Craig Lee Bartholomew September 11, 1938 - April 19, 2021

Craig Lee Bartholomew, 82, of Lower Macungie Twp., passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, in his home. He was the husband of Ann E. (Seed) Bartholomew. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in September 2020. Born in Hellertown, he was a son of the late Llewellyn and Jean (Schrantz) Bartholomew. Craig graduated from Hellertown HS and received his B.A. degree from Penn State. He was a Specialist Fifth Class with the US Army during the Cold War. He was a purchasing agent for Bethlehem Steel for 35 years before retiring in 1998.

Craig was a founding member and was very active with Lower Macungie Historical Society and the Bartholomew Center for the Preservation of Lower Macungie Township History, which is named in Craig and Ann’s honor. He is a past board member of the 1803 House in Emmaus, the Lehigh County Conservation District, and the Canal Museum in Easton. Craig did original research for the anthracite-iron industry in the Lehigh Valley. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree at Irvine Ranch in California. Craig met his wife at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he studied in 1960–61. He and his wife travelled around the country with their children and visited many National Parks. They shared a keen interest in environmental and historical conservation, remodeling their home, and history, especially grist mills.

Survivors: Wife, Ann; Daughter: Kathryn Ruch and her companion Ronald Bray of Bethlehem; Son: Jonathan Bartholomew and his wife Traci Chenette of Portland, OR; Granddaughter: Elizabeth Kuhns and her husband Matthew of Macungie; Great-grandson: Bradley Kuhns; Brothers: Michael, Keith, Kelly and his wife Cheryl; Sister: Lisa Bartholomew.

Services: 11 am Monday, Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., 274 N. Krocks Rd., Allentown 18106. Call 10 – 11 am Monday in the funeral home. www.stephensfuneral.com. Masks will be required and COVID restrictions will be observed.

Contributions may be made in Craig’s memory to Bartholomew Center for the Preservation of Lower Macungie Township History, PO Box 3722, Emmaus, PA 18049.


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