Louise Ackerman Cofenas
Louise Ackerman Cofenas, 95, of Bethlehem, died on Saturday, January 5, 2013 in Cedarbook Fountain Hill, with her son by her side. She was the wife of the late Robert T. Cofenas, to whom she had been married for 55 years, at the time of his death in 1993; mother of the late Carolann L. Miller, her daughter, who died on December 31, 2010. One of nine children, she was born in Bethlehem, to the late Alexander Ackerman, Sr. and Lena (Bauernhuber). Both Louise and her late husband, were the proprietors of Bobs Tavern, on 5th and Buchanan Streets in Bethlehem from 1948 to 1967. Louise also worked at Laros Mills, Goldsborough Silk Mills, Moravian College, Lehigh University, Bethlehem Area School District, Holy Family Manor, and the Newman Center at Lehigh University. She was a member of the former Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish, now Incarnation of our Lord Parish, Bethlehem. Louise was a avid reader who enjoyed books and magazines. She loved to play cards, going for car rides, and visiting her family and friends. Her enjoyment included her past vacations to the New Jersey Shore and the Pocono Mountains. Louise had a great love for real flowers in her home and on her lawn. She loved sightseeing and her trips to New York to see Broadway Shows. She was a very fine cook all these years, and she had a great love for sports, especially her Phillies and the Eagles. Louise cherished several international trips to Europe, especially the privilege she had twice of personally meeting in Rome with His Holiness, Blessed Pope John Paul II. Her Catholic Faith was the sustaining treasure throughout her entire life, and she had a special love of praying her daily Rosary. The family of the late Louise J. Cofenas extends its deepest appreciation to the Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, Aides, and Staff of Cedarbrook Fountain Hill for the wonderful commitment and care for Louise during her stay there when they lovingly cared for her like a member of their own families. Word alone cannot convey the sincerest thanks of her family to Cedarbrook Fountain Hill. Survivors:
Louise dedicated her life to her family and will be lovingly remembered by her son, Dr. Robert G. Cofenas, Ed. D. of Bethlehem; grandson, Jeffrey S. Miller, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, husband of Loraine Barber Miller; son-in-law, Harold A. Miller of Northampton; brother, Ferdinand Ackerman, Sr. of Bethlehem, husband of the late Dorothy Ackerman; nephew, Robert A. Ackerman, wife of Gloria Ackerman; sister-in-law, Margaret Ackerman, wife of the late Michael Ackerman, Sr.; cousin, Marie Werkheiser, wife of the late Herbert Werkheiser; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends. She was also predeceased by seven of her siblings, Joseph, Theresa, Anna, Michael, Frank, Alexander, Jr., and Nicholas. Services:
A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish, 617 Pierce St., Bethlehem. Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., both at the Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway Fountain Hill. Interment will be in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. To send an online condolence, please visit Louises book of memories at: www.cantelmifuneralhome.com
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