Nicholas Tomasini, 92, Korean War Veteran and Bronze Star Recipient of the 7th Division Corps of Army Engineers, died peacefully on January 5th, 2021 with his loved ones surrounding him at his bedside. He is survived by his spouse, Marina, son John, daughter Nora and husband Todd Miller and grandchildren Ryan and Emily Miller and his sister Domenica Biribin.
A resident of Allentown, PA and previously of Sparta, NJ, he has lived in Allentown since 1999. Nicholas was a Star Athlete for Emerson High School in Union City, NJ excelling in three sports among them being basketball, football and baseball and was inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame.
Nicholas began his career as a factory worker for Maxwell House in Hoboken, NJ and retired with the company in 1988.
A Calling time will be held Saturday, January 9th 9:30-10:30AM with a Service to follow at 10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will be Private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Nicholas’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
James P. Bittenbender, 78, of Germansville, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was the loving husband of the late Rachel Bittenbender and then a loving companion to Edith Meixsell. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late George and Agnes (Novasak) Bittenbender. He proudly served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division, participating in the Vietnam Era and the Cuban Crisis. James graduated from Allentown Central Catholic in 1960 and attended La Salle University, Penn State University, Northampton Community College and the PP&L Apprentice Program. He retired from PP&L in 2001 as a Substation Foreman Electrical. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. James enjoyed the outdoors and his coonhounds.
Survivors: companion- Edith Meixsell; son- James Bittenbender and wife Michelle; daughter- Diane Ducharme and husband Alfred; sister- Judith Ensor and husband Charles; grandsons- James P. Bittenbender, Ben Ducharme, Luke Ducharme, Shaun Bittenbender, Austin Bittenbender; nieces- Andrea Ritter, Jane Ensor; nephews- Matt Bittenbender, Mike Ensor, Timothy Ensor. He was predeceased by his brother- George Bittenbender.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, January 6th 6-8PM and Thursday, January 7th 9:30-10:30AM with a Funeral Service at 10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Laurel Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in James’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project or to the Carbon County Animal Shelter.
Rosalie V. (Mikulcik) Najpauer, 90, of Allentown, passed away December 30, 2020 in Holy Family Manor. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Najpauer. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Hermina (Fredrick) Mikulcik. She had worked as a seamstress for Phoenix Clothing and Modern Clothing for many years. She then worked for Lehigh University in Food Services. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and previously of the SOKOLS. Rosalie had been a gymnast, enjoyed swimming, sewing and loved flowers.
Survivors: sons- Edward of Danielsville, Joseph and wife Linda of Allentown; daughters- Donna and husband John Carl of Zionsville, Karen and husband Patrick Flanley of Zionsville, Monica and husband Stephen West of Allentown; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother- Paul Mikulcik of Cementon. She was predeceased by brothers- Emmanuel, Alfred, Stanley and Joseph and sisters- Hermina and Pauline.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6th at 10AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Contributions can be made in Rosalie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Margaret (Batarick) Scanlon, 88, of Slatington, passed away on December 29, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late James J. Scanlon. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Sophie (Wach) Batarick. She served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. She then retired from Western Electric after 40 years of service. Margaret was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church in Allentown and their Auxiliary.
Survivors: Timothy J. and wife Karen of Slatington; grandchildren- Heather, Bryan and wife Kelley, Jamie and wife Lauren; great grandchildren- Ayden, Liam, Stella and Tessa; brothers- Frank and Charles Batarick; sister- Eleanor Whitby.
A viewing will be held Monday, January 4th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital care of the funeral home.
Loretta M. Brosky, 71, of Allentown, passed away December 8, 2020. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mildred (Strain) Brosky. She was member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. Loretta had worked as a programmer for Dun & Bradstreet for over 30 years. She also worked as an Avon Representative of many years. Loretta enjoyed doing needlepoint and crocheting. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 14th 10-11AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Loretta’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Irene (Zamecnik) Sutjak, 91, of Allentown, passed away December 7, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph F. Sutjak Jr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Kornel and Anna (Gallo) Zamecnik. Irene retired from Parkland School District’s Cafeteria and she had previously worked for many years at Western Electric. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church.
Survivors: sons- Robert and wife Ellen of Slatington, James of Kempton; daughter- Diane Seremula and husband Joseph of Slatington; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son- Joseph III and his wife Linda.
A calling time will be held on Thursday, December 10th 9:30AM-10AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102 with Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Irene’s memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Doris J. "Dee" (Gossman) Maron, 84, of Allentown, passed away December 4, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Frank T. Maron. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Frances (Bachman) and William Gossman Sr. Doris was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Doris retired from A J Oster Co., and along with her husband and family owned and operated, Wink's Steak Shop. She enjoyed singing with bands, which she did for years throughout the Lehigh Valley. She loved Bingo and enjoyed crafting and sewing. She spent many years at Mountainville Memorial. She enjoyed sports, especially watching the Phillies. She will be deeply missed by her family.
Survivors: daughter- Monica Spier and husband Jeff of Norwalk, CT, son- Mark Maron and wife Penny of Salisbury Twp., grandson- Wes Maron, brother- William "Skip" Gossman Jr and wife Barbara.
A viewing will be held on Friday, December 11th 2020 9:00am - 10:30am at St John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St., Allentown, PA 18102 with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow. Burial at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown PA. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Anna Kuchirka, 98, of Philadelphia, passed away Thursday morning, December 3rd, 2020 at Lehigh Commons in Macungie.
Anna was the loving wife of John Kuchirka, who passed in 1990.
Born in Allentown on September 11th, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Ksenia (Bobelak) Matsco. In 1945, she married her "Johnny" at St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Allentown. After marriage, they moved to Philadelphia where they continued to be active members of both St. Mary's and St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia for over 74 years. At St. Vladimir's she served on the Parish Board of Administration and was a member of the Sisterhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was also a member of the St. Mary’s Senior Group.
Known for her sharp wit and endless energy, Anna made friends everywhere she went. She especially enjoyed holidays with her family in Allentown and we were so blessed to have her with us. She is leaving us with years full of love and memories that will last forever.
She was predeceased by her sister Kathryn Semonis and brother John Matsco of Fullerton. She is survived by Goddaughters: Karen Semonis of Emmaus and Daria O’Byrne of New Jersey; Nieces: Gloria Roth (Linde) of Slatington, Betty Epperson (Harold) and Mary Ann Kipp (Dan) of Illinois; Great-nephew: Ben Roth (Laura) of New York; Great-nieces: Chrisa Keck and son Matt of Jenkintown, Lauren Swartz (Nick) of Slatington and daughters Audrey and Luella Swartz. And many, many dear friends in Philadelphia.
A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 8th at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1031 Fullerton Avenue, Allentown, PA, 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Anna’s memory to either St. Mary’s in Allentown, or the Capital Improvement Fund of St. Vladimir’s, 6740 N. 5th, Philadelphia, PA, 19126, care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.