Barbara Daisy (Helfrich) Afflerbach, 95, of Allentown, passed away peacefully and quietly on April 15, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur Afflerbach. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna (Haring) Helfrich. Barbara worked previously as a clerk for Hess Brothers Dept. Store. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, fishing, camping and snowmobiling.
Survivors: sons- Donald and wife Patricia of Center Valley, Russell and wife Barbara of Macungie, Richard and wife Cecelia of North Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; sister-in-laws- Louise Helfrich of Allentown, Anna Mae Helfrich of Allentown. She was predeceased by her sister- Betty Fegley and brothers- Arthur and Robert Helfrich.
A viewing will be held Friday, April 23rd 12-1PM with a Service to follow at 1PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Highland Memorial Park. A Zoom link can be obtained to watch the Service by contacting the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Barbara’s memory to the American Lung Association or to Phoebe Home’s Miller Building care of the funeral home.
Charles J. Rodgers, 84, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 13, 2021 surrounded by his loving family in his childhood home. He was born July 25, 1936 in Allentown, to the late Frances A. (Rodgers) Hariegel and was the stepson of John M. Hariegel. He was the loving husband of Pamela (Ward) for 42 years.
Charlie was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception RC Church, where he was an usher. As a child, he attended grade school there and was an altar boy. He then continued on to Allentown Central Catholic High School for the next four years. Following high school, he proudly served in the US Army National Guard Reserves. He worked many construction jobs prior to working as a pipefitter/welder at Bethlehem Steel for 29 years.
He was known for his quick wit, often reminding us that he has already forgotten more than we will ever know, solving the morning Cryptoquotes and crossword puzzles, and woodworking skills. He also enjoyed spending time with family, a good game of darts with a warm fire, during a Notre Dame game in the garage as well as going to the old Shea Stadium to watch the NY Mets. He also won many awards as a champion racing-pigeon fancier with the Northampton Pigeon Racing club. He trained and bred many award-winning birds in his 60 year flying career.
We are comforted in believing that his relatives and many friends who have gone before him were there to welcome him with open arms on Tuesday, just as he will be there to greet us one day.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela and four children. Son, Brian Piscanio and wife Kellee (Bradley), of Livermore, CA, daughter, Kelly and husband Brad Sunderland of Coopersburg, PA, son, Timothy of Northampton, PA and daughter Jennifer Rodgers with TJ Wrecsics of Orefield, PA; his grandchildren include, Alexa N. Piscanio, Andrew T. and Cameron P. Rodgers, Christopher J. Repyneck and Samantha G. Wrecsics. He also leaves behind, sister-in-law, Linda Sopko, brother-in law, Bucky Ward and wife, Marylou, all of The Villages, Florida; Godson, Todd Allen Betz, of Frisco, TX and cousin, Michelle (Rodgers) Meltsch, the wife of Todd and mother of John, of Orefield, PA. He will also be sorely missed by his faithful pup, Mitzi and equally precious cat, Miss Kitty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Gibbons on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11am, at Immaculate Conception, 501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown PA 18102. Calling hours will be prior to Mass, 9 - 10:30am at the Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St, Allentown, PA 18102.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to his church, the Immaculate Conception, or a charity of your choice, care of the Kohut Funeral Home.
Russ Russoli died peacefully in his home on March 30, 2021, beloved husband of Marie (Vorholy) Russoli and father of Thomas J. Russoli and his wife Margo. He was predeceased by his parents, Italo and Mary J. (Egizio) Russoli, sister, Telene (Russoli) Shada, and his daughter, Carol (Russoli) Hurst. His surviving grandchildren: David Hurst, Atlanta, and Rachel Hurst, Chicago. His brother, Robert C. Russoli, Mechanicburg.
Russ graduated with a BS degree from Moravian College, was a veteran of the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and devoted much of his life in the Human Resource industry. He was Founder and owner of Russoli Staffing, a payroll and funding company, and one of the Founding members of Unified Reinsurance. He was a past member of Brookside Country Club, Macungie and Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, AZ and was an avid golfer. His hobby was making golf clubs. The most important thing in his life was his family whom he loved very much.
Services are for the family on Wednesday, April 7th with a viewing 10-11AM and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Entombment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Sympathy cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 575, Schnecksville, PA 18078.
Theresa (Yonak) Yost, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away March 25, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Carl F. Yost and then the fiancé of the late Richard Presutti. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Tessie (Marhon) and Harry Yonak. Growing up Theresa was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. She retired from Colonial Barber Shop in Allentown as a manicurist. Theresa was a member of Senior Life of the Lehigh Valley. She was a dedicated mother and took great pride in her grandchildren.
Survivors: children- Gary Yost of Bethlehem, Karlene Byrne wife of the late Thom of Allentown, Tami Evans wife of Vince of Lewisburg; grandchildren- Summer, Luke and Lila; brother- John Yonak; sister- Ann Glendenmeyer. She was predeceased by her brothers- Nicholas, Joseph and Harry Yonak Jr.
A viewing will be held on Monday, March 29th 5-7PM with a Service at 7PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Theresa’s memory to The Grandchildren’s Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made payable to Tami Evans and mailed to the funeral home.
Rita Knecht, 79, of Allentown, passed away March 23, 2021. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 30th at 1PM in Resurrection Cemetery 547 N. Krocks Rd Allentown, PA 18106. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
John F. Deprill, 64, of Breinigsville, passed away March 14, 2021. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Mamie Elizabeth “Dolly” (Swoyer) and Charles “Chuck” Deprill. John was a 1974 graduate of Allen High School. He retired from the PA Turnpike and was an honorary member of the Cetronia Ambulance Corp. John was a fan of the Miami Dolphins, wrestling, NASCAR and all types of music, including classic rock. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Christine Deprill; children- Carrie and husband Mark Hurt, John Deprill Jr. and wife Carrie, Calvin Deprill and wife Kimberly, Ryan Deprill; 12 grandchildren; brother- Charles “Chuck” Deprill; sister- Frances Deprill. He was predeceased by his sisters- Elizabeth “Liz” Talkach and Carol Deprill.
A Calling Time will be held on Friday, March 19th 10-11AM with a Memorial Service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Interment to follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
John’s family would like to invite everyone to join them in paying tribute to John’s love for sports and music by wearing your favorite sport or music apparel on Friday. A Zoom link for the Service can be obtained by contacting Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in John’s memory to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023.
Eugene “Chico” Markowitz, 75, of Allentown, passed away March 5, 2021. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Rose (Gulkewicz) Markowitz. Eugene was a 1964 graduate of Dieruff High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Eugene retired from GAF- Tarkett after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He was also a member of the former UKE Club, the Bocce Club, the Egypt VFW and a life member of the Fullerton American Legion. Eugene was a fun-loving man who enjoyed fishing, boating, scuba diving, jigsaw puzzles and attending Iron Pigs games. He also enjoyed taking trips to the islands and to the mountains. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: nieces- Michele Harley, Lisa Culligan, Ann Marie Yanek and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother- Michael Markowitz.
Services will be Private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fullerton American Legion care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
James G. McMullen, 69, of Allentown, died peacefully at home after an extended illness surrounded by family, on 15 February 2021. James was the husband of Elli H. Giesler and the brother of Donald J. McMullen Jr. and Giordano “Jody” McMullen. Born in Albany, GA, James was the son of the late Alice D. and Donald J. McMullen, Sr. James was a 1969 graduate of Dieruff High School and was an excellent drummer in his high school marching band. Jim enjoyed listening to the Beatles music, fishing, and an avid sports enthusiast; he especially enjoyed horse racing. His remaining family include two sons, James G. McMullen II and Brian McMullen of Maryland. Services will be private and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James memory to the American Cancer Society.