Stephan Reshetylo, 59, of Whitehall, passed away December 1, 2019 in his home. Born in Berezhany, Ukraine he was the son of Vasyl and Yevgeniya (Bohaychuk) Reshetylo. He attended a Technology School in the Ukraine and then received his Associates Degree from Lincoln Tech. He was the owner and operator of Microapex Computer Systems for over 30 years. Stephan was a member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Survivors: parents; daughters- Sarah Fogarty and husband James, Adriana Reshetylo; sisters- Irene Sabo and husband Michael, Nadia Spengler and husband Robert; grandson- Elijah Fogarty; nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, December 5th 8:30-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 10AM in St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church 1826 Kenmore Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in St. Mark’s Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions can be made in Stephan’s memory to the American Cancer Society care of the funeral home.
Lorraine B. Hajducko, 71, of Slatington, passed away December 1, 2019. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Frances Olesh. Lorraine graduated from Dieruff High School. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her children and loved animals.
Survivors: children- Angela Valania of Bowmanstown, Jon Hajducko and wife Melissa Barket-Hajducko of Lenhartsville, Lisa Hajducko of Emmaus; grandchildren- Alexus and Alivia Barket-Hajducko and Hailee Pernsley; sister- Charlene Merkel of Palmer Twp; ex-husband- John Hajducko of Slatington.
Services will be Private for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Dale K. Mrazik, 61, of Acton, ME passed away November 30, 2019. He died of a heart attack while hunting in his home state of Pennsylvania on the first day of the season with his dad, which was always one his favorite things to do. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Thomas Mrazik and Nancy (Smith) Mrazik. Dale graduated from Allen High in 1976 and Nasson College, Springvale, Maine in 1980. During his years at Nasson, he met and married his wife, Susan (Dion) Mrazik in 1981. He was employed by Sprague Electric and later at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard happily retiring in 2017. In 1993, Dale and his family moved to Square Pond in Acton which was Dale’s Heaven on Earth. He was a dedicated, involved and loving husband and father who truly knew how to enjoy life. He was an avid outdoorsman who had a passion for hunting, fishing and boating. His father-in-law envied his devotion and commitment to his hobbies, and while watching Dale hook up his downriggers once stated “That man works harder at fishing than most people do at work.” Dale loved to include and teach his children about his interest in the outdoors, and they spent countless days at fishing derbies, 3d archery competitions, youth adventure days, youth hunting days, downhill skiing, riding atv’s, snowmobiling, boat riding and enjoying the outdoors. When his own kids aged out of fishing derbies he would look to “RENT a KID” from the neighborhood. He was a member of the Sanford Springvale Fish and Game for many years.
SURVIVORS: His wife Susan, son Scott Mrazik and his wife Heidi of Richmond, ME, daughter Erica Mrazik and companion Michael Wallingford of Shapleigh, ME and his grand puppy Grizzly. Parents Nancy and Thomas Mrazik and sister Teri Yocum of Allentown, PA and lifelong friend Jeff Yocum of Center Valley PA and niece Caili Yocum Preston and her husband Bryant from Houston, Texas. His Sister-in law Rachel Bijaczyk and her husband Walter and their daughter Sarah. As well as aunts, uncles and cousins in the Allentown area. He will be dearly missed by family and many friends.
A Calling Time will be held Friday, December 6th 10-11AM with a Celebration of Life at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Calling Time will be held Monday, December 9th 10AM-12PM with a Prayer Service at 11AM in Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home 580 Main St. Spring Vale, ME.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Sanford Fish and Game to support a local fishing derby or Yoga Reaches Out/Team Jacqui Bonwell/Sue Mrazik to support Boston Children’s Hospital.
Joseph P. Polaha, 91, died peacefully on the morning of Thursday, November 21, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in Allentown. Born in Allentown, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Brezina) Polaha. He was the loving husband of the late Theresa (Stubits) Polaha who preceded him in death on December 25, 2013.
Joe was a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Church in Allentown where he also attended elementary and middle school. He graduated in 1945 from Allentown Central Catholic High School where he was a member of the 1945 State Championship basketball team. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Washington, D.C. He played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Browns organization until a shoulder injury brought him back to his family and his sweetheart to settle down in Allentown. Joe and Tessie were married on November 4, 1950 and shared 63 years together with their ever growing family. Joe was devoted husband who held many different jobs, most recently as a milk truck driver for Freeman’s Dairy. He retired in 1992 and enjoyed spending his retirement years with his wife playing Scrabble, completing crossword (and other) puzzles, going out to eat and watching his grandkids. Joe was a fantastic athlete who excelled at many sports including basketball, baseball, bowling and golf. He always enjoyed participating in golf outings with his children, even as recently as this past October. He was a loving father that had so much pride and adoration for his family and supported his children and grandchildren in all of their endeavors. Joe also enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards, listening to polkas, working on cars or having a drink at St. John’s, St. Nick’s or more recently, American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, PA. Leaving his family home on Fullerton Avenue in April 2019, he moved in with his granddaughter, Kelly, who quickly became his new “sweetheart”, loving confidant, and personal chauffer and caregiver.
Survivors: Joe is survived by four sons, Thomas P. and wife, Connie, of Allentown, Joseph P. and wife, Frances, of Allentown, Paul M. and wife, Lisa, of Allentown, Michael P. and wife, Doreen, of Newport, CA; one daughter, Janice M. Myers and husband, Andrew, of Breinigsville; one brother, William Polaha (“Wild Willy”) and wife, Dorothy, of Coplay; one brother-in-law, Edward Kametz of Whitehall; one sister-in-law, Jackie Stubits of Fernandina Beach, FL; four grandsons, Thomas Polaha (Tara), Brian Polaha (Selene), Nathan Myers and Luke Myers; seven granddaughters, Rachel Moore (Kevin), Christine Kane (Sean), Amanda Polaha, Kelly Polaha (with whom he resided), Megan Polaha, Victoria Polaha and Rebecca Polaha and eight great-grandchildren, Thomas J. Polaha, Tyler Polaha, Brayden Polaha, Holden Polaha, Ellyn Moore, Liam Moore, Teagan Moore and Clare Kane. Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his two sisters Dorothy Lichman and Mary Kametz.
Services: Catholic Mass, Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:30 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 American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, PA.
Jerry Petrycia, 71, of Easton, passed away November 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Michael and Justina Petrycia. Jerry worked for many years as a mechanic at Jimmy Pagats Garage on Freemansburg Ave and was a member of the Lappawinzo Fish and Game Club.
Survivors: sons- Justin and wife Cora, Jude and wife Crystal; 4 grandchildren; brother- James.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 16th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Northampton.
Joseph Trinkle, Sr.
Joseph C. Trinkle Sr., 87, of Allentown, PA passed away peacefully on October 20th, 2019 at Mon Valley Care Center in Monongahela, PA surrounded by his daughter Joan and two of his grandchildren, Sarah and Makensie. Joseph was born in Allentown and was the son of the late Joseph and Johanna Trinkle. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School, class of 1949. After high school, he went to work for Queen City Poultry. He was the owner and operator of Trinkle’s Meat Market in South Bethlehem with his late wife, Dolores (Harsch) Trinkle from 1960-1983; when he retired. Following retirement, he went to work for Schwerman Trucking, driving a cement truck. This was one of Joe’s dream jobs. Joseph was a member of Saint John the Baptist Church of Allentown, where he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, and a volunteer groundskeeper. Also, a member of Saint John the Baptist in Whitehall. Joe was also an avid skier and tennis player.
Survivors, daughters Diane, wife of George T. Cramsey of Allentown, Joan, wife of Dr. John Holets of Monongahela, and son, Joseph Jr., wife Susan, of Allentown. Two step-sons, Jerome, wife Linda and Joseph, wife Carol. Grandchildren, Sarah, Nicholas, Molly, Joshua, Cassandra, Makensie, and Mercedes. Step-Grandchildren, Jason and Dana. Great- Grandchildren, Emmy, Salome, Anna, and Lina. Proceeding in death is his second wife, Josephine Trinkle, and sister, Sister Helen Trinkle, of Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in Huntingdon Valley, PA.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, October 26th 10:30AM- 12:15PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1PM on Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in care of Sister Ellen Marvel at 1600 Huntingdon Pike Meadowbrook, PA 19046.
Thanks to Mon Valley Care Center, ViaQuest Hospice, and Mon Valley EMS for making it possible for Joseph C. Trinkle to be transported to Mon Valley Care Center. Special thanks to Atty. Shannon Smith & Tim and Atty. David Roth.
Betty J. (Tomaschik) Bergenstock, 85, of Lower Macungie, passed away October 14, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Richard D. Bergenstock. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Michrina) Tomaschik. Betty was a 1951 graduate of Allentown High School. She had been part of the Harrison Morton playground volleyball team and they had won 2 championships. Betty then worked as a secretary for Harrison Morton Junior High School and then Sheridan Elementary School in Allentown. She had worked part time later in life for Leh's Dept. Store in the Whitehall Mall. Betty participated in the Senior Exercise Program at the Lower Macungie Twp. Community Center. She was also a lifetime member of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Carpatho- Russian Orthodox Church in Allentown. Betty enjoyed watching Penn State Football and her grandchildren's sports and activities.
Survivors: daughters- Donna Kershner and husband William Kershner of Lower Macungie, Janine Skokan and husband Dr. Stephen Skokan of Manahawkin, NJ; grandchildren- Katie, Stephen and Nicholas. She was predeceased by her siblings- Anna Tomaschik, Dorothy McDonald, Eleanor Seagreaves, Catherine Spangenberg and John Tomaschik.
A viewing will be held Friday, October 18th 6-8PM with a Panachyda at 7:30PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A viewing will be held Saturday, October 19th 9-9:30AM in the funeral home with a Funeral Service to follow at 10AM in Protection of the BVM Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church 703 N. 6th St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Laurel Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Betty's memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home.
Theresa L. (Cech) Petruska, 97, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 5, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Stephen A. Petruska. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Lukas and Anna (Pinter) Cech. She graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and retired from Penn State Mills. Theresa was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church.
Survivors: daughter- Janis wife of John Fels of Schnecksville; son- Stephen Petruska husband of Yvonne of Florida; grandchildren- Jeffrey Harrich, Lisa Brunner-Devers, Lori wife of Chris Jones; 9 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters- Anna, Pauline and Mary and her brother- Joseph.
A viewing will be held on Saturday October 12th 8:30-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.