Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Edward Orak, truck driver

Monday, March 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Edward Orak, 64, of Walnutport and formerly of Fords, N.J., died March 18, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. He was the husband of the late Christine (LaVista) Orak and the fiancee of Jacqueline Lajewski for 16 years.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., he was a son of the late John and Anna (Tomas) Orak.

An independent truck driver all his life, he also worked for General Motors Corporation before he retired.

He was a former member of Our Lady of Peace R. C. Church, Fords, N.J.

Ethel Mae (McAuliffe) DiDonato, St. Stephen’s E.L.C. member

Monday, March 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ethel Mae “Sis” (McAuliffe) DiDonato, 87, of Bethlehem, died March 21, 2018. She was the wife of the late John C. DiDonato. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John McAuliffe and Catherine (Bartholmew) Chlebove.

She worked in several positions for area businesses over the years, most recently with American Greetings.

She was a member of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, where she helped with Vacation Bible School and other things.

She participated in the adult day program at Westminster Village.

Eliseo Ocampo, university chef

Monday, March 26, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Eliseo “Leo” Ocampo, 93, of Bethlehem, died at his residence on March 20, 2018. Born in Ameca Jalisco, Mexico, he was a son of the late Francisco and Maria (Ochoa) Ocampo. He was the husband of Guadalupe “Lupe” Ocampo for 70 years.

He was a chef for 35 years at several Lehigh Valley area universities until he retired in 1994 from M.W. Wood.

He was a parishioner of Holy Infancy Catholic Church.

Audrey E. Heil, CASD bus driver

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Audrey E. Heil, 77, of North Catasauqua, died March 13, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest. She was the wife of Latta “Sonny” Heil of North Catasauqua.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late James and Evelyn (Pell) Bixler.

She was a bus driver for the Catasauqua Area School District.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, where she sang with the church choir, taught Sunday School and served on the church council.

Dorothy “Dotsy” E. Sabota, steel department supervisor

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Dorothy “Dotsy” E. Sabota, 84, of Bethlehem, died March 12, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Stefan and Anna (Cupinka) Sobota.

She was a Liberty High School graduate.

She was the supervisor of the Data Processing Department from 1952 to 1986 for the Bethlehem Steel. She then worked for Allied Personnel Services for 10 years.

She was a life-long member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

She bowled in the Hellertown Bowling League.

Josephine Gonzalez, steel secretary, translator

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Josephine “Nena” Gonzalez, 94, of Bethlehem, died March 13, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Eugene Gonzalez and Josefa (Vincente) and her husband the late Roman Garcia.

She was a graduate of Bethlehem Business School.

She was a secretary and translator in the mining department for the Bethlehem Steel until she retired. She then worked part-time for City Hall.

She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church.

Ralph A. Gerra, steel special tax counsel

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ralph A. Gerra, 98, died March 6, 2018, in Bethlehem. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Martin and Margaret Gerra of Brooklyn. He was the husband of the late Barbara Gerra for 64 years.

He graduated from Brooklyn Prep. He was the class valedictorian of and graduated with honors from Notre Dame University. He graduated with a law degree from Columbia Law School.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, stationed in Adak, Alaska; and in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1955.

Ralph A. Gerra, steel special tax counsel

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Ralph A. Gerra, 98, died March 6, 2018, in Bethlehem. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Martin and Margaret Gerra of Brooklyn. He was the husband of the late Barbara Gerra for 64 years.

He graduated from Brooklyn Prep. He was the class valedictorian of and graduated with honors from Notre Dame University. He graduated with a law degree from Columbia Law School.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, stationed in Adak, Alaska; and in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1955.