Jeanne M. Pfaff (Ziegler), 64, of Albrightsville, passed away October 19, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Dale A. Ziegler. Born in Willow Grove, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marie (Wolstenholme) Pfaff. Jeanne had worked for over 30 years for Prudential Insurance, which then became Hartford Insurance as the contract for AARP changed. Jeanne treasured and maintained strong connections with former co-workers after retiring in 2012. She was very active in the Towamensing Trails Clubhouse, holding various positions in the club and made lasting friendships and an extended family in this community where she resided for over 30 years. Jeanne loved fast cars – preferably a six speed, a good scotch, a medium rare steak and loved to laugh. She also had a special love for her Yorkshire Terrier dogs. We remember and celebrate her for her kindness, dry humor and generosity.
Survivors: step-son- Brian D. Ziegler and his wife Linda Krisko of Bethlehem, step-daughter- Jill A. (Ziegler) Kalaris and her husband Thomas of Ashburn, VA, step-son- Barry C. Ziegler of Sydney, Australia.
A calling time will be held on Friday, Oct. 27th 10-11AM with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Blue Church Cemetery, Coopersburg and a luncheon at Hotel Bethlehem.
Rita I. Peters
Rita I. Peters, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away July 31, 2017. Born in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Irene (Grabowski) Moore. She was the wife of the late Walter Peters. Rita retired from Lucent/ AT&T after many years of service and then owned her own beauty salon. Rita enjoyed writing and playing pinochle.
Survivors: Sisters- Lois Bachman and Marlyn Nalevanko both of Bethlehem, 1 niece, 6 nephews and 1 cousin.
A calling time will be held on Saturday 10-10:30AM with a service at 10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem.
Mary R. (Dugan) Phillips, 83, of Bethlehem passed away February 9, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late James E. Phillips. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Rose M. (King) and Dennis J. Dugan. Mary was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Children- Karen M. Taylor of Lacey, WA, Mark and wife Lisa of Stroudsburg, Joan M. Finn of Allentown, Susan M. Phillips of Putnam, CT, Brian D. and wife Sharon of Bethlehem; 13 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren; sister- Sister Joan A. Dugan of Bethlehem. She was predeceased by her son- Jeffrey Phillips.
A calling time will be held on Saturday 9-10AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Contributions can be made in Mary’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Antoinette P. Pavlinsky
Antoinette Pavlinsky, 86, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on January 3, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Pavlinsky. Born in Nazareth, Antoinette was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Lakawski) Pierzga. Antoinette worked as a collar setter part time while raising 5 children. Antoinette’s greatest source of pride was her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included baking, Word Finds, pencil coloring and game shows.
Survivors: children: Deborah Mankos, wife of Ronald Mankos of Allentown, Joseph Pavlinsky of Simi Valley, CA, Robert Pavlinsky and wife Nadda of Bath and Barbara Pavlinsky of Bethlehem; grandchildren, Andrew Mankos and wife Victoria, Laura, Mankos, Steven Mankos and Daniel Mankos, Sean Nehmeh, Tyler Pavlinsky and Jasmine Pavlinsky; great grandchildren, Jessica Mankos and Mackenzie Mankos; brothers, Michael Pierzga, Andrew Pierzga and John Pierzga; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son, James Pavlinsky and sisters, Anna Dulac, Caroline Tanhauser, Elizabeth “Betty” Sochanski, Rose Pierzga and Mary Ann Pierzga.
Services: A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 6 – 7:30 PM at the Downing Funeral Home, Inc, 1002 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and from on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 9:30 – 10:30, in the Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 730 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Savior Cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s Hospital, care of Nursing Education, Fountain Hill Campus, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 or to Saints Simon and Jude Church.
James E. Phillips, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away August 12, 2015. He was the loving husband of 62 years to Mary R. (Dugan) Phillips. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Park E. and Elizabeth J. (Kessler) Phillips. He graduated from Lehigh University. James served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1984. James was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Wife- Mary R. Phillips; Children- Karen M. Taylor of Lacey, WA, Mark and wife Lisa of Stroudsburg, Joan M. Finn of Allentown, Susan M. Phillips of Putnam, CT, Brian D. and wife Sharon of Bethlehem; 13 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son- Jeffrey Phillips and sister- Helen Moore.
A calling time will be held on Wednesday 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM all in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in James’ memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Marie B. Prewitt
Macungie, PA — Marie Bambina Falcone Prewitt, a resident of Macungie,
died on July 8, 2015 at Lehigh Center.
Born in 1922 in the Bronx, NY, Marie graduated high school there and
went on to a number of roles including court stenographer, doctor's
office administrator and a benefits administrative assistant for the
Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA),
from where she retired after 39 years.
Marie, beloved by so many for her gentle soul and generous spirit,
gave of herself through decades of volunteering on behalf of the
Putnam Medical Center in Putnam County, NY where she made her home for
32 years. Marie was an award-winning crotchetier and took great joy in
her craft, making beautiful linens, clothes and other treasured
keepsakes. She always demonstrated her love for her family and
friends, was devoted to her Roman Catholic faith and kept a positive
and resilient attitude about life.
She is predeceased by her husband, Ronald J. Prewitt, and survived by
her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jean Prewitt, her
granddaughter and grandson-in-law Jennifer and Brian Kirby, her
grandson Barry Schwoyer and her great-grandchildren Sansa Lorelei
Kirby, Jordan Schwoyer and Madeline Schwoyer.
A viewing will be held on Friday, July 10th from 6-8PM at Downing Funeral
Home, 1002 W Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 11th at 10:00AM, St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 31 Prospect St. Brewster, NY 10509. Burial to follow in Raymond Hill Cemetery, Carmel, NY.
Contributions can be made in Marie’s memory to the Salvation Army care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Catherine H. Picone
Catherine H. (Hart) Picone, 95, of Bethlehem, passed away June 12, 2014 in Alexandria Manor, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late James T. Picone. Born in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Lynch) Hart. Catherine graduated from the College of Misericordia in Dallas, PA with her Bachelors Degree. She worked for the United Steel Workers Union and then as a substitute teacher for Bethlehem School District for 16 years. She was a member of the Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church and previously their Seniors group. She was also the President of the former Catholic League of Scranton, a WWII Red Cross Volunteer at Scranton Hospital, past President of the Catholic Womens College Club of the Lehigh Valley, Prefect of the Sodality of Ss. Simon and Jude Church, Eucharistic Minister at St. Luke’s Hospital, a member of the Sr. Center of Bethlehem and a Musikfest Volunteer for 13 years.
Daughter- Anne Grogan and husband Patrick of Nazareth
Grandchildren- Patrick Grogan and wife Jessica of Boca Raton, FL
Katelyn Grogan of Nazareth
Great Granddaughter- Stella Rose Grogan of Boca Raton, FL
Nieces and Nephews
Predeceased siblings- Elizabeth Duffy, Grace O’Boyle, Mary Knowles, Loretta Hart.
A viewing will be held on Sunday 5-7 in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem 18018. A viewing will be held on Monday 9:15-9:45AM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem 18018 with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM Monday. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Catherine’s memory to St. Luke’s Warren Hospital the Comfort Zone Adult Medical Daycare 755 Memorial Parkway Hillcrest Professional Plaza Suite 302 Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.
Sang Pham's viewing will be held Friday Feb 21st 7-9PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 and Saturday 9-10AM with Mass at 10AM all in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.