Francisca Cruz, 92, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 27, 2018. Born in Patillas, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Meliton Pabon and Leocadia Rodriguez. She was the wife of the late Benito Cruz.
She was a sewing machine operator in the garment industry for several years and later worked with Allied Environmental Services at Lehigh University. She was a part of a union being formed for those that worked with her.
Maria Dulce DaSilva, 63, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 28, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Arouca, Portugal, she was a daughter of the late Manuel Sousa and Angelina (Conceição). She was the wife of the late Fernando I. DaSilva for 41 years.
She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, where she was an Eucharistic Minister, cooked for social events and was on the board of directors for the Irmandade da Nossa Senhora de Fatima.
She was a member of the Portuguese American Club and of the club’s ladies auxilliary.
Vincent Paul Seaman Jr., 59, of Allentown, died Jan. 25, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Born in Warrenton, Va., he was a son of Vincent and Barbara (Krick) Seaman Sr. of Bethlehem. He was the husband of Linda (Hottenstein) Seaman for 34 years.
He graduated from Freedom HS and earned an associates degree from Temple University.
He was an electrician for PP&L.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Aubrey Seaman Adams, and Samantha Judith; a sister, Barbara Stout; and a niece, Rebecca Frockt.
Sylvia Stock, 95, of Bethlehem Township, died Jan. 11, 2018. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Sarah Mazie. She was the wife of the late Edward Stock.
She worked at J.C. Penny’s and later at Waldbaums Grocery Store in New York for many years before retiring.
She was of the Jewish faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Lydia Gelbert of Bethlehem; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Michael Stock; a brother Abe Mazie; and a sister, Reba Glassberg.
Marilyn “Molly” A. Bacak, 67, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 22, 2018, at Hospice House of St. Luke’s. She was a daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Gallagher) Tommor. She was the wife of Dr. Joseph F. Bacak, III M.D. for 46 years.
She was a Central Catholic HS graduate. She earned an associates degree in secretarial science from Northampton Community College.
Michael J. Kokosky, 46, of Temple Terrace, Florida, died Jan. 24, 2018. Born in West Reading, he was a son of John J. and Kathryn (Stout) Kokosky Jr. of Palmer Township. He was a 1989 graduate of Easton HS and a 1993 graduate of LaSalle University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He earned two master’s degrees in three years at Ohio State University after studying Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning.
Margaret “Peggy” Jane Butz, 78, died Jan. 11, 2018, at Whitehall Manor, Whitehall. Born in Wilson, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Jane (Warner) Steckel of Wilson. She was the wife of the late Harold A. Butz for 52 years.
She was a Wilson Area High School, Easton, graduate. She earned an assoicate’s degree in business and secretarial fields at Churchman’s Business School, Easton.
Before her retirement, she was church secretary for and a member of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, Bethlehem, for many years. She was a vocalist and pianist.
Violet I. Kovacs, 96, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 23, 2018, at Holy Family Manor. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Antal “Tony” and Irene (Varga) Kovacs.
She was a graduate of St. John Capistrano, Liberty High and Bethlehem Business Schools.
She was the owner and operator of the family grocery store on the corner of Fifth and Hayes Streets, South Bethlehem, until it closed in 1986.
She was a parishioner of St. John Capistrano Catholic Church and, more recently, of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish.
Duane J. Carl, 57, of Walnutport, died Jan. 21, 2018, at his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Harry Carl and Germaine (Bonjean) Carl. He was the husband of Tammy (Sturdik) Carl.
He was a Liberty High School graduate.
He was employed by Arden Courts.
He was a member of the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton.
Barbara R. Ebert, 82, of Bethlehem, died Jan.11, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Josephine (Herman) Denbow. She was the wife of the late Robert Ebert.
She was a charge nurse at the Moravian King’s Daughters Home,Bethlehem, and worked in various capacities in the Lehigh Valley.
She is survived by a niece, Ann Reinert of Bath; a great-niece, Christy Buchman; and a great-nephew; Paul Reinert, and their children.