Margaret (Gaspar) M. Stefanik, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away December 6, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph R. Stefanik Jr. Born in Hellertown, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Ann (Petko) Gaspar. Margaret was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She was a member of the former Bethlehem Steel Club and enjoyed watching football, baseball and reality tv shows. She was an excellent cook and baker.
Survivors: daughter- Denise wife of Eugene Shearer of Macungie, PA; the love of her life, her granddaughter- Ashley wife of Brian Unfried of Manheim, PA; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter- Deborah J. Stefanik, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.
Services: Services were held privately for the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Harold “Harry” E. Schaefer, 72, of Bethlehem, passed away October 19, 2017. He was the loving husband of 33 years to Karen M. (Moore) Schaefer. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Shafton) Schaefer. Harry retired from Bethlehem Area VoTech, having taught carpentry for 30 years. He attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Bethlehem and was a former member of Bethlehem J.C.’s. He had coached Little League in Hokendauqua and was a member of the Catasauqua YMCA Indian Guys. Harry volunteered for the Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot. His greatest love was camping and traveling with his wife.
Survivors: wife- Karen; sons- James and wife Angie of Colorado and Daniel and wife Lori of Allentown; 3 grandchilden- Jay, Camryn and Anthony; sister- Rosalyn Lynch of Allentown.
A Celebration Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harry’s memory to Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot P.O. Box 373 Bethlehem, PA 18016.
Rose A. (Ruth) Sabota, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away September 19, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late George B. Sabota. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Anne (Roach) Ruth. Rose graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School in 1948. She was a life long member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Rose retired as a records clerk for the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. She liked to play Bingo, do crosswords and she loved cats. Rose liked to watch professional Philadelphia sports teams but most of all she loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Survivors: daughter- Georgeanne and husband John O’Keefe of Telford; sons- Phillip and wife Christina of Crofton, MD, Paul and wife Tammy of Crofton, MD; grandchildren- Chelsea, Kyle, Abigail, Johnny, Erin, Aubrey, Christian and Cooper; beloved cat- Ruby. She was predeceased by her infant son- Matthew and siblings- Joseph Ruth, Edward Ruth, Mary Kozul and Jeanne Witwer.
A viewing will be held on Monday Sept. 25th 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Tuesday Sept. 26th, everything will be held in St. Anne’s Catholic Church 450 E. Washington Ave Bethlehem, with a viewing 9-10AM and Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rose’s memory to your local animal shelter.
Louis P. Savenelli
Louis P. Savenelli, 74, of Bethlehem, passed away May 6, 2017. Born in West Haven, CT, he was the son of the late Louis and Lilly (Nicotra) Savenelli. Louis served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in CT, received his Bachelor’s from New Haven University and his Masters Degree from Dartmouth College. Throughout his life Lou lived in Connecticut, Woodstock, VT, Scottsdale, AZ and most recently Bethlehem, PA. Lou retired as a manger from Honeywell, after many years of service in communications. He attended Unity of the Lehigh Valley and the Sierra Club. Louis enjoyed being an active volunteer at Lehigh Valley Health Network as well as hiking, genealogy, blogging and writing adventure stories for his grandchildren.
Survivors: Sons- Michael and wife Jennifer of Alexandria, VA, Jason and wife Laura of Bethlehem; Grandchildren- Sofia and Nate; Brothers- Charles Savinelli and wife Anne of West Haven, CT, Thomas Savinelli and wife Candy of Waterville, ME; Long Time Companion- Joanne Pamperin of Scottsdale, AZ; Former Wife- Ginger Savenelli of Fountain Hills, AZ; many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
A calling time will be held Thursday, May 11th 10-11AM with a Memorial Service at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Louis’s memory to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Volunteer Dept. or to Unity of the Lehigh Valley.
Jeannine K. Smith
Jeannine K. (Reinhard) Smith, 87, passed away May 5, 2017 in Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in Egypt, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (Kleckner) Reinhard. Jeannine was the loving wife of the late Linford P. Smith Jr. She was a member of The Church of the Manger in Bethlehem.
Survivors: Daughter- Susan and husband John Laudenslager of Freedom; Son- Thomas and wife Anna Smith of Whitehall; 5 Grandchildren; 12 Great Grandchildren; Siblings- Barbara and husband Edward Sigley of Bath, James and wife Charlotte Reinhard of Bethlehem, Robert and wife Irene Reinhard of Bethlehem. She was predeceased by her brothers- Glenn and William Reinhard.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeannine’s memory to The Church of the Manger 1401 Greenview Dr. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Leona Mary Snell
Leona Mary (Lorah) Snell, 89, of Bethlehem Twp, passed away February 8, 2017 at Holy Family Manor. She was the loving wife of the late James M. Snell Sr. Born in Sheppton, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Konschnik) Lorah. Leona graduated from Liberty High School Class of 1945. She was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Miller Heights and the Bethlehem Lioness Club. She was also a former Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader.
Survivors: Children- John and wife Deborah of Blooming Grove Twp, Kathryn Ober of Bethlehem Twp, James Jr. of Freemansburg, David and wife Patricia of Bethlehem Twp; 5 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; Brothers- Arthur Lorah of Bethlehem and James Lorah of Walnutport. She was predeceased by her sisters- Georgine Finn and Pricilla Keretz.
A calling time will be held Monday 11AM-12PM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12PM all in Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1817 First St. Bethlehem, PA 18020. Burial will be Private at a later date in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Leona’s name to the church.
Anna M. (McCard) Siegfried, 90, of Allentown, passed away January 26, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Milton “Dick” Siegfried. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Annetta (Herman) McCard. Anna retired from the Bakery at Giant Foods.
Survivors: Son- Fred Siegfried of Bethlehem, Daughters- Barbara and husband John Gavigan of Sinking Spring, Terry Siegfried of Bethlehem; 8 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- James McCard.
A calling time will be held Thursday, Feb. 2nd 10-11AM with a Memorial Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Anna’s memory to American Cancer Society 3893 Adler PL Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Leslie K. (DeForest) Sullivan, 74, of Bethlehem, PA passed away peacefully in her home, January 8, 2017. She was the loving wife of 52 years to Walter F. Sullivan. Born in Staten Island, NY she was the daughter of the late William and Julia (Steurwalt) DeForest. Leslie retired from Buckno Lisicky & Co. She was very dedicated to her Bible Study and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Husband- Walter Sullivan; Children- Kevin Sullivan and wife Catherine of Lansdowne, Stacey Gowen and husband Robert of Paoli, Ryan Sullivan of Royersford; Grandchildren- Caley, Sean, Aidan, Chloe, Liam and Quinn; Sisters- Shellie Vincent, Lynne Bonamo, Giselle McGee.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday 6-8PM and Thursday 9:30-10AM with a Service at 10AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Leslie’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 204 Whitehall, PA 18052.