Willie C Hubbard, 77, of Bethlehem, passed away October 29, 2019. He was the loving husband to Andrea Edwards. Born in Cairo, GA he was the son of the late Dave and Rebecca (Gammage) Hubbard. He was raised by his grandparents the late Lizzie and Harv Hubbard. Willie attended Washington High School in Georgia. Growing up Willie enjoyed hunting and being protective of his twin sister- Willie Mae. He retired from Victaulic. Willie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Easton. He had a passion for carpentry, woodworking and gardening. He was a naturalist that always helped everyone including his neighbors.
Survivors: wife- Andrea Edwards; daughter- Brenda Hubbard; step children; sisters- his twin Willie Mae Thomas, Doletha Gammage and “Sweet” Elizabeth Hendricks; grandchildren- Adrian Hubbard, Amanda, Stephen and Jade. He was predeceased by his brother- Johnny Johnson and sister-Rose Parham.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, November 9th 10:30-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Trinity Baptist Church 635 Centre St. Easton, PA 18042. A Reception will follow at SE-WY-CO Fire Co. 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Olive M. O’Hora, 97, of Bethlehem, passed away October 25, 2019. Olive was born to Olive (McIntyre) and Joseph O’Hora in Dunmore, PA. Her family moved to Bethlehem in 1937. She graduated from Liberty High School class of 1941. She worked in the Metalgurical Dept. of Bethlehem Steel for 40 years and retired in 1982. Olive was very active in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, a chairperson of the Building Campaign, the Seniors travelers and crafts. Olive enjoyed oil painting, making clothes and traveling with her sister Mary.
Olive is survived by her nieces and nephews- Dave & Jennifer Caplinger, Anna & Betsy, Kyle & Miriam Martin and family, Daniel Wise & Ariel Gonzalez and family, Nathaniel and Priscilla Wise and family, Gabriel Wise; cousins- Margaret Young, Kathy Young & Patty Adams; wonderful neighbors and Sherri. She was predeceased by her brothers- Edward, Joseph and William and her sister- Mary.
A viewing will be held Saturday, November 2nd 10-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will take place in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Olive’s memory to the St Vincent De Paul Society care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Olive was very grateful for the services and care of Oasis and Lehigh Valley Home Care and Hospice.
Lonnie G. (Wagner) Borger, 78, of Wind Gap, passed away October 15, 2019. Born in Bangor, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Dorothy (Hendershot) Wagner. She retired from Crayola.
Survivors: 2 daughters including Kelly Savoia, 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a brother and sister. She was predeceased by a sister.
There will be no services held.
Benita S. (Schmidt) Eckert, 86, of Allentown, passed away October 10, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Emanuel C. Eckert. Born in Jeffersonville, IN she was the daughter of the late Edward H. and Margaret A. (Chapman) Schmidt. Benita worked for many years as an office manager at Carlon. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA in 1980. She was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, where was church secretary and sang in the choir. Benita was also a member of the Pocono Wood Carvers, the Campbell Folk School and was a talented hobby artist.
Survivors: daughter- Kathleen Hartzell and husband Will Wallen of Wind Gap, son- Wayne Snyder and wife Peggy of Hagerstown, MD, grandchildren- Christine Espinoza of Nazareth and Jessica Snyder of Hagerstown, MD.
Services will be Private at the convenience of the family. Bonnie requested, in lieu of flowers, that a charitable donation be made to Smile Train!
Stephanie F. (Lizik) Gaal, 77, of Allentown, passed away October 9, 2019 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. She was the loving wife of 44 years to Joseph R. Gaal. Born in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Helen (Petrick) Lizik. Stephanie was a 1960 graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and Duff ́s Business School in Pittsburgh, PA. Years after the birth of her daughter Jessica, she worked for the Allentown School District, most notably in the Main Office of Louis E. Dieruff High School. Prior to retirement she also worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Food Services. Stephanie enjoyed baking, crafting, and venturing to the casino to win jackpots on the penny machines. She was an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Stephanie also enjoyed watching the NY Yankees and PGA golf with her husband.
Stephanie was a member of Incarnation of Our Lord and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.
Survivors: Husband, Joseph, Daughter, Jessica Gaal of Allentown, Brothers: Richard A. Lizik (Marilyn) of Greentree PA. Stephen F. Lizik of Winchester, VA. Nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and sister, Anne Marie Nowowiejski.
A calling time will be held on Friday, October 25th 10 –11am with a Memorial Service at 11am in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Stephanie's memory to: The Sanctuary at Haafsville: PO Box 921 Fogelsville, PA 18051
Judith Ann Yochum
Judith Ann Yochum passed away on October 7, 2019 after a lengthy illness at age 72. Judy was the oldest of six children born to Frank and Jean Hirschbeck of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Notre Dame High School and was a member of the National Honor Society with Distinguished First Honors. She was awarded a four year scholarship to Alvernia College but chose to attend Allentown Business College to study IBM computers. She then worked at Bell Laboratory/Western Electric.
In 1969 Judy married Paul Yochum and they celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 23rd. Their union was blessed with four children: Andrew (Kim) of Sarasota, FL; Gregory (Melissa) of Hershey, PA; Robert (Veronica) of Perkasie, PA; and Elizabeth (Kory) Tuttle of Lava Hot Springs, ID. Their children brought them eight beautiful grandchildren: Alexus, Tyler, Robert, Gabriel, Simon, Hayden, Emily and Hannah.
Judy’s life was one of total love, devotion and commitment to her husband, children and grandchildren, strengthened by a deep belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Judy worked tirelessly to settle the family in new neighborhoods during six moves throughout the country to enable Paul to meet the growing demands of his job with FMC. She enjoyed writing to friends made in each location and always remembered birthdays and special events with a timely card and handwritten message. Judy loved Idaho and especially enjoyed doing volunteer work for the Holy Spirit Catholic Community and for the Bannock Regional Medical Center-even surviving the “beanie baby craze” at the gift shop. Her favorite pastime was watching the Food Channel and trying out new recipes – much to the delight of her family.
Judy is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren. A Catholic Rosary Service and viewing will be held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St. Joseph’s Chapel on North Hayes at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2019. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Chapel at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 11th. Judy will be interred in Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Berdean E. (Walk) Biddle, 94, of Bethlehem, passed away September 25, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Stanley C. Biddle. Berdean was a 1942 graduate of Allen High School. She spent many years working as a secretary throughout the Lehigh Valley. Berdean loved to cook, garden and fish with her husband.
Survivors: son- Kevin Biddle husband of Nancy of Banger, PA; daughter- Gina June wife of the late Phillip June of Bethlehem; grandchildren- Meggan Lugo, Lindsey Biddle, Kristine June and James Biddle; 7 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons- Roger Biddle and Scott Biddle husband of the late Jeanette, and grandson- Eric Biddle.
Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Bernadine M. (Salabsky) Nastasee, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away September 4, 2019. She was the wife of the late Frank P. Nastasee Jr. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Farris) Salabsky. She was a telephone sales manager for Sears. Bernadine was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and their Seniors group. She was also a member of the Democratic Committee of the 11th ward of Bethlehem for many years. She was a great cook, seamstress and fisherman. Bernadine enjoyed caring for others and was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Survivors: children- Antonia R. Faibisy and husband John of Ruther Glen, VA, Jane F. Hardin and husband Robin of Modesto, CA, Francis P. Nastasee and wife Mary Anne of Bethlehem, Thomas A. Nastasee of Bethlehem; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sister- Elizabeth Bastian and husband Robert. She was predeceased by her son- James Nastasee, brothers- Joseph and Bernard Salabsky and sister- Jean Dokoupil.
A Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Saturday, September 14th at 10AM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Interment will follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Bernadine’s memory to Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church.