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.
Joseph F. Keating, 52, of Bethlehem, fought cancer valiantly but peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Miles J. and Helen L. (Nagy) Keating. Joseph drove a tractor trailer for many years for Wadhams Enterprises Inc. He enjoyed reading, spending time at the beach and was even certified to scuba dive. His infectious personality and love of life will be deeply missed.
Surviving are his loving girlfriend- Jessica Filchner; daughters who he adored- Ashleigh, Natassja and Savannah Keating; sister- Carol and her husband John Rooney; niece- Tori Rooney; nephews- C.J. and Cade Rooney and his beloved Bengal cats- Ziggy and Emilee.
A calling time will be held on Tuesday, July 24th 5-7PM with a Celebration of Joseph’s Life to follow at 7PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joseph’s memory to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Pl #170, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Helen L. (Nagy) Keating, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away April 25, 2018 in the loving company of both her children. She was the devoted wife, of 54 years, to the late Miles. J. Keating. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Orosz) and John Nagy Sr. and the youngest of their ten children. Helen was an avid reader and an active member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. But above all else, she enjoyed the company of her family and dear friends.
Survivors: daughter- Carol and husband John Rooney of Berwyn; son- Joseph Keating of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Tori, Ashleigh, C.J., Natassja, Savannah and Cade. She was predeceased by 6 brothers and 3 sisters.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, 8:45-9:45AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in Holy Infancy 312 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Barbara M. (Krobath) Korpics, 72, of Bethlehem, passed away December 20, 2017 in Westminster Village. She was the loving wife of the late Richard P. Korpics. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sara (Willard) Krobath. Barbara worked for 24 years as a Nurses Aide at Holy Family Manor before her retirement. She was a member of Rosemont Lutheran Church. Barbara loved dogs and cherished her 6 grandchildren.
Survivors: children- Michael Brown and wife Barbara of Laurel Springs, NJ, Michelle “Miki” Eisenreich and husband John of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Christine, Thomas and Elizabeth Brown, Zachary, McKenzie and Austin Eisenreich.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, Dec 26th 11-12PM with a Service at 12PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animals in Distress or to the Pennsylvania SPCA care of the funeral home.
Charles R. Korpics, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away August 8, 2017, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of 60 years to Mary F. (Schaffer) Korpics. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Pencz) Korpics. Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a Director of Personnel and Vice President for First National Bank and then as a Director of Personnel for Muhlenberg Hospital. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Survivors: Wife- Mary Korpics; Children: Robert and wife Laura of Emmaus, Tesa McLean and husband Gary of Spring Lake, NJ, Michael and wife Amy of Mohrsville; Grandchildren- Kaitlynne, Sam, Erin, John and Megan; Great Grandson- Terrance. He was predeceased by his son- Charles Korpics, Jr., sisters- Anna and Mary Ann and brothers- Anthony and Joseph.
A calling time will be held Friday, August 11th 10-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM all in Notre of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to take place at a later date in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Charles’ memory to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170 Bethlehem, PA 18017 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Matthew C. Kuhns, 35, of Allentown, passed away September 19, 2016. He was the loving husband to Marcie R. (Schneider) Kuhns. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Charles and Loree (Voorhees) Kuhns. Matt worked as a Dispatcher for AAA and previously for Lehigh County 911. He was a member of Rosemont Lutheran Church, Fountain Hill Fire Dept., Westside Republican Club, the Fireman’s Relief Assoc., Tri Boro Sportsman Assoc. and numerous Fire Police Associations.
Wife- Marcie R. Kuhns, Son- Noah Kuhns, Parents- Charles and Loree Kuhns of Bethlehem, Brother- Daniel and wife Amy of Bethlehem, Grandmother- Theresa Kuhns of Bethlehem and many Aunts, Uncles and family members.
A viewing will be held on Saturday 9-11AM with a service to follow in Rosemont Lutheran Church 1705 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Matt’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation 1500 Walnut St. Suite 301 Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Richard J. Klingborg, 90, of Bethlehem passed peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at his home. He was the loving husband of Sterna M. (Reinhard) Klingborg. They celebrated 61 years of marriage on November 21, 2015. Born in Allentown on March 18, 1926, he was the son of the late John and Edythe (Strohl) Klingborg. Richard was a 1943 graduate of Allentown High School and attended Muhlenburg College. He served in the United States Navy on board the U.S.S. Emoree AO69 in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Richard worked as office manager at Consolidated Freightways in Allentown for 34 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. John’s UCC in Allentown. Richard was a member of VFW Post 2124 in Allentown and American Legion Post 367 in Whitehall. Richard was a long time fire arms safety instructor for PAL. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons for many years. He was also a life member of the NRA. Richard had a love of music and was proud to have been named the first president of Dieruff High School Instrumental Music Club in Allentown from 1971 to 1977.
Along with his loving wife Sterna, he is survived by his four sons: Keith and wife Cindy of Duboistown, Pennsylvania; Kevin and wife Beth of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Kerry and wife Judy of Birmingham, Alabama; Rev. Kenneth of Wake Forest, North Carolina. There are also six grandchildren: Casey Klingborg and wife Katie; Kyle Klingborg and wife Amanda; Dr. Paige Klingborg M.D.; Noah Klingborg; Katrina Schaeffer and husband Zachery; Kimberly Fisher and husband Cody. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren: Xavier, Allison, Jordan, Ellanore, Aeriana. Also surviving is his brother Roger Klingborg of Slatington and twelve nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Emma Kolowitz and first wife Dorothy (Wetherhold) Klingborg in 1951, and daughter-in-law, C. Susan Klingborg.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Aug 4th 9-10AM with a memorial service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, 1002 W. Broad St, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Navy Memorial Association at www.shipstore.navymemorial.org/donate.
Thomas Kerr II
Thomas R. Kerr II, 55, of Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He was the loving husband of 23 years to Janice M. (Rehn) Kerr. Born in Gloucester, MA he was the son of Thomas R. Kerr and the late Harriet (Hoffman) Kerr. Tom worked in sales and purchasing for Reeb Millwork in Bethlehem, for over 30 years.
Survivors: Wife- Janice M. Kerr; Daughter- Amy R Kerr at home; Father- Thomas R. and wife Laura S. Kerr of Bethlehem, PA; Siblings- John and wife Victoria Kerr of Jamestown, RI and Bellevue, WA, Scott and wife Teena Kerr of Lower Saucon, PA, Karin Kerr of Bellevue, WA.
A calling time will be held Monday, August 1st 4-6PM with a Memorial Service at 6PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Allentown Rescue mission.