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.
Robert P. Finger, 85, of Lower Saucon passed away September 20, 2013. Born on December 14, 1927 in Short Hills, NJ, he was the son of the late Fredrick N. and Elizabeth (Tietzman) Finger. Robert and his wife Jane Lynch Galle Finger celebrated 17 years of marriage in February. Robert graduated from Liberty High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp serving honorably from 1945 to 1951. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp. and in 1964 he was transferred to The Burns Harbor Plant being built in Portage, IN. Following his duties in Public Relations and as Foreman in the Plate Mill Division he retired in 1988. Robert was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Hellertown.
Wife- Jane Galle Finger
Sons- Robert and Claudine Finger
Michael and LeeAnn Finger
Larry and Wendy Finger
Jon and Annie Finger
Daughters- Patricia and Robert Johns
Leslie and Edward Mosser
Grandchildren- Michele Finger, Stephanie, Michael and Elizabeth Johns, Lauren, Megan, and William Finger, Brett and Erin Fuller, Miranda and Lilly Finger, Chloe and Ella Finger
Brothers- William, David and John Finger
Nephew- James Finger Jr.
Step- Children- Robert T. and Jane Galle
Timothy and Carol Galle
Mary Jane and Ron Spinner
Christina and Joe Martin
Matthew and Patricia Galle
Jennifer and Randy Israel
Step- Grandchildren- Robert, James, Richard and Jesse Galle, Matthew and Rachael Spinner, Joseph and Nicole Martin, Camaron Galle, Benjamin and Sophia Israel
Step- Great Grandchildren- Jacob, Taylor and Shannon Galle, Willem Galle, Courtney and Olivia Scott.
He was predeceased by his former wife- Margaret Sheridan Finger, brother- James and sister- Elizabeth Sutton.
A calling time will be held Wednesday 11:30AM-1PM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1PM in Ss Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W Broad St. Bethlehem 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Robert’s memory to the American Legion 935 Main St. Hellertown, PA 18055 or to Veteran of Foreign Wars 202 Veterans Rd Bangor, PA 18013.
Charlotte P. Frace
Charlotte P. (Burkhart) Frace, 84, of Bethlehem, passed away June 11, 2012. She was the loving wife of the late John W. Frace. Born in Lansford, she was the daughter of the late Paul L. and Florence (Weller) Burkhart. Charlotte graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree. She worked as a Dietician for Sacred Heart Hospital from 1965 until her retirement in 1987.
Children- John W. Frace Jr. of Summit Hill
Sharon Glickman and husband Ian of Bethlehem
Barry L. Frace and wife Carol of Wilkes Barre
Grandchildren- Heather Smell, Michelle Henning, Brandon Frace, Brian Frace, Courtney Frace and Justin Frace
Great Grandsons- Nicholas Smell, Christopher Smell and Liam Frace
Brothers- Paul Burkhart Jr. of IL
Robert W. Burkhart of NJ
She was predeceased by her sister- Jean Howd.
Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place, Ste 170 Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Rose Fallon- McCreary
Rose (Perry) Fallon- McCreary, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in Country Meadows Senior Living, Bethlehem. She was the loving wife of John Fallon till his passing in 1985 and then to Charles J. McCreary for 23 years. Born in Olyphant, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecil (Hines) Perry. Rose previously worked for Alexander Tag Industries and Temple University Hospital. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and in Abington Hospital’s Gift Shop. Rose bowled in a league at Thunder Bird Lanes in Willow Grove.
Husband- Charles J. McCreary
Children- James and wife Anne Fallon
Gayle Metz and companion Thomas McCartan
8 Great Grandchildren
Brothers- Thomas and Austin Perry
She was predeceased by brothers- Vincent Perry & Leo Perry.
A memorial service will be held at 1PM on Thursday in the Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park 1169 Limekiln Pike Ambler, PA 19002. www.DowningFuneralHome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rose’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice 2166 S 12th St. Allentown, PA 18103.