Renae Joy Behrens, Central Moravian Church member
Renae Joy Behrens, 70, of Bethlehem, died Feb. 16, 2017, while in the care of St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Henry “Hank” Kudzik of Catasauqua and the late Jacqueline (Boemio) Kudzik. She was the wife of Dr. Peter J. Behrens for 22 years.
She was a Fountain Hill HS graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and a master’s degree from Lehigh University. She was a graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing.
She was a registered nurse at the Allentown State Hospital. She worked in the community relations department of Bethlehem Steel Corp.
She was a member of Central Moravian Church, where she was a sacristan and volunteered in the nursery. She volunteered at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter. She was a Friend of the Moravian Archives.
In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by two daughters, Jesse Mead of Allentown and Hillary Mead of Portland, Ore.; and Peter’s two sons, Stephen J. and his wife Melinda and their children, Jonathan and Alexis of Coopersburg; and Thomas P. and his wife and their daughter, Charlotte of Newburgh, N.Y.; a sister, Wanda Frecks of San Diego, Calif. and her children Amanda Santifer and Adam Cunningham; and Peter’s sister, Betty Steffen and her husband Rick of Arlington Heights, Ill.
Contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice, Development Office, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18015.
Arrangements were made by Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.