Isabel (Jenkins) Ruch, 95, of Cedarbrook, formerly of New Tripoli, passed away on Sept. 13, 2013. Born in Muscogee County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late John Clyde and Julia (Lloyd) Jenkins. She retired as a secretary for Parkland High School. Isabel was a member of St. Peter’s Union Church Lynnville.
Survived by children: Barbara Peters of Emmaus, Fred Ruch of Florida; grandchildren- Shelly, Kim, Sherri, Destiny, Jeremy, Leah and Jacob; seven great grandchildren and a brother- Clyde Jenkins of Florida. She was predeceased by her husband- Frederick, children- Charles Ruch and Dorothy Schevling and 4 siblings.
A memorial service will be held October 10th at 3PM in St. Peter’s Union Church Lynnville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Carol E. Reiman
Carol E. (Mamuzich) Reiman, 64, of Bethlehem, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013. She is survived by her devoted companion of 32 years, Peter Vermuelen. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Eli and Wanda (Zabowa) Mamuzich. Carol was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. She took pride in her many years of work as a caregiver and Nanny.
Significant Other- Peter Vermuelen
Daughters- Brenda Lebby and husband Daniel of Bethlehem
Corina Guidon and husband Larry of Danielsville
Grandchildren- Joshua Petrella and Brandy Sterner
Great Granddaughters- Alivia Lee and Peyton Marie
Sister- Patricia Mirth of Bath
Nieces and Nephews
She was predeceased by brothers- Barry and Eli Mamuzich.
A calling time will be held Friday 2-3PM with a Memorial Service at 3PM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Carol’s memory to the American Diabetes Assoc.
Hiluminada N. (Nieves) Ruiz, 65, of Bethlehem, passed away December 23, 2012. She was the loving wife of the late Mario Ruiz. Survivors: Son- Mario Jr. and 2 Grandchildren Services: Graveside 1PM Friday in Holy Saviour Cemetery c/o Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Madelynne S. Rohal
Madelynne S. (Stover) Rohal, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012. She was the wife of the late John F. Rohal. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lottie (Bachman) Stover. Madelynne retired in 1949 from Bethlehem Steel’s Printing Dept. She was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Son- John D. Rohal and wife Sharon of Bethlehem
Daughter- Jean D. Rohal of Allentown
Grandchildren- Stefan J. Rohal and wife Emily of Fredericksburg, VA
Kristen A. Benway and husband Timothy of Bethlehem
Great Grandchildren- Kaitlyn Rohal and McKenzie Benway
A viewing will be held Thursday 9:30- 10:45AM with a service at 11AM all in the Cathedral Church of the Nativity 321 Wyandotte St. Bethlehem, PA 18015. Burial to follow in Nisky Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church c/o Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
William J. Ronyack
William J. Ronyack, 88, of Bethlehem, passed away September 30, 2012. He was the loving husband, of 65 years, to Marie I. (Muschlitz) Ronyack. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Alice (Sandoe) Ronyack. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII in the South Pacific. William was awarded the Purple Heart. He retired from Bethlehem Steel. William was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.
Wife- Marie Ronyack
Sons- William P. and wife Nanette of Bethlehem
Robert and wife Jane of Bethlehem
Grandchildren- Dana, Dustin, Loren and Kristi
Step Grandchildren- Jessica and Jared
5 Step Great Grandchildren
Brother- Thomas of New Jersey
He was predeceased by brother- Phillip and sister- Mary.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday 6-8PM and Thursday 9:45-10:30AM with a service at 10:30AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in William’s memory to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Gift Processing Administrator 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive Triangle, VA 22172.
Rosemary F. Reitmeir
Rosemary F. (Pum) Reitmeir, 81, of Fountain Hill, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012. She was the wife of the late Robert T. Reitmeir. Rosemary worked as a proof reader for Bethlehem Steel and later as a Visiting Nurse for Blough Nursing Home and as a Private Duty Nurse. She was a member of the Golden Hillers.
Children- Thomas of Fountain Hill
Robin of Bethlehem
Mark of Alburtis
Sisters- Helen Russell of Los Angeles, CA
Norma Rosania of South Carolina
Barbara Young of Georgia
A graveside service will be held on Monday at 1PM in Bethlehem Memorial Park 1851 Linden St. Bethlehem. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rosemary’s memory to St. Lukes’s Visiting Nurses 801 Ostrum St. Bethlehem, PA 18015 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Rev. Robert J. Reed
Reverend Robert J. Reed, resident at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, at the age of 82.
A native of Allentown, Father Reed was the son of the late Robert J. and Anne (O’Neill) Reed. He is survived by a brother, James Reed and wife Karin of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; sisters, Lois Daday and husband Bert of Colesville; Carol Doyle wife of the late Eugene of Moorestown, New Jersey; Mary Reed of McDonough, Georgia; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by a brother, John.
Father Reed attended Allentown public grade schools and graduated from Allentown High School. He studied for the Priesthood at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 13 May 1961 by Bishop Joseph M. McShea, at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, in the first Ordination Class of the Diocese of Allentown.
Father Reed’s first Priestly assignment was Parochial Vicar, Saint John the Baptist Church, Pottsville, followed by Parochial Vicar, Saint Ursula Church,
Fountain Hill, and the former Saint Joseph Church, Easton. He was also Professor, Allentown Central Catholic High School, and Parochial Vicar, Saint Ann Church, Emmaus. Father Reed’s first Pastoral assignment was at Saint Nicholas Church, Walnutport, followed by Pastor, Saints Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem, where he remained for nearly twenty-four years.
During the course of his Priestly Ministry, Father Reed held the following Auxiliary Diocesan Assignments: Diocesan Director, Cursillo Movement; Regional Director, Family Life Bureau, Northampton County; and Regional Director, Project H.E.A.D., Lehigh County. He was a 3rd degree member of Trinity Council 313 Knights of Columbus of Bethlehem, and a 4th degree member of the Bishop Welsh Assembly 931, Bethlehem.
Upon his retirement, Father Reed was named Pastor Emeritus, Saints Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem.
Previously, he was an avid pilot, member of the National Aircraft Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and Chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol. He sponsored families and was very active and instrumental in involving the Vietnamese Community with Saints Simon and Jude Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reed will be celebrated at Saints Simon and Jude Church, Seventh Avenue and West Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday, 14 September 2012, at 11:00 AM. His Excellency, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, will be the Main Celebrant.
The Vigil Service will be on Thursday, 13 September 2012, at Saints Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem, at 7:00 PM.
Calling hours will be at Saints Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem, on Thursday, 13 September 2012, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and on Friday, 14 September 2012, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Private Interment will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Limeport, Pennsylvania.
Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Bethlehem, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family Villa 1325 Prospect Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Gerard P. Reagan, 85 of Bethlehem passed away January 4, 2012 in St. Luke’s Hospital.
He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Evans) Reagan.
Gerard served in the Navy during WWII, and is a graduate of Wagner College. He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem. He retired from Bethlehem Steel where he worked in the accounting Department. After retirement he enjoyed working at Wegman’s.
Daughter Jean L. Fries and husband Ted R. of Fleetwood.
Daughter-in-law, Dr. Laura Reagan
5 grandchildren, Kelly, Jamie and Maggie Fries, Gerard Fox and Gabriel Reagan.
He was predeceased by his wife, son Dr. Gerard A. and siblings, Vincent, Ray, Roy and Marie Mildred Shubert.
Services are Private, arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Bethlehem.