Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 19, 2019

Robert J. “Spike” Holowka, rigger department worker

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Robert J. “Spike” Holowka, 65, of Hellertown, died Dec. 9, 2018, at his residence. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Stanley and Johanna J. (Laky) Holowka.

He worked in the rigger department of the Bethlehem Steel for many years.

He is survived by two sisters, JoAnn H. Smith of Horseheads, N.Y. and Gloria H. and her husband Frank D. Nastasee of Hellertown.

There are no calling hours. Services are private.

Arrangements were made by Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Hellertown.

Joseph E. Motil, was on Utah Beach on D Day

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph E. Motil, 100, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 12, 2018, at Moravian Village, Bethlehem. Born in Williams Township, he was a son of the late Anna (Mauer) and Alexander Motil. He was the husband of the late Goldie C. (Kovacs) Motil for 65 years.

He worked in the Laros and Bethlehem Silk Mills and for the Bethlehem Steel in the soaking pits and other departments for 40 years.

George J. Libricz Sr., Radprin volunteer

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

George J. Libricz Sr., 92, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 10, 2018. He was a son of the late Mary (Samenig) and Charles Libricz. He was the husband of the late Mary Louise (Grossett) Libricz.

He was a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

He worked for the Bethlehem Steel and the Reading and Conrail Railroads.

He volunteered at Radprin Radio at Northampton Community College; the Da Vinci Center; WDIY Radio as a laborer and on air host; Boys Scouts of America; and the North Central Little League.

George Francis Reisteter, Purple Heart recipient

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

George Francis Reisteter, 93, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 9, 2018, at Sacred Heart Senior Living. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Josef and Suzanna (Svecz) Reisteter. He was the husband of Mary Theresa Reisteter for 66 years.

He was a World War II combat veteran in the U.S. Army. He was aboard the troopship SS Léopoldville that was torpedoed and sank in the English Channel Dec. 24, 1944. He saw combat action in France. He was a purple heart recipient.

He was a draftsman with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He was employed at Fuller Engineering Corporation.

Mary H. Goodwillie, born in Bethlehem

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Mary H. Goodwillie, 94, died Nov. 15, 2018, in her home at Normandie Ridge, York. She was the wife of the late James Macfarlane Goodwillie.

Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Helen Ruth Hurd.

She was a 1942 graduate of Moravian Preparatory School, Bethlehem. She earned a certificate of oral hygiene from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was a dental hygienist.

Thomas B. Payonk, worked for Laneco

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Thomas B. Payonk, 50, of Salisbury Township, died unexpectedly at home on Dec. 2, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Bernard B. and Irene K. Payonk, with whom he lived and cared for as she aged.

He was a 1985 graduate of Salisbury High School.

He worked for Laneco and then for Piramal Critical Care, where he worked until he was no longer able.

He was a member of the Fountain Hill Republican Club, Fountain Hill Democratic Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fountain Hill Hose Company.

Barbara F. Peabody, worked in labor relations

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Barbara F. Peabody, 87, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 24, 2018. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late C. Leonard and Muriel (Sutcliffe) Fisher. She was the wife of the late Jack Peabody.

She worked for 30 years in the labor relations division of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. until she retired in 1982.

She is survived by a daughter, Beth and husband Powers Smith of Lexington, N.C.; a son, John E. of Bethlehem; five grandchildren, David and Joanna, Ben and Ashley, and Becky; and three great-grandchildren, Anna and Asia and Lily, on the way.

Ronald Walter Utley

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Steel project manager

Ronald Walter Utley, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 22, 2018. He was the husband of Sandra (Holtz) Utley for 58 years.

Born Rutland, Vt., he was a son of the late Cecil and Laura Utley.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, from the University of Texas at El Paso and earned a master’s degree in mineral preparation from Penn State University.

He was a project manager with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, a marketing manager for the Fuller Company and a general manager for FFE Minerals USA Inc.

Walene Mary Baunach

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

NEMS teacher

Walene Mary Baunach, 89, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 25, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Walter W. and Irene M. (Griffin) Duffy. She was the wife of the late Arnold M. Baunach for 38 years.

She was a 1951 graduate of Immaculata College and in 1955 earned a master’s degree from Lehigh University.

She was a secondary English and Reading teacher at Northeast Middle School in the Bethlehem Area School District until she retired in 1991. From 1996 until the age of 84, she was a GED and English as a Second Language instructor at Northampton Community College.

Carolyn June Bennick

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

code enforcement officer

Carolyn June Bennick, 67, of Bethlehem, died Nov. 25, 2018. Born in Frostburg, Md., she was a daughter of the late Robert Henry and June Josephine (Senn) Skidmore. She was the wife of Edward E. Bennick.

She was an office assistant and then a code enforcement officer for Bethlehem Township. She was a former owner of Goosey Gander 4, Hellertown.

She was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, where she held the highest position ever by a woman within the union at that time.