Russell E. Truby

Russell E. Truby, 67, of Oakmont, formerly of Springdale, passed away unexpectedly, at his home, which he loved, on his favorite holiday, the Fourth of July, 2022, one day before his 68th birthday. Born July 5, 1954, he was the son of the late Russell O. (Sophie Green Truby) and the late Violet Truby. He is survived by his beloved childhood sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Janice Daniel Truby; he was the devoted father of Shea (Jim) Swatsworth, Sean Russell (Amanda) Truby and Paige Truby; Boppy of Isla Evelyn, Brooke Elizabeth and Heath Russell, all of Oakmont. brother-in-law of Connie (Henry) Morrow; brother of the late JoAnn (the late Bill) Mentecky; uncle of William (Megan) Mentecky, Catherine (Joe) Logue, and Matthew (Becky) Mentecky; and great-uncle of six. Russ fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a funeral director by owning and operating Burket-Truby Funeral Home since 1981. From a very young age, a strong work ethic was instilled in him, which was and is carried on through his children. Russ has been a pillar in the Oakmont community by serving in numerous organizations over the years; most recently he was master of ceremonies for the Memorial Day Service, sponsor of the Survivor's Tent at the annual Relay for Life, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of Lions Club, longtime board member of the Riverview Community Action Center, two-time Oakmont Citizen of the Year, co-chairs with his wife, Jan, of the Len Anderson Christmas Fund the last 25 years, and had been generous to more organizations and causes than one can count. He was so proud to have been inducted into the Springdale Hall of Fame in 2009. Russ had a larger than life personality, lighting up a room, and enjoyed planning any and every event. He loved going to Alexander's Gym every morning, working out and making many connections. Russ enjoyed cooking ethnic food, especially Hungarian dishes, and also enjoyed baking. A devout Catholic, he was a lover of all churches, and supported many over the years. He enjoyed dancing, always had a cake for all his functions, enjoyed sending and receiving cards and was a friend to many, never meeting a stranger. Family, faith, friendships and relationships were at the forefront of his life. In the summer, he enjoyed going home early and spending time at his pool and working in his yard. Above all, he was a devoted and selfless husband, father, grandfather and friend. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2022, and Friday, July 8, 2022, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Holy Family Parish (St. Irenaeus Catholic Church). Everyone please meet at church. Committal prayers and entombment will follow in Verona Cemetery, Oakmont, with his dear friend, the Rev. Dr. Bill Ellis. The family strongly requests no flowers; instead, please donate in Russ's memory to Len Anderson Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 355, Oakmont, PA 15139, RCAC, 501 Second St., Oakmont, PA 15139, or Relay for Life, c/o Moochie Donatucci, 420 11th St., Oakmont, PA 15139. 

Donald G. Black

Donald G. Black, age 77, of York, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2022 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of Catherine S. (Steele)Black; together they shared 54 years of marriage.

Donald was born in Huntingdon, PA on September 26, 1944 and was the son of the late Victor “Dick” S. and Alma P. (Mullen) Black. He graduated from Tussey Mountain High School Class of 1962 and later attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and York College of Pennsylvania. Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam during the Vietnam War for which he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. He also worked as an operations manager for Caterpillar in York and North Carolina and retired after 32 years of employment. Donald was a member of the F&AM Everett Lodge #524, Top of the Mountain Hunting Club, and the Broad Top Land Lease. He had a great love for his hometown of Broad Top City, PA and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking, and cherished the time he spent with his loving family.

In addition to his loving wife Catherine, Donald is survived by his children Matthew R. Black and wife Kimberly of Irwin, PA, and Melinda B. Wise and husband Steven of York; and his grandchildren Braydon, Chloe, Laykon, Ashlyn, Makenna, and Hunter. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Anne Foore and husband Hilton of York; his niece Deidra Foore; and his nephew Douglas Foore. Donald was preceded in death by his nephew David Foore.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing in celebration of Donald’s life on Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., of East York, 3670 E. Market St., York, PA 17402. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 12:00PM at Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home, Inc., 5010 Railroad Ave., Broad Top City, PA 16621 with a viewing from 11:00AM – 12:00PM. He will be laid to rest following the service at Broad Top I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Broad Top City, PA with full military honors. At Donald’s request, please feel free to dress casual when attending the viewing and funeral services.

Donald cherished his close relationship with his cousin Bill Black, longtime friend David Lashinsky, and many other friends.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Donald’s caregiver, Heather Myers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Broad Top Church of God, P.O. Box 162, Broad Top City, PA 16621, or to Broad Top City Community Parks, P.O. Box 207, Broad Top City, PA 16621.

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Mae K. Long

Mae K. (Long) Long, 90, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19th in her home at Moravian Village. She was the wife of the late Wallace M. Long, founder of the former Long Funeral Home in Bethlehem. Mae was born in Marion Township, Berks County, the daughter of the late Warren F. Long and the late Beulah Virgie (Hartman) Long Bross. She grew up in Strausstown, the youngest of 9 children. She graduated from Bryland School of Beauty Culture. She and her husband owned both a beauty shop and a funeral home in Oley until her family moved to Bethlehem in 1964, when they purchased the former Steyers Funeral Home. Mae was involved in many activities at Central Moravian Church, including Busy Workers, Sacristans, Sunday School, and Ladies Sewing Society, where she enjoyed making the detailed dresses for Polly Heckewelder and Anna Nitschmann dolls. She was an active member of the Bethlehem Lioness Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, Elks Club, as well as bowling weekly in a women's league at Town and Country Lanes up until age 80. 

SURVIVORS: Mae is survived by her son, Michael Long and his wife Terri of Bethlehem Township; her daughter Michele Graffis and her husband Dale of NC; her grandchildren Meghan Gaur and her husband Agosh of NY, Douglas Long and his wife Shelley of Virginia, Tyler Long and his wife Kelsey of Hanover Township, Andrew Graffis of CO; great-grandchildren Hallie, Maisie, Clara, Roshan, Callen and Maya; sister-in-law Mildred Long of Hamburg; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace Long; her siblings Mary Hassler, George Long, Earl Long, Warren Long, Dorothy Heister, Grace Breidigan, Marion Batz, Leona Stoudt; and her grandson Derek Graffis. 

SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, August 20, 2022, in the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem. A visitation will be held from 9am until time of service. Please share a Memory Tribute at Mae's family wish to express appreciation to the staff and management of Moravian Village of Bethlehem for their exceptional care. 

CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Mae's honor to the Angel 34 Foundation, 5611 Hemlock Place, Orefield, PA 18069, for Derek's Camp Flip-Flop, helping children and their families battling pediatric cancer.