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.
Maria (Vale) Moro, 89, of Allentown, passed away June 28, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Felice Moro. She enjoyed croqueting and cooking in her free. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: son- Jack Moro, daughter- Carla Turczyn, grandchild- Cassandra Turczyn, great grandchildren- Gracie Czuba.
Family and friends are invited to Call in the family home on Tuesday July 6th after 11AM. More information can be obtained by calling the family at 610-770-1571.
Irene R. (Sukenik) Seifert, 92, of Allentown, passed away June 3, 2021. She was the loving wife of nearly 70 years to Charles D. Seifert. Born in Emmaus, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Mary (Vlahovic) Sukenik. Irene was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and the church auxiliary. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: husband- Charles Seifert; sons- David and wife Julie Seifert, Richard and wife Kathy Seifert; grandchildren- Alan, James, Jessica and Daniel; 4 great grandchildren; sister- Marion Melber. She was predeceased by her brothers- James and Edward Sukenik.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 9th 10-11AM with a service to follow at 11AM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Highland Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Irene’s memory to St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church.
Phyllis F. (Kloiber) Lauer, 85, of Whitehall, passed away May 29, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Ronald J. Lauer, to whom she was married for 67 years at the time of his passing in December 2018. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Florence Kloiber. She retired from Durkee’s after 34 years of service. Phyllis enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo and above all spending time with her children.
Survivors: children- Ronald H. Lauer of Whitehall, Jane Yenser and husband Robert of Allentown, Karen Langan and husband Joseph of Allentown, Joann Sheckler and husband David of Whitehall, Sharon Lauer of Whitehall, Alan Lauer and wife Penny of Whitehall; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister- Carol Geroulo and husband Marty of Whitehall; beloved cat- Dewey.
Services will be Private care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
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.