Linda Lane Gaal, age 72, died January 31st. Linda was married to Dr. Francis Gaal for 52 years. She was a graduate of Dieruff High School and Cedar Crest College. Linda worked in long-term care and retired as the Controller of Phoebe Ministries. She was the daughter of the late Alton and Dorothy Lane. She is survived by her sister Donna Hammersmith of Bethlehem and brother James of Mechanicsburg, PA. Linda enjoyed traveling, gardening and volunteer work.
Services private at Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 on Thursday, February 6th 6-8PM for dear friends and family.
Donations can be made to Historic Bethlehem.
Clifford V. Wotring, 70, of Allentown, passed away January 30, 2020. Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Henry and Arlene (Faust) Wotring. Clifford graduated Parkland High School and Empire Beauty School. He was the owner and operator of The Hairbender for many years.
Survivors: son- Andrew Wotring and daughter in law- Terresa Wotring of Baltimore, MD.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 12th 1-2PM with a Service at 2PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made to St. Luke’s VNA Hospice in Clifford’s memory care of the funeral home.
Margaret (Kaufmann) Sewald, 88, of Bethlehem passed away January 29, 2020 in Gracedale Nursing Home. She was the loving wife of the late Deacon Richard T. Sewald Sr. who passed away in 2008. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Sophia (Copf) Kaufmann. Margaret worked for 21 years, before her retirement, as a Supervisor in the Cafeteria for Muhlenberg Hospital. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Survivors: son- Richard T. Sewald Jr. and wife Deborah of Bethlehem; daughters- Diane M. Kemper and late husband Charles of Waynesboro, Kathleen A. Herencia and late husband Roger of Cambridge Springs; grandchildren- Richard and wife Kim Sewald, Ryan and wife Renea Sewald, Crista and husband Patrick Brawley, Rachel and husband Adam Dries; great grandchildren- Hailey and Damon Sewald, Ashley, Jenna and Cody Sewald, Madelyn and Hunter Brawley, Ceclia and Joshua Dries. She was predeceased by 12 siblings.
A calling time will be held Saturday, February 8th 9:30-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Daniel J. Bogunovich, 71, of Pen Argyl, passed away January 26, 2020. He was the son of the late George and Martha (Halko) Bogunovich. He worked previously as a Dental Technician.
Survivors: brothers- Mark and Richard Bogunovich, sisters- Jane Stengel and Georgine Gladstone, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother- George and sister- Maryann.
A calling time will be held on Friday, January 31st 10-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM in St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church 510 Union St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Priest for Life PO Box 236695 Cocoa, FL 32923.
Debra Ann (Brown) Gaspar, 61, of Bethlehem Twp, passed away January 25, 2020. She was the loving wife of 36 years to David Gaspar. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Sidney B. Brown and Josephine (Grello) Toth. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1976 and then from Northampton Community College with her Associates Degree in Library Science. She worked for Moravian College in the Library for 31 years. Debra was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing puzzles and cross stitch. Debra loved the beach and animals. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors: husband- David Gaspar; children- Danielle M. Gaspar and David Michael “DJ” Gaspar, Esq. both of Bethlehem; parents- Sidney B. Brown and Josephine Toth; brothers- Sidney W. “Butch” Brown and wife Ann of Climax Springs, MO, Thomas J. Brown and wife Diane of Schnecksville; brother-in-laws- Al Macsay of Myrtle Beach, SC, Thomas Miller of Bethlehem; nieces and nephews.
A Calling Time will be held on Thursday, January 30th 6-8PM and Friday, January 31st 9:30-10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will follow Friday at 11AM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Debra’s memory to Moravian College c/o the Reeves Library or to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.
Katarzyna (Kochan) Abolik, 87, of Allentown, passed away January 19, 2020. Born in Lesko, Poland she was the daughter of the late Jan and Anna (Sawka) Kochan. She attended Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. She was a talented artist and seamstress. Her hands were like “magic” making clothing and crafts for everyone. Katarzyna loved nature and had an infectious smile. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted mother and grandmother.
Survivors: children- Lucyna and husband Patrick Ganssle, Anna and husband Andrzej Chwistek, Grayzna and husband Arek Chojnacki, Jan Abolik; grandchildren- Jessica, Aleksandra, Karolina, Casper and Sonia; great grandson- Keaton; brothers- Zenon Kochan, Jan Kochan; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister- Maria.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, January 25th 1-2PM with a Service to follow at 2PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Katrzyna’s memory by having a Remembrance Mass in her memory at a church.
Dr. Gerald Morrow
Dr. Gerald J. Morrow, 78, of Northampton, passed away December 31, 2019. He was the loving husband of 50 years to the late Zoyla H. (Haubner) Morrow, who passed away in May. Born in Saint Albans, NY he was the son of the late Gerald and Jane (Fergus) Morrow. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Captain with the Medical Unit during the Gulf War. Jerry received his Doctorate Degree from Georgetown Medical School. Jerry was a General Surgeon for many years at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Allentown Philatelic Society and enjoyed playing bridge.
Survivors: son- Dan and his wife Linda Morrow of King of Prussia; daughter- Jane Morrow of Albuquerque, NM; granddaughters- Meghan and Sophie; sisters- Elizabeth Selfridge wife of Barrett, Trish Howard wife of Bill, Kathy Kennelly wife of Bob; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A calling time will be held Thursday, January 9th 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 Jerry’s memory to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church Memorial Fund.
John Richard (Dick) Johnston, 84, formerly of Allentown, passed away December 29, 2019 and will be remembered for his kindness, passion for science and love of family. He was the cherished husband of 57 years to the late, Joan Johnston. Born in Atlantic City New Jersey, he was the son of the late John and Helen Johnston. John graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Biology. He was a devoted member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. He worked for over 25 years as a district sales manager for Air Products in Allentown. He served as an active member of the American Welding Society, creating opportunities for young people in the Lehigh Valley, and a dedicated volunteer at the DaVinci Science Center for over twenty years. John was an avid tennis player!
Children-Jane Swan and husband Robert of Pottstown, Jennifer Abraham and husband David of Northampton, Ann Johnston of Wilmington, DE, John Johnston and wife Ann (Fiegl) of Bethlehem and James Johnston and Kelly (Umstead) of Bethlehem; 11 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. His sister Ann Dessicino of Absecon, N.J, predeceased John.
A calling time will be held on Monday, January 6 at 9:30 am with Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 am at Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Road, Bethlehem. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Limeport. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Contributions can be made in John’s memory to the DaVinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, PA 18103.