Jayne E. Gruver Smith, 72, of Bethlehem, died March 30, 2017, in Cedarbrook, Allentown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Jay and Charlotte (McCabe) Gruver.
She was a 1962 graduate of Liberty High School.
She was a customer service representative for AARP Insurance Company for many years.
She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Frances Nellie Brown, 99, formerly of Bethlehem, died March 12, 2017, in Nazareth. Born in Egypt, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Bochnak) Zima. She was the wife of the late Joseph Gregory Brown Jr.
She was a waitress for 25 years at the former Walp’s Restaurant, Allentown.
She was of the Catholic faith
Garey R. Schnettler, 60, of Easton, died March 4, 2017. Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Eleanor (Brown) Schnettler.
He was most recently employed as a driver for Commercial Carriers.
He is survived by a son, James and his wife Raina of Bethlehem Township; a daughter, Megan of Allentown; a brother, Jeffrey Schnettler of Mount Pocono; and a sister, Constance Schnettler of Phillipsburg, N.J.
He was predeceased by a brother, William Schnettler Jr.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Peter D. Cimino, 94, of Bethlehem, died March 29, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Elizabeth (Riiullo) Cimino. He was the husband of the late Catherine Cimino.
He was in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.
He was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company from which he retired.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Reed of Hellertown; two sons, Chester in Oregon and Peter Jr. of Hellertown; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by 10 siblings.
Mary K. Aylward, 92, of Bethlehem, died March 29, 2017, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Urban and Anna (Balik) Kostelnik and a stepdaughter of the late Ignatius Kostelnik.She was the wife of the late Paul T. Aylward for 60 years.
She was a secretary at the Homer Research Laboratory of the Bethlehem Steel Company until she retired.
She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Agnes D. Ruyak, 94, of Bethlehem, died March 29, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Bobyak) Magyar. She was the wife of the late Charles “Abby” M. Ruyak.
She was a graduate of Bethlehem HS and of Bethlehem Business College.
Loraine M. (Gross) Weiss, 69, of Bethlehem, died March 21, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the wife of George M. Weiss Jr. for 43 years.
Born in Allentown and raised in Germansville, she was a daughter of the late Elwood and Mary (Wanamaker) Gross.
She was a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh HS, New Tripoli.
She worked for Atria Assisted Living of Bethlehem, and formerly at Bell Telephone and for the former Acme Markets.
Monsignor Raymond F. Merman, 82, pastor emeritus of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish, Hellertown, died March 24, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Raymond F. and Anne M. (Duffy) Merman.
He attended St. John the Baptist grade and high schools in Philadelphia,. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1960, by the Most Reverend J. Carroll McCormick at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
Thor H. Bahrman Sr., 90, of Hanover Township, died March 4, 2017, at home. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was a son of the late Ellsworth V. and Mary (Miller) Bahrman Sr. He was the husband of Millie (Nosal) Bahrman for 62 years.
He attended Wyoming Seminary and was a graduate of Widener University.
He was machinist’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was aboard the USS Duluth in the Pacific Theater.
He was the owner of Ellsworth V. Bahrman Inc., Bethlehem, serving the automotive and light industrial equipment markets.
Bruce E. Davis, 85, of West Chester and formerly of Lower Macungie Township, died March 16, 2017. He was born in Fairmont, West Virginia. He was the husband of Barbara (Schrader) Davis.
He graduated with both a bachelor’s and juris doctor’s degrees from West Virginia University. He attended the University of Virginia Law School for post graduate studies and an executive program at Harvard Business School.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.