Zoyla H. (Haubner) Morrow, 75, of Northampton, passed away peacefully in her home on May 14, 2019. She was the loving wife of 50 years to Dr. Gerald J. Morrow. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Zoyla P. (Knust) Haubner. Zoyla enjoyed spending her time volunteering for various causes. She retired as a Registered Nurse for RX Homecare. Zoyla was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and summering in Ocean City, NJ. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: husband- Dr. Gerald J. Morrow; son- Dan and his wife Linda Morrow of King of Prussia; daughter- Jane Morrow of Albuquerque, NM; granddaughters- Meghan and Sophie; brothers- George Haubner of West Orange, NJ and John Haubner of Ladera Ranch, CA as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A calling time will be held Thursday, May 23rd 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18017. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Zoyla’s memory to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church Memorial Fund.
Bonita “Bonnie” M. (Higgins) LaBarre, 67, of Bethlehem, passed away May 9, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Phil LaBarre. Born in Berea, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Anne (Hoch) and James Higgins Sr. Bonnie was an avid reader, loved animals and collecting bells. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughters- Kara Zayas (Tony) of Bethlehem, Gina Lawrence (Anthony Sr.) of Emerson, NE; grandchildren- Alyssa, Angelita, Antonio, Dylan, Anthony Jr., Drayden and Sean; 2 great grandchildren; siblings- James Higgins Jr. (Steph) of Bethlehem, Barbara Keiper (Glenn) of Bethlehem, Scott Higgins (Lois) of Charlotte, NC, Kathleen Locher (Michael) of Bethlehem; many nieces and nephews; former husband-Richard Abruzzese (Edie).
A calling time will be held on Wednesday, May 15th 11AM-12PM with a Memorial Service at 12PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Inurnment to follow in Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery, Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bonnie’s memory to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler PL #170 Bethlehem, PA 18017 or to the Bethlehem Public Library 11 West Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Patricia A. (Ortwein) Donchez, 61, of Freemansburg, passed away April 27, 2019. She was the loving wife to Joseph Donchez, to whom she was with for 31 years and married for 19 years. Born in Fountain Hill, she was the daughter of the late Albert “Abbie” John and Ann Veronica (Stier) Ortwien. Patricia graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School Class of “75.” She worked as a book keeper for 34 years for Family Dental Service in Allentown. Patricia loved bowling, reading, crafting and animals.
Survivors: husband- Joseph Donchez; daughter- Trisha McFadden and husband Kevin of Forks Twp; son- Byron Bachman and wife Nicole of Plainfield Twp; grandchildren- Ryan and Abigail “Abbie” McFadden, Jack and Charlie Bachman; brother- Greg Ortwein and wife Cyndy of Williams Twp; mother-in-law & father-in-law- Patricia and Michael Green; sister-in-law- Tracey McClure; golden retriever dog- Annie May.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 2nd 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in Holy Ghost Catholic Church 417 Carlton Ave Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Luke’s VNA Hospice House or the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue and can be sent to Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Bethlehem.
Rachel R. (Ernst) Skoutelas, 65, of Bethlehem, passed away March 29, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Nicholas Skoutelas. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Gustave and Mamie (Crist) Ernst. Rachel had worked previously for Moravian College in their food court and helped her husband in Vallos Bakery for many years. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: siblings- Barbara Dederick (Charles), Loretta Ernst, Kenneth Ernst, Rosemary Washburn (Ronald), Roberta Bader (Willard), Rebecca Ernst, Teresa Roncolato, Joseph Ernst, David Ernst (Elizabeth), Brenda Lapeta and Amanda Rutkowski (Richard); 26 nieces and nephews, 28 great nieces and nephews and 1 great great niece. She was predeceased by siblings- Joan Miller and Margaret Ernst.
A viewing will be held Thursday, April 4th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W Broad St Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Margaret Gangewere, 97, of Bethlehem, PA died on March 27, 2019 at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence in Newark, DE. Born in 1921, she was the daughter of Windish immigrants Frank and Louise Donchez. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years Robert Gangewere, also of Bethlehem and all of her siblings Frank, Theresa, Louise and Anne and a very special niece, Sister Josette. Margaret spent nearly 30 years working at Lehigh University and was very active in a multitude of volunteer opportunities at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and St Luke's Hospital.
She is survived by her daughter Marguerite Donovan of Hockessin, DE and son Robert Jr and his wife Maureen of Norfolk, VA, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 1st at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 417 Carlton Ave, Bethlehem. A calling time will be held previously 10:30-11AM in the church. Burial will be in Holy Saviour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers request all memorials be made in memory of Margaret to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713-2997. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In the early morning hours of March 23, 2019, this beautiful and sweet lady would leave this world and enter the kingdom of her heavenly Father to achieve her just reward of eternal peace and happiness. She would now be free from the terrible affliction that consumed her over the last thirteen years of her life. She was of a kind and gentle spirit…loved by those who lives she touched. She loved partying with friends on Saturday nights at Mahoney’s Irish Pub, vacationing at the beach, and visiting different islands. The timing of her illness deprived her of being the best grammy in the world.
Julie, 69, of Bethlehem, was born September 6, 1949. She was the daughter of the late William and Marie Shiner.
She graduated from Liberty High School. She was active in assisting teachers of learning disabled children in the Bethlehem School District. She worked at the former Hotel Bethlehem as a banquet waitress for several years. She then worked at Westminster Village as a transportation provider and activities director up until retirement.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years Fred Horvath; daughter Michele and husband Sam Odenwelder; sons Charles and wife Marlen, Mark and wife Nichole; grandchildren Nicholas, Elias, Lucy, and Marcus; sister Annamarie Shuey and husband John; sister-in-law Bernice; six nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother James.
Contributions in Julie’s name to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration- Helpline: 1-866-507-7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org Special thanks to St. Lukes Home Hospice Care, especially Case Nurse Amanda and Health Aide Jackie.
Services: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Calling hours 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home. Inc.
Soon Yi Fletcher
Soon Yi “Tina” (Pak) Fletcher, 82, of Coopersburg, passed away March 5, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late William J. Fletcher. Born in Korea, she was the daughter of the late Min Chol and Hi (Kong) Pak. Tina was an avid gardener and will be deeply missed by her family.
Survivors: son- Michael of Allentown; sister-in-law- Eddi (Fletcher) and husband Joe Salamone of Florida; brother-in-law- Leo and wife Vickie Fletcher of Quakertown; sister-in-law- Jo Lunardini of Erie; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Tina was predeceased by her sister-in-law- Margaret (Fletcher) Chapleski.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 8th 9:30-10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM all in Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church 4101 Old Bethlehem Pike Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to St. Luke’s Hospice House for their care and comfort to Tina and her family.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Tina’s memory to St. Luke’s Hospice House care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Carmelo Guzman, 84, of Bethlehem, passed away February 16, 2019. He was the loving husband to Doris Edna (Torres) Guzman, with whom he spent 60 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Isabela, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Damaso and Isabel (Ramos) Guzman. Carmelo was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. His happiest moments in life were spent with his family, and he will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Doris Edna Guzman; children- Noemi Martinez and husband Domingo, Doris Edna Guzman, Carmelo Guzman Jr. and wife Marilyn, George Guzman and wife Angela; 11 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; siblings- Damaso Guzman Jr., Gillermina Torres, Pedro Guzman. He was predeceased by 3 siblings.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 21st 8:45-9:45 AM in Holy Infancy Catholic Church located at 312 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 AM in the church and burial to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Infancy Catholic Church