Susan C. (Lichman) Simitz, 88, of Allentown, passed away January 22, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Louis E. Simitz. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Susanna (Kakelejcik) Lichman. Susan worked previously as a Medical Transcriptionist for Sacred Heart Hospital. She was an avid reader and cared deeply for her family.
Survivors: sons- David Simitz of Bath, Louis Simitz and wife Elizabeth of Alaska, Joseph Simitz of Emmaus; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister- Monica Anthony of Allentown. She was predeceased by her grandson- Gary Simitz, brothers- Leo and Michael Lichman and sisters- Maryanne Seman, Teresa Gutekunst and Bernadette Lichman.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 27th at 10:30AM in the Mausoleum at Cedar Hill Memorial Park 1700 Airport Rd Allentown, PA 18109.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Chrystyna S. H. (Huzar) Musselman, 58, of Northampton, passed away January 18, 2020. She was the loving wife of 31 years to Karl Musselman. Born in Allentown and raised in Coopersburg, she was the daughter of the late Iwan and Stefania (Oleszczuk) Huzar. Chrystyna graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Allentown Business School with her Associates Degree in Public Relations. She worked for many years as a bartender/waitress at Bubbas and other places throughout the Lehigh Valley. She then worked in Public Relations for SWB&R and was the Head of the Keys Program for Lehigh Carbon Community College. She previously attended St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Allentown. She loved to spend time gardening, cooking and loved animals. But above all Chrystyna’s family meant everything to her.
Survivors: husband- Karl; children- Kylie, Austin, Nick and his wife Jacqueline; granddaughter- Lydia Noel; brother- Roman; sister- Donna Navarro. She was predeceased by her brothers- Clement and Zoreslaw “Tony” Huzar.
Everyone is welcome to help remember and celebrate Chrystyna at a Celebration of Life or as she called it “A Party” on Sunday, January 26th 1-7PM at the VFW Post #7293 located at 5209 Springmill Rd Whitehall, PA 18052.
Contributions can be made in Chrystyna’s memory to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. toward her final expenses.
Bernadine T. (Zambelli) Fraind, 94, of Whitehall passed away January 16, 2020, while residing in Whitehall Manor. She was the loving wife of the late George P. Fraind. Born in Allentown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Zambelli, Mary (Lipovsky) Zambelli Burdock and step daughter of the late Andrew Burdock. She worked for Schneiders Manufacturing, the Americus Hotel and Alexander’s Restaurant. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Bernadine was a wonderful and caring person who enjoyed life and was loved by many.
Survivors: son- George B. Fraind of Macungie, PA; daughter- Lisa and husband David Capece of Allentown, PA; grandchildren- Dr. Angela Capece wife of Denis Streltsov of Pipersville, PA, Mary Cruz wife of Anthony Cruz of Valhalla, NY, Dr. Lisa Capece of Willow Grove, PA, David G. Capece of Dover, NH, Julianna Capece of Allentown,PA; great granddaughter- Cameron Cruz; step-great grandson- Nick Streltsov; sister- Rita Troilo of Ashtabula, OH; nieces, nephews and cousins. Prior to her birth, she was predeceased by her infant sister- Bernadine Zambelli.
A viewing will be held Saturday, January 25th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30AM 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 Bernadine’s memory to the church care of the funeral home.
Edward J. "Pappy" Derkits, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Margaret R. (Schweitzer) Derkits for 41 years at the time of her passing in 1998. Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Karl and Agnes (Klucarsits) Derkits. Edward previously worked at Cross Country Clothing and then retired from Bridsburg Foundry after many years as a welder. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He played fastpitch softball for both the East Penn and church leagues. He was also an avid bowler for most of his life. Ed was a diehard Eagles and Flyers fan. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his 12 grandchildren and attending as many of their events as possible.
Survivors: daughter- Judy and husband Michael Lewis of Allentown; sons- Edward C. and wife Tammy of Bethlehem, Thomas P. and wife Lisa of Emmaus, Joseph J. and wife Janet of Allentown; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters- Rosemarie Pammer of Catasauqua, Agnes Kroboth of Northampton. He was predeceased by his sister- Joanne Recker.
A Calling Time will be held on Monday, January 20th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Edward’s name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation care of the funeral home.
Joseph F. Sutjak, Jr., 91, of Allentown, passed away January 6, 2020. He was the loving husband of 67 years to Irene (Zamecnik) Sutjak. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Zanko) Sutjak. He was a graduate of South Whitehall High School (Parkland) and received his degree in Agriculture from Penn State University. Joseph retired from Lebanon Chemical. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church where he was a founding member of the church’s Golf League. He was also a founding member of the North Parkland Youth Athletic Assoc. Joseph was an avid hunter who enjoyed going hunting with his sons and grandchildren. He also loved going on golf outings with his family and attending sporting events for his grandchildren.
Survivors: wife; sons- Robert and wife Ellen of Slatington, James of Kempton; daughter- Diane Seremula and husband Joseph of Slatington; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son- Joseph Sutjak III and his wife Linda.
A calling time will be held Friday, January 10th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joseph’s memory to Cedarbrook Nursing Home care of the funeral home.
Nicholas E. Leanch Jr., 83, of Allentown, passed away Sunday, January 5th at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. He was the husband of Ilona (Lorenz) Leanch, with whom he shared 59 years of loving marriage. Born in Allentown, he was one of five children born to the late Nicholas Sr. and Elizabeth (Emody) Leanch. He was raised in Catasauqua, and was a graduate of Allentown High School, class of 1954. Nick served in the U.S. Navy. He worked at Mack Trucks for 33 years and has been retired for 22 years. Nick was a member of UAW 677. Nick loved traveling over the years with his wife, Ilona, eating at Paprikas Hungarian Restaurente in Hellertown and spending time with family and being the best Grandpop and Great Grandpop ever!!
Survivors: In addition to his loving wife Ilona, he will be sadly missed by his son Kenneth G. Leanch of Allentown; daughters Teresa A. wife of John J. Rom of Breinigsville, Christine M. wife of Michael E. Giacobbe of Orefield. He is also survived by sister Margaret L. Kalfas of Southampton, NJ; 4 Grandchildren Tyler, Amanda, Gianna and Abbigail; 2 great grandchildren Carter and Peyton.
A calling time will be held on Thursday, January 9th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Laurel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Nick’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice care of the funeral home.
Dean M. Mickey, 50, of Allentown, passed away January 4, 2020. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Marlow and Carolyn (Geiger) Mickey. He was a graduate of William Allen High School. Dean most recently worked for Giant Food Stores.
Survivors: parents; wife- Tracey Mickey; children- Nina Mickey, Nora Mickey, AJ Savaki and Danielle Savaki; grandchildren- Olivia and Josiah Savaki; sister- Carlene Entler; brother- Todd Mickey.
Services will be Private at the convenience of the family.
Brenda L. (McIlhaney) Bruder, 54, of Whitehall, passed away December 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was loving wife of 28 years to Harrison E. Bruder, Jr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Robert and Marlene (Hunsicker) McIlhaney. She was a 1983 graduate of Dieruff High School where she played on the Girls Softball Team. Brenda worked as an upholsterer for over 30 years at American Atelier (Bethlehem Furniture). She was a member of Grace UCC in Allentown. She was a talented baker and chocolate maker. Brenda loved animals, especially dogs.
Survivors: husband; parents; siblings- Karen and husband David Anderson, Glenn McIlhaney and wife Melia, Tammy and Russell Palmenta; 5 nieces and 1 nephew.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 2nd 9:30-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Contributions can be made in Brenda’s memory to the funeral home toward expenses.