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.
George A. Panik, 85, of Allentown, passed away March 24, 2017. He was the loving husband of 59 years to Mary (Lorenz) Panik. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late George and Margaret Panik. George served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Lehigh Structural Steel.
Survivors: Wife; Children- James Panik, Sharon and husband James Laudenslager; Grandchildren- Sarah Rose, James Jr, Elisa, Aaron, and Liana; Sisters- Millie Fliszar and Betty Gallagher.
Visitation Wednesday 10:30-11AM with Mass to follow in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown. Entombment to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in George’s memory to the church c/o Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Stephen F. Persa of Moore Township, passed away peacefully at home on May 12th, surrounded by his family.
Stephen was born on July 6th, 1940 in Allentown, PA to the late Steve Persa Jr. and Evelyn (Holoska) Persa.
Stephen retired from Bethlehem Steel after 30 years of dedicated service in the Rebar Division. He then went on to form Persa Auto Repair with his son and remained a partner there for 15 years.
Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Fraind Persa, son Stephen Persa and wife Kerri, son David Persa and wife Adele, daughter Lynn Persa Zampella and husband Robert. Stephen was also a loving grandfather to five grandchildren and five great granddaughters. Stephen was preceded by two granddaughters.
Stephen was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf with his family and friends.
In honoring Stephen’s request, there will be no visitation and interment will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Slovak Church, 924 North Front Street, Allentown, PA.
Marcella E. Prockup
Marcella E. (Gurgick) Prockup, 94, of Allentown passed away August 21, 2015 in Phoebe Home. She was the loving wife of the late Michael Prockup. Born in Ashely, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret Gurgick. Marcella retired from Western Electric after 27 years of service. She was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church.
Sons- Michael and wife Alberta of Liverpool, NY and Kenneth and wife Sharon of Emmaus; Grandsons- Matthew and James. She was predeceased by her 10 siblings- Vincent, Leonard, Albert, Thomas, William, James, Dolores Grazer, Margaret Andrew, Mildred Helinsky and Marie Sutjak.
A viewing will be held Thursday 9:30-10:30 AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St Allentown. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville.
Contributions can be made in Marcella’s memory to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Maria (Zurawski) Pelc, 87, of Allentown, passed away June 22, 2015. Born in Baligrod, Poland, she was the daughter of the late Josef and Anna Zurawski. She was the wife of the late Michael Pelc. Maria was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church, where she was a member of the choir and the ladies auxiliary. She was a member of the Polish American Citizens Society where she loved to make her famous pierogies. She was an avid gardener, caring for her flowers and vegetables. She was a great cook making her special Polish dishes.
Survivors: Sons- Joseph and his wife Karen, Casmier and his wife Deborah; Daughter- Alice and her husband Barry Wimmer; 5 Grandsons; 3 Sisters living in Poland. She was predeceased by 3 Brothers in Poland.
A viewing will be held on Friday 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Friday at 10:30AM in Ss. Peter and Paul Polish Catholic Church 1065 Fullerton Ave Allentown 18102. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Maria’s memory to the church or to Cedarbrook Nursing Home’s Resident Activities Fund 724 Delaware Ave Fountain Hill, PA 18015.
John B. Pavlacka Jr
John B. Pavlacka, Jr., 83, of Danielsville, passed away June 14, 2015 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband to Dolores M. (Clinese) Pavlacka, celebrating their 55th Anniversary June 11, 2015. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Jupin) Pavlacka. John served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Mack Trucks after 19 years of service. John was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Jednota where he participated in bowling. He helped with the Downtown Youth Center, Bucky Boyle Park and other local clubs and groups. John enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball, woodworking, fishing and playing basketball when he attended Central Catholic High School. He loved baseball, was a QVC addict and was a strong, passionate, loving man that was full of jokes and funny sayings.
Wife- Dolores M. Pavlacka; Children- John Pavlacka III and wife Pamela of Emmaus, Cathy Pavlacka of Walnutport, Michael Pavlacka and wife Elizabeth of Northampton, Dennis Pavlacka and fiancé Sheryl Tomsic of Danielsville, Denise Thomas and husband Matthew of Bath; 8 Grandchildren; 1 Great Grandson; Sisters- Irene Uhler of Whitehall, Eleanor Feiller of Whitehall. He was predeceased by his brother- Leonard Pavlacka.
A viewing will be held on Thursday 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Lehigh Twp. Athletic Assoc. PO Box 733 Cherryville, PA 18035.
Josephine (Woroniak) Peters, 94, of Allentown, passed away January 19, 2015 in Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Edison T. “Buster” Peters. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Ciuna) Woroniak. Josephine was retired from Allison Manufacturing. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and of the ILGWU for 30 years. Josephine was an Assistant Leader for Girl Scouts Troop 64 for many years.
Daughters- Catherine E. Moyer of Fredrick, MD, Elaine “Barbara” Sadler and husband Ronald R. of Moyerstown, PA, Charlotte S. Gustavson and husband Larry of Dover, NJ; Grandchildren- Stephanie A. Wu, Sondra L. Moyer, Sienna McCarthy, Dr. Phillip Allen, Joseph Allen, Sean Sadler, Andrew Gustavson, Adam Gustavson and Peter Gustavson; 13 Great Grandchildren; Brother- John Woroniak of Coopersburg; Sister- Olga Muick of Allentown. She was predeceased by her daughter- Joan C. Allen and 5 siblings.
A viewing will be held Friday 6-8PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown 18102. A viewing will be held on Saturday 9-10AM with a service at 10AM all in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 38 S. 8th St. Allentown 18101. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Josephine’s memory to the church
Theresa M. Polaha, 83, of Allentown, died peacefully on Christmas morning, Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown. Born in Northampton, PA, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Johanna (Csencsits) Stubits. She graduated in 1948 from Northampton High School. She was the loving wife of Joseph Polaha for 63 years. She was a kind, loving and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed.
Survivors: In addition to her husband, Joseph, she is survived by four sons, Thomas P. and wife, Connie, of Allentown, Jospeh P. and wife, Frances, of Allentown, Paul M. and wife, Lisa, of Orefield, Michael P. and wife, Doreen, of Newport Beach, CA; one daughter, Janice M. Myers and husband, Andrew, of Breinigsville; one brother, Joseph Stubits and wife, Jackie, of Fernandina Beach, FL; four grandsons, Thomas Polaha (Tara), Brian Polaha (Selene), Nathan Myers and Luke Myers; seven granddaughters, Rachel Moore (Kevin), Christine Polaha, Amanda Polaha, Kelly Polaha, Megan Polaha, Victoria Polaha and Rebecca Polaha and four great-grandchildren, Thomas J. Polaha, Tyler Polaha, Brayden Polaha and Ellyn Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, John M. and Johanna (Csencsits) Stubits, four sisters, Johanna Ahlborn, Mary Kelly, Frances Yost and Rose Stubits and two step-sisters, Mary Anselmin and Terry Mayer.
Services: Catholic Mass,Thursday, Januara 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Slovak Church, 924 N. Front St., Allentown. Arrangements by Kohut Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Slovak Church or Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown, PA.