Barbara A. Gaugler, 81, of Bethlehem, died March 20, 2020, at Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Donald H. and Theresa Rose (Donches) Gaugler.
She is survived by two brothers, Robert S. Gaugler and Donald C. Gaugler.
Contributions may be made to Gracedale Nursing Home, 2 Gracedale Ave., Nazareth PA 18064.
Arrangements were made by Cantelmi-Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.
Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021
Today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.
Jean Elizabeth (Ryan) Maurer, 88, of Center Valley, died March 23, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Gerald F. and Loretta G. (McGarr) Ryan. She was the wife of the late Francis “Fritz” J. Maurer.
She was a 1947 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic HS. She received a degree from St. Luke’s School of Nursing.
She was a registered nurse. She was the recipient of the DeSales Medal in 2008 for her outstanding contributions to the development of the university through personal service.
St. Luke’s University Health Network has implemented a universal masking policy for its patient-facing health care workers and employees. St. Luke’s made the universal masking decision to protect its patients and staff and to help reduce the community spread of COVID-19.
Lewis Joseph Schray, 96, of Bethlehem, died March 23, 2020, in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Francis (Rituper) Schray. He was the husband of the late Rachel (Kelly) Schray and of the late Jean Elizabeth (Lunger) Schray.
He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
He attended Bethlehem Business College.
Two area amusement parks that many residents frequent each summer have announced that they are delaying their opening weekends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg and Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown are both postponing their season.
The opening weekend for tKnoebels is May 9 and 10. Ride passes, campground, cottage and picnic reservations for the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3 will be rescheduled for later in the season.
Changes to the schedule have been updated on Knoebels’ website and via its Facebook page.
John W. Yerk Sr., 90, of Bethlehem, died March 22, 2020, at his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late John and Martine (Gerhab) Yerk. He was the husband of the late Anna M. (Kolleogy) Yerk.
He was hired as a police officer in 1959 for the City of Bethlehem. He was the police commissioner when he retired in 1997.
He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
He was a member of the FOP Star Lodge #20. He was on the board of directors of the Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Personal protection devices donations needed
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency, personal protective equipment (PPE) is in critical supply. Face masks, a needed type of PPE, help protect health care providers and other non-clinical health care workers from droplets that may be expelled by a cough or sneeze as they interact with people seeking care.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is seeking the community’s help to sew face masks for LVHN.
Jacqueline Mae (Wenner) Vibert, 84, died March 19, 2020, at home in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin and Beulah Madelin (Leister) Wenner. She was the wife of the late Thomas Monteith Vibert for 62 years.
She was a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem HS and a 1957 graduate of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her R.N. degree.
She was employed by Rhode Island Hospital from 1969 until her retirement in 1998.
Crossing guards in limbo
Bethlehem City’s crossing guards are in a unique, uncomfortable position. Their pay is split between two entities, the city of Bethlehem, and the Bethlehem Area School District.
When BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy announced the employees who would continue to receive pay during the shutdown, crossing guards were not included.
Russell Giordano, human resources director, confirmed that the crossing guards are not being paid, but that Dr. Roy is open to discussing this matter with with city.