Ernest R. Hertzog
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Ernest R. Hertzog, 88, formerly of Emmaus, died June 10, 2013 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Renfrew. Born January 31, 1925 in Nazareth, he was the son of Rev Franklin and Rena (Diefenderfer) Hertzog. A graduate of Allentown High School (1942), he served in the Army for three years in WWII in Europe. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1951 and was a Registered Professional Engineer. He was employed by PPL Corporation for 39 years, retiring in 1990 as Manager of Distribution Engineering and Systems. He was formerly married to Margaret A. (Dill) Hertzog with whom he had three children. Ernie, as he was known, was a gentle man and a gentleman. His kindness and interest in the lives of others made him a friend to many. His wonderful sense of humor was also appreciated. He had many interests and passions. He was an avid photographer, played golf, and loved travel and adventure and was always willing to try something new, even going to Antarctica when he was in his seventies. He had a green thumb and was known for beautiful container gardens which overflowed with flowers every summer. A baritone, he sang throughout his life in various groups including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Zion Choral Society, Harmenaires Quartet, and the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, of which he was a member. An aficionado of many types of music, he loved to attend operas, symphony orchestras, Bach Choir Festivals, Allen organ recitals, and jazz concerts. Ernie loved good food but was not indulgent, with one exception- Haagen-Dazs ice cream. When his granddaughter came to visit, he made sure he had several flavors in the freezer so that they could enjoy them together. Family gatherings, whether with his own family, his brothers extended family, or his long-time landlords family were something he cherished. He also cared for many animal friends as well. Interested in his community, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Survivors: He is survived by his son, Dr. David Hertzog and his wife Lisa Brienza, of Renfrew; his daughter, Cheryl Hertzog, her husband Douglas FitzSimons and their daughter, Serena, of Elverson; his daughter, Karen Hertzog of Stockton, NJ; his brother, Rev. Roy Hertzog and his wife Diane of Macungie. Services: A service will be held on Saturday, September 14, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, 18104. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley, c/o the church, or The Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018.
Published in Morning Call on Sept. 1, 2013