Stephen J. Korich Sr., 88, of Allentown, passed away September 27, 2022 in South Carolina. He was the loving husband of nearly 69 years to JoAnn E. (Butler) Korich. Born in Bath, he was the son of the late Teofil and Angela (Kosik) Korich. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1961. Stephen ran his own successful masonry restoration business for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. He loved the outdoors and was especially fond of fishing on Charleston Lake in Canada, bird watching, and tending the Japanese-style garden he and JoAnn created at their beloved Emaus Ave. home. He enjoyed traveling with his family and visited many destinations, always with binoculars in hand. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- JoAnn Korich; children- Robin and husband Larry Stauffer of Middletown, CT, Stephen Korich Jr. and wife Julie McKenna of Lancaster, Dr. Jodi Korich and Dr. Kevin Cummings of Dryden, NY, Stacy and husband Timothy Carns of Columbia, SC; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brother Frank Korich of Canandaiqua, NY. Predeceasing him sisters Agnes Gilley of Fountain Hill, Jennie Wessier of Doylestown, Rose Bottazzi of Allentown and Josephine Utsch of Center Valley.
A calling time will be held Friday, October 7th 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM all in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church 618 Fullerton Ave Whitehall, PA 18052. Entombment to follow in Assumption of the BVM Cemetery in Northampton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Stephen’s memory to The Audubon Society. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
William Florian Marks, 58, of Bethlehem, passed away suddenly September 20, 2022. He was the loving husband of 25 years to Allyn-Jane (Diefenderfer) Marks. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Lillian (Sedlacek) Marks and the late Robert J. Marks. Bill earned his Bachelors of Science in Business from Penn State University in 1986. He was a life time member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church where he had served as a lector and volunteered for social events and dinners. Bill was a trusted advisor with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently serving as Vice President Portfolio Manager at Provident Bank. He was a member of Allentown Rotary Club, the Risk Management Assoc. (past President), the Allentown Chamber of Commerce board member, a member of the Board of Associates for Muhlenberg College, the Rotary Club of Quakertown (past President), on the board for the Lake Mineola Home Owners Assoc. (past Treasurer) and was on the Liberty Bell Museum Board. Bill enjoyed playing golf and was a 34-year participant & legacy member of Fantasy Football. He enjoyed spending time at his lake house with his family and friends. Bill took the Rotary Testament to heart, especially “Putting service before self” and he always thought of the well-being of others. He was a devoted husband, loving son and brother, a terrific uncle and a generous & genuine friend who will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Allyn-Jane Marks; mother- Lillian Marks; brother- Robert Marks Jr. and his wife Lara; sister- Linda Marks; brother-in-law- Jason J. Diefenderfer and his wife Kim; nieces- Victoria, Jaida, Lena Marks and Alexandra Diefenderfer; mother-in-law- Ella Diefenderfer and many cousins.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 24th 9:30-11AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in the church. Burial will be Private at a later date. For those who are unable to attend in person, you may contact Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. to obtain a Zoom link to attend virtually.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill’s memory to Lehigh County Humane Society or to Gift of Life care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Karen Sue Chobot
Karen Sue Chobot, 58, of Allentown, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022. She was the daughter of the late August and Elizabeth (Knotek) Chobot. She worked previously for Dixie.
She is survived by her close friend- Donnie Moyer and counsins- Thomas and Mary Toczek. She was predeceased by her infant son.
A rosary will be recited at 9:30AM with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Karen's memory to the church.
Linda J. (Williams) Maderic, 75, passed away September 6, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. She was formerly from Catasauqua and moved to Fullerton. She was married to the love of her life Paul Maderic for 53 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late David and Rose (Hutter) Williams. Linda was a graduate of Catasauqua High School and Victor Business School. Loving wife and mother Linda dedicated her life to raising her three children Lisa of Northampton, Craig of Catasauqua and Matthew of Allentown. She was preceded in death by Baby Maderic and sister Kathy Hauze. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Catasauqua. In her retirement years Linda loved to bake and cook for her family. She loved to travel and spend her winters in Florida.
A calling time will be held Saturday 8:30-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in Annunciation of the BVM Catholic Church 122 Union St. Catasauqua, PA 18032. Interment to follow in Gethsemane Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, please take care of our furry friends at Peaceable Kingdom 1049 MacArthur Rd Whitehall, PA 18052.
Irene B. (Kollar) Petras, 97, of Bethlehem passed away peacefully August 31, 2022. She was the wife of 38 years to the late Joseph Michael Petras. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Kollar. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Irene was part of the church choir, the auxiliary, the senior group, a lector, eucharistic minister and was always volunteering for the church senior luncheons. She was also very proud to have been the church’s first woman lector and eucharistic minister. Irene was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Joseph and wife Donna Petras, Daniel Petras, Maryann and husband Michael Kornafel; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters- Valerie Petras and Ann Hancharik and her granddaughter- Elizabeth.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 6th 10:00-11:00AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Irene’s memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Stephen J. Miklus, born April 7, 1931, has joined the “love of his life” in heaven on Monday August 29, 2022. Stephen was a life long resident of Allentown, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was married to Leola (Luchini) in 1954 and she went to save him his space in heaven in 2017. He leaves behind a loving family including his son Stephen of Allentown, his daughter Jill Shearer and her husband Kevin also of Allentown, and his daughter Tracy of Allentown. Loving Grandchildren Jennifer Miklus of Lehighton, Christopher Wallis of St. Louis, MO, Shannon Wallis of Lehighton, Leola Shearer of Glendon and Theresa Shearer of New Tripoli. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren Devlin, Isabella, Jason and Anthony.
He retired from Phoenix Forging Company of Catasauqua. He loved to dance, swim, do puzzles and watch Tarzan. He will be greatly missed; and was deeply loved.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8th 11AM-12PM with a Service at 12PM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
John Kochan, 85, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2022. He was the loving husband of 50 years to Elizabeth M. (Muha) Kochan. Born in Poland, he was the son of the late Jan and Anna (Sawka) Kochan. John worked previously for Jackson Allen and then owned and operated Kochan Upholstery for 25 years. He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and the former UKE Club. He was a talented craftsman and musician. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: beloved wife- Elizabeth Kochan; daughter- Renata Kochan of Poland; grandsons- Lukasz, Przemek and Edward; 1 great granddaughter; brother- Zenon Kochan; many cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters- Kasia and Marysia.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 24th 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM all in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church 618 Fullerton Ave Whitehall, PA 18052. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Northampton. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in John’s memory to the church.
Thomas Costello, Sr.
Thomas C. Costello, Sr., 74, of Allentown, passed away July 31, 2022. He was the loving husband of 52 years to Susan (Ward) Costello. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Federinitz) Costello. He graduated from William Allen High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. Tom retired from the City of Allentown after 32 years of service working in building maintenance. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. He was always "on the go"- snow blowing the neighborhood in the winter, cutting all the grass in the summertime and through out the entire year he would walk the neighborhood picking up trash and looking out for the best for everyone around him. For many years he played Santa Claus for friends, neighbors, community members and even rode the fire truck into Center City Allentown on Hamilton St. He never failed to help anyone- he loved all of the community members. Tom never missed a phone call for a family member's birthday, anniversary, holidays and big events in their lives. Tom was one of the best pierogi, halupki and pizza makers around. He loved to go to Shady Maple Smorgasbord and the Golden Gate Diner. He could watch his old cowboy shows a thousand times. But most of all Tom was a man who lived for his grandchildren and was so proud of all of them. He was an amazing husband, dad and grandpop that will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Susan Costello, daughter- Kelly (Glenn) Van Oss, son- Thomas Costello Jr., daughter-in-law- Debbie Costello, grandchildren- Aubry & Ethan Van Oss and Jordan & Hailey Costello, brothers- Stephen (Sherry) Costello, Bernie (Pat) Costello, Ron (Patsy) Costello. He was predeceased by his twin grandchildren- Sean and Ashely Costello and sister- Gerry Eckroth.
A Calling Time will be held on Saturday, August 6th 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Contributions can be made in Tom's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.