Bethlehem Press

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Richard H. McGee Sr., blast furnance maintenance person

Monday, February 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Richard H. McGee Sr., 81, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 20, 2017, in St. Luke’s Hospital - Fountain Hill Campus. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late James J. McGee Sr. and Mary Margaret (Pilzer) McGee. He was the husband of Janeth L. (Harryn) McGee for 59 years.

He worked on the maintenance gang for 30 years in the blast furnance and Homer Research Lab at Bethlehem Steel until he retired in 1985. He then worked part time at Saucon Valley Country Club and for Lutron.

He was a parishioner of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Colesville.

Rudolph Wirth Jr., assistant plant director

Monday, February 6, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Rudolph “Rudy” Wirth Jr., 82, of Whitehall and formerly of Allentown, died Jan. 28, 2017 in Whitehall Manor. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Rudolph Wirth Sr. and the late Emma (Schrampf) Wirth.

He was a 1953 graduate of Allentown High School.

He was a construction inspector for the City of Allentown until he retired in 1996. He was previously the assistant plant director at Moravian College, Bethlehem, for 20 years.

Joseph F. Gilley III

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

lifelong steelworker

Joseph F. Gilley III, of Macungie, died Dec. 30, 2016, at his home. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of Joseph F. Gilley Jr. and Hilda M. (Sherman) Gilley. He was the husband of Marlene (Kerath) Gilley for 55 years and of the late Doris (Powell) Gilley.

He was a Fountain Hill HS graduate. He graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering.

He was in the military police in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for all of his working years.

Mary E. Tomolovski, senior sales assistant

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Mary E. Tomolovski, 85, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 27, 2017, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Gallagher) Ault. She was the wife of Harry Tomolovski Jr. for 53 years.

She was a 1949 graduate of Bethlehem High School.

She was a senior sales assistant in the sheet department of Bethlehem Steel for 30 years until she retired in 1980.

Paul C. Harvilla, City of Bethlehem firefighter

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Paul C. Harvilla, 62, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 22, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Marie (Pavelko) and Joseph “Pugets” Harvilla.

He was a City of Bethlehem firefighter and had retired from the job after 37 years of service.

He was a member of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish Catholic Church.

He was a member of the Grover Cleveland Democratic Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the National Sokols Club, all in Bethlehem.

Sterling R. Schaffer, BOF clerk

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Sterling R. Schaffer, 68, of Bethlehem, died Jan.23, 2017. He was the son of Irene J. (Bloom) and Sterling F. Schaffer. He was the husband of Joan E. (Langensiepen) Schaffer for 41 years.

He was in the United States Army.

He was a clerk in the Basic Oxygen Furnace at Bethlehem Steel Corp.

He was a member of the Mountainview Moravian Church, Hellertown; and of the Moravian Cursillo community.

He was a bowling coach at Town and Country Lanes for 20 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by family and friends.

Charles R. Lellyo

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

boiler operator

Charles R. Lellyo, 83, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 18, 2017, in the home of his daughter, Diane, in Wallingford, Delaware County. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Michael and Theresa (Horvath) Lellyo. He was the husband of the late Mary L. (Laudenslager) Lellyo.

He was a graduate of Temple University where he earned a master’s degree in education. He completed his undergraduate work at Moravian College.

He was employed as a boiler operator for 40 years at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, from which he retired in 1992.

Lorraine R. Fondl

Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Notre Dame R. C. Church member

Lorraine R. Fondl, 86, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 23, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Hugh and Louise (Holletz) McFadden. She was the wife of to the late Rudolph Fondl for 58 years.

She was a parishioner of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church.

She was a member of the 55+ Club. She bowled with the Alley Cats.