Joseph P. Polaha, 91, died peacefully on the morning of Thursday, November 21, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in Allentown. Born in Allentown, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Brezina) Polaha. He was the loving husband of the late Theresa (Stubits) Polaha who preceded him in death on December 25, 2013.
Joe was a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Church in Allentown where he also attended elementary and middle school. He graduated in 1945 from Allentown Central Catholic High School where he was a member of the 1945 State Championship basketball team. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Washington, D.C. He played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Browns organization until a shoulder injury brought him back to his family and his sweetheart to settle down in Allentown. Joe and Tessie were married on November 4, 1950 and shared 63 years together with their ever growing family. Joe was devoted husband who held many different jobs, most recently as a milk truck driver for Freeman’s Dairy. He retired in 1992 and enjoyed spending his retirement years with his wife playing Scrabble, completing crossword (and other) puzzles, going out to eat and watching his grandkids. Joe was a fantastic athlete who excelled at many sports including basketball, baseball, bowling and golf. He always enjoyed participating in golf outings with his children, even as recently as this past October. He was a loving father that had so much pride and adoration for his family and supported his children and grandchildren in all of their endeavors. Joe also enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards, listening to polkas, working on cars or having a drink at St. John’s, St. Nick’s or more recently, American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, PA. Leaving his family home on Fullerton Avenue in April 2019, he moved in with his granddaughter, Kelly, who quickly became his new “sweetheart”, loving confidant, and personal chauffer and caregiver.
Survivors: Joe is survived by four sons, Thomas P. and wife, Connie, of Allentown, Joseph P. and wife, Frances, of Allentown, Paul M. and wife, Lisa, of Allentown, Michael P. and wife, Doreen, of Newport, CA; one daughter, Janice M. Myers and husband, Andrew, of Breinigsville; one brother, William Polaha (“Wild Willy”) and wife, Dorothy, of Coplay; one brother-in-law, Edward Kametz of Whitehall; one sister-in-law, Jackie Stubits of Fernandina Beach, FL; four grandsons, Thomas Polaha (Tara), Brian Polaha (Selene), Nathan Myers and Luke Myers; seven granddaughters, Rachel Moore (Kevin), Christine Kane (Sean), Amanda Polaha, Kelly Polaha (with whom he resided), Megan Polaha, Victoria Polaha and Rebecca Polaha and eight great-grandchildren, Thomas J. Polaha, Tyler Polaha, Brayden Polaha, Holden Polaha, Ellyn Moore, Liam Moore, Teagan Moore and Clare Kane. Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his two sisters Dorothy Lichman and Mary Kametz.
Services: Catholic Mass, Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Slovak Church, 924 N. Front St., Allentown. Arrangements by Kohut Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Slovak Church or American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, PA.
Jerry Petrycia, 71, of Easton, passed away November 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Michael and Justina Petrycia. Jerry worked for many years as a mechanic at Jimmy Pagats Garage on Freemansburg Ave and was a member of the Lappawinzo Fish and Game Club.
Survivors: sons- Justin and wife Cora, Jude and wife Crystal; 4 grandchildren; brother- James.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 16th 10-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Northampton.
Joseph Trinkle, Sr.
Joseph C. Trinkle Sr., 87, of Allentown, PA passed away peacefully on October 20th, 2019 at Mon Valley Care Center in Monongahela, PA surrounded by his daughter Joan and two of his grandchildren, Sarah and Makensie. Joseph was born in Allentown and was the son of the late Joseph and Johanna Trinkle. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School, class of 1949. After high school, he went to work for Queen City Poultry. He was the owner and operator of Trinkle’s Meat Market in South Bethlehem with his late wife, Dolores (Harsch) Trinkle from 1960-1983; when he retired. Following retirement, he went to work for Schwerman Trucking, driving a cement truck. This was one of Joe’s dream jobs. Joseph was a member of Saint John the Baptist Church of Allentown, where he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, and a volunteer groundskeeper. Also, a member of Saint John the Baptist in Whitehall. Joe was also an avid skier and tennis player.
Survivors, daughters Diane, wife of George T. Cramsey of Allentown, Joan, wife of Dr. John Holets of Monongahela, and son, Joseph Jr., wife Susan, of Allentown. Two step-sons, Jerome, wife Linda and Joseph, wife Carol. Grandchildren, Sarah, Nicholas, Molly, Joshua, Cassandra, Makensie, and Mercedes. Step-Grandchildren, Jason and Dana. Great- Grandchildren, Emmy, Salome, Anna, and Lina. Proceeding in death is his second wife, Josephine Trinkle, and sister, Sister Helen Trinkle, of Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in Huntingdon Valley, PA.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, October 26th 10:30AM- 12:15PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1PM on Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in care of Sister Ellen Marvel at 1600 Huntingdon Pike Meadowbrook, PA 19046.
Thanks to Mon Valley Care Center, ViaQuest Hospice, and Mon Valley EMS for making it possible for Joseph C. Trinkle to be transported to Mon Valley Care Center. Special thanks to Atty. Shannon Smith & Tim and Atty. David Roth.
Betty J. (Tomaschik) Bergenstock, 85, of Lower Macungie, passed away October 14, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Richard D. Bergenstock. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Michrina) Tomaschik. Betty was a 1951 graduate of Allentown High School. She had been part of the Harrison Morton playground volleyball team and they had won 2 championships. Betty then worked as a secretary for Harrison Morton Junior High School and then Sheridan Elementary School in Allentown. She had worked part time later in life for Leh's Dept. Store in the Whitehall Mall. Betty participated in the Senior Exercise Program at the Lower Macungie Twp. Community Center. She was also a lifetime member of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Carpatho- Russian Orthodox Church in Allentown. Betty enjoyed watching Penn State Football and her grandchildren's sports and activities.
Survivors: daughters- Donna Kershner and husband William Kershner of Lower Macungie, Janine Skokan and husband Dr. Stephen Skokan of Manahawkin, NJ; grandchildren- Katie, Stephen and Nicholas. She was predeceased by her siblings- Anna Tomaschik, Dorothy McDonald, Eleanor Seagreaves, Catherine Spangenberg and John Tomaschik.
A viewing will be held Friday, October 18th 6-8PM with a Panachyda at 7:30PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A viewing will be held Saturday, October 19th 9-9:30AM in the funeral home with a Funeral Service to follow at 10AM in Protection of the BVM Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church 703 N. 6th St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Laurel Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Betty's memory to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home.
Theresa L. (Cech) Petruska, 97, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 5, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Stephen A. Petruska. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Lukas and Anna (Pinter) Cech. She graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and retired from Penn State Mills. Theresa was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church.
Survivors: daughter- Janis wife of John Fels of Schnecksville; son- Stephen Petruska husband of Yvonne of Florida; grandchildren- Jeffrey Harrich, Lisa Brunner-Devers, Lori wife of Chris Jones; 9 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters- Anna, Pauline and Mary and her brother- Joseph.
A viewing will be held on Saturday October 12th 8:30-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Stephanie A. (Sedlacek) Zukowski, 94, of Allentown, passed away September 27, 2019 in Lehigh Center, Macungie. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas Day and then to the late Chester Zukowski. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Florian and Mary (Koncir) Sedlacek. Stephanie worked for many years as a seamstress and then for the Catholic Social Agency for 15 years before retirement. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Stephanie enjoyed making clothing and costumes for herself and her family. She loved watching and cheering on her great granddaughter Amanda’s softball games.
Survivors: daughter- Patricia (Day) Weber of Broadheadsville; grandchildren- Timothy and Thomas Day, Jennifer (Lambert) Balliet and Jessica (Lambert) Bryant; 7 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sister- Lil Marks of Allentown. She was predeceased by her daughter- Stephanie Day Lambert; sisters- Bernie Dini and Mary Domyan.
A calling time will be held Wednesday, October 2nd 9-10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102 with a 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. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Stephanie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association care of the Funeral Home.
Anna M. (Zuercher) Kuhns, 86, of Allentown, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Harold W. Kuhns. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Kuhns) Zuercher. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Lehigh County Senior Citizens Society.
Survivors: brother- Francis R. Zuercher and wife Margaret of Bath; sister-in-law- Annamae Zuercher of Allentown; granddaughters- Suzanne and Diana; 7 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son- Dennis Kuhns and brother- Leo Zuercher.
A viewing will be held Friday, September 27th 9-10AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church 336 N. 4th St. Allentown, PA 18102 with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in the church. Burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Helen (Marhon) Glogowski passed away in Whitehall Manor on 14 September after joyously celebrating her 101st birthday with loving family members on 11 May. Helen was the wife of Stanley Glogowski and the beloved godmother, aunt, and friend to many. Born in Gilberton, Pa, she was the daughter of Paul and Mary (Karletski) Marhon.
Helen developed her strong will working at the old Maiden Fair garment factory for the greater part of her adult life, then continued in her blessed roles as caregiver and cherished, giving aunt and friend. She was a faithful member of SS. Peter and Paul Polish Roman Catholic Church of Allentown for over 70 years.
Helen often fondly reminisced of her early life in the Sixth Ward of Allentown...the ragman on his horse-drawn cart offering to buy rags, the iceman delivering canvas-covered blocks of ice for her icebox, Freeman Dairy’s deliveryman leaving a bottle of milk on her front porch, and the clanking of the trollies as they passed by her front door. In later years, she recalled, those getaway weekends with her loving Stanley at their secluded, streamside cabin in the bucolic woods of the Pocono Mountains brought her the most joy.
To the older generation of family and friends, our dear Aunt Helen had no dancing rival at the old Ukie Dance Hall on Front Street in Allentown. To the newer generation, she was the life of any conversation with a laugh that was unmistakably Aunt Helen’s.
She will be dearly remembered by her longtime friend, Pearl Wagner, many godchildren, and countless nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by husband Stanley and sisters Mary, Tessie, Anna, and Catherine, and brother Michael.
In lieu of flowers, Helen would have loved to have you donate to her favorite charities: SS. Peter and Paul Polish Roman Catholic Church, 1065 Fullerton Avenue, Allentown PA 18102 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed immediately by a short service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 20 September, in Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front Street, Allentown. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 547 North Krocks Road, Wescosville, Pennsylvania.