Marlene M. (Major) Szvetecz, 79, of Bethlehem passed away October 21, 2020. Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
William A. Wallen, 65, of Wind Gap, passed away October 14, 2020. He was the loving husband of M. Kathleen (Snyder) Hartzell. Born in Norwich, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick and Patricia (Marshman) Wallen. He graduated from Norwich HS and later earned an Associates degree from Northampton Community College. William worked for many years for Valerie Fashions, Aaron Resources and several others, including the American Legion in Wind Gap, which was his final job before his retirement. He was of the Lutheran faith. Will was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He was a member of the American Legion in Wind Gap and served on the Wind Gap Borough Council. He had acted in the community theatre in Norwich. He enjoyed playing pool with friends, on leagues, or just for fun. He was a good shot, too! Will was very into music. He sang Karaoke, played the guitar and sang and wrote his own songs, many of which were in the style of his favorite artist, Harry Chapin.
Survivors: wife Kathy Hartzell; son Derek William Wallen; step-daughter Christine (Hartzell) Espinoza; siblings Ingrid Marshman, Cleon “Skip” Wallen and wife Linda, Pam and husband John Weyrauch, Keith Wallen and wife Deb, James Wallen and wife Julie, Francine and husband Scott Strong, Terri and husband Robert Rice, Maureen and husband Phil Carpenter; brother-in-law- Wayne Snyder and wife Peggy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Private for the family.
Patricia Ann Smith
Patricia A. Smith, 79, of Bethlehem, died on October 12, 2020.
Pat was a great listener who was deeply perceptive and gave wise advice, but only when you asked for it. She was also very silly, always looked forward to lunch with the girls and could probably beat you at Yahtzee nine times out of 10.
Among the skills her daughters wish they’d inherited from her were her keen eye for interior design, her ability to solve even the hardest puzzles and word games and her gift for bringing so many friends and family members together for Sunday dinners, summer picnics and Thanksgiving.
Pat was married to Jack “Hank” Smith for 52 years until his passing in 2012. Together, they enjoyed remodeling their home, rides around the countryside and dinners at old favorites like The Cove Inn in Bethlehem. But they were happiest catching lots of flounder on their annual vacations to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Their ashes will be spread together on Chesapeake Bay.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the many loved ones who showed Pat their continual love, support and compassion in immeasurable ways during her illness. They’re also deeply grateful to the staff of Abington Manor for their ongoing care, particularly during this difficult time.
Survivors: Pat is survived by her two adoring daughters and son-in-laws, Christine and Tom Guro of Hellertown and Valarie Smith and Brian Libby of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren and their spouses, Julie Nuttall of Hellertown, Michael and Jessica Kolesnik of Hamilton, NJ, and Sean and Kierstin Guro of Hellertown; her great-grandsons Michael John and Joseph James Kolesnik, of Hamilton, NJ; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Sam D’Amico of Bethlehem and Emma and Bill Chavera of Las Vegas, NV; and her brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Eva Anderson, of Bethlehem. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Shelby and Edward Sitler of Bethlehem, PA, and will be remembered with love by her nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services: Private services will be held at Downing Funeral Home.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you donate to a charity of your choice.
Ruben Tinajero Cervantes
Ruben Tinajero Cervantes, 63, of Bethlehem, passed away October 2, 2020. He was the loving husband to Leonarda Rabelero. Born in Mexico, he was the son of the late Juan and Maria (Del Rosario) Tinajero. Ruben was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. He enjoyed soccer, traveling, fishing and camping with his family. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Leonarda; sons- Ruben E. Tinajero, Carlos Tinajero, Jose D. Tinajero; 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
A calling time will be held on Friday, October 9th 9-10AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Ruben’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Margaret (Jamicky) Hlavinka, 82, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully September 25, 2020. She was
the loving wife of the late Paul Hlavinka. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Michael
and Margaret (Mutis) Jamicky. Margaret earned her Associates in Accounting from Northampton
Community College. She retired as an accountant from the Hotel Bethlehem. Margaret was a member
of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother whose house
had an open-door policy and it was always filled with her family. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Vincent and wife JoAnn Hlavinka, Michael Hlavinka, Cathy Rimmer, Paul and wife
Donna Hlavinka, Christopher Hlavinka, Paula and husband Brent Nelson; 14 grandchildren; 13 great
grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- Michael “Mickey” Jamicky.
A Calling Time will be held Friday, October 2nd 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in
Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Inurnment will follow in
Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Francis “Pat” Petruny, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away on August 20, 2020 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband to Nancy (Gubich) Petruny. Born in Hellertown he was the son of the late Michael and Agnes Petruny. Pat has a distinguished 38 year career as an educator in the Pennsylvania State School system, with 28 of those years in the Hellertown/ Saucon Valley School District. He graduated from Hellertown High School in 1951, and during that time he was a three year letter winner in both boys basketball and baseball. During his senior year, he was a co-captain of the basketball team that won both the Lehigh-Northampton League title, the District 11 Class “B” crown, and participated in the state playoffs. Pat was named to the Lehigh-Northampton all-star team, and received all state recognition.
Pat continued his baseball and basketball careers at Moravian College, and graduated with degrees in both History and English in 1955. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and was appointed First Petty Officer. Upon discharge, Pat began his teaching career in 1957, which ultimately led him back to the Hellertown School District in 1968 as a junior high school teacher, and assistant varsity boys basketball coach. He earned his Master’s degree in Education from Temple University and Secondary Education Principal Certificate from Lehigh University.
Pat was appointed Faculty Manager of Sports in 1968, and became the first ever-titled Athletic Director in the school district in 1973. He had been the only educational professional at Saucon Valley to hold both the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Positions simultaneously at the high school level, form 1975-1989. He remained Assistant Principal until his retirement in 1996. During this time, he also started the golf program as the head coach, and more than doubled the amount of girls’ sports offerings in the district at the high school level. Pat was awarded Athletic Director Emeritus status by the Saucon Valley School Board in 1989, and received the District 11 Athletic Director of the year during his tenure. He was also the Colonial League referee and official assignor for both football and boys basketball for many years.
While athletic director from 1973 to 1989, many team and individual student athletes achieved titles and recognition. These accomplishments included 37 team League Championships; 23 District 11 Team Championships; 7 Regional and 9 PIAA State Individual titles. Pat was a long-time member of Brookside Country Club where he enjoyed weekend golfing and social events.
In addition to his wife Nancy of 64 years, he is survived by his son Michael and wife Rene and two granddaughters Kendra and Morgan. He was predeceased by his son Christopher.
A viewing will be held on Monday, August 24th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Four Diamonds Fund 1249 Cocoa Ave Suite 115 PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033 in memory of Pat’s son Christopher.
PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033 in memory of Pat’s son Christopher.
John J. “Jack” Kushner, 85, of Bethlehem, passed away August 19, 2020. He was the loving husband of 45 years to Louisa E. (Reed) Kushner. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Hoffman) Kushner. John was a 1953 graduate of Liberty High School. John served in the U.S. Army. He had worked for the former Lehigh Engineering in Bethlehem and then as a mechanical contractor in California for 19 years. John attended Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Survivors: wife- Louisa; daughter- Susan M. wife of Ret. Lt Col John Bokor of Las Cruces, NM; step-daughter- Theresa DiGiovanni of Newport, RI; granddaughter- Jessica Bokor-Sapyta of KY; step-grandchildren- Mary Kate Gough of Brooklyn, NY and Garrett S. Gough of Newport, RI.
No Services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Monica S. Carpency, 80, of Bethlehem entered Eternal Life on August 10, 2020 from her home.
Born in Coaldale, PA, she was the daughter of the late Francis G. and Mary A. (Kruzik) Carpency.
She was a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and employed by the then Keystone Savings Bank, retiring as its corporate secretary with 36 years of dedicated service.
She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Her greatest joy was being commissioned to preside at Communion Services in the absence of a priest. She served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist for 6 years, Lector for reading the Word of God for 39 years, and as parish Sacristan for 6 years.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dolores and her great nephew Zachary.
Brother Jude and his wife Marianne of Moneta, VA, sister Ann Marie Sedler (widow of Joseph) of Emmaus, PA. Eight nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews, and two great, great nephews.
A mass of Christian burial, with the Rev. Msgr. Baver officiating, will be celebrated at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 730 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Visitation, starting at 9:30 AM, will precede the mass and internment at Holy Saviour Cemetery will follow mass.
Due to COVID there will be no separate visitation prior to Wednesday, August 19, 2020. In addition, the family requests that all individuals attending the visitation and/or funeral mass wear masks and observe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like those planning expressions of sympathy to consider Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.