Thomas J. Minarovic, 84, of Whitehall, passed away March 15, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital from complications of a massive heart attack after a Courageous 4 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the loving husband of 62 years to Karen L. (Fouts) Minarovic. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth (Long) Minarovic. Tom graduated from William Allen High School. He worked for the City of Allentown in both the streets and parks department. Tom ascended to the rank of Supervisor of the watershed department, Lil’ Lehigh Parkway, a job which he loved. Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to spend his time in the outdoors, especially in “God’s Country,” Potter County, PA. He loved professional sports; his favorite teams were the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. He was a proud member of the armed forces serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Italian American Bocce Club. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Karen Minarovic; son- Timothy Minarovic and wife Sandi; daughter-in-law- Christine Minarovic; 2 grandsons- Corey & Tyler; 4 great grandchildren; siblings- Dolores Kontier, James Minarovic and Kathy Luisser. He was predeceased by his son- Thomas Minarovic, Jr. and sisters- June and Ruth.
A calling time will be held on Monday, March 20th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Tom’s memory to the American Heart Association or the the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Anthony (Tony) M. Moncman, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away January 26, 2023. He was the husband of Diane (Reinert) Moncman. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Anthony and Pauline (Cherney) Moncman. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church where he served as an altar boy during his youth, and later in life also played on the Church’s fastpitch softball team and bowled a 300 game in the Church’s bowling league. He was a coach and mentor for many local youth sports teams, and the highlight of his coaching career was as an assistant coach on his son Tim’s football staff at Liberty High School. Tony was a die-hard Boston Red Sox, Green Bay Packers, and most of all Philadelphia Flyers fan, who enjoyed watching and rooting for those teams through good times and bad. Tony was an avid outdoorsman who also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he cherished his role as a husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Diane Moncman; children- Tony and wife Jill, Tina Mann and husband Robert, Tim and wife Kim; grandchildren- Alex & Luke Moncman, Chelsea, Nickole & Bridgette Mann, Taylor & AJ Moncman. He was predeceased by his sisters- Catherine and Anna Marie Moncman and his nephew Dr. Michael Moncman.
A calling time will be held Friday, February 3rd 9-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. Michaels Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Tony’s memory to the American Cancer Society and/or Gavin R. Stevens Foundation care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Lillian (Sedlacek) Marks, 85, of Hellertown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on December 27, 2022. Born on July 19, 1937 in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Florian and Mary (Koncir) Sedlacek. She was predeceased by the love of her life Robert Marks Sr. and her loving son Bill Marks, who was a constant and ever-present support in her life. She is survived by her son Robert Marks Jr. and his wife Lara and their children Victoria, Jaida and Lena; daughter Linda Marks; daughter-in-law- Jane Marks; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Lilian worked in the banking industry in downtown Allentown until her retirement at age 65. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially with the “Lights of her life” her granddaughters. Lillian enjoyed time with friends, keeping in touch with her Central Catholic HS Family, reading books/current events, traveling — especially vacationing at the beach with her family. Her strength, positive attitude, and generosity will be remembered by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Lillian’s memory to Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness (501c3, nonprofit) at www.VIENNA.team or sent to 210 West Front St. Suite 209 Swede Chevalier Bldg, Stephy’s Place , Red Bank NJ, 07701; or to Starting Over Animal Rescue PO Box 286 Schnecksville Pa 18078.
Thomas A. Malitsch, 68, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 7, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital ICU in Allentown. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Mary (Sharesky) Malitsch. He graduated from Dieruff High School in Allentown. Tom worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and then as a cheese maker for Beatrice Foods. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He will be so deeply missed by his family and friends. He was always a loving and loyal son, brother, uncle, great uncle and cousin.
Tom (Uncle Tom) has blessed us with examples of how to be a wonderful part of a family. He was always present at family gatherings, a constant in our lives, and a pillar of strength in times of great need. He was always patient, kind, generous, thoughtful, loving, and compassionate. Tom had a great listening ear. He never complained, judged anyone or held any grudges. He was the epitome of what it takes to be a good person, a decent human being.
Tom was a simple person, never wanting of expensive, material possessions. He gave of himself, quietly and humbly to anyone in need. His family owes him unending love for the sacrifices he made on their behalf. Tom also donated to many charities, especially those involving children and animals. And how he loved our family pets!
Affectionately called “Spanky” by some of his friends, Tom truly enjoyed their company as well. Some of his friends also shared his love of horse racing, a sport he was very knowledgeable about and enjoyed traveling to the Kentucky Derby and Saratoga, NY with them.
Tom was afflicted all his life with physical disabilities complicated by his Crohn’s Disease, yet he never allowed these issues to prevent him from working hard and being such an important part of our lives. “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers” and he was definitely one of them.
Tom is survived by his brother, Charlie Malitsch and wife Judy; nieces and nephews, Phillip, Douglas and Jennifer; very loving great nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Grant, Preston, Mitchell, Maverick, Maxwell, Emilia and Juliette; cousins, Monica, Matthew, Faith, Donna, Katarina, Michele, Tami and Connor.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 14th 10-11AM with a Service to follow at 11AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
Our appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Alia and the staff of the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown for their excellent care of Tom and their genuine concern and compassion. We also deeply appreciate the comfort that nurse Jessica and Chaplain Cliff Herring provided by being part of our prayer circle as Tom took flight into his eternal life with our Lord.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital 3551 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140.
William Florian Marks, 58, of Bethlehem, passed away suddenly September 20, 2022. He was the loving husband of 25 years to Allyn-Jane (Diefenderfer) Marks. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Lillian (Sedlacek) Marks and the late Robert J. Marks. Bill earned his Bachelors of Science in Business from Penn State University in 1986. He was a life time member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church where he had served as a lector and volunteered for social events and dinners. Bill was a trusted advisor with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently serving as Vice President Portfolio Manager at Provident Bank. He was a member of Allentown Rotary Club, the Risk Management Assoc. (past President), the Allentown Chamber of Commerce board member, a member of the Board of Associates for Muhlenberg College, the Rotary Club of Quakertown (past President), on the board for the Lake Mineola Home Owners Assoc. (past Treasurer) and was on the Liberty Bell Museum Board. Bill enjoyed playing golf and was a 34-year participant & legacy member of Fantasy Football. He enjoyed spending time at his lake house with his family and friends. Bill took the Rotary Testament to heart, especially “Putting service before self” and he always thought of the well-being of others. He was a devoted husband, loving son and brother, a terrific uncle and a generous & genuine friend who will be deeply missed.
Survivors: wife- Allyn-Jane Marks; mother- Lillian Marks; brother- Robert Marks Jr. and his wife Lara; sister- Linda Marks; brother-in-law- Jason J. Diefenderfer and his wife Kim; nieces- Victoria, Jaida, Lena Marks and Alexandra Diefenderfer; mother-in-law- Ella Diefenderfer and many cousins.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 24th 9:30-11AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM in the church. Burial will be Private at a later date. For those who are unable to attend in person, you may contact Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. to obtain a Zoom link to attend virtually.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill’s memory to Lehigh County Humane Society or to Gift of Life care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Linda J. (Williams) Maderic, 75, passed away September 6, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. She was formerly from Catasauqua and moved to Fullerton. She was married to the love of her life Paul Maderic for 53 years. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late David and Rose (Hutter) Williams. Linda was a graduate of Catasauqua High School and Victor Business School. Loving wife and mother Linda dedicated her life to raising her three children Lisa of Northampton, Craig of Catasauqua and Matthew of Allentown. She was preceded in death by Baby Maderic and sister Kathy Hauze. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Catasauqua. In her retirement years Linda loved to bake and cook for her family. She loved to travel and spend her winters in Florida.
A calling time will be held Saturday 8:30-10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10AM in Annunciation of the BVM Catholic Church 122 Union St. Catasauqua, PA 18032. Interment to follow in Gethsemane Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, please take care of our furry friends at Peaceable Kingdom 1049 MacArthur Rd Whitehall, PA 18052.
Stephen J. Miklus, born April 7, 1931, has joined the “love of his life” in heaven on Monday August 29, 2022. Stephen was a life long resident of Allentown, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was married to Leola (Luchini) in 1954 and she went to save him his space in heaven in 2017. He leaves behind a loving family including his son Stephen of Allentown, his daughter Jill Shearer and her husband Kevin also of Allentown, and his daughter Tracy of Allentown. Loving Grandchildren Jennifer Miklus of Lehighton, Christopher Wallis of St. Louis, MO, Shannon Wallis of Lehighton, Leola Shearer of Glendon and Theresa Shearer of New Tripoli. He also leaves behind four great-grandchildren Devlin, Isabella, Jason and Anthony.
He retired from Phoenix Forging Company of Catasauqua. He loved to dance, swim, do puzzles and watch Tarzan. He will be greatly missed; and was deeply loved.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8th 11AM-12PM with a Service at 12PM all in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102.
Louis D. Mutarelli, 95, of Whitehall, passed away April 24, 2022. He was the loving husband of the late Anna (Janenko) Mutarelli. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Anthony and Vittoria (Martucci) Mutarelli. Louis served in the U.S. Navy Air Corp during WWII. He had worked as an Electrical Motor Designer for Everson Electric, had owned Lou’s Tavern for 7 years and then retired from Mack Trucks after 13 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. Louis was also a life member of the Mercantile Club in Emmaus, the Hogan’s Social Club in Allentown, the Macungie VFW Post 9264 and the Topton American Legion Post 217. He was an avid golfer and had co-founded the Mary Ellen Golf Tournament for the Easter Seals. He was also the co-founder for the Allentown Municipal Golf Association and their first President. He was the first President of the Allentown Industrial Golf League. He was the founder of the St. John’s Golf League and the Iron Lakes Wednesday Morning Mens Group. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors: children- Anthony Mutarelli and wife Gwen, Michael Mutarelli and wife Eileen Detweiler, Mary Louise Hartzell and husband Raymond; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter. He was predeceased by his brother- Carmen and sisters- Lucy, Josephine and Marie.
A viewing will be held Thursday, April 28th 10-11AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N Front St Allentown, PA 18102 with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Louis’s memory to the Easter Seals care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.