Elizabeth “Betty” (Ruhe) Scheirer, 94, of Bethlehem passed away May 27, 2021 at St. Luke’s VNA Hospice. She was born July 4, 1926 to the late Jacob and Catharine (Matizka) Ruhe. She was the loving wife of the late Jacob Scheirer for 62 years before he passed away in August of 2009. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1944. Prior to becoming a fulltime homemaker, Betty had previously worked for Laros Silk Mill and Roller Smith. She was a member of Trinity UCC and participated in their Welcome Wednesday’s. She had taught Sunday School class and started the Peanut Group at Bethany UCC, where she was a former member. Betty enjoyed playing cards, knitting and sending cards to people. She will be deeply missed.
Surviving are sons- James and Randy; grandsons- James and wife Season, Michael and wife Christine; great grandchildren- Jacob, Isabella, Cameron and Teagan. She was predeceased by 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd 9:30-10:45AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Trinity UCC 81 E. North St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Betty’s memory to Trinity UCC.
Yifeng Bai 白移风，69, of Bethlehem, passed away April 29, 2021. He was the loving husband of 40 years to Sherry Q. Li 李群。Born in China, he was the son of the late Liancheng Bai 白连成 and Qi Liao 廖琪. Yifeng enjoyed fishing, shooting, cooking and tinkering around with electronics and fixing things. Above all Yifeng cherished his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors: wife- Sherry Li 李群， daughter- Yujing Xie 谢宇竞 and husband Jean Paul Melencio, grandchildren- Parker and Peyton Melencio, brother- Tiexi Bai 白铁西 and wife Baiming Zhang 张百鸣, sister- Haiyan Bai 白海燕 and husband Wei Ji 吉威, and mother-in-law- Xiuling Liu 刘秀玲.
A calling time will be held Saturday, May 8th 9:30-10AM with a Service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Janet M. (Bachman) Gebec, 82, of Bethlehem, passed away April 28, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Claude E. Gebec. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Helen (Wittman) Bachman. Janet graduated from Liberty High School and then St. Luke’s Nursing School as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed gardening, attending to her flowers and working in her yard. Janet was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: sons- Frank and Claude Gebec; daughters- Janet Gebec, Carol and husband Angel Tapia, Chrissy and husband Chris Malozzi; grandchildren- Josh, Craig, Mason, DéAndre and Morgan; great grandson Logan; siblings- Earl Bachman, Helen Hodges, Nancy Billiard, Bill Bachman.
A viewing will be held on Friday, May 7th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM all in Holy Ghost Catholic Church 417 Carlton Ave Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Janet’s memory to the Wounded Warriors care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Candelario “Kenny” Rosado, 77, of Bethlehem, passed away April 7, 2021. He was the loving husband to Maria E. (Valcarcel) Rosado. Born in Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Enrique and Isidra (Morales) Rosado. Kenny enjoyed reading, watching tv and collecting items. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Maria E. Rosado; sons- Kenny Rosado Jr. and wife Wanda, Angel M. Rosado and wife Lydia; grandchildren- Jennifer, Tiffany, Christina, Stephanie, Abigail, Lauren, Steven and Kenneth; 12 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, April 10th 1-3PM with a Service at 3PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Dolores Ann (Evrard) Horvath, 93, passed away peacefully on April 6 at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph F. Horvath Jr. who passed away in 1997. Born in Bethlehem on June 30, 1927, she was the 4th of 6 children of John (Doc) Evrard and Elizabeth (Lizzie Bisbing) Evrard. She resided in her beloved South Bethlehem for most of her life, spending the last ten years in Saylorsburg with her daughter Chris and son-in-law Joe.
A graduate of the Bethlehem Catholic Class of 1945, she took the secretarial course of study and worked at Lehigh University’s Admissions Office and at Bethlehem Steel just prior to her marriage. She was a stay-at-home wife, and mother to her four children, Elizabeth (George Kane) of Macungie, Joseph III (Leslie) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Christine (Joseph Deuel) of Saylorsburg, and John (Nina) of Austin, TX. Generous with her time with a love for driving, it was her pleasure to drive her parents and later her friends and neighbors to church and various appointments. We are sure Bethlehem had to add an extra van for Seniors when Mom moved to Saylorsburg.
A devout Catholic, she lived the Corporal Works of Mercy... feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead ...and incorporated the Spiritual Works of Mercy into her prayers. She cared for and nursed her mother, her father-in-law, and her husband, our Dad, during their final illnesses. She volunteered at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity Thrift Store, and frequently gave away her own gloves and umbrella rather than see someone face the cold and rain without any. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, and later, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Brodheadsville.
Mom loved Lehigh and Bethlehem Catholic football games, the muddier the better, and often said “I don’t cook, I don’t clean, I don’t bake, I just go bumming”, meaning she would rather be out and about than tied to the house. Nana “D” visited her grandchildren often and greatly enjoyed taking them places and watching them experience new things. She took bus trips with the Senior Groups of St. Ursula and St. Simon and Jude parishes. Well into her 80’s she attended Becahi class reunions and kept up with her high school friends.
She loved her family and Aunt Dolores was a fixture at extended family gatherings, where she was an avid pinochle player and exhibited her ‘gift of gab’ to one and all.
She is survived by her children, 8 grandchildren: Molly (David Crabbe), Meghan (Charles Greaves), Maureen, Katie (Rob Rice), and Peter Kane (Kelleyah), Tyler Horvath and Madison Horvath; 8 great-grandchildren: Charlie, William, Maeve and Maggie Crabbe, Delilah Greaves, and Ella, Teddy and Henry Rice; a step-grandson Christopher Supplee (Lauren) and their daughter, Alexandria. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will miss her wit and wisdom.
She was pre-deceased by favorite grandson, Collin Horvath and her siblings and in-laws: John and Stelle Evrard, Mary and Juby Fistner, Lindy and Helen Evrard, Carl and Joan Evrard, Theresa and Bill Scott, Frank and Helen Horvath, Mary and Tom Zondlo and Mike and Dot Horvath. She was saddened by the loss of nephews John, Jerry and Peter Evrard and John Fistner and by nieces Patty Barr, Mary Beth Burkhardt, and Jane Zakovitch.
A viewing will be held on Monday, April 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM in Holy Ghost Church, 417 Carlton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Internment to follow at Holy Savior Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Mom supported charities with an emphasis on children and families. If you are so inclined, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Bethlehem Catholic (www.becahi.org), St Jude's Children's Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
Louisa ‘Rhodi’ Reed Kushner, 83, of Bethlehem, PA passed away March 6, 2021, surrounded by her family. Her husband of 45 years, John Kushner, predeceased her August 19, 2020.
Louisa was born in Bethlehem and was the fifth of 9 children of William and Helen (Kiefer) Reed. She was a 1951 graduate of St. Simon and St. Jude. There she got the nickname ‘Rhodi’, when she played the state of Rhode Island in a play about the 13 original colonies!
She was 1955 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic.
Louisa is survived by her only child, Theresa (Terri) DiGiovanni, of Newport, RI.
She has two grandchildren, Mary Kate Gough, of Brooklyn, NY and Garrett Gough, of Newport,
RI. She has four surviving siblings, Elizabeth Zobb of Bethlehem, Charles Reed of Fogelsville, Michael Reed (Stephanie)of Coopersburg and Mary Young (Timothy Schneider) of Philadelphia. She is predeceased by brothers William, James, Thomas and a sister Adelaide Kirschman.
Louisa lived in California, Colorado, Virginia, India, Philippines as an adult but returned to Bethlehem in 1997. Louisa loved to laugh, had a wonderful sense of humor and excelled at the art of telling jokes. She was a great writer and enjoyed writing poetry and still wrote letters despite the technology of email. Louisa enjoyed reading, playing bingo, and organizing family events, which she was great at.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St Luke’s Hospice House, who provided care
in her final days.
Internment arrangements are coordinated through Downing Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited for Louisa’s internment on April 23, 2021,
at 1 PM at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown PA,
Richard E. Laury, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away March 1, 2021. He was the loving husband of 65 years to Juliette A. (Alvarez) Laury. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Robert M. and Ruth (Ziegenfuss) Laury. Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and then his Master’s degree from Lehigh University. Richard retired from the Bethlehem Area School District as an Elementary School Principal. He was a dedicated member of SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Richard was a volunteer for LVH- Muhlenberg Recovery Room for many years. He enjoyed swimming, playing tennis in Bethlehem on Thursdays and joining his fellow retired principal friends on Tuesday’s at the Oasis for the “Oatmeal Gang” breakfast. Richard had a green thumb and especially enjoyed tending to his tomato plants and roses. He was a fan of college football and March Madness. Richard enjoyed spending time with his friends and his family was his pride and joy. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Juliette Laury; daughters- Joanne M. Laury of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Diane L. Diehl and husband David of Hellertown, Allison M. Stoudt and husband Thomas of Allentown; grandchildren- Jill Hall, Johnathan Britton, Jacquelyn Estrada, Kurt Diehl; great grandchildren- Mateo and Addyson Estrada, Madison, Lincoln and Tucker Diehl; brother- John T. “Jack” Laury.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 6th 10:30-11:30AM with a Service to follow at 11:30AM all in SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Please contact Downing Funeral Home for a link to the Service via Zoom.
Contributions can be made in Richard’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association 399 Market St. Suite 250 Philadelphia, PA 19106 or please consider having a Mass said in his memory at SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Joyce E. (Weidman) Kirk, 82, of Hanover Twp, passed away February 28, 2021. She was the loving wife of over 50 years to the late Edward J. Kirk. Joyce was an avid pet lover. She enjoyed antiquing, attending church and raising her family. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Marian Keenan, Andrew Brown, Leonard Brown, Jean Prewitt, Joan Holecz and Joseph Kirk; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Michael Kirk and many sisters and brothers.
Services will be Private.
Contributions can be made to help toward her son/caregiver Joseph Kirk’s future life expenses care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.