Mary Jean (Sefter) Bold, 84, of Bethlehem, passed away January 11, 2018. She was the loving wife of 62 years to Philip J. Bold. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Krupansky) Sefter. Mary Jean was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She was an avid reader, loved music, watching Jeopardy and had a passion for news and politics. But above all she cherished her grandchildren.
Survivors: husband- Philip Bold; children- Ann E. Haymaker and husband Thomas of Hellertown, Mary Ellen Waas and husband Gene of Hellertown, Thomas J. Bold and wife Patricia of Wakefield, RI, James A. Bold and spouse Peter Verrecchia of Philadelphia; daughter- in- law- Susan Bold of Bethlehem; 10 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; brothers- John, James and Joseph Sefter; sisters- Joan Sabatine and Cathy Wuerstner. She was predeceased by her sons- Michael J. and Joseph F. Bold and grandson- Eric Waas.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 16th 11AM-12PM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 12PM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mary Jean’s memory to St. Luke's Hospice 801 Ostrum St. Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Annamae (Eder) Breinig 83, of Tamaqua, PA, (formerly of Allentown) residing with her son Scott Alan Breinig and family passed away on December 28, 2017 at the Hometown Nursing Center under Hospice care. Born July 23, 1934 in Allentown, PA. She was a daughter of the late John Anthony Eder and the late Helen Joan (Lapchak) Eder. Annamae attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Central Catholic High School. She was employed by the former Merchants Bank now known as Wells Fargo for 30 years. One of the many highlights of her career was attaining the position of the first Female Vice President of Dealer Vehicle Financing for the greater Lehigh Valley. She was very active with the Future Business Leaders' Club of young men and women.
Annamae loved traveling and visiting many countries throughout her lifetime. Thoroughly enjoying the sites and customs of the many people and places visited. She had a keen sense of humor and could always bring laughter to everyone. Annamae will always be remembered for her love of God, family, friends and relatives cherishing the memories. Also, helping many people out whenever needed. She was a long time member of St. Francis of Assisi in Allentown before residing with her Son .
Survivors: Son: Scott Alan (wife Star Lynn) stepgrandson Nathaniel “Nate” B. Ferry. Sister: Wilma A. Sokol and nephew, Alexander A., Brother: John Joseph Eder Sr (wife Nancy May). Nephews: John Joseph Eder Jr (wife Cheryl Lynn) great niece Claire Delynn of Dallas Texas. Paul Ryan Eder (wife Terri Ann) and great nieces Cassandra Shuli and Shauna Jean of Laurys Station PA. Cousins: Robert Eder & family, Florida: and, Forrest Fiedler & family, Virginia.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 5th 12:30-1:30PM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1:30PM all in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Annamae’s memory to Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or to a Charity of one's choice.
Bernice E. M. (Laible) Breidenbach, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away December 6, 2017. She was the loving wife of 64 years to Richard S. C. Breidenbach. She worked for over 32 years in various sewing factories in the Lehigh Valley. Her greatest joy was her family.
Survivors: husband- Richard Breidenbach; son- Kenneth Breidenbach; grandson- Joshua Breidenbach; siblings- Phyllis Becker and Richard Laible. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law- Jamie Breidenbach.
A viewing will be held Monday, Dec 11th 10-11AM with a service to follow at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown.
David E. Braxmeyer, 67, of Bethlehem, passed away June 12, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Donald and Katherine (McLaughlin) Braxmeyer. David worked for Bethlehem Steel for over 20 years and then worked for Dorney Park as a mechanic.
Survivors: Sisters- Joan Weiss and Anne Connors of Bethlehem; Nephews- Matt and Stephen; Niece- Katie; Aunt- Mary Jane Bold of Bethlehem.
Services will be private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Mitchell J. Brown III
Mitchell J. Brown III, affectionately known as “Downtown,” passed on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 with his family by his side. Mitch was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend whose keen wit and selfless generosity guided him along a less beaten path. He was the quintessential romantic and an eccentric optimist whose passion for revelry was second only to his love for his family and friends. As a career wordsmith and grammarian, “Downtown” had a special appreciation for the beauty and power of language as he evidenced through his love of storytelling, humor, and most of all, irony. His leisure pursuits were as eclectic as they were unconventional; he enjoyed wagering, wood-splitting, watering holes, and the back porch. “Downtown” will be sorely missed by all those he touched and is survived by the love of his life Eileen, four children, six grandchildren, and countless extended family members and friends.
Paul G. Bringenberg, 95, formerly of Bethlehem, passed away February 17, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Mary (Farkas) Bringenberg. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Lawrence G. and Eleanor (McGinley) Bringenberg. Paul served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 42 years of service. Paul was a member of St. Ursula’s Catholic Church where he served as an Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the MORA club of Bethlehem, the Fountain Exchange Club, CBI, Knights of Columbus Trinity Council 313 as a 4th Degree Knight, the Holy Name Society, Fountain Hill American Legion and the Golden Hillers.
Survivors: Children- Patrick Briggs and wife Celine of Toronto Ontario, Michael Takacs and wife Elizabeth of Pittsgrove, NJ, Barbara Becker and husband Charles of Douglassville, PA with whom he resided, Frances Sharpless and husband James of Houston, TX, Jean Cech and husband David of Marietta, OH, Eileen Hofstetter and husband Frank of Citrus Springs, FL; 19 Grandchildren; 21 Great Grandchildren; Siblings- Trudy Fenton of Nazareth, Thomas Bringenberg of Jim Thorpe, Fred Bringenberg of Bethlehem, Sister Eleanor Mary of Flourtown, Rita Kent of Pomona, CA. He was predeceased by his son- Paul Bringenberg, daughter- Kathleen Bringenberg and brothers- Larry, Leonard, Vincent and Carl Bringenberg.
A viewing will be held Thursday 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A church viewing will be held Friday 9-10AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. Ursula’s Catholic Church 1300 Broadway Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Ursula’s Catholic Church Memorial Fund.
Helen M. (Walsh) Bitterlich, 89, of Bethlehem, passed away October 18, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late Harry C. Bitterlich. Born in Port Carbon, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Yakubonis) Walsh. Helen retired in 1987, after 29 years of service, from AT&T. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church and was part of their choir.
Grandchildren- William E. Bitterlich Jr., Autumn D. (Bitterlich) Mucha, Emily Helen Bitterlich and Adam D. Bitterlich. Siblings- Kathleen A. (Walsh) Dowling, Marie T. Goss, Joseph E. Walsh, John F. Walsh. Survived also by many nieces and nephews. She was beloved by all.
She was predeceased by her two sons- William and Harry Bitterlich and two younger brothers Vincent and William Walsh.
A calling time will be held on Saturday Oct 29th 9-10AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem. Downing Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the church or directly to Cure International or to the charity of your choice.
Thomas E. Boyer, Sr.
Thomas E. Boyer Sr., 85, of Bethlehem, passed away July 4, 2016. He was the loving husband of 59 years to Margaret H. (Klucsarits) Boyer. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Carl Boyer and M. Ruth (Myrtle) Bailey. Thomas worked previously for the City of Bethlehem and Everson Electric.
Survivors: Wife- Margaret Boyer; Children- Deborah Gaydos of Bethlehem, Barbara Boyer of Bethlehem, Kathleen Boyer of Seattle, WA; Thomas Boyer of Idyllwild, CA; 2 Grandsons; 2 Granddaughters; 1 Great Granddaughter; 1 Brother; 2 Sisters. He was predeceased by his first wife- Victoria (Markovic) Boyer and 2 Sisters.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.