Laura A. (Bush) Guzie, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away April 12, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Andrew Guzie. Born in Lower Macungie Twp, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Gower) Bush. She was a former member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Allentown. Laura enjoyed spending her time crocheting.
Survivors: son- Gary and wife Candace Guzie of Las Cruces, NM; daughter- Judith and husband Rich Dorsam of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Bendict, Jillian, Jaclyn, Lauren, Carin and Brian; 6 great grandchildren; sister- Grace Zimmerman of Breinigsville.
Services will be private for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Laura’s memory to Peaceable Kingdom PO Box 424 Whitehall, PA 18052.
Mitch “Mitchie” Brown passed away in his home in Pottstown, PA, on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. He was 31 years old. He was born in Bethlehem on September 23rd, 1986 to Mitchell J. and Eileen (Casey) Brown. He was a 2005 graduate from Nazareth Area High School. Mitch will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his partner Katie DiLuigi and their daughter,Bailey. He is survived by his mother, Eileen; sisters Melissa Owens and Abby (Chris) White; brother Tucker (Jessa) Brown; and his Aunts Cathy Brown and Sharon Hurt. He was a loyal friend and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mitch was preceded in death by his father, Mitchell. Mitchie will be fondly remembered for his ability to light up any room with his smile. His sense of humor, kind heart, and sweet, easy disposition will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 12th, from 4-6PM with a service at 6PM at Downing Funeral Home, 1002 West Broad St, Bethlehem, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Bailey Brown education fund in care of Eileen Brown and can be sent to the funeral home.
Rita D. Rohrbach, 88, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 28, 2018. She was the loving spouse of the late Edwin Rohrbach who preceded her on January 14, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, Rita was the daughter of the late Carlo and Antionette (Gentile) Tomassi. She was a devout member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Rita worked as a seamstress throughout her life at various garment factories, including Rosenthal’s in Philadelphia, Bethleon Togs in Bethlehem, and Casco in Hellertown. Even after retirement, she could always be found with a needle in her hand. Rita was a member of the “Busy Bee’s” and Senior Group at her church and loved to help out with various charitable fundraisers. She and her husband loved to travel. Surviving Rita are her sons: John of Naples, Fl, and Joseph and his wife Diane of Bethlehem. Rita is also survived by her five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, as well as her sister Rose Porto. She was preceded in death by her siblings Felix, Emily and Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:30 am in Ss. Simon and Jude Church, 730 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem. Calling hours will be from 10:30-11:30 am in the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her memory to her church or St. Luke’s Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Downing Funeral Home, Inc., Bethlehem.
David P. Smith, 30, of Bethlehem, passed away March 26, 2018. Born in Allentown, he was the loving son of Catherine “Ann” (Gottwald) Smith and Milton Smith. He attended Liberty High School and worked as a mechanic. David enjoyed working on cars, fishing, getting tattoos and cared for all animals, especially his snake and dog “Boomer.”
Survivors: mother- Catherine Smith; father- Milton Smith husband of Stephanie Smith; siblings- Robert Cavey husband of Kristen Zambo- Cavey, Craig Smith husband of Gloria Smith, Russell Cavey husband of Brenda Cavey, Bradley Smith, M.D., Gretchen Devers wife of Michael Devers, Garrett Smith husband of Chrissy Smith, Cameron Smith, Owen Smith, Ava Smith and Lucas Smith; 7 nieces and nephews.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, March 31st 9-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in David’s memory to Peaceable Kingdom PO Box 424 Whitehall, PA 18052.
Dennis J. Cogan, 68, passed away March 25, 2018. He was the loving husband of 19 years to Carol (Toth) Cogan. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James J. and Leonora (Dowling) Cogan. Dennis was the owner and operator of Cogan Blue Print in Bethlehem. He was also a school bus driver for many years. He enjoyed golfing and coaching his softball team.
Survivors: wife- Carol Cogan; daughter- Anna Marie and husband James C. Romig; grandchildren- Julie, Laural and Jared Romig; brothers- James and Joseph Cogan; sister- Eileen Pinder. He was predeceased by his step-son- Glenn Toth.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday April 4th 6-8PM with a Service at 7:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
George Creedon West, 92, of Allentown died peacefully Thursday, February 15, 2018. Born in Homestead, PA November 4, 1925, he was eldest son of John R. and Katherine (Creedon) West. George was a combat veteran of WWII, serving with the Fighting 69th Infantry in Europe. He later served the U.S. Navy Reserves, receiving honorable discharges from both the Army and Navy. George began his career with the U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, lived and worked in California for several years, and later became a long-time realtor and insurance professional in the Lehigh Valley heading his own agencies, West Associates Insurance and Century 21 West Associates. George had an active family and social life. He loved to sing in church choirs and was a founding member of the St. Catherine’s Cathedral Choir. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
George is survived by his loving companion of more than thirty years, Lina O’Brien of Allentown and her extended family. He is also survived by three adult children: Georgine Takach of Pottstown, James West and his wife Ruhi of Schnecksville, and Denise Grove and husband Doug of Naples, NY; and seven grand-children and five great- grandchildren; a brother, John R. West of Laguna Woods, CA and sister Patricia (West) Hrosik of Greensburg, PA. He was predeceased by daughter, Mary Katherine (John) Senkarik and first wife, Jean Stuffle, as well as three brothers, Justin, Robert, Jerome and sister, Joan. He was loved by all.
There are no viewing or funeral services as George desired that his body be donated for medical research. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined. Expressions of remembrance and condolences can be made online to the Morning Call Obituary website or through the Downing Funeral Home, 1002 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh St., Suite100 Allentown, PA 18103.
Geraldine (Jerri) Greiner Wood of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania passed away on February 10, 2018. She was born on August 20, 1930 in Columbiana, Ohio where she was raised with her two brothers Sam and Don, by Mildred and George Greiner, all predeceased her.
After attending Ohio State, Jerri lived briefly in Ohio and then in Miami, Florida with her three sons and first husband Bob Herchek. Later in life, she pursued a degree and career in psychiatric social work before moving to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she met and married her late husband, John Wood.
John and Jerri loved to travel. Europe, Greece, and Alaska were highlights where they typically stayed in elder hostiles and met many interesting people. They were very involved in the Unitarian Universalist church, enjoyed the challenge of tennis and contract bridge, as well as camping, white water rafting, "Hearts" and other games played with children and grandchildren.
Jerri had a point of view on most any topic. She was an NPR enthusiast, avid reader, loved opera, singing in the church choir, interior design, and artwork. A staunch feminist and democrat, Jerri had a reputation for getting into heated debates on these topics (family members knew to avoid them)! Family and friends were the cornerstones of Jerri's life. Family was a particular source of pride and joy for her, and over the years, she orchestrated many Greiner family reunions. She was an interested parent and grandparent and she cherished time spent with each family member.
Jerri is survived by her three sons; Jim Herchek and wife Yun of Duluth, Georgia, and their daughters Alice and Beatrice; Gary Herchek and wife Deb of Concord, Massachusetts, their son Andrew, his wife Whitney, and their son Noah (Jerri's great-grandson), Lacey Herchek Loehr and her husband Alex; and Tom Herchek and wife Sue of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and their daughters Jenni and Christa. She is also survived by a niece and nephews, and stepchildren Eric, Claudia, and Ethan Wood.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Jerri at 2PM on March 3rd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley (424 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018) or Planned Parenthood; www.plannedparenthood.org for online donations or P.O. Box 97166 Washington, DC 20090-7166.
Arrangements under the care of Downing Funeral Home, Bethlehem, PA. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit: www.downingfuneralhome.com
Courtland P. Morris, 85, of Bethlehem and formerly Woodbury, NJ, passed away February 8, 2018. He was the loving husband of 63 years to Ruth (Cornog) Morris. Born in Camden, NJ, he was the son of the late Bernard Bradley and Mary (Carpenter) Morris. Courtland served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He was president and owner of BB Morris & Son in Woodbury. While in Woodbury, NJ he was a member and an Elder at Presbyterian Church at Woodbury, a member of the Greater Woodbury Jaycee’s, a JCI Senator, the Rotary Club, a former President of the Woodbury School Board and served on the Woodbury Board of Health. He was active in his neighborhood associations in Louisville, KY and Egypt, PA. Sports were a passion for Court and he was active in Men’s Senior Tennis and Ski Clubs. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Ruth Morris; children- Leslie and husband John C. Keefe Jr. of Bethlehem, Bradley P. Morris and wife Tammy (Anderson) of St. Augustine, FL; grandchildren- Charles, Courtney, Kelsey, Kieran; sisters- Elizabeth Sharp of CO, Susan Selfidge of NJ.
A calling time will be held Tuesday, February 13th 9:30-10AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Courtland’s memory to a Cancer Organization of one’s choice.