James “Jim” P. Fink, 67, of Bethlehem, passed away July 3, 2023. He was the loving husband to Renne (Bush) Fink. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of Marguerite (Fischer) Fink and the late William “Bill” Fink. Jim served in the U.S. Coast Guard and graduated from Moravian College. He was an entrepreneur, inventing the Master Bow machine. He sold his company to Pioneer Balloon Company over 20 years ago and has since served as President of Pioneer Master Bow Co. He was dedicated to his work and loved his colleagues and his customers. When Jim wasn’t working, he enjoyed watching the Eagles dominate, cooking his favorite dishes, attending to his tomato garden, feeding & watching the birds, and taking time to relax at the beach. Jim had the biggest heart and treasured his time with family and friends, his home always had an “open door policy.” He will forever be missed and always close to our hearts.
Survivors: wife- Renne Fink; mother- Marguerite Fink; children- Ashley Goldfaden and husband Michael of San Diego, Amanda Fink and husband Matthew Brancaccio of Bethlehem, Clint Watson Jr. and wife Monica of Austin, TX, Ashton and Matthew Morgan of Denton, TX, Jacob Watson of Easton; grandchildren- Crozier Watson and Maiev Jane Watson; brothers- David Fink and husband Kevin Beyer, Robert Fink and wife Theresa. He was predeceased by his son- Adam Fink, brothers- William Fink Jr and Thomas Fink.
A viewing will be held in the church on Saturday, July 8th 9-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 3219 Santee Rd Bethlehem, PA 18020. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
As Jim would often say “it’s another day in paradise” The family asks that you join us as we say farewell to our beloved Jim, dressing in tropical attire to honor his spirit as he enters his eternal paradise
Contributions can be made in Jim’s memory to the Bridges Foundation Scholarship, Bethlehem Area Vocational Tech. School, Mercy Special Learning School, or American Cancer Society.
Joseph Fiore, Sr.
Joseph Mauro Dominic Fiore Sr., 86, of Bethlehem, passed away December 31, 2022. Joe was born in Scranton, January 12, 1936, at Mercy Hospital. The first 18 months of life he was raised by the Sisters of St. Joseph Orphanage in Scranton. Joe was adopted by a loving couple, Dominic and Catherine (Molinaro) Fiore, thank you Mom and Dad for all your love and support. Rest in Peace! Joe was raised in the 6th Ward of Allentown and graduated from Allentown High School in 1954. After working at various jobs, Joe started working in the construction trade, eventually becoming a carpenter. In 1967 he joined the Carpenters Union Local 368 Allentown, which later became L.V. Local 167. Joe retired in 1998, a proud union member.
Joe was married for 43 years to the love of his life, the late Dorothy E. Kasper, who passed November 22, 2006. They were blessed with two children, daughter Catherine and her husband Mike Brown and a son Joseph Fiore Jr.; two loving grandchildren, Olivia Rose and Dashiell Owen; brother-in-laws- Gene Kasper and his three children, Bob and his wife Joanne Kasper; aunt, Marian Howell and many cousins.
Joe was very active as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist at Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, bringing Communion to shut-ins. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, active in the Notre Dame 55+ Club, a past Lay Director of Allentown Cursillo Movement (1990-1992), volunteered for the Allentown Diocesan Soup Kitchen, was an American Cancer Society Driver for Road to Recovery & Health Fairs, and volunteered for St. Luke’s Hospice and VNA. He was a life member of the Fearless Fire Co #14, Inc., was a past president of UNICO (2003-2004) Italian American Organization, and a past president of Belmont Golf League. Joe loved this quote from the late Jimmy Valvano, “God must’ve loved ordinary people, because He made so many of us, and sometimes ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” Joe believed in the Resurrection and the world to come! He tried to live the 3 F’s--- Faith, Family and Friends.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 10th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joe’s memory to any of the about groups.
Jane M. Galle Finger, 94, of Bethlehem, PA, passed away Monday June 28, 2021 surrounded by her loving Family. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Anthony and Helen Thomas Lynch. Jane married her first husband H. Robert Galle, former Bethlehem Police Commissioner, in 1948 and he passed away in 1992. She then married Robert P. Finger in 1996 and he passed away in 2013. Jane was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps while attending Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Allentown,1945-1948. Her nursing career included a Registered Nurse Overseas Study-Tour of Medical Facilities in Moscow Russia, Acting Director of Nursing for Northampton County Homemakers Service and general and private duty nursing for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Jane was a member of SS Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church in Bethlehem and also St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Hellertown.
Survivors: Son - Matthew J. Galle and wife Patricia of Orefield and their son Camaron; Daughter - MaryJane G. Spinner and husband Ron of Stroudsburg and their children Matt and Rachael and grandchildren Jane and William; Daughter - Christina M. Martin and husband Joseph of Bethlehem and their children Joey and Nikki and grandchildren Courtney and Olivia; Daughter - Jennifer A. Israel and husband Randy of Hellertown and their children Ben and Sophia; Daughter-In-Law Jane A. Galle (Terry) of Bethlehem and their children Rob, Jamey, Rick and Jesse and grandchildren Jake, Taylor, Shannon, Willem and Axel; Daughter-In-Law Carol M. Galle (Tim) of Lehighton; Sisters-In-Law Marsha A. Jordan, Genie Shafer Lynch and Marianne Lynch all of FL; numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Jane was predeceased by her sons Robert T. "Terry" Galle and Timothy J."Tim" Galle; Great-Grandson Rowan Galle; her brothers Jerome, Anthony and Leo Lynch and her sisters Helen L. Ancora, Sally Lynch and Mary Elizabeth Lynch.
A Calling Time will be held on Saturday, July 3rd 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private for the Family. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc. of Bethlehem. https://downingfuneralhome.com/
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 in honor of Jane's Grandson Jesse Galle. https://www.donors1.org.
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.