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Bernhard, Dorothy S.  
Bernhard, Dorothy S. Dorothy S. Bernhard, 92, of Country Meadows, Allentown, formerly of 2537 South Law St., Allentown died Friday, April 17, 2015 in her home. She was the beloved wife of John T. Bernhard. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 14, 2014. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Mark and Helen (Reinhard) Stettler. After graduation from Allentown High School in 1939, Dorothy worked as an administrative assistant at Bethlehem Steel. On November 30, 1943, she joined the United States Marine Corps. She served our country during World War II and was discharged honorably on March 16, 1945. She was proud of her military service and was active and held membership in the Women Marines Association. Around 1968 Dorothy became the medical assistant to Dr. Vincent Salvage who had a medical practice in Allentown. She held that position until her retirement in 1983. After retiring she and John enjoyed traveling and spending time together. Survivors: Husband; sons, Edward M. Bernhard and his wife Janet of West Chester, Dennis P. Bernhard and his wife Karen of New Tripoli; brother, Mark Stettler, Jr. and his wife Elise of Allentown; nephews and nieces. Services: 11:00AM Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th & Hamilton Sts., Allentown, www.jsburkholder.com . Call 10 to 11:00AM Thursday in the funeral home. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy's memory to the charity of your choice.
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Botel, Rhonda  
Botel, Rhonda Former Allentown resident Rhonda Botel, 76, a life-long professional artist and art teacher died Thursday at Shannondell Retirement Community in Audubon. The cause of death was Lewy Body Dementia. Rhonda was born and raised in Philadelphia, attending Simon Gratz High School. From a young age she was considered a promising fine artist and spent her life immersed in the arts. She studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion. At the Barnes she studied directly under Violetta De Mazia, the Partner of Albert Barnes, the founder of the Barnes Foundation. Eventually, she earned a master's degree in Education from Temple University. After finishing school, Rhonda worked as a commercial artist for a number of firms in Philadelphia. In 1971 she took a job in Allentown at Lehigh County Vocational Technical School as a commercial art teacher. She taught at LCVTS for 30 years, retiring in 2,000. Throughout the years, had numerous showing of her art and painted numerous commissioned pieces, including the mural which decorated the wall of the 7th Street Deli in Allentown. After retiring, Rhonda traveled the world seeing the great works of art she had studied her entire life. Services: Service & Interment Private
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D'Andria, Ralph G.  
D'Andria, Ralph G. 87 years of Hokendauqua, Whitehall Twp., passed away suddenly on Thurs evening April 16, 2015. He was the husband of Carole (Pfeiffer) D'Andria for 61 years. Ralph honorably served in Korea with the US Army during WWII, and returned home to become a member of Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739. He retired in 1989 as a jacquard designer for the former Frank and Stessel in Cementon. Ralph was Past President of the former Whitehall Sr. Citizens, a member of the Coplay Sr. Citizens and the Young at Heart in Northampton. Previously he volunteered for L.V. Active Life, the Northampton Area Food Bank, and was a former member of the Whitehall Democratic Club. He was a devoted NY Giants fan, and avid bowler for many years at the Rose Bowl and Jordan Lanes. He loved tending to his garden and caring for the birds in his yard. Survivors: beside his wife Carole: daughter Dawn at home; one brother; predeceased by three brothers. Services: A time of remembrance and fellowship will be held on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Jones-Quigg Post, 3739 American Legion Dr. Whitehall PA 18052. Interment will be private. Contributions: flowers will be gladly accepted. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lehigh Co. Humane Society, 640 Dixon Street Allentown PA 18103 Gilbert Funeral Home is his honored to handle Ralph's arrangements.
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Doney, Eric Allen  
Doney, Eric Allen Eric Allen Doney, 62, of Pen Argyl, passed away on Friday, April 17. Born January 22, 1953, he was the son of Bette Doney and the late Robert Doney. He is also survived by family members and numerous friends who shared his passion for music. Eric began classical studies in first grade and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In junior high school, he began performing professionally at the many Pocono jazz clubs with local legends such as Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He graduated from Pen Argyl High School in 1971 and earned a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University. Doney's first tour was with vocalist Jon Hendricks, with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated album, Love. After moving to New York, Doney joined the David Johansen band on a two-year tour, opening for such groups as The Who, Blondie, Duran Duran, the Clash, and REO Speedwagon. In 1983, Doney moved to Paris and toured with vocalist Kim Parker. Hired as a conductor for Connie Stevens, he relocated to Santa Monica, California. Doney became musical director and pianist for Bob Hope's television shows. In 1984 he performed at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics, played with Les Brown's Band of Renown, and was musical director for Englebert Humperdink, touring more than 40 countries. In 1993, Doney returned to the Poconos and formed Pacific Street Records. He produced twenty recordings for the label, with such local jazz greats as Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates Jr. and Scott Jarrett. Doney continued as a solo artist for the next decade, writing and producing numerous records, teaching, as well as touring internationally as an accompanist. Doney's latest work was his collaboration with the record label Minsi Ridge Records as a featured artist, mentor, and creative consultant. In 2008, Eric received the prestigious Fred Waring Award by the Delaware Water Celebration of the Arts. Services: Respecting Eric's wishes, there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Eric's name to support music and musicians in the area. Please send them to William Doney, care of the Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 126 E. Pennsylvania Ave, PO Box 161, Pen Argyl, PA 18072.
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Gilbert, William James  
Gilbert, William James William "Bill" James Gilbert, 83, of Palm, passed away at his home on April 15, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine "Sissy" (Charles) Gilbert. The couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this June. Bill served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a decorated veteran having served time as a Prisoner of War (POW) in N. Korea for 27 months. Survivors: In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his three children Susan Beu, of Hereford, Wayne (Barbara) Gilbert, of Hereford, and David Gilbert, of Zionsville; four grandchildren Kyle, Tara, Derek, and Briella; one great grandchild Ayden; two brothers Lester and Ronald, and two sisters Betty and Marian. He is predeceased by his sister Nancy. Services: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Monaghan Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Red Hill, PA 18076 with Rev. Marty Milne officiating. A viewing will precede the service from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville. Contributions: Vets for Vets, 32 4th St., Pennsburg, PA 18073, or National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116-1583. Online condolences: www.monaghanfuneralhome.com
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Hammond, Robert J. (In Memoriam)  
Hammond, Robert J. Oct. 14, 1942 - April 22, 2013 Bob, you left so quickly 2 years ago today. You are missed not only by myself but by family and friends. I loved you in life and I still love you in death. Your faithful wifey, Shirley
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Harry, Peter  
Harry, Peter Peter Harry, 90 formerly of Slatington died Friday April 17, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Perma M. (Laudenslager) Harry who died in 2008. Born in Danielsville, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Novack) Harry. Peter was a US Army veteran who served in the battle of bulge during WWII, and was wounded outside of Berlin just days prior to the war ending. He worked as assistant foreman for the Lehigh Valley Dairy. He was a member of St. John's UCC Slatington. Peter was a member of the American Legion Post 16, Slatington, RW Fritzinger VFW, Walnutport, Oplinger Hower American Legion, Danielsville, Diamond Fire Co., Walnutport, and the Danielsville Democratic Club. Survivors: Son; David B. Harry and companion Jean Kamerer of Cranberry Twsp, PA. Grandchildren; Stacey Grove and companion Rick Ellis, and Travis Harry, great grandchildren; David, Jonathan, and Megan. Sisters; Margaret Blose of Walnutport. Peter was pre-deceased by siblings Behler, Frank and Joseph Harry, Helen Werley, and Pauline Mack Services: 11:00am Tuesday April 21, 2015 Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St, Slatington. Calling hour 6-8pm Monday April 20, and 10-11am, Tuesday. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery, Slatington. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to St. John's UCC Memorial Fund, 15 S. Second Street, Slatington
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Mackey, Patricia E.  
Mackey, Patricia E. Patricia E. Mackey, 81 of Quakertown died Friday April 17, 2015 in Belle Haven Nursing Home. She was the wife of William Mackey, III. They celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary last September. She was also the wife of the late Ervin K. Ziegler. Born in Allentown she was the daughter of the late Louis Heller, II and the late Elsie (Solar) Koch. She was last employed as an assembler for the former US Gauge in Sellersville. Patricia was a wonderful homemaker and loved to collect elephants. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. In addition to her husband she is survived by a son Rickey E. Ziegler of Quakertown and a step son Michael Mackey of Benton. A brother Louis Heller, III (Bonnie) of Walnutport. Five grandsons Dan, TJ, Jonathan, Rickey and Ryan and one great granddaughter. She was predeceased by sons Daniel P. Ziegler, Sr. and Timothy E. Ziegler and brother Harry "Woody" Heller. Services: Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 21, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley, 910 Allentown Rd. Sellersville PA 18960. Call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Arrangements are in the care of the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. ( www.crstrunk.com ) Quakertown.
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Menne, Richard M.  
Menne, Richard M. Richard "Dick" M. Menne, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in his home surrounded by family. He was the husband of Marie E. (Butz) Menne. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last July. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late William and Mary (Miller) Menne. A1945 graduate of Liberty High School, Dick received a bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College in 1948. He was a career servant to our country from 1947 to 1988, most recently serving the 213th Area Support Group of the PA Army National Guard in Allentown as Chief Warrant Officer CW4, facilitating personnel issues. He always "had his men's back". He was recognized many times for "outstanding leadership, high professional standards, ready initiative, and unremitting dedication to duty", and was recognized as a "Distinguished Member of the 213th Regiment" in 1989. He proudly served in Korea in 1951-52. His chief interests were helping people - he had the reputation of "being a giver" and bringing a smile to everyone's face. He served as Secretary of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Survivors: Wife, Marie; son, Barry and his wife Mary of Sykesville, MD; sister-in-law, Joyce Butz of Allentown; cousins, Harold and Joan Johnson of Coopersburg; nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem, followed by interment in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Family and friends are invited to call 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brief story to share during the funeral service or post it to the funeral home website at pearsonfh.com Contributions: St. Luke's Hospice, c/o Development Office, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or Animals in Distress, P. O. Box 609, Coopersburg, PA 18036.
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Pielaet, Doris J.  
Pielaet, Doris J. Doris J. Pielaet, 71, of Aspen Street, Laurey's Station, N Whitehall Twp. died Thursday evening, April 16, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. She was the wife of Franklin E. Pielaet since Apr 6, 1965. Born in Bedford, VA, she was a daughter of the late Glen and Ethel (Craig) Holdren. Doris worked as a secretary for the TriDim Dilter Co., W. Allentown, for 18 years, retiring last year. She was of the Baptist Denomination. Survivors: husband, daughters, Sara Packer of Abington Heights, Melissa wife of Nicholas Kulesza of Helena, MT. son, Jason and wife Sara of Rochester, NY. 6 grandchildren. sisters, Victoria wife of Danny Wilder of WI, Elizabeth Holdren, Charolette Bryant, both of Bedford, VA. brothers, Edward and wife Nida of CA, Douglas and wife Judy of Bedford, VA. nieces and nephews. Services: 2:00 PM Wednesday, Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA 18067. Call, 1:00-2:00 PM Wednesday in funeral home. Interment, Fairview Cemetery, Cherryville Road, Northampton. Online Condolences: www.schislerfuneralhomes.com
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