Stephen Wursta, Sr., 90, of Allentown, passed away June 17, 2018. He was the loving husband of 66 years to Eleanor (Zumar) Wursta. Born in Freeland, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Balo) Ursta. Stephen served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1951 and during the Korean War. He retired in 1988, as a Sergeant from the City of Allentown Police Dept. after 28 years of service. He began as a Patrolman in 1960, was transferred to traffic in 1965 and was in charge of accident investigation from 1975- 1987. Stephen was an active member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society.
Survivors: wife- Eleanor Wursta; children- Mary Elizabeth Zemyan and husband Nicholas, Stephen Wursta Jr. and wife Anna Marie (Gaugler), Matthew John Wursta and wife Mary (Ferchie), Theodore P. Wursta and wife Mylene (Galera); 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister- Anna Ravina.
Office of Christian Burial to be celebrated Saturday, June 23rd at 10AM in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church 156 Green St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Stanislaw “Stanley” Dabrowski, 97, of Allentown, passed away May 27, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of 68 years to the late Gladys (Chmura) Dabrowska. Born in Nowy Targ, Poland he was the son of the late Karolina (Szopinska) and Franciszek Dabrowski. Stanley worked previously as a butcher for Zandy’s Steak Shop, then for Phoenix Clothes and then retired from Bethlehem Fabricators. He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church and their church choir. Stanley was also a member of the Polish American Citizen Society (serving as a past officer and trustee), the Polish National Alliance (serving as a past President of the local lodge), the Polish Highlanders Alliance of N.A. (serving as a past President of the local lodge). Stanley enjoyed spending his free time with his family and gardening.
Survivors: Children- Hedy Werrell and husband Paul of Allentown, Frank Dombrowki and wife Susanne of Litiz, Andrew Dabrowski of Coopersburg, Anne Lippincott and husband Jerry of Allentown; Grandchildren- Jeff, Peter, Katie, Kasia, Daniel, Evalina, Matthew and Celina; 5 Great Grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, June 6th 9-10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church 1065 Fullerton Ave Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czetochowa Cemetery 654 Ferry Rd. Doylestown, PA.
Contributions can be made in Stanley’s name to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa memorial fund.
Olga Dudchenko, 94, passed away May 21, 2018 at Phoebe Nursing Home in Allentown, PA. Born February 3, 1924, she was married for 70 years until her husband Boris passed away in July 2012. She worked as a seamstress after coming to America from Ukraine. She was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, an avid gardener, knitter and baker. Olga was fiercely independent, even at the age of 93, and totally devoted to her son and daughter and two granddaughters.
Surviving are daughter Laura Kantra and husband Emil, son Boris and wife Nancy, and granddaughters Noelle Kantra and Natalie Dudchenko both of whom she cherished above all else.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family with arrangements by Kohut Funeral Home of Allentown.
Craig R. Roesser, 68, of Whitehall, passed away May 1, 2018. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Parastino) Roesser. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frances (Reinhard) and Richard Roesser, Sr. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. Craig worked previously for Mack Trucks, where he received the Automotive Industry Action Group Outstanding Achievement Award in 1989. He then worked as an Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Continental Automotive until his retirement in 2016. Craig was a member of the Greenleaf Lodge #561 F & AM. He was also active in the Mack Engineering Golf League, the Cross Keys Social Club in Allentown and the Mountainville Fire Company’s Villanova Club.
Survivors: wife- Donna M. Roesser; brother- Richard and wife Andrea Roesser; brother-in-law- Dennis Parastino and wife Julie; nieces- Jennifer Rumore and Kathryn Parastino; nephews- Ryan Roesser and Matthew Parastino; great nieces- Gianna and Mia Rumore.
A viewing will be held on Monday, May 7th 9-10:30AM with a Service at 10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Craig’s memory to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation P.O. Box 781352 Philadelphia, PA 19178.
Michael Kahr, 38, passed away suddenly on April 25, 2018 at his residence in Northampton. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Richard and Susan (Dorsey) Kahr. He was the devoted husband of Erica (Drost) Kahr. They would have been married for 12 years in May. He was a realtor for Assist 2 Sell in Northampton and a part-time ski pro at Buckman’s Ski Shop. Mike was a member of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1998. Mike was an avid skier, he was actively involved in the Blue Mountain Race Association, BMR, where Mike and his family spent most of the winter months skiing, racing and having fun with their winter family. One of his favorite things to do was to teach their children, Hailey and Ryan, how to ski and golf. Family time was important to Mike, therefore he always focused on activities that the family could experience together. This March, with the help of our BMR family, Mike was able to take the kids out west for the first time to ski in some fresh powder. In 2010, Mike, inspired by Gram D, accomplished one of his dreams of obtaining his helicopter’s pilot license and taught for several years at the Ace Pilot school. Mike was one of the most patient and caring people making him a great husband, father and friend. Due to those traits his wife and children were always surrounded by an army of great support. He was given the honor of being the godfather of his brother’s son Joshua, and his friend’s children, Jackson, Brooklynn, Kenleigh and Kherington. Mike enjoyed cooking, entertaining, spending quality time with his family and extensive group of friends. If there was a party, tailgate, planning a trip to the Outer Banks or Sunday dinner Mike was involved providing a good time. Mike made sure everyone was welcome at the Kahr house to eat, hang out, swim, or to turn our basement into a ski shop or the garage into a brewery. The family invites all of our friends and family to join us at the celebration of Mike’s life and encourages everyone to spend the time with us to eat, drink and remember all the memories that Mike helped create for us.
Survivors: Wife, Erica; Daughter, Hailey and Son, Ryan. Dogs, Onyx and Kiley. Parents, Brother, Jason (Audra), Northampton, PA; Sister, Alyssa, Whitehall, PA; nephew, Joshua and niece, Sophia and many loving extended family members. In-laws, William & Patricia Drost, Whitehall, PA; sister-in-law, Lori Drost (Eric Samley), Coplay, PA. Godparents, Richard & Diana Sweeney. He was predeceased by grandparents Frank and Pauline Kahr and James Dorsey and Dorothy Dorsey Dwyer.
Services: Mass of Christian Burial, 1:00 PM Sat., May 5, 2018 at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall, PA with Father Pendzick presiding. Calling Hours: 5-8 PM, Fri., May 4, 2018 and 10:00AM-12:00 PM, Sat., May 5th at Kohut Funeral Home, 950 North Front St. Allentown, PA. Interment will follow the Mass at Our Lady of Hungary cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children’s 529 education fund (College America - list children’s name in memo line), ℅ Kohut Funeral Home or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dottie & Sue’s Wobbly Wheelers, www.nationalmssociety.org.
Helen T. (Sulek) Yurko, 94, of Whitehall and residing at Whitehall Manor, passed away April 16, 2018. She was the wife of the late Frank Yurko. Born in Lansford, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Helen (Strmensky) Sulek. She was employed in the late 1940’s at the former Kiddie Kloes Clothing Factory in Lansford. Helen was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She took great pride in caring for and raising her family.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Yurko and was predeceased by her sister, Phyllis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 23rd at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown. Arrangements care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Olga (Belzecky) Petrowsky, 87, of Allentown, passed away April 3, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Stefan Ihor Petrowsky. Born in Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Petro and Osypa Belzecky. Olga was a member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Survivors: Children- Dorothy Sobkiw wife of Bohdan of Carneys Point, NJ, Lillian Reinhard of Allentown, Raymond Petrowsky husband of Leeann Vogel-Petrowsky of Allentown; Grandchildren- Christine Lindenmuth, Bohdan Sobkiw Jr., Andrew Behler, Nicholas Behler, Nicole Petrowsky, Timothy Petrowsky, Taylor Petrowsky; 6 Great Grandchildren.
A calling time will be held Monday, April 9th 10-11AM with a service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Olga’s memory to St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church care of the funeral home.
John F. Anthony was born in Coplay, Pennsylvania to Rose (Klement) and Martin Anthony on October 12, 1928. He passed away on March 30th, surrounded by his loving family. He was 89 years young. He was married to Monica (Lichman) Anthony for 64 years.
John was first and foremost a loving husband, father and Pop-Pop to his family. He retired as Maintenance Supervisor from Mack Trucks Macungie Plant. John was a devoted member of St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown. Throughout the years he served as President of the Holy Name Society, and was the first recipient of the Ralph E. Rosenberger Man of the Year Award. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, played on the men’s softball team, helped maintain the Church bells, organized dances, assisted at festivals, and was a member of the choir.
John was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served honorably in the Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife Monica, daughters Susan Alfier (Joseph), Monica Leavitt (Doug), sons Mark Anthony (Cheryl), Michael Anthony (Eric) and Martin Anthony, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and sisters Mary Danko and Anna Udicious. He was predeceased by son John Anthony, and siblings George and Martin Anthony, Stephanie Lang and Rose Molchany.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 5th, from 6-8 PM at Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St., Allentown, PA 18102. A viewing will be held Friday, April 6th from 10:30-12:00 PM in the Church vestibule of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, 924 N. Front St., Allentown, PA 18102, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 PM.
The family would like to thank the Staff and Administration at Whitehall Manor for their care, support and friendship. Contributions can be made to St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, Allentown, in care of Kohut Funeral Home.