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.
Frank J. Vandergrift Sr., 79, of Whitehall, formerly of Allentown, died Aug. 2, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Marie T. (Yost) Vandergrift for 59 years.
Born in Coplay, he was the son of the late Frederick Vandergrift and Julia (Marth) Vandergrift Bertha.
A Korean War veteran, he was a corporal in the army medical service.
He was an investment broker for Janney Montgomery Scott, Allentown, retiring in 1997.
Bethlehem's Jeremy Galyon stars in the opera, "Susannah," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 3 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Berks Opera Workshop and the Fall Festival of the Arts production, WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. 5th St., Reading.
Carlisle Floyd's masterpiece was inspired by Appalachian folk songs, hymns and opera melodies. It was written during the 1950's McCarthy Era and inspired by the biblical Apocrypha.
In the opera's plot, Susannah is an innocent young person targeted by closed-minded hypocrites and preyed upon by a corrupt leader.
A resident of the unit block of North Third Street reported to Coplay Police Aug. 3 that someone threw a landscaping rock through the window of her front storm door.
The resident told police she was watching a program on TV when she heard a crashing sound. Responding to the noise, Molchany said she got up and looked outside but did not see anyone. The rock that had been thrown had been in her front yard, police said.
Police are investigating.
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