Maynard “Bob” V. Strohm, 90, of Bethlehem, passed away February 18, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of 68 years to Dorothy A. (Huber) Strohm. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Howard and Esther (Reinhardt) Strohm. He served in the US Army during WWII. Maynard worked for Western Electric for 40 years. He was an active member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church and the Bell Telephone Pioneers of America. He also volunteered for Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg’s Emergency Room.
Wife; Children- Jeffrey Strohm and companion Beverly Ferguson of Bethlehem, Robert Strohm and wife Marialouisa of Bethlehem, Josanne Fries and husband Donald of Berwick, Thomas Strohm and wife Patricia of Bethlehem Twp, Sallyann Laidacker and husband Jeffrey of Lower Nazareth; Grandchildren- Heather Strohm, Jacob Ferguson, Brent Strohm, Courtney Taggart, Stephanie Alicea , Ugo Bolognesi, Donald Fries, Benjamin Fries, Alexandria Fries, Daniel Strohm, Allison Strohm, Chole Birk, Jacob Birk, Seth Laidacker, and Ethan Laidacker; Great Grandchildren- Skylar Taggart, Cameron Taggart, Giovanni Garcia and Natalee Alicea. He was predeceased by daughter- Loriann Tarsi, grandchildren- Bradley Strohm and Jacqueline Fries, sister- Lorriane Ross and brother- Jerol Strohm.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A viewing will be held Thursday 10-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maynard’s memory to Catholic Charities or Sacred Heart Hospital or the church building fund c/o the funeral home.
Lorraine L. Sappelli
Lorraine L. (Berger) Sappelli, 79, of Bethlehem, passed away February 13, 2016. She was the loving wife of Richard Sappelli. Born in Palmerton, she was the daughter of the late Lillian L. (Kunkle) and Clinton P. Berger. Lorraine graduated from Lehighton High School in 1954 and then from the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for Allentown Hospital, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ and then for Paterson General in Paterson, NJ. Lorraine was a member of St. Thomas UCC and a lifetime member of Allentown School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Husband- Richard Sappelli, Daughter- Caryn Ann Sappelli of Lexington, KY, Son- Robert John Sappelli of Butler, NJ and Nieces & Nephews.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday 6-8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lorraine’s memory to Animals in Distress 5075 Limeport Pike Coopersburg, PA 18036.
Eleanor Galassi Streletzky, of Bethlehem, peacefully died of congestive heart failure in the home of her daughter Barbara S. Bishop of Virginia Beach, VA, on December 30, 2015. She was 82 years old.
Eleanor was known for her loving, generous heart and her vibrant, independent spirit. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Ernesto and Angelina (Amodeo) Galassi. She graduated from Catherine McAuley High School, and briefly attended Brooklyn College. She then worked as a clerk for the Department of Justice in New York City where she met her husband Donald C. Streletzky. Together with her husband Don, she raised four daughters who all graduated from college and had professional careers of which she was extremely proud. After raising her children, Eleanor worked for Service Electric as a Customer Service Representative until her retirement.
Eleanor was an active member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church for more than 50 years. She was a religious education instructor, a Eucharistic Minister and a member of various religious and social organizations including Cursillo and the 55+ Club. She was also a long-time member of the Bethlehem Women’s Golf League. She enjoyed visiting the casinos and playing poker with friends, attending plays and the opera, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband Donald C. Streletzky, and her daughter Linda P. Kaintz. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn D. Streletzky of Sacramento, CA, daughter Donna A. Streletzky and son-in-law Kenneth R. Geckle and granddaughters Bethany S. and Emily S. Geckle of Camden, DE, and daughter Barbara S. Bishop and grandson Nicholas S. Bishop and granddaughter Gabriella S. Bishop of Virginia Beach, VA.
Services for Eleanor will be held on Saturday, January, 9, 2016, visitation from 10 am to 11 am with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Interment at Holy Saviour immediately following the mass. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church or to the American Heart Association 212 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Elsie M. (Raubenhold) Seagreaves, 90, of Allentown, passed away June 9, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late William Hutter Sr. until his passing in 1944 and then to the late Robert Seagreaves until his passing in 1978. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lilly (Hartman) Raubenhold. Elsie retired from ECCO Communications Co. She was a member of St. Marks U.C.C., the Fearless Fire Co, the Franklin Fire Co and Jordan A.C. Elsie was previously a volunteer at Lehigh Valley Hospital 17 th & Chew Sts and for activities at B'Nai B'Rith.
Survivors: Son- William J. Hutter and wife Linda of Catasauqua, 3 Granddaughters- Michelle Davis, Lisa Panarelli and Nichole McMongle; 6 Great Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews
A Memorial Service will be held on June 19 th at 11AM in Emmanuel UCC 1547 Chew St. Allentown 18102. Burial will be Private care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Elsie's memory to Emmanuel UCC.
Ruth D. (Vasquez) Sciarra, 68, of Bethlehem, passed away December 26, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Anthony C. Sciarra Jr. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Florence Vasquez. Ruth was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
Children- Anthony III and his wife Michele, Jeffery of Bethlehem and Jennifer and her husband Justin FitzRandolph all of Bethlehem; Grandchildren- Alecia, Paige and James; Brothers and Sisters
A viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 2nd 9-9:45AM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM all 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.
Shirley A. (Davis) Schmid, 73, of Bethlehem, went to dance with her husband in heaven on Monday, June 02, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Peter E. Schmid. Born in Center Valley, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mildred (Huhn) Davis. Shirley was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, sewing, crocheting, figure skating and classical music.
Children- Peter III of Bethlehem
Deborah Druckenbrod and husband Richard of Bethlehem
Kimberly Schmid of Bethlehem
Sarah Hunsicker and husband Victor of Blakeslee
Grandchildren- Jarrod and Meagan Fenner, Justin Valentini and Morgan Everitt
Great Grandchildren- Samir Brown and Aaliyah Baruwa
Sister- Diane Adams of Allentown
Brothers- Donald Davis of Freemansburg
Alan Davis of Freemansburg
She was predeceased by 3 brothers.
A viewing will be held Friday 11AM-12PM with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Friday at 12PM in Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Shirley’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Grace M. Schaefer
Grace Mary (Rodman) Schaefer, 85, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 in Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in New York, NY she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Delahanty) Rodman. Grace enjoyed her flower gardening in Florida and spending time with her family. Survivors: Children- Kenneth and wife Linda of Bethlehem, Robert and wife Laurie of Glendale, NY, Mary Fischer and husband Jack of East Stroudsburg; Grandchildren- Melissa, Pamela Samantha, Brian, Kevin, Stacey, Jacquline, Pennie and Christine; 8 Great-Grandchildren. She was predeceased by 9 siblings, her first husband- John A. Schaefer, her second husband- Robert Cockerham and her live-in-companion- Stephen Schaeffer. Services: A viewing will be held on Wednesday 6-8PM with a service to follow at 8PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Private burial at a later date.
Susan M. Santly-Lazaro, 61, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in ManorCare-Bethlehem. She was born December 7, 1952 in Bethlehem, a daughter of Dolores H. (Hogrebe) and the late Francis R. Nickel. She was the wife of Roberto Lazaro with whom she loved gardening with and keeping the house landscaping beautiful. She was of the Catholic faith, and a former member of Ss. Simon & Jude Church in Bethlehem. She was a special grandmother who loved teaching her grandchildren and coloring with them. Her grandchildren especially enjoyed when she would play with them in the sand box her father, Francis built. She was avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Indianapolis Colts, with her favorite player being Peyton Manning.
Survivors: Husband, Roberto; mother, Dolores; daughters, Kiera Lichtenwalner and her husband Russ of Bethlehem, Lauren Santly of Bethlehem.; son, Brian A. Santly and his wife Melissa of Hellertown; brother, Tim P. Nickel and his wife Virginia of Bethlehem; six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Aunt Mary McKee
Services: Viewing, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. in the Downing Funeral Home, Inc., 1002 West Broad St., Bethlehem. Interment will conclude services at Nisky Hill Cemetery, Allentown.