The Morning Call (Sunday) : 2020-11-15

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OBITUARIES

34 The Morning Call | Sunday, November 15, 2020 Obituaries Placeanad.mcall.com/obituaries Obits@mcall.com The Morning Call extends condolence­s to the families and loved ones of those who have passed. 610-820-6565 TODAY’S OBITUARY INDEX Lelia S. Ellenberge­r Ann L. Fortney BROWN, JACK Lelia S. Ellenberge­r died at Luther Crest Senior Living Community in Allentown on November 13, 2020. She was 101 years and had a joyful and fulfilling life. She and her late husband, Samuel Glenn Ellenberge­r, were married 68 years. Lelia (Lee) was born April 30, 1919, in Shuqualak, MS and attended Meridian Business College in Meridian, MS where, after graduation, she worked as a secretar y for a law firm and then during World War II at an Army Air Corp base in Meridian where she met and married Glenn in 1944. Lelia and Glenn and their three sons settled in Allentown in 1951. She worked 11 years as a legal secretary for the Pennsylvan­ia Workers' Compensati­on Board. As a lifelong devout Christian, she exhibited a steadfast commitment to her faith and church. As a member of Asbury United Methodist Church since 1951, Lelia taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees. Her beliefs guided and influenced her day-to-day life. She showed compassion and concern for those in need by delivering meals and flowers and visiting shutins. She valued higher education and for many years was an active member of the Philanthro­pic Educationa­l Organizati­on Sisterhood, Chapter V, of Emmaus. Lelia had a gentle, loving nature, and an ever-positive spirit. She had a life-long passion for music, starting with piano lessons as a child from her mother Pearl and playing until age 99. Lelia played classical as well as early jazz and entertaine­d her young children and grandchild­ren as they danced and laughed to the tune “Kitten on the Keys.” She brought her southern cooking to Pennsylvan­ia and shared her fabulous pecan pie with family and friends at Christmas gatherings and hosted tea parties for her young grand-daughters. Her character was exemplary and of the highest standards: honest, thrifty yet generous to others, moral and ethical, appreciati­ve of others, and loving. She taught her children morality, right from wrong, and a strong work ethic, and encouraged them to strive for excellence. She showed by her words and deeds how to be a caring wife, mother, grandmothe­r, greatgrand­mother, and friend. This was an extraordin­ary gift to all of her sons, daughters-in-law, grandchild­ren, great-grandchild­ren, other relatives, and friends who will always admire and love her. She is survived by her three sons: James of Ann Arbor, MI; Daniel and his wife Gale of Emmaus; and Jay and his wife Karen of McLean, VA; four grandchild­ren; and, three great-grandchild­ren. Two sisters and brothers and a devoted companion Carl C. Reimer, also from Luther Crest, predecease­d her. A private family service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church Memorial Garden and a celebratio­n of life will occur next year after the COVID virus subsides. Those wishing to share memories or a kind message to the family may do so at www.brubakerfu­neralhome. com. I n lieu of flowers, contributi­ons may be made to the Philanthro­pic Educationa­l Organizati­on online at https://donations.peointerna­tional.org/. The family thanks the caregivers at Luther Crest Senior Living Community for their kindness. Ann L. (Nagel) Fortney, 79, of Schnecksvi­lle, died Friday, November 13, 2020, at Fellowship Villa, Whitehall. She was the wife of James Fortney to whom she was married 55 years this past October. Born in Allentown, August 25, 1941, Ann was the daughter of the late Kermit R. and Hilda R. (Paul) Nagel. She was a secretary at Carbon Lehigh Intermedia­te Unit # 21, Schnecksvi­lle for 25 years before retiring in 2002. She was a volunteer for the Upper Lehigh Historical Society, and a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs. Ann loved spending time with her friends and family. She especially adored her grandson and spoke of him often. She took great pride in her home and flower garden. Survivors: In addition to her husband, Jim; son, James Scott Fortney and his wife, Kimberly of Silver Spring, Maryland; grandson, Andrew Paul Fortney at university in Dundee, Scotland. Service: A private ser vice will be held in the Heintzelma­n Funeral Home, Inc., in Schnecksvi­lle, with the Rev. Dr. Patience D. Stevenson officiatin­g. No public calling hours. I nterment will follow the service at Union Church Cemetery, Neffs. Online expression­s may be recorded at www.heintzelma­ncares.com. A video link of the ser vice will be available by visiting the funeral home website and expanding Ann's obituary. Contributi­ons: I n lieu of flowers, memorial contributi­ons may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksvi­lle, PA 18078-0196. BRYAN, Peter ELLENBERGE­R, Lelia EVANS, James FORTNEY, Ann FREED, Jeffrey GERRAS, Anne GILES, Doris GILROY, Liam GRAY, Lucia HAHN, Phyllis JANNEY, REBECCA JONES, David KRISUKAS, Dr. Vera MAURER, Harold MOSS, Arline OSWALD, Matthew SPIRK, Sylvia STEIDEL, Harold SZILEZY, Joseph WALTER, Roger WEIDEMOYER, Howard Walter JACK P. BROWN Jack P. Brown, 91, formerly of Lower Saucon Twp., died Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Salisbury Twp. He is the husband of the late Rose (Torkos) Brown who died February 27, 2000. Jack was born in Bethlehem on January 31, 1929 to the late Thomas and Bertha (Frankenfie­ld) Brown. He served our country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean War. Jack was a Structural Steel Draftsman at Lehigh Structural Steel , Allentown for the majority of his career. He was an active member of St. Luke's Old Williams Lutheran Church, Williams Twp. where he served on its church council, as a recording secretary and former choir member. He is a devoted Penn State Football enthusiast. SURVIVORS: Children: Dennis J. (Martha "Marty") of Perry, OH, Sandra R. (Kirk A.) Waggoner of Hellertown, 4 grandchild­ren. Predecease­d by siblings: Thomas and Barbara. SERVICE: Family and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 19th, 2020 and 10:30 - 11 a.m. Friday followed by the service at 11 a.m. all at the Heintzelma­n Funeral Home, 326 Main Street, Hellertown, PA The interment will conclude services at St. Luke's Old Williams Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, Hellertown. The Rev. Franklin Stinner will officiate the ser vice. Online expression­s of sympathy can be recorded at: www. heintzelma­ncares.com. CONTRIBUTI­ONS: In lieu of flowers, memorials to his church, 20 Church Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Jeffrey Peter Freed Jeffrey “Peter”Freed (12/16/1944-11/8/2020) was born and raised in Allentown, PA and was a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Business. Married to Wendy Copeland Freed in 1971, they moved to Bethlehem, PA where he opened the Star Insurance Agency, specializi­ng in Long Term Care Insurance, later becoming Vice President of the United Security Assurance Company until ten years before his retirement in 2004. After retiring, the Freeds moved to Pittsburgh, PA where they spent 6 months a year along with 6 months in Boynton Beach, FL. The family were members of Keneseth Israel in Allentown, PA and Temple Emanuel in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Freed is survived by his wife Wendy, sons Dr. Michael C. Freed, his wife Dr. TingTing Zhu and their two young daughters Rachel and Samantha of McLean, VA and Jonathan C.Freed, his wife Chris and their two young sons Logan and Gavin of Bridgevill­e, PA. In lieu of flowers, please make a contributi­on to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or any charity of your choice. William Slater II Funeral Service, Scott Twp, entrusted with arrangemen­ts. www.slaterfune­ral.com Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Roger Luce Walter James R Evans Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Roger Luce Walter died on November 9, 2020, in Country Meadows, Bethlehem, where he resided for the last several months of his life. He was born July 27, 1943, in McKeesport, PA, eldest child of Geraldine (Luce) and William F. Walter, Jr. After graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School, Roger attended Lehigh University, graduating in the Class of 1965. While at Lehigh, Roger participat­ed on the debate team. He received his commission through Lehigh's ROTC program. Roger served in the US Army, retiring with the rank of Captain, in the 507th Heavy Equipment Maintenanc­e Company in Hanau, Germany. Roger spent his career, first at Bell Telephone, moving to AT&T, during divesture, and retiring in 1997. Roger was an avid genealogis­t and was able to trace one branch of his family tree to Edward Doty, a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620. Pursuing medical genealogy, Roger uncovered early onset Parkinson's Disease in both sides of his family. Even though Roger had Parkinson's, he was still able to enjoy golf, bowling, fishing and poker through modern medical technology, specifical­ly a Deep Brain Stimulator. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Survivors: Wife, Cathryn; sons, Douglas of Ivyland, Jeffrey of Queen Creek, AZ, Charles of Greenwich, CT and Stephen of Milford, DE; step-daughter, Michelle Brown of Saylorsbur­g and step-son, Scott DuBets of Roseto; sisters, Lynn Davis of Goldsboro, NC, Joyce Henderson of Vanderbilt, PA and Sydney Markle of Dawson, PA; ten grandchild­ren; five step-grandchild­ren; five great-grandchild­ren and a step-great-grandchild. Services: Were private with a Celebratio­n Of Life to be held at a later date. Arrangemen­ts, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Contributi­ons: In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Online condolence­s may be recorded at www.pearsonfh.com. James R. Evans of Whitehall, PA passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020 with his beloved wife and children by his side. He was 82 years old. Jim was born in Weatherly, PA, son of the late Clarence and Alice (Croman) Evans. He graduated from Weatherly HS and the USNA. After graduation, he served on board the USS Compton and the USS Dealey then began his career at PP&L. I n retirement, he continued to serve his church, community, and volunteere­d with the National Park Service and Crown Financial Ministries. He enjoyed hiking the Appalachia­n Trail, traveling abroad, and taking photos for Ancestory.com. Jim loved to sing. He was a member of the Navy Chapel Choir and Glee Club. In civilian life, he sang with various church choirs, and for more than 20 years was a member of the Summer Harmony. In addition to his wife, Sandy; Jim is survived by three brothers, Kenneth, Clarence (Joe), and Richard as well as their families who all loved him dearly. Ji m was preceded in death by two brothers David and Thomas. He was enormously proud of his two daughters, Susan Lindsey (with husband Charles Lindsey) and Sharon Kitzman. He was a caring and loving grandfathe­r to Carolyn, Evan, and Erin Lindsey, and Matthew Kitzman. A celebratio­n of life and interment will be held later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Grace E. C. Church, 420 W Main St. Kutztown, PA 19530. Liam M. Gilroy Liam Michael Gilroy, 41, of Bethlehem, PA, passed away from natural causes in his home on October 27, 2020. Liam was the son of Diane (Kotzur) Gilroy and the late William F. Gilroy III. Liam is survived by his sisters, Kate Gilroy (Adama Koné), Tara Gilroy (Jeff Stone), and Shawna Gilroy (Thomas Steck) as well nieces and nephews, Amina Koné, Madison Stone, Dylan Stone, Maxwell Steck, and Calvin Steck. Liam graduated from Northampto­n Area High School in 1997. As a young adult, he worked in the constructi­on industry with his father, building roads and bridges. He was an experience­d grade checker and also worked as a surveyor's helper. Liam was outgoing, friendly, and quick-witted. He enjoyed fishing, painting pictures, all things Irish, and spending time with his friends and family. He made the best chili in the world and loved grilling a good steak. He was a kind and caring person who liked to help others. For the past 20 years, Liam has bravely lived with paranoid schizophre­nia. Liam's family is grateful for the mental health profession­als and others who encouraged Liam over the years. Liam was laid to rest at Schenck's Cemetery in Howard, PA. A gathering to celebrate his life will be announced in the future. Contributi­ons in Liam's memory may be given to NAMI Lehigh Valley (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at nami-lv.org/donate or mailed to 802 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Stories live on. Tell theirs. obits@mcall.com | 610-820-6565 | placeanad.mcall.com/obituaries Share your loved one’s story. 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