Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LeRoy C. Bickert Jr., former township supervisor

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

LeRoy C. Bickert Jr., 68, of Lower Nazareth, died April 2, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of the late Clara J. (Pierfedeici) and LeRoy C. Bickert. He was the husband of to Kathleen (Gaydos) Bickert for 41 years.

He was a Phillipsburg Catholic High School graduate.

He worked for Hoffman-LaRoche and DSM, from which he retired after 43 years.

He was a Lower Nazareth Township supervisor and was on the township’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Planning Commission.

Joseph J. Kupis, shipping yards foreman

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph J. Kupis, 88, died March 30, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Joseph J. Kupis and Jenny (Yastrzebski) Kupis. He was the husband of Kathleen (Pratka) Kupis of Saucon Valley.

He was a 1946 graduate of Bethlehem HS.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 in Japan. He was a member of the Pa. National Guard and was on active duty during the Korean War, and earned the rank of sergeant first class.

He was a crew leader and foreman in the Saucon Shipping Yards of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 44 years until he retired in 1992.

Ruth D. Schmidt, sales clerk

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ruth D. Schmidt, 85, of Macungie, died April 3, 2018, while in the care of Compassus Hospice, Lehigh Center, Macungie. Born in Alburtis, she was a daughter of the late Fred W. and Viola A. (Reeder) Hoffman. She was the wife of the late Charles W. Schmidt II.

She was a sales clerk for Egypt Star Bakery for 20 years, until she retired in 1987.

She was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fullerton.

She was a former member of the Fullerton American Legion, where she was on the ladies auxiliary.

Clare H. Kubat, cafeteria worker

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Clare H. Kubat, 94, of Bethlehem, died March 30, 2018. Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of Helen (Urban) and Walter J. Stein. She was the wife of the late Peter S. Kubat for 61 years.

For 33 years, she enjoyed feeding “the boys” at the Lehigh University cafeteria.

She was a former member of St. Stanislaus Church, where she was a member of the Ladies of Charity.

She is survived by two sons, Peter P. and his wife Kathy and David P.; four grandchildren, Christie, Peter, Philip and Paul; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kayley, Blake and Chase.

Charles E. Bednar, worked for the city

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Charles E. Bednar, 86, of Bethlehem, died April 1, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Cyril and Agnes (Lawrence) Bednar. He was the husband of the late Helen (Liberno) Bednar.

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

Before he retired, he worked for Reeb Millwork for 10 years, Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 20 years and the City of Bethlehem for 10 years.

He was a lifelong member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, currently the Incarnation of Our Lord Parish.

Joseph E. Yost, Holy Ghost Catholic Church member

Monday, April 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph E. Yost, 91, of Alexandria Manor, Nazareth, died March 31, 2018. Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Julius and Hermina (Petrasovits) Yost. He was the husband of Frieda (Weber) Yost for 66 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Honolulu during World War II.

He worked in the machine shop at Spirax Sarco for 37 years.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

Joann A. Ferris, attended Notre Dame R.C. Church

Monday, April 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joann A. Ferris, 54, of Bethlehem, died March 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg Campus. Bethlehem. Born in Calabria, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Giuseppe Fusco and the late Paolina (Peluso) Fusco. She was the wife of John M. Ferris for 23 years.

She was a soccer mom and helped at her children’s school events.

She attended Notre Dame Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

Andrew N. Schwall, worked for UPS

Monday, April 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Andrew N. Schwall, 28, of Bethlehem and formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., died March 26, 2018. Born in Staten Island, he was a son of John Schwall of Bethlehem and Grace (Vaglio) Lauer of Staten Island.

He worked for UPS, Bethlehem.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers, John, Anthony and Robert; two sisters, Tiffany and Nicole; a niece expected in June; his fiancée, Lauren Keaveny; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

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

Bernadine A. (Timko) Duser, steel sales department worker

Monday, April 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Bernadine A. (Timko) Duser, 83, of Bethlehem, died March 30, 2018, while in the care of Holy Family Manor. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Anne (Pongracz) Timko. She was the wife of Carl Duser for 58 years.

She was a 1951 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School.

She worked for the Bethlehem Steel in the sales department. She later was a bartender at the Heights A.A. for more than 25 years.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Bethlehem, for 49 years.