Richard Link, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away May 2, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Jean N. (Pierson) Link. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Joseph B. and Rosamond (Brosky) Link. Richard graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and attended Bethlehem Business School. Richard served in the U.S. Army 187th Infantry Regiment “Rakkasans” Airborne Combat Team during the Korean War. Richard worked at Hess’s Dept. Store as a Shoe Purchaser and then he worked for many years as an electrician. He was part of the IBEW Local 375. Richard was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Survivors: Children- David Link of Bethlehem, Steven Link of Bethlehem, Cynthia Evans and husband Richard of Bethlehem, Paul and wife Angela of Kreidersville, Matthew and wife Theresa of Schnecksville; 9 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; sisters- Nancy, Connie and Mary-Anne. He was predeceased by his sons- Richard and Timothy Link, a grandson- David B. Link, brother- Joseph and sister- Betty.
Services will be Private for the family with a Memorial Service to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Margaret H. (Klucsarits) Boyer, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away April 21, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas E. Boyer, Sr. Born in Coplay she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Yandrasits) Klucsarits. She worked for many years as the Secretary of Institution of Relations for Moravian College.
Survivors: daughters- Deborah Gaydos of Bethlehem, Barbara Boyer of Bethlehem, Kathleen Boyer of Seattle, WA; son- Thomas Boyer Jr. of Idyllwild, CA; 2 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; 1 great granddaughter; 1 great great granddaughter; 1 sister. She was predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters.
Services will be Private at the convenience of the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Surrounded by music, grace & the love of her family nearby & faraway Julia A. Kuruc, 92 passed away April 15. She was the wife of the late Andrew B. Kuruc. Born in Bethlehem she was the daughter of the late Rodolfo & Julia (Aguilar) Amelio. She graduated from Bethlehem High School & worked in the offices of Bethlehem Steel & Sears. She was a member of Sts. Simon & Jude Church. For the last 10 years Traditions of Hanover was her home where she enjoyed bingo, cards, mah jong & happy hours with her friends & the staff.
Survivors include children: Linda (Louis) Allentown, Drew(Joan) Garden City, NY & MaryBeth(Raymond)Hellertown
grandchildren: Julia (Jeremy), Jennifer(Jason),
Troy, Louis(Lauren), Melissa(Scott), Andrew & John
great grandchildren: Jason, Brody, Brynn,
Jackson, Brett, Jordan, Reece, & Declan
sister Aurora Kundrik, brother Robert Amelio (Phyllis). She was predeceased by siblings Sophie Gutierrez, Sara Alonzo, Rudy Amelio, Vera Mingora, Arthur Amelio, & Angela Stralo.
Services will be private. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Her family’s utmost gratitude for outstanding care & compassion is extended to Dr. Rana & his staff, St. Luke ‘s Hospice Team & Father John Gibbons.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saints Simon & Jude Church.
Peggy Ann Figlear
Peggy Ann Figlear, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away April 6, 2020 after a long illness. She was the loving wife of Francis J. Figlear for 67 years. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene (Smith) Harte. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1950 and attended Moravian College. Peggy Ann served as a Regional Manager for Nutri System Offices. She was also Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ServiceMaster in Bethlehem. She was baptized and confirmed at The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and enjoyed golfing.
Survivors: husband- Francis Figlear; son- John F. Figlear; granddaughter- Lena Figlear. She was predeceased by her brother- Robert Harte and sister- Winifred Seifert.
There will be no Services at Peggy Ann’s request.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to The Church of the Nativity or to the American Stroke/Heart Association care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Ronald R. Castagnera
Ron passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, April 1, 2020 at LVH Cedar Crest. He was born on August 17, 1946 to Natale and Rose Castagnera in Coaldale, PA. As a young child, the family moved from Summit Hill to Bethlehem. His family was one of the first parishioners of Notre Dame R.C. Church.
Upon graduating from Liberty HS in 1964, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
His career included draftsman, electrician, and Mack employee. After leaving Mack Trucks, he completed his engineering education at Penn State. He worked for various engineering firms in the Lehigh Valley.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Danielle Castagnera Westwood and her husband Dean. His son Anthony Castagnera and his wife Jennifer. Ron had five loving granddaughters. Dr. Kahli Castagnera, Gina and Rory Castagnera and Francesca and Emilia Westwood. His former wife and friend Telvia (Gava) Castagnera.
Also surviving is his sister Natalie Agraz and her husband Steve Chance and his nephews Jorge Agraz and David Agraz. His brother-in-law Enrico Gava and wife Barbara and nieces Andrea Hess and Susan Heiserman. Ron also had many close and caring cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ron was pre-deceased by his companion Dorothy (Dee) Egan and his niece Deborah Gava Erie.
Ron was a great golfer and fisherman. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in any way that he could be of help. And will be greatly missed by all.
A Memorial Service will be announced after the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Lung Association care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Michael Joseph Kokosky, 89, of Bethlehem, passed away March 27, 2020. He was the loving husband of Irene (Koren) Kokosky for 59 years. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Stephen and Barbara (Madzik) Kokosky. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 213th AAA 28th Division. Michael retired in 1992 from Bethlehem Steel’s Beam Yard, after 42 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Michael was lovingly remembered as “Pop” to his grandchildren whom he enjoyed spending his time with.
Survivors: wife- Irene Koksoky; sons- Michael, Gary, Richard Kokosky and Michael Ross; daughter-in-laws- Angelic and Shannon; grandchildren- Samuel, Michael, Gina, Natalia, Alexander, Jaclyn Kokosky and Michael J. Ross. He was predeceased by 7 sisters- Mary Donchez, Dorothy Taglang, Helen Rengel, Agnes Gaal, Frances Puhan, Anne Laposky and Elizabeth Kokosky; 4 brothers- Stephen, Joseph, Edward and John Kokosky.
A Memorial Service will be announced after the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Elizabeth Ann (Hearn) Pass, 74, of Bethlehem died March 17, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg. She was born in Hazelton to her late parents Edward and Elizabeth Hearn. She was preceded in death by an infant son Christopher.
She is survived by her husband Curtis and son Christian Pass (Jennifer), brothers Edward Hearn (Susan), Mark Hearn (Suzette), Thomas Hearn and sisters Dolores Dalrymple, Mary Moyer and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was known as Sissy to family and her many friends. Liz enjoyed bowling at Jordan Lanes. She loved game nights with family and friends and traveling in their motor home.
Due to the current national health crisis a small Private service and viewing will be held for immediate family. When restrictions are lifted the family plans to have a memorial gathering for extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lab Rescue LRCP P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, VA 22003.
Martin G. Seglets, 72, of Coopersburg, passed away March 9, 2020. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Martin J. and Mary Rose (Sides) Seglets. He graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School. Martin worked previously for Mack Trucks, then B. Braun and then in Security for DeSales University. He was of the Catholic faith. Martin was supporter of many charitable organizations, listening to Piano and Polka music, especially Jolly Joe Timmer. He enjoyed fishing, target shooting and watching Westerns on TV. Martin was also a member of the Ridge & Valley Gun Club.
Survivors: daughter- Amy Dress and husband David Dress of Coopersburg; son- Jim Seglets and wife Joy Lamb-Seglets of Coopersburg; 6 grandsons- Matthew, Dylan and Evan Dress and Shane, Zachary and Jacob Seglets; sister- Mary Werley of Alburtis; brother- David Seglets of Whitehall; loving nieces and nephews; former spouse and good friend- Beverly Martinez.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, March 14th 9:30-11:00AM with a Memorial Service to follow at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery, Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Martin’s memory to Father Flanagan's Boys Home care of the funeral home.