William Elek

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William A. Elek, III, 79, of Lower Saucon, PA, died at his residence in March 2021 with his family by his side. He was born in Bethlehem on August 18, 1941; son of the late William A. Elek, Jr. and Ann (Longo) Elek. William is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Jeanne (Danek) Elek. William will be lovingly remembered for his kindness, selflessness, and loyalty. He was a humble man with a great sense of humor; his personality made him easy to love by all. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School where he was a standout athlete and earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s where he was the class president and captain of the soccer team. William honorably enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. William dedicated 37 years of his career to the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in management and consulting. He also worked for the family business, Elek Plumbing, until his retirement. William was active in several local organizations which stemmed from his lifelong family connection to Bethlehem. He was extremely faithful, as demonstrated by his activity at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Bethlehem, where he served on numerous committees. Throughout his spiritual life, he was dedicated to 2 men’s prayer groups as well as preparing meals and supporting the Victory House community. William was an avid golfer and volunteered at the Lehigh University Golf Learning Center, in addition to coaching his children’s sporting events throughout their lives. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Jeanne; daughters, Kirsten Cary and husband, Jeffrey; Brittany Azzolina and husband, Joseph; Regan Palazzo and husband, Michael; and son, William A. Elek, IV and wife Fabiana; as well as his brother, Stephen and wife, Kathleen. William was preceded in death by his sister, Anita Zambelli. William, known and loved as “Pop Pop”, found great joy in his 10 grandchildren; Madelyn, Grace, Emma, Elise, Sarah, Dante, Marco, Liliana, Crew and Kai. Through his warmth and humor, he was their greatest fan and will be carried in their hearts forever.

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