Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Charles R. Chestnutt, Bethlehem Steel fireman

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Charles R. Chestnutt, 85, of Bethlehem, died August 12, 2019. Born in Macon, Georgia, he was a son of the late William L. and Montine (Donaldson) Chestnutt. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Brown) Chestnutt and the late Priscilla (Miller) Chestnutt.

He was a fireman for many years at Bethlehem Steel and worked at Wedgewood Golf Course for over 20 years until he retired.

He was of the Moravian Faith.

Arthur Piatt, estimator and drafter

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Arthur Piatt, 92, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 19, 2019. Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Ira and Alta (Stackhouse) Piatt. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Wismer) Piatt and later the companion of the late Jean Stoll.

He was a 1944 graduate of Bethlehem Vo-Tech.

He was in the U. S. Army during World War II.

He was an estimator and drafter at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for many years before retiring. Prior to that, he worked for Luria Steel and Air Products.

He was a member of Christ Church U.C.C., Bethlehem where he was on the consistory.

RoseMarie DiDonato Fertal, Steel, Aspen Inn employee

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

RoseMarie DiDonato Fertal, 78, of Bethlehem, died September 21, 2019. Raised in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Domenica (DiCarlo) DiDonato of Italy. She was the wife of George J. Fertal for 60 years.

She attended Liberty High School.

She was a gifted cook and worked in restaurant services at Bethlehem Steel and the Aspen Inn before her retirement.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for more than 50 years.

Consuelo G. Strohl, Mining Department secretary

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Consuelo G. Strohl, 94, of Macungie, died June 20, 2019, at Lehigh Commons, Macungie. She was a daughter of the late Francisco and Olivideo (Moran) Guerra and stepmother, Loretta Guerra. She was the wife of the late Edwin V. Strohl for 69 years.

She retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., where she had been a secretary and translator for the Mining Department.

She was active in the Altar Guild and the Hospitality committee at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. She was a 25 year volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Hellertown Library and Meals on Wheels.

Charles R. Hills Sr., engineer

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Charles R. Hills Sr., 94, of Allentown and formerly of Northampton and Maryland, died Sept. 17, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem. Born in Catskill, New York, he was a son of the late Mark H. Hills Sr. and the late Carolyn (Clapper) Hills. He was the husband of the late Ann M. (Wescoe) Hills.

He was a 1942 graduate of Liberty HS, Bethlehem. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lehigh University in 1948.

He was a B-17 navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Nancy J. Hittinger, church secretary

Nancy J. Hittinger, 82, of Bethlehem, died at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth, on September 20, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Margretta (Coursen) Felker. She was the wife of Charles “Bud” F. Hittinger for 63 years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bethlehem, where she was the church secretary for 32 years.

Rose P. (Saurino) Hugitz, 100 years old

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Rose P. (Saurino) Hugitz, 100, of Fountain Hill, died September 13, 2019, at Cedarbrook, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late John A. Hugitz. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Carrie (DeNofa) Saurino.

She was a manger at Grant’s 5&10 and then at McCrory Corporation for over 43 years before she retired.

She was a former member of Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Lena; and three brothers, Jack, Thomas and Joseph.

Hilda Curet, sewer at Debbie Sue

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Hilda Curet, 87, of Bethlehem, died September 12, 2019. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Andreas and Juana (Rodriguez) Delgado. She was wife of the late Felix Curet Torres.

She was a sewer at the former Debbie Sue Fashion.

She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by three children, Mildred Curet, Jose F. Curet and Ivette Gracia; 10 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Holy Infancy Church, 312 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Nancy C. Ihle, SVSD food service manager

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Nancy C. Ihle, 78, of Bethlehem Township, died Sept. 11, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Frances (McGoldrick) Kametz. She was the wife of the late Robert Rackawack and the late Leonard Ihle.

She waitressed for many years at different restaurants, including Twin Lakes Country Club, Collins and the Bushkill Center Hotel. She was an integral part in the startup of the former Candlelight. Later she was a food service manager for the Saucon Valley School District until she retired in 2008 after 22 years.