Joseph T. Cunningham, West Side Electrical officer
Joseph T. Cunningham, 79, of Bethlehem, died June 7, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Luke and Barbara (Trabel) Cunningham. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Figura) Cunningham for 57 years.
He was a 1957 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a 1961 graduate of La Salle College.
He worked for West Side Electrical Service Inc. where he was the vice president for many years. Upon retirement, he became the first courier for Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley.
The American Lung Association’s fifth annual Lung Force Walk Allentown will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 13 at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with a short welcome program at 6:15 p.m.. The walk steps off at 6:30 p.m.
The event, which celebrates valley lung cancer survivors, advocates and caregivers, is to raise vital awareness and $25,000 in funds for lung cancer research and advocacy.
Lorraine J. Hanzl, 80, of Coplay, died June 4, 2019, at Renaissance Home, Emmaus, where she resided for the last three years. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Reed E. Hess and Arcilla C. (Nagle) Hess. She was the wife of the late Rudolph J. Hanzl.
She was a 1956 graduate of Liberty HS.
She worked in later years at Bradlees and Walmart, both in Whitehall, until she retired due to health complications.
At left, Lane Steiger
Following its extremely successful debut weekend earlier this month, the National Museum of Industrial History is hosting an encore demonstration of its massive 115-ton Corliss water pumping engine on Father’s Day, June 16 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:
Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main-11 W. Church St.) or 610-867-7852 (south side- 400 Webster St.); Visit www.bapl.org (main) or www.bapl.org/ssmain.htm (south side); newsletter: http://bit.ly/2bTICeZ.
Lehigh Valley Academy said goodbye to the Class of 2019 May 28 with a commencement ceremony at Zoellner Arts Center. The senior chorus led the ceremony by singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and the LVA Alma Mater. Student Council President Jermaine Harris and senior Yardley Plasencia gave uplifting, witty, and humorous speeches to the graduating class and audience. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Placencia thanked his immigrant mom for encouraging him to pursue his education as she herself worked and continued her studies.
Family members: Jim Peslis (father), Pam Peslis (mother) and Ryan Peslis (brother)
Favorite subject: My favorite subject is government and politics. I think it is extremely important for citizens to be educated about what is going on in our nation. I also find it very interesting how our government works each day.
Activities: Student body president, Debate Team captain, soccer team captain, leader of the new charity club, The Movement, National Honor Society, Peer Listening