Bethlehem Press

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Article By: The Press

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Military moMS Dance planned for Sept. 16

Blue Star Mothers of America Lehigh Valley Chapter No. 201 is hosting its fourth annual Denim to Diamonds Dance from 6-11 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Leithsville Social Hall, 1995 Leithsville Road (Route 412), Hellertown.

Blue Star Mothers have children who are serving or have served in the military.

For tickets or more information, contact Judith Miller at 610-428-0778 or email jmillerbsmx2@gmail.com.

Daniel T. McNeill, State Representative

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

State Representative Daniel T. McNeill died Sept. 8, 2017. He was a son of the late Alexander and Isabelle (Isaac) McNeill. He was the husband of Jeanne (Mudri) McNeill for 32 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen McNeill of Bethlehem, Shannon McNeill of North Catasauqua and Heather Childress of Allentown; a granddaughter, MacKenzie; a god-son, Van Scott and his husband Bill Clegg of New York; nieces; nephews; and extended family.

Article By: The Press

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

LIFE Senior programs highlighted

National Living Independence for the Elderly Month is being celebrated for the first time this September. LIFE Programs in Pennsylvania are part of the national PACE program, a Medicare and Medicaid- funded program that provides all healthcare and personal support services so that older adults can continue living at home. There is no cost to participate for people who are 55 or older and Medicaid-eligible.

Patricia M. Donchez, FHS English Lit teacher

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Patricia M. Donchez, 75, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 9, 2017, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Herishko) Donchez.

She was a graduate of Liberty High School and Moravian College. She earned a master’s degree from Lehigh University.

She was a school teacher at Pennridge HS for 22 years. She taught 12th grade English Literature for 11 years at Freedom HS.

Article By: The Press

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Pedro R. Perez, Holy Infancy Church member

Pedro R. Perez, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 3, 2017. Born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, he was a son of the late Oliva (DeJesus) and Vincente Perez. He was the husband of Josephine (Garza) Perez for 62 years.

He was in the Korean War under the 65th Infantry Division.

He was a marshmallow cook for Just Born for 43 years.

He was a member of Holy Infancy Church.

He was an original member of the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society and a member of many other social clubs in Bethlehem.

Anthony “Tony” J. Holva, cement company worker

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Anthony “Tony” J. Holva, 72, of Bethlehem, died August 30, 2017. He was a son of Maria (Demianoff) and John J. Holva Sr.

He was a member of the United States Army.

He worked for A and H Sportswear and at Keystone Cement.

He was a lifetime member at the Bath American Legion and of the Wanderers.

He survived by a son, Andrew Holva; and two nieces, Katherine Holva and Kimberly Rosado.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Holva and John J. Holva Jr.

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

Thomas D. Shannahan Jr., of Kirkland Village

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Thomas D. Shannahan Jr., 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept.1, 2017, at his residence in Kirkland Village. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Thomas D. Sr. and Mary (McKee) Shannahan. He was the husband of Anita C. (Calkins) Shannahan of Kirkland Village for 61 years.

He was a 1953 graduate of Lehigh University.

He was stationed in Panama from 1953-1955 with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He worked in the transportation department of the Bethlehem Steel Company for 28 years until he retired in 1982.

Guest view

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The final bell rings

Although the radiation doctor said the side effects would ramp up as treatments progressed, I raised my head and shoulders and pushed forward to the finish line.

My final radiation treatment was Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. After six weeks of receiving treatments, Monday through Friday, I can officially say I am finished with this stage of cancer treatment.

My final day consisted of a tradition shared by all who complete their course of cancer treatment: I rang a bell signifying the end of radiation.