Judith C. (Grimes) Mayer, 72, of Bethlehem, passed away September 16, 2018. She was the loving wife of 19 years to Stephen L. Mayer. Born in Stone Mountain, GA she was the daughter of the late John and Johanna (Hathaway) Grimes. Judith obtained her BA from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters Degree from Lehigh University. She retired as an editor from Lehigh University Press and participated in many of the University’s woman’s social groups. She also volunteered for the Bethlehem Public Library’s Book Sales. Judith enjoyed origami, reading, playing bridge and finding new recipes to cook and bake for her family, especially to celebrate their birthdays.
Survivors: husband- Stephen L. Mayer; son- William R. Mayer; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son- Stephen Mayer Jr. and her 1st husband Dr. Allen Moran.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 21st 12-1PM with a service at 1PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Judith’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice 2024 Lehigh St. Suite 100 Allentown, PA 18103.
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.
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.