Howard P. Newhard Jr., 84, of East Stroudsburg, died March 20, 2018, in his home. He was the husband of Dorothy S. (Morris) Newhard for one year and of the late Nancy (Martin) Newhard.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Howard P. Sr. and the late Dorothy (Oswald) Newhard.
He was a 1951 graduate of Catasauqua High School and a 1959 graduate of Yale Culinary Institute of America.
He was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War for four years.
James W. Thomas, 80, of Northampton, died March 16, 2018, at his home.
Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late James and Hannah (Griffiths) Thomas.
He was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy from 1955-58 and spent time in Texas and Japan.
He was an electrician for Bethlehem Steel for more than 35 years before he retired in 1998.
Gerard “Gerry” J. Mondschein, 64, of Coplay, died March 17, 2018, in his home.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Teresa M. (Zigovitz) Mondschein of Coplay and the late William A. Mondschein.
He was a track inspection foreman at Norfolk Southern Railroad for 39 years before he retired in 2014.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.
He was a member of the Coplay Saengerbund, Coplay American Legion and West Coplay Maennerchor.
Catherine M. (Sherman) Eckhart, 86, of Northampton, died March 11, 2018, at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton. She was the wife of the late Ernest E. Eckhart Sr.
Born in Gerrardstown, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Edgar P. and Rosie (Adams) Sherman.
She was a seamstress for the former D&D Shirt Company, Northampton, until she retired in 1985.
She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bath.
James R. Yost Sr., 69, of Northampton, died March 10, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Darlene (Devan) Yost for 43 years.
Born in Lock Haven, he was a son of the late James D. Sr. and Geraldine (Heberly) Yost.
He was an electronic technician for C-Cor Company, State College, and previously in the same capacity for Lehigh Electronics, Air Products Corporation and the former Western Electric.
Maryann T. Ruch, 81, of Coplay, died March 8, 2018, at her home. She was the wife of the late Paul Ruch Sr.
Born in Coplay, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Pammer) Betz.
She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954.
She worked as a nurse for Gracedale Nursing Home for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Before that she worked for Cedarbrook Nursing Home.
She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, and the Altar Rose Society.
Barbara A. Schmall, 81, of Coplay, died March 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Carl Schmall.
Born in Coplay, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Anna (Karoly) Taniser.
She was a member of Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Northampton.
She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Allentown.
She was a bookkeeper in the Lehigh Valley for many years before retiring.
She was a member of the Coplay Lioness Club.
Ronald L. Stroh Sr., 76, of Coplay, died suddenly, March 7, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Christine (Gaspar) Stroh for 28 years.
Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Leon and Marie (Laubach) Stroh.
He was an iron worker and the owner and operator of Stroh Welding & Machine, Coplay.
He was a member of Coplay Saengerbund, Northampton Liederkranz, Coplay American Legion Post 426 and the Alliance Fire Company, Northampton.
Dorothy J. (Becker) Bretz, 86, of New Tripoli and formerly of Allentown, died March 9, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Ray M. Bretz.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Glennon Sr. and Anna (Gross) Becker.
She was a pocket setter for Emmaus Manufacturing.
She attended Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Western Salisbury Church, Allentown.
She attended the Schnecksville senior center.
Donald “Ozzie” R. Oswald, 77, of Whitehall, died Feb. 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Evon C. (Kurtz) Oswald for 38 years.
Born in West Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Albert and Clara (Bartholomew) Oswald.
He was a 1960 graduate of Whitehall High School.
He was a deliveryman for Coca-Cola of the Lehigh Valley for over 40 years until he retired in 2004.