Leona “Lee” M. (Makovsky) Kahl, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away November 26, 2022. She was the wife of the late John F. Kahl and first husband Paul Harvey. Born in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Gallik) Makovsky. Lee graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church for 58 years, where she served as an eucharistic minister. Lee volunteered at Holy Family Manor and was a past President of the Catasauqua Jr. Women’s Club. She enjoyed traveling, played in various bridge groups, and was an avid reader. She will be deeply missed by her family.
Survivors: children- Jeffrey Kahl and husband Bobby Gibson, Judy Kahl, Keith Kahl, Karen Kahl and husband Todd Wilson; grandchildren- Thomas, Peter, Brian, Kaitlynn, Erin, David, Nicholas, and Alyssa; 14 great grandchildren; sister- Constance Buss. She was predeceased by her children- James Kahl, John Kahl Jr., Carol Stupak and husband Thomas Stupak; grandson- Mark Abdallah; 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
A calling time will be held Saturday, December 3rd 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM 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.
Contributions can be made in Lee’s memory to St. Luke’s Hospice House, 2455 Black River Road, Bethlehem.
Gavin Lionel Boddie, 89, of Bethlehem, passed away November 25, 2022. He was the loving husband of 55 years to Jill (Yarney) Boddie. Born in Portsmouth, England, he was the son of the late Sidney and Dorothy (Dymock) Boddie. At the University level, Gavin studied chemistry, and later electronics, earning his certification from the Institute of Electrical and Radio Engineers in 1973. While still in the UK, Gavin worked for British Aircraft Corp and was then recruited by Texas Instruments, resulting in his relocation to the DFW area in Texas in 1979. After 11 years in Texas, Gavin relocated to the Lehigh Valley. He worked as an electrical engineer for Bell & Howell and Polymer Dynamics prior to retiring in 2007. Gavin was a quiet, thoughtful man who thoroughly enjoyed gardening and was very dedicated to his family. He will be deeply missed. Aside from his wife Jill, he is survived by sons- Howard and his wife Cyndee; Simon and his wife Anne; and 4 grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 am to 1:00pm on Saturday December 10, 2022 at Downing Funeral Home, 1002 West Broad St, Bethlehem, PA 18018. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Lukes Hospice 801 Ostrum St. Bethlehem, PA 18015.
James W. Laczo, 71, of Bethlehem, passed away November 10, 2022. He was the son of the late Helen (Lysek) and Alfred J. Laczo Sr. James was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. He worked for many years as a mail clerk and printer. James was a member of the Black Diamond Model Railroad Club and enjoyed doing photography. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his brother- David and predeceased by his brother- Freddy Laczo Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Whitehall. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
On November 2, 2022 Bertha “Bert” Butkowski, 90, took her long desired journey home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! How we all rejoice with her and for her! Bert was born 9/25/1932 on Staten Island, NY. She was married to Andrew Butkowski for 42 years until his death in 1993. Together they raised 9 wonderful and entertaining children. Bert was a devoted wife and mother. She loved all babies- but especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bert had a great sense of humor, a contagious laugh, and a generous spirit. She was an avid reader, played a mean game of Scrabble, was always up for a party, and loved to dance at celebrations!
She is survived by her 9 children. Her 5 loving daughters: Cathy Graf (Mike), Joan Sergi (Rick), Anne Schoepple (Steve), Mary Sarisky (Joe), Maggie Post (Ryan). Her 4 Butkowski sons: Charles (Angela), Richard (Rita), Peter (Susan), John (Anita). Bert had 21 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Services: A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov 11th from 6-7:30PM with a funeral service at 7:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A viewing will be held Saturday, Nov 12th 9:30-10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30AM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018 where Bert was a 52-year member. Interment at Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Bert’s heart’s desires were donations to Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers 2200 Hamilton St. Suite 108 Allentown, PA 18109 and Mary’s Shelter 615 Kenhorst Blvd Reading, PA 19611.
Curtis E. Pass, 80, of Bethlehem, passed away October 25, 2022. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth Ann (Hearn) Pass. Born in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Harry and Helen (Braster) Pass. Curtis proudly served in the U.S. Army. After the Army, he received a degree in Electronics from Harrisburg Area Community College. Curtis worked as an electrical engineer for Bell Labs and its various new company names, retiring with Agere after 30 years of service. While at Bell Labs, Curtis was granted two patents for equipment related to the telecommunications industry. He enjoyed reading, golfing, bowling and coached Jr. bowling at the Boulevard Lanes for many years. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: son- Christian Pass and wife Jennifer and sister- Sheryl Pass. He was predeceased by his infant son- Christopher.
A Calling Time will be held on November 1st 9:30-11:00AM with a Service at 11:00AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lab Rescue LRCP P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003.
Cazimir J. Matuczinski 84, of Bethlehem was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior on Thursday October 13, 2022. He was the loving husband to Barbara A. (Young) Matuczinski and celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 28th. Born in Bethlehem, Cazimir was son of the late Cazimir R. and Bertha (Tepich) Matuczinski. He was a graduate of Liberty High School class of 1956 and was a faithful member of SS Simon and Jude Church in Bethlehem. Matty and Barbara loved going camping at the Evergreen Lake. He enjoyed building model trains and railroads for his family and was very active in his community. He was a Lehigh little league coach and enjoyed listening to polka and country music. Matty worked for Stroh brewery and most recently Trans Bridge bus lines. Every chance he got Matty told everyone, even random strangers how proud he was of his 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Family was truly everything to him. Surviving with his wife Barbara are his sons: Cazimir R. and the late Marianne Matuczinski. Scott A. and his wife Karen. Daughters: Colleen wife of Richard Giering. Marianne Matuczinski. Brother: Ronald W. and his wife Barbara. Sister: Deborah wife of Roy Gambler. Grandchildren: Cazimir S., Markus, Marjorie, Jennifer, RJ, Anthony, Ashley, Ryan, Jason and Faith. Great-grandchildren: Izaiah, Gabriella, Kinzley, Kelby, Sorin, J, Gatlin, Jordan, Carter, Zeke, Brady and Hailee. Calling Hours will be on Tuesday October 18, 2022 from 6:00-8:00PM in the Downing Funeral Home and Wednesday October 19, 2022 from 9:30-10:20AM in SS Simon and Jude Church in Bethlehem. Mass of christian burial will be at 10:30AM. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Good Days to support research for Macular Degeneration 2611 Internet Blvd. Frisch, TX 75034 or The Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism 1661 Worchester Rd. Suite 205B Framingham, MA
Barbara S. Kelly of Allentown died Sunday, October 2, peacefully at LVHN Hospital Cedar Crest. Born March 5, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late John Donald and Helen (McPhillips) Shreve and younger sister of Wister, John Donald Jr, and James who predeceased her. She was the wife of the late Edward W. Kelly, married 44 years before his passing in 1997. She was a resident of Country Meadows in Allentown for the past three plus years after 66 years in her home on Elliott Ave., Bethlehem. She was a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, NJ where three of her grandchildren were also graduates. She worked at several positions for AT&T in New York City and Allentown (where her and Ed met) before raising two sons. Barb had positions in several medical offices and the physical therapy department of the Holy Family Manor, all in Bethlehem. She and Ed were foster parents to near 20 children over the years through the Allentown Diocese, some as young as newborns, and was in touch with many of them after they were placed permanently. She volunteered for many years at 17th St. Allentown Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital hospice, following in the footsteps of her mother. She was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Church of Bethlehem where she coached the girls’ CYO basketball and volleyball teams for many years. Her passions were sports (Phillies, Eagles and Georgetown basketball) and knitting/crocheting anything for which a pattern was available. In addition to sweaters, scarves, mittens, christening outfits, baby and afghan blankets, it is estimated that she knit some 500 personalized Christmas stockings for family and friends during her lifetime. She is survived by her two sons, Michael (Mary) of Fanwood, NJ and Paul (Carolyn) of Orefield, PA, five grandchildren, Dr. Meaghan Kelly (Kyle Rowbothom)) of Annandale, VA, who was born in the same hospital as her grandmother, Bridget Kelly of Fanwood, NJ, Conor Kelly of Columbia, MD, Julie Feeney (Christopher) of Galway, Ireland and Lauren Siegfried (Drew) of Orefield, PA and four great grandchildren, Landon, Liam and Blake Siegfried, all of Orefield and Zoey Rowbothom of Annandale, VA. Services are being arranged by the Downing Funeral Home on Broad Street in Bethlehem for Tuesday, October 11 with a viewing from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 AM, both at SS Simon & Jude Church (730 W Broad St, Bethlehem, PA 18018). She will be then interred with her husband at Holy Savior Cemetery in Bethlehem. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to either Lehigh Valley Families Together at 928 Union Blvd. First Floor, Allentown, PA 18109, a foster care organization, or the Lehigh Valley Hospice at Lehigh Valley Health Network addressed to the LVHN, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 1883, Allentown, PA 18105 (https://www.lvhn.org/give/gifts-honor-and-memorial).
Dorothy “Dot” E. (DiStalio) Loturco, 94, of Bethlehem, passed away September 26, 2022. She was the loving wife of the late John L. Loturco. Born in White Marsh Twp, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Sophie (Kunyk) DiStalio. She graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School. Dot worked in the Lehigh University Admissions office and then for Weidlinger’s Printers Associates. She was an active member of SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church where she served as a lector, cantor, Eucharistic Minister, was part of the 55+ Friends club and the Seniors group, sang in the adult & funeral choirs and the Folk Group. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Manor, was a Girl Scout Leader and a member of the former Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality. Dot promoted retreats and days of recollection at the Dominican Retreat House and the St. Francis Center for Renewal. She volunteered for Becahi’s Women’s Assoc. & band parents, the Christmas City Fair, Musikfest, Christkindlmart, sang in the 250th 1000 Member Choir and the Bethlehem Steel Choir. When she was not volunteering for her church, or enjoying her family, her favorite activities were reading, and sending cards and notes to family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughter- Marie Hoch and her husband Joseph; grandchildren- Master Sgt. Sean Finn and his wife Leslie, Kevin Anthony Finn Sgt Major retired and his wife Jody, Celia Woodall and her husband Jeramie Sgt. Major retired, Dr. Michael Hoch and his wife Natalie, Megan Tegyi and her fiancé Peter-John Murphy; great-grandchildren- Brenna, Sean Jr. & Christopher Finn, Kevin Austin & Kayla Finn, Alexis & Teagan Woodall and Xander & Lucas Hoch; son-in-law- Kevin Finn Sgt 1st Class retired; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughters- Peggy Tegyi and Christina Finn, brothers- Joseph and John Destalo, sister- Genevieve Bonser and son-in-law- Jack Tegyi.
A viewing will be held on Monday, October 3rd 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dot’s memory to SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.