Eugene A. Shuxteau, 93, of Macungie, died June 28, 2018 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Marielies M. (Tauscher) Shuxteau. Born in Downers Grove, Ill., he was the son of the late Andre and Vlasta (Novak) Shuxteau.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a sales manager at Jefferson Smurfit Company for 40 years until retiring in 1987. He was a member of Hope United Church of Christ, Allentown and was a former advisory board member of the Salvation Army for 25 years.
Reginald Jay Root, 82, of Alburtis, died July 14, 2018, at home. He was the husband of the late Hope P. (Heffner) Root. Born in Morrisville, he was a son of the late Stanley Busch Root and Dorothy (Brown) Root.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War for 25 years, retiring as Torpedo Man’s Mate, First Class.
Brenda Trexler Myers, 79, of Nokomis, Fla., died June 23, 2018. She was born and raised in Macungie. She was the wife of John Myers. They were married for 60 years.
She graduated from Emmaus High School and went on to become an oncology nurse and hospice volunteer. Brenda had many passions. She loved her furry friends, and had an art for turning her many houses into homes. She traveled the world with her husband and visited 59 countries where she could be seen riding elephants or enjoying the customs of the local people.
Kenneth C. Higgins, 94, of Allentown, died June 23, 2018 in his residence. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Wenner) Higgins. Born in Macungie, he was the son of the late Norman and Miriam (Fair) Higgins.
Christopher J. Abel, 48, of Allentown, formerly of Lower Macungie, died June 28, 2018. He was the loving husband of Tara (Herstich) Abel with whom he shared 26 years of marriage. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of James and Barbara (Wickert) Abel.
He was a graduate of Saucon Valley High School, Class of 1988, where he was an avid wrestler.
He worked as a machinist at B&G Manufacturing for most of his life.
He enjoyed traveling with his daughter’s tournament teams and was a softball coach for L.M.Y.A.
He was a former member of Silver Creek Country Club.
Irene K. “Honey” Payonk, 84, of Salisbury Township, died July 13, 2018, at the Hospice House of St. Luke’s. She was the wife of the late Bernard B. “Bernie” Payonk for 55 years. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late George and Barbara (Hilbert) Kloo.
She was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked as a secretary for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and later Air Products Corp.
She was a parishioner of St. Ursula Catholic Church, Fountain Hill and a member of the Golden Hillers.
Gerald D. “Shug” Reese, 87, of Emmaus, died July 9, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Jacqueline D. (Boyer) Reese, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Stanley Reese and Myrtle (Schaffer) and Richard Mohr.
He honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean conflict.
He worked as an office manager in gas sales for Air Products for 40 years, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus.
Robert L. Folk, 78, formerly of Macungie, died July 15, 2018, at Gardens for Memory Care at Easton. He was the husband of Annamae J. (Daniels) Folk for 59 years this past May. Born in Buena Vista, Berks County, he was a son of the late Clarence S. and Helen (Meals) Folk.
He was a car salesman in the Lehigh Valley for many years working for Becker Subaru, Outten Chevrolet and Scott Chevrolet. Prior to that he was in the printing industry for 20 years in Lehigh County. He was also a barber in Berks County for many years.
Donald E. Cohen, 73, of Emmaus, died at home July 10, 2018, after a short but intense battle with cancer. He was the husband of Anne Marie (Zoshak) Cohen. They were married for 20 years. Born in Washington, D.C., he was adopted as an infant from the Children’s Protective Society by Drs. Abraham and Mabel (Blake) Cohen. He spent his formative years in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and was a graduate of the Dublin School in Vermont.
In the years preceding the Vietnam conflict, he served as an Army Medic at Walter Reed Hospital. He was honorably discharged Feb. 8, 1971.
Sylvia J. Stauffer, 70, of Upper Saucon Township, died July 5, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of LeRoy S. Stauffer. They celebrated 41 years of marriage. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Alton and Ruth (Ziegler) Stettler.
She was a member of Chestnut Hill Church, Coopersburg.
She was an avid lover of animals and flowers.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Jamie and Jason; sister, Annette and her husband Randy Shelly.
Contributions may be made to the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St., Allentown, 18103.