Frederick F. Horvath, 76, peacefully passed away on Thursday March 23, 2023, exactly 4 years after his loving wife Juliann M. (Shiner) Horvath, to whom he was happily married for 50 years. Born in Bethlehem, Frederick was a son of the late Francis and Barbara (Haddad) Horvath. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Fred was a faithful member of SS. Simon and Jude Church in Bethlehem and a graduate of Penn State University in electrical engineering. Prior to retiring he worked for PPL Electric for 42 years as a high voltage insulation tech. Fred was a member of IBEW and enjoyed coaching Lehigh Little League during the 1970's-1980's. He was a master woodworker but retired early to care for his loving wife who suffered from dementia. Surviving are his sons: Charles Horvath and Mark Horvath and his wife Nichole. Daughter: Michele wife of Samuel Odenwelder. Sister: Carol Brunnabend. Grandchildren: Nicholas & Lucy, Elias & Marcus. Fred was predeceased by his brother Charles Horvath. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday March 30, 2023 at 11:00AM in SS. Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem. Calling Hour will be 10:00-11:00AM in the Church. Arrangements entrusted to the Downing Funeral Home.
Richard Heffernan Sr
Richard A. Heffernan, Sr. 84, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania passed away on June 9, 2022 surrounded by the loving family he created. Richard lived a life dedicated to helping others and making the most of what God gave him. Richard, fondly known as “Pop” among his family, was born in Wilkes-Barre in 1937, the sixth of eight children, to the late John T. and Anna K. (Carkhuff) Heffernan. He attended St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, where he made lifelong friends and played many pranks, which he continued to reminisce about through his final years. Richard met his wife, the late Dolores S. (Kascsak) Heffernan at a CYC dance. He and Dolores married on June 6,1959. Richard and Dolores started their family in 1960 when Linda was born, followed by Colette, Richard Jr., and Brian.
Richard served his community in numerous ways, starting with joining the U.S. Navy from 1956-1958. He then worked for Western Electric. In 1962, he and Dolores moved their family to Bethlehem, which Richard would call home for the next 60 years. Richard earned his Associate’s degree from Alvernia College in Criminal Justice and achieved a lifelong dream of working in law enforcement when he became a dedicated police officer for the Bethlehem Police Department. He took great pride in working for the city of Bethlehem and served in this role for 25 years. He remained an active member of the FOP. After serving on the police force, Richard enjoyed driving buses for both TransBridge and the Bethlehem School District.
Despite his busy work schedule, Richard continued to make time for volunteer work. Richard was a devoted member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church for many years, volunteering in a multitude of roles, serving as a member of Knights of Columbus and 55 Club. He also spent many hours volunteering at St. Luke’s VNA. Throughout all of these roles, he appreciated any conversation he had with his friends and fellow volunteers both old and new. That is not to say that Richard did not also take time to relax. He always made time for family vacations, catching up with old friends, and simply enjoying a cup of coffee on his front porch. He valued time with his family and supported them by attending countless sporting events, award ceremonies, and graduations throughout the years, whether they were a quick car ride or a long plane ride away.
We will deeply miss many things about Pop, but especially his love of coffee and Yuengling, singing extra ‘Happy Birthday’ verses, his reminders to write dates on photographs, and his easy-going, kind, and generous nature. Anyone who was lucky enough to spend time with Pop can confirm the world is a better place for having him here.
Richard was predeceased by his loving wife Dolores, parents John and Anna Heffernan, and siblings, John, Tom, Joseph, Alexander, Jule, and Margaret.
Survivors include children: Linda Gulla and husband Anthony of Coopersburg, Colette Heffernan of Bethlehem, Richard Heffernan Jr. and wife Christine of Bethlehem, Brian Heffernan and wife Beth Ann of Bethlehem; sister, Mary Williams and husband Tom of Mascoutah, Illinois; grandchildren Kristine (Phil), Elizabeth (Chris), Theresa Gulla, and Lindsey, Luke, and Brady Heffernan; great-granddaughter, Bridget Celona; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services: A Calling Time will be held on Monday, June 20th 9:30-10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Richard’s memory to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church or Padre Pio Memorial Gift, 111 Barto Rd, Barto, PA 19504.
Sue E. Hamm 77, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2022 in her home. Born in Pen Argyl, Sue was a daughter of the late Arthur L. and Harriet M. (Rasely) Hamm. Sue was a very hard worker and a loving sister. She worked as a coning machine operator in the textile industry for numerous years and later worked for Giant food stores in the floral department. Sue loved movies, puzzles, flowers and crocheting. Surviving are her siblings: George E. Hamm, Rebecca L. Hamm and numerous nieces and nephews. Sue was predeceased by her twin brother: Thomas A. and sisters: Isabelle J. Camp and Rachel R. Bullinger. Graveside services will be 12:00PM on Wednesday May 18, 2022 at the Bethlehem Memorial Park 1851 Linden St. Bethlehem, PA 18017. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Downing Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Mary T. (Bistritz) Hann, 60, of Allentown, passed away Friday, June 18th. She was the loving wife of the late Jackson James Hann. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy (Brunner) Bistritz. Mary enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Joshua Hann, Jacqueline Hann and fiancé Benjamin Colon; grandchildren- Julian and Aiden Colon; siblings- Paul Bistritz and significant other Linda Jones, Katherine Hann and husband Gary Hann, Diane Greger and husband Jeffrey Greger.
A Calling Time will be held on Tuesday, June 29th 6-7:30PM with a Service at 7:30PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Dolores Ann (Evrard) Horvath, 93, passed away peacefully on April 6 at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph F. Horvath Jr. who passed away in 1997. Born in Bethlehem on June 30, 1927, she was the 4th of 6 children of John (Doc) Evrard and Elizabeth (Lizzie Bisbing) Evrard. She resided in her beloved South Bethlehem for most of her life, spending the last ten years in Saylorsburg with her daughter Chris and son-in-law Joe.
A graduate of the Bethlehem Catholic Class of 1945, she took the secretarial course of study and worked at Lehigh University’s Admissions Office and at Bethlehem Steel just prior to her marriage. She was a stay-at-home wife, and mother to her four children, Elizabeth (George Kane) of Macungie, Joseph III (Leslie) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Christine (Joseph Deuel) of Saylorsburg, and John (Nina) of Austin, TX. Generous with her time with a love for driving, it was her pleasure to drive her parents and later her friends and neighbors to church and various appointments. We are sure Bethlehem had to add an extra van for Seniors when Mom moved to Saylorsburg.
A devout Catholic, she lived the Corporal Works of Mercy... feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead ...and incorporated the Spiritual Works of Mercy into her prayers. She cared for and nursed her mother, her father-in-law, and her husband, our Dad, during their final illnesses. She volunteered at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity Thrift Store, and frequently gave away her own gloves and umbrella rather than see someone face the cold and rain without any. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, and later, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Brodheadsville.
Mom loved Lehigh and Bethlehem Catholic football games, the muddier the better, and often said “I don’t cook, I don’t clean, I don’t bake, I just go bumming”, meaning she would rather be out and about than tied to the house. Nana “D” visited her grandchildren often and greatly enjoyed taking them places and watching them experience new things. She took bus trips with the Senior Groups of St. Ursula and St. Simon and Jude parishes. Well into her 80’s she attended Becahi class reunions and kept up with her high school friends.
She loved her family and Aunt Dolores was a fixture at extended family gatherings, where she was an avid pinochle player and exhibited her ‘gift of gab’ to one and all.
She is survived by her children, 8 grandchildren: Molly (David Crabbe), Meghan (Charles Greaves), Maureen, Katie (Rob Rice), and Peter Kane (Kelleyah), Tyler Horvath and Madison Horvath; 8 great-grandchildren: Charlie, William, Maeve and Maggie Crabbe, Delilah Greaves, and Ella, Teddy and Henry Rice; a step-grandson Christopher Supplee (Lauren) and their daughter, Alexandria. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will miss her wit and wisdom.
She was pre-deceased by favorite grandson, Collin Horvath and her siblings and in-laws: John and Stelle Evrard, Mary and Juby Fistner, Lindy and Helen Evrard, Carl and Joan Evrard, Theresa and Bill Scott, Frank and Helen Horvath, Mary and Tom Zondlo and Mike and Dot Horvath. She was saddened by the loss of nephews John, Jerry and Peter Evrard and John Fistner and by nieces Patty Barr, Mary Beth Burkhardt, and Jane Zakovitch.
A viewing will be held on Monday, April 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM in Holy Ghost Church, 417 Carlton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Internment to follow at Holy Savior Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Mom supported charities with an emphasis on children and families. If you are so inclined, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Bethlehem Catholic (www.becahi.org), St Jude's Children's Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
Anne E. (Kirchner) Henning, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away October 30, 2020. Services will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
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.
Grace S. (Shamsky) Hartigan, 101, of Bethlehem, passed away on February 4, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Eugene J. Hartigan. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Olympia Shamsky. Grace worked for many years in the Bethlehem Steel's Billing Dept. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Survivors: son- Eugene Hartigan Jr. and wife Gay of Merritt Island, FL; grandchildren- Kelly Hartigan of Allentown and Eugene Hartigan III of Florida; great grandchildren- Taylor and Vance. She was predeceased by her daughter- Maureen Herritt and sister- Mary Zelko.
Services will be Private.