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Stephen J. Gasper

May 4, 1936 — October 21, 2023

Stephen J. Gasper, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Born on May 4, 1936, in Bath, he was the son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Kleinschuster) Gasper.

Stephen proudly served our country in the United States Army. After being discharged from the military, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and had a successful career as the director of industrial operations for Ametek. Stephen was extremely intelligent—he enjoyed learning new things. He had a fond love for the sea, especially fishing—it also brought him great joy to do gardening around his home and take trips to Lancaster and Vermont. Stephen had a special place in his heart for his two beloved dogs, Jackson and Max.

He had an extremely charismatic and warm personality, people near and far were attached to him. Above all, Stephen loved his family, they were so important to him, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Stephen will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Nancy Aaroe and her husband, Paul and Susan Bostian and her husband, Christopher; six grandchildren, Annie Mailloux and her husband, Cliff, Paul Aaroe and his fiancé, Allie, Nicholas Aaroe, Rosemary Bostian, Benjamin Bostian and John Bostian; one great-grandson, Tommy; and his five siblings, Ann Wehr, George Gasper, Marie Herschman, John Gasper, and Frank Gasper.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death and reunited with the love of his life, Georgene Gasper who passed in 1985, and his infant sister, Catherine Gasper.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Another visitation will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 10-10:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3219 Santee Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020 with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

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