Dianna H. (Micolochick) White, 80, of Bath, passed away December 30, 2022. She was the loving wife of Herbert White Jr. Born in Quakertown, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Helen (Lander) Micolochick. Dianna graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1960. She worked for many years as a cook for Williams Restaurant and then for Walmart. She had been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Plainfield Twp. Ambulance Corp. Above all she was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: husband- Herbert White Jr.; children- John Gallagher and wife April of Earl Twp., Patricia Shoemaker and husband Bob of Bath, Donald Bercaw Jr. and fiancé June Santella of Sellersville; grandchildren- Elizabeth Prisque, Evan Heimbach, Emilee Heimbach and Nicole Bercaw; great grandchildren- Noah and Cadence Prisque; sisters- Karen LaBar and Beverly Statler; brothers- Dennis and John Micolochick; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers- Peter and Bill Micolochick.
A calling time will be held Saturday, January 7th 11AM-12PM with a service to follow at 12PM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dianna’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research www.michaeljfox.org or to the Glioblastoma Research Organization www.gbmresearch.org
Lillian (Sedlacek) Marks, 85, of Hellertown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on December 27, 2022. Born on July 19, 1937 in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Florian and Mary (Koncir) Sedlacek. She was predeceased by the love of her life Robert Marks Sr. and her loving son Bill Marks, who was a constant and ever-present support in her life. She is survived by her son Robert Marks Jr. and his wife Lara and their children Victoria, Jaida and Lena; daughter Linda Marks; daughter-in-law- Jane Marks; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Lilian worked in the banking industry in downtown Allentown until her retirement at age 65. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially with the “Lights of her life” her granddaughters. Lillian enjoyed time with friends, keeping in touch with her Central Catholic HS Family, reading books/current events, traveling — especially vacationing at the beach with her family. Her strength, positive attitude, and generosity will be remembered by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Lillian’s memory to Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness (501c3, nonprofit) at www.VIENNA.team or sent to 210 West Front St. Suite 209 Swede Chevalier Bldg, Stephy’s Place , Red Bank NJ, 07701; or to Starting Over Animal Rescue PO Box 286 Schnecksville Pa 18078.
Margaret E. Fetchko, 86, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully on December 12th following a brief stay at Lehigh Valley Hospice. She was the widow of John Fetchko. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Frank and Helen (Hoffman) Mlynek. Peggy, as everyone called her, held varying professional positions at PPL, Woodlawn Memorial Park and Wanamaker’s Department Store, but her proudest role was that of a loving and hardworking homemaker. She was the foundation of her family and enjoyed cooking, reading, trips to the beach, volunteering and time spent with family and friends at Fellowship Community. She was a member of both St. John the Baptist Slovak Church and St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, Allentown. Survivors: Daughter Judith Massaro and husband John, along with granddaughters Emily Massaro wife of Jason Mastroianni, Olivia Massaro fiancé of Tyler Daniels and son Michael and husband Keith Petrack. Brothers Edward and Carl Mlynek, sisters Elizabeth Fernandez, Catherine Mlynek, Mary Mlynek, and Dolores Reed. She was predeceased by brothers Frank and George Mlynek and sister Helen Fox. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 10:30 at St. John the Baptist Slovak Church, 924 N Front St, Allentown. Viewing 9:30 to 10:30 AM in the church. Interment will follow in St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery. Kohut Funeral Home, Inc, Allentown is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter in Whitehall or the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Birdsboro.
Thomas A. Malitsch, 68, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 7, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital ICU in Allentown. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Mary (Sharesky) Malitsch. He graduated from Dieruff High School in Allentown. Tom worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and then as a cheese maker for Beatrice Foods. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He will be so deeply missed by his family and friends. He was always a loving and loyal son, brother, uncle, great uncle and cousin.
Tom (Uncle Tom) has blessed us with examples of how to be a wonderful part of a family. He was always present at family gatherings, a constant in our lives, and a pillar of strength in times of great need. He was always patient, kind, generous, thoughtful, loving, and compassionate. Tom had a great listening ear. He never complained, judged anyone or held any grudges. He was the epitome of what it takes to be a good person, a decent human being.
Tom was a simple person, never wanting of expensive, material possessions. He gave of himself, quietly and humbly to anyone in need. His family owes him unending love for the sacrifices he made on their behalf. Tom also donated to many charities, especially those involving children and animals. And how he loved our family pets!
Affectionately called “Spanky” by some of his friends, Tom truly enjoyed their company as well. Some of his friends also shared his love of horse racing, a sport he was very knowledgeable about and enjoyed traveling to the Kentucky Derby and Saratoga, NY with them.
Tom was afflicted all his life with physical disabilities complicated by his Crohn’s Disease, yet he never allowed these issues to prevent him from working hard and being such an important part of our lives. “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers” and he was definitely one of them.
Tom is survived by his brother, Charlie Malitsch and wife Judy; nieces and nephews, Phillip, Douglas and Jennifer; very loving great nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Grant, Preston, Mitchell, Maverick, Maxwell, Emilia and Juliette; cousins, Monica, Matthew, Faith, Donna, Katarina, Michele, Tami and Connor.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 14th 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 St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
Our appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Alia and the staff of the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown for their excellent care of Tom and their genuine concern and compassion. We also deeply appreciate the comfort that nurse Jessica and Chaplain Cliff Herring provided by being part of our prayer circle as Tom took flight into his eternal life with our Lord.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital 3551 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Margaret R. (Heisler) Dziedzic, 99, of Allentown, passed away December 6, 2022. She was the loving wife of the late Anthony Blahut and then the late Stanley Dziedzic. Born in Palmerton, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Naomi (Schierer) Heisler. She worked for O&H Manufacturing Company for 20 years before her retirement. Margaret was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Lawrence Baglogach and wife Barbara, Patricia Baran and husband Thomas; step-daughter- Marie Mattos and Lorraine wife of Bill; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter- Rebecca, step-son- Eddie Blahut, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, December 13th 9:30-10AM with a Service to follow at 10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Margaret’s memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Valentina “Tina” M. (Hurban) Hafner, 90, of Germansville, passed away December 1, 2022. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Hafner. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Cihlarik) Hurban. Tina worked as a Registered Nurse for Sacred Heart Hospital for 63 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She was a member of the Sacred Heart School of Nursing Alumni Assoc. where she served as a past president and was a member of the Guild of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, where she served as a past president. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughter- Lisa Cope and husband William M. Cope Jr. of Germansville, son-Joseph A. Hafner Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Allentown, grandchildren- Michael and Melissa, great granddaughter- Katie. She was predeceased by her sister- Mary and brothers- Phillip, Michael, John and August.
A calling time will be held Friday, December 9th 9:30-10AM with a Service to follow at 10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Whitehall.
Contributions can be made in Tina’s memory to the TCF Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital or to the church.
Kathleen Lucille (Kotran) Benkovic, 71, of Nazareth passed away November 28, 2022. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Geza Benkovic. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Genevieve (Seng) Kotran. She worked for many years as the Head Teller at the Fairgrounds Branch and retired as a Senior Administrator at the Allentown Wells Fargo Call Center. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church. She will be deeply missed by family, friends, and anyone with whom she shared that special Katy sparkle.
Survivors: daughters- Corina Kathleen Benkovic Cook and husband Peter Joseph of Nazareth, Krista Mary Benkovic Kuczynski and husband Edward of Bethlehem; grandson- Connor Cook; beloved Niece Nichole Benkovic Treiber and husband Donald; great nieces- Tylar Kathleen Treiber and Alexandra Treiber; brothers- Paul and Steve Kotran. She was the youngest of ten children and was predeceased by seven siblings. It is a comforting thought that the twins are absolutely deviling her, because that is Kate’s Heaven.
A calling time will be held on Monday, December 5th 6-8PM and Tuesday December 6th 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will be private. The family would like to cordially invite you to the Best Luncheon in Town after the Mass, downstairs in the Church Auditorium.
Donald C. Kohut, 91, of Allentown, passed away November 13, 2022. He was the loving husband of the late Noreen C. (Hegland) Kohut. Born in Easton, he was the son of the late Dmytro and Mary (Skoda) Kohut. Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Donald retired as a sales manager for MetLife Insurance Co. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #456 and the Fullerton American Legion. Donald loved fishing and hunting with his family and was dedicated to helping others. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: daughters- Kimberly Kohut of Allentown and Leanne Hamilton of Allentown, granddaughters- Alisa and Amanda, 4 great grandsons, 1 great great granddaughter. He was predeceased by his son- Larry Kohut and brother- Stephen Kohut.
A viewing will be held Friday, November 18th 9:30-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to celebrated at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mission 22 (a veteran suicide prevention non-profit organization) care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.