Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

James W. Masteller, formerly of Bethlehem

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

James W. Masteller, 85, of Allen Township and formerly of Bethlehem, died July 4, 2020. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Raymond and Emma (Souders) Masteller. He was the husband of Betty (Ramberger) Masteller for 43 years.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel for 34 years before retiring in 1986.

He was a former member of East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem.

Elizabeth M. (Chiz) Panik, bank teller

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Elizabeth “Betty” M. Panik, 89, of Northampton, died July 1, 2020, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John Sr. and Florence (Wilson) Chiz. She was the wife of Richard L. Panik Sr. for 70 years.

She was a 1949 graduate of the Liberty High School, Bethlehem.

She was a teller at the former Cement National Bank, Northampton. Previously, she worked for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

She was a member of Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church, Northampton, where she volunteered and attended the Young at Heart group.

Rodney Dale Smith, network technician

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Rodney Dale Smith, 74, of Saylorsburg, who lived in the Lehigh Valley most of his life, including Wilson Boro and Bethlehem, died June 26, 2020, following a brief struggle with pneumonia. Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Harry James Smith and Agnes H. P. Kreuger Smith. He was the husband of Tina Smith for 31 years.

He was a 1963 Wilson Area High School graduate.

He was a Vietnam era veteran in the U.S. Navy.

Robert F. Koch, disc jockey, P.Y.A. president

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Robert “Bobby” F. Koch, 76, of Allentown, died July 1, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Born in Quakertown, he was a son of the late Frank and Mildred (Andreas) Koch.

He was a Fountain Hill High School graduate.

He was a disc jockey, and ran his business BKDJ for many years. He was a regular on local radio and at area dance clubs.

He was president of the Allentown Patriots organization since 2011. He was an announcer and umpire at softball games for many years at Patriots Park. Most recently, he was a residence driver for the Devin House, Allentown.

Kathleen “Kathy” Sparrow, Lutheran school aide

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Kathleen “Kathy” Sparrow, 83, of Bethlehem, died June 27, 2020, in her brother’s home. Born in Butztown, she was a daughter of the late William J. and Claire E. (Kincaid) Hein. She was the wife of Allen Sparrow for 53 years.

She was a graduate of Liberty High School.

She was employed the Bethlehem Steel for 12 years. She was a seamstress for Sparrow Blouse for 10 years and a school aide for the Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Bethlehem.

She was a member of Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Arthur L. Shimer Sr., custodial shift supervisor

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Arthur “Buster” L. Shimer Sr., 85, of Bethlehem, died June 25, 2020, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Elmer and Mable Susan (Weiland) Shimer. He was the husband of the late Mary (Sciarra) Shimer.

He retired as a custodial shift supervisor after 40 years in general services with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

He was of the Lutheran Faith.

Frances (Demma) Getter, worked for Wood Catering

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Frances (Demma) Getter, 77, of Bethlehem, died June 21, 2020, while in the care of Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Fountain Hill. Born in Hecktown, she was a daughter of the late Sal and Jane Demma. She was the wife of Warren Getter for 57 years.

She worked for Wood Catering Company for over 20 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dave Getter and Matthew Getter.

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

Cory (Tebelman) Czipoth, Christ U.C.C. church member

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Cory (Tebelman) Czipoth, 69, of Bethlehem, died June 28, 2020, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Charles G. and Mary (Potter) Tebelman. She was the wife of the late Richard S. Czipoth.

She was a graduate of Penn State University and earned a master’s degree from Lehigh University.

She was employed by Bethlehem Steel and retired from Ultimate Software.

She was a member of Christ U.C.C., Bethlehem.