Bethlehem Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Richard L. Gergar, St. Anne’s deacon

Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Richard L. Gergar, 72, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 27, 2017, following a battle with cancer. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Anna and Louis Gergar of Bethlehem.

He was a 1962 Liberty High School graduate.

He worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel. In May of 2006 He was ordained as a deacon by the Diocese of Allentown in May of 2006. He was assigned to St. Anne’s Church, Bethlehem.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was an honorary Fourth Degree Knight. He was with the Cursillo movement and was at the 19th weekend.

Bernard H. Benko Sr., police sergeant

Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Bernard H. Benko Sr., 72, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 23, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Paul and Mary (Liska) Benko. He was the husband of Robin C. (Ryan) Benko for 43 years.

He was a 1962 graduate of Notre Dame HS. He attended Lehigh Community College and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.

He was a police officer for the Bethlehem Police Department for 35 years, as a sergeant for 20 years and a motorcycle patrolman for seven years.

He was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church of Bethlehem for over 40 years.

Julia Corado, Holy Infancy R. C. Church member

Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Julia Corado, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 7, 2017, while in the care of the staff of St. Luke’s Hospice House. Born in Guatemala City, she was a daughter of the late Bertila Aldana. She was the wife of Gregorio Corado.

She was a member of Holy Infancy R. C. Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by seven children, Raul, Edgar, Marco, Mario, Edwin, Aura and Ada and their spouses; two sisters, Rosa and Zoila; over 20 grandchildren; over 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements were made by James Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Terence Karanink, electrical engineer

Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Terence Karanink, 59, of Center Valley, died Sept. 14, 2017, while being cared for in his home by his family and Lehigh Valley Hospice. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Hannah (Sullivan) Karanink of Center Valley and the late Carroll Karanink.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.

He was an electrical engineer for the former Bell Labs / Agere Systems, now Broad Com.

He was a member of Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

Dorothea Anne Toland, executive secretary

Monday, October 2, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Dorothea Anne Toland, 98, of Bethlehem and formerly of New York City, died Sept.19, 2017, while being cared for at home. Born in Mt. Carmel, she was a daughter of the late Peter A. and Anna (Warholic) Toland.

She was an executive secretary for Schrafft Restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y. for many years before she retired.

She was a parishioner of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Henrietta Toland; nieces; and nephews.

Stephen L. Chanitz Sr., City inspections chief

Monday, September 25, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Stephen L. Chanitz Sr., 83, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 20, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Stephen J. and Catherine (Mlinko) Chanitz. He was the husband of Barbara (Chapo) Chanitz for 61 years.

He was a 1952 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.

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

He worked in the Number 2 Roll Shop for Bethlehem Steel. He began working at the City of Bethlehem as zoning officer, and then became the Bureau of Inspections chief, until he retired after 39 years.

Harold R. Kline, dairy salesman

Monday, September 25, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Harold R. Kline, 98, of Allentown, died Sept. 21, 2017, at Westminster Village. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Clinton M. and Elsie E. (Lynn) Kline. He was the husband of the late Ethel F. (Lohrman) Kline for 57 years.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was a route salesman for Freeman’s Dairy for 10 years and later was a layout operator for Western Electric.