William S. Check, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012. He was the loving husband to the late Jean M. (Rustine) Check. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Check) Check. William worked as a Structural Draftsman for Bethlehem Steel for 30 years. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Children-William and his wife Lisa of Frederick, MD; Barry and his wife Susan of Bethlehem; Robert and his wife Barbara of Stroudsburg and Linda and her husband Andrew Toth of Crownsville, MD.
Grandchildren- Kristen wife of Adam Kline, Amanda wife of Jason Sereyka, Matthew and Adam
Great Grandson- Nathan Kline
Sister- Frances Clauss of Bethlehem
Brother- Richard Check of Bethlehem
He was predeceased by siblings- Mary Bacik, Veronica Unger and Joseph Check all of Bethlehem.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday 10-10:45AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in William’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit 2166 S 12th St. Allentown, PA 18103.
Alma B. Costantino
Alma B. (Bennett) Costantino, 85, of Bethlehem, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 in her home. Born in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Arthur G. and Beatrice (Jackson) Bennett. She was the wife of the late George Costantino. Alma was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Allentown. She was an avid gardener, a singer and an artist.
Survivors: Children-Sharon Schrantz and husband Larry of Macungie, Deborah Smull and husband Thomas of Bethlehem, Leslie Bland and wife Sara of Shoreham, NY, three step-sons, and twelve grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters.
Services: A calling time will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104-3412 and a memorial service at 11:00 am. Burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Allentown to follow. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alma’s memory to the church.
Thomas Scott Curt
Thomas Scott Curt, 62, of Bethlehem, died Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
He was born to the late Rev PC and Thelma (McNaughton) Curt, Dec 13, 1948, in Brooklyn,NY. Scott graduated from Bushwick High School in Brooklyn. He attended Wagner College and graduated from Muhlenburg College. He married Barbara A Boyer, his treasured wife and companion of 40 years. They resided in Bethlehem.
Scott was a special education teacher for IU 20 and the Easton Area School District until he retired. He also worked in the entertainment industry with local bands and concert promoters.
Scott is survived by his wife Barbara, Charles (his brother) and Julie Curt, extended family, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Rd. Easton, PA 18042 or to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave. suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 10:30-11:30 AM followed by a service at 11:30AM in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 521 E. Locust St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 Burial will be private. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Bethlehem.
Joseph W. Csuk
Joseph W. Csuk, 80 of Bethlehem passed away peacefully on Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 in his home with his family by his side.
He was married to his soul mate Anna Marie (Schmaldienst) Csuk, they had an inspirational and loving marriage of almost 57 years.
He was born on April 1, 1931 in Bethlehem, PA to the late Joseph W. Sr. and Anna T. (Korpics) Csuk.
Joseph retired as an inspector for the former Sirax Sarco where he worked for 29 years.
He served in the Army for 2 years and was stationed in France where he worked as a mechanic on trucks. He was a member of SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Bethlehem and a member of the Mora Club.
Joseph loved fishing and was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan.
He was an admirable man who highly appreciated those around him who helped him through the last year of his life, including, Dr. Prothie and his staff, Fresenius Dialysis Center and St. Luke’s Hospice, who was very caring and helped him during a difficult time in his life.
Wife, Anna Marie Csuk of Bethlehem.
Daughter, Carol Kish of Allentown.
2 grandchildren, Larry and Kelly Ann Kish.
Niece, Lori Bedics and nephew Thomas Bedics.
Pre-deceased by his sister Anna Bedics.
A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 6-7:30 PM and Saturday morning from 9-10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:30 AM in SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the church or to VNA Hospice of St. Luke’s 1510 Valley Center Parkway suit 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Beverly S. Corkhill
Beverly S. (Steinbicker) Corkhill, 80, of Bethlehem passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, September 16, 2011, after an extended illness. For 44 years, she was the wife of Robert J. Corkhill until his death in 1998. Born in Malone, NY, she was the daughter of the late George Homa and Gertrude (Malette) Steinbicker. She was reared in the Roman Catholic faith by her mother and a devoted step-father, the late Carl Steinbicker, of Catasauqua. After completing high school, she worked for a number of years in retail and clerical occupations, both before and after her marriage. In this early period of her adult life she rose through the ranks to become the executive secretary to the CEO of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company.
During her later years at Lehigh Coal, she returned to school, earning an A.A degree from NCC. This was followed by a B.A. in Sociology/ Psychology, graduating summa cum laude from Moravian College in 1973. She went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from Marywood College in 1975, and immediately began her social work career at the Lutheran Home in Topton.
In 1978, she became an important member of the administrative staff of the Northampton County Human Services Department by becoming the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging, helping to re-organize and stabilize an agency that was in some disarray when she began. From that post she moved on after a few years to become the county’s MH/MR Director, and during a period of experimental reorganization of the department (the Demonstration Project) she was named the Director of Family Services, a new division that provided services to the county’s youth. Also, during this period she earned her Nursing Home Director’s license so that she was able to serve for brief periods as the interim director of Gracedale when the regular director was ill or away from the county. (Gracedale, the County’s Nursing Home, like all such institutions, requires such a licensed individual to be available at all times in order to maintain its state certification.)
Given this wide experience, it was no surprise that during a period of administrative transition, the new county executive asked her to serve for six months as Interim Director of Human Services. With that job complete, she slipped seamlessly and effectively into her new role as the chief deputy to the department’s new duly appointed Director. She served in that role under two different Directors until poor health forced her to retire in 2007. Beverly was a longtime member of the National Association of Social Workers and faithfully kept up her professional certifications as a graduate social worker and subsequently as a licensed nursing home director. In her later career she became a member of the Bethlehem Club and enjoyed entertaining many friends and associates in that venue.
Survivors: Mrs. Corkhill is survived by a cousin, Alice Stack of Westerville, Ohio and by many nieces and nephews. She also cared deeply for more than a dozen individuals for whom she served as godmother, and she took a great interest in many of the children of numerous friends and associates. Also, listed as family in her heart are the large number of county employees at all levels that she hired, trained, and encouraged in their careers.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 AM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 730 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions: In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Moravian College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 (for scholarship funding) or to Child Care Information Services, 2200 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 (for their Unconditional Child Care program).