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.
Helen M. Fedick Hirner, 88, of West Lehighton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Lloyd George Hirner Sr.
Born in Corydon, PA, Helen was a daughter to Frank and Violet Clark Fedick.
Helen enjoyed cooking, especially spaghetti which was a family favorite, and taking care of her home. Her family was her life and she dedicated her life to her family.
Helen is survived by her children; Mary Hirner Lindeman with spouse, Kenneth, Jenny Hirner Schnettler with spouse Constance, Frank with spouse, Michelle, Lloyd with spouse, Dee and George with spouse, Kerry. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Helen is preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Hirner.
Family and friend are invited to celebrate Helen's life graveside at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at Holy Saviour Cemetery, 2575 Linden St. Bethlehem PA 18017. Online condolences may be made online at www.downingfuneralhome.com
Dorothy N. (Reichard) Kuzmin, 96, of Bethlehem, passed away August 9, 2019. She was the wife of the late William Kuzmin Sr. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Dubrowitz) Reichard. Dorothy worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, the Prime Time for Seniors and the St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society. She volunteered at Musikfest for 25 years.
Survivors: son- William Kuzmin Jr. and wife Virginia L. of Flanders, NJ; daughter- Corliss A. Reed and husband John F. of Allentown; grandsons- William L. and wife Carin, Benjamin and wife Jacque, Nathan and wife Megan. She was predeceased by her siblings- Joseph, Elizabeth, William, Frederick, Robert, Walter, Gloria Reimer, Clifford, and Vivian Ardelean.
A viewing will be held Friday, August 16th 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17th at 10AM in Holy Infancy Catholic Church 312 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial will be in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dorothy’s memory to Holy Infancy Catholic Church.
Grace R. Metzger
Grace R. (McNally) Csordas Metzger, 99, of Fountain Hill, passed away peacefully in her home on August 6, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph R. Metzger. Born in Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late William and Ellen (Tierney) McNally. Grace worked previously for Victalic Aircraft, St. Luke’s Hospital Central Services as a seamstress. She was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church and their Women’s Guild and the Golden Hillers.
Survivors: sons- Richard Metzger and wife Karen of Fountain Hill, Thomas Metzger of Bethlehem; daughters- Mary Metzger of Fountain Hill, Ann Anderson and husband David of Red Lion, PA, Regina Briody and husband Attorney Bruce of Bethlehem, Jane Metzger of Fountain Hill; daughter-in-law- Kathleen Csordas of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-Arlene Hassick, son- Joseph Csordas, daughter-in-law- Patricia Metzger, siblings- James McNally, Francis McNally, Kathleen McNally and Mary Cunningham.
A viewing will be held Saturday, August 10th 9-10AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. Ursula Catholic Church 1300 Broadway Fountain Hill, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Grace’s memory to St. Ursula Catholic Church.
Irene (Kranyecz) Lewis, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away August 2, 2019. She was the loving wife to John “Jack” H. Lewis for 69 years. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Podleszek) Kranyecz. Irene was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping, knitting, needleworking and crocheting.
Survivors: husband- Jack Lewis; sons- John L. Lewis of Effort, James P. Lewis of Bethlehem; daughters- Beverly Ann Kincaid of Bethlehem, Sandra I. Lewis of Bethlehem and Joann Lewis of Allentown; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters- Mary Abroms, Vilma Oravec and Helen Ryan and brothers- Joseph, Frank and William Kranyecz.
Services: A viewing will be held on Friday, August 9th 9:30-10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Irene’s memory to Notre Dame Church or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.