Harry C. Gerstenberg Jr., 63 of Lower Saucon Township, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at St. Luke’s University Hospital-Fountain Hill. He was born in Bethlehem on Dec 25, 1953 to the late Harry C. Gerstenberg. Sr. and Mary E. (Paulus) Gerstenberg. Harry was an Operating Engineer for the Local Union 542 and was previously employed with the Bethlehem Steel. He was a member of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lower Saucon Township, as well as the Lower Saucon Sportsman’s Association. Harry enjoyed riding his Harley, hot rods and hunting. He was a rebel (BA) who lived his life the way he wanted and ‘nobody’ was going to tell him different. He was tough, but fair. Strong, but kind. He was genuine. For this, he was loved by many, certainly upset a few along the way, but was always respected. He will forever be loved and missed.
Harry is survived by his children: Ellie P. Gerstenberg (Dennis Weaver) of Topton and Shaun M. Gerstenberg (Laura) of East Greenville; foster mother: Elizabeth Jani of Bethlehem; siblings: Rosemary Myers (David Sr.) of Bethlehem, Michael Gerstenberg (Alice Coughlin) of Nazareth, Donna Lohman (Rick) of Burgaw, N.C., John Ashworth of Nazareth, Neil Ashworth (Tracy) of Easton, Michelle Melendez (Todd) of Palmerton, Harry (Spike) Furry of Palmerton and Billy Stolz of New Jersey; grandchildren: Luke and Anne Gerstenberg and loving girlfriend of eight years, Joan Koskovich. Harry was predeceased by his parents and foster dad: John Jani.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem. The calling hour will be followed by the service at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at www.harrygerstenberg.shutterfly.com or www.heintzelmancares.com.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the church (zip code: 18015).