Sister M. Rene (Doris) Parent, 75, of the School Sisters of St. Francis United States Province, died Sept. 30, 2018, at St. Francis Convent, Bethlehem, where she professed her first vows in 1963. She entered from Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield, Mass.
She was a daughter of the late Raoul and Rita (Lescarbeau) Parent.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Holy Family College, Philadelphia.
Edward J. Crocus, 93, of Bethlehem, died Oct. 07, 2018. He was the husband of the late Helen (Press) Crocus for 68 years.
He was in the US Navy during World War II.
He was a parishioner of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and was a formerly a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, where he was a member of the pierogi team.
He was an honorary member of the Nam Knights. He was active in the coordination of Pulaski Day in Bethlehem. He was a member of the Polish American Citizen Club, Allentown.
Thomas J. Kovacs, 79, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 26, 2018. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Bridget (Wayne) Kovacs. He was the husband of Elaine (Mihaljow) Kovacs for 55 years.
He was a 1957 graduate of Liberty High School.
He was an U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Saratoga.
He worked in the sales department of the Bethlehem Steel for 38 years.
He was a life member of the USS Saratoga Association and attended many of the reunions.
Harry T. Eckert, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 24, 2018, at Traditions of Hanover. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Harry L. and Helena (Kepfer) Eckert. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Tusak) Eckert for 38 years.
A combat veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a radar technician and operator with the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954; and earned the rank of sergeant.
He was a tester in the quality control lab for 33 years for the Bethlehem Steel.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Bethlehem Lodge 283.
Joseph “Sam” Midash, OLPH church member
Joseph “Sam” Midash, 91, of Bethlehem, died after a long illness on Sept. 23, 2018, at home. Born in McAdoo, he was a son of the late John and Elizabeth (Galik) Midash. He was the husband of Dorothy (Ornowski) Midash for 70 years.
He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation until he took retirement in 1989.
He was a member of the VFW, Post #15040.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
James J. Hydusik, 86, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 28, 2018, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Fountain Hill. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Rose Hydusik. He was the husband of the late Geraldine M. (Henick) Hydusik.
He was in the United States Navy.
He was a salesman for most of his life at Perdue Fredrick. He was a piano instructor.
He was of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by a step-daughter, Susan Bennicas; two grandchildren, Anthony and Allie Bennicas; a great-grandson, Slade; and a great-granddaughter, Wynter.
Carol A. Smith, 57, of Allentown, died Sept. 26, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, Allentown. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Marlene (Erb) Souders.
She was a payroll log analyst for many years with Community Health Systems, Bethlehem.
She is survived by a son, Zachary R. Smith; and a brother, Charles Souders.
Funeral services will be private.
Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society-Lehigh Valley, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
James R. Muschlitz, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 23, 2018, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Mary (Rupple) and Clarence Muschlitz. He was the husband of the late Regena “Reggie” Muschlitz for 21 years.
He attended Penn State and Lehigh University and was a 1958 graduate of Kutztown State University. He earned a Master’s Degree from Temple University.
He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Donald M. DeLong, 75, died on Sept. 25, 2018, in Palmetto, Fla., after a brief illness. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Clarence and Eleanor DeLong. He was the husband of Donis DeLong for 57 years.
He was an U.S.A.F. veteran.
He worked for the Bethlehem Steel for 33 years.
He was a member of U.S.W. Local 2600, and was a recording secretary for several years.
Patricia A. Carballo, 78, of Bethlehem Township, died Sept. 14, 2018, while in the care of the St. Luke’s Hospice House. She was the wife of Ramon “Cholo” Carballo for 44 years. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Devereaux) Cannon.
She was a nurse aide at Cedarbrook Fountain Hill for 20 years until she retired in 1995. She also worked for the Allentown State Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital.
She was a member of the Heights A.A.