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OBITUARIES

31 The Morning Call | Sunday, January 10, 2021 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 John Donald Gorman, Jr. Robert F. Fenstermak­er John W. Clarry John Donald Gorman, Jr. of Bethlehem, PA, 73, has gone to meet his Lord. Born in Bethlehem, PA, he was the son of the late John D. Gorman, Sr., and Margaret Gorman. John is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, class of 1966; received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineerin­g from Lehigh University, class of 1975, after ser ving four years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a Consultant for such companies as RCA, Xerox, and Kraft Food industries. He was an avid fan of music, playing the piano, something he shared with his mother as a music instructor. His love for music carried over into his High School activities of School choir and being always casted in the High School Musicals. John was a Faith-filled individual and was a member of St. Simon and Jude's Church in Bethlehem, and a former member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Wrestling and Track Teams. He had a passion for the game of Chess, card games, and computer/technology, in which he loved building computers. John is survived by his son Sean Joseph Gorman of Palmer Twp.; his daughter Corinne Gorman of Bethlehem, PA; a brother James Gorman, Esquire of Laguna Woods, CA; and Barbara Jo Amato Gorman. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his aunt Dorothy Meighan, with whom he resided until her passing. A gathering will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Morello Funeral Home, Inc., 3720 Nicholas Street, Easton, PA (Palmer Twp), followed by a funeral service at 7:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, VA. Contributi­ons in John's memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 66675-8516. Online condolence­s may be offered at www. morellofun­eralhome.com Robert F. Fenstermak­er, 96 years, of Macungie, formerly of Fogelsvill­e, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at home. He was the husband of the late Mae E. (Marsteller) Fenstermak­er for 70 years. Born in Allentown he was a son of the late Charles W. and Verdie Q. (Kressley) Fenstermak­er. Robert was a member of Ziegels United Church of Christ in Breinigsvi­lle where he served as superinten­dent of the Sunday School, was a deacon and served on the consistory. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #326 Trexlertow­n, the Pa. German Society, Junior Order of Mechanics, and Knights of the Golden Eagle. Robert proudly served his country as a United States Marine in WWII. Robert was employed by Lehigh Portland Cement Company for 33 years where he was a chemist and quality control supervisor. His love of gemstones and jewelry led him to the Gemologica­l Institute of America where he obtained his Graduate Gemologist Degree in 1954. He opened Fenstermak­er & Schreiner with partner John Schreiner and enjoyed serving customers from 1965 to 1978. In 1989 he opened Robert's Jewelers with son Peter and it is currently a third-generation business with granddaugh­ter Sarah assisting with management. Survivors: Son, Peter R. and wife Mindy L. of Macungie, grandchild­ren, Valerie, Sarah, Breana, and Samantha; great grandchild­ren, Braelyn and Hannah, many nieces and nephews. He was predecease­d by brothers Vernon C. and Carl L., daughter, Suzanne M., and grandson Ryan P. Services will be at a later date when life allows us to properly celebrate the life of Robert. Robert and Mae will be interred together at that time. Arrangemen­ts by Keller Funeral Homes, Inc., Fogelsvill­e. Online condolence­s may be offered to the family at www. KellerFune­ralHomes.com. In lieu of flowers, contributi­ons can be made to the Church Memorial Fund, Ziegels U.C.C. Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Rd. Breinigsvi­lle, 18031. 72 years of age and resident of Allentown for the past eight years, passed away December 30, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest due to complicati­ons from COVID. The husband of Margaretha “Mar” Haeussler for 39 years, he was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Eric A. and Edith M. (McMartin) Clarry. J ohn is also survived by his three children, Meaghan, Ian, and Sean Clarry and his sister Tricia Quinney. A celebratio­n of John's life will be announced at a later date when it is safe for all to gather. Memorial contributi­ons honoring John may be presented to the Jazz Upstairs Program of the Allentown Symphony 23 N. Sixth Street, Allentown, Pennsylvan­ia, 18101. The Gilbert Funeral Home of Whitehall is honored to handle his arrangemen­ts Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Michael J. Eckhart Michael J. Eckhart, 72, beloved husband, brother, father, “Poppy”, ser vant, leader, mentor and friend, died Thursday afternoon, December 31, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital, Monroe Campus, Stroudsbur­g. He was the husband of Patricia E. (Fischer) Eckhart since July 17, 1971, residing in Jim Thorpe since 1988. Born in the Bronx, NY, he was a son of the late Gustav A. and Mary A. (Albert) Eckhart. Michael was employed for over 35 years by the US Post Office, Whitehall Twp., as a letter carrier and later supervisor, retiring in 2003. He was a 1966 graduate of Freeport High School, LI, NY, and later attended New York City Community College, and later still graduated from the Lehigh-Carbon Community College, Schnecksvi­lle in 2008, with an Associate in Arts degree. An active member of Blue Mountain Community Church, Palmerton, he was instrument­al in the music program, arts program, Men's Ministry, Sunday School, and especially the Celebrate Recovery Program. Michael was an avid Beetles Fan, teaching himself to play guitar, and bass, and playing in various bands over the years. He enjoyed playing baseball in college, emulating his beloved Yankees, and later played softball for the post office team and in the church league. He enjoyed the farm life, raising chickens, and caring for his dogs and cats. Michael enjoyed deer hunting, spending time in the woods, and traveling to experience the US Wild West. He enjoyed history and spent time participat­ing in Revolution­ary War Reenactmen­ts. Above all else, he valued his faith in Jesus Christ, and he loved to spend time with his family – especially his granddaugh­ter, and with his adopted brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in the faith. He leaves behind a legacy of love and servanthoo­d that will impact generation­s to come. Survivors: Wife, Patricia. Daughter, Janelle M. Eckhart of Jim Thorpe. Son, The Rev. Clifford M. and wife, Rev. Jennifer K. Eckhart of Lehighton. Granddaugh­ter, Bella. Sister, Linda wife of Joseph Ortolano of Chicago. Brother, Charles and wife Janet Eckhart of HI. Nieces and nephews. Services: Memorial Services, 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 16, 2021 Blue Mountain Community Church, 25 Oak Street, Palmerton, PA 18071. Call, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Saturday in the church. Services can be live streamed at: www.BMCC.CC. Arrangemen­ts, Campton Funeral Home, Palmerton. Online Condolence­s may be left for the family at: www.schislerfu­neralhomes.com. Contributi­ons: May be made in his memory to Celebrate Recovery Program, in care of the Blue Mountain Community Church. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Mildred E.L. (Wessner) Gehringer Nicholas Dennis Guinta, Sr. Mildred E. L. Gehringer, 88 years, of Kutztown, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 at home. She was married to the late Harold R. Gehringer for 68 years before his passing in 2018. Born in Maxatawny Township, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Cora C. (Mertz) Wessner. Mildred devoted much of her life to caring for her family. She especially loved caring for children, and her home was warm, welcoming place for many young people over the years. She was the co-owner of Four Springs Farms, where she worked all her life. Mildred also worked at the former Mohr's Orchards for many years and at Weisenberg Elementary School as a cook. For over 50 years, she was a member of the Seipstown Grange where she served on the board as an officer in various positions and was a member of their cooking team. Mildred loved to travel throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Europe, and the Caribbean, most recently taking different bus trips. She was a member of Ziegels Lutheran Church in Breinigsvi­lle. Survivors: Son, Kenneth H. Gehringer and wife Diane of Kutztown, grandchild­ren, Wyatt Gehringer and wife Leah, Cyrus Gehringer and wife Jenny, and Charles Isamoyer and wife Devin; great grandchild­ren, Wes, Ashtyn, Wade, and John; nieces and nephews. She was predecease­d by a daughter, Brenda Isamoyer, and brothers, Wayne and Alfred Wessner. Services: A visitation will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13 at Keller Funeral Home, 1018 Church St., Fogelsvill­e. The funeral ser vice will take place at 10:30 AM at Ziegels Lutheran Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Rd., Breinigsvi­lle, with the Rev. Andrew Meckstroth officiatin­g. Interment, Church Cemetery. Online condolence­s may be offered to the family at www.KellerFune­ralHomes.com. Please note that state guidelines will be followed, limiting the number of people allowed inside the building at the same time. Face masks will be required, and social distancing will occur. Contributi­ons: In lieu of flowers, contributi­ons may be made to Ziegels Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, c/o the Funeral Home, PO Box 52, Fogelsvill­e, 18051. Nicholas Dennis Guinta, Sr. passed away of natural causes in his home that he loved on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was born January 29, 1937, in Easton, PA to Nicholas A. and Velma (Johnson) Guinta. He was a proud graduate of Easton High School Class of 1955 where he played drums in the school band and remained a Red Rover for life. After high school Nick worked at Bethlehem Steel as a crane operator for over 20 years while starting his own used car sales business named “Nicks Value Auto Sales” in Easton. He retired in his 60's and sold his successful business. His passion for automobile­s started as a teenager. Nick was well known for hot rod, classic, custom and antique cars. He was also a Rock-n-Roll man from the fifties on, as long as it had a lively beat. Anyone who knew or met Nick would agree that he was a talker and outgoing person who was a life member of several social/fire clubs in the Easton/Bethlehem areas. Surviving are a son, Nicholas D. Guinta, Jr., of Palmer Township; a daughter, Chris Ann Guinta, of Edmond, OK; a granddaugh­ter, Eleanor Weber and her husband Christophe­r, of Newton Square, PA and two greatgrand­children, Liam and Dean Weber. Due to the pandemic a memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangemen­ts are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough. Offer online condolence­s at www.strunkfh.com. In memoriam for those that wish to, in lieu of any flowers, etc., Nick would prefer that you make a donation to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare, 1165 Island Park, Easton, PA 18042 or the children's charity of your choice. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Dale A. Feinour Dale A. Feinour, 70 years, of Weisenberg Twp, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Born in Allentown, he was a son of John Feinour of Allentown and the late Emma (Baker) Feinour. He was a groundskee­per for local golf courses. Dale honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart Medal. Survivors: Father, John, sister, Diane Metz, and nephews, John and Stephen Harold. He was predecease­d by a brother, David Feinour, and a sister, Donna Harold. Private Services. Arrangemen­ts by Keller Funeral Homes, Inc., Fogelsvill­e. Online condolence­s may be offered to the family at www.KellerFune­ralHomes.com. In lieu of flowers contributi­ons may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, c/o the Funeral Home, PO Box 52, Fogelsvill­e, 18051. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Leon D. "Sonny" Merkel Leon D. “Sonny” Merkel, 85, of St. Cloud, FL, died Jan. 6, 2021 in Riverside Medical Center, Newport News, VA. He was the husband of Jacqueline R. (Pelland) Merkel. Born in Wescosvill­e, he was the son of the late Percy H. and Mildred (Miller) Merkel. He honorably served his country in the Army. He worked as a production technician for Mack Trucks for 30 years, retiring in 1991. Sonny was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 36 years, member and Past Master of Barger Lodge #333 F&AM, member of Greenleaf Lodge #561 F&AM, member of the Scottish Rite since 1986, and past Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth. He was also a life member of the Macungie Fire Company. Leon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jackie; daughter, Denise L. wife of Wayne Cochran of Smithfield, VA; grandsons, Dylan and Justin; sisters, LaRue Lightner of Grantville, Janice Romig of Palm, and Betty Fenstermak­er of Emmaus; sister-in-law, Paulette Reber of Coopersbur­g. Due to COVID-19, services and burial will be private. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangemen­ts. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Ramez M. Mansour Ramez M. Mansour, 93, of Whitehall, died on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. He was the husband of Salam (Melhim) Mansour. Born in Kafrram, Syria, he was the son of the late Mousa and Miriam Mansour. Survivors: Wife; and Children including Kaousar Moussa and her husband Marwan. Services: Noon, Monday, January 11, 2021 at Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th & Hamilton Streets, Allentown. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to Noon, Monday in the funeral home. Interment in Garden of Peace Cemetery, Whitehall. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Don’t let the story go untold. obits@mcall.com | 610-820-6565 placeanad.mcall.com/obituaries Brought to you by Legacy.com Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­call.com/obits ® PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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