Robert C. Kunkle, age 83, of Whitehall, passed away in Lehigh Valley Hospice on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. He was the husband of Nancy (Montz) Kunkle for 65 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Willard and Beatrice (Moyer) Kunkle. Bob was a graduate of William Allen High School and went to work for Bethlehem Steel Corp as an administrative assistant in the general manager’s office. He retired after 30 years and held various part time jobs after retirement. He was an avid golfer and was golf chairman at the Bethlehem Steel Club for several years. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a true gentleman, he had a kind word for everyone.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son- Rick and wife Michelle; daughters- Karen Daley and husband Dan, Diane and companion Sheila, Pamela Williams and husband John; grandchildren- Stephanie, Matthew, Justin and Lauren; great grandchildren- James and Julianna; brothers- Russell and wife Marge, Edward and wife Barbara. He was predeceased by his sister- Cindy.
Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of his care. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at the convenience of the family.
Stephen Kookan, Jr.
Stephen “Steve” P. Kookan, Jr., 91, passed away on Wed. Aug. 25th while at Mifflin Center, Shillington, where he had been residing since June. Steve was born July 6, 1930 in Allentown to the late Stephen and Katherine (Polakovic) Kookan. He was married to the late Stasia (Foltyn) Kookan for 66 years; Stasia passed away in July 2019. Steve graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951; he served in Korea and saw combat during the conflict. He often joked that he was part of the “Frozen Chosen” and was proud of his service to his country, and the men he fought alongside. Steve spent his career in sales and was proudest of his career with Decca Records, where he sold over one million records, from Elvis to the Beatles. He retired from Lehigh County Community College in Schnecksville, where he worked for many years. Among Steve’s greatest passions was playing the button box accordion with his buddies in Allentown and Binghamton. It brought him much joy to play “his box,” with his wife orchestrating and singing Slovak songs. He and Stasia treasured their frequent trips to Czechoslovakia to visit family. He was a die-hard Notre Dame football and women’s basketball fan and rarely missed a game. Steve loved baseball and coached CYO teams in Allentown for many years. He had a generous nature and was always willing to lend a hand. He is survived by his children- Jerome, husband of Danelle of Bethlehem; Thomas Sr. of Allentown; Annemarie Faust, wife of Michael Drago of Sinking Spring; and Stephen Jr. of Phoenix, AZ. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren: Victoria Heater, Wendi Dougherty, Stephen Kookan III, Thomas Kookan Jr., Daniel Faust, Matthew Kookan and Katie Kookan, as well as numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was predeceased by an infant sister, Marie, his brother Francis and his granddaughter Coral Kookan.
A celebration of life for Stephen and Stasia will be held on Friday, Sept. 10th at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow at St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Cemetery, Allentown.
A memorial contribution can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Margaret A. (Elias) Kerin, 96, of Whitehall, passed away July 30, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph P. Kerin Jr. Born in Swoyersville, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Anna Elias. Margaret retired from Western Electric after many years of challenging work with microchips and lasting friendships with her coworkers. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and watching EWTN while praying the rosary. Margaret loved animals, flowers, art and her family. She was a very generous person who gave to many charities. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors: sons- Ronald Kerin and wife Dorothy of Roseville, CA, Paul Kerin of Allentown, his children Kimberly and Jonathan; daughter- Barbara Korp and husband William of Whitehall.
A Calling Time will be held on Thursday August 5th 10-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Margaret’s memory to the Allentown Rescue Mission
or the Lehigh County Humane Society.
Rita Knecht, 79, of Allentown, passed away March 23, 2021. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 30th at 1PM in Resurrection Cemetery 547 N. Krocks Rd Allentown, PA 18106. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Maria Kacapyr, 97, formerly of Allentown , passed away January 18, 2021 in Orlando , FL. She was the loving wife of the late Stephan Kacapyr. Born in Ukraine , she was the daughter of the late Wasyl and Katherine (Ochensky) Lenio. She was a seamstress for many years at Phoenix Clothing. Maria was a member of St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Bethlehem , PA.
Survivors: sons - Olech Kacapyr of Orlando, FL and William Kacapyr and family of Allentown, PA; Grandchildren- Krystina Kacapyr, Adrien Kacapyr; Great grandchildren: Alex Kacapyr, Emmie Kacapyr, Mila Pollard.
A private viewing for family will be held on February 3rd 9:30-10:00AM with a Funeral Service to follow at 10AM in St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church 1826 Kenmore Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton , PA.
Contributions can be made in Maria’s memory to the church, in care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. Allentown , PA
Elizabeth “Betty” H. Kamyniski, 102, of Allentown, passed away January 9, 2021. Born in Catasauqua, she was the daughter of the late George and Margaret (Biss) Hoffman. She had been a volunteer cook for Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church for many years.
Survivors: sons- James Kamyniski of Allentown and Ronald Kamyniski of AZ. She was predeceased by her siblings- Carl Hoffman, Helen Mlynek, Anna Marie Moore, Margaret Kushner, Marcella Ginder and Mary Fedorak.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 15th 12-12:30PM with a Service at 12:30PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
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.
Patricia A. Kloiber (Kempsey) age 78, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully in her home with her children by her side on September 8, 2020
Born in Allentown, Patricia was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Kempsey (Swartz).
Patricia was the valedictorian of the first graduating class of Dieruff High School in 1960. She worked many years supporting her family at The Paddock restaurant, and later began a career at the Hartford in AARP Operations where she retired in 2009.
Pat is survived by her three children- Melanie St. Hill (Kloiber) and husband Dave; Kristen Kloiber Brubaker; Rick Kloiber and wife Jill. She was blessed with three loving grandchildren- Natalie Patrice St. Hill, Justin Patrick and Beau Cameron Kloiber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, September 14, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Slovak Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown PA 18102. Calling hours will be held from 7-9pm on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St. Allentown PA 18102 and again before mass 9-10am in the church. Mask and social distancing are required for attendance. Online condolences are extended obituary may be made at www.kohutfuneralhome.com