Dorothy A. (Basara) Saukulak, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away December 26, 2021. She was the the loving wife of the late Edward J. Saukulak, Jr. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was daughter of the late Josephine (Zarenka) Basara. Dorothy was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Children- Donna Posivak of Bethlehem, Joann Hart of Stewartsville, MD, Edward Saukulak Jr of Bethlehem and Greg Saukulak of Long Island, NY; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.
Services will be Private.
Calvin Longenbach Jr
Calvin K. Longenbach Jr., 89, of Bethlehem, passed away December 24, 2021. He was the loving husband of the late Kay A. (Miller) Longenbach. Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Calvin and Hallie (Heckman) Longenbach. Calvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Frie Hoffer & Gaf Cement Plant. Calvin was a member of Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church and their Senior Club. He previously had been a Lehigh Little League Coach and was a Head Umpire. He was a member of the Local #691 and the Tarkett Union. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Children- Bruce Longenbach and wife Veronica of Bethlehem, Carol Madura and husband Edward of Whitehall, Nancy Bauder and husband Blaine of South Carolina, Sally Wildman and husband Joseph of Whitehall, David Longenbach and wife Amy of Ohio, James Longenbach and wife Kimberly of North Carolina, 12 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, brother- Richard Longenbach of Bath, sister-in-law- Lorraine Miller of Kutztown. He was predeceased by 5 brothers.
Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Michael D. Thomas, 62, of Bethlehem, passed away December 21, 2021. He was a graduate of Nazareth High School. He had worked with VIA for many years. Michael loved trains, watching dirt racing and stock racing. He had a vast collection of Kinects that he enjoyed playing with. Michael was very knowledgeable with directions and music and had a wide collection of records, cds and videos. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: foster parents- Gloria and Floyd Bauder, Aunt Rose and Uncle Butch Solderich, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father- Donald Thomas.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 28th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Friedens Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Michael’s memory to VIA.
With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Theresa M. Kranyecz (nee Krenos) of Bethlehem, on December 20, 2021, at Holy Family Manor. She was the wife of Joseph S. Kranyecz with whom she shared over 51 years of marriage.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Eberhardt) Krenos and stepmother Therese (Horvath) Krenos. She was a 1963 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.
After high school, Theresa worked at Grammes and Company in the real estate department. She later worked at Walker, Walker, Thomas & Karess with Martin J. Karess, Esq. She ended her legal secretary career at Fonzone & Ashley, working with Charles J. Fonzone, Esq.
While her daughters were young, she volunteered at dance recitals and competitions, Girl Scouts, and she had been an early participant and volunteer for Bethlehem’s live Christmas pageant.
Theresa was an avid reader. She enjoyed book sales, her family book club, basket bingo, Scrabble, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, vacationing in Strathmere, NJ, and Saturday ice cream dates with her husband and soulmate, Joe. She loved animals, her “granddogs and grandcats,” and especially her dear dog Marble.
Theresa is survived by her loving husband, Joseph S. Kranyecz; daughters, Amy McGarr, wife of Richard McGarr of Hanover Township, and Rorie Van Vliet, wife of Greg Van Vliet of Macungie; her beloved grandchildren, Ava Costa, Joseph Van Vliet, and Jenna McGarr; sisters, Frances Rekai and husband Edward Rekai, Pauline Baker, and Carolyn Krenos-Bodnar and her husband Richard Bodnar; and numerous nieces and nephews who were all dearly loved by their Aunt Teci.
She was predeceased by her sister, Rosemarie Bishop and brother-in-law, John Bishop.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 27th 9:30-10:30 with a Service at 10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Masks are mandatory for attendance due to continued COVID-19 concerns. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem.
Peter H. Archond, 77, of Saylorsburg, passed away December 1, 2021. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Lucy (Vola) and Peter H. Archond Sr. He retired from the Saylorsburg School district as a janitor. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: brother- Harry A. Archond; nieces and nephews- Kathleen, Joseph, Lisa, Stephen Jr., Luann, Joseph, Karen and Harry Jr. He was predeceased by his sisters- Ruth Guzzo and Thelma Domiter.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 10th at 2:30PM in Bethlehem Memorial Park 1851 Linden St. Bethlehem, PA 18017. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Andrea R. "Punky" (Groves) Edwards, 87, of Moore Twp, passed away November 6, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Edwards. Born in Washington, NJ she was the daughter of the late Cornelius “Bud” Groves and the late Cula (Freeman) Merritt. Andrea had worked previously for Bell Howell and Woodcraft in NJ. She was a founding member of the Resurrected Life Community Church, UCC. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to laugh and enjoyed cooking, talking on the phone, doing crosswords and watching the Hallmark channel. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: son- Robert Edwards Jr.; daughters- Cula “Macky” Furman, Gwendolyn Jones, Jacqueline Cummings; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; sister- Constance “Connie” Robinson. She was predeceased by her sister- Jacqueline Ayers.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 13th 9-11AM with a Service at 11AM at the Resurrected Life Community Church, UCC 144 N 9th St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown. Contributions can be made in Andrea’s name to Resurrected Life Community Church, UCC. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Leo Charles Kehs, 71, of Bethlehem, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Lawrence L. and Margaret (Ward) Kehs.
Leo grew up in Bethlehem and was a 1968 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School. He attended the Career Academy School of Broadcasting in Houston, Texas, graduating in 1970, before starting as a radio announcer at WGPA in Bethlehem. Known on air as “Lee Casey,” his career took him to cities nationwide, from KNOM in Nome, Alaska, to WHUE in Boston.
He later returned to the Lehigh Valley, where his voice was heard on commercials on local radio stations. More recently, he worked as a chauffeur, including for Siegfried Chauffeur Services of Allentown.
He was a train buff who spent much time model railroading. He was also a licensed ham radio operator with the call sign K3EHS. His other pastimes included photography and making balloon animals.
Leo attended church at St. Francis Retreat House in Bethlehem Township, where he was very active. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, and deeply missed by all those who knew him.
Survivors: sister, Margaret Mary; niece, nephew and great-niece.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, November 9 from 6-7:30 PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc., 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Leo’s memory to the Valley of Good St. Anne, 175 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18020.
Rita Frances (Pierfy) Gerlach, 90, of Bethlehem, passed away October 31, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Edwin J. Gerlach. Born in Alpha, NJ she was the daughter of the late Neno and Frances (Cervasi) Pierfy. Rita was a 1st generation Italian American and the last of 10 children. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1948. Rita was a military wife and had served as President of the NCO wives club. While living in Korea she was instrumental in helping to obtain funds for their local orphanages and volunteered her time. Rita was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing pinochle, watching Dancing with the Stars and the Hallmark Channel and was a dedicated Phillies and Eagles fan. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother who touched many lives over the years. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Susan Keramas and husband Nick, Edward Gerlach, Laurie Nemesch and husband David, Valarie Young; grandchildren- Allison, Ashley, Hayley, Shayla, Taryn, Jarid, Justyn, Joseph and Benjamin; great granddaughter- Ava Rae.
A viewing will be held Saturday, November 6th 9:30-10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in Notre Dame Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.