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Geraldine (Gerry) F. Brandt

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

LHS Class of 1936

Geraldine (Gerry) F. Brandt, 92, of Bethlehem and Round Rock, Texas (1995 to 2010), died Dec. 3, 2011. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Warren J. and Florence M. (Werst) Fink. She was the wife of the late Marvin W. Brandt for 58 years.

She was a 1936 graduate of Liberty HS.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and of First Presbyterian Church, both in Bethlehem.

She is survived by two sons, Lee B. of Acworth, Ga. and Gary W. of Round Rock, Texas; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Mervin A. Heller Jr.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

USTA former president

Mervin A. Heller Jr., 65, of Bethlehem and formerly of Berks County, died Aug. 21, 2012. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Mervin A. Heller Sr. and Rachel Turkington. He was the husband of Jan S. Heller of Bethlehem.

He graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where he played on the school's tennis team and went undefeated in conference matches for four years. He held the school record for career wins in singles and doubles. He earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Max "Mike" Manto

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

store owner; auctioneer

Max "Mike" Manto, 91, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 16, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Health Network-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Joan Manto for 58 years.

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

He was an auctioneer and owned several retail stores in Bethlehem and Allentown. He and his wife were in the outdoor amusement business.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers' Association and the Pennsylvania State Showman's Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and two brothers.

Domenic M. Morano

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

corporate travel division

Domenic M. Morano, 74, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 18, 2012, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Vincent C. and Rose (Petrucella) Morano. He was the husband of the late Marie E. Morano.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel as the head of the corporate travel division. After retiring from Bethlehem Steel, he worked in Manhattan in the advertising business until retiring.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin Matthew and Christopher Matthew; a daughter, Lisa Marie Morano; and three grandchildren, Taylor, Trevor and Lauren.

Valentina "Dona Tina" Rivera

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

co-founder of Puerto Rican Club

Valentina "Dona Tina" Rivera, 96, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 8, 2012, at her residence. Born in Corozal, Puerto Rico, she was the oldest child of Juan and Monica (Vasquez) Rivera. She was the wife of the late Francisco "Pancho" Rivera.

She retired from Schobel Brothers Tie Factory.

She was a parishioner of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, where she assisted in the formation of the Daughters of Mary and was one of the first members of the Sacred Heart Auxiliary Group at the church.

Eleanor D. Wargo

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

"Breck Girl", model

Eleanor D. Wargo, of Hanover Township, died Aug. 11, 2012. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John and Emma (Gregory) Wargo.

She was a model for the Breck Shampoo Company and was one of the first "Breck Girls." She then worked for Brooks Modeling Agency on the west coast and for the Hess's Department Store as a model for Mrs. Hess. She worked in administrative assistant capacities for Private Industry Council of the Lehigh Valley Inc. for 30 years.

She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians R. C. Church, Allentown.

Randy L. Skinner

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

Verizon retiree

Randy L. Skinner, 64, of Bethlehem died Aug. 14, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Honesdale, he was a son of the late Raymond N. Skinner and Dolores (Brill) Skinner of Honesdale. He was the husband of Suzanne M. (Wagner) Skinner for 29 years.

He was in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, during the Vietnam era. He received the Good Conduct medal.

He worked for the former Western Electric and was retired from Verizon.

He was a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the NRA.

Walter Beilfuss

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

pipefitter, mechanic

Walter Beilfuss, 78, of Bethlehem Township, died Aug. 6, 2012, in his home. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Maybelle (Heydorn) and Walter G. Beilfuss. He was the husband of Jeanette Beilfuss and the late Joan Beilfuss.

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

He was a pipefitter and mechanic for many companies, such as Rohm and Haas Chemical Company, Zenith Electronics, Gould Brown Boveri (ITE), Solid State Scientific, Inc., American Electronic Laboratories, Deja-Vu Mechanicals, Ford Electronics and Refrigeration and A-Treat Bottling Company.