Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bernard F. Sagan Sr., electrician

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Bernard “Ben” F. Sagan Sr., 82, formerly of Bethlehem, died Aug. 14, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Palmyra, where he was currently residing. Born in Hokendauqua, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Kovalchick) Saganowich. He was the husband of Mary D. (Budihas) Sagan for 58 years.

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was an electrician for the former Graphic Management Associates of Allentown for many years before he retired. Prior to that, he was a sewing machine mechanic for various businesses in the Lehigh Valley.

Elsie Mae Mullin Thomas, of Kirkland Village

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Elsie Mae Mullin Thomas, 94, of Kirkland Village, Bethlehem, died July 21, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem. She was born in Pottsville. She was the wife of the late Herman Thomas.

She graduated with honors from Vermont College of Norwich University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree. She was a Master Gardener.

She was employed in insurance, fundraising, and customer relations. She was a freelance writer.

Carlton W. Fink, electrical draftsman

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Carlton W. Fink, 93, formerly of Whitehall, died August 5, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Walter and Marguerite (Repsher) Fink. He was the husband of the late Hulda E. (Mosser) Fink for 43 years.

He was in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II with the B-29’s in the electrical field with radar and code. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was an electrical draftsman for UGI, Mack Truck and PP&L until he took retirement.

He was a member of St. John’s UCC Fullerton.

Diane Elizabeth Rudolph, BASD elementary teacher

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Diane Elizabeth Rudolph, 70, of Bethlehem Township, died August 3, 2017, in her home. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Melin) Grady.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University.

She taught elementary school students for more than 45 years in the Bethlehem Area School District.

Debra Marie Swope, Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran member

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Debra “Debbie” Marie Swope, 63, of Bethlehem, died August 2, 2017.

Born in Sacramento, Calif. she was a daughter of Clifford Loy Lutton and Joan Antonia Lopez.

She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her life partner, David Lee; two daughters, Crystal Lutton and Suzanne Swope; and two sisters, Cindy Schwimer and Lisa Guido.

Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, 75 E. Union Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Peter M. Kladias, Owned M.P. Kladias & Son

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Peter M. Kladias, 88, died July 29, 2017. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Michael P. and Sophia (Sotirakis) Kladias. He was the husband of the late Athena (Tsihlis) Kladias.

He was a 1947 graduate of Liberty HS and of Roosevelt Aviation School, where he trained to become an aircraft mechanic.

He was in the Air Force during the Korean War and serviced the Constellation, President Eisenhower’s plane.

He was a self-employed painting contractor and operated M.P. Kladias & Son for 60 years.

Marian Bove, Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church member

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Marian Bove, 90, of Bethlehem, died on July 29, 2017. Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Palmer) Galik. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Bove.

She was a Hazleton HS graduate.

She was a parishioner of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Nadine; two sons, Michael and Joseph; a daughter, Marie; seven grandchildren; and her great grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the church, 730 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Carmen Velez, Holy Infancy Catholic Church member

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Carmen Velez, 72, of Bethlehem, died, July 31, 2017, in her home. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of the late Marcos and Lucia (Correa) Arroyo. She was the wife of the late Francisco Velez for 53 years.

She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Zoraida and her husband Angel Diaz, Miriam and her husband Rafael Perez and Mirsa Rosales and her boyfriend Carlos; two brothers, Juan and Virgilio Arroyo; two sisters, Maria Cardona and Blanca Arroyo; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.