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Anna (Melinchok) Kosik, 95, of Allentown, passed away May 6, 2017 at St. Luke's VIMA Hospice House. She was the loving wife of the late Charles L. Kosik, who passed in 2006. Born in Gilberton, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Tesla Melinchok. Anna was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Mack Trucks during the war. She and her husband had owned and operated the former Keystone Hotel and the former Casba Hotel, both in Allentown. She later retired from Western Electric. Anna was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was a member of their Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors: Son- Charles R. Kosik and wife Paula of Coopersburg; Grandchildren-Kim, Charles, Nick, Matt and Jon; Great Granddaughter- Ava; Sister- Mary Masters of Florida; Brother- Michael Melinchok of Whitehall. She was predeceased by her son- David M. Kosik and brother- Wasyl Melinchok.

Josephine B. Galm, 85 years, of Whitehall Township, died Tuesday May 2nd, at her home. She was the wife of Joseph D. Galm, celebrating 62 years of marriage last May. Born in Newburgh, NY, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Filippa (Orlando) Barberi. She was employed from 1951-1960 as a secretary for Western Electric on loan to Bell Laboratories and from 1969-1996, she was a legal secretary for Attorney Harold Caplan. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. She was a 1949 Northampton High School graduate and also attended Allentown Business School. Survivors: Survivors include her husband, daughters Carol, wife of the late Joseph Yanavitch of Coplay and Christine, wife of Glenn Hulse of Fairfax Station, VA, and grandchildren Jessica, Natalie, Patrick, and Shane. She was predeceased by a brother John A. Barberi and a sister Angelina Schock.

Virginia Marie Garvey, 89, died on May 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at home in Allentown, PA. She was born in 1928, to the late Joseph and Hilda (Kern) Egizio in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ginny graduated from Allentown High School in 1943. She graduated from Bucknell University as a double major in Biology and Chemistry and a member of Phi Mu sorority. During her time at Bucknell, Ginny met her future husband, Joseph David Garvey. They were dedicated to each other and their family of four children, Joseph Jr., Thomas, Kathleen and Sally. Ginny loved math and was exceptionally good with numbers. She played competitive duplicative bridge at the Jewish Community Center in Allentown and as a member of Lehigh Country Club, she volunteered to do the scoring for the annual member-guest tournament for thirty years. Ginny loved dancing and music. In high school she performed Acrobatic adagio dance and every party in her house ended in singing and dancing. Ginny's passions included skiing with her family, gardening, attending Broadway plays and traveling with her husband, Joe and their friends. Ginny is survived by her four children, Joseph, Jr. (Christine), Thomas (Susan), Kathleen (John Spagnola and Sally (David Wuthrich) and twelve grandchildren.

Dr. Ernestina Luz Marina Fernandez de Casaseca y Bertot passed away on May 22, 2017 in Allentown, PA. She was born on July 23,1920 in La Palma, Las Canarias, Spain to Jose Maria and Ernestina (nee Clavijo y Campanioni) Fernandez de Casaseca. Her father was a prominent international attorney sent to Cuba by the Crown of Spain, where they settled. She was married to Eduardo Felipe Bertot y Matos on Aug. 2,1946 in Havana, Cuba and remained happily married for 64 years before he passed away in 2010. She graduated from the Univ. of Havana Law School in 1943. In addition, she received her Ph.D.(s) in Economics, Letters in Morphology of Spanish, Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy from the University of Havana, as well as her Juris Doctorate from NYU Law School after immigrating to the US. Committed to education, she was instrumental in establishing the integrity of the Spanish language studies program at Kean University. Dr. Bertot was an educator, a writer, and a committed pioneer in the Cuban community. She loved her husband, her family and her country, serving as a Diplomat for Cuba prior to the revolution. She remained highly involved in Cuban politics after immigrating to America.

Carol Ann Conway, 80, of Emmaus, PA died peacefully in her home on May 11, 2017. Born July 12,1936 in Pottsville, PA, she is predeceased by her parents, Edward and Catherine (Bortzel) Brahler of Pottsville, PA, brother, Edward Brahterand sisters Mary Louise (Brahler) Moran and Joan (Brahler) Glosser. Carol (also known as "CC" by her grandchildren and family) was an incredible mother, homemaker, wife, friend and grandmother. Before marrying and raising her family, Carol was a Medical Technologist at the Pottsville Hospital. After raising her family Carol worked at the Bon Ton Department Store and The Women's Health Center of Allentown. Carol also volunteered as a "Lunch Lady" at the St Thomas More Catholic School. Besides spending time with her large family, Carol was a fabulous cook, avid gardener and enjoyed reading, walking and bird watching. Survivors: Survivors include her husband Walter R. Conway, her daughter, Catherine (Mark S.) Steiner of Emmaus, Pa, and granddaughter, Carlie Steiner of Washington D.C., son Timothy E. Conway (Krystina B.); grandsons Peter, Adam and Sam; son Christopher Conway (Kristen C.) grandsons Ian and Teagh; son John F. Conway (Dawn H.); granddaughters Ailish, Adderyn and Aoibhinn; son Matthew Conway (Jodey C); granddaughter Madeline and grandson William, brothers Frederick Brahler, Joseph Brahler and Richard Brahler, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Walter E. Granlund, 93, of Macungie, PA, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at his residence. He is the husband of the late Lorraine L. (Lesko) Granlund and Shirley L. (Bickel) Granlund. Walter was born in Cromwell, MN on July 20, 1923 to the late Frank & Anna Maria (Sarrela) Granlund. He served our country faithfully in the US Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked as a Geologist at the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Center Valley, PA for many years retiring in 1985. He is a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, PA. Walt was a kind, gentle man, always ready to smile, enjoyed life and being outside. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great­grandfather, and will be sorely missed. Survivors: Children: Stephen W. Grandlund of Macungie, PA, Carol J. (Ernest A.) Natalie of Center Valley, PA, Patricia L. (David C.) Walbert of Alburtis, PA, Gregory S. (Barbara K.) Willman of Center Valley, PA; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. Predeceased by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

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