Joseph R. Sommer, 61, of Whitehall, died July 3, 2019, in his residence. He was the husband of Jean (Sharkazy) Sommer for 28 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Joseph G. and Patricia (Betz) Sommer of Coplay.
He was a 1975 graduate of Whitehall High School. He graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned a Master of Business Administration from DeSales University.
He was a general manager for Carpenter Company, Fogelsville, for 16 years. Before that, he was a quality control manager for the former C.R. Bearing Seals Division, Bethlehem.
Judi C. Mehringer, 60, of Catasauqua and formerly of Bethlehem, died July 3, 2019.
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of Michael and the late Ida (Berecz) Mehringer.
In addition to her father, she is survived by a son, Aaron E. Klesh; a stepmother, Sandra Mehringer; a brother, John Mehringer; a sister, Nora H. Mehringer; nieces; nephews; a half brother, Michael Hans Mehringer; a half sister, Erika Aimee Mehringer; and two stepsisters, Andrea Lynn Knope and Natalie Renee Snedaker.
Jean M. Burrows, 94, of Catasauqua, died July 8, 2019, at Arden Courts, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Carl Burrows for 52 years.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Blanche V. (Borowski) Klinikowski.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 1946 and a Masters in Education from Lehigh University in 1965. She also attended Muhlenberg College.
She was a fourth-grade teacher for seven years and a guidance counselor for 18 years with the Catasauqua School District before retiring in 1985.
Mary A. Miletics, 94, of Northampton, died July 5, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late John “Champ” P. Miletics.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Theresa (Dogmanits) Simon.
She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton, where she was a member of the women’s guild.
She was, for many years, a cook at Northampton Hungarian Hall, 1300 Stewart St.
Mary “Mitzi” Angela Sweeney, 89, died July 5, 2019, at home. She was the wife of the late William “Bubber” Sweeney.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Josef and Gisela Trinkl. She spent her youth in Pirching, Austria, during wartime.
She is survived by a daughter, Christine Edmonds of Newtown; a son, William Joseph and his wife Andrea of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kevin Harrison, Adrienne and Eleanor; a brother, Stefan; a sister-in-law, Valeria Stalsitz; nieces; and nephews.
Jennie “Jean” A. Centolanza, 88, died July 5, 2019, at Cedarbrook Senior Care. She was the wife of the late Ralph A. Centolanza for 55 years.
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Drogon) Mularz.
Ferne M. Fogle, 94, died July 3, 2019, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Dr. T.W. Fogle for 56 years.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Paul O. and Elsie (Newhard) Bachman.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Northampton.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan and her husband Conrad Reyer of Danielsville and Cathy Domitrovitsch of Northampton; a son, Thomas W. of Denver, N.C.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two half sisters, Gloria Peters and Shirley Zweifel.
Carson “Poppy” D. Markle, 87, died June 23, 2019. He was the husband of the late Virginia R. Markle for 61 years.
He was the son of the late Victor and Gladys Markle of Emmaus.
From 1950 to 1953, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Regiment 2nd Battalion Easy Company during the Korean War. He fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and received three Bronze Stars.
He worked as a driver for Bond Bakery and salesman for Speedmark Janitorial Supplies, before settling into a career as a bartender. He was voted a “Best Bartender in the Lehigh Valley.”
Ronald J. Meyers Sr., 71, of Coplay, died June 26, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Judith (Gross) Meyers for 49 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Marth) Meyers.
He was a Whitehall High School graduate.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He was a processor in the textile industry for many years.
He was of the Catholic faith.
He was a member of the West Coplay Maennerchor, Coplay Saengerbund and the Coplay American Legion Post 473.
James E. Lamb Jr., 90, of Walnutport, died June 25, 2019, at the inpatient hospice unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Cser) Lamb for 40 years.
Born in Upland, he was a son of the late James E. Lamb Sr. and Sara (Clampitt) Kohler.
He was in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean conflict.
He was a general superintendent at Alvin H. Butz Inc., Allentown, for 25 years.
He was a member of the carpenter’s union and of the American Legion.