Anthony “Tony” J. Holva, 72, of Bethlehem, died August 30, 2017. He was a son of Maria (Demianoff) and John J. Holva Sr.
He was a member of the United States Army.
He worked for A and H Sportswear and at Keystone Cement.
He was a lifetime member at the Bath American Legion and of the Wanderers.
He survived by a son, Andrew Holva; and two nieces, Katherine Holva and Kimberly Rosado.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Holva and John J. Holva Jr.
Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.
Thomas D. Shannahan Jr., 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept.1, 2017, at his residence in Kirkland Village. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Thomas D. Sr. and Mary (McKee) Shannahan. He was the husband of Anita C. (Calkins) Shannahan of Kirkland Village for 61 years.
He was a 1953 graduate of Lehigh University.
He was stationed in Panama from 1953-1955 with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He worked in the transportation department of the Bethlehem Steel Company for 28 years until he retired in 1982.
William P. Bakos Sr., 92, of Miller Heights, Bethlehem Township, died Aug. 27, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Stephen and Lucy Bakos. He was the husband of Helen E. Bakos for 60 years.
He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a machine operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and later at Luria Steel Products Corporation, from which he retired.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
John Paul Roeder, 91, of Punta Gorda Isles, Fla. and formerly of Whitehall and Allentown, died Aug. 15, 2017 in Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. He was the husband of the late Edith (Deedy) Roeder.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Dr. Jesse N. Roeder and Ruth Melroy Roeder.
He was a 1944 graduate of Palmerton HS. He attended Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree in commerce and finance.
He was a corporal in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Erwin “Lew” Lewis Meitzler Jr., 79, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Erwin Lewis Sr. and Mary (McGeady) Meitzler. He was the husband of the late Bernadine (Janscak) Meitzler.
He attended Lafayette College.
He was an U.S. Navy veteran.
He worked in the computer research center at Bethlehem Steel or many years before he retired. Prior to that, he worked at the former Western Electric. After retiring, he was a starter at Whitetail Golf Course.
Rita S. Richards, 59, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 24, 2017, in ManorCare of Bethlehem. Born in Valley City, N.D., she was a daughter of the late David Borchert and Beth (Collins) Borchert of North Dakota. She was the wife of Robert Richards for 24 years.
She was a supervisor of group homes for Lifepath, Bethlehem.
Adam E. Chickey Jr., 71, of Bethlehem, died at home on August 24, 2017. He was a son of the late Esther (Cope) and Adam E. Chickey Sr. He was the husband of Marianne P. (Fidmik) Chickey for 49 years.
He was a member of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He was a senior water controller for the City of Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Department from which he retired after 35 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brian and his wife Francesca; a daughter, Meg; a brother, Joseph Chickey; and a sister, Tina Chickey.
The Rev. Msgr. Richard J. Loeper, 92, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Ghost Parish, Bethlehem, died Aug. 26, 2017, at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary A. (Voelker) Loeper.
He attended Saint Paul Grammar School, Reading, and Reading Central Catholic HS. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Millersville State College and Villanova University, from which he earned a master’s segree in education administration, and from The Institute for Continuing Theological Education at North American College, Rome, Italy.
William C. Kuplen, 93, of Bethlehem, died August 28, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Theresa (Danyi) Kuplen. He was the husband of the late Catherine “Katie” D. (Yurich) Kuplen for 66 years.
He was an U.S. Army member of amphibious operations in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He worked in the construction and maintenance department of Homer Research Laboratory, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, until he retired in July of 1983.
He was a parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Placido Salvatore Fortino, 93, of Bethlehem, died August 22, 2017, at Moravian Village. Born in Easton, he was a son of Filippo Fortino and Sebastiana Mattina Fortino, Sicilian immigrants. He was the husband of the late Ruth Schantz Fortino.
He was a 1941 graduate of Easton HS.
He was a World War II veteran with the First Cavalry Division in the Philippines.
He had a long scientific career with Bell Laboratories, Allentown.