surrounded by family. She was the wife of Jeffrey A. Bortz. They were married for 17 years. Born in Elwood City, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ida (Gaal) Kanzleiter.
She was a graduate of Riverside High School and attended Point Park College.
She was a Realtor and co-owner of Re/Max Towne & Country, Maxatawny, since 1988.
She was an active member of Faith Church, serving in Divorce Care and was active in the children’s services on Wednesday nights.
Paul E. Larash, 89, of Salisbury Township, died Nov. 7, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Lucille D. (Levan) Larash, They were married for 65 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Raymond and Sallie (Hendricks) Larash.
He was a graduate of Fountain Hill High School, Kutztown Teacher’s College and earned a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Lisa A. Durnin, 54, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Emmaus, died Nov. 9, 2018, with her sister at her side at Seasons Hospice, Baltimore, Md. after a brief illness. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Dennis) Durnin.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School and East Stroudsburg University.
She was an intensive outpatient therapist at Aquila, Del. for over 20 years working with youth her entire career. She loved her “kids” and changed many lives over the course of her career.
Harry Gilbert Kalb, 87, of Macungie, died Nov. 5, 2018, in his daughter’s home. He was the husband of the late Elsie (Reichl) Kalb and the late Verna Reichl-Kalb. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harry and Florence (Ibach) Kalb.
He was a graduate of Allentown High School and was a foundry worker for General Electric/Black & Decker for 30 years, retiring in 1986.
He was an Airman First Class with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Church of St. Ann, Emmaus.
Nancy L. Hilbert, 80, of Emmaus, died Nov. 10, 2018, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. She was the wife of Leonard K. Hilbert. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late Robert E. Sr. and Cora (Williams) Sherlin.
She was a member of Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, Emmaus.
She enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband; daughters, Janelle Nace, Donna Kauffman (Thomas) and Cheryl Wigfield (David); 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Joanne M. (Koch) Fisher, 86 and John O. “Jack” Fisher, 91, of Salisbury Township, died from a motor vehicle accident in Lehigh Township. Joanne was pronounced dead at the scene on Nov. 8 and Jack died Nov. 9, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. They shared 55 years of marriage.
John P. Staub, 83, of Salisbury Township, died in his home, Oct. 29, 2018. Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of the late John Peter and Elizabeth (Schaublin) Staub. He was the husband of the late Sonya J. (Brustman) Staub, who died in 1999.
He was a computer programmer for National Cash Register (NCR), Bethlehem, for 29 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Allentown where he served as a Eucharistic minister and a prison minister.
He was a former captain of the Salisbury Ambulance Corp and a certified EMT.
Katherine A. (Smull) Freed, 97, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her home Oct. 29, 2018. She was the wife of the late Willard Henry Freed, who died July 4, 1999. They were married for 46 years. Born in Monroeville, she was the daughter of the late Simon Eugene Smull and Mathilda Rose (Kreiling) Smull.
After spending her childhood in Forest Hills, she graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. She began her professional career at United Engineering and Foundry Company, Pittsburgh and ultimately became the administrative assistant to the executive vice president of the company.
Claire C. Dronetti, 88, of Emmaus, died Nov. 4, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael R. Dronetti for 43 years who died July 25, 1993. Born in West Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Susan (Zoscin) Pollock.
She was employed by Alto Trucking Company as a bookkeeper for three years and then did the bookkeeping and sewing for the family business, Dronetti Upholstery, from 1963 until her death.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, creating Faberge eggs, but most importantly spending time with her family.
Paul E. Klingman Sr., 82, of Emmaus, died at home, Oct. 23, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Reiss) Klingman. The couple would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 4, 2019. Born in Vera Cruz, he was the son of the late George and Edna (Fenstermaker) Klingman.
He was a member of Zionsville Lutheran Church.
He was a rubber molder for the former Rodale Manufacturing for 33 years, until the plant closed. He later worked for Rodale Press until his retirement in 1997.