Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Edward J. Stokarski, K of C member

Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Edward J. Stokarski Jr., 73, of Coopersburg, died at home on Dec. 23, 2018. Born in Providence, R.I., he was a son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Rita (Madden) Stokarski. He was the husband of Patricia (Steager) Stokarski.

He was in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam.

He worked in the steel industry for more than 32 years before he retired.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Bethlehem.

He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #14924 at the church.

Barbara N. Hohe, Cathedral Church of the Nativity member

Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Barbara N. Hohe, 84, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus. She was the wife of Franklin W. Hohe for 42 years. Born in Teaneck, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Paul A. and Mildred (Springstead) Noxon.

She earned, in 1956, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bucknell University.

She was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity Bethlehem and was active with their choir.

Andrew A. Posivak, received Purple Heart

Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Andrew A. Posivak, 75, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 24, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of Anna M. (Velas) Krajci and the late Andrew A. Posivak Sr. He was the husband of Eleanor M. (Charney) Posivak for 54 years.

He was a Fountain Hill High School graduate.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He worked for Quaker State Vending and later was a northeast region sales manager for Covenco Inc. until he retired.

Ryan T. Snyder, Bookstore Speakeasy mixologist

Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ryan T. Snyder, 28, of Bethlehem, died suddenly of a left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion on Dec. 25, 2018, at home. Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of Timothy J. and Carol D. (Weber) Snyder. He was the husband of Emily L. (Leibold) Snyder for two years.

He was a graduate of Northampton High School.

For the past three and a half years he was a mixologist at the Bookstore Speakeasy, Bethlehem. He was previously a long time life guard for the Nazareth Borough Pool.

Bruce D. Kleppinger, Advent Moravian Church member

Monday, December 31, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Bruce D. Kleppinger, 78, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 22, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Rolland and Grace (Ruch) Kleppinger. He was the husband of Claire (Brish) Kleppinger for 58 years.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy. He repaired musical instruments.

He was a member of Advent Moravian Church.

He belonged to the Marine Band of Allentown, Hanover Township Society for the Preservation of Big Band Sound in America, Veterans Association of Military Musicians and the Penn View Brass Band.

Bruce David Bowen, Grace Church member

Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Bruce David Bowen, 58, of Whitehall died Dec. 17, 2018, at home. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Dale T. Bowen and Barbara N. (Noxon) Hohe and a stepson of Franklin W. Hohe of Bethlehem.

He was a consultant with MARS, a DDAP (division of drug and alcohol programs) trainer and trainer with The Change Companies. He was a certified advanced drug and alcohol counselor and licensed professional counselor.

He was a member of Grace Church, Bethlehem.

Patricia Velekei, cheer coach, treasurer

Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Patricia Velekei, 76, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 17, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Eleanor (Long) Dietz. She was the wife of Emil Velekei for 54 years.

She was a 1959 graduate of Bethlehem High School.

She was a staff assistant for Moravian College.

She was a member of Saint Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was a council member.

She was a cheer leading coach and a treasurer for the Bethlehem Raiders, a president of the Lincoln Elementary School PTA and a Cub Scout secretary.

Ronald Charles Makos Sr., manager, painter

Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ronald Charles Makos Sr., 79, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 16, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Gredlics).

He was in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1963.

He was a manager at Kinney Shoes. He was later a painter for Bethlehem Steel Corp. and then worked for Kraft Foods, from which he retired.

He was a parishioner of and an usher for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He volunteered earlier in life as a painter for St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Olive Karabin, custom seamstress

Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Olive Karabin, 93, of Fountain Hill, died Dec.13, 2018, in her home. Born in Ormord, she was a daughter of the late Wasyl and Mary (Kotyk) Karabin.

She was a seamstress for Cross Country in Egypt and Northampton for 20 years. She operated a custom alterations and draperies business at her Fountain Hill residence for 50 years.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton.

She is survived by a sister, Patricia Bloszinsky; a brother, Benjamin Karabin; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

Sophia Kowalyk, born in the Ukraine

Monday, December 24, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Sophia Kowalyk died on Dec. 15, 2018. She was born in the Ukraine.

She is survived by a son, Bohdan “Bo” Tanasijczuk.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Olexa Tanasijczuk and Wasyl “Wally” Kowalyk; and an older son, George Tanasijczuk.

Contributions may be made to St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1826 Kenmore Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery.

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