Joanne Feigl, 82, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on July 19, quietly, at home. Preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Frank J. Feigl, Joanne will be deeply missed by her family, her friends, and her community.
A graduate of St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN, with an M. Ed. from Lehigh University, Joanne was a reading specialist in the Bethlehem Area School District for 30 years. She was a member of Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church, and a dedicated volunteer for the AARP Tax program, the Burnside Plantation, and the Boutique at the Rink.
She and Frank loved playing bridge with neighborhood friends and the Lehigh University crew, a tradition she continued with “the ladies” for many years. Joanne loved to travel and did so often. She could sew anything, knit anything, and quilt anything. Her pie crust was enviable.
Joanne was the embodiment of unconditional love. To her children she was everything, to her sons-in-law she was “The Saint,” and to her grandchildren she was simply the very best Grammy. Ever.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Fran Feigl and Joe Markano of Haddon Heights, NJ, Clare Feigl and Jack Kennedy of Coronado, CA, and Ann Feigl Johnston and John Johnston of Bethlehem, PA, as well as her grandchildren who are her pride and joy: Elly Johnston and fiancé Matt Sterling, Jack Johnston, and Frankie Kennedy.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dorothy Feigl Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry, Saint Mary’s College c/o Downing Funeral Home, 1002 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Doris Wolf Foster, 99, of Bethlehem, passed away on May 21, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Franklin Preston Foster, to whom she was married for 69 years. Born in Belleville, IL, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Estella (Tribout) Wolf. During WW II, she was a volunteer at the USO and a member of the Girls’ Service Organization. Doris met her husband at a USO dance; they married in 1945 and moved to Long Island, NY, in 1946. In 1991, Doris and Frank moved to Bethlehem, PA, in order to be closer to their grandchildren. She attended Belleville Business College and Dowling College in NY, and worked as a secretary and title searcher in both Belleville and Bay Shore, NY. Later in life she was a volunteer librarian and a Charter Member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Guild. She was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America and held leadership positions in both the Bay Shore and Easton chapters. She was an active member of SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church and their Senior Group. Doris was lovingly referred to as Grandma “D” and could always be counted on for Christmas and Easter cookies. She was a painter and a voracious reader. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Scrabble, and also played patient and endless rounds of Candy Land. She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan all of her life. She loved animals and had pets throughout her life (including—in the 1920s—a monkey); her most beloved pets were her last two: her dog Chelsea and her rescue cat Tribout.
Survivors: daughters- Carolyn Foster Segal and husband Philip of Bethlehem, Maryann Y. Foster of Sunnnyside, NY; grandchildren- Jessica Henry and husband Adam, Ted Segal and wife Katie, Libby Segal and fiancé Zoë Barth-Werb, Molly Foster, and Joseph Foster; great grandchildren- Amelia Henry, Walter Henry, Margot Segal, and Audrey Segal. She was predeceased by her son- Edward Franklin Foster. Doris is also survived by Henrietta Lochner, her best friend from the age of four. They still spoke on the phone; their last conversation was in February.
Services will be private for the family and are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Contributions can be made in Doris’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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.
Soon Yi Fletcher
Soon Yi “Tina” (Pak) Fletcher, 82, of Coopersburg, passed away March 5, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late William J. Fletcher. Born in Korea, she was the daughter of the late Min Chol and Hi (Kong) Pak. Tina was an avid gardener and will be deeply missed by her family.
Survivors: son- Michael of Allentown; sister-in-law- Eddi (Fletcher) and husband Joe Salamone of Florida; brother-in-law- Leo and wife Vickie Fletcher of Quakertown; sister-in-law- Jo Lunardini of Erie; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Tina was predeceased by her sister-in-law- Margaret (Fletcher) Chapleski.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 8th 9:30-10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM all in Assumption of the BVM Catholic Church 4101 Old Bethlehem Pike Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to St. Luke’s Hospice House for their care and comfort to Tina and her family.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Tina’s memory to St. Luke’s Hospice House care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Curt David Funk, 55, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully at Gracedale Nursing Home on March 27, 2017. Born in Fountain Hill he was the son of Atahualpa “Tao” and Nancy (McCandless) Rodriguez. Curt graduated from William Allen High School.
Survivors: Parents- Tao and Nancy Rodriguez of Easton; Sister- Tyra and husband Chris Ott of Easton; Brothers- Arthur Funk of Bethlehem, John Funk of Catasauqua; Nephew and Niece- Chris Patrick Ott II and Tyra Michelle Ott; Birth Father- Arthur L. Funk.
A viewing will be held on Thursday 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Franklin P. Foster
Franklin Preston Foster, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. He was the loving husband of 69 years of Doris W. (Wolf) Foster. They were married in Belleville, IL on Dec. 1, 1945. Born in Islip, NY he was the son of the late Franklin S. and Elizabeth (Johnston) Foster. Franklin graduated from Islip High School in NY and attended Brooklyn Polytech until he enlisted in the U.S. Airforce during WWII. He was then in the Reserves until 1952. He retired from ITT World Com, formerly Mackay Radio, after 40 years. Franklin was a member of the ITT Quarter Century Club and an Honorary Life Member of the Communication Workers of America. He was a recipient of the ITT Employee of the Year Award. He was also a head usher at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore, NY and an active member of Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem and their Seniors.
Wife- Doris W. Foster; Daughters- Carolyn Foster Segal and husband Philip Segal of Bethlehem, and Maryann Y. Foster of Sunnyside, NY; Grandchildren- Jessica Segal Henry and husband Adam Henry, Ted Segal and wife Katie Kelly Segal, Elizabeth Segal, Molly Foster and Joseph Foster; Great Grandchildren- Amelia Henry, Walter Henry and Margot Segal.
A viewing will be held on Friday 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM at Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Franklin’s memory to Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Ferdinand Frassetto of Allentown died on August 23, 2014. He was 92. Born in Allentown, Fred was the son of the late Ferdinand Frassetto and Stella (Rossetti) Frassetto. He was married for 57 years to the late Frances (Savarese) Frassetto, who died in 2006. He was a 1941 graduate of Allentown High School. Fred was a Navy veteran of WWII serving as a radioman on a merchant tanker and in the Pacific theater. Prior to his retirement in 1986 he was employed for 30 years at the Allentown Converting Co. and for 16 years at Phoenix Clothes in Allentown. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Fred loved to garden, cook, read, do puzzles, and watch baseball, especially the Phillies and the Iron Pigs. He also enjoyed going out and sharing a few drinks with his sons. Until his illness Fred had much vitality along with the love and respect of those who knew him. He will be missed by all.
Survivors: Sons, Joseph and his wife Carol of Whitehall, Daniel and his wife Cindy of Emmaus,daughter Colette Kern and her husband Brian of Schnecksville, grandchildren, Scott and his wife Lisa, Erika Butler and her husband Travis, Adam Kern and his wife Nicole and Michael Kern, a great grandson Cody Butler and step grandsons Robert Gotthardt, Jr. and Richard Gotthardt, sister, Charlotte DeCorso and her husband Nicholas. He was pre-deceased by brothers John and Joseph.
Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday Sept. 13th at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home Inc. 1002 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. No calling hours.
Charles “Chas” Fernandes, 79, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 5, 2014 in his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He was the loving husband of Dorothy R. (Inhoff) Fernandes with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage last September. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late John and Jenny (Kish) Fernandes. He worked for 15 years for Fountain Hill Mills and then for 30 years at Spirax Sarco. Chas was a member of Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local Union #2109. Chas was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan.
Wife- Dorothy R. Fernandes
Son- Charles and wife Elisa
Daughters- Deborah and Donna all of Bethlehem
Grandson – Christopher
Step- Grandchildren- Luis, Bryan and Nicole
He will also be greatly missed by many friends and family.
He was predeceased by his sister- Ida and her husband Al Nicholas.
A viewing will be held on Thursday 8:30-10:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St Bethlehem 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chas’ memory to the American Cancer Society or to Lehigh Valley Hospice.