Rita S. Richards, 59, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 24, 2017, in ManorCare of Bethlehem. Born in Valley City, N.D., she was a daughter of the late David Borchert and Beth (Collins) Borchert of North Dakota. She was the wife of Robert Richards for 24 years.
She was a supervisor of group homes for Lifepath, Bethlehem.
Adam E. Chickey Jr., 71, of Bethlehem, died at home on August 24, 2017. He was a son of the late Esther (Cope) and Adam E. Chickey Sr. He was the husband of Marianne P. (Fidmik) Chickey for 49 years.
He was a member of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He was a senior water controller for the City of Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Department from which he retired after 35 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brian and his wife Francesca; a daughter, Meg; a brother, Joseph Chickey; and a sister, Tina Chickey.
The Rev. Msgr. Richard J. Loeper, 92, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Ghost Parish, Bethlehem, died Aug. 26, 2017, at Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary A. (Voelker) Loeper.
He attended Saint Paul Grammar School, Reading, and Reading Central Catholic HS. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Millersville State College and Villanova University, from which he earned a master’s segree in education administration, and from The Institute for Continuing Theological Education at North American College, Rome, Italy.
William C. Kuplen, 93, of Bethlehem, died August 28, 2017, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Theresa (Danyi) Kuplen. He was the husband of the late Catherine “Katie” D. (Yurich) Kuplen for 66 years.
He was an U.S. Army member of amphibious operations in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He worked in the construction and maintenance department of Homer Research Laboratory, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, until he retired in July of 1983.
He was a parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Placido Salvatore Fortino, 93, of Bethlehem, died August 22, 2017, at Moravian Village. Born in Easton, he was a son of Filippo Fortino and Sebastiana Mattina Fortino, Sicilian immigrants. He was the husband of the late Ruth Schantz Fortino.
He was a 1941 graduate of Easton HS.
He was a World War II veteran with the First Cavalry Division in the Philippines.
He had a long scientific career with Bell Laboratories, Allentown.
Joseph James Horvath, 84, of Bethlehem, died August 21, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Joseph and Veronica (Olexa) Horvath.
He was the husband of the late Shirley (Frank) Horvath for 58 years.
He served in the U. S. Army.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel. He later was a sorter for the U. S. Postal Service for 30 years and retired in 1997.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem.
Theresa Nieves, 56, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 22, 2017, while in the care of St. Luke’s Hospice House and her family. She was a daughter of Juan Nieves of Bethlehem and the late Miquelina Nieves.
She worked in customer service for HOP Energy.
She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Trisha Puyarena of Bethlehem and Tamara and her husband Michael Sobkow of Philadelphia; a son, Timothy Byrd of Delaware; a brother, Juan Nieves Jr.; two sisters, Doreen Kish and Maria Nieves; and four grandchildren.
Olga M. Milositz, 93, of Bethlehem, died Aug.12, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Parascevia “Pauline” Gregoris. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Milositz for 55 years.
She worked at Laros and Fountain Hill Silk Mills, Bethlehem, before she retired.
She was a parishioner of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church.
She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Robert E. Stofko Sr., 77, of Allentown and formerly of Bethlehem, died Aug. 7, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg Campus. He was a son of the late John and Anna (Szabo) Stofko. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ann (Deutsch) Stofko.
He attended Liberty High School and Bethlehem Vocational Technical School.
He retired from Durkee Famous Foods after 29 years of service as a kettleman worker in the coconut department, warehouse worker, sanitation and scrubber operator.
John J. Dancho Jr., 72, of Bethlehem Township, died Aug. 13, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Judd) Dancho. He was the husband of Sheree (Johns) Dancho for 32 years.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam War.
He was the owner and operator of Dancho Sanitation for over 40 years. Prior to that, he was a Bethlehem police officer for two years.