Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Richard A. Mattern

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

assistant postmaster

Richard A. Mattern, 91, of Walnutport and formerly of Emmaus, died May 19, 2017, at Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Stosh) Mattern.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Arthur A. and Mabel (Eastman) Mattern.

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

He was an assistant postmaster in Allentown and the director of finance at the Lehigh Valley facility of the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years until he retired in 1980.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus, and was a former church council member.

William W. Wolfe Sr., born in Freemansburg

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William W. Wolfe Sr., 80, died Feb. 20, 2017, at Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg Hospital. Born in Freemansburg, he was a son of the late Harry and Marion (Searfoss) Wolfe. He was the husband of the late Nancylee M. (Hahn) Wolfe for 25 years.

He was a paratrooper in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by two sons, William Jr. and Daniel; four daughters, Sondralee and April Wolfe, Rachel Rasley and Darlene Shannon; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, David Wolfe.

Dorothy Latham, Groman’s cake icer

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Dorothy Latham, 87, of Bethlehem, died May 11, 2017. Born in Manchester, England, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Ada (Bagshaw) Bailey. She was the wife of the late Thomas Latham.

She was a sewing machine operator for Muriel Dress Factory and a cake icer at Groman’s Bakery.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where she was on the altar guild.

She is survived by a son, Francis Thomas; nieces; nephews; and a friend, Brian Glancy.

Margaret Holland, faculty dining room worker

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Margaret Holland, 91, of Nazareth, died April 21, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Sikora) Racz. She was the wife of the late Robert G. Holland.

She worked for 30 years in the faculty dining room at Moravian College.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane and her husband Andrew Pieszala and Debra and her husband Richard Blakely; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill.

William T. Lynch, OLPH church member

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

William “Bill” T. Lynch, 89, of Bethlehem and Venice, Florida, died April 29, 2017, at his home in Venice. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Bernard J. and Anna (Connell) Lynch. He was the husband of Dolores (Seaman) Lynch for 26 years and of the late Josephine (Keretz) Lynch for 35 years.

He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

He worked in the personnel department of Western Electric for 36 years.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roman Catholic Church, Bethlehem, where he was a lector and a bingo caller for many years.

Anastasia D. Rahn, NCHGS curator, registrar

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Anastasia “Ann” D. Rahn of Bethlehem, died May 3, 2017. She was the wife of the late Hilton Rahn Jr.

She was retired curator and registrar of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society for 16 years. She was earlier a Kemerer Museum volunteer guide and gift shop manager.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem.

She was a member of the Pennsylvania Jazz Society, Historic Bethlehem Partnership, the Sun Inn and the Allentown Art Museum auxiliary.

Elizabeth J. Pavlish, registered nurse

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Elizabeth J. Pavlish, 88, of Bethlehem, died May 12, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Walter Kuhns and Margaret (Edwards) Tomlinson.

She was a 1946 graduate of Fountain Hill High School. She was a 1952 graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

She was a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital for 35 years before she retired.

She was a member of Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Bethlehem Senior Center.

Robert L. Kern Sr., Ebeneezer Church member

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Robert L. Kern Sr., 78, of Bethlehem Township, died May 9, 2017, in his home. Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Raymond F. Kern and late Cula Annamae (Fehr) Kern. He was the husband of Mary Ann Kern (Horvath) for 58 years.

He was a 1956 graduate of Liberty HS.

He was in the United States Navy.

He was a painter and welder at Mack Trucks.

He was a member of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church.

Peter Allen Melly, of Moravian House 1

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Peter Allen Melly, 73, of Moravian House 1, Bethlehem, died May 9, 2017, in Old Orchard Health Care Center, Palmer Township. Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a son of the late Peter and Ethel (Allen) Melly.

He was in the U. S. Army during the Cuban missile crisis.

He was an electrician in the communications field for many years until he took retirement.

He was raised in the Catholic faith.

He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Melly of California; a sister, Elizabeth Klein of Bethlehem; a grandson, Gregory; and two nephews, Kenneth Grundstein and Shane Melly.

Marion “Miny” L. Lenner, Advent Moravian member

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Marion “Miny” L. Lenner, 79, of Bethlehem, died May 3, 2017, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Abner and Marion (Allam) Still. She was the wife of the late Vincent “Reds” J. Lenner for 58 years.

She worked in the billing department of and was retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp.

She was a member of Advent Moravian Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by a brother, Abner Jr. and his wife Lucia Still; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; great-great nieces; and great-great nephews.