Margaret (Jamicky) Hlavinka, 82, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully September 25, 2020. She was
the loving wife of the late Paul Hlavinka. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Michael
and Margaret (Mutis) Jamicky. Margaret earned her Associates in Accounting from Northampton
Community College. She retired as an accountant from the Hotel Bethlehem. Margaret was a member
of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother whose house
had an open-door policy and it was always filled with her family. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Vincent and wife JoAnn Hlavinka, Michael Hlavinka, Cathy Rimmer, Paul and wife
Donna Hlavinka, Christopher Hlavinka, Paula and husband Brent Nelson; 14 grandchildren; 13 great
grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- Michael “Mickey” Jamicky.
A Calling Time will be held Friday, October 2nd 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in
Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Inurnment will follow in
Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Francis “Pat” Petruny, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away on August 20, 2020 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband to Nancy (Gubich) Petruny. Born in Hellertown he was the son of the late Michael and Agnes Petruny. Pat has a distinguished 38 year career as an educator in the Pennsylvania State School system, with 28 of those years in the Hellertown/ Saucon Valley School District. He graduated from Hellertown High School in 1951, and during that time he was a three year letter winner in both boys basketball and baseball. During his senior year, he was a co-captain of the basketball team that won both the Lehigh-Northampton League title, the District 11 Class “B” crown, and participated in the state playoffs. Pat was named to the Lehigh-Northampton all-star team, and received all state recognition.
Pat continued his baseball and basketball careers at Moravian College, and graduated with degrees in both History and English in 1955. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and was appointed First Petty Officer. Upon discharge, Pat began his teaching career in 1957, which ultimately led him back to the Hellertown School District in 1968 as a junior high school teacher, and assistant varsity boys basketball coach. He earned his Master’s degree in Education from Temple University and Secondary Education Principal Certificate from Lehigh University.
Pat was appointed Faculty Manager of Sports in 1968, and became the first ever-titled Athletic Director in the school district in 1973. He had been the only educational professional at Saucon Valley to hold both the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Positions simultaneously at the high school level, form 1975-1989. He remained Assistant Principal until his retirement in 1996. During this time, he also started the golf program as the head coach, and more than doubled the amount of girls’ sports offerings in the district at the high school level. Pat was awarded Athletic Director Emeritus status by the Saucon Valley School Board in 1989, and received the District 11 Athletic Director of the year during his tenure. He was also the Colonial League referee and official assignor for both football and boys basketball for many years.
While athletic director from 1973 to 1989, many team and individual student athletes achieved titles and recognition. These accomplishments included 37 team League Championships; 23 District 11 Team Championships; 7 Regional and 9 PIAA State Individual titles. Pat was a long-time member of Brookside Country Club where he enjoyed weekend golfing and social events.
In addition to his wife Nancy of 64 years, he is survived by his son Michael and wife Rene and two granddaughters Kendra and Morgan. He was predeceased by his son Christopher.
A viewing will be held on Monday, August 24th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Four Diamonds Fund 1249 Cocoa Ave Suite 115 PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033 in memory of Pat’s son Christopher.
PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033 in memory of Pat’s son Christopher.
John J. “Jack” Kushner, 85, of Bethlehem, passed away August 19, 2020. He was the loving husband of 45 years to Louisa E. (Reed) Kushner. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Hoffman) Kushner. John was a 1953 graduate of Liberty High School. John served in the U.S. Army. He had worked for the former Lehigh Engineering in Bethlehem and then as a mechanical contractor in California for 19 years. John attended Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Survivors: wife- Louisa; daughter- Susan M. wife of Ret. Lt Col John Bokor of Las Cruces, NM; step-daughter- Theresa DiGiovanni of Newport, RI; granddaughter- Jessica Bokor-Sapyta of KY; step-grandchildren- Mary Kate Gough of Brooklyn, NY and Garrett S. Gough of Newport, RI.
No Services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Monica S. Carpency, 80, of Bethlehem entered Eternal Life on August 10, 2020 from her home.
Born in Coaldale, PA, she was the daughter of the late Francis G. and Mary A. (Kruzik) Carpency.
She was a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and employed by the then Keystone Savings Bank, retiring as its corporate secretary with 36 years of dedicated service.
She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Her greatest joy was being commissioned to preside at Communion Services in the absence of a priest. She served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist for 6 years, Lector for reading the Word of God for 39 years, and as parish Sacristan for 6 years.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dolores and her great nephew Zachary.
Brother Jude and his wife Marianne of Moneta, VA, sister Ann Marie Sedler (widow of Joseph) of Emmaus, PA. Eight nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews, and two great, great nephews.
A mass of Christian burial, with the Rev. Msgr. Baver officiating, will be celebrated at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 730 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Visitation, starting at 9:30 AM, will precede the mass and internment at Holy Saviour Cemetery will follow mass.
Due to COVID there will be no separate visitation prior to Wednesday, August 19, 2020. In addition, the family requests that all individuals attending the visitation and/or funeral mass wear masks and observe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like those planning expressions of sympathy to consider Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Judith L. (Engler) Bees, 79, of Bethlehem, passed away July 19, 2020 in her home after an extended period of poor health. She was the loving wife of Joel Bees, with whom she celebrated their 54th Anniversary in January. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Althea E. (Lutz) and Howard S. Engler, Jr. Judith was an Election Official for 8 years, including 4 years as a Judge of Elections. She was inducted into the PA Voters Hall of Fame, after voting in 50 consecutive General Elections. She was a part of Project Aware at NCACC, a Hoagie Chairperson for the Liberty High School Grenadier Band and a Board Member for the Chansonnette Theatre. Judith enjoyed socializing with her friends, was a fantastic cook and cared deeply for her family.
Survivors: husband- Joel Bees, son- Joshua Bees, daughter- Janice S. Bees, sister- Mary Beth and husband David Caskey of University Park, MD, 1st cousin and “sister”- Sue Ann (Snyder) Stralo, nieces and nephews around the U.S. She was predeceased by her sisters- Dale O’Leary and Carole Engler, and her brother- Howard Engler III.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Joanne Feigl, 82, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on July 19, quietly, at home. Preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Frank J. Feigl, Joanne will be deeply missed by her family, her friends, and her community.
A graduate of St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN, with an M. Ed. from Lehigh University, Joanne was a reading specialist in the Bethlehem Area School District for 30 years. She was a member of Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church, and a dedicated volunteer for the AARP Tax program, the Burnside Plantation, and the Boutique at the Rink.
She and Frank loved playing bridge with neighborhood friends and the Lehigh University crew, a tradition she continued with “the ladies” for many years. Joanne loved to travel and did so often. She could sew anything, knit anything, and quilt anything. Her pie crust was enviable.
Joanne was the embodiment of unconditional love. To her children she was everything, to her sons-in-law she was “The Saint,” and to her grandchildren she was simply the very best Grammy. Ever.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Fran Feigl and Joe Markano of Haddon Heights, NJ, Clare Feigl and Jack Kennedy of Coronado, CA, and Ann Feigl Johnston and John Johnston of Bethlehem, PA, as well as her grandchildren who are her pride and joy: Elly Johnston and fiancé Matt Sterling, Jack Johnston, and Frankie Kennedy.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dorothy Feigl Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry, Saint Mary’s College c/o Downing Funeral Home, 1002 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Joseph Gerard Prah, of Bethlehem, PA, died on June 26, 2020 from complications stemming from COVID-19 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Muhlenberg.
Joe was born in Uniontown, PA, the son of Theresa Kristof Prah and the late Dr. Joseph Prah. He was a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and then Northampton County Area Community College, where he earned degrees in photography and the culinary arts. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church his entire life.
In the 1990’s, fresh out of college, he did website design and data processing for NetCasters, Inc. based in Massachusetts. Joe then settled down to a culinary career, working in the food industry for over 15 years throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Joe had a variety of hobbies, most of which centered on his family. He enjoyed frequent success during family poker nights, fishing with brothers and cousins and collecting various keepsakes that he would pick up in his travels. He showed great patience and perseverance while tackling the most complex of jigsaw puzzles and that perseverance proved helpful while sleuthing family genealogy, helping to fill the family tree. His greatest joy, however, came from photography. Joe took his equipment everywhere, documenting his family during vacations, holidays and everyday life. This will no doubt be one of his lasting legacies.
He is survived by his mother, Theresa Prah of Bethlehem; his sister, Mary P. Counts of Bethlehem and three brothers, Christopher Prah of Topsfield, MA, Gregory N. Prah of West Chesterfield, NH and Theodore M. Prah of Newburyport, MA as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be having a private service for Joe at Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem.
Kathryn M. (Rafferty) Keller, 91, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on June 2, 2020 in her family’s home, surrounded by loved ones. Kathryn was born on August 27, 1928 in Manhattan, New York to Nicholas and Evelyn (Becker) Rafferty. She attended Hunter College in New York City and went on to work as a Production Manager for Bulova Watch Company. Kathryn had been an active member of Grace Church in Long Island, New York and then continued on to be a faithful Practitioner of Christian Science.
Kathryn was a dedicated and loving sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Kathryn devoted her early years to her children, David and Alice, as a Cub Scout and Camp Fire Girl leader, and remained fully immersed in the upbringing of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be remembered for her unconditional love, compassion, selflessness, and kind spirit, as well as her passion to share the goodness of God with everyone she met.
Kathryn is survived by her children, son David and wife Jill, her daughter Alice, five grandchildren, Jacey and husband Will, Mathieu and wife Brittany, Elizabeth and husband Jeremiah, Amelia and Evelyn, and five great grandchildren, Kayla, Aidyn, Liam, Addison, and Quinn. She is also survived by her brothers, Gerald and Patrick Rafferty, and sister Evelyn Hnatov. She was predeceased by four brothers.
Services will be held at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 5900 Old Bethlehem Pike, Center Valley, PA 18034, 610-282-5683, on a date later to be announced.