Andrew T. Berish, 68, of Bethlehem, passed away October 5, 2020. He was the loving husband of 30 years to the late Rosemary N. (Candia) Berish. Born in Hazelton, he was the son of the late Andrew and Loretta (Stanovich) Berish. Andy served in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland. Andy had worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as the Postmaster of Easton. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, where he enjoyed teaching CCD classes. Andy loved all of his dogs. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed spending time at his cabin and hunting.
Survivors: daughters- Mary Ann Rupp and husband Joel W. Rupp Sr., the late Denise Watro and husband Gregory; grandchildren- Tiffany Kushner, Joel Rupp Jr., Tyler Dornblaser, Stephanie Kutzler and Greg Watro; great grandchildren- Collin, Nyla, Joel III, Chace, Sierra, Nora and Athena; sister- Loretta Yuscavage and husband Charles; niece-Gina Romancheck and husband Brian; great nephew- Brian Romancheck and several cousins.
A viewing will be held Saturday, Oct 10th 9-10AM with a 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 Bethlehem Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Andy’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest’s Kidney Transplant Center care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Rebecca (Barbour) Sherry, 97, of Bethlehem, passed away October 4, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Raymond Sherry. Born in Cockeysville, MD she was the daughter of the late James Cornelius and Rebecca (Eaton) Barbour.
Survivors: children- Raymond R. Sherry, Jr., Barbara L. Sherry, Cornelia S. Goolsby, Charles D. Sherry, Robert M. Sherry; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, October 8th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. She will be buried next to her husband at Lowhill Cemetery in New Tripoli. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.
John F. “Mini” Minarovic, 99, of Allentown, passed away October 4, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Jean R. (Desch) Minarovic. Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Ludwick and Anna Minarovic. He was a Navy Veteran. John was self-employed for many years as a linoleum and tile contractor. After his retirement he then worked as a monitor for First Student Bus Co. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Some of John’s fondest memories were with his family on their farm as a young boy and then hunting and fishing with his brothers and son.
Survivors: son- John P. Minarovic of Allentown; grandchildren- Troy C., Heather Ann, Jessica L.; great grandchildren- Gabriel and Michael.
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 9th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Entombment to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please have a Mass Intention made in John’s name.
Margaret S. Cebenko, 96, of Allentown, PA, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2020. Born in Mt. Carmel, PA to immigrants Elmer and Rose (Novotny) Slachta, “Marge” was proud of her Slovak/Czech roots and her “coal cracker” upbringing. After graduating from Mt. Carmel High School, Marge contributed to the war effort by working in an airplane factory during World War II. She came to the Lehigh Valley upon marrying Stephen Cebenko, Jr., and set out on a 30+ year career in the high tech industry, beginning with building vacuum tubes and ending by testing IC chips at Western Electric/AT&T. She was a faithful member of the former St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Allentown, and loved exercising at the Allentown “Y” and polka dancing at area clubs and festivals. A breast cancer survivor of 34 years, she was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. Into her 90s, Marge put aside whatever she had to do in order to help someone in need, whether it was driving a friend to a doctor’s appointment, babysitting her grandchildren, or caring for her ailing daughter. Marge is survived by her son Stephen R. Cebenko Sr. and wife Jill, their children Stephen R. Jr., Sophia, Marlayna, Bohdan and Anabella; grandsons Michael Geho (Elizabeth), and Matthew Geho (Kristine); great-grandchildren Tyler and Lili; sister Maryann Mattiello; and companion Frederick Smith. She was predeceased by her husband Stephen, daughter Rosalie Parkinson, and grandson Malachi Cebenko. Calling hour will be at 9AM Saturday October 3, 2020 at Kohut Funeral Home, Allentown, followed by a funeral service at 10AM . The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at Heather Glen, Allentown, and Arcadia Hospice, for their excellent care of Marge.
Judith A. Fasching, 65, of Lenhartsville, passed away September 17, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Michael Fasching. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Doris (Noss) and Bruce McIlhaney. Judith graduated from Dieruff High School in 1972. She enjoyed working outside around her home and caring for her pets.
Survivors: brothers- Robert, Barry and Harold McIhaney; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother- Bruce.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:30-10:30 with a Service at 10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. Pauls Smoke Church Cemetery in Hamburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Judith’s memory toward the funeral expenses.
Elaine M. (Pavelko) Matis, 83, of Walnutport, passed away September 15, 2020. She was the loving wife of 55 years to Richard S. Matis. Born in Johnstown, PA on January 20, 1937 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anastasia (Gasparovic) Pavelko. Elaine was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School and Bethlehem Business School. She attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Walnutport. Elaine enjoyed working in the medical field for many years before retiring in 1986.
Her strong faith and devotion to her family as Mom and Nana brought her endless joy. Her strength and courage in the face of life’s adversities was remarkable. She enjoyed living in the country, antiquing, the arts, traveling, playing the piano and spending time with her family. She lived a life of selfless generosity, always putting others first. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: husband- Richard S. Matis; daughters- Mary Miller and Melissa Matis; grandchildren- Kenneth, Kelcy (Michael), Dylan and Brooke; great grandchildren- Emma, Logan, Willow, Cole, Tatum, Rory and Layla.
Services will be Private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Elaine’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105
Patricia A. Kloiber (Kempsey) age 78, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully in her home with her children by her side on September 8, 2020
Born in Allentown, Patricia was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Kempsey (Swartz).
Patricia was the valedictorian of the first graduating class of Dieruff High School in 1960. She worked many years supporting her family at The Paddock restaurant, and later began a career at the Hartford in AARP Operations where she retired in 2009.
Pat is survived by her three children- Melanie St. Hill (Kloiber) and husband Dave; Kristen Kloiber Brubaker; Rick Kloiber and wife Jill. She was blessed with three loving grandchildren- Natalie Patrice St. Hill, Justin Patrick and Beau Cameron Kloiber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, September 14, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Slovak Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown PA 18102. Calling hours will be held from 7-9pm on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St. Allentown PA 18102 and again before mass 9-10am in the church. Mask and social distancing are required for attendance. Online condolences are extended obituary may be made at www.kohutfuneralhome.com
Rosalie Favere, 68, of Bethlehem passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 5th 2020. She was born February 23, 1952 in Allentown, the daughter of the late Rose (Martucci) and Vido P. Minarovic. Rosalie graduated from Liberty High, Bethlehem, Class of 1971, and she worked for Western Electric in Allentown until 1989. She then moved to Old Hickory, TN and attended Aquinas College in Nashville, TN and graduated in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. After graduation, Rosalie worked at Nashville Memorial Hospital. In 2000, Rosalie moved home to Bethlehem and worked at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg, as a Registered Nurse until her retirement in 2017. Rosalie was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church in Allentown and an active member of the church’s auxiliary.
Survivors: sisters- Rosalind Day, Rosanne Minarovic and husband Adam Arnold, Maria Holland and husband William Holland; brother- Vido P. Minarovic; cousins- Barbara (Minarovic) Miller and husband Ronald Miller, Joseph Minarovic and wife Kim; nieces and nephews.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 12, 10AM, at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Calling hours will be before Mass, 9-10AM in the church. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Mask and social distancing are required for attendance.
Contributions: Memorial Contributions can be made to the church or the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St. Allentown, PA 18103.