Raymond A. Allen Jr., 89, of Bethlehem, died April 1, 2013, in St. Luke's University Hospital, Fountain Hill. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Raymond A. and Olive Mae (Nansteele) Allen Sr.
He was the husband of Beatrice M. (Messinger) Allen for 70 years.
He was an U.S Army veteran of World War II.
He was the owner/operator of Handyman's True Value Hardware Store, Allentown.
He piloted small engine planes. He was a member of a Masonic Lodge in Greenfield, Mass.
Michael D. Hobbs, 58, of Bethlehem, died March 30, 2013, after a long illness. Born in Bethesda, Md., he was a son of Wilson "Will" and Louise (Bailey) Hobbs of Clarksville, Md. He was the husband of Karen (Berg) Hobbs for 27 years.
He graduated from Atholton High School, Md. He earned an associate's degree in marketing from Columbia CC.
He was a security professional with his father's company, American Safe and Lock, Washington, D.C., and then at Safemasters, Md.
Leonard "Buddy " F. Russell Jr., 75, formerly of West Bethlehem and a resident of Holy Family Manor for the past nine years, died March 28, 2013. He was a son of the late Leonard and Kathryn (Deegan) Russell.
He worked in the maintenance department for 39 years at Holy Family Manor.
He was a former parishioner of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.
George P. Takacs Jr., 65, of Bethlehem, died March 25, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenburg. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Anna (Popovich) and George P. Takacs Sr.
He was a Liberty High School graduate.
He is survived by a brother, Richard P. and his wife Denice Takacs of Bethlehem.
Contributions may be made to the Trinity soup kitchen, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.
MaryLou Hart Tallarico, 62, of Bethlehem, died March 27, 2013. She was born in Ritchie County, W.V.
She earned a master's degree from Marshall University.
She was an assistant professor of Business Education at Parkersburg Community College. She later was an employee of Lehigh Valley Lawn and Garden Center, Hanover Township.
She is survived by by a daughter, Jennifer Hart Tallarico of Bethlehem; a son, Vincent James Jr., U.S. Air Force; a sister, Patty Hart Daggett of Parkersburg, W.V.; a brother, Paul Hart of Valdosta, Ga.; and the Tallarico fmily of Bethlehem.
Awilda Rivera, 73, of Allentown, died March 26, 2013. Born in Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Cesario and Cruzita Rivera.
She was a member of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.
She is survived by two daughters. Felicita Morales and Madeline and her husband Luis Vargas; two sons, Rene and his wife Wanda Morales and Xavier and his wife Maira Morales; a brother, Domingo Rivera; two sisters Cecilia Rivera, Carmen Cora; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by four brothers Cesario Jr., Carmen, Andre and Eduardo.
Edith B. Frantz, 95, formerly of Hellertown, died March 29, 2013, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Minnie (Luckenbill) Baer. She was the wife of the late Ralston E. Frantz.
She was a 1934 graduate of Liberty High School.
She worked for Bell Telephone of PA and Zollinger-Harned Department Store, Allentown, until she took retirement in 1979.
She was a member of Christ Church U.C.C.
She was active in the Saucon Valley Community Center.
Irene M. Chladni, 86, of Bethlehem, died March 25, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospice House. She was the wife of the late Victor Chladni.
She worked in food service at both the Hotel Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Club.
She was a member of the former Grace Lutheran Church.
She is survived by a companion, Richard Cogorno; two sons, Victor and Peter Chladni; a daughter, Rosie Berger; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, John; two daughters Anna Gross and Margaret Carlest; and two sisters, Helen Rudolph and Marion Klotz.
William Ocasio Figueroa, 58, of Bethlehem, died March 20, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. He was the son of the late Bartolo Figueroa Silva and Santos Ocasio Figueroa. He was the husband of Lynette E. (Novak) Figueroa.
He was a Freedom High School graduate. He earned an associates degree in Business Management from Northampton Community College.
He was in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for National Church Residence as a property manager at Clymer Village, Phillipsburg, N.J. He was previously employed by the Reading, Allentown and Bethlehem Housing Authorities.
Robert R. Brennan, 91, of Bethlehem, died March 22, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospice House. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Martin and Mary (Carlson) Brennan. He was the l husband of the late Marie (Deamer) Brennan.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts DE413 in the Battle of Layte Gulf.
He was an accountant for 46 years for Abbott's Dairies.
He was a parishioner of the Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.