Ruben Tinajero Cervantes, 63, of Bethlehem, passed away October 2, 2020. He was the loving husband to Leonarda Rabelero. Born in Mexico, he was the son of the late Juan and Maria (Del Rosario) Tinajero. Ruben was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church. He enjoyed soccer, traveling, fishing and camping with his family. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Leonarda; sons- Ruben E. Tinajero, Carlos Tinajero, Jose D. Tinajero; 5 brothers and 6 sisters.
A calling time will be held on Friday, October 9th 9-10AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Ruben’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
Shirley A. (Chiz) Trump, 76, of Allentown, passed away February 24, 2020. She was the loving wife of 57 years to James C. Trump. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late John Chiz and Florence (Wilson) Saurwein. She graduated from Liberty High School. Shirley worked for many years as the secretary at Olivet Church in Bethlehem. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. Shirley was a talented baker, cook and crotchetier. She loved spending time with her family and treasured her grandchildren.
Survivors: husband- James C. Trump; daughters- Tami D. Smith and husband Jack of Easton, Teri L. Wisser and husband Michael of Slatington; grandchildren- Alyssa, Shane, Megan and Michael; great grandchildren- Justin, Elijah, Mikayla and Carter; sister- Elizabeth Panik; brothers- Harold Sauerwein and James Sauerwein. She was predeceased by her brother- John Chiz and sister- Geraldine Beahm.
A viewing will be held on Friday, February 28th 9:30-11:30AM with a Service to follow at 11:30AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will be Private at the convenience of the family.
Elizabeth “Josephine” (Steinbacher) Turzanski, 91, of Bethlehem, passed away July 10, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Merl J. Turzanski. Born in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Miriam (Fargus) Steinbacher. Josephine earned her B.S. in Nursing Education from Misericordia University and worked previously at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, PA and as a Nursing Instructor for Williamsport Hospital. She was a founding member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church. She also volunteered with the Boy Scouts for over 25 years. She was South Mountain District Advancement Chairman for 17 years. A Silver Beaver recipient, she also received many other Scouting awards.
Survivors: Son- Michael Turzanski and wife Susan Peloquin of Burlingame, CA; Daughters- Mary Konek of Oakmont, PA , Ann Souzer of Grove City, Elizabeth and husband George Kost of Berwick, Margaret and husband Norman “Pete” LaCoe Jr. of Clark Summit; 7 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- John P. Steinbacher.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 19th 9:30-10:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Hulme W. Thomas, Jr.
Hulme W. Thomas Jr., 76, of Bethlehem, passed away January 7, 2019 in Lake Harmony, surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of 50 years to Paula Marie (Meixell) Thomas. Born in Carmel, CA, he was the son of the late Elizabeth (Wolf) and Hulme W. Thomas Sr. Hulme served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He then worked as a Field Engineer for IBM and upon retirement worked for Hampton Lanes. Hulme was a problem solver and enjoyed helping others. He was very talented and could build or fix anything. He also enjoyed doing photography privately.
Survivors: wife- Paula Marie Thomas; sons- Hulme W. Thomas III “Bill” and his wife Rhiannon, David Thomas and his wife Sandi; grandchildren- Savannah, Daniel, Benjamin, Annabelle and Caleb.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 12th 9-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Zion Cemetery in Kriedersville.
Jean K. (Kozero) Taylor, 79, of Bethlehem and a resident of Holy Family Manor, passed away December 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of the late Norman E. Taylor. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Leo Kozero and step-daughter of the late Agnes Kozero. Jean worked as an office clerk for various companies, retiring from UGI. She was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. Jean volunteered for Easter Seals for many years and enjoyed sitting on the porch visiting with her neighbors. She was an avid reader, loved Elvis, Angels and was very passionate about animals. Jean was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Survivors: children- Kim Taylor and husband Scott Seltz of Chatham, NJ, Brenda Taylor of Philadelphia, Wayne Taylor of Bethlehem, Glenn Taylor and wife Laura of Red Lion, Nancy Lasko and husband Keith of Steel City; grandchildren- Connor, Merrick, Brianna, Nicholas, Katelyn, Anne, Jamie and Cody; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister- Joan Taylor.
A calling time will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20th 12-1PM in Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1PM in the church. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery. Arrangements care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jean’s memory to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare 1165 Island Park Rd Easton, PA 18042.
Felicia Tabor, 77, of Bethlehem passed away November 13, 2017. Born in Parsons, Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was the daughter of the late Richard Sr. and Florence Miller. She was the wife of Norman Tabor, also from Wilkes-Barre. They celebrated fifty-three years of marriage this year.
She attended Coughlin H.S in Wilkes-Barre and went on to receive her B.S. from Misericordia College, majoring in mathematics and minoring in physics. She taught mathematics at Crestwood H.S. in Mountaintop, PA before marrying her husband. A dedicated wife and mother, who after raising her three children, completed her career in education at Southern Lehigh Middle School as a special education instructional assistant.
She was a devout member of Ss. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Richard Miller Jr. and Eugene Miller.
Survived by her husband Norman, her sister Nancy, her three children Anne, Catherine, and Edward, along with her nine loving grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Monday, November 20th 10:15-11:00AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in Ss. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem followed by interment in Holy Savior Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Gerald “Jerry” M. Tate, 73, of Bethlehem, passed away on July 1 surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of 38 years to Janet (Davis) Tate. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Aloysius and Rita (Convery) Tate. Jerry graduated from the University of Scranton and taught at East Hills Middle School for 25 years.
Survivors: wife- Janet Tate; son- Ethan and fiancée Tricia Howell of Charlottesville, VA; daughter- Meredith Tate and partner James Ward of Allentown.
A calling time will be held Friday 9-10AM with a service to follow at 10AM 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 Jerry’s memory to the Foundation for Bethlehem Area School District, PO Box 646, Bethlehem, PA 18016 or online tiny.cc/tatefund
Contributions will support science-related activities for students.
Glenn R. Toth, 50, of Pennsburg, passed away June 8, 2017. Glenn graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1985. He received his B.S. in Accounting from DeSales University, graduating with Honors and from Chestnut Hill College with his Masters in Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Glenn worked as a manager for Cogan Blueprint in Bethlehem, and then for Livengrin Foundation and currently as a therapist for Haven House, since 2013. Glenn had a passion for many things, including cycling, cooking, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was very talented but he was also known for the compassion and support he provided to others, both through his work and personal life. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: mother- Carol Cogan and step-father- Dennis Cogan; grandmother- Frances Graaf; half brother- Robert Toth and half sister- Danielle Toth.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 13th 6-8PM with a Service at 8PM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made in Glenn’s memory to Haven House 1411 Union Blvd Allentown, PA 18109.