Maryann “Buzz” (Bowe) Rich, 79, of Bethlehem, died July 3, 2019, while in the care of St. Luke’s Hospice House. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Virginia (Thomas) Bowe.
She was a 1957 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School.
She worked for the Dioceses of Scranton and Allentown. She operated the Holy Infancy Gift Shop, Bethlehem, for 10 years.
She attended St. Ursula Catholic Church, Fountain Hill.
Mirna M. Garcia, 53, of Bethlehem, died July 3, 2019, at home. She was the wife of Abimael Dominguez.
Born in Isabela, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Jorge Luis Nieves and Carmen Medina.
She was a member of Holy Infancy Church, Bethlehem.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Abimael Jr. and Anthony; two daughters, Blanca Iris Narvaez and Michelle Narvaez; five brothers, Roger, Miguel, Luis and Jose Mercado and Nestor Nieves; two sisters, Maria Gonzalez and Miriam Nieves; and eight grandchildren.
Judi C. Mehringer, 60, of Catasauqua and formerly of Bethlehem, died July 3, 2019.
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of Michael Mehringer and the late Ida (Berecz)Mehringer.
She is survived by a son, Aaron E. Klesh; stepmother, Sandra Mehringer; a brother, John Mehringer; a sister, Nora H. Mehringer; nieces; nephews; a half brother, Michael Hans Mehringer; a half-sister, Erika Aimee Mehringer; and two step sisters, Andrea Lynn Knope and Natalie Renee Snedaker.
Elizabeth “Betty” (Conelias) Ferguson, 90, of Wellington, Florida, died July 1, 2019. She was a daughter of Pavlos and Marianthe (Foundos) Conelias and grew up in Astoria, New York. She was the wife of the late John S. Ferguson.
She was retired from a successful career at Macy’s.
She is survived by a daughter, Marianne Ferguson; a sister, Fanny Hutchingson and Trent and Joanne Conelias; nieces; and nephews.
Raymond B. Lipsky, 80, of Bethlehem, died June 27, 2019, in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Agnes and Henry Lipsky. He was the husband of Carolyn Lipsky for 50 years.
He was a 1956 graduate of Bethlehem High School.
He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957-1960 and was stationed in Albany, Georgia.
He worked for Banko Beverages and then with Bethlehem Steel for 26 years. He was a school bus driver for the Bethlehem Area School District for 23 years.
He was an Eucharistic Minister for Notre Dame Parish and visited the sick at Muhlenberg.
Wally “Sonny” Beck Jr., 80, of Bethlehem, died June 28, 2019, in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Walter and Harriet (Ritter) Beck Sr. He was the husband of Ann (Schimmel) Beck for 35 years.
He was in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for over 30 years for the former Western Electric and Lucent Technologies.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Walter Beck, Robert Rowe and David Rowe; three daughters, Julie “Beck” Pecuch, Deborah Trexler and Karen Bitterle; a sister, Sandra Trommatter; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
David M. Matweecha, 81, of Bethlehem, died June 29, 2019. Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Michael and Helen (Watro) Matweecha. He was the husband of Joanne J. (Gross) Matweecha.
He was in the Naval Reserve for 20 years.
He was a sales engineer and project manager for FL Smidth before retiring.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas (Tracey) and Dean; a daughter, Pamela (Carl); a step-daughter, Joan Werley; and two grandchildren, Winter and Grace.
Arrangements were made by Pearson Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.
Mary D. Raichel, 70, of Bethlehem and a resident of Holy Family Manor, died June 22, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Lower Saucon Township. Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Smith) Downey.
She was a market researcher for many years with Bruno & Ridgeway Associates, Lawrenceville, N.J., before retiring.
She was of the Presbyterian faith.
Joyce Arlene Kraft, 94, life-long Allentown resident, died June 28, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Roy and Anna (Jacoby) Snyder. She was the wife of the late Melvin Edwin Kraft.
She was a 1941 graduate of Allentown High School.
She was last employed at General Electric. Previously she worked in Hess’s department store.
James E. Lechman, 77, of Bethlehem Township, died June 25, 2019. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late John and Anna M. (Helmecy) Lechman. He was the husband of the late JudyAnn L. (Davis) Lechman.
He was a general foreman in the electrical and machine shop of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and was very knowledgeable of Bethlehem Steel history.
He was a member of the North East Lion’s Club.