Margaret E. Bersch, 83, of Macungie, died April 20, 2018, in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township. She was the wife of Frederick Bersch. They were married for 63 years last July. She was a homemaker. Born in East Orange, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Commodore) Lynn.
She was a 1953 graduate of Bethlehem High School.
She was a very good cook and baker and enjoyed horse racing at Penn National and Asbury Park, N.J.
Robert P. Markwich, 88, of Center Valley, died April 17, 2018, surrounded by his loving family in Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Winifred (Shafer) Markwich, celebrating 66 years of marriage this past March. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Bernard Markwich and Elizabeth (Blaker) Markwich.
Joseph Rocco Vassallo Jr., “Rocky”, 66, of Emmaus, died peacefully April 18, 2018. He was the husband of Karen Vassallo. They were married for 27 years. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of Joseph R. Sr. and Marianne E. (Ferrizzi) Vassallo. He was the oldest of seven children.
He worked in construction for many years in the Lehigh Valley and enjoyed his work at Battery Warehouse Outlet.
He centered his life spending time with his wife, his four boys, his grandchildren and dog Chewie.
Evelyn R. Kelchner, 91, of Allentown, died April 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. She was the wife of Robert A. Kelchner with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Rosa (Schwartz) Stratz.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School.
She loved baseball games and was an enthusiastic New York Mets fan.
Donald Jaffe, 86, of Emmaus, died at home April 18, 2018. He was the husband of the late Carol J. (Rodgers) Jaffe who died Aug. 9, 2013. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Paul and Frieda (Schall) Jaffe.
He was a graduate of MIT earning his bachelor of science degree in 1952 and a master’s in 1953 and later received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1963.
He was a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was an engineering manager for Bell Laboratories for many years until his retirement.
Paul Thomas Holler Jr. 57, of Salisbury Township, died April 16, 2018, in his home comforted by his wife, family and friends. His battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS was swifter than most. He was the husband of Nancy (Trexler) Holler. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Paul T. Holler Sr. and Bobbie (Roesch) Holler.
He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1978, Drexel University in 1983 and Lehigh University with a MSEE degree in 1993 and a MBA in 1998.
Carolyn C.M. Hamscher, 61, of Allentown, died April 18, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of the late Mark E. Hamscher. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Dr. John and Eleanor (Tubo) Madonna.
She worked as a registered nurse in the operating room at Lehigh Valley Hospital for 20 years.
She was an active leader in the “Jesus Calling” prayer group.
She was a beloved mother and granny. Her favorite thing was to spend time with her family and close friends as well as her cats.
Kaylee Rose Davies, 21, of Emmaus, died unexpectedly April 17, 2018. She was the daughter of Karen A. (Koch) Davies, and Joseph E. and Judy Davies.
She was a 2014 graduate of Emmaus High School.
She made a positive life saving power to save five people by donating her organs to the Gift of Life Program.
Her love in life besides her family was her beloved cat, Trixie, dancing, music and second hand written notes.
Althea C. Urffer, 91, of Emmaus, died April 14, 2018, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late William A. Urffer. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Elma (Buchecker) Snyder.
She worked as a cook for the Southern Lehigh School District, retiring in 1989.
She was a member of Chestnut Hill U.C.C. and the Macungie Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
Mary James Wagner, 86, of Lower Milford Township, died April 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Wagner.
For numerous years she served as the Bethlehem police reporter for the former Bethlehem Globe-Times. An award winning journalist, she held several excellence in journalism awards from The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. She was an outstanding mentor to young reporters who held her in high esteem. She was instrumental in the launch of The Valley Voice, Saucon Valley’s newspaper, where she served as editor.