James Sawruk, Dieruff High School graduate
James Sawruk, 66, of Bethlehem, died November 19, 2019. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Walter and Emma (Krobath) Sawruk. He was the husband of Jennifer Ann (Patterson) Sawruk for 38 years.
He was a Louis E. Dieruff High School graduate.
Thousands of Lehigh Valley and surrounding area residents flocked to the 2019 Open Gate Farm Tour “Host Farm” sites over the span of four days.
Penn State Extension has organized the Open Gate Farm Tours of Lehigh and Northampton Counties for more than four decades.
This year, Extension coordinated the 2019 Lehigh Valley Open Gate Farm Tours at nineteen farms/agricultural operations in Northampton County and twenty-one farms/agricultural operations in Lehigh County.
By Dana Grubb
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish?
Carl Maurice Postupack, Bell Telephone installer
Carl Maurice Postupack, 75, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 5, 2019, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Maurice and Julianna Chernansky Postupack.
He was a Liberty High School graduate.
He was a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1966.
He earned certifications for Telephone-Teletype Repair as well as for Basic Electronics. After he retired, he designed and constructed a log home in Hellertown.
He was a member of the American Legion.
Dr. John J. Ryan Jr., 82, of Bethlehem, died suddenly November 14, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late John J. Sr. and Iona (Waschko) Ryan. He was the husband of Faith Ann (McEnrue) Ryan for 40 years.
He graduated and earned a bachelor of science degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Lehigh University. He graduated as a medical doctor of Pulmonary Medicine from Hahnemann University Hospital.
He was in the U. S. Navy, where he was detached to the Marines. He was a physician in Vietnam.
Family members: Danielle (mom), Troy (dad), Asher (older brother), Aidan (younger brother), Bubbles (cat).
Favorite subject(s): My favorite school subject is history because I like to look back at the events that helped to shape our society into what it is today, and judge whether we have made progress or not.
Next steps (after high school): After high school, I want to attend Syracuse University as a public relations major, minoring in journalism.
Lucy R. Gorcsan, 98, of Bethlehem, died November 20, 2019, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St Louis. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Rocco Carchio and Antoinette (Marinaccio) Carchio. She was the wife of the late John Gorcsan Jr. for 62 years.
She attended Liberty High School, Bethlehem.
She was a shipping clerk for Lehigh Dress Company, Bethlehem.
She participated in the Ladies Auxiliary of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church.
State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded a total of $638,200 in Recreation and Conservation grants in the 18th Senatorial District through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) specifically for Community Parks (Development, Planning, Small Community) and Partnerships projects.
Sherie Lee Datis, 59, of Coopersburg, was taken into custody after she allegedly struck a 16-year-old female during an argument at a residence in the 7700 block of Lone Lane, Lower Milford Township, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville. Datis allegedly struck the teenager in the face with a closed fist.
Jean M. Green, 91, of Allentown, died November 12, 2019, in Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Olive (Scholl) Nauman. She was the wife of Donald P. Green for 72 years.
She was a licensed practical nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital for ten years before she retired. She volunteered at St. Luke’s for an additional twenty years after her retirement.
She was a member of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church.
She sang with several church choirs in the Lehigh Valley.