Laurel Marie (Houda) Sickler, 87, formerly of National Park, passed away October 10, 2018 in Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem, PA. She was the daughter of the late Frederick F. and Irene (Hyller) Houda. Laurel was a magical, spiritual person, a lifelong learner who loved her family and all children. She served her community as a beloved teacher and reading specialist for 30-years, and in retirement on the National Park Land Use Board, and the Gloucester Co. Juvenile Court Youth Services. She graduated with honors from Union Co. College, Western College for Women, and with her M.A. in Reading from Rowan University. Laurel was an avid naturalist, talented artist and storyteller.
She will be deeply missed by her children: Mary Sharp-Ross and husband John Ross, Thomas Sharp, Frederick Sharp, and Christopher Sharp, Laureen Griffin and husband Joe Griffin, Judith Iacovelli, and 10 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Jere Sickler.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, October 13th 11AM-12PM with a Memorial Service at 12PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Laurel’s memory to Holy Family Manor’s Resident Activities Fund 1200 Spring St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Rosemarie C. Ortwein
Rosemarie “Rose” C. (Peters) Ortwein, 97, of Fountain Hill, passed away October 1, 2018. She was the wife of the late James J. Ortwein. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late George P. and Anna I. (Mingora) Peters. Rose worked for the former Browns Flower Shop. She was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church and the Golden Hillers.
Survivors: daughter- Beverly wife of the late Warren Ruppert of Macungie; grandchildren- Deborah Eberts, Denise Ryerson and Warren Ruppert Jr.; 7 great grandchildren; great grandson- Damien; brother- Charles Peters of Bethlehem. She was predeceased by her sister- Mary Malinski and brothers- John, George and Edward Peters.
A viewing will be held Saturday, October 6th 9:15-9:45AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. Ursula Catholic Church 1300 Broadway Fountain Hill, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Rose’s memory to the church.
Jeanette C. (Kalman) Zareczky, 88, of Bethlehem, passed away September 30, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph J. Zareczky. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary (Szerki) Kalman. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1948. Jeanette worked previously as a seamstress for Laros Textile Co. and then stayed at home to take care of her family. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. Jeanette was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, sewing, arts & crafts, baking, cooking and loved all animals.
Survivors: son, David R. Zareczky of Bethlehem and the mother of his children, Diane Zareczky; Daughter, Jane A. Elmouderrib and husband Jean Pierre of Bethlehem. Grandchildren, David, Jr., Daniel, Shelby, Cody and Laila, Great-grandchildren, Peyton, Gage, Madilynn and Michael; also two Nieces, Karen and Terry; Daughter-in-Law, Michele Zareczky wife of the late son, Michael.
Services: A viewing will be held Saturday, October 6th 9-9:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Contributions can be made in Jeanette’s memory to the church or to the St. Francis Center for Renewal care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc., Bethlehem.
James R. Johnson Jr
James R. Johnson, Jr., 74, of Bethlehem, passed away September 26, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Lynn P. (Anderson) Johnson. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late James and Irene (Hawk) Johnson. James served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of CrossPoint Wesleyan Church and participated in their Darts Baseball League. James also enjoyed being a part of the Noise Nation for the Iron Pigs.
Survivors: children- James R. Johnson III of Bethlehem, Ryan M. Johnson of Allentown, Heather Irene Serrano of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Summer Star Flynn and Tyler Gabriel Johnson; sister- Maryann Elliott of FL. He was predeceased by his brother- Carl Johnson.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 4th 11AM-12PM with a Service at 12PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in James’ memory toward the funeral expenses care of the funeral home.
Judith C. (Grimes) Mayer, 72, of Bethlehem, passed away September 16, 2018. She was the loving wife of 19 years to Stephen L. Mayer. Born in Stone Mountain, GA she was the daughter of the late John and Johanna (Hathaway) Grimes. Judith obtained her BA from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters Degree from Lehigh University. She retired as an editor from Lehigh University Press and participated in many of the University’s woman’s social groups. She also volunteered for the Bethlehem Public Library’s Book Sales. Judith enjoyed origami, reading, playing bridge and finding new recipes to cook and bake for her family, especially to celebrate their birthdays.
Survivors: husband- Stephen L. Mayer; son- William R. Mayer; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son- Stephen Mayer Jr. and her 1st husband Dr. Allen Moran.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 21st 12-1PM with a service at 1PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Judith’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice 2024 Lehigh St. Suite 100 Allentown, PA 18103.
Helen C. Werkheiser
Helen C. (Golab) Werkheiser, 95, of Bethlehem, passed away September 13, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Gerald H. Werkheiser. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Helena (Zielenska) Golab. Helen was primarily a homemaker but took pride in working during WWII for Bethlehem Steel. She achieved her life long goal of obtaining her GED, at the age of 70, from Liberty High School. She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and participated in their Sodality group. Helen volunteered for Holy Family Manor and enjoyed being involved with her children’s activities. Helen treasured her time with her family, especially with her grandchildren.
Survivors: sons- Gerald F. and wife Frances of Coopersburg, Richard S. and wife Joan of Easton, Jeffrey A. of Bethlehem; daughter- Mary Ellen Bedics and husband Joseph of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Jennifer Venzie, Erika Johnson, Mike Werkheiser, Steven Werkheiser, Kathryn Baglini, Tim Werkheiser, Lauren Bachman, Jolene Hahn, Kelsey Bedics, Andrew Werkheiser, Philip Werkheiser, Emily Werkheiser; 12 great grandchildren; sister- Mary F. Lawrence; former daughter-in-laws- Lenore Capuano and Kathy Woolf. She was predeceased by her son- David A. Werkheiser, sisters- Agnes Mozaeke and Adella Martin and her foster sister- Blanche Avilla.
A calling time will be held on Tuesday, September 18th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM, all at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
As Helen would say "God Speed!"
Edward A. LaChapelle, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away September 13, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Jeanne M.(Trainor) LaChapelle. Born in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Edward A. and Evelyn M. (Kolb) LaChapelle. Ed served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Ed retired after 35 years as an engineering manager for Western Electric / AT&T. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church and their 55+ Club. Ed was a member of the Pioneer Club, and organized a continuing education program for seniors at Cedar Crest College. He enjoyed gardening, skiing, food, bowling, bridge, travel, body surfing, coaching children's activities, and cheering on his grandchildren in all of their endeavors. He will be remembered fondly by his children Linda (Jack) Gray of Bethlehem, Edward D. (Zelda Ziegler) of Bend, OR, Richard J. (Dana) of Wilmette, IL, Mary B. (John) Kozma of Bethlehem, John T. (Yifong) of Foster City, CA, Leslie Young of Wayne; grandchildren Michele Gray, Shannon (Jef) Flounders, Jake LaChapelle, Sarah Stevens, Alexis (Thomas) Griffiths, Matthew, Daniel (Elizabeth), Kathryn, and Samuel LaChapelle, Sean, Liam, and Lucas Young; 7 great grandchildren; and his sister Betty Ryan. A viewing and mass will be held on Tuesday, September 18 in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, 1861 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem. Viewing starts at 9:30AM and mass will be held at 10:30AM. Burial will follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Center for Independent Services in Evanston, IL, or to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. in Bethlehem.
William J. Siska, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away August 12, 2018. Born in DePue, IL he was the son of the late Frances and Aton Siska. He was the husband of the late M. Jean Siska. William served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and retired from Durkee Foods in 1988.
Surviving is his son- Scott Siska of Bethlehem. He was predeceased by his son- Robert, brother- Frank and sister- Julia Baley.
Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.