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.
Valerie A. Rudolph, 45, of Slatington, passed away November 18, 2018. Born in Fountain Hill, she was daughter of Steven and Carol (Litzenberger) Rudolph. She was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church of Christ in Cherryville. Valerie enjoyed helping others and doing artwork such as coloring and drawing. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors: parents- Steven and Carol Rudolph; son- Tyler Roberts; Fiancé- Tom Sokol and his son-Eric Sokol; sister- Lisa Murphy; 2 nieces & 2 nephews. She was predeceased by her brother- Steven Rudolph.
A Service will be held on Saturday November 24th at 12PM in Lower Saucon United Church of Christ 1375 3rd Ave Hellertown, PA 18055.
Leslie Ruth (Morris) Keefe, 60 of Bethlehem, PA passed away from complications of cancer on November 10th surrounded by her family and friends at St. Luke’s Hospice House (Bethlehem, PA). Born March 5th 1958 in Woodbury, NJ she was the daughter of the late Courtland Parker Morris and Mrs. Ruth (Cornog) Morris (Bethlehem Township, PA). Leslie is survived by her husband of 34 years John Charles Keefe, Jr. and their son Kieran Thomas Keefe (both of Bethlehem, PA), her mother Ruth Morris, brother Bradley Morris, sister-in-law Tammy (Anderson) Morris (St. Augustine, FL) and their three children Charles, Courtney and Kelsey.
Leslie graduated from Woodbury High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV) with a Bachelor of Science degree in art history. While at college she was member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was employed by the Philadelphia Art Museum, DataComp and for most of her married life as a Production Manager at Rodale Press supervising the printing of magazines and books.
She found great joy in serving Cub Scout Pack 360 / Boy Scout Troop 318 (Bethlehem, PA) while her son and husband were scouters. Leslie served in many roles from Popcorn Kernel to Troop Committee Chair. Family parties and gathering at her home were elegant and always had great food. She planed wonderful events that her family and extended families anticipated each year. From her days at Rodale Press she was an avid organic gardener planting many tasty vegetables.
Leslie’s love of the beach started as a child on her grandfather’s boat the “Morning Glo” and extended until her death. Along with frequent family trips to the Jersey Shore, Hilton Head and Nags Head she made yearly pilgrimages to the beach with her best friend Donna Chuss from her years in scouting.
In addition to the Morris/Keefe extended families that were key for Leslie’s support the Beedle family (Hellertown, PA) provided great friendship, love and support for over 35 years through Laura (Keefe) Beedle (John’s sister, Leslie’s college best friend and her husband David Beedle along with the Hellertown ice hockey brotherhood that started the Stahley’s Brewers hockey team). All these interconnections and relationships made for an intense and rich life for Leslie and her family.
Leslie was the proud mother of Kieran and was elated when she found out that she was pregnant even after doctors told her it was not possible after having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma treatment. She will miss her devoted pets especially her tuxedo cat Mr. Chippy who she rescued when he was injured and who provided great solace in the months leading up to her passing. She has now found lasting rest in our Lord, Jesus Christ and freedom from cancer that she had endured many times since she was 22 years old.
A calling time will be held Saturday November 17th 10-11AM with a celebration of life service at 11AM in the Downing Funeral Home, 1002 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in her memory to BSA Troop 318 (Bethlehem, PA) to support local scouting. These can be sent to Downing Funeral Home.
Margaret A. Volpinari
Margaret A. “Peggy” (McLaughlin) Volpinari, 95, of Bethlehem, passed away November 9, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Peter Volpinari. Born in Meriden, CT she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (McAllister) McLaughlin. Peggy was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and she was a talented artist. Peggy’s greatest pride and focus was her family and home.
Survivors: children- Carolyn DeMasi and husband Dominick of Danbury, CT, Lynn Simms and husband Douglas of Hanover, PA, Kristine Shields and Walter Horigan of Pipersville, PA, Peter Volpinari and Kathy Perlow of Bethlehem; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister- Elizabeth “Betty” McLaughlin and brother- Jack McLaughlin.
A calling time will be held on Monday, Nov 12th 6:30-8:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Peggy’s memory to the church or the Easton Home, care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Christine M. (Gorza) Donchez, 99, of Bethlehem, passed away October 31, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late William “Paddy” Donchez. Born in Murska Sobato, Yugoslavia, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Lipics) Gorza. She retired from Penn State Mills after 45 years of service. She was a member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church and Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Christine loved taking care of her family and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: sons- Frank J. Donchez and William Donchez Jr.; daughter- Anna J. Moleski; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters- Margaret Dimovitz and Helen Prately.
A viewing will be held on Monday Nov. 5th 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 10AM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 703 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Edward P. O’Hora, 88, of Bethlehem, passed away October 16, 2018. Edward was the son of the late Olive M (McIntyre) and Joseph O’Hora of Dunmore, PA. The family came to Bethlehem in 1937. Edward graduated from Liberty High School, Class of 1949.
Edward served his country well during the Korean War as a member of the Air Force- Military Police, a member of the Air Police Team from Shepherds Grove, England, representing the United Kingdom. He won first place with the M-1 rifle. Edward worked as a manager for Almart Department Store of Bethlehem. He enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, and making country crafts along with his dear friend Dot.
He is survived by his sister- Olive, cousins, nieces and nephews, great neighbors and his health aide- Sherri. He was predeceased by his sister- Mary and brothers- Joseph and William.
A viewing will be held on Monday, October 22nd, 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Burial to follow.
Contributions can be made in Edward’s memory to the Friends of the Mounted Unit or the K-9 Unit for the Bethlehem Police care of the funeral home.