Virginia A. (Lipovsky) Hovan, 74, of Allentown, passed away December 2, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Reginald R. Hovan Sr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Aloysius and Helen (Rossowski) Lipovsky. Virginia had worked for Traubs Market, the Swain School, Kay Jewelers and modeled for Hess’s Patio. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She had a “Club” of friends that she enjoyed meeting with once a month, for over 50 years. Above all, her joy in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Sons- Reginald Hovan II and wife Tammy, Mark Hovan and wife Jen, Scott Hovan and wife Shelly; daughters- Heather Childress, Taylor Hovan; grandchildren- Mark, Robert, Jordan, Mackenzie, Kortney, Reginald III, Victoria, Hamilton, Hunter, Cole, Maxwell, Kendra; great granddaughter- Elliana; brother- James Lipovsky and wife Stephanie; sisters- Monica Abraham and husband Thomas, Joanne Hess and husband Jacob; sister-in-law- Patricia Lipovsky. She was predeceased by her brother- Bernard Lipovsky.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 6th 11:30AM-1PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow on Wednesday at 1:30PM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, per Virginia’s request, contributions can be made to Kohut Funeral Home towards funeral expenses.
Joseph S. Micek, 96, of Allentown, passed away November 25, 2017. He was the loving and devoted husband to the late F. Claire (Hogan) Micek, whom he missed dearly. Born in Sellersville, he was son of the late Andrew J. and Elizabeth (Lesko) Micek. Joe served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. He worked as a mechanic and owned/operated Royal Palms Atlantic gas station on Hamilton St. in Dorneyville for over 25 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Joe was an avid tomato gardener, made stained glass, repaired antiques and was known as “Mr Fix It.” Joe will be deeply missed but he is now with his “honey” Claire, who he adored and never forgot.
Son- Joseph and wife Kathy; Grandchildren- Kristen Seidel and husband Micah, Patrick J. Micek and wife Tiffany; Great Granddaughters- Lyla and Stella; Brothers- William and wife Lorraine Micek, Frank and wife Francine Micek and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers- Andrew, Charles and Edward.
A calling time will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2nd 10:30-11AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joseph’s memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Joseph Geza Benkovic of Nazareth passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Joseph was born in Allentown to the late Joseph Benkovic and Mary (Bolez) Benkovic. He is predeceased by his sister Joan and survived by a brother Nicholas.
Joe, who was also known as “Fats”, was a well-known local musician who was widely respected for his talent on lead guitar and accordion. He was a member of numerous local bands for 50 plus years. He enjoyed participating in the 40th anniversary reunion for the band “Uproar” at Musikfest, which was a big success.
Joe was a passionate and skilled fisherman who spent many hours reeling in catches at the Lehigh River and anywhere else he could cast his line. He enjoyed fishing with friends and his grandson Connor.
Joe was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews and played an especially large role in the lives of his nieces Nichole Treiber and Jennifer Soriano. He was affectionately known as “Poppy Joe” to Nichole’s daughters Tylar and Alexandra.
Survivors: Wife - Kathleen (Kate Kotran) Benkovic, Daughters - Corina K Cook wife of Peter Cook of Nazareth, Krista M Kuczynski wife of Edward Kuczynski of Bethlehem and Grandson Connor Cook.
Services: A viewing will be held Tuesday, Nov 14th 6-8PM and Wednesday, Nov 15th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov 15th at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will be Private at a later date.
Nicholas J. Yackanicz, 87, of Whitehall, passed away November 7, 2017. He was the husband of Gabriella P. (Klocek) Yackanicz for 64 years. He was born in Hazleton and grew up in Beaver Meadows as the son of the late Nicholas and Ann (Super) Yackanicz. He graduated in 1948 from Hazleton High School. Nicholas served in the US Army during the Korean War. Nicholas earned his Bachelors Degree in Commerce & Finance from Bucknell University. While at Bucknell, he played on the undefeated Football team of 1951 and was a member of Simga Chi Fraternity. He worked as an accountant for Trojan Powder Co and then for PP&L before retiring in 1991. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, where he served as a cantor and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He served as a Youth Football Coach for the Fullerton AA for many years. Nicholas was a member and on the Board of Directors for the Fraternal Greek Catholic Union. He was an avid bowler, fisherman and gardener. He loved music, singing and sports, especially the Yankees.
Survivors: wife- Gabriella P. Yackanicz, children- Susan Stafura w/o Paul of West Mifflin, Mary Karch w/o Kaj of Easton, Nicholas Yackanicz Jr. h/o Lori of Emmaus, James Yackanicz h/o Sandra of Bethlehem, Joseph Yackanicz h/o Jennifer of Ambler, Michael Yackanicz h/o Lisa of South Carolina, John Yackanicz h/o Linda of Schwenksville; 21 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren; siblings- Maryann Peters, Carl Yackanicz and Greg Yackanicz. He was predeceased by his granddaughter- Leann and brother- Paul.
A viewing will be held Friday 6-8PM and Saturday 9-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy will be held Saturday at 10AM in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church 156 Green St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Nicholas’s memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home.
Erminia "Mimi" (Ditria) Romanyshyn, 85, of Allentown, passed away November 4, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Petro Romanyshyn. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Orazio Mario and Emma V. (Unger) Ditria. She worked as a sewing machine operator for 42 years. She was a member of the former St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Allentown. Mimi loved international music, to play the guitar, cook and had a love for animals, especially horses, elephants, dogs and cats. She had taught herself to speak Spanish and to read, write and speak Ukrainian. Mimi's family would like to send a special "Thank you" to Lehigh Valley Hospice and family friend- Debbie Zawadski for their continuous care and compassion shown to Mimi.
Survivors: daughter- Nadine Romanyshyn of Allentown; sister-in-law- Nancy Ditria; niece- Candice (Ditria) Rosazza wife of Gary; many nieces and nephews; dog- Aaron and cat- Lucy. She was predeceased by her daughter- Patricia Romanyshyn, son- Thomas P. Romanyshyn, brother- Joseph Ditria and pets- Princess, Sputnik, Ginger and Ellie.
Services: A viewing will be held Wednesday 6-8PM and Thursday 9-10AM with a Panachyda to follow at 10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Northampton.
Claire Pecka, 92, of Allentown, passed away November 2, 2017. Born July 11, 1925 to Mary Bender and Samuel Hayne, in Bath, PA. She was the wife of the late Frank J. Pecka, who passed away in 1983. In her younger days she worked for Bell Telephone. She then spent her time as a homemaker. In 1987 she began volunteer work for Muhlenberg Hospital, now LVHN- Muhlenberg. She volunteered at the front desk there for 26 years. She and her best friend, Jeanne Sickar, received the Theresa Muhr volunteer award. They couldn’t give the award to one and not the other. She will be lovingly and fondly remembered for her love of life, her quick wit, and her love of family. She was the final survivor of 8 siblings. She was predeceased by her son, Paul Pecka.
Surviving are daughter Mary Ann Falk, husband John Falk, of Allentown and daughter in law, Glenda Pecka. Grandsons Anthony, and wife Julia Pecka, Frank, and wife Amanda Pecka, and great grandson Caleb Pecka of Houston, TX. And Grandsons, Benjamin, wife Kristie Falk, Jeffrey, wife Betsy Falk, and great grandsons, Jackson, Joshua, Gideon and Spencer Falk.
A viewing will be held Monday, Nov. 6th 9-11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Claire’s memory to LVHN Volunteer Fund PO Box 1883 Allentown, PA 18105.
Helen (Kramer) Getz, 88, of Allentown, passed away November 2, 2017. She was the wife of the late Warren G. Getz. Born in Coplay, she was the daughter of the late Michael Kramer and Mary (Barner) Kramer Yaromy. Helen was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, Allentown. She loved to spend her time gardening flowers.
Survivors: sons- Warren M. Getz and Ronald F. Getz; grandchildren- Tracey Getz, Michael Getz, Ronald E. Getz and Jason Getz; 5 great grandchildren; sisters- Patricia (Yaromy) Benson and Carolyn (Yaromy) Bender. She was predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
A calling time will be held Tuesday, Nov 7th 10:30-11AM with a Memorial Service at 11AM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Helen’s memory to Sacred Heart & SpiriTrust Lutheran Hospice care of the funeral home.