Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Barbara A. Gaugler, of Bethlehem

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Barbara A. Gaugler, 81, of Bethlehem, died March 20, 2020, at Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Donald H. and Theresa Rose (Donches) Gaugler.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert S. Gaugler and Donald C. Gaugler.

Contributions may be made to Gracedale Nursing Home, 2 Gracedale Ave., Nazareth PA 18064.

Arrangements were made by Cantelmi-Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Jean Elizabeth (Ryan) Maurer, DeSales medal winner

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Jean Elizabeth (Ryan) Maurer, 88, of Center Valley, died March 23, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Gerald F. and Loretta G. (McGarr) Ryan. She was the wife of the late Francis “Fritz” J. Maurer.

She was a 1947 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic HS. She received a degree from St. Luke’s School of Nursing.

She was a registered nurse. She was the recipient of the DeSales Medal in 2008 for her outstanding contributions to the development of the university through personal service.

Dorney, Knoebels parks delay opening for 2020 season

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Two area amusement parks that many residents frequent each summer have announced that they are delaying their opening weekends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg and Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown are both postponing their season.

The opening weekend for tKnoebels is May 9 and 10. Ride passes, campground, cottage and picnic reservations for the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3 will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Changes to the schedule have been updated on Knoebels’ website and via its Facebook page.

John W. Yerk Sr., retired police commissioner

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

John W. Yerk Sr., 90, of Bethlehem, died March 22, 2020, at his home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late John and Martine (Gerhab) Yerk. He was the husband of the late Anna M. (Kolleogy) Yerk.

He was hired as a police officer in 1959 for the City of Bethlehem. He was the police commissioner when he retired in 1997.

He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

He was a member of the FOP Star Lodge #20. He was on the board of directors of the Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club.


Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Personal protection devices donations needed

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency, personal protective equipment (PPE) is in critical supply. Face masks, a needed type of PPE, help protect health care providers and other non-clinical health care workers from droplets that may be expelled by a cough or sneeze as they interact with people seeking care.

Lehigh Valley Health Network is seeking the community’s help to sew face masks for LVHN.

Jacqueline Mae (Wenner) Vibert, registered nurse

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Jacqueline Mae (Wenner) Vibert, 84, died March 19, 2020, at home in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin and Beulah Madelin (Leister) Wenner. She was the wife of the late Thomas Monteith Vibert for 62 years.

She was a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem HS and a 1957 graduate of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her R.N. degree.

She was employed by Rhode Island Hospital from 1969 until her retirement in 1998.


Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in School

Crossing guards in limbo

Bethlehem City’s crossing guards are in a unique, uncomfortable position. Their pay is split between two entities, the city of Bethlehem, and the Bethlehem Area School District.

When BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy announced the employees who would continue to receive pay during the shutdown, crossing guards were not included.

Russell Giordano, human resources director, confirmed that the crossing guards are not being paid, but that Dr. Roy is open to discussing this matter with with city.