Bethlehem Press

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Sylvia F. Ruff, of Bethlehem

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Sylvia F. Ruff, 81, of Bethlehem, died June 1, 2020, at Bethlehem Manor. Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Harry L. and Faye Betty (Moyer) Oels. She was the wife of Charles W. Ruff for 61 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Brian C. and his wife Raeann of Northampton, Daniel C. and his wife Andrea of Mertztown and Mark C. and his wife Tammy of Macungie; eight grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Ronnie.

Services will be private.

Paige Zimmerman Lehigh Valley Academy

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in School

Grade: Graduating senior

Family members: Mia (mom), Ted (dad), Kyra (sister)

Favorite subject: I really enjoyed all my subjects but I’d say art is my favorite. It’s a lot of fun to be able to explore different art styles, artists and methods of creating art and then try to replicate what I see or make new connections. It’s a learning process and I enjoy that experimental nature of the subject.

A message to our loyal customers

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Until further notice, we will no longer accept walk-in customers at our offices. We have taken this step in order to protect our employees and the general public from the possibility of exposing anyone to the COVID-19 virus.

We will be happy to accept phone calls, and you can make payments through the mail or through the mail slot in our door or electronically on our website at

Our offices will be staffed and in operation conducting business over the phone and through email during this crisis.

Fiddle events scheduled

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Local News


The Celtic Cultural Alliance Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival’s Youth Celtic Fiddle Competition will be held September 26, 2020, at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St. The contest primarily focuses on Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Shetland, and Galician Celtic fiddling styles.

There are two age categories. Monetary prizes are given to the top three in each division. Judges are professional fiddle players who perform at Celtic Classic.

Helena Spitzer, Queenship of Mary Church member

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Helena Spitzer, 61, of Bethlehem, died June 3, 2020, in Chesnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Anton and Pauline (Garger) Spitzer.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

She had a love for singing.

She is survived by two sisters, Paula Schleicher and Christine Norcross and her husband Charles; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

Services are private.

Contributions may be made to Life Path, 3500 High Point Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18017.

Mary Elizabeth Alice Rivers Oskin, Steel head receptionist, escort

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Alice Rivers Oskin, 93, of Bethlehem,died April 21, 2020, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. She was born in Upton Cheyney, England, a daughter of the late Stanley Valentine Rivers and Florence (Wood). She was the wife of the late Clyde “Junie” Oskin for 56 years.

She was a head receptionist and escort for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem.

She volunteered for the St. Luke’s Hospital Charity Ball for many years, and was on the decorations committee.

Theresa H. (Gober) Lauser, owned The Winding Brook

Monday, June 8, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Theresa H. Lauser, 82, of Coplay, died June 1, 2020, after a battle with cancer. Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of Joseph J. and Rose K. (Schlafer) Gober, originally of Austria-Hungary. She was the wife of the late Paul P. Lauser for 46 years.

She owned The Winding Brook, Whitehall, for 32 years. Before that, she and her husband owned and operated Miller’s Diner, Northampton.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukranian Catholic Church, Northampton.

Foundation receives

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the LCCC Foundation have received a donation of $75,000 from the Arcadia Foundation to support student scholarships and general financial assistance to students in their pursuit of higher education.

“With the incredible support from our community, we have been able to provide funds that enable our students to pursue their dreams,” said LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber. “That support demonstrates the commitment to these students and how important higher education is to our community.”