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Sotak, Donald - Northampton  
Donald N. Sotak Sr., husband of Noreida ( Nora) Sotak of Whitehall passed away at home around family. He honorably served in the United States Army from 1957 - 1961. Donald was then employed in the custodial department at Moravian College for many years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Survivors: Wife, sons, Donald Jr. and his wife, Sherri, Jason, grandchildren, Alyssa and her husband, Steven Scott, Olivia and her husband, Robert Lawler, Elik Warnken, a great grandson, Steven Scott III, sister, Gloria Mosser, brothers, Richard and wife, Tillie, Roger and wife, Sarah, Gerald, nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine and a brother, John. Services: Private services are under the direction of the Reichel Funeral Home, Northampton. Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the Leukemia - Lymphoma Foundation or Animals in Distress.
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Published in Morning Call on May 30, 2016

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Snyder, Ray Granville - Allentown  
Ray Granville Snyder, 88, of Richmond, VA, formerly of Coopersburg, PA, died Friday, May 27, 2016, at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Forrest Campus, Richmond, VA, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Grace Minnie (Bower) Snyder. Ray was born in Egypt, Whitehall Township, July 19, 1927, and was the son of the late Harvey E.D. and Elsie (Guth) Snyder. He was a Certified Kitchen Designer and a self-employed master carpenter and woodworker throughout his life. He had a passion for hunting, taking trips to the Yukon, Alaska, and many western states. He was a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. Survivors: He is survived by his three children, Sherwood Ray Snyder of Midlothian, VA, Edith Elsie Pleasants, Esq. of Winston-Salem, NC, and April Rae Mayers of Ashland, VA; siblings, Lee Snyder of Walnutport, PA, Marion Butz of AZ, Hilda Gower of Whitehall, PA, and Annetta Geiger of FL; eleven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren. Services: Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will take place at Grandview Cemetery, Allentown. The Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com . Contributions: None
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Published in Morning Call on May 29, 2016
Sommer Jr., Joseph S. - Northampton  
Joseph S. Sommer, Jr., 48 of Northampton, PA. died Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Born September 9, 1967 in Allentown, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph Sommer, Sr. and the late Helen (Yandersits) Sommer. He was the husband of Alison L. (Thomas) Sommer, with whom he shared 24 years of marriage last September 7, 2015. Joe was a 1985 graduate of Northampton High School who went on to work for H.T. Lyons Co., Allentown where he was employed as Project Manager and has worked there for the last 30 years. He was the head coach for the Northampton Athletic Association Elementary Wrestlers; Vice President of N.A.W.C. and former Board Member of V.E.W.L.-Valley Elementary Wrestling League; Member of Local Union #420 Steamfitters, Philadelphia, PA; Also a member of the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton. An Avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed horseshoes, quoits, grilling, and being a jokester. He enjoyed long rides on the Harley with his friends, and volunteered large amounts of time giving back to his family, friends, and community. In support of Joe's family they ask for you to consider wearing something that reflects his love of Harley - Davidson or wrestling, for his service. Survivors: wife; Alison, son, Austin J. Sommer of Northampton, PA, brother, Michael D. Sommer and wife Mandy of Northampton, PA, sister, Danielle M. wife of Daniel Roland of Danielsville, PA; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Brandon M. Sommer in April 2012. Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, 1324 Newport Avenue Northampton, PA. 18067 with the Rev. Patrick Lamb officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA. 18067, and Tues June 1, 2016 in the church from 9:15am to 10:15 am prior to the Mass. Contributions: May be made in his memory to the Brandon M. Sommer Scholarship fund C/O the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Morning Call on May 29, 2016

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Schafebook, Bruce - Hanover Twp.  
Bruce D. Schafebook, 77, of Hanover Twp., passed away, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Janice M. (Light) Schafebook. He and Jan celebrated 55 years of marriage in July, 2015. Born in Quentin, Lebanon County, Pa. he was the son of the late Theodore Schafebook and Mildred (Eckert) Krout. Bruce was a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. After graduation, he entered the "Loop Course" at Bethlehem Steel where he worked for 37 years. He later worked at Lehigh Heavy Forge for an additional 6 years. Bruce was active in the Alumni Association of Lehigh University, enjoyed golfing with friends and sharing his home with family. Survivors: surviving with his wife, Janice are his children, David B. Schafebook of Bath; Jill M. Schafebook of Saylorsburg and Beth A. McGlynn and her husband, James of Lititz; brother, Ted Schafebook, his wife, Sue and their children all of Lebanon County; 3 grandchildren, Jessica, Ryan and Patrick McGlynn. Services: A memorial service will be held at a later date. A memory tribute may be placed at www.longfuneralhome.com Contributions: to St. Luke's Hospice, Development Office, 801 Ostrum St. Bethlehem 18015.
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Published in Morning Call on May 27, 2016
Schlosser, Barbara - Allentown  
Barbara A. Schlosser completed her final quilt on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was the wife of Frank J. Schlosser for 59 years and a friend, mentor and mother to the hundreds of people she drew into the folds of her care. An avid quilter, Barb wove a lifetime of love into her family, church and friends. The quilt of her life was a beautiful pattern of cooking, baking, gardening and reading "such a good story". That quilt will forever surround all that knew her. Barbara was never without a project that used her hands to enrich the lives of others. She opened her home to host many gatherings and will always be remembered for 5 decades of "Donut Day." Barbara was a devoted member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church. Her strength of character was evident to all those who knew her. Barbara was the daughter of the late Paul and Anna Lizun. She is survived by her husband Frank; her children, Karren Ford, Frank, Kathleen Mintzer, Richard (Debra) and David (Jenifer); her 11 Grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; her brother Paul (Nancy) Lizun and her sister Donna (Sonny) Eisenhard. Services: A memorial service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held in June.
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Published in Morning Call on May 27, 2016

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Schuck-Hartranft, Gretchen - Slatedale  
43, of Slatedale, PA. passed away May 21, 2016 in her home. She was the wife of Chris Hartranft for 9 years as of October 2015. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Allen V. "Gitzer" and Diane M. (Wertman) Schuck. She was a Northern Lehigh graduate class of 1990. Gretchen loved her family with all her heart. She was a loving, compassionate, and understanding person who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed camping, music, and spending quality time with her family. She was a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ of Slatington. Survivors: Husband; Sister: Michele M. wife of Brett Hunsicker, Brothers: Gregory A. Schuck and wife Tami, Michael T. Schuck and wife Jacqueline Ann. Grandmother: Pauline H. Lloyd. Uncles: Dale H. Wertman and wife Rosemarie, and Russell Lloyd and wife Grace. Nephews: Jordan B. Hunsicker, Blake M. Schuck, and Stefan J. Moyer. Nieces: Brianna M. Schuck and Samantha M. Moyer. Cousins: Numerous. Services: Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Kevin E. Hunsicker Funeral Home 4214 Main St. Slatedale, PA 18079. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital Endowment Fund. C/O the funeral home.
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Published in Morning Call on May 24, 2016
Schultz, Charles F. - Nazareth  
Charles F. Schultz, 86, of Upper Nazareth Twp., passed away May 22, 2016 in Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, of Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Lorraine M. (Sprague) Schultz, who passed away July 22, 2014. Charles was born August 10, 1929 in Nazareth; He was the son of the late William and Lillian (Keck) Schultz. Charles was a heating and air conditioning specialist for East Lawn Supply Co., of Nazareth for many years until retiring. After retirement and until his passing, Charles worked at Cantelmi Ace Hardware, of Forks Twp. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charles dedicated 42 years to the U.S. Army and National Guard, and retired as a Sergeant Major. Charles was a dedicated family man, he loved every moment he had with his family. He enjoyed woodworking; he was very artistic and was a great craftsman. Charles was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, of Nazareth. Survivors: He is survived by son, Gary C. Schultz and his wife Karen, of Boalsburg. Daughters, Cynthia Brodt and her husband David, of Easton, Lou Ann Bortz and her husband Rob, of Lower Nazareth Twp. and Patti Schultz and her companion Joseph Marakovits, of Nazareth. 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great-grandchildren. Brother, William Schultz, of Nazareth and sister, Hilda Bennick, of Fountain Hill. He is also survived by his pet cat, Fluffy. Services: Services will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM in St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 S. Broad St., Nazareth. Immediately following the service will be a short luncheon in the Fellowship Hall in the church. Burial with military honors will follow after the luncheon in Hope Cemetery, Hecktown. Calling hours will be Saturday from 9:30 AM until services in the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home, Inc., of Nazareth. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association and the American Heart Association in c/o the funeral home; Or to the National Guard 213th Regiment, 1501 W. Allen Street, Allentown, PA 18102. Online condolences may be offered at www.jfreichelfuneralhome.com
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Published in Morning Call on May 25, 2016
Schuon, Marshall - Allentown  
Marshall J. Schuon, a long-time newspaper editor and writer, died of cancer surrounded by loved ones, Tuesday, May 24th, at his home in Tannersville, Pa. He was 80 years old. Mr. Schuon retired in 1994 from The New York Times, where he wrote the paper's automobile column, About Cars, for many years. After retirement, he continued to write about cars, trucks, and transportation issues. He was also a deputy editor of The Times National Edition and a founding editor of the Science Times, the weekly science and technology section. Before that, Mr. Schuon worked for a number of newspapers, including Newsday on Long Island, The Allentown Morning Call, The Boston Record American, the Bethlehem Globe-Times and The Allentown Evening Chronicle. After retiring, Mr. Schuon and his wife, Loleen, moved to Tannersville, where they dealt in antiques and collectibles at Pocono Peddler's Village. He was a man with many hobbies, his wife said. He had recently added a classic Corvair convertible to his collection of vintage cars, and he had a big room in the house just for his train set. He loved the birds, bears, foxes, and deer that wandered through, and resided on, their Tannersville property. He often posted photos and videos of the wildlife for his many friends on Facebook to enjoy. Mr. Schuon graduated from Allentown High School in 1953. In the 1950s, he served the Navy in Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica, where he went to journalism school. Born in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of Karl Schuon and Carrie Marshall Schuon. He is survived by his wife, Loleen Cartwright Schuon, a daughter, Jonalyn, and her husband, James Kindall, a son, Jay, and his wife, Michaela Scapan, a brother, Joseph Schuon, two sisters, Lucia Desocio and Marie Andersen, and six grandchildren, Henry, Caleb, Hunter, Travis, Patrick and LJ. Services: Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The United Way, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center and the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. The Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home, 401 North 5th Street, Stroudsburg is in charge of the arrangements
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Published in Morning Call on May 26, 2016
Skeath, Diane E. - Allentown  
Diane E. Skeath, 74, of Neffs, passed away May 23, 2016 at home. She was the wife of the late Robert N. Skeath, Jr. Diane worked at the former Wachovia Bank in Allentown for many years, retiring as a Vice-President in the Pension Department. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Robert C. and Lillian W. Yale. She was a graduate of Fountain Hill High School and Allentown Business School. Survivors: Sister-In-Law: Jo-An Skeath of Upper Macungie Twp., Brother-In-Law: Albert Skeath of Allentown, Nephew: Timothy Skeath and his wife Cathie of Emmaus and a Niece: Karen wife of Greg Kemper of Upper Macungie Twp. She was preceded in death by a Brother-In-Law: David Skeath and a Nephew: David Skeath. Services: Will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. www.jsburkholder.com
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Published in Morning Call on May 25, 2016
Skibicki, Andrew - COPLAY  
Andrew J. Skibicki, 25, of Coplay, PA, passed away May 20, 2016 in Toms River, NJ. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Chester Skibicki and Zofia (Plis) Skibicki Pawelec. A graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Survivors: Parents, sister, Eva Skibicki; uncles, aunts, cousins, in the USA and Poland Services: Viewing from 7-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 and 9:30-11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home( haukefuneralhome.com ), 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, PA, followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Interment, Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown.
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Published in Morning Call on May 24, 2016
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