Rosemarie (Damweber) Kasprenski, 89, of Whitehall, passed away July 20, 2018. She and her husband of 61 years, the late Dr. Matthew A. Kasprenski, are once again holding hands. As they always said, they are “Together Forever, Forever Together.” Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Goldschmidt) Damweber. Rosemarie was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School and obtained her Associates degree in Nursing from Hahnemann Nursing College. She began her career as an Operating Room Nurse in Philadelphia and then worked with her husband for many years in his Family Practice. She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the PA Medical Society, the Reunion Committee for Central Catholic Class of 1947, the Allentown Symphony Ball Committee and one of the founding organizers for the Tower Ball for Sacred Heart Hospital. She was a master in the kitchen, and loved playing cards with her daughters and granddaughters. But her greatest joy in life were the everyday and holiday family gatherings. Rosemarie was her family’s greatest champion.
Survivors: Children- Dr. Matthew L. Kasprenski and wife Rebecca of Bethlehem; Maria Zator and husband Atty. Joseph A. of Orefield; Lisa Turrell and husband Douglas W. of Orefield; Michael Kasprenski and wife Sharon of Miami; Kara Lewis and husband Christopher of Doylestown; Dr. Krista Kasprenski and fiancé Brad Ruscio of Chalfont; Grandchildren- Joey, Matty, Zachary, Zandy, Marissa, Kaitlyn, Abby-Jo, Will, Jake, Dougie, Livy, Mikey, Loewe, Tommy, Chase; Great Grandchildren- Benjamin, Sachin, James, Oliver, and Evelynne Rose. She was predeceased by her brother- William Damweber.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 25th 9-10:15AM with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:30AM, all to be held in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1825 W. Turner St. Allentown. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown. Arrangements entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Rosemarie’s memory to the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
Michael Kahr, 38, passed away suddenly on April 25, 2018 at his residence in Northampton. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Richard and Susan (Dorsey) Kahr. He was the devoted husband of Erica (Drost) Kahr. They would have been married for 12 years in May. He was a realtor for Assist 2 Sell in Northampton and a part-time ski pro at Buckman’s Ski Shop. Mike was a member of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall. He was a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1998. Mike was an avid skier, he was actively involved in the Blue Mountain Race Association, BMR, where Mike and his family spent most of the winter months skiing, racing and having fun with their winter family. One of his favorite things to do was to teach their children, Hailey and Ryan, how to ski and golf. Family time was important to Mike, therefore he always focused on activities that the family could experience together. This March, with the help of our BMR family, Mike was able to take the kids out west for the first time to ski in some fresh powder. In 2010, Mike, inspired by Gram D, accomplished one of his dreams of obtaining his helicopter’s pilot license and taught for several years at the Ace Pilot school. Mike was one of the most patient and caring people making him a great husband, father and friend. Due to those traits his wife and children were always surrounded by an army of great support. He was given the honor of being the godfather of his brother’s son Joshua, and his friend’s children, Jackson, Brooklynn, Kenleigh and Kherington. Mike enjoyed cooking, entertaining, spending quality time with his family and extensive group of friends. If there was a party, tailgate, planning a trip to the Outer Banks or Sunday dinner Mike was involved providing a good time. Mike made sure everyone was welcome at the Kahr house to eat, hang out, swim, or to turn our basement into a ski shop or the garage into a brewery. The family invites all of our friends and family to join us at the celebration of Mike’s life and encourages everyone to spend the time with us to eat, drink and remember all the memories that Mike helped create for us.
Survivors: Wife, Erica; Daughter, Hailey and Son, Ryan. Dogs, Onyx and Kiley. Parents, Brother, Jason (Audra), Northampton, PA; Sister, Alyssa, Whitehall, PA; nephew, Joshua and niece, Sophia and many loving extended family members. In-laws, William & Patricia Drost, Whitehall, PA; sister-in-law, Lori Drost (Eric Samley), Coplay, PA. Godparents, Richard & Diana Sweeney. He was predeceased by grandparents Frank and Pauline Kahr and James Dorsey and Dorothy Dorsey Dwyer.
Services: Mass of Christian Burial, 1:00 PM Sat., May 5, 2018 at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall, PA with Father Pendzick presiding. Calling Hours: 5-8 PM, Fri., May 4, 2018 and 10:00AM-12:00 PM, Sat., May 5th at Kohut Funeral Home, 950 North Front St. Allentown, PA. Interment will follow the Mass at Our Lady of Hungary cemetery.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children’s 529 education fund (College America - list children’s name in memo line), ℅ Kohut Funeral Home or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Dottie & Sue’s Wobbly Wheelers, www.nationalmssociety.org.
Rudi E. Klemp, 86, formerly of Whitehall, passed away January 4, 2018 under hospice care at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. He was the loving husband of 34 years to the late Rita (Trebo) Klemp. Rudi was born in Germany on March 18, 1931 to the late Wilhelm and Lydia (Mielke) Klemp. He was a member of the Latvia Lutheran Church of Newtown Square. Rudi enjoyed gardening and taking Rita shopping.
Survivors: step son- Jerry A. Dzerens husband of Nancy J. of Northampton; step granddaughter- Denise M. Teaman wife of Sean D. Teaman of Lancaster; step grandson- Jerry A. Dzerens II husband of Juliana H. of Long Beach, NY; step great grandsons- Cole P. and Spencer W. Teaman of Lancaster and Finn A. Dzerens of Long Beach, NY; sister- Herta Lachmann of Bethlehem; many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 10th 9:30-10:30AM with a service to follow at 10:30 all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Grandview Cemetery, Allentown.
Thomas Kristie, 96, of Whitehall, passed away August 30, 2017. He was the loving husband of 67 years to the late Marie J. (Horwath) Kristie. Born in Hazelton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Onnifrey) Kristie. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Thomas was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church. He was Co-Owner, with his wife, of Tommy’s Luncheonette at 8th & Gordon Sts in Allentown, for over 53 years.
Survivors: Sons- Dennis and wife Jan of Allentown, Larry and wife Kim of Allentown, Tim and wife Rose of New Tripoli; 9 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by 8 siblings.
A viewing will be held Thursday, Sept 7th 9:30-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Thomas’s memory to Lehigh County Humane Society 640 Dixon St. Allentown, PA 18103.
Anna (Melinchok) Kosik, 95, of Allentown, passed away May 6, 2017 at St. Luke’s VNA Hospice House. She was the loving wife of the late Charles L. Kosik, who passed in 2006. Born in Gilberton, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Tesla Melinchok. Anna was a “Rosie the Riveter” at Mack Trucks during the war. She and her husband had owned and operated the former Keystone Hotel and the former Casba Hotel, both in Allentown. She later retired from Western Electric. Anna was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was a member of their Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors: Son- Charles R. Kosik and wife Paula of Coopersburg; Grandchildren- Kim, Charles, Nick, Matt and Jon; Great Granddaughter- Ava; Sister- Mary Masters of Florida; Brother- Michael Melinchok of Whitehall. She was predeceased by her son- David M. Kosik and brother- Wasyl Melinchok.
Services will be Private for the family.
Contributions can be made in Anna’s memory to St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Dr. Matthew Kasprenski
Dr. Matthew A. Kasprenski, 85, of Allentown, an extraordinary man, passed away March 27, 2017. He was the devoted husband of 61 years to Rosemarie (Damweber) Kasprenski. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, he was the son of the late Matthew J. and Josephine (Murzinski) Kasprenski. He practiced medicine in Whitehall and at Sacred Heart Hospital for 40 years. Dr. Kasprenski was a well respected and profoundly loved physician who had a true passion for medicine and his patients that continued even after retirement. Above all he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and patients.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1958–1960 as Captain and Commanding Officer of Pond Barracks Medical Unit in Amberg, Germany where he cared for the soldiers and families of the 2nd Armored Calvary and VII Corps. During that time he received 2 awards for his outstanding service.
Dr. Kasprenski received his B.S. from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he became the first physician in the Lehigh Valley to receive board certification in the newly recognized specialty of Family Practice. Dr. Kasprenski was a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society for 60 years and was the team physician for the Fullerton Rambler football team and physician for the Sacred Heart Nursing School. He was the Director of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit and founded the hospital’s Physician House Call program.
Dr. Kasprenski was a member of Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena Catholic Church in Allentown and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors: Wife, Rosemarie; Children- Dr. Matthew L. Kasprenski and wife Rebecca of Orefield; Maria Zator and husband Atty. Joseph A. of Orefield; Lisa Turrell and husband Douglas W. of Orefield; Michael Kasprenski and wife Sharon of Miami; Kara Lewis and husband Christopher of Doylestown; Dr. Krista Kasprenski of Alexandria, VA; Grandchildren- Joey, Matty, Zachary, Zandy, Marissa, Kaitlyn, Abby-Jo, Will, Jake, Dougie, Livy, Mikey, Loewe, Tommy, Chase; 2 Great Grandchildren - Benjamin and Sachin; Brother- Edmund Kasprenski of New Jersey.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 31st, 6–8PM in Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. No Calling Hours on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 1st, at 11AM in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena 1825 W. Turner St. Allentown, PA 18104. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions can be made in Dr. Kasprenski’s memory to St. Catharine of Siena Church in Allentown.
Katherine (Rapovie) Kramer, 81, of Allentown, passed away August 22, 2016. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Wolansky) Rapovie. Katherine retired from Sacred Heart Hospital housekeeping department. She was a member of St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Church and volunteered at Everlasting Life Ministries Food Bank.
Daughters- Ann and husband Curtiss Phillips of Allentown, Eleanor and husband Michael Fox of Runnemede, NJ, Joan and husband Richard Ramer of Allentown, Karen and husband John Quevy, Jr. of Coplay; Grandchildren- Paul J. Sefick Jr. and wife Carmen, Tiffany Burton and companion Jason Conrad, Sharell Tiburcio and husband Eddie, Shaelynn Phillips and companion Tandrick Stokes, Michael Quevy; Great Grandchildren- Dominic Bolza, Audrianna Tiburcio, Alexa Tiburcio, Alianna Tiburcio, Angelina Sefick. She was predeceased by her daughter- Denise Kramer.
A viewing will be held on Monday 6-8PM with Parastas at 7:30PM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St Allentown. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 10AM with a viewing previous, 9-10AM, all in St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1031 Fullerton Ave Allentown. Burial to follow in St. Marys Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Katherine’s memory to the church or to St. Lukes VNA Hospice 240 Union Station Plaza Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Marie J. (Horwath) Kristie, 89, of Whitehall, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016. She was the loving wife of 67 years to Thomas Kristie. Born in Sheppton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Ritz) Horwath. Marie was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church. She was Co-Owner, with her husband, of Tommy’s Luncheonette at 8th & Gordon Sts for over 53 years.
Survivors: Husband- Thomas Kristie; Sons- Dennis and wife Jan of Allentown, Larry and wife Kim of Allentown, Tim and wife Rose of New Tripoli; 9 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother- Joseph Horwath.
A viewing will be held Friday 9:30-11:00AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Marie’s memory to Lehigh County Humane Society 640 Dixon St. Allentown, PA 18103.