Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Michele A. Smith, St. Thomas U.C.C. member

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Michele A. Smith, 54, of East Allen Township, died Sept. 17, 2017, at home. Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late William Blair and Laurene (Bruch) Blair of Bethlehem. She was the wife of Ronald Smith for 32 years.

She was a secretary in the medical records department at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, for 35 years.

She was a member of St. Thomas United Church of Christ Church, Bethlehem.

Joseph F. Delker, millwright

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph F. Delker, 75, of Bethlehem, died Sept.13, 2017. Born in Freemansburg, he was a son of the late Joseph and Eva (Skomitz) Delker. He was the husband of the late Madelyn (Zahurak) Delker for 45 years.

He served with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne in the Vietnam War.

He was a millwright for the Bethlehem Steel and then for Atlantic States Pipe.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Repnyek of Hamburg; and a son, Joseph V. Delker and his girlfriend Justine Tafolla of Bethlehem.

Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Daniel T. McNeill, State Representative

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

State Representative Daniel T. McNeill died Sept. 8, 2017. He was a son of the late Alexander and Isabelle (Isaac) McNeill. He was the husband of Jeanne (Mudri) McNeill for 32 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen McNeill of Bethlehem, Shannon McNeill of North Catasauqua and Heather Childress of Allentown; a granddaughter, MacKenzie; a god-son, Van Scott and his husband Bill Clegg of New York; nieces; nephews; and extended family.

Patricia M. Donchez, FHS English Lit teacher

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Patricia M. Donchez, 75, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 9, 2017, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Herishko) Donchez.

She was a graduate of Liberty High School and Moravian College. She earned a master’s degree from Lehigh University.

She was a school teacher at Pennridge HS for 22 years. She taught 12th grade English Literature for 11 years at Freedom HS.

Article By: The Press

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Pedro R. Perez, Holy Infancy Church member

Pedro R. Perez, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 3, 2017. Born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, he was a son of the late Oliva (DeJesus) and Vincente Perez. He was the husband of Josephine (Garza) Perez for 62 years.

He was in the Korean War under the 65th Infantry Division.

He was a marshmallow cook for Just Born for 43 years.

He was a member of Holy Infancy Church.

He was an original member of the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society and a member of many other social clubs in Bethlehem.

Anthony “Tony” J. Holva, cement company worker

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

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., of Kirkland Village

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

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., machine operator

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

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, head accountant

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

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 Lewis Meitzler Jr., of Steel computer research

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

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.