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.
Gino Badesso, 91, of Allentown, passed away August 18, 2019. He was the loving husband of Savina (Berto) Badesso for 67 years. Born in Venice, Italy he was the son of the late Virginio and Candida (Spironello) Badesso. Gino served in the Italian Army and worked as a cabinet maker while living in Italy. He then worked in the U.S. as a Tile and Marble Setter for Allentown Tile & Marble and then for Dugan & Marcon. Gino was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, woodworking and playing bocce.
Survivors: daughter- Midia Badesso of Virginia Beach, VA; sons- Giuliana Badesso and wife Kathi of New Tripoli, Louis Badesso and wife Vicki of Danielsville; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother- Angelo Badesso of Allentown. He was predeceased by his brother- Albert Badesso.
A viewing will be held on Friday, August 23rd 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.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gino’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association 399 Market St. Suite 102 Philadelphia, PA 19106. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Peter Paul Vincent Booker, 74, of Whitehall, passed away February 3, 2019. Born in Hendon, England on May 25, 1944, he was the son of the late Donald Hector George Booker and Ada (Wiltshire) Booker. Peter was the loving husband of 32 years to Maryann (Perkosky) Booker. He was an avid reader and golfer.
He is survived by his beloved wife- Maryann Booker; sister- Susan Blanchette of Woodstock, CT; brother- John Booker of Norfolk, England; several nieces and nephews; 2 children in England. He was predeceased by his brother- Ian Booker and sister- Mary Wade.
As per Peter’s wishes there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer's Association care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.