John J. Speer, 90, of Old Zionsville, died Sept. 7, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Ellen A. (Moyer) Speer, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Glenside, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary E. (Stark) Speer.
He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School.
He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II.
Justin C. Burdge, 39, of Alburtis, died unexpectedly Sept. 2, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was the son of Yvonne (Wetzel) Burdge and the late Frank Burdge.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR races with his friend Zack.
He is survived by his companion Angie Trego; daughters, Leah and Ashlyn; a sister, Christin; a niece; two nephews and Grandma Wetzel.
A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 7722 St. Peter’s Road.
David Joseph Vlahovic, 82, of Macungie, died Aug. 30, 2018. He was the husband of Marcia Ann (Ritter) Vlahovic. They were married for 57 years. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Steven and Mary (Basko) Vlahovic.
He attended Emmaus High School before serving in the United States Army.
He worked at General Machine Co., Emmaus as a sheet metal layer for 13 years, Western Union Telegraph in Allentown as a sheet metal layer and assistant foreman for over 20 years, and then at G.M. Ketchum Co. in Long Island, N.Y. as a foreman for five years.
Patricia J. Hart, 82, of Macungie, died Sept. 6, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John T. Hart who died in 2015.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2, VFW in Macungie, the Marine Corp League and was an honorary Airman for the U.S. Air Force. She also volunteered for Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cancer Support Services and the American Red Cross.
Stephanie “Stella” Hutzayluk, 93, of Zionsville, died peacefully Sept. 6, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Metro Hutzayluk. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Wasyl and Tekla Karol.
She was a lifelong, dedicated member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown, where she sang with the choir and served as an officer and on numerous committees and programs, including Sunday school.
She was a member of the former Ukrainian American Citizens Club, Allentown, where she also served as an officer.
Elmer W. Fuller, 90, of Macungie, died Sept. 6, 2018, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Romayne B. (Bayliss) Fuller, who died June 17, 2018. Born in Glenburn, he was the son of the late Whitfield G. and Harriet M. (Armstrong) Fuller.
He was a machinist and served as a union president.
He was a member and a former board member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Emmaus.
Joan D. Hillegass, 86, of Emmaus, died Sept. 6, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Inpatient Hospice. She was the wife of the late Robert R. Hillegass Sr. Born in Weatherly, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Emily (Clewell) Highland.
She was a garment worker for Phoenix and Greiff Companies for 28 years.
She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus.
Carol J. Gibiser, 75, of Emmaus, died Sept. 3, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Frederick A. Gibiser for the past 48 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Roy K. and Eva V. (Breunig) Schmeltzle.
She graduated in 1960 from Emmaus High School and worked at DeLabar Chevrolet in Emmaus and then for Boise Cascade of Allentown in the accounting department. She became a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and then went on to become a business owner of a Merry Maids franchise for 33 years.
Ronald M. Reitnauer, 78, of Emmaus, died Aug. 28, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Diana G. (Hartman) Reitnauer, with whom he celebrated 52 years of marriage. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Earl F. and Marguerite (Marsteller) Reitnauer.
He worked at TBA Supply for 20 years in sales and as a truck driver, real estate agent for the Butz Co. for 10 years and East Penn Bank for 15 years, retiring in 2006. He also worked part time for Schantz Funeral Home for 25 years.
Robert Kip Doescher, 84, of Emmaus, died Sept. 2, 2018. He was the husband of Diana Mae Brown Doescher. They just celebrated 62 years of marriage. Born in Utica, N.Y., he was a son of the late Katharine Kipp Doescher and Frederick William Doescher.
He graduated from high school at Utica Free Academy. He furthered his education at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., graduating in 1956. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.