Judith’s Reading Room local literacy nonprofit has announced changes to its third annual Freedom Through Literacy Award. The award recognizes world-wide teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators and others who have instilled in others a love of reading.
The organization’s board recently voted to change the prize money structure for the 2017 award. The winner will receive $3,000 cash; the runner-up will receive $1,000 cash; and honorable mention will receive $500 worth of new books to support their program.
Fern A. Gilly, 94, formerly of Bethlehem, died March 4, 2017, at her residence at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Margaret (Brewen) Artz. She was the wife of the late Michael F. Gilly.
She was a 1942 Liberty HS graduate.
She worked in packaging and assembly for BBraun Medical, Bethlehem, for many years before she retired. During World War II, she worked in the offices of Bethlehem Steel Corp.
She was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, North Catasauqua, for many years.
Elsie (Chismarich) Vargo, 96, of Bethlehem, died March 14, 2017, at Alexandria Manor, Bath. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Anton and Amelia Chismarich. She was the wife of the late Joseph Vargo.
She was a Liberty HS graduate.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy and her husband Dennis Stoepker; and a nephew, Stephen.
Services will be private.
Contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 521 E. Locust St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Arrangements were made by Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.
Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.
The Dewey Banquet Hall, 520 Durham St., Hellertown, will be the sight of a designer purse bingo 1 p.m. March 18. In addition to Vera Bradley purses as regular game prizes, there will be special games for a Coach and a Michael Kors purse.
The event will benefit the Lehigh Valley Sweet Adelines Chorus, which rehearses at St. George’s Episcipal Church, Hellertown.
Doors will open at noon. Snacks will be available for purchase. Play 15 games for $15, extra for specials. There will also be a basket auction and 50/50 raffle.
Robert W. Ruhf, 59, of Bethlehem, died March 15, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
Born in Fountain Hill, Pa., he was a son of Theresa A. (Villani) Ruhf of Bath and the late Theodore T. Ruhf Sr.
He was a 1975 graduate of Freedom HS and attended Penn State University.
He was a vice-president of Certified Testing Labs, Bethlehem, for 35 years.
Frances Nellie Brown, 99, previously of Bethlehem, died March 12, 2017, in Nazareth. Born in Egypt, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Bochnak) Zima.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Gregory Brown Jr.
She was a waitress for 25 years at the former Walp’s Restaurant, Allentown.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Enice G. Konschnik, 92, of Bethlehem, died March 4, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Weston, she was a daughter of the late Mary (Reitmeyer) and Arthur Nause. She was the wife of the late Archie Konschnik for 43 years.
She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Bethlehem, where she was active in the altar society.
She is survived by a son, Archie “Bud” and his wife Linda; two daughters, Marion Connor and Theresa and her husband Steve Wilson; a sister, Marion Neville; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
There will be a Kindness for Keith basket raffle and 50-50 drawing beginning 4:30 p.m. March 30 at the Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road. There will be a drawing 6:30 p.m.
The proceeds will assist Keith Borst, who has been diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, a form of childhood cancer and his family.
Baskets include a grill and pet items, dinner and a movie, a fire pit and gift cards for local restaurants and attractions.
For information, call 610-703-5227 or email Sla41@aol.com.