Ron passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, April 1, 2020 at LVH Cedar Crest. He was born on August 17, 1946 to Natale and Rose Castagnera in Coaldale, PA. As a young child, the family moved from Summit Hill to Bethlehem. His family was one of the first parishioners of Notre Dame R.C. Church.
Upon graduating from Liberty HS in 1964, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
His career included draftsman, electrician, and Mack employee. After leaving Mack Trucks, he completed his engineering education at Penn State. He worked for various engineering firms in the Lehigh Valley.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Danielle Castagnera Westwood and her husband Dean. His son Anthony Castagnera and his wife Jennifer. Ron had five loving granddaughters. Dr. Kahli Castagnera, Gina and Rory Castagnera and Francesca and Emilia Westwood. His former wife and friend Telvia (Gava) Castagnera.
Also surviving is his sister Natalie Agraz and her husband Steve Chance and his nephews Jorge Agraz and David Agraz. His brother-in-law Enrico Gava and wife Barbara and nieces Andrea Hess and Susan Heiserman. Ron also had many close and caring cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ron was pre-deceased by his companion Dorothy (Dee) Egan and his niece Deborah Gava Erie.
Ron was a great golfer and fisherman. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in any way that he could be of help. And will be greatly missed by all.
A Memorial Service will be announced after the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Lung Association care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Michael Joseph Kokosky, 89, of Bethlehem, passed away March 27, 2020. He was the loving husband of Irene (Koren) Kokosky for 59 years. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Stephen and Barbara (Madzik) Kokosky. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 213th AAA 28th Division. Michael retired in 1992 from Bethlehem Steel’s Beam Yard, after 42 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Michael was lovingly remembered as “Pop” to his grandchildren whom he enjoyed spending his time with.
Survivors: wife- Irene Koksoky; sons- Michael, Gary, Richard Kokosky and Michael Ross; daughter-in-laws- Angelic and Shannon; grandchildren- Samuel, Michael, Gina, Natalia, Alexander, Jaclyn Kokosky and Michael J. Ross. He was predeceased by 7 sisters- Mary Donchez, Dorothy Taglang, Helen Rengel, Agnes Gaal, Frances Puhan, Anne Laposky and Elizabeth Kokosky; 4 brothers- Stephen, Joseph, Edward and John Kokosky.
A Memorial Service will be announced after the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Elizabeth Ann (Hearn) Pass, 74, of Bethlehem died March 17, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg. She was born in Hazelton to her late parents Edward and Elizabeth Hearn. She was preceded in death by an infant son Christopher.
She is survived by her husband Curtis and son Christian Pass (Jennifer), brothers Edward Hearn (Susan), Mark Hearn (Suzette), Thomas Hearn and sisters Dolores Dalrymple, Mary Moyer and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was known as Sissy to family and her many friends. Liz enjoyed bowling at Jordan Lanes. She loved game nights with family and friends and traveling in their motor home.
Due to the current national health crisis a small Private service and viewing will be held for immediate family. When restrictions are lifted the family plans to have a memorial gathering for extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lab Rescue LRCP P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003.
Martin G. Seglets, 72, of Coopersburg, passed away March 9, 2020. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Martin J. and Mary Rose (Sides) Seglets. He graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School. Martin worked previously for Mack Trucks, then B. Braun and then in Security for DeSales University. He was of the Catholic faith. Martin was supporter of many charitable organizations, listening to Piano and Polka music, especially Jolly Joe Timmer. He enjoyed fishing, target shooting and watching Westerns on TV. Martin was also a member of the Ridge & Valley Gun Club.
Survivors: daughter- Amy Dress and husband David Dress of Coopersburg; son- Jim Seglets and wife Joy Lamb-Seglets of Coopersburg; 6 grandsons- Matthew, Dylan and Evan Dress and Shane, Zachary and Jacob Seglets; sister- Mary Werley of Alburtis; brother- David Seglets of Whitehall; loving nieces and nephews; former spouse and good friend- Beverly Martinez.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, March 14th 9:30-11:00AM with a Memorial Service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery, Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Martin’s memory to Father Flanagan's Boys Home care of the funeral home.
Arthur Lorah Sr
Arthur Lorah Sr., 86, of Bethlehem, passed away February 27, 2020. He was the loving husband of 60 years to Nancy (Richards) Lorah. Born in Sheppton, he was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Lorah. Arthur worked for many years as an auto mechanic for Dave and Wayne Auto Center in Bethlehem. He enjoyed reading and going to his cabin with his family.
Survivors: sons- Arthur Lorah Jr. of Bethlehem, Frank Lorah and wife Eileen of Palmerton, Timothy Lorah and wife Angel of Bethlehem Twp; grandchildren- Katrina, Tyler, Victoria, Trevor and Treasure; great grandchildren- Brayden and Blaze; brother- Jim Lorah of Walnutport; special grand dog- Bella. He was predeceased by his sisters- Leona, Georgine and Priscilla.
A calling time will be held on Thursday, March 12th 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Shirley A. (Chiz) Trump, 76, of Allentown, passed away February 24, 2020. She was the loving wife of 57 years to James C. Trump. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late John Chiz and Florence (Wilson) Saurwein. She graduated from Liberty High School. Shirley worked for many years as the secretary at Olivet Church in Bethlehem. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. Shirley was a talented baker, cook and crotchetier. She loved spending time with her family and treasured her grandchildren.
Survivors: husband- James C. Trump; daughters- Tami D. Smith and husband Jack of Easton, Teri L. Wisser and husband Michael of Slatington; grandchildren- Alyssa, Shane, Megan and Michael; great grandchildren- Justin, Elijah, Mikayla and Carter; sister- Elizabeth Panik; brothers- Harold Sauerwein and James Sauerwein. She was predeceased by her brother- John Chiz and sister- Geraldine Beahm.
A viewing will be held on Friday, February 28th 9:30-11:30AM with a Service to follow at 11:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private at the convenience of the family.
Lucille R. (Kotran) Ring, 88, of Allentown passed away February 4th 2020. She was loving wife of the late Robert Ring. Born in January 1932, she was the daughter of the late Genevieve (Seng) and Paul Kotran. She graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. Lucille worked for many years at Macy’s Dept. Store, Levine’s, and Sheridan School.
Survivors: Daughter- Julie Ann and husband Kevin O’Brien; Sons- Bill Ring and wife Patrice and Tom Ring; 12 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren; 5 brothers and 4 sisters. She was predeceased by her son- Robert Ring Jr. and granddaughter- Kelly.
Suely as she was referred to by her siblings lived a full life and had many hobbies and interests. She especially loved spending time with her Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren. She was an avid reader, card player and played tennis for over 30 years. Her favorite pastime was the Penny slots at any Casino, she was a Major Sports Fan, especially for her Alma Mater and loved her Horse Skunky, which she rode for many years. She was an accomplished Sewer and was always up for a Road Trip to spend time with her family and many friends. Lucy aka 2 Grams was an active member of the Senior Center in Allentown.
Services will be Private for the family.
Grace S. (Shamsky) Hartigan, 101, of Bethlehem, passed away on February 4, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Eugene J. Hartigan. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Olympia Shamsky. Grace worked for many years in the Bethlehem Steel's Billing Dept. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Survivors: son- Eugene Hartigan Jr. and wife Gay of Merritt Island, FL; grandchildren- Kelly Hartigan of Allentown and Eugene Hartigan III of Florida; great grandchildren- Taylor and Vance. She was predeceased by her daughter- Maureen Herritt and sister- Mary Zelko.
Services will be Private.