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Jean M. Belinski, former Bethlehem City Council member Jean M. Belinski, former Bethlehem City Council member

Jean M. Belinski, former Bethlehem City Council member

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Jean M. Belinski, 83, of Bethlehem, died June 28, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlemberg. She was the wife of the late Richard Boligitz and of the late Walter Belinski.

Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Marie (Henry) Pursell.

She was a 1952 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic HS and later graduated from Northampton Community College.

She was a teacher in the Allentown Diocese for many years at Sacred Heart, St. Simon & Jude and Holy Infancy elementary schools. She directed diocesan Catholic Youth Organization one act plays for 35 years.

She was a member of Sts. Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem.

She was, in 1999, the first person inducted into Bethlehem Catholic’s Academic Hall of Fame. She was a former member of the Bethlehem Area School District school board and of the Northampton Community College alumni board. She was, in 1993, a Patriot Party candidate for mayor of Bethlehem. She was, from 1998-2014, a Bethlehem City Council member. She hosted a WGPA call-in radio program. She was a board member of the South Bethlehem Historical Society.

She is survived by a son, Richard Boligitz, with whom she resided; two daughters, Barbara Boligitz and Anne and her husband James Adams, all of Bethlehem; two sisters, Rosalie and her husband Louis Zsilavetz Sr. of Bethlehem and Marie and her husband Thomas Carroll of Phoenixville; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be made to Bethlehem Catholic High School, c/o the funeral home, 527 Center St., Bethlehem, 18018, for a scholarship to be established in her name.

Arrangements were made by James Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.