Bruce B. Smith, 69, of Palmer Township, died June 9, 2018, at home. He was the companion of Karen M. Shriver for 22 years.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Harry B. Jr. and Dorothy M. (Fink) Smith.
He was a 1967 Catasauqua High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Husson University, Bangor, Maine.
He was a lifetime member of Christ United Church of Christ, Schoenersville.
He was a lifetime member of the East End Fire Company and of Porter Lodge No. 284, North Catasauqua.
James D. Johnson Jr., 26, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., died June 21, 2018.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of James and Gloria Johnson.
He attended Whitehall High School and West Chester University.
He was an artist and musician who played at street fairs, coffee shops and in friends’ basements. He was a reader who escaped into the realms of Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
He enjoyed nature and hiking the local trails and found pleasure in being surrounded by family and a fiercely loyal group of friends. He was a truly unique soul.
Mary B. Lucky, 102, of Whitehall, died June 19, 2018, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late John J. Lucky.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Somogyi) Spaits.
She attended Our Lady of Hungary School.
She was a presser in the garment industry for many years until she retired.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Whitehall.
She was a member of the Hungarian Society.
Rita A. Greenamoyer died recently. She was the wife of the late Harold W. Greenamoyer.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John G. and Esther (Seisler) Adam.
She was employed at Adams Fashions of Allentown until 1976 and then Richard D. Josephs Agency as a bookkeeper until she retired in 1994.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton.
She is survived by a stepdaughter-in-law, Eleanor; three stepgrandsons, Donald, Richard and Keith; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
“Money does not create happiness.”
On June 5, fashion designer Kate Brosnahan Spade was found dead in her apartment by her housekeeper. The 55-year-old died by suicide.
Three days later, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life in France while working on his CNN television series. He was 61.
I remember hearing of the death of actor Robin Williams in 2014. I loved his movies, especially “Patch Adams” and “Dead Poets Society.” I think any character he played, he performed well and with passion.
Louis J. Chomo, 80, of Whitehall, died June 13, 3018, at home. He was the husband of Patricia M. (Lazur) Chomo for 56 years.
Born in Kelayres, he was a son of the late Louis R. and Palma (Dragonette) Chomo.
He was a 1955 graduate of McAdoo High School and a 1959 graduate of Lafayette College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He was an electrical engineer for PPL, Allentown, for 34 years until he retired.
He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.
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John A. Kozero Jr., 83, died June 10, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Marie (Huber) Kozero for 57 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late John and Theresa (Hujsa) Kozero.
He was a Northampton High School graduate and had continuing education in metallurgy.
He was in the U.S. National Guard from 1957 to 1963 as a special task force sharpshooter, a meteorologist and in the Military Police.
He worked for many years at Bethlehem Steel and then at Mack Trucks Inc. for 24 years, until he retired.
Mary Janitz, 96, of Northampton, died June 15, 2018, at home. She was the wife of the late John “Slim” F. Janitz.
Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late John and Suzana (Csernak) Novak.
She worked at various mills over the years and retired as a presser at the former Sportett Fashions.
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bath.
Phillip Sassano, 46, of Catasauqua, died June 13, 2018.
He was a son of Peter and the late Laureen Sassano.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.
He was a toy collector and an artist.
In addition to his father, he is survived by two sisters, Adriana and her husband Joseph DiNenno Jr. of Coatesville and Stefanie and her husband Erik Schrampf of Whitehall; and five nieces and nephews, Kennedy and Sadie DiNenno and Luke, Aiden and Claire Schrampf.
He was predeceased by a brother, Michael.
Services are private.