Carmelo Guzman, 84, of Bethlehem, passed away February 16, 2019. He was the loving husband to Doris Edna (Torres) Guzman, with whom he spent 60 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Isabela, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Damaso and Isabel (Ramos) Guzman. Carmelo was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. His happiest moments in life were spent with his family, and he will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Doris Edna Guzman; children- Noemi Martinez and husband Domingo, Doris Edna Guzman, Carmelo Guzman Jr. and wife Marilyn, George Guzman and wife Angela; 11 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; siblings- Damaso Guzman Jr., Gillermina Torres, Pedro Guzman. He was predeceased by 3 siblings.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 21st 8:45-9:45 AM in Holy Infancy Catholic Church located at 312 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 AM in the church and burial to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Infancy Catholic Church
Hulme W. Thomas, Jr.
Hulme W. Thomas Jr., 76, of Bethlehem, passed away January 7, 2019 in Lake Harmony, surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of 50 years to Paula Marie (Meixell) Thomas. Born in Carmel, CA, he was the son of the late Elizabeth (Wolf) and Hulme W. Thomas Sr. Hulme served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He then worked as a Field Engineer for IBM and upon retirement worked for Hampton Lanes. Hulme was a problem solver and enjoyed helping others. He was very talented and could build or fix anything. He also enjoyed doing photography privately.
Survivors: wife- Paula Marie Thomas; sons- Hulme W. Thomas III “Bill” and his wife Rhiannon, David Thomas and his wife Sandi; grandchildren- Savannah, Daniel, Benjamin, Annabelle and Caleb.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 12th 9-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Zion Cemetery in Kriedersville.
Richard Rodriguez, 47, of Bethlehem, passed away January 5, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Edwin Rodriguez and Elizabeth (Huertas) Hothouse. He will be deeply missed and loved.
Survivors: father- Edwin Rodriguez and companion Catherine Weiss and her daughter Michele; mother- Elizabeth and husband Everett Hothouse and his children Kathy, Marisol and Everett III; son- Richard Rodriguez and his mother Elizabeth Diaz; maternal grandfather- Luis Huertas; paternal grandmother- Nerida Molina; brother- Raymond Rodriguez and fiancé Denise; companion- Dana Sykes; aunts- Mercedes, Maria, Mary, Diane, Rosemary and family; uncle- Trini, Freddie and wife Betsy; cousin-Nina and husband James; nieces- Jasmine, Elizabeth and Lea; nephew- Raymond Rodriguez Jr.; many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother- Edwin Rodriguez and grandfather- Luis Ramos.
A calling time will be held on Friday, January 11th 8:30-10:30AM with a Service to follow at 10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Doris L. (Gwilliam) Shemanski, 95, of Bethlehem, passed away January 4, 2019 peacefully in her home. Born in Plymouth, England, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Edith (Mewhort) Gwilliam. Doris served in the English Navy where she met and married her “Timo” Chester Shemanski. They were married for 64 years before his passing in 2009. Doris was a dedicated member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, where she volunteered and participated in many activities and fundraisers. She was a member of the SS Simon and Jude Seniors, the choir and their Sodality. Doris enjoyed gardening, sewing, wallpapering, baking and having afternoon tea with her best friend Eileen.
Survivors: daughter- Kathleen Wiesner spouse of the late Alan; son- Chester Shemanski Jr. and spouse Susan; daughter- Carla Mojica and spouse Roberto; son- Richard Shemanski and spouse Judy; grandchildren- Sean, Kelly, Michael, Cassie, Jason and Heather; great grandchildren- Madalyn, Grace and Miley; step-grandchildren- Betty Jo, AJ and Sean; step- great grandchildren- Brianna, Elise, Colette, Molly and Audrey. She was predeceased by her sister- Kathleen Rowe and brother- Robert Gwilliam of England.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 9th 9:45-10:45AM in church with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM all in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St Bethlehem, PA 18018. Entombment to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Contributions can be made in Doris’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Vincent G. Zambelli, 69, of Walnutport, passed away December 12, 2018. He was the loving husband of 33 years to Crystal (Jones) Zambelli. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Julia (Magniarini) Zambelli. Vincent worked for Bethlehem Steel and then as 5th grade teacher for St. Anne’s Catholic School in Emmaus and retired from St. Anne’s Catholic School in Bethlehem. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.
Survivors: wife- Crystal Zambelli; son- Rev. Jared Zambelli; brothers- Ralph and his wife Lynette Zambelli, Gerard and his wife Rita Zambelli. He was predeceased by his brother- Thomas Zambelli.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 17th 10-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM in St. Nicholas Catholic Church 4412 Mountain View Drive Walnutport, PA 18088. Burial to follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Peter M. Vermuelen, 70, of Bethlehem, passed away December 2, 2018. He was the loving companion of 32 years to the late Carol Reiman. Born in Quakertown, he was the son of the late Peter and Helen (Rudolph) Vermuelen. He worked for NL Morrell for 18 years.
Survivors: children- Brenda “Half Pint” Lebby and husband Dan, Corina “Quarter Pint” Guidon and Larry, Peter Vermuelen Jr.; grandchildren- Joshua Petrella and Brandy Cooke; great grandchildren- Alivia Petrella, Peyton, Jovi and Wyatt Danger Cooke; brother- Leonard Vermuelen and wife Judy. He was predeceased by his brother- Patrick and sister- Jane.
A calling time will be held on Friday, December 7th 2-3PM with a Celebration of Life at 3PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Pete’s memory toward the funeral expenses.
Patricia A. (Sabota) Leperi, 85, of Bethlehem, passed away November 19, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Dominic F. Leperi. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Veronica S. (Havach) Sabota. Patricia worked for John D’Cio Realtor and then for Fairmont’s Apparels before retiring. She was a member of the former SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and a 50 year member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols.
Survivors: son- Dominic A. Leperi and his wife Deanna; grandchildren- Dylan, Dominic and Sophia; nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters- Theresa Groeller and Rosemarie Donchez.
A calling time will be held Monday, November 26th 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in Incarnation of Our Lord Catholic Church 617 Pierce St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Inurnment to follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Patricia’s memory to Incarnation of Our Lord Catholic Church.
Luciano Ortiz, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away November 19, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of the late Cristina (Rodriguez) Ortiz. Born in Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Jose and Juana (Santiago) Ortiz. Luciano loved his family and will be deeply missed.
Children- Luis Ortiz of Allentown, Juanita Ortiz of Bethlehem, Israel Ortiz and wife Angela Marino-Ortiz of Delray Beach, FL, Everaldo Ortiz of Allentown, Migdalia Rosado and husband Antonio of Florida, Maria Colon and husband Jimmy of Allentown, Edda Diaz of Bethlehem, Norma Ortiz of Bethlehem; 25 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; 4 sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 3 children, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
A viewing will be held Saturday November 24th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home toward the funeral expenses.