Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jennie J. Polak, seamstress

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Jennie J. Polak, 98, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 10, 2018, at Holy Family Manor. She was the wife of the late Joseph Polak.

She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Kathryn (Moskal) Walkiewicz.

She was a seamstress at Forte Neckware. She later worked at Magnetic Windings.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen A. of Bethlehem Township; nieces; nephews; extended family; and friends.

She was predeceased by a sister, Frances Toth; and three brothers, Alex, Anthony, and Walter Walkiewicz.

Helen Hughes Fretz – hospital housekeeper

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Helen Hughes Fretz, 89, of Lower Nazareth Township and formerly of Doylestown, died Aug. 30, 2018, in the Moravian King’s Daughters Home, Bethlehem. Born in Simpson and raised in Mt. Carmel, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Chupak) Repella. She was the wife of the late Joseph Hughes and of the late John E. Fretz.

She was a housekeeper for more than 20 years for Doylestown Hospital before she retired in 1992.

She was of the Orthodox faith.

Betty E. (Ball) Holt - Wesley Methodist Church member

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Betty E. (Ball) Holt, 91, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 29, 2018. Born in Bellaire, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Mildred Johnson. She was the wife of the late Seaton “Sam” A. Holt for 58 years.

She worked at Albarell Electric until her retirement.

She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by two sons, Michael and his wife Irene and Rod and his wife Dyanne; two daughters, Jill and her husband Dennis Rupp and Judy Castano, widow of Bob Castano; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Mary Jo Steager - OLPH Church member

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Mary Jo Steager, 82, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 4, 2018. Born in Punxsutawney, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Baran) Leszcynski. She was the wife of the Richard C. Steager Sr. for 56 years.

She was a 1954 graduate of Liberty HS.

She was a secretary at Birkel-Yaros Insurance Agency for several years.

She was a life member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and was a former member and a past president of the church Fellowship Club.

Patricia I. Ceransky, collections manager

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Patricia I. Ceransky, 79, of Bethlehem and formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Aug. 29, 2018, while in the care of her family and the staff of St. Luke’s Hospice House. Born in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of the late Morton and Marie (Mulhern) Bickum.

She was a collections manager for CIT Factors, New York City, for more than 30 years before she retired in 2003 and moved to the Lehigh Valley.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Richard W. Muller Jr., former Ice City C.E.O.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Richard W. Muller Jr., 73, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 4, 2018, in his home. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Richard W. Sr. and Jeanette R. (Neith) Muller. He was the husband of Barbara Kay (Bittner) Muller for 53 years.

He was a 1962 graduate of Parkland HS, and was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He earned, in 1966, a B.A. in economics, business administration and accounting from Moravian College.

Inga Margarethe (Hermes) Schostak - Calvary Baptist Church member

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Inga Margarethe (Hermes) Schostak, 88, previously of Center Valley, died Sept. 3, 2018. She was the wife of the late Günther Schostak.

Born in Leer, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Elsbeth (Gieske) Hermes.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Allentown, for more than 50 years; she and her late husband were two of the earliest parishioners.

She volunteered at Wiley House, Meals on Wheels and the Lehigh Valley Hospital Gift Shop, where she spearheaded the annual May Daze fund raiser.

Steffie Mary Bugay, formerly of Mansfield

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Steffie Mary Bugay, 86, of Bethlehem and formerly of Mansfield, died Aug. 25, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late William and Blanche (Schmidt) Winiarski. She was the wife of the late Paul Dominic Bugay for 56 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Stephanie, wife of the late Jack Sharpe; Teresa and her husband Thomas Miga and Paulette and her husband Andrew Levchuk; a son, Paul Joseph and his wife Jean; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Karen C. Cantelmi, registered nurse

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Karen C. Cantelmi, 74, formerly of Fountain Hill, died Aug. 19, 2018, at her son Dino’s home in Bethlehem, where she resided. Born in Danville, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Christine R. (Woolcock) Warmkessel. She was the wife of the late Dino P. Cantelmi.

She was a graduate of Shamokin High School and the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a registered nurse for St. Luke’s Hospital and Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

Florence (Sample) Bogdan, hairdresser

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Florence (Sample) Bogdan, 95, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 25, 2018, in Moravian King’s Daughters Home, Bethlehem. Born in Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Sample, and was raised by the late Anna Sample. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Bogdan.

She attended Bethlehem Schools.

She worked at Laros Textile Company. She then opened her own hairdressing salon in Lower Saucon.

She was a life-long member of St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church.