Francis J. Biszek, 80, of Allentown, passed away July 13, 2018 in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Frank Kush and Frances (Alban) Biszek. Francis served in the U.S. Marines Corp. He retired from G.E. and was a member of Ss Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church.
Survivors: niece- Roseann Danilovitz and cousins, great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister- Theresa Cernobyl.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 10AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, located off of Fullerton Ave in Whitehall. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Robert C. Neubauer of Whitehall fell asleep in the Lord on July 6, 2018. He was the loving husband of Helen K. Neubauer for 68 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late J. Rudolph and May (Smith) Neubauer.
Robert was a graduate of Allentown High School where he participated in the band and the Canary Cavaliers Swing Band. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the troop transport General Tasker H. Bliss AP151, in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of war. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was a graduate of Muhlenberg College, class of 1950, attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History and English with a special interest in Secondary Education. He then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Education. His post- Masters Degree in Education continued with work at New York University which qualified him for a Secondary School Principal’s Certificate and a Supervising Principal’s Certificate. He also took graduate studies at Kutztown University.
He began his teaching career in Penns Grove, NJ and continued in his profession as a teacher of Social Studies and English in the Northampton Junior High School. He was the Principal of the Northampton Junior High School from 1975 to 1985, retiring after a total of 36 years in the field of Secondary Education.
Robert worked part time as a Tour Director for the Thomas Cook and Sons, Tour Operators 1956 through 1975. He directed tour groups through the National Parks and major cities west of Chicago, Canada and the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, and his true love, Alaska.
After his retirement from the Education profession, he was an outside Travel Agent for the Travel Team in Allentown. He then joined the Group Travel Department of AAA East Penn and worked as a Tour Director and Marketing presenter for 20 years. He retired from his second career in 2010. While with AAA, his main expertise was Alaska through which he directed tours on numerous trips to the Great Land. He also conducted tours to China, Central and Eastern Europe, Austria, Germany, the British Isles, Ireland, and various locations in Europe as well as the United States. He worked numerous cruises to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Danube River, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. Included in his work at AAA, he pioneered and taught Driver Improvement Programs.
Besides his love of traveling, he enjoyed reading History-based novels, many magazines, and the daily newspaper. Robert was musician and played the trumpet and vibraphone for 25 years with various groups.
Robert was a faithful member of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a member of the Parish Council. He was active in the church’s senior social organization.
Robert was a life member of the Pennsylvania and National Secondary School Principals Associations, the Allentown Chapter of the Muhlenberg Alumni Association, the Allentown Art Museum, the Lehigh County Heritage Museum, the Northampton Area Historical Society, Lehigh County Active Life Center an AARP. Robert was also a member of the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Friends of Nursing, a member of the Network’s 1899 Society, the Leonard Pool Society and a member of the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Board of Associates.
Survivors: He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Helen, his niece Joanne Romanell and her husband, Lawrence, nieces and nephews of New Market and Frederick, MD and brother-in-law Stephen Kohut. He was predeceased by sisters Thelma and Ruth and brother-in-laws George Koder, John and Joseph Kohut.
Services: Funeral Services will be celebrated at St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1031 Fullerton Ave Allentown at 10:30AM on Saturday, July 14th. A viewing will be held preceding services at 9AM in the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church c/o Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Reno F. DalMaso, 95, of Whitehall, peacefully passed on to Eternal Life July 4, 2018. He was the husband of Marie C. (Feichtl) DalMaso for almost 67 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Agostino and Amalia (Fochesato) DalMaso. Reno was an Army Air Corp Veteran during WWII serving in the 8th Air Force in England. He served as a P-51 Mustang Pilot and was reassigned to 364th Fighter Granges. He also served during the Korean War. Reno was a life member of the V.F.W. Post #7293 in Egypt. He worked for Lucent Technologies formerly Western Electric of Allentown until retiring in 1988. Reno was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Whitehall.
Survivors: wife- Marie DalMaso; son- Gary J. DalMaso of North Whitehall; daughters- Donna M. wife of Joseph Genay of Allentown, Carole L. wife of Robert Poorman of Spring City, JoAnn D. wife of Arthur Murphy of Harleysville; 3 grandchildren- Marc Genay, Evan Genay and Ryan Poorman; sister- Amelia DalMaso. He was predeceased by brothers- Louis, Ilario and sisters- Rose Stupak and Linda Sennetti.
A calling time will be held Tuesday, July10th 9-10AM with Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 618 Fullerton Ave Whitehall, PA 18052. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Whitehall. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Reno’s family would like to thank Holy Family Manor’s McShea Pavilion for the care and compassion over the past 1 ½ years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Reno’s memory to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Catherine (Bartosevich) Levash, 92, of Allentown, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Bernard P. Levash. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Blanche Bartosevich. Catherine was a member of SS Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church. Catherine was especially fond of cooking and baking, especially at the holidays, and shared many special Polish recipes with her family and friends. For many years, Catherine was a top-notch secretary, and even had the opportunity to travel from her hometown in the summer months as she helped in other offices; she was a highly valued member of the Penn State office team. She also enjoyed the music of her Polish heritage and dancing, crocheting, swimming, gardening, and playing cards.
Catherine is survived by her son, Robert Levash, and his wife, Marilyn, of Poughkeepsie, NY; her daughter, JoAnne Harpin, and her husband, Don, of Lancaster, PA; by her four grandchildren: Wendy (Levash) Bordeau and her husband Topher of Quechee, VT; Robert C. Levash and his wife Jaime of Milton, MA; Jordan (Yukenavitch) Pfeifer and her husband Patrick of Shorewood, IL, and Michael Yukenavitch and his wife Michelle of Lancaster, PA, along with seven great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces, including Stanley Bartosevich, and great niece, Helen Bartosevich, both of Whitehall, PA. Catherine looked forward to Stanley and Helen’s frequent visits, which brought comfort to not only her, but also to her far away family. Catherine was predeceased by her granddaughter, Lynn Levash, as well as all her siblings (three brothers and three sisters).
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 11:15 am to 12 noon, with a service to follow at 12 pm, located in the Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. at 950 N. Front St., Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
Catherine’s family would like to thank the nursing staff and the entire team at the Phoebe Nursing Home, particularly the members of the Trexler Wing on the First and Third Floors. The Trexler Way’s staff provided exemplary care, utmost respect, and sincere compassion to Catherine and her entire family throughout the time she was able to spend there with them.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Catherine’s memory to Phoebe Nursing Home: online at https://phoebe.org/giving-volunteer/donate-now/; by calling (610) 794-5132; or by check payable to "Phoebe-Devitt Homes" and sent to Phoebe Ministries, Marketing and Institutional Advancement, 1925 Turner St., Allentown, PA 18104.
Stephen Wursta, Sr.
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.