Joseph Burcovsky, of Bethlehem, passed away April 25, 2023. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Krasulik) Burcovsky. He retired from Lehigh County in 1990 as an appraiser/assessor after over 20 years of service for the County of Lehigh. He was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Allentown.
He was predeceased by 2 sisters and 1 brother.
A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 3rd at 10AM in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1031 Fullerton Ave Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew T. Berish, 68, of Bethlehem, passed away October 5, 2020. He was the loving husband of 30 years to the late Rosemary N. (Candia) Berish. Born in Hazelton, he was the son of the late Andrew and Loretta (Stanovich) Berish. Andy served in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland. Andy had worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as the Postmaster of Easton. He was a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, where he enjoyed teaching CCD classes. Andy loved all of his dogs. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed spending time at his cabin and hunting.
Survivors: daughters- Mary Ann Rupp and husband Joel W. Rupp Sr., the late Denise Watro and husband Gregory; grandchildren- Tiffany Kushner, Joel Rupp Jr., Tyler Dornblaser, Stephanie Kutzler and Greg Watro; great grandchildren- Collin, Nyla, Joel III, Chace, Sierra, Nora and Athena; sister- Loretta Yuscavage and husband Charles; niece-Gina Romancheck and husband Brian; great nephew- Brian Romancheck and several cousins.
A viewing will be held Saturday, Oct 10th 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Andy’s memory to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest’s Kidney Transplant Center care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Brenda L. (McIlhaney) Bruder, 54, of Whitehall, passed away December 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was loving wife of 28 years to Harrison E. Bruder, Jr. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Robert and Marlene (Hunsicker) McIlhaney. She was a 1983 graduate of Dieruff High School where she played on the Girls Softball Team. Brenda worked as an upholsterer for over 30 years at American Atelier (Bethlehem Furniture). She was a member of Grace UCC in Allentown. She was a talented baker and chocolate maker. Brenda loved animals, especially dogs.
Survivors: husband; parents; siblings- Karen and husband David Anderson, Glenn McIlhaney and wife Melia, Tammy and Russell Palmenta; 5 nieces and 1 nephew.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 2nd 9:30-11AM with a Service at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Contributions can be made in Brenda’s memory to the funeral home toward expenses.
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.
Savina Arturo (Berto) Badesso, 90, of Allentown passed away Monday, September 2, 2019. Born on May 22,1929 in Robegano, Venice Italy, she was the daughter of the late Arturo Berto and Angela (Trevisanello) Berto. Savina worked as a seamstress while living in Italy making custom clothing. After moving to the US she worked at Phoenix Manufacturing and then for Sondra Manufacturing doing layouts, sewing and making sample clothing for Designers. She also worked for Zazo’s Custom Suits and Tailoring making custom men’s suits. She later worked at Palumbo Manufacturing, there also doing layouts and sewing. Savina had a passion for knitting, crocheting and sewing for her entire family; making coats, suits and dresses for her children, husband and herself. The family had new outfits custom made every holiday. She also enjoyed crafting and gardening. Savina loved to cook and bake as well but her greatest joy came from feeding and spending time with her family.
Survivors: daughter- Midia Badesso of Virginia Beach, VA; sons- Giuliano Badesso and wife Kathi of New Tripoli, Louis Badesso and wife Vicki of Danielsville; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers- Vittorio Berto and Giuliano Berto; sister- Marialuisa (Berto) Marcato. She was predeceased by brother- Alvise Berto, Giuseppe Berto and sister- Lucia (Berto) Marcato.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 6th 9-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 1046 W. Cedar St. Allentown, PA 18102. Entombment to follow in Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.