Marlene M. (Major) Szvetecz, 79, of Bethlehem passed away October 21, 2020. Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
William A. Wallen, 65, of Wind Gap, passed away October 14, 2020. He was the loving husband of M. Kathleen (Snyder) Hartzell. Born in Norwich, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick and Patricia (Marshman) Wallen. He graduated from Norwich HS and later earned an Associates degree from Northampton Community College. William worked for many years for Valerie Fashions, Aaron Resources and several others, including the American Legion in Wind Gap, which was his final job before his retirement. He was of the Lutheran faith. Will was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He was a member of the American Legion in Wind Gap and served on the Wind Gap Borough Council. He had acted in the community theatre in Norwich. He enjoyed playing pool with friends, on leagues, or just for fun. He was a good shot, too! Will was very into music. He sang Karaoke, played the guitar and sang and wrote his own songs, many of which were in the style of his favorite artist, Harry Chapin.
Survivors: wife Kathy Hartzell; son Derek William Wallen; step-daughter Christine (Hartzell) Espinoza; siblings Ingrid Marshman, Cleon “Skip” Wallen and wife Linda, Pam and husband John Weyrauch, Keith Wallen and wife Deb, James Wallen and wife Julie, Francine and husband Scott Strong, Terri and husband Robert Rice, Maureen and husband Phil Carpenter; brother-in-law- Wayne Snyder and wife Peggy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Private for the family.
Patricia Ann Smith
Patricia A. Smith, 79, of Bethlehem, died on October 12, 2020.
Pat was a great listener who was deeply perceptive and gave wise advice, but only when you asked for it. She was also very silly, always looked forward to lunch with the girls and could probably beat you at Yahtzee nine times out of 10.
Among the skills her daughters wish they’d inherited from her were her keen eye for interior design, her ability to solve even the hardest puzzles and word games and her gift for bringing so many friends and family members together for Sunday dinners, summer picnics and Thanksgiving.
Pat was married to Jack “Hank” Smith for 52 years until his passing in 2012. Together, they enjoyed remodeling their home, rides around the countryside and dinners at old favorites like The Cove Inn in Bethlehem. But they were happiest catching lots of flounder on their annual vacations to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Their ashes will be spread together on Chesapeake Bay.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the many loved ones who showed Pat their continual love, support and compassion in immeasurable ways during her illness. They’re also deeply grateful to the staff of Abington Manor for their ongoing care, particularly during this difficult time.
Survivors: Pat is survived by her two adoring daughters and son-in-laws, Christine and Tom Guro of Hellertown and Valarie Smith and Brian Libby of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren and their spouses, Julie Nuttall of Hellertown, Michael and Jessica Kolesnik of Hamilton, NJ, and Sean and Kierstin Guro of Hellertown; her great-grandsons Michael John and Joseph James Kolesnik, of Hamilton, NJ; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Sam D’Amico of Bethlehem and Emma and Bill Chavera of Las Vegas, NV; and her brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Eva Anderson, of Bethlehem. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Shelby and Edward Sitler of Bethlehem, PA, and will be remembered with love by her nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services: Private services will be held at Downing Funeral Home.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you donate to a charity of your choice.
Ruben Tinajero Cervantes
Ruben Tinajero Cervantes, 63, of Bethlehem, passed away October 2, 2020. He was the loving husband to Leonarda Rabelero. Born in Mexico, he was the son of the late Juan and Maria (Del Rosario) Tinajero. Ruben was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. He enjoyed soccer, traveling, fishing and camping with his family. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Leonarda; sons- Ruben E. Tinajero, Carlos Tinajero, Jose D. Tinajero; 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
A calling time will be held on Friday, October 9th 9-10AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Ruben’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Margaret (Jamicky) Hlavinka, 82, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully September 25, 2020. She was
the loving wife of the late Paul Hlavinka. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Michael
and Margaret (Mutis) Jamicky. Margaret earned her Associates in Accounting from Northampton
Community College. She retired as an accountant from the Hotel Bethlehem. Margaret was a member
of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother whose house
had an open-door policy and it was always filled with her family. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Vincent and wife JoAnn Hlavinka, Michael Hlavinka, Cathy Rimmer, Paul and wife
Donna Hlavinka, Christopher Hlavinka, Paula and husband Brent Nelson; 14 grandchildren; 13 great
grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- Michael “Mickey” Jamicky.
A Calling Time will be held Friday, October 2nd 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in
Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Inurnment will follow in
Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.