Bethlehem Press

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lillian Cantelmi, hardware store bookkeeper

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Lillian Cantelmi, 87, of Bethlehem, died March 19, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg. Born in Hellertown, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Kosh) Zamiskie. She was the wife of the late Louis E. Cantelmi.

She was a 1947 graduate of Hellertown High School and attended Bethlehem Business School.

She was a bookkeeper for the family-owned Cantelmi Hardware store for more than 60 years and still worked on some of the accounts. She was a bookkeeper at the Bethlehem Steel Company and at the Electric Laundry, both in Bethlehem.

Robert H. Diefenderfer, owned Maples Restaurant

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Robert H. Diefenderfer, 82, of Commonwealth Memory Care, Radford, Va., and formerly of Bethlehem, died March 13, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Leia Caroline (Mildred) and Harvey Diefenderfer. He was the husband of Dolores (Mulzet) Diefenderfer for 62 years.

He was a graduate of Liberty HS, Bethlehem.

He was a member of the Naval Reserves.

He was the proprietor of the Maples Restaurant and the Pelican Bar, both in Bethlehem.

William W. Wolfe Sr., born in Freemansburg

Tuesday, March 28, 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.

The Reverend Gary L. Freeman, Baptist church pastor

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

The Reverend Gary L. Freeman, 63, of Bethlehem, died March 25, 2017, at the Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in East Stroudsburg, he was a son of Paul L. and Elizabeth (Kaetzel) Freeman, both of Illinois. He was the husband of Donna (Stoudt) Freeman of Bethlehem for 38 years.

He was an Emmaus High School and a Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minnesota, graduate. He was, for three summers, in the preacher boy program at the Calvary Baptist Church, Lansdale.

Catherine D. Barrett, worked at Lehigh University

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Catherine “Cathy” D. Barrett, 87, of Bethlehem, died March 21, 2017. She was the wife of the late Attorney John W. Barrett. Born in Hellertown, she was a daughter of the late Mary (Judd) Dugan and Henry J. Dugan.

She was a Hellertown High School graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Education from Lehigh University.

She was a schoolteacher for a short time. She worked in several departments for Lehigh University for many years.

She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethlehem.

Edward P. Klesh, city water department worker

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Edward P. Klesh, 61, of Bethlehem, died March 22, 2017. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Edward J. Klesh and the late Anna E. Krinock.

He was a 1974 graduated of Freedom High School.

He worked at Conrail/Norfolk Southern railroad, Mack Trucks and the City of Bethlehem Water Department. He is survived by his companion, Terri Behler; a daughter, Candace A.; a son; Aaron E.; and sisters, Patricia Severn, Cecelia Kipp, Cindy Cope and Jeremy Behler and Jackelyn Ruhf.

Contributions may be made to the Angel 34 Foundation, P.O. Box 494, Nazareth, PA 18064.

The Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Witbro, taught at Moravian Academy

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

The Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Witbro, 81, of Bethlehem, died on March 24, 2017, while in the care of Moravian Village and St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was a son of the late Weston “Red” Witbro and Dorothea (Duquaine) Witbro. He was the husband of the late Janice J. (Kirchner) Witbro.

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

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College, a master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Winifred M. Washco

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Trinity Episcopal Church member

Winifred M. Washco, 93, of Bethlehem, died March 14, 2017, at Alexandria Manor, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Col. Leonard E. Washco.

She was a registered nurse and worked for St. Luke’s Hospital and for The Bethlehem Corporation.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and was on several committees throughout the years.

She volunteered in the community for various nursing and health care needs, and participated in the Visiting Nurses Association.

Margaret E. Yankovic

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

107 years old

Margaret E. Yankovic, 107, of Bethlehem, died March 5, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Eva (Donchez) Yankovic.

She was a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital and retired as the head nurse of the IV team.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

She is survived by a niece, Jo-Ellen and her husband Ron Batarick; a nephew, Charles and his wife Joyce Yankovich; and a great-niece, Catherine Yankovich.