James W. Abraham, 61, of Catasauqua, died Oct. 3, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Michele (Kustafik) Abraham for 36 years.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James and Stella (Boqusiwski) Abraham.
He worked for 30 years in various departments of Bethlehem Steel until he retired in 2001.
He loved watching sports, especially baseball, of which he was a former player.
Stephanie M. Ardos, 81, of Fullerton, died Oct. 2, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Ardos.
She was a daughter of the late Mary and Stephen Obulaney.
She worked in the college loan office of Meridan Bank and at CitiCorp.
She is survived by a son, Timothy J.; nieces; and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ciganek; and two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Obulaney.
Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home Inc., Whitehall.
Jacqueline Putting, M.D., 92, of Rye, N.Y., died Sept. 27, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Elux C. Putting.
Born in Paris, France, she was a daughter of the late Marcel and Suzanne (Poisson) Genin.
She was in the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary.
She was an ophthalmologist at N.Y.U. Hospital, Manhattan, N.Y. for 30 years. She then was in private practice for about seven years.
Charles L. Yandrisevitz, 73, of Coplay, died Oct. 6, 2012, at home. He was the husband of Diane (Lahner) Yandrisevitz for 29 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Charles R. and Ida (Schrey) Yandrisevitz.
A Navy veteran from 1958 to 1962, he served on the U.S.S. Forrestal.
He was a 1957 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and later by Kraft Foods, Fogelsville.
He was a member of St. Peter R.C. Church, Coplay.
Robert "Nick" G. Nicklas, 78, of Whitehall, formerly of Catasauqua, died Sept. 29, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Sylvia (Rutman) Nicklas for 48 years.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Charles C. and Mary (Sakasits) Nicklas.
He was a 1951 Catasauqua High School graduate.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Catherine H. Updegrove, 87, of Northampton, died Sept. 28, 2012, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Ronald B. Updergrove for 65 years.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Katherine (Schimko) Fota.
She worked at Universal Pants Factory, Northampton.
She attended St. John's Lutheran Church, Coplay.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials is Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
As the classroom bell rang in the new school year last month, 55 million children across the United States headed back to school.
With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours.
The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children. Over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1500 block of Corinth Road.
· A dispute between a mother and son brought police to the 3000 block of North Third Street.
· Police responded to a report of a missing juvenile at the Lehigh Valley Mall.
· A request for vigilance brought officers to the 700 block of Sixth Street.
· Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 4200 block of Spruce Street.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of theft brought officers to the Redner's Warehouse Markets, 101 Held Drive.
· Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Sixth Street and Line Alley.
· A report of a vandalized vehicle brought officers to the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
· Police responded to a report of an unknown substance thrown or poured on the right rear door and rocker panel of a vehicle in the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue.