Wilbur J. Miltenberger, 85, of Allentown, passed away November 19, 2019. He was the loving husband of Madonna J. (McGee) Miltenberger. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late James and Florence (Bartholomew) Miltenberger. He graduated from Bethlehem High School and served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Bethlehem Steel in Human Resources for over 30 years. Wilbur liked fishing as a child and participated in bowling leagues over the years. He loved playing cards and different competitive games with his family. After his retirement Wilbur worked at the Morning Call for over 10 years and then as a crossing guard for Allentown and Bethlehem.
Survivors: wife- Madonna Miltenberger; daughters- Heidi Beegle and husband Joseph Beegle, Lisa Moriarty and husband Paul Moriarty, Lana DiRocco and husband Robert Long; grandchildren- Hannah and Meghan; brothers- Richard Miltenberger and wife Wally, Marvin Miltenberger and wife Nancy. He was predeceased by his grandson- Charlie.
A Service will be held on Friday, November 22nd 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 Wilbur’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Peaceable Kingdom or to a charity of one’s choice.
Mary Louise Litsch
Mary Louise (MacLean) Litsch, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away November 10, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Harry J. Litsch, who passed away in 2014. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Kathryn (Enright) MacLean. Mary Lou graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School in 1945 and from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1949. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. Mary Lou enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge with the “Bridge Broads” her regular Monday Bridge Foursome. She was a “Hostess with the Mostess” and was in her element to host Christmas dinners, parties and family dinners. Mary Lou loved to travel the world with her husband and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors: sons- Robert T. Litsch and wife Tina of Berlinsville, Richard H. Litsch and wife Ellen of Bethlehem; daughter- Martha L. Schumacher of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Erik, Robert, Mary, Amanda, Julie and Nell; great grandchildren- Kyle, Ayden, Aubree, Nicholas, Henry and Julia. She was predeceased by her brother- Francis MacLean and sisters- Ann Farris and Patricia Coughlin.
A viewing will be held on Friday, November 15th 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mary Lou’s name to Notre Dame Catholic Church or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Earl F. Stralo, 76, of Bethlehem, passed away November 4, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of 55 years to Sue A. (Snyder) Stralo. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Veronica (Drozda) and Rollin G. Stralo Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis aboard the aircraft carrier- the USS Lake Champlain. Earl worked for 30 years as a stock chaser and receiver for Mack Trucks before his retirement. He was a member of Bethany UCC in Bethlehem. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, wood working and was an expert in home improvements. Earl was also an avid Eagles fan. He loved spending time with his grandson- Matthew aka “Spudders.”
Survivors: wife- Sue A. Stralo; sons- Michael S. Stralo and companion Melanie Fluck, Tod Matthew Stralo and wife Kimberly Ann Stralo; grandchildren- Matthew Earl Stralo, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Rivera and Felicia Moreno; brother- Rollin Stralo Sr.; sisters- Dorothy Rudis and Barbara Marsteller. He was predeceased by his brothers- Ronald, Richard and Paul Stralo and sister- Gladys Stralo.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 9th 10-11:30AM with a Service at 11:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Nisky Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Earl’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Patricia A. (Krolik) Nebinger, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away November 3, 2019. She was the wife of the late Robert Nebinger and daughter of the late Joseph Krolik and Marian O’Connell. She is survived by her daughter –Lorelei Broskey and 2 Grandchildren. Services will be announced at a later date.
Willie C Hubbard, 77, of Bethlehem, passed away October 29, 2019. He was the loving husband to Andrea Edwards. Born in Cairo, GA he was the son of the late Dave and Rebecca (Gammage) Hubbard. He was raised by his grandparents the late Lizzie and Harv Hubbard. Willie attended Washington High School in Georgia. Growing up Willie enjoyed hunting and being protective of his twin sister- Willie Mae. He retired from Victaulic. Willie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Easton. He had a passion for carpentry, woodworking and gardening. He was a naturalist that always helped everyone including his neighbors.
Survivors: wife- Andrea Edwards; daughter- Brenda Hubbard; step children; sisters- his twin Willie Mae Thomas, Doletha Gammage and “Sweet” Elizabeth Hendricks; grandchildren- Adrian Hubbard, Amanda, Stephen and Jade. He was predeceased by his brother- Johnny Johnson and sister-Rose Parham.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, November 9th 10:30-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Trinity Baptist Church 635 Centre St. Easton, PA 18042. A Reception will follow at SE-WY-CO Fire Co. 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Olive M. O’Hora, 97, of Bethlehem, passed away October 25, 2019. Olive was born to Olive (McIntyre) and Joseph O’Hora in Dunmore, PA. Her family moved to Bethlehem in 1937. She graduated from Liberty High School class of 1941. She worked in the Metalgurical Dept. of Bethlehem Steel for 40 years and retired in 1982. Olive was very active in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, a chairperson of the Building Campaign, the Seniors travelers and crafts. Olive enjoyed oil painting, making clothes and traveling with her sister Mary.
Olive is survived by her nieces and nephews- Dave & Jennifer Caplinger, Anna & Betsy, Kyle & Miriam Martin and family, Daniel Wise & Ariel Gonzalez and family, Nathaniel and Priscilla Wise and family, Gabriel Wise; cousins- Margaret Young, Kathy Young & Patty Adams; wonderful neighbors and Sherri. She was predeceased by her brothers- Edward, Joseph and William and her sister- Mary.
A viewing will be held Saturday, November 2nd 10-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will take place in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Olive’s memory to the St Vincent De Paul Society care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Olive was very grateful for the services and care of Oasis and Lehigh Valley Home Care and Hospice.
Lonnie G. (Wagner) Borger, 78, of Wind Gap, passed away October 15, 2019. Born in Bangor, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Dorothy (Hendershot) Wagner. She retired from Crayola.
Survivors: 2 daughters including Kelly Savoia, 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a brother and sister. She was predeceased by a sister.
There will be no services held.
Benita S. (Schmidt) Eckert, 86, of Allentown, passed away October 10, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Emanuel C. Eckert. Born in Jeffersonville, IN she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Margaret A. (Chapman) Schmidt. Benita worked for many years as an office manager at Carlon. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA in 1980. She was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, where was church secretary and sang in the choir. Benita was also a member of the Pocono Wood Carvers, the Campbell Folk School and was a talented hobby artist.
Survivors: daughter- Kathleen Hartzell and husband Will Wallen of Wind Gap, son- Wayne Snyder and wife Peggy of Hagerstown, MD, grandchildren- Christine Espinoza of Nazareth and Jessica Snyder of Hagerstown, MD.
Services will be Private at the convenience of the family. Bonnie requested, in lieu of flowers, that a charitable donation be made to Smile Train!