RoseMarie DiDonato Fertal, 78, of Bethlehem, died September 21, 2019. Raised in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Domenica (DiCarlo) DiDonato of Italy. She was the wife of George J. Fertal for 60 years.
She attended Liberty High School.
She was a gifted cook and worked in restaurant services at Bethlehem Steel and the Aspen Inn before her retirement.
She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for more than 50 years.
Consuelo G. Strohl, 94, of Macungie, died June 20, 2019, at Lehigh Commons, Macungie. She was a daughter of the late Francisco and Olivideo (Moran) Guerra and stepmother, Loretta Guerra. She was the wife of the late Edwin V. Strohl for 69 years.
She retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., where she had been a secretary and translator for the Mining Department.
She was active in the Altar Guild and the Hospitality committee at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. She was a 25 year volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Hellertown Library and Meals on Wheels.
Charles R. Hills Sr., 94, of Allentown and formerly of Northampton and Maryland, died Sept. 17, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem. Born in Catskill, New York, he was a son of the late Mark H. Hills Sr. and the late Carolyn (Clapper) Hills. He was the husband of the late Ann M. (Wescoe) Hills.
He was a 1942 graduate of Liberty HS, Bethlehem. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lehigh University in 1948.
He was a B-17 navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Nancy J. Hittinger, church secretary
Nancy J. Hittinger, 82, of Bethlehem, died at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth, on September 20, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Margretta (Coursen) Felker. She was the wife of Charles “Bud” F. Hittinger for 63 years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bethlehem, where she was the church secretary for 32 years.
Rose P. (Saurino) Hugitz, 100, of Fountain Hill, died September 13, 2019, at Cedarbrook, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late John A. Hugitz. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Carrie (DeNofa) Saurino.
She was a manger at Grant’s 5&10 and then at McCrory Corporation for over 43 years before she retired.
She was a former member of Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Bethlehem.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Lena; and three brothers, Jack, Thomas and Joseph.
Hilda Curet, 87, of Bethlehem, died September 12, 2019. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Andreas and Juana (Rodriguez) Delgado. She was wife of the late Felix Curet Torres.
She was a sewer at the former Debbie Sue Fashion.
She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
She is survived by three children, Mildred Curet, Jose F. Curet and Ivette Gracia; 10 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Contributions can be made to Holy Infancy Church, 312 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Nancy C. Ihle, 78, of Bethlehem Township, died Sept. 11, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Frances (McGoldrick) Kametz. She was the wife of the late Robert Rackawack and the late Leonard Ihle.
She waitressed for many years at different restaurants, including Twin Lakes Country Club, Collins and the Bushkill Center Hotel. She was an integral part in the startup of the former Candlelight. Later she was a food service manager for the Saucon Valley School District until she retired in 2008 after 22 years.
Luis Augusto Martins, 87, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 7, 2019. Born in Setúbal, Portugal, he was a son of the late Luis de Jesus Martins and Maria d’Ascenção Martins. He was the husband of Maria da Purificação Martins for more than 55 years.
He immigrated to the United States in 1974, and made a career in construction.
Phillip E. Doddy, 89, of Hellertown, died Aug. 31, 2019, at his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Francis J. Sr. and Evelyn C. (Betge) Doddy. He was the husband of Rosemarie R. (Ricci) Doddy for 66 years.
He was in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He worked for the local Carpenters Union for many years.
He was a member of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Hellertown, where he sang in the choir and was a past president of the Holy Name Society.
Edgar Carmelo Negron Sr., 65, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 3, 2019. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Carmelo Negron and of Ana Santiago. He was the husband of Rita Werkheiser for more than 25 years.
He was a Liberty HS graduate.
He was a talented cook and worked in local restaurants.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Edgar Manuel Jr.; a daughter, Chrissy; and a granddaughter, Michelae Negron.
He was predeceased by three siblings, Carmelo Negron Jr., Jose Negron and Eledes Davis.