Olga (Kaluch) Chaplynsky, 95, a long-term resident of Allentown, passed away May 6, 2021. She was the wife of the late Ivan Chaplynsky. Born in Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Aarson and Barbara Kaluch. Olga was a member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and being with her Ukrainian friends and family.
Survivors: children- Stephen Chaplynsky of Allentown, Irene Pronczak and husband Roman of Lansdale, Alice Keim and husband Thomas of Nazareth; grandchildren- Anna Coon and husband Brian, Martha Pronczak, Adam Keim and wife Melanie, Karen Lovuolo and husband Christopher; 4 great grandchildren- Nicholas, Nadia, Tanner and Jackson; sister- Irene in Ukraine. She was predeceased by 6 siblings.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 12th from 9:30-10AM in St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church 1826 Kenmore Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018 with Office of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery on Main St. in Northampton.
Contributions can be made in Olga’s memory to St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church or to Living Branches Benevolent Fund in Lansdale care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Paul Andreas, 60, of Bethlehem, passed away April 28, 2021. Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Mary (Lagosky) and Layton Andreas Sr. Paul earned his Master’s Degree in 2017 from La Salle University in Philadelphia in Nonprofit Leadership. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA in 1984 in the Liberal Arts. His last philanthropic ventures serving in the nonprofit sector included serving as an Auditor on St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church Parish Council, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Constantine School of the Lehigh Valley on the Fundraising and Building committees. He was a devout member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown.
Survivors: brothers, Layton Jr. and wife Judy, Mark and wife Laura; sister, Mary Jo and husband Scott Anderson; nieces and nephews, Nicole and husband John Fritz, Brian and wife Emma, Matthew, Steven, Ryan and Daniel. He was predeceased by an infant brother.
A viewing will be held on Monday, May 3rd 7-9PM with a Parastas at 8:30PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Funeral Service will be held Privately for the family and church members. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church or the St. Constantine School care of the funeral home.
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.