Erna (Skultety) Toth, 93, of Bethlehem Twp, passed away October 19, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late William Toth. Born in Steelton, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Anna (Ferlan) Skultety. She was a graduate of Hellertown High School. Erna was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miller Heights. She enjoyed reading in her spare time. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughter- Cynthia McConnell and husband David, son- Larry Toth, granddaughter- Brittany Koncz, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant son- William and her brother- Edward Skultety.
Services will be Private for the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Erna’s memory to the Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab PO Box 144 Stewartsville, NJ 08886.
Ruth (Anderson) Weaver, 97, of Bethlehem, passed away October 4, 2021. She was the wife of the late Calvin W. Weaver. She worked previously for the former Rickels Store. She was a member of Rosemont Lutheran Church. Ruth enjoyed cooking, tending to her plants and bird watching. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: grandchildren- Brett Weaver and Toni Weaver, brother- Edward Anderson, brother-in-law- Edward Weaver and his wife Karla, nephew- Thomas Sterner, niece- Judith Curran. She was predeceased by her son- Rick Weaver.
A calling time will be held on Tuesday, Oct 12th 10-11AM with a memorial service to follow at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Leonard R. Ortwein, 94, of Bethlehem, passed away September 20, 2021. He was the loving husband of Adelaide (Mies) Ortwein and previously to Marie (Simon) Ortwein until her passing. Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He worked in the Open Hearth and then the BOF at Bethlehem Steel for 38 years before his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed completing crossword puzzles with his wife and was an avid reader, walker, hiker, kayaker, biker and had completed the Century Run with the Lehigh Wheel Men. Leonard will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Adelaide Ortwein, children- Martha Tirpak and husband John, Regina Kohlmeier husband Joseph, Kathleen Weaver and husband Keith; stepchildren- Lois Kehoe and husband Kevin, Robert J. Ormiston and wife Alysia; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother- Kenneth Ortwein. He was predeceased by his brothers- Donald, Edward and Richard Ortwein.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept 28th at 10:30AM in Holy Ghost Catholic Church 417 Carlton Ave Bethlehem, PA 18015. The family requests that guests wear masks and participate in social distancing in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Richard Breidenbach 88, of Bethlehem passed away peacefully on Sunday September 12, 2021 in his home. He was the loving husband to Bernice (Laible) Breidenbach who passed away in 2017. Born in Fountain Hill, Richard was a son of the late Ludwig and Naomi (Weil) Breidenbach. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was a lifetime member of the Free Masons in Allentown. He was the golf course superintendent for 30 years at the Bethlehem Steel Club and then later worked at the Green Tree Nursery. Richard loved to build and fly radio control airplanes and was riding his motorcycle until age 78. Surviving is his son: Kenneth Breidenbach of Bethlehem. Brothers: Donald and Thomas Breidenbach. Sisters: Jane Fischer, Lucille Ratarsky, Jean Radford, Mary Ann Stahler, Linda Budzyn, Diane Garland and Ann Anthony. Grandson: Joshua Breidenbach. Richard was predeceased by his siblings: Charles, Paul and Robert Breidenbach, June Cope and Shirley Strokelitus. Calling Hours will be 6:00-8:00PM on Thursday and 9:00-10:00AM on Friday in the Downing Funeral Home 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Services will be Friday 10:00AM September 17, 2021 in the Funeral Home.
Frank J. Seier, Jr., 68, of Bethlehem, passed away August 31, 2021. He was the son of the late Frank and Bernadine Seier. Frank worked previously for Bethlehem Steel doing masonry and then later worked doing grounds keeping for Allentown State Hospital. He enjoyed Notre Dame football, fishing (especially deep-sea fishing) and he treasured his cat- Ziggy. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughter- Lauren Seier; brothers- Tommy, Jimmy and Daniel Seier; sister- Monica Swanson.
A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Frank’s memory to an animal shelter of one’s choice.
Katherine V. (Harris) Taylor, 80, of New Castle, DE passed away August 29, 2021 after a lengthy illness. She was the loving wife of the late Charles F. Taylor. Born in Kearny, NJ, Katherine was the daughter of the late William A. and Clarissa (Van Camp) Harris. Katherine loved children and earned her Masters in Education from Wilmington College. She retired as a PreSchool teacher from Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School. She attended Bible Fellowship Church of Newark. Katherine enjoyed classical music and singing with Blue Rocks Chorus and the SongBirds at the Newark Senior Center, where she was also an active volunteer. She enjoyed reading, knitting, music, tai chi, and being a museum guide for the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors: children- Michael C. Taylor (Mary Margaret) of Bethlehem, PA, Thomas D. Taylor of New Castle, DE, Amanda L. Kunzeman (Brian) of Madison, CT; grandchildren- Bridget Sullivan, Daniel Taylor, Freddie Taylor, Jonathan Kunzeman, Grace Kunzeman, Kaitlyn Kunzeman; 2 great grandchildren; sister- Clarissa L. MacIntosh of Hellertown, PA. She was predeceased by her siblings- William P. Harris, Charles H. Harris and Alice Ann Snowman.
A Calling Time will be held 10-11AM with a Memorial Service at 11AM on Saturday, October 30 in Bible Fellowship Church 808 Old Baltimore Pike Newark, DE 19702. A luncheon will follow for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Katherine's memory to Newark Senior Center to 200 White Chapel Dr, Newark, DE 19713.
Jose Daniel Tinajero, 31, of Bethlehem, passed away August 27, 2021. Born in Los Angeles, CA he was the son of Leonarda Rabelero and the late Ruben Tinajero Cervantes. He had worked for Vitalic and attended Holy Infancy Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing video games, reading comic books, listening to music (especially the Beatles) and fishing. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.
Survivors: mother- Leonarda Rabelero; brother- Carlos Tinajero; cousins- Eduardo “Lalo” Fernandez, Jimmy Leal; Aunt- Senorina Ravelero; Uncles- Pedro Tinajero, Ernesto Rabelero and many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
A Calling Time will be held on Friday, September 3rd 9-10AM with a Memorial Service to follow at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown.
Contributions can be made in Jose’s memory to Gift of Life Family House 401 Callowhill Street Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Irene (Koren) Kokosky, age 91, of Bethlehem, passed away in the comfort of her home on Thursday, August 19, 2021. She was the loving wife of 60 years to Michael J. Kokosky who passed on March 27, 2020. Born in Hazleton, PA, Irene was the daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Koren (Greno).
Irene was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bethlehem. She loved her family and Grandchildren. She enjoyed window shopping, cooking, baking, polka music and her lipstick.
Irene is survived by her sons, Michael D. Kokosky, Gary J. Kokosky and his wife Shannon, Richard S. Kokosky and daughter-in-law Angelic, grandchildren, Sam, Michael, Gina, Alex, Natalia and Jackie. Sisters, Elaine Solvino and Joan Wilt. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Irene is preceded in death by her sister Mary Brand and brother Michael Koren.
A Calling Time will be held on Saturday, August 28th 9-10AM with a Service for Irene and her husband Michael to follow at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Entombment to follow at Holy Savior Cemetery. Michael’s Obituary may be read online at www.DowningFuneralHome.com.