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Winnie Joyce Erdman Obituary


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“My thoughts and prayers are with you all as they have been for many months. It has been quite a process for all of you: Winnie's faith has served her...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Hutchins - Portland, ME

“Winnie and I were friends as teenagers, growing up in Greece. There were three of us who were always together, so much so, they called us the Three...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Terry Burrows - West Kennebunk, ME

“What a truly beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Theresa Seekamp - Portland, ME

“Dear Ed, Amy and Mark, Dale and I are so very sorry for Winnie's passing. We know how hard this is for you and how wrong it all feels. We...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Theresa McKeon Griffin - CA

“I send my deepest condolences to Winnie's entire family. I worked with Winnie closely over the past ten years as organist and contractor for the...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Charlotte Mattax Moersch - IL

“My children and I have many fond memories of times spent with Winnie on the UK trip and especially on the boat cruising up the Thames. She was a very...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Michel Lloyd - Bethlehem, PA

“Winnie was such a lovely person and I will miss her. She made each one of us in the Choir feel special. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lynn Long - Bethlehem, PA

“I am a member of the Bach Choir -- have known Winnie for many years. Especially remember her wonderful presence and hard work of the UK Tour. She...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Liz Emmert - Kempton, PA - Friend

“My heartfelt condolences go out to you, Winnie's family. What a wonderful person Winnie was - always a smile and kind words! She will truly be missed...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Laura Welkey


Winifred "Winnie" Joyce (Collins) Erdman, 62 of Bethlehem Township, lost a very courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and died on Friday at her home surrounded by her family. She and her husband Ed celebrated their 41st anniversary on March 15th. Born in Portland, Maine she is the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Flanagan) Collins. Winnie was a very caring and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. A dedicated employee of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for the past 16 years and served as the Deputy Executive Director. Prior to working with Bach, she worked for many years in the Admissions Office at Allentown College. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Surviving with her husband Edward are her daughter Amy, wife of Bryan McDonald of Collegeville, PA, her son Mark and his wife Allison of Columbia, MD, her sisters Carol Reeve of Portland, ME, Susan Costigan of Plymouth, MA, Kathleen Collins of Mt. Holly, NJ and her brother Peter Collins of Jackson, NJ. Her beautiful grandchildren will also miss their Grammy: Nathan, Zoe and Gavin. A Viewing will be held on Monday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Connell Funeral Home 245 East Broad St. Bethlehem. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 3219 Santee Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Burial will be private at Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Memorials may be made in Winnie's name (in lieu of flowers) to: Lustgarten Foundation , 1111 Stewart Ave. Bethpage, NY 11714 or at www.lustgarten.org for the benefit of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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