Sylvia Marie ( Brosious) Danko Reed, 79, of Bethlehem died on August 20, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Andrew Danko and the late James Reed. Born October 12, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Charles and Cora Brosious. She was a founding member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church where she made vestments and baptism gowns. She was employed at Roller Smith South Mfg. and WMD Corp as well as an independent Amway retailer. She was a devoted supporter of the Democratic Party and was a Democratic Committee Woman for many years and was very proud of never missing an election. She was a member of Voters Hall of Fame. Her greatest joy was helping to raise children and she gave 4 generations of family her unconditional love. She is greatly missed by many.
She was the mother of 4 sons and 3 daughters, Andrew, Kevin, Mark, step-son Robert, Andrea Marie Vresicis, foster daughters Ferrir Rose and Syu Syu. She had 14 grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters- Patricia and Jane and brothers- Charles, Edward, Daniel, James, Richard and George.
A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 and Friday morning 10-10:45 AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in the church. Burial in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Sara Dolores Reith, of Bethlehem, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Holy Family Manor. Born in Coatesville, PA on April 3, 1914, she was the only child of Dr. Frank and Anna (Brennan) Carden, RN. She was raised by her widowed mother and paternal grandfather in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, graduating from Mahanoy Township High School where she excelled in art and theatre, sang alto in chorus and played the piano and first violin in the school orchestra. She entered Temple University, Phila in 1932 for a innovative all female 2-year program in Medical Technology/ Phlebotomy. She worked for 13 years at the former Locust Mt. State. Hospital in Shenandoah with Dr. Emmett Hobbs, the county Pathologist, and ran the laboratory during the WWII years. Married in Dec. 1944 to Carl Reith of Pottsville, who was then employed by Bethlehem Steel, they settled in West Bethlehem in 1946. They were married for 52 years at the time of his death in 1997. She was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, the BVM Sodality and was a life-long Democrat.
One Daughter- Sally Reith, cousins and a godson
A viewing will be held Thursday 12:30-1PM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1PM all in St. Anne’s Chapel in Holy Family Manor 1300 Prospect Ave Bethlehem. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Sara’s memory to the Holy Family Manor Residents Fund or to the Bethlehem Area Public Library- ROOM TO GROW. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.