Charles W. Muth, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away December 31, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Betty Mae (Schmoyer) Muth. Born in Fullerton, he was the son of the late Samuel A. and Lottie (Newhard) Muth. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Charles retired from Western Electric after 37 years of service. He was a member of St. Johns UCC in Fullerton, where he served as a choir member.
Survivors: son- David and wife Joan of Emmaus; grandchildren- Kelly Kowalewski and husband Travis, Ryan Muth and wife Kimberly; step great granddaughter- Ava. He was predeceased by his brothers- Alfred and Leonard Muth and sister- Kathleen Smith.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 5th 9-10AM with a Service to follow at 10AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Charles’s memory to St. Johns UCC in Fullerton.
Marianne C. (Gerras) Matuczinski, 59, of Bethlehem, passed away November 11, 2017, after bravely fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 40 years. She was the loving wife of 32 years to Cazimir R. Matuczinski. Born in Reading, she was the daughter of Anne (Bell) Gerras and the late Charles S. Gerras. Marianne attended Southern Lehigh School District until 10th grade and then graduated in 1977 from St. Francis Academy. She worked as an Assistant Librarian for the Allentown Public Library for 24 years. She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Marianne enjoyed waking up with Mike and Alex, making a Deal with Wayne and Spinning a $1 with Drew. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR on tv, hunting, fishing and going to races with her husband. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: husband- Caz Matuczinski; children- Cazimir S. Matuczinski and girlfriend Desiree Novasilech, Markus C. Matuczinski and fiancé Emily Torr, Marjorie A. Matuczinski and boyfriend Chris Krause; grandchildren- Gabriella Vuchko, Izaiah Reyes; brother- Steve Gerras and wife Ann; nephews- Joshua and Zachary Gerras; father and mother-in-law- Cazimir J and Barbara A. Matuczinski and granddog- Cooper.
Services: A viewing will be held Friday, Nov 17th 6-8PM and Saturday, Nov 18th 8:30-9:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10AM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Marianne's memory to St. Lukes VNA Hospice or toward the funeral expenses, both can be made care of the funeral home.
Frieda E. (Weiwoda) Miller, 91, of Bethlehem and formerly of New Jersey, passed away September 17, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Oliver Miller. Born in Bayonne, NJ she was the daughter of the late Frieda Weiwoda. She retired as a bookkeeper for Miller Appliance in Hillsborough, NJ. Frieda was a member of the Neshanic Garden Club, the Lions Club and the Neshanic Library.
Survivors: Daughters- Frieda K. Miller, Sue Miller and wife Maggie Roth; Sister- Catherine DiLello; Nieces and Nephews.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20th 10-11AM with service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Frieda’s memory to Animals in Distress 5075 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, PA 18036.
The lovely and vivacious Caroline Julianna Horvath Majer passed away July 19, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospice. Born to Carolina (Csuk) and Stephen Horvath in 1926, Caroline is survived by her brother Stephen and his wife Angie of Bethlehem. Bothers Edward, Joseph, and Daniel, and sisters Theresa and Margaret passed earlier. Caroline was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Windish Church, a married member of St. John’s Hungarian Church and a parent member of St. Paul’s RC Church in Allentown.
Caroline and her husband Stephen Frances Majer were superb dancers and took pride in being the first onto the dance floor. They danced in the kitchen on Sundays listening to Frank Mikosits and Jolly Joe Timmer while Caroline cooked legendary Windish and Hungarian dinners or skillfully canned and made jellies. No holiday, wedding or funeral went by without her baked goods. Most notable however, was the constant flow through her kitchen of children, animals and friends. She endured bouffant hair styles and the eighteen-hour girdle. She survived the hippie era, watched as four daughters burned their bras, she polkaed through the disco era, dealt with self-absorbed yuppie offshpring, grieved in widowhood, and was born again as “Mom-Mom” to her seven grandchildren and their friends. Eventually she became Mom-Mom to everyone.
Caroline is survived by her children Karen Majer of Philadelphia, Deborah and her husband Joseph Reimers of Greencastle, Stephen and his wife Sheree Majer of Glenmoore, Susan and her husband Todd Stevens of Salisbury Township and Linda and her husband Jim Davis of the Bethlehem, PA.
A Mass of Christian Burial is proudly being held in the beautiful St. Joseph’s Windish Church to honor Caroline on Saturday September 30, 2017 at 11 am. Burial at Holy Savior Cemetery and lunch will follow.
If anyone would like to acknowledge the blessings her life brought to them, please donate Hurricane Irma relief at Bridge To Hope (www.bridgetohope.net) in or honor her through an act of kindness in her name.
Ronald J. Mankos
Ronald J. Mankos, 60, of Allentown, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of 36 years to Deborah A. (Pavlinsky) Mankos. Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Frank Mankos, Jr. and Stella M. (Csencsits) Mankos. Ronald worked as a Maintenance Supply Attendant for Just Born Quality Food Confections and valued his many friendships made throughout the years he worked there. Previously, he worked at Durkee-French Foods in Bethlehem. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where he was active in the CYO programs. He coached the boys' basketball team for several years and helped out in the Mountainville Memorial Little League. Ron was a member of the NRA, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. Most of all, he cherished his family. Since Ron was able to enjoy a seven-year remission of his cancer, he was able to celebrate the academic and athletic accomplishments of all his children, the marriage of his oldest son, and the birth of his granddaughters. He felt truly blessed.
Survivors: Wife- Deborah Mankos; Children- Andrew and wife Victoria, Laura Mankos, Steven Mankos, Daniel Mankos; Grandchildren- Jessica and Mackenzie; Mother- Stella M. Mankos; Brothers- Gary L. Mankos, Tony Mankos.
Services: A viewing will be held on Tuesday 6-7:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A church viewing will be held Wednesday 9-10 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM all in St. Paul's Catholic Church 920 S. 2nd St. Allentown. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ron's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Lehigh Valley Health Network - Development/Oncology Research or to the Church c/o funeral home.
Elsie L. (Kuhar) Magriso, 84, of Bethlehem, passed away February 1, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late David Magriso. Born in Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Julia (Fisher) Kuhar. Elsie retired from Sears Credit Dept. She was an active member of the Blind Association of Allentown and volunteered at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg.
Survivors: Children- Debra Moritz (Gary) of Bethlehem, Dean of Whitehall; Grandchildren- Matthew Zahniser (Amy), Gary Moritz and Jocelyn Magriso; Great Grandson- Axton Zahniser; Sister- Julie Moroz. She was predeceased by her son- Scott Magriso, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
A calling time will be held on Tuesday 9:30-10:30AM with a service at 10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Elsie’s memory to the Center for Vision Loss 845 West Wyoming Street Allentown, PA 18103.
Betty Mae (Schmoyer) Muth, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away January 25, 2017. She was the loving wife of 62 years to Charles W. Muth. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Irene (Traub) Schmoyer. Betty worked in her early years at the family business Schmoyer’s Dry Cleaners. She was a member of St. Johns UCC in Fullerton, where she was a choir member.
Survivors: Husband- Charles Muth; Son- David and wife Joan of Emmaus; Grandchildren- Kelly Kowalewski wife of Travis Kowalewski and Ryan Muth husband of Kimberly Muth; a Step Great Granddaughter. She was predeceased by her twin brother- Frederick Schmoyer Jr. and brother- Rodger Schmoyer.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday 10-11AM with a service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Betty’s memory to St Johns UCC in Fullerton.
Elizabeth “Betty” J. (Summers) Moyer, 97, of Lower Saucon Twp, passed away November 10, 2016 in Moravian Village. She was the loving wife of the late James K. Moyer. Born in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Mulloy) Summers. She was a member of the Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church.
Sons- James W., Michael P. and F. Thomas all of Lower Saucon Twp; Daughter- Betsy A. Moyer of Plymouth Meeting; Granddaughter- Jennifer Moyer of Costa Mesa, CA. She was predeceased by her sister- Kathryn Conway.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30AM with a calling time 9:30-10:30AM in Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church 4101 Old Bethlehem Pike Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Contributions can be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the church care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.