Katherine “Kay” C. Bugger, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away January 14, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late William Bugger for 52 years. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Anthony Hunt and Catherine (Ward) Hubert. Katherine retired from Lehigh University, where she worked in the faculty dining room. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church and their 55+ Club. In 1970, Katherine ran Operation Vietnam Project, gathering gifts and items for returning veterans at the Valley Forge Veteran Medical Center. She was recognized by the U.S. Army for her efforts and volunteerism. Katherine treasured her family and loved all family gatherings.
Survivors: children- William E. Bugger and wife Karen of Coopersburg, Denise Elliott and husband Stuart of Blandon, John P. Blair and girlfriend Donna Bartholomew Sacco of Allen Twp; grandchildren- Michelle Chrin, Jennifer Reed, Zachary Blair, Leroy Krause Jr., 2 great grandchildren- Morgan Krause and Sarah Krause. She was predeceased by her brothers- Edward J. and Thomas Hunt.
A viewing will be held Thursday, January 21st 9-10:30AM with a Service at 10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Katherine’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children 3551 N. Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Janet L. (Condor) Kelly, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully at Holy Family Manor on January 12, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Andrew R. Kelly. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Acri) Condor. She was of the Catholic faith. Janet was a homemaker and will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren as they grew up, and enjoyed going on many fun filled day trips with them. She loved to go shopping and had many special shopping and luncheon trips to Promeroy’s in Harrisburg and Hess’s in Allentown with her daughter. She lived next door to the Westgate Mall where she would walk to almost every day, and got to know many of the store clerks throughout the mall. She also loved to go to Antique Shops and collect Thomas Kinkade, Limoge, miniature tea sets, Beanie Babies, and anything Italian or Irish related, and display these throughout her apartment, She also collected racing memorabilia, Hess trucks, dolls, and nutcrackers for her children and grandchildren. Janet also enjoyed going to the Bell Telephone Pioneer Dinners and Picnics, traveling to Florida, and going on cruises with her late husband Andrew. She was a hugger and a kisser, and will be greatly missed by her family.
Survivors: daughter- Patricia Marakovits and husband Tim of Kutztown; Michael Kelly of Bethlehem, Brian Kelly and wife Nancy of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Justin Kelly, Nick Marakovits, Hannah Marakovits; great grandchildren- Makayla and Sienna Kelly; brother- Gilbert Condor and wife Roseanne.
Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Janet’s memory to Holy Family Manor.
Richard Drey Sr
Richard C. Drey Sr., 79, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully January 11, 2021. He was the loving husband of 53 years to Mary Ann (Kish) Drey. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Claude “Bud” and Anna (Griesemer) Drey. Richard earned his Bachelors of Mathematics and Physics from Albright College and then taught for 2 years at Reading High School. He received a National Science Foundation Grant to go to Brown University where he earned his Masters in Mathematics. Richard became one of the first the faculty members at Northampton Community College and served for 32 years as a Professor of Mathematics. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds since 1950 and had coached East Allen soccer. Richard was the first Treasurer for the East Allen Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept.
Survivors: wife- Mary Ann Drey; children- Elizabeth Drey Forkin and husband Keith, Richard C. Drey Jr., Nicole Drey; grandchildren- Alden, Ella, Slade and Rowan; sister- Susan Grillo and husband Philip; and niece- Angela; nephews- Michael and Anthony. He was predeceased by his brother- John Drey.
A viewing will be held Saturday, January 16th 10-11AM with a Service 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 Richard’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Salvation Army care of the funeral home.
Mary C. Steager, 99, of Bethlehem, passed away January 8, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late James Steager Sr. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Stephan and Mary Slahta. Mary was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church and their Woman’s Guild. She was a member of the Fountain Hill Hiller’s, volunteered at Cedarbrook Nursing Home and previously for Channel 39. Mary was an avid gardener.
Survivors: daughter- Patricia and husband Dr. Joseph Bacak, grandson- Daniel and wife Lauren Madden. She was predeceased by her son- James Steager Jr., son-in-law- Edward Stokarski and 9 siblings.
Services will be Private for the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Evelyn C. (Focht) Cengeri, 94, of Bethlehem, passed away January 7, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Stephen A. Cengeri, with whom she would have celebrated her 67th Wedding Anniversary this past December 26th. Born in Bath, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Heinz) Focht. She graduated from Northampton High School in 1944 and attended Allentown Business College and earned a degree in Study and History of Doll Making. She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and their Seniors Club. She was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary of Northampton, the SOKOLS and the SS Cyril and Methodius Slovak Seniors.
Survivors: sons- William S. Cengeri of Bethlehem, Thomas J. and wife Jeann Cengeri of Kutztown, Richard J. Cengeri of Colchester, VT; daughter- Kathleen S. Gundy and husband Bruce of Mohnton; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters- Roma Fedor of North Catasauqua, Susan Rutt of Allentown. She was predeceased by her brother- William J. Focht.
Services will be Private for the family and a Memorial Service will be held for the public in the future.
Contributions can be made in Evelyn’s memory to SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church or to Phoebe Home in Allentown 3-East care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
John E. Billman, 91, of Allentown, passed away December 3, 2020. He was the loving husband to Dorothy A. (Correll) for over 60 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Claude and Eleanor (Young) Billman. He worked as a Service Technician for Sears & Roebuck. He was a Mason with Bethlehem Lodge. John enjoyed tinkering around with things, going for walks, fishing and camping with friends. One of his favorite past times was going to Grim’s Orchards to pick apples and strawberries with his daughter. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Dorothy; children- Richard E. and wife Andrea of Phoenix, AZ, Lauri Moser and husband Jeffrey of Allentown, PA, Edward A. of Pensacola, FL; brother- James Billman of FL; sisters- Evelyn Lambert of MT, Nancy Klotz of PA; grandchildren- Christopher J. Billman of SC, Jessica Marie Billman of MA. He was predeceased by siblings- Claude, Betty, Donald and Thomas.
Services will be Private and are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
John’s family would like to thank Saucon Valley Manor and Family Pillars Hospice for their care and compassion during his time of need.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association 617 Main St. A. Hellertown, PA 18055.
Karen K. Brassington, 58, of Bethlehem, passed away November 5, 2020. Born in Bethlehem, she was
the daughter of the late Philip Brassington and Donna (Phillips) Warner. She was a graduate of
Moravian Academy and Cedar Crest College. Karen was a member of Astara, which is based out of CA.
She enjoyed composing music, crafting and loved animals.
Survivors: sister- Jane Ferguson and husband Mark, 2 nephews.
Services will be held Thursday, Nov 12th at 10AM at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Karen’s memory to a local animal shelter.
Anne E. (Kirchner) Henning, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away October 30, 2020. Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.