Ruth S. Allen, 87, died Dec. 21, 2017, in her home at Sterling Heights Community, Bethlehem. Born in Somerville, N.J., she resided in New Jersey for many years before moving to Bethlehem in 2015. She was the wife of the late James Allen for 68 years.
She was a past member of Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung, N.J.
She was active with the Muhlenberg Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Plainfield, N.J., for many years.
Frank W. Baggest, 79, died Jan. 5, 2018, at Praxis, Easton.
He was in the U.S. Army for three years.
He worked at the Bethlehem Steel from 1965 until he took retirement.
He is survived by a brother, James and his wife Alberta of Bethlehem; a daughter, Laraine and her husband Stratos Kossis of Nazareth; a son, David and his wife Julie of Murrieta, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Guillermo Gonzalez, 67, of Bethlehem, and formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Jan. 1, 2018, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born in Puebla Mexico, he was a son of the late Josafat and Ausencia (Enriques) Gonzalez. He was the husband of Carmen (Villanueva Rojas) Gonzalez for 43 years.
He worked in building maintenance for many years in the union before he retired.
He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R. C. Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Bethlehem.
Robert J. Wirth, 72, of Allentown, died suddenly on Jan. 3, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Myrtle Wirth.
He was a Dieruff H. S. graduate.
He worked for Allentown State Hospital for 40 years before he retired. He then worked and volunteered at both the Allentown and Bethlehem Salvation Army facilities.
He helped, for many years, with bingo which benefited the Eastside Youth Center.
Margit Ertl, 83, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 2, 2018, at Easton Hospital. Born in Rabatotfalu, Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Koroy and Elona (Shemenck) Domyan. She was the wife of the late John P. Ertl for 52 years.
After immigrating to the United States in 1958, she was a garment industry presser for 37 years in many Lehigh Valley area factories until she retired in 1996.
She was a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.
Harold W. Fabian, 97, of Bethlehem, died January 9, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem. Born in North Saucon Township, he was a son of the late Warren and Eva (Moyer) Fabian. He was the husband of the late Arlene M. (Ritter) Fabian.
He was a self-employed farmer for 45 years, and operated Camel’s Hump Farm, Bethlehem Township, until he retired in 1987.
He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hecktown, where he was a former council member for 24 years and president of the church property committee for 45 years.
Helen Seidenberger, 90, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 10, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Glenna (Miller) and John Dahlof. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Seidenberger.
Earlier in life, she worked for Western Electric.
She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and James, and a daughter, Judy and her husband Michael Stern, all of Bethlehem; four grandchildren, Bryan, Amanda, Joseph and Elizabeth; and four great- grandchildren, Lilly, Thea, Rowan and Robert.
Rita A. Kapun, 66, of Bethlehem, died suddenly on Jan. 3, 2017. Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late Casmir and Helen (Bednarik) Szczepanski. She was the wife of Edward J. Kapun for 42 years.
She was a parishioner of Incarnation of Our Lord Church, and was active in the seniors group and activities of the parish.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Matthew S. of Hellertown; a daughter, Marie N. and her husband Chris Embardino of Lancaster; a sister, Rosemarie Szczepanski; and two brothers, Joseph Szczepanski, and Thomas Szczepanski.
Josephine Slonaker, 87, of Whitehall, died on Dec. 22, 2017, at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ferdinand and Vilma (Gergowicz) Kantz. She was the wife of the late Francis E. Slonaker Sr.
She was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic HS. She was a clerk at Hilbert’s Pharmacy and Gifts until the age of 80, when she retired. Earlier, she worked for GE / Black and Decker, Allentown.
Charles Ryall Ryder, 64, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 06, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital after a courageously fought six year battle with cancer. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Charles S. and Arlene M. (Weirbach) Ryder. He was the husband of Rosanne Marie (Shamenek) Ryder for 46 years.
He was a Liberty High School graduate.
He worked in production with the Coca Cola Bottling Company for 25 years, Pillsbury and, most recently, B. Braun Medical Inc.