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.