Stephen “Steve” P. Kookan, Jr., 91, passed away on Wed. Aug. 25th while at Mifflin Center, Shillington, where he had been residing since June. Steve was born July 6, 1930 in Allentown to the late Stephen and Katherine (Polakovic) Kookan. He was married to the late Stasia (Foltyn) Kookan for 66 years; Stasia passed away in July 2019. Steve graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951; he served in Korea and saw combat during the conflict. He often joked that he was part of the “Frozen Chosen” and was proud of his service to his country, and the men he fought alongside. Steve spent his career in sales and was proudest of his career with Decca Records, where he sold over one million records, from Elvis to the Beatles. He retired from Lehigh County Community College in Schnecksville, where he worked for many years. Among Steve’s greatest passions was playing the button box accordion with his buddies in Allentown and Binghamton. It brought him much joy to play “his box,” with his wife orchestrating and singing Slovak songs. He and Stasia treasured their frequent trips to Czechoslovakia to visit family. He was a die-hard Notre Dame football and women’s basketball fan and rarely missed a game. Steve loved baseball and coached CYO teams in Allentown for many years. He had a generous nature and was always willing to lend a hand. He is survived by his children- Jerome, husband of Danelle of Bethlehem; Thomas Sr. of Allentown; Annemarie Faust, wife of Michael Drago of Sinking Spring; and Stephen Jr. of Phoenix, AZ. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren: Victoria Heater, Wendi Dougherty, Stephen Kookan III, Thomas Kookan Jr., Daniel Faust, Matthew Kookan and Katie Kookan, as well as numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was predeceased by an infant sister, Marie, his brother Francis and his granddaughter Coral Kookan.
A celebration of life for Stephen and Stasia will be held on Friday, Sept. 10th at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Cemetery, Allentown.
A memorial contribution can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Karl “with a K” F. Musselman, 66, of Northampton, passed away August 24, 2021. He was the husband of 31 years to the late Chrystyna S. (Huzar) Musselman. Born in Quakertown, he was the son of the late Otto F. and Betty E. (Schultz) Musselman. Karl worked for many years at US Gage and then for Just Born Candy. He had been an Eagle Scout and loved sports, especially the Philadelphia Teams.
Survivors: children- Nick and wife Jacqueline, Austin and Kylie; granddaughter- Lydia Noel, sister- Lynn E. Musselman.
A Celebration of Karl's Life will be held on Saturday, August 28th 2-8PM at St John's Lutheran Church Activity Center on Union and Center Streets in Richlandtown, PA 18955. (Activity Center is located behind the church). Family and friends are welcome to come and go as they please.
Contributions can be made to the funeral home towards funeral expenses in his memory.
Margaret “Peggy” (Wiedemann) Owens, 55, of Newmanstown, formerly of Magnolia and Atco, NJ passed away August 24, 2021. Born in Stratford, NJ she was the daughter of William Wiedemann and the late Ritajean (Hokamp) Wiedemann. She graduated from Edgewood High School in NJ and then earned her Associates in Applied Science from Camden County Community College. She was a member of Millcreek Lutheran Church in Newmanstown. Peggy loved cats, Taylor Swift, socializing and attending yard sales, she was always proud of the deals she could find. But above all family meant everything to her. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: father- William Wiedemann, brother- Daniel Wiedemann and wife Felicia, nieces- Kristen Hinderliter and husband Kyle, Erin Wiedemann.
Services will be Private.
Helen Fabik, 87, of Whitehall, passed away August 23, 2021. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna A. (Hrin) Fabik. Helen’s niece has written a description of her beloved aunt: “My aunt Helen had a zest for life…from traveling the world to lunches with the girls to casino fun. She was the “fun aunt” to us kids. She owned one of the very first Ford Mustangs and had us kids believe it could fly (BIG smiles). She had a love for dogs and always had a pocket full of treats for them. She was a dog mom to a collie- shepherd mix named Wags, who loved and would protect her dearly. My aunt was one of the greatest story tellers…she would just make it up as she went. She would even have you believe she was a nun strait out of the convent (so many giggles). She would make anything fun, even when she worked for Western Electric back in the day. Like so many of my family members that passed before her and are passing my heart goes out…they are the brave. My heart breaks…as she will truly be missed.”
She is survived by her sister- Anna Mae Sucansky and husband Donald, brother-in-law- Edward Thomas, sister-in-law- Johanna Fabik and many loving nieces, nephews and pets. She was predeceased by her siblings- Matthew, Michael and George Fabik, Marie Smith and Theresa Thomas.
A Service will be held on Saturday, September 4th at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions can be made in Helen’s memory to the Lehigh County Humane Society 640 Dixon St. Allentown, PA 18103.
Margaret A. (Elias) Kerin, 96, of Whitehall, passed away July 30, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph P. Kerin Jr. Born in Swoyersville, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Anna Elias. Margaret retired from Western Electric after many years of challenging work with microchips and lasting friendships with her coworkers. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and watching EWTN while praying the rosary. Margaret loved animals, flowers, art and her family. She was a very generous person who gave to many charities. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: sons- Ronald Kerin and wife Dorothy of Roseville, CA, Paul Kerin of Allentown, his children Kimberly and Jonathan; daughter- Barbara Korp and husband William of Whitehall.
A Calling Time will be held on Thursday August 5th 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Margaret’s memory to the Allentown Rescue Mission
or the Lehigh County Humane Society.
Anne Zvitkovitz, 95, of Center Valley, formerly of Allentown, passed into eternity on July 29, 2021 at Sacred Heart Assisted Living in Center Valley, PA. Anne was born in Allentown, on April 11, 1926, a daughter of the late Anna (Kloiber) and Pius Zvitkovitsch. She was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Church, Allentown. After graduating from Allentown Central Catholic High School, she did secretarial work. She then attended Gwynedd-Mercy College for her teaching degree and taught 5th Grade in the Allentown Diocese until retirement.
Survivors: sister, Theresa Califano of Middlesex, NJ, sister-in-law Mary Zvitkovitz of Bethlehem, PA, 4 nephews, 5 nieces, 10 grand nephews and 10 grand nieces.
Predeceased by brothers Joseph, William, and Richard Zvitkovitz, brother-in-law Anthony Califano and sister-in-law Katherine Zvitkovitz and Helen Zvitkovitz.
Services: Family and friends are invited to gather Saturday, August 7th from 9-10AM at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM. Burial to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Anne’s name to the church.
John Fels III
John “Jack” A. Fels III, 76, of Schnecksville, passed away July 28, 2021. He was the loving husband of 27 years to Janis (Petruska) Fels. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Eleanor (Wolfe) and John A. Fels Jr. Jack served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Steam Fitters Local Union #420 and was a member of Union United Church of Christ in Neffs. Jack enjoyed playing pinocle and will be deeply missed by his family and feline friends, Jack & Jill.
Survivors: wife- Janis Fels; children- Jeffrey Harrich, Lisa Brunner-Devers, Lori Jones and husband Christopher; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother-in-law- Stephen Petruska and wife Yvonne; sister- Sallie Rogers; nephew- Irwin Rogers. He was predeceased by his granddaughter- Ashley Abele.
A Calling Time will be held on Wednesday, August 4th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Allentown.
Rosie M. Sembrot, R.N., a loving wife, mother, and grandmother died on July 22, 2021 at the age of 85 years old. Rosie Mikos Sembrot was born on April 22, 1936 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Mary and Nicholas Mikos. She graduated from Northeastern Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a degree in nursing in 1957. She was married to the late Dr. Joseph T. Sembrot on November 12, 1960. She was a devoted grandmother to her four grandchildren and contributed enriching their lives.
She was an avid reader, gardener and volunteer in the Lehigh Valley, where she volunteered her time at St. Luke’s nursing home. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Allentown, Pennsylvania where she volunteered at St. Mary’s Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed the outdoors, having traveled extensively with her husband on trips to Europe and throughout the United States. She was an avid numismatics, stamp collector and baseball card collector, having spent much leisure time in Baltimore, Maryland in pursuit of stamps and baseball cards while her husband attended medical lectures at the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”). She would recount her travels in Baltimore as her husband listened to the infectious disease specialists at the NIH. Rosie also took continuing education classes to learn Russian along with taking Chinese cooking classes to perfect the art of Chinese traditional foods.
She was predeceased by her oldest daughter, Debra Lynn who died at 10 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Attorney Mary Sembrot Croly and her husband, Attorney Peter B. Croly, as well as her grandsons, Michael W. Croly and Matthew J. Croly of Larchmont, New York. She is also survived by her son, Attorney Joseph M. Sembrot and his wife, Mary Beth Sembrot as well as her granddaughter, Samantha Sembrot and her grandson, Joseph W. Sembrot of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Services-A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 27th at 10:30-11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St., Allentown, PA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 27th at 11:30AM in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1031 Fullerton Ave., Allentown. Burial to follow in Parish cemetery and private luncheon thereafter to which family and friends are welcomed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the American Cancer Society in the memory of their beloved mother.