Richard G. Wasko, 92, of Bethlehem, passed away January 27, 2023. He was the loving husband of the late Frances H. (Ernst) Wasko. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Matthew and Helen (Kucera) Wasko. Richard graduated in 1948 from Bethlehem Vo-tech. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1951 on the USS Midway. Richard retired from the Bethlehem Fire Dept. Engine 9 in 1987 after 27 years of service. Richard then worked as a driver for the Morning Call. He was a member of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church. He was a fan of Lehigh University Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies. Richard also enjoyed listening to Polka music. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: sons- Richard Wasko Jr. and Gregory P. Wasko; grandchildren- Mark, Matthew, Joshua, Jacob and Anna Clarie; great grandchildren- Claire, Michael, Jackson and Porter; sister- Rita Yob. He was predeceased by his son- Christopher and siblings- George, Irene, Joseph, Matthew II, John and Helen.
There will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Thanks Mom & Dad. Love you always & forever. “See you later alligator!”
Wesley West Sr.
Wesley “Wes” John West Sr. of Bethlehem passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 14, 2022. He is survived by his devoted wife Donna, children Wesley Jr. (Christina), Tammy (Edwin), and Cindy, adored grandchildren, and two sisters, Germaine and Charlotte. Wes was born in Baltimore Maryland on June 29, 1950 and lived most of his life in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was very proud of being a business owner from the age of 16, when he started his lifelong career at his business WW General Construction. He was proud of his family and enjoyed the company of his friends. Wes’ family is hosting a memorial on Saturday, September 24 2022, at West Side Republican Club (1207 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem) from 1-4 pm.
Dale R. Wiles, 54 of Allentown, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Born in Emmitsburg, MD, he was the son of Robert and Carolyn Wiles.
He was a 1986 graduate of Catoctin High School, a 1990 graduate of Elizabethtown College, and a 1995 Graduate of The Weidner University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. Dale worked for Broc Kitchens & Bath and was part of the very large family of all who worked there.
One of Dale’s biggest accomplishments was being a father. Dale was blessed with two children, a daughter Sophia and son Ethan, who were the loves of his life. Dale loved attending their soccer games, and was proudly the loudest parent on the sidelines. Regardless of what was happening, Dale tried to always be there for his children through their ups and downs and taught them to enjoy every moment life has to offer. He was always quick with a smile to anyone he knew followed by a joke to make you laugh.
Dale was preceded in death by his brother, Barry Wiles, paternal grandparents George Arthur and Margaret C. Wiles, and maternal grandparents Rhett and Leona Petcher.
Dale is survived by his beloved children, Sophia Wiles and Ethan Wiles, parents Robert and Carolyn Wiles, sister Laurie and brother-in-law Maurice Arenas; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Calling Time will be held on Tuesday, June 21st 10-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow all in Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church 1861 Catasauqua Rd Bethlehem, PA 18018. Another Calling Time will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd 11AM-12PM with a Funeral Service to follow all in Bush Creek Church of the Brethren 4821 Green Valley Rd Monrovia, MD 21770. Burial to follow in Bush Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Carolyn Wiles c/o Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 for a Scholarship fund to be started for Sophia and Ethan Wiles.
Daniel Karl Weiskopf, 78, of Bethlehem, passed away March 12, 2022. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Daniel A. and Grace (Williams) Weiskopf. He graduated from Liberty High School, from Moravian College and attended Lehigh University. Daniel was a self-employed contractor in the remodeling industry for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his sister- Wilhelmina Weiskopf Neal, nieces, nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother- Frank E. Weiskopf.
Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Downing Funeral Home, Inc.
Ruth (Anderson) Weaver, 97, of Bethlehem, passed away October 4, 2021. She was the wife of the late Calvin W. Weaver. She worked previously for the former Rickels Store. She was a member of Rosemont Lutheran Church. Ruth enjoyed cooking, tending to her plants and bird watching. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: grandchildren- Brett Weaver and Toni Weaver, brother- Edward Anderson, brother-in-law- Edward Weaver and his wife Karla, nephew- Thomas Sterner, niece- Judith Curran. She was predeceased by her son- Rick Weaver.
A calling time will be held on Tuesday, Oct 12th 10-11AM with a memorial service to follow at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Margaret “Peggy” L. Weierbach answered God’s called to come home Saturday morning August 14, 2021. She was 96. As long as she was able she was active in her church, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bethlehem Twp, attending daily Mass and singing in the choir. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert and a son, Robert Weierbach Jr. She is survived by her sister, Rita Moretz of Bethlehem; daughter, Colleen and husband Bruce Mundt; daughter, Phyllis and husband William Carlin; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, August 17th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Downing Funeral Home, Inc. 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Entombment will take place in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Peggy’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
William A. Wallen, 65, of Wind Gap, passed away October 14, 2020. He was the loving husband of M. Kathleen (Snyder) Hartzell. Born in Norwich, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick and Patricia (Marshman) Wallen. He graduated from Norwich HS and later earned an Associates degree from Northampton Community College. William worked for many years for Valerie Fashions, Aaron Resources and several others, including the American Legion in Wind Gap, which was his final job before his retirement. He was of the Lutheran faith. Will was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He was a member of the American Legion in Wind Gap and served on the Wind Gap Borough Council. He had acted in the community theatre in Norwich. He enjoyed playing pool with friends, on leagues, or just for fun. He was a good shot, too! Will was very into music. He sang Karaoke, played the guitar and sang and wrote his own songs, many of which were in the style of his favorite artist, Harry Chapin.
Survivors: wife Kathy Hartzell; son Derek William Wallen; step-daughter Christine (Hartzell) Espinoza; siblings Ingrid Marshman, Cleon “Skip” Wallen and wife Linda, Pam and husband John Weyrauch, Keith Wallen and wife Deb, James Wallen and wife Julie, Francine and husband Scott Strong, Terri and husband Robert Rice, Maureen and husband Phil Carpenter; brother-in-law- Wayne Snyder and wife Peggy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Private for the family.
Clifford V. Wotring, 70, of Allentown, passed away January 30, 2020. Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Henry and Arlene (Faust) Wotring. Clifford graduated Parkland High School and Empire Beauty School. He was the owner and operator of The Hairbender for many years.
Survivors: son- Andrew Wotring and daughter in law- Terresa Wotring of Baltimore, MD.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 12th 1-2PM with a Service at 2PM in Downing Funeral Home, Inc 1002 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Contributions can be made to St. Luke’s VNA Hospice in Clifford’s memory care of the funeral home.