Bernadine M. Schumaker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, passed away on the morning of December 17, 2023, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, Pennsylvania. She was 84. She and her husband, Donald R. Schumaker Sr of Orefield, shared 66 wonderful years of marriage since their union on November 16, 1957.
Born on January 17, 1939, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bernadine was the daughter of the late John P. and Marie C. Sutjak (Gurgick). She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church in Allentown. She attended St. John the Baptist Church grade school and graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1956.
Bernadine began her professional journey as a key punch operator at Mack Trucks. Later, she pursued a career in computer programming, earning her degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College. She went on to have a successful career contributing her skills to the Capital Blue Cross, Gould Inc., and Harleysville Insurance companies.
A dedicated member of the service community, Bernadine was a member of the Kuhnsville Area Lioness Club and served as treasurer for several years.
Bernadine was an avid ballroom dancer, participating with her husband in the Cotillion Dance Club and the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association. Together, they enjoyed the art of dance and created lasting memories together on the dance floor.
Her adventurous spirit led her to travel the world, embracing diverse cultures and creating cherished moments with her family.
Bernadine was a loving sister to Marion J. O'Neil (Dennis) and brother John S. Sutjak (Rebecca), and she was predeceased by her sister Johanna Malinowski (Stanley).
In her cherished role as a dedicated mother, Bernadine is survived by her children: Donald R. Schumaker Jr., Melodie M. Stinner (Edward), Richard J. Schumaker, and Mary K. Cargo (James).
She leaves behind a profound legacy of love and warmth that extends to her beloved grandchildren: Donald Jr.’s children—Donald R. Schumaker III (Tiffani), Gavin R. Schumaker, and Abigail R. Schumaker; Melodie’s children—Deanna M. Stinner Moussa (Ramie) and Kyle E. Stinner; Richard’s son—Keith R. Schumaker (Tasha); and Mary’s son—Alexander J. Cargo.
Her great-grandchildren include Keith’s daughters—Hailey and Addalyne—and Donald III’s children—David, Reagyn, Kylor and Lita. The most recent addition to the family is Bernadine's great-great-grandchild, Jasper Park, son of David.
In the final years of her life, Bernadine faced the challenges of Parkinson's Disease with strength and resilience. To honor her memory and contribute to the fight against Parkinson's, the family kindly requests donations to be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or to St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church care of Kohut Funeral Home.
Bernadine Schumaker will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and unwavering love for her family. May she rest in peace, and may her legacy continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at the Kohut Funeral Home in Allentown. An additional viewing hour will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 9 to 10 AM at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, 924 N Front St, Allentown, PA 18102. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10 AM. Interment and Luncheon to follow.
Peter Rim, 98, of Allentown, passed away on November 16, 2023. He was the loving husband to Mary (Skerchock) Rim. Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Peter and Helen (Skomsky) Rim. Peter served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Catholic Church in Lansford. He was a long time Chemistry teacher at Whitehall High School. Peter enjoyed woodworking and was skilled in all trades. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Mary Rim; children- Peter B. Rim and his wife Lisa of Alabama, Daryl Hartzell and her husband Earl of Binghamton, NY; granddaughters- Annette and Sharon; sister- Helen Neifert.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 10:00 am In Luther Crest - Crest Hall 800 Hausman Rd Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Peter’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital PO Box 1999 Memphis, TN 38101.
Christine C. (Geiger) Deprill, 68, of Allentown, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on October 31, 2023. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Calvin C. and Sonia C. (Evans) Geiger. She was predeceased by her husband John F. Deprill and sister Linda J. Geiger.
Christine was raised on a farm in Schnecksville, PA . She was a member of the choir at Parkland high school where she graduated in 1973. One of her favorite experiences was traveling abroad to Europe for 6 weeks with AIFS to study at European Universities. Christine graduated with honors from LCCC in 1990 with 2 degrees, an AAS in Drafting and Design and an AAS in Mechanical Technology. She raised her children with love creating a lifetime of memories and traditions. Her hobbies included fishing, bird watching, crafting, and watching movies. She also loved to travel with her family to places such as the Pocono mountains, the Outer Banks, NC, Williamsburg, VA and Rehoboth Beach DE. Christine was a devoted lover of the 4 basenji dogs she owned throughout her adult life. She will be deeply missed by all who loved and had the pleasure of knowing her.
Survivors: children- Carrie and her husband Mark Hurt, John Deprill Jr. and his wife Carrie, Calvin Deprill and his wife Kimberly; step-son- Ryan Deprill; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild.
A calling time will be held on Friday, November 10th 12-1:00PM with a Service at 1:00PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Inurnment to follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Christine’s memory to BRaT (Basenji Rescue and Transport).
Marie T. (Vorholy) Russoli, went to be with the Lord on October 24, 2023. Born in Allentown, Marie was a loving and devoted wife of the late Humbert A. Russoli with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage before his passing on March 30, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Malik) Vorholy. Marie was predeceased by her daughter Carol A. Hurst; three brothers; Michael, Joseph and John Vorholy. She is survived by her son, Thomas and his wife Margo Russoli, two grandchildren, David Hurst and Rachel Hurst, step-granddaughters, Tara Shollenberger and Amy Bernard.
Marie was a beautiful and special woman who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Her kindness and love was genuine. Her joy and zeal for life was infectious. She was always ready for a party or adventure. She was a hard worker, and an outstanding cook and baker. She always had an encouraging word and was steadfastly devoted to her family with unconditional love.
Marie was a religious woman and her deep faith sustained her throughout her life, and we take great comfort knowing that she is home with the Lord. She will be greatly missed by our family and by everyone who knew her. Marie, you will be forever in our hearts.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at Heather Glen Senior Living and Ascend Hospice for assisting Marie with her healthcare needs and activities of daily living.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Tuesday, October 31st 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Entombment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Kohut Funeral Home, 950 North Front Street, Allentown, PA 18102.
Michael J. Zapach, 88, of Allentown, passed away October 15, 2023. He was the loving husband of 61 years to Janice E. (Fidler) Zapach. Born in Freeland, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Kost) Zapach. Michael served in the U.S. Army during Peacetime. He retired from Capital Blue Cross Insurance Company. Michael was a devote member of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Allentown. He served his church as a cantor, choir director, past president, past treasurer and helped to make pierogies. Michael enjoyed fishing, gardening and serving in church; but most of all he valued his family. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Janice E. Zapach; daughter- Michelle Clark and her husband Brian; granddaughter- Mikayla Clark; great grandchildren- Ameesi, Amahni and Aseeri; sister- Ann Marie Hanas. He was predeceased by his son- Michael John Zapach Jr. and his brother- Joseph Zapach.
A viewing will be held in the church on Thursday, October 19th 10-11AM with a Funeral Service to follow at 11AM at The Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church 703 N. 6th St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Laurel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Michael's memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.