Infant Alexander J. Wells died Aug. 1, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Allentown. He was a son of Andrew and Amber (Caley) Wells of Slatington.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth A., at home; maternal grandparents, Edward and Margaret Caley of Whitehall; paternal grandparents, Christopher and Terry Wells of Bath and Michael Wells of Emmaus; maternal great-grandmother, Judith Caley of Whitehall; paternal great-grandparents, Ray and Fern Feathers of Emmaus; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
The Whitehall Inferno 12-and-Under Tournament Softball team recently participated in the USSSA Summer Slammer Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. The Inferno finished in second place out of 18 teams, going 6 -1 for the weekend.
Brian "Rosie" P. Rosenblatt, 54, of Palmerton, died July 30, 2012, at Palmerton Hospital.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the Ethel (Gabriel) Rosenblatt of North Catasauqua and the late Sidney P. Rosenblatt.
He was a superintendent at Kinsley Construction, York.
He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Catasauqua.
Ardyth H. Howells, 79, of Whitehall, died July 29, 2012. She was the wife of the late John Howells Sr.
Born in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Esther (Carr) Hoch.
She worked at Western Electric. She owned and operated Howells' Floral and Mall Florist until 1983.
She is survived by three sons, Paul and his wife Sharon of Whitehall, John Jr. and his wife Cindy of Whitehall, and Tim and his wife Debbie of Slatington; four grandsons John III, Andrew, Matthew and Scott; and two granddaughters, Kate and Megan.
Richard U. Blum Jr., 63, of Catasauqua, died July 26, 2012. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Stringer) Blum for 37 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Richard U. and Mary (Samer) Blum Sr.
He was a 1967 graduate of Central Catholic High School.
He retired from Verizon.
He was a member of Saint John's United Church of Christ (Mickleys).
He was a member of the B.I.L.Y. group, was a cook and enjoyed making stained glass.
Dr. Loren Kenneth Keim Sr., died August 3, 2012, after an unexpected illness. He was the husband of Geraldine Elaine (Lafey) Keim for 48 years.
Raised in Whitehall, he was a son of the late John Kenneth Keim and Louise (Reese) Keim.
He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and then joined the armed forces for active duty.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Kutztown University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Lehigh University.
Rose M. (Ondush) Rodriguez, 73, died July 26, 2012, at her residence in Catasauqua. She was the wife of the late Benigno Rodriguez.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Cora (Felshock) Ondush.
Arrangements were made by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.
Barbara C. (Swasing) Cubbage, 66, of Walnutport, died July 28, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Patrick J. Cubbage Sr. for 15 years.
Born in Akron,Ohio, she was a daughter of Henry R. Swasing of New Tripoli and the late Elsie Ann (Kopp) Swasing.
She was executive administrative assistant for Cardone Manufacturing, Philadelphia, for 16 years, retiring in 2006.
She was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville.
John "Jack" M. Ihm, 89, of Allentown died August 1, 2012, in Luther Crest, Allentown. He was the husband of Dorothy J. (Crozier) Ihm for 68 years.
Born in Altoona he was the son of the late James J. and Minnie (Reid) Ihm.
He was a United States Army Air Force veteran of World War II.
He retired from the Allentown office of Bell of Pennsylvania, where he was director of the executive communication center. He worked previously in the Altoona, Clearfield, Reading and Harrisburg offices.
Althea D. Kratzer, 86, formerly of Nazareth, died July 23, 2012, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Stanley S. Kratzer.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late George LeRoy and Lila (Keck) Miller.
She was a machine operator for the former Lehigh Frocks and the former Pioneer Sportswear Company, both in Nazareth.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Nazareth.
She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.