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.
Virginia M. (Byrem) Murphy, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away May 30, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Richard E. Murphy. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Estella (Sloyer) Byrem. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors: son- Richard and wife Ariel of Ashfield; daughters- Anne Bowser and husband Ronald of Bethlehem, Kathleen Murphy and husband Terry Magliane of Bethlehem Twp; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings- Harry Byrem and Beulah Kalmar.
Services will be Private for the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Theresa M. Kuhns passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Cedarbrook Nursing Home. She was predeceased by her husband Charles H. Kuhns. Born in Fountain Hill on October 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Veronica Sajt. Theresa worked for Wilgor Mills in Bethlehem for many years. Theresa was a past member of the Golden Hillers and the Fountain Hill Beneficial Society where she was very active in the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking, bowling and being together with all of her family.
Survivors: She will be lovingly remembered by her son Charles, husband of Loree of Bethlehem; grandson Daniel, husband of Amy of Fountain Hill; granddaughter-in-law Marcie, wife of the late grandson Matthew of Allentown; great grandsons Wyatt, Noah, Findley, Max and Mason; great granddaughter Georgia and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Anthony, Geza and Louis; sisters Mary and Veronica.
Services will be Private. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Theresa’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Doris Wolf Foster, 99, of Bethlehem, passed away on May 21, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Franklin Preston Foster, to whom she was married for 69 years. Born in Belleville, IL, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Estella (Tribout) Wolf. During WW II, she was a volunteer at the USO and a member of the Girls’ Service Organization. Doris met her husband at a USO dance; they married in 1945 and moved to Long Island, NY, in 1946. In 1991, Doris and Frank moved to Bethlehem, PA, in order to be closer to their grandchildren. She attended Belleville Business College and Dowling College in NY, and worked as a secretary and title searcher in both Belleville and Bay Shore, NY. Later in life she was a volunteer librarian and a Charter Member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Guild. She was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America and held leadership positions in both the Bay Shore and Easton chapters. She was an active member of SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church and their Senior Group. Doris was lovingly referred to as Grandma “D” and could always be counted on for Christmas and Easter cookies. She was a painter and a voracious reader. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Scrabble, and also played patient and endless rounds of Candy Land. She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan all of her life. She loved animals and had pets throughout her life (including—in the 1920s—a monkey); her most beloved pets were her last two: her dog Chelsea and her rescue cat Tribout.
Survivors: daughters- Carolyn Foster Segal and husband Philip of Bethlehem, Maryann Y. Foster of Sunnnyside, NY; grandchildren- Jessica Henry and husband Adam, Ted Segal and wife Katie, Libby Segal and fiancé Zoë Barth-Werb, Molly Foster, and Joseph Foster; great grandchildren- Amelia Henry, Walter Henry, Margot Segal, and Audrey Segal. She was predeceased by her son- Edward Franklin Foster. Doris is also survived by Henrietta Lochner, her best friend from the age of four. They still spoke on the phone; their last conversation was in February.
Services will be private for the family and are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Contributions can be made in Doris’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Geraldine D. (Jacoby) Ace, 86, of Allentown, passed away May 9, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late William Ace. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Susan (Matuczinski) Jacoby. She retired from A1 Answering Service after many years of service as a phone operator.
Survivors: children- Gary Ace and wife Laura, John Ace, Tammy Ace and wife Kelly, Steven Ace and wife Debra; 6 grandchildren; several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son- William and brothers- Parker and Richard.
Services will be Private for the family and are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Dorothy P. (Pleban) Gallagher, 88, of Allentown, passed away May 5, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Gallagher. Born in Hazelton, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Pleban. Dorothy retired from working in the cafeteria for the Bethlehem School District. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church and their 55 and Up Club, where she had served as Treasurer. Dorothy was a volunteer for Holy Family Manor for many years. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and keeping the Christmas Traditions alive with her family.
Survivors: son- Edward Gallagher Jr. and wife Mary of Northampton; daughters- Claire Ann and husband Russell Beebe of Nashville, TN, Ellen Ann Marie and husband Anthony Portantino of La Canada, CA; grandchildren- Kayla, Meghan and husband Dean Boyd, Sofia, Isabella, Tanya and husband Glen Graver and Krysta; great granddaughter- Ava. She was predeceased by her brother- Andrew and a sister- Helen.
Services will be Private for the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church or to Westminster Village care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Nerida M. Molina, 90, of Bethlehem, passed away May 3, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Luis Ramos. Born in Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Esteban Mojica and the late Margarita (Mojica) Molina. She retired from Panzell Inc. Nerida was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church.
Survivors: Sons- Edwin Rodriguez, Wilfredo and wife Betsy Rodriguez; Grandchildren- Raymond and his wife, Rachael, Bernadette, Willow, Nina, Melissa, Sammy, Eric, and Reuben; great grandchildren- Jasmine, Elizabeth, Raymond Jr. and others; brother- Candido and wife; sisters- Saro and her daughters- Magali, Tita and Maritza and family, Daffy and her children- Gilbert, Ricky and Awilda her son Jason. She was predeceased by her sons- Sammy and Junior, her grandson- Richard and many other siblings.
A Drive-Thru Viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 6th 10:30-11:30AM in the Downing Funeral Home, Inc. parking lot, 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private for the family in Nisky Hill Cemetery.