Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Glenn C. Burns, roofer, bass player, umpire

Monday, February 17, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Glenn C. Burns, 76, of Bethlehem, died February 6, 2020, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Cacciatore) Burns.He was the husband of Dorothy C. (Shimshy) Burns for 54 years.

He was in the U.S. Navy.

He was a roofer for Kunsman Roofing and Charles Wiggens Roofing for many years before becoming a driver for AD Computers until he took retirement. He was a bass guitar player and played for many bands, including Music Box, Illusions, Listen, Johnny Cass Band, Midnight Special, Steel Creek and ChasBand.

Michael Paul Oriel Sr., Connie Mack Baseball president

Monday, February 17, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Michael Paul Oriel Sr., 73, of Bethlehem, died Feb. 13, 2020, in his home. Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Michael and Catherine (Johnson) Oriel. He was the husband of Deborah (Zingarelli) Oriel for 44 years.

He was in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran.

He coached for the Northwest Little League. He was the president of Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball for 20 years, where he was on the board and was a coach for a 30-year span.

Eugene C. Dorsey Jr., market dairy manager

Monday, February 17, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Eugene C. Dorsey Jr., 79, of Whitehall, died Feb. 14, 2020, in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Eugene C. Dorsey Sr and Marjorie (Warg) Dorsey. He was the husband of Sandra (Zellner) Dorsey for 48 years.

He was a 1958 Liberty HS graduate.

He was a mechanic in the United States Air Force.

Gene worked as a dairy manager for A&P supermarket and SuperFresh.

He is survived by two sons, Mark D. Dorsey and his wife Jacqueline of Whitehall and Christopher A. Dorsey and his wife Charline of Gold; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Heather Rizzotto-Stefanik, NCBA legal secretary

Monday, February 10, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Heather Rizzotto-Stefanik, 47, of Bethlehem, died Feb. 4, 2020. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late James L. Rizzotto Jr. and Debbie (Black) Rizzotto. She was the wife of the late Michael Stefanik.

She was a 1990 graduate of Liberty HS, and earned an associate degree from Northampton Community College.

She was a legal secretary for the Northampton County Bar Association for 19 years.

James Meixell, sports writer; BASD teacher

Monday, February 10, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

James “Ted” Meixell, 78, of Bethlehem, died February 4, 2020. He was a son of the late Faye (Yost) and James F. Meixell. He was the husband of Judith E. (Geyer) Meixell for 55 years.

He graduated from Liberty High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and a master’s degree from Kutztown.

He taught at Liberty and Freedom High School before becoming a sportswriter for many years with the Morning Call. He was named the Pennsylvania Wrestling Sports Writer of the Year in 1987-88.

Glenn C. Burns, roofer, bass player, umpire

Monday, February 10, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Glenn C. Burns, 76, of Bethlehem, died February 6, 2020, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Cacciatore) Burns.He was the husband of Dorothy C. (Shimshy) Burns for 54 years.

He was in the U.S. Navy.

He was a roofer for Kunsman Roofing and Charles Wiggens Roofing for many years before becoming a driver for AD Computers until he took retirement. He was a bass guitar player and played for many bands, including Music Box, Illusions, Listen, Johnny Cass Band, Midnight Special, Steel Creek and ChasBand.

William Starrett, analyst, research technician

Monday, February 10, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

William Starrett, 95, of Bethlehem, died February 2, 2020, while in the care of Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Henry A. and Alma B (Hocker) Starrett. He was the husband of the late Ann (Ulrich) Starrett for 56 years.

He was a 1942 Balboa High School graduate. He graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor of science degree.

He was in the U.S. Army with the 155th Airborne and Glider division during World War II.

Barry L. Decker, worked in print shop

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Barry L. Decker, 78, of Allentown, died January 24, 2020 at Gracedale Nursing Home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Frederick and Rose (Pumm) Decker. He was the husband of Anita L. (Bloch) Decker for 57 years.

Before he retired, he held various truck driving positions and also worked 18 years in the print shop at Bethlehem Steel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Jeffrey M. and his wife Mary of Emmaus; a sister, Beverly Sweitzer of Berlin, Maryland; three grandchildren, Zachary, Kerstin and Paige; and a great-granddaughter, Zayyan.

John V. Reynolds, Moravian College professor

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

John V. Reynolds, 68, died Jan. 27, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem, from cancer. He was the husband of Rachel Reynolds for 46 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and a doctorate of philosophy degree from Rutgers University, both in political science.

He was a professor of political science at Moravian College, using the study of American politics to show students how to question, analyze and trust the power of institutions to preserve democracy, from 1979 until his death.