Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sara (Rodriguez) Gonzalez, Bethleon Togs retiree

Monday, May 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Sara (Rodriguez) Gonzalez, 89, of Bethlehem, died May 12, 2020. Born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Valentin and Narcisa (Felcino) Rodriguez. She was the wife of the late Fidel Gonzalez Sr. for 61 years.

She was a seamstress and was retired from Bethleon Togs.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bethlehem.

Margaret Marie Toth Griffin, Junior Womens’ Club officer

Monday, May 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Margaret Marie Toth Griffin, 90, of Bethlehem and of Avalon, N.J., died May 12, 2020. She was the wife of the late Dr. Daniel J. Griffin for 67 years.

She was a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic HS and Sacred Heart School of Nursing.

She was a member of St. Anne’s Parish activities group for many years and organized fundraising trips for the parish.

Joan L. Fitzko, Sacred Heart Church member

Monday, May 18, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Joan L. Fitzko, 75, of Bethlehem, died May 16, 2020, at Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Nazareno S. Medei and Irene R. (Blantnik) Medei. She was the wife of the late Louis J. Fitzko.

She is survived by two sons, Mark L. and his wife Danielle of Stowe, VT and Eric M. and his wife Krista of Bethlehem; a daughter, Jennifer J. Fitzko and Jefferey D. Stofanak of Bethlehem; and two grandchildren, Gianna and Louis Fitzko.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church for many years and where she sang in the choir.

Services are private.

David D. Roper, English teacher

Monday, May 11, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

David D. Roper, 82, of Bethlehem, died April 8, 2020, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Donald and Grace (Williams) Roper. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Wright) Roper for 54 years.

He was an English teacher for East Penn School District for many years before retiring.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother-in-law, Lloyd Wright; and a niece, Lisa King.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family

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

Veronica T. Gosling, I.L.G.W.U. member

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Veronica T. Gosling, 90, of Bethlehem, died April 23, 2020. Born in Fountain Hill, PA; daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Sabo.

She was a sewing machine operator at several factories in the Bethlehem area for over 50 years until she retired in 1995.

She was a member of the I.L.G.W.U.

She is survived by two sons, Michael and his wife JoAnn and Edward and his wife Kelly, of all of Bethlehem; a daughter, Lorene Kearns-Cassiano and her husband John of Harrisburg; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

William L. Bernabucci, volunteer firefighter

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

William L. Bernabucci, 72, of Whitehall, died April 28, 2020 at home. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William E. and Madeline (King) Bernabucci. He was the husband of Frances (Hanzl) for 40 years.

He was an U.S. Air Force veteran.

He retired from PennDOT 10 years ago.

He was a volunteer firefighter for Whitehall Township.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert of Clarksville, Tenn.; a brother, Leo Bernabucci of Coopersburg; and two grandchildren, Amelia and Jack Bernabucci.

Barbara Groth Dimler, Bethlehem Steel retiree

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Barbara Groth Dimler died April 27, 2020, Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Earle and AnnaMae Groth

She was a 1959 graduate of Liberty HS.

She worked for Bethlehem Steel for 23 years until she retired in 1997.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bethlehem, where her 1997 retirement, she provided organizational expertise in the church office.

Earl Koch, BASD retiree

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Earl Koch, 83, of Bethlehem, died April 28, 2020, at home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Mildred (Pearson) and Frank Koch. He was the husband of the late Theresa C. (Potoski) Koch for 47 years.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a heating and air conditioner technician for Reilly Oil. He was retired from the Bethlehem Area School District.

He was a member of various social clubs throughout the Lehigh Valley.