Brenda Tyler (Farese) Okonsky, 55, of Bethlehem, passed away June 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of over 25 years to Gerard T. Okonsky. Born in Morristown, NJ she was the daughter of the late Robert Farese and Barbara (Blood) Hinds. Brenda worked as a Registered Nurse for the Carrier Clinic in New Jersey for over 20 years and then for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Brenda was known to take in and care for many stray animals, especially dogs. And spending time with family and spoiling her grandchildren were very special to her.
Survivors: Husband- Gerard Okonsky; Children- David Blue Okonsky and wife Ashley of Wind Gap, Raymond Joseph and husband Jeffrey of Walnutport, Melinda Okonsky of Easton; Grandchildren- Codi and Lila; Mother- Barbara Hinds of Morristown, NJ; Sister- Dana Farese of Hillsboro, NJ; Mother-In-Law- Anne Marie Okonsky of Raritan, NJ; Father-In-Law- Raymond Okonsky and wife Patricia of Somerville, NJ and many Okonksy family members.
A viewing will be held on Friday 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A viewing will be held Saturday 9-9:45AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM all in Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1817 1St. St. Bethlehem, PA 18020.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brenda’s memory to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley 25 W. 3rd St. Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Gerald P. O'Leary
Gerald P. O’Leary, 82, of Hellertown, passed away December 31, 2015. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas and Catherine (Healy) O’Leary. Gerald served in the U.S. Air Force as a MP in Germany during the Korean War. He worked as a Technician in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry for many years and then retired from the Bucks County Housing Authority. Gerald was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed sports and was an avid reader.
Daughter- Deborah Bivighouse and husband Greg of Patten, Maine; Grandsons- Colton and Everett Bivighouse; Friend- Shirley O’ Leary of Ottsville; Many Nieces and Nephews. He was predeceased by 4 Brothers and 2 Sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10AM in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church 1408 Easton Rd. Hellertown, PA 18055. Burial to follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gerald’s memory to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place Suite 170 Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Ann S. (Stier) Ortwein, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 in St. Luke’s Hospital Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Albert Ortwein. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Hedwig (Gitschier) Stier. She was a member of the University Parish of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Ann worked for Bethlehem Steel and then for Sears as a Telephone Order Supervisor. She volunteered for St. Luke’s Hospital Fountain Hill from 2002-2011.
Son- Greg Ortwein and wife Cyndy (Macarro) of Williams Twp.; Daughter- Patricia A. Donchez and husband Joseph of Freemansburg; Grandchildren- Jacob Ortwein of Keiv, Ukraine, Megan Ortwein of Tokyo, Japan, Trisha McFadden of Forks Twp. and Byron Bachman of Freemansburg; Great Grandson- Ryan McFadden
She was predeceased by her sisters- Matilda, Helen and Hedwig.
A viewing will be held on Monday 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM in University Parish of Holy Ghost 417 Carlton Ave Bethlehem, PA 18015. No calling hours on Tuesday. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations can be made in Ann’s memory to the church.
Mary R. Ortwein, 96, of Bethlehem, passed away November 19, 2012.
Nieces and Caregivers: Anne Ortwein Gerber and husband Jerry, Giennie Racz and husband Ricky, Jen Russ and husband Mike
Great Grandniece- Sarah Russ
Other nieces and nephews
Graveside Service Private in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the education of Sarah Russ c/o Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Michael J. Orlando
Michael J. Orlando, 78 of Bethlehem passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in his home.
He was born on February 20, 1933 in Bethlehem, PA to the late Michael D. and Jean F. (Cavanaugh) Orlando.
He graduated from Allentown Business School and retired from the Bethlehem Unemployment Office where he worked as a clerk.
Michael was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church in Bethlehem. He was a Professed member of the St. Francis Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order for over 50 years.
Brother, James J. Orlando and wife Yvonne of Allentown.
Nieces and Nephews, Sheila Garrett, Tory, Dominick and Jennifer Orlando.
2 great nieces Amanda and Larissa Garrett.
A viewing will be held on Wed. Nov. 16, 2011 from 9-9:45AM in Holy Infancy Catholic Church, 312 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM on Wed.
Burial in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory of Michael to the church.
James J. Ortwein
James J. Ortwein, 90, of Fountain Hill, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2011. He was a loving husband to Rosemarie C. (Peters) Ortwein for 69 years. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late John A. and Thekla (Groff) Ortwein. James served in the U.S. 5th Air Force Division during WWII. He retired in 1970 from Bethlehem Steel, as a Millwright at the 48th Mill, after 40 years of service. James was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church and the Golden Hillers.
Wife- Rose Ortwein
Daughter- Beverly wife of Warren Ruppert of Macungie
Brother- Aloysius Ortwein of Bethlehem
Grandchildren- Deborah Eberts, Denise Rinehart and Warren Rupert Jr.
7 Great Grandchildren
He was predeceased by his brother- Robert Ortwein.
A viewing will be held Tuesday 9:15- 9:45AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM all in St. Ursula Catholic Church 1300 Broadway Fountain Hill, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Donations can be made in his memory to St. Lukes Hospice. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Joseph M. Orwan
Joseph M. Orwan, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away June 4, 2011 in his home.
He is the husband of 61 years to Jeannette (Lazarus) Orwan who he loved dearly.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. He worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the Coke Dept.
Wife, Jeannette of Bethlehem.
Sons, Glenn and wife Christine.
Jay Joseph and wife Shari.
Keith and wife Melissa.
He has a grandson Joseph M. and soon to be wife Crystal.
Brothers, Robert and James.
2 step-grandchildren Laura and Greg.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Anna (Reinforth) Orwan, brothers, John and Eugene, sisters, Clair, Anna and Elizabeth.
Services are Private. www.downingfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Rd. Easton, PA 18042.