Priscilla Ann Phillips, of New York who currently resides in Allentown was born February 25, 1955 passed away on July 12, 2021. Born in Camden, SC she was the daughter of the late Marie (Tillman) Phillips. She graduated from Washington Irving High School. Priscilla worked for many years as a legal secretary. She loved fashion, reading, dancing and decorating. Priscilla had a passion for plants, animal and children. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughter- Veronica Cannon; son-Jamaal Phillips; grandchildren- Shaquasia, Jania, Terena, Jordan, Nya, London; siblings- Marie, Mary, Carol, Ronnie, Casey and Cass; former husband- Hodari Peters.
Jan Abolik, 61, of Whitehall, passed away July 9, 2021. Born in Poland, he was the son of Franciszek Abolik and the late Katarzyna (Kochan) Abolik. Jan studied music in school and had a passion for Jazz music. He was an accomplished musician and played the saxophone, clarinet and the piano. Jan enjoyed bicycling, playing tennis and traveling with his family. He worked as a manager for various Subway restaurants. Jan was a very friendly person and was a mentor to many. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: father- Franciszek Abolik; son- Kacper Abolik; daughter- Sonia Abolik; sisters- Lucyna and husband Patrick Ganssle, Anna husband Andrzej Chwistek, Grazyna and husband Arkadiusz “Arek” Chojnacki; nieces- Jessica, Aleksandra and Karolina; great nephew- Keaton.
A calling time will be held Friday, July 16th
11AM-12PM with a Memorial Service to follow at 12PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Francis Michael Misinco, 74, of Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021. He was the loving husband of 45 years to Margaret Mary (Kehs) Misinco. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Francis P. “Frank” and Arlene (Kiefer) Misinco.
Francis grew up in the Lower Saucon area and was a 1965 graduate of Hellertown-Lower Saucon High School. He served in the U.S. Army from September 1965 to September 1967, stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He retired from Mail-Well, Inc. in 2001 after 28 years of service, and then worked 11 years for Environmental Services at St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem, where to this day he remains a legend of the ER.
He was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Francis enjoyed fishing and gardening in his spare time, as well as cooking, talking with friends and neighbors, dog sitting his granddog Ziggy, and spending time with his family, including his beloved granddaughter, Sophia, who brought him much joy the last few years. He was a TV aficionado and was into extreme couponing long before it became a fad. He detested robocalls with a passion and looks forward to no longer receiving them.
Francis was the hardest worker, but also extremely humble. He would hate any fuss being made over him (likely including this obituary) and was always more concerned about everyone else around him. His strength and toughness through adversity was truly unmatched. Stubborn until the end, he refused to give in to any limitations and kept on going as long as he could. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Survivors: wife, Margaret Mary Misinco; daughter, Marie Misinco (Bechara Jaoudeh); son, John Misinco; granddaughter, Sophia; aunt, Shirley Miller; granddog, Ziggy.
Services will be private with a public memorial to be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Francis’s memory to his favorite charity, the Salvation Army, 344 N. 7th St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Jane M. Galle Finger, 94, of Bethlehem, PA, passed away Monday June 28, 2021 surrounded by her loving Family. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Anthony and Helen Thomas Lynch. Jane married her first husband H. Robert Galle, former Bethlehem Police Commissioner, in 1948 and he passed away in 1992. She then married Robert P. Finger in 1996 and he passed away in 2013. Jane was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps while attending Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Allentown,1945-1948. Her nursing career included a Registered Nurse Overseas Study-Tour of Medical Facilities in Moscow Russia, Acting Director of Nursing for Northampton County Homemakers Service and general and private duty nursing for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Jane was a member of SS Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church in Bethlehem and also St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Hellertown.
Survivors: Son - Matthew J. Galle and wife Patricia of Orefield and their son Camaron; Daughter - MaryJane G. Spinner and husband Ron of Stroudsburg and their children Matt and Rachael and grandchildren Jane and William; Daughter - Christina M. Martin and husband Joseph of Bethlehem and their children Joey and Nikki and grandchildren Courtney and Olivia; Daughter - Jennifer A. Israel and husband Randy of Hellertown and their children Ben and Sophia; Daughter-In-Law Jane A. Galle (Terry) of Bethlehem and their children Rob, Jamey, Rick and Jesse and grandchildren Jake, Taylor, Shannon, Willem and Axel; Daughter-In-Law Carol M. Galle (Tim) of Lehighton; Sisters-In-Law Marsha A. Jordan, Genie Shafer Lynch and Marianne Lynch all of FL; numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Jane was predeceased by her sons Robert T. "Terry" Galle and Timothy J."Tim" Galle; Great-Grandson Rowan Galle; her brothers Jerome, Anthony and Leo Lynch and her sisters Helen L. Ancora, Sally Lynch and Mary Elizabeth Lynch.
A Calling Time will be held on Saturday, July 3rd 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private for the Family. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc. of Bethlehem. https://downingfuneralhome.com/
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 in honor of Jane's Grandson Jesse Galle. https://www.donors1.org.
James D. Carlin, 66, of East Stroudsburg, passed away June 28, 2021. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late James F. and Doris F. (Keller) Carlin. He worked as a roofer for many years. He enjoyed working with model trains, and embraced his passion for nature by spending his time outdoors and feeding the wildlife. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Survivors: sons- Daniel and Timothy Carlin, sister- Kathleen Weiss, grandson- Jordan Carlin, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A small family graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 7th at 12PM at Holy Saviour Cemetery 2575 Linden St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in James’s memory to the Nature Conservatory 4245 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203.
Thomas W. Steirer, 73, of Bethlehem, passed away June 27, 2021. He was the loving husband to Eileen R. (Conway) Steirer and previously the late Barbara (Kapes) Steirer. Born in Allentown, he was the son of late William and Dorothy (Reinert) Steirer. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as a Cryogenic Mechanic before his retirement from Air Products/ Sumitomo. Thomas was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and the Tin Can Sailors. His favorite moments were spending time with his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Eileen Steirer; daughters- Lynn Somers and husband Greg of Coopersburg, Deborah Kelleman and husband James of Easton; grandchildren- Andrew, Carley, Maxwell, Lexie and Lyndsey; brother- Richard Steirer; sister- Maryann Miller; nieces and nephews.
A calling time will be held on Friday, July 2nd 10-11AM with a Memorial Service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc 1002 W. Broad St Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Thomas’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society PO Box 98018 Washington, DC 20090-8018.
Mary T. (Bistritz) Hann, 60, of Allentown, passed away Friday, June 18th. She was the loving wife of the late Jackson James Hann. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy (Brunner) Bistritz. Mary enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Joshua Hann, Jacqueline Hann and fiancé Benjamin Colon; grandchildren- Julian and Aiden Colon; siblings- Paul Bistritz and significant other Linda Jones, Katherine Hann and husband Gary Hann, Diane Greger and husband Jeffrey Greger.
A Calling Time will be held on Tuesday, June 29th 6-7:30PM with a Service at 7:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
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.