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Obituary for Monica M. Bugbee
Monica M. Bugbee, 87, beloved wife of A. Newton Bugbee, Jr. died peacefully in her Catasauqua home on Sunday, October 28, 2012 surrounded by her family. Monica, daughter of the late Charles J. and Anna M. (Sheers) Hefele, was born on February 2, 1925 at the Hefele family home in Catasauqua. She was a life-long parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Catasauqua. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in Allentown, she was employed at General Ribbon Mills and Blossom Products as an executive secretary. Monica married the love of her life, Newt Bugbee, on January 22, 1949. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year. Over the years, Monica was very active in many civic organizations. As chair of the Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, she was instrumental in having Catasauqua gain the distinction of "Tree City USA." Monica was passionate about local history and was an active member of the Lehigh County Historical Society. She worked as executive secretary to many directors of the society. Later, she worked as Assistant Librarian of the society helping members research their genealogies. Monica was active in the restoration of the George Taylor House in Catasauqua. She co-chaired the committee to have the Taylor House designated a National Historic Landmark. Monica also worked as a librarian at the Whitehall Township Public Library. Monica was a loving mother and is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandson: Barbara and husband Thomas Kauffman of Medina, OH, and children Thomas, Elizabeth and Jacqueline; Victoria and husband George Warren of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and children Georgia, Dylan and Tess; Newton and wife Kathleen of Wilmington, DE and children Megan and Laura; Thomas of Catasauqua and children Olivia, Alex and Monica; James and wife Connie of Moore Township and children Eric and Michael and grandson Collin; Peter and wife Susan Lozada of Coplay and daughter Teofila; sisters Lucia Suppan and Frances Miltenberger and brothers Joseph and Thomas Hefele. She was predeceased by brothers John, Charles and George Hefele. Funeral services will be 10:00am, Saturday November 3rd, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Second and Union Streets, Catasauqua, PA. 18032. Call 7:00pm until 8:30pm Friday Nov. 2nd at Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. 234 Walnut Street Catasauqua, Pa. 18032 and on Saturday Nov. 3rd at the church from 9:00am to 10:00am. Memorial contributions may be given in her name payable to the church or charity of your choice.