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.
Helen S. (Simon) Novak, 90, of Allentown, passed away December 4, 2016. She was the loving wife of 42 years to the late John J. Novak. Born in Sharon, PA she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Agnes (Varga) Simon. Helen retired as a layout operator from the former Western Electric after 34 years of service. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and the Telephone Pioneers Club. Helen enjoyed sewing, gardening, leather crafting and working with flowers.
Survivors: Daughter- Kathleen Slusaw and husband Gregory; Grandchildren- Daniel and Rachel Slusaw. She was predeceased by her brother- Alexander Simon.
A viewing will be held on Saturday Dec. 10th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Julia Nizio, 94, passed away February 28th after a long illness. Born in 1920, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Peter Nizio and Agnes (Malek) Nizio.
A graduate of Allentown High School and Sacred Heart School of Nursing, Julia spent her life as a dedicated caregiver. She was an Army Nurse in World War II, serving aboard the hospital ships the Queen Mary and Saturnia. There she tended wounded GIs and later acted as escort to the army brides coming back to the States. After the war, she traveled to Florida, Wyoming and Oklahoma to work in hospitals and an Indian reservation clinic. Julia ended her career serving 25 years as staff nurse at Mack Truck. After her retirement, she devoted many years as caregiver to her parents and siblings.
Julia was an ardent bridge player and a devout member of St. Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church, Allentown.
Julia was predeceased by her brothers Joe, Paul, Walter, Edward and her sister Nellie (Angela) Kozero. She is survived by sisters Loretta Malow of Summerfield FLA and Cecelia, wife of Roy Lerch of Coopersburg, as well as many nephews, nieces and their children.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015, 12-12:45PM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1PM all in Ss Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church 1065 Fullerton Ave Allentown 18102. Burial to follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Covenant House, Times Square Station, PO Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900.
Walter J. Nizio
Sometimes you hear a person say, “He was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet.” Just such a guy was Walter John Nizio, 82 of Allentown who died unexpectedly at home last Thursday.
One of eight children born to Polish immigrants Peter Nizio and Agnes Malek Nizio who arrived in the US just before WWI and who then endured the Great Depression, Walter took to heart the classic European values of thrift and common sense as a way of understanding life and contending with the times. He was graduated from Allen High School and focused on mastering essential business skills by earning an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Peirce Business School in Philadelphia where he was a member of Sigma Gamma Omega fraternity.
Imbued with a strong sense of service and personal pride Walter was a veteran of the Pennsylvania National Guard where he saw active service as a corporal in the 51st Brigade of the Infantry.
After his honorable discharge in 1952, Walter became an accounting specialist at the Bethlehem Steel headquarters where his concentration on detailed accuracy won him an enviable reputation as a business technical expert. Walter was also an early advocate of healthy living and eating. He excelled in physical fitness until well into his 60s with softball, running, cross-country skiing and deep sea fishing.
Testifying to his athleticism was a 1987 ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL newspaper photo of 58-year-old Walter Nizio front and center sporting American flag running shorts and a Statue of Liberty T-shirt as he raced across a field at the head of a pack of strong young men in a special Lehigh Valley Independence Day marathon. In the picture, his face displayed a concentration and determination which reflected his approach to life in general.
In recent years Walter gracefully slipped into the role of family caregiver, attending devotedly to the needs of his family and his vegetable garden. Throughout his life, Walter exemplified a simple self-effacing grace and intelligence, never seeking center stage, instead preferring to encourage his peers and friends to shine or to express their opinions while in response he would smile in quiet approval. Walter was a devout Catholic who never missed Sunday Mass and was active in volunteering for events centered on St Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church.
Walter is predeceased by his sister Angela Nellie T Kozero and brothers Edward, Paul and Joseph. He is survived by his sisters Julia Nizio of Allentown, Loretta Malow of Summerfield, FL, and Cecilia Lerch of Coopersburg, three nieces and five nephews.
Calling hours will be Tuesday morning 9:30-10:15 at St Peter and St Paul Polish Church 1065 Fullerton Ave. in Allentown. This will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30AM and internment at Holy Savior Cemetery in Bethlehem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. Arrangements care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.