Charles J. Rodgers, 84, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 13, 2021 surrounded by his loving family in his childhood home. He was born July 25, 1936 in Allentown, to the late Frances A. (Rodgers) Hariegel and was the stepson of John M. Hariegel. He was the loving husband of Pamela (Ward) for 42 years.
Charlie was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception RC Church, where he was an usher. As a child, he attended grade school there and was an altar boy. He then continued on to Allentown Central Catholic High School for the next four years. Following high school, he proudly served in the US Army National Guard Reserves. He worked many construction jobs prior to working as a pipefitter/welder at Bethlehem Steel for 29 years.
He was known for his quick wit, often reminding us that he has already forgotten more than we will ever know, solving the morning Cryptoquotes and crossword puzzles, and woodworking skills. He also enjoyed spending time with family, a good game of darts with a warm fire, during a Notre Dame game in the garage as well as going to the old Shea Stadium to watch the NY Mets. He also won many awards as a champion racing-pigeon fancier with the Northampton Pigeon Racing club. He trained and bred many award-winning birds in his 60 year flying career.
We are comforted in believing that his relatives and many friends who have gone before him were there to welcome him with open arms on Tuesday, just as he will be there to greet us one day.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela and four children. Son, Brian Piscanio and wife Kellee (Bradley), of Livermore, CA, daughter, Kelly and husband Brad Sunderland of Coopersburg, PA, son, Timothy of Northampton, PA and daughter Jennifer Rodgers with TJ Wrecsics of Orefield, PA; his grandchildren include, Alexa N. Piscanio, Andrew T. and Cameron P. Rodgers, Christopher J. Repyneck and Samantha G. Wrecsics. He also leaves behind, sister-in-law, Linda Sopko, brother-in law, Bucky Ward and wife, Marylou, all of The Villages, Florida; Godson, Todd Allen Betz, of Frisco, TX and cousin, Michelle (Rodgers) Meltsch, the wife of Todd and mother of John, of Orefield, PA. He will also be sorely missed by his faithful pup, Mitzi and equally precious cat, Miss Kitty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Gibbons on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11am, at Immaculate Conception, 501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown PA 18102. Calling hours will be prior to Mass, 9 - 10:30am at the Kohut Funeral Home, 950 N. Front St, Allentown, PA 18102.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to his church, the Immaculate Conception, or a charity of your choice, care of the Kohut Funeral Home.
Russ Russoli died peacefully in his home on March 30, 2021, beloved husband of Marie (Vorholy) Russoli and father of Thomas J. Russoli and his wife Margo. He was predeceased by his parents, Italo and Mary J. (Egizio) Russoli, sister, Telene (Russoli) Shada, and his daughter, Carol (Russoli) Hurst. His surviving grandchildren: David Hurst, Atlanta, and Rachel Hurst, Chicago. His brother, Robert C. Russoli, Mechanicburg.
Russ graduated with a BS degree from Moravian College, was a veteran of the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and devoted much of his life in the Human Resource industry. He was Founder and owner of Russoli Staffing, a payroll and funding company, and one of the Founding members of Unified Reinsurance. He was a past member of Brookside Country Club, Macungie and Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, AZ and was an avid golfer. His hobby was making golf clubs. The most important thing in his life was his family whom he loved very much.
Services are for the family on Wednesday, April 7th with a viewing 10-11AM and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM all in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Entombment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Sympathy cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 575, Schnecksville, PA 18078.
Sarah C. Reisinger, 93, passed away at her home on May 21st. She was the wife of William T. Reisinger and together they celebrated 69 years of marriage in October 2019. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary E. (Garrity) Miller. She was a sewing machine operator in various factories before becoming a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, gardening, ceramics, trips to the casinos, watching Lawrence Welk and football (Joe Montana and Tom Brady were her favorites). She was a member of St. Paul’s R.C. Church in Allentown.
She is survived by her husband, William; son, John Reisinger (Judy); daughter, Michele Dorshimer (Ralph); grandchildren, Jennifer Carfara (Jason) and John “Will” Reisinger, Jr.; great grandchildren, Dylan and Lilah Carfara; nephews, Thomas Reisinger and Michael Reisinger. She was predeceased by her sisters- Mary J. Reisinger, Julie Miller and nephews Joseph and James Reisinger.
Services will be Private at the convenience of the family care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
Annie Helen Rabyk, 93, of Allentown, passed away March 27, 2020. She was born August 7, 1926 in Hellertown, PA to the late Michael and Justine (Dobron) Fedorko. She was the widow of Michael Rabyk, who passed away on December 22, 1976 and then a companion to Vincent Osek who passed away on October 7, 2013. Annie was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a member of the St. Mary’s Seniors. She retired from Western Electric after 38 years of service as a layout operator.
Survivors: Nephews- Joseph (Agnes) & Anthony (Donna) Burda; cousin- George (Karen) Husack and many other cousins in the Lehigh Valley and in Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland.
Services will be Private for the Family. A Memorial Service for the Public will be announced at a later date after the COVID-19 Quarantine is over. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Annie’s memory to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1031 Fullerton Ave Allentown, PA 18102 or any Animal Shelter of your choice.
Stephan Reshetylo, 59, of Whitehall, passed away December 1, 2019 in his home. Born in Berezhany, Ukraine he was the son of Vasyl and Yevgeniya (Bohaychuk) Reshetylo. He attended a Technology School in the Ukraine and then received his Associates Degree from Lincoln Tech. He was the owner and operator of Microapex Computer Systems for over 30 years. Stephan was a member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Survivors: parents; daughters- Sarah Fogarty and husband James, Adriana Reshetylo; sisters- Irene Sabo and husband Michael, Nadia Spengler and husband Robert; grandson- Elijah Fogarty; nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, December 5th 8:30-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 10AM in St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church 1826 Kenmore Ave Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial to follow in St. Mark’s Cemetery, Allentown.
Contributions can be made in Stephan’s memory to the American Cancer Society care of the funeral home.
Rose A. Rega
Rose A. (DeFaveri) Rega, 95, of Allentown, passed away October 23, 2018. She was the loving wife of the late Peter Rega. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Victoria (Kondua) DeFaveri. Rose retired from Worth Manufacturing after 23 years of service. She was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.
Survivors: daughters- Regina Ross, Johnna Yurick wife of Robert; son- Ronald Rega and 2 grandchildren- Emily and Nicholas. She was predeceased by her sister- Ida Piovesan and brother- John DeFaveri.
A viewing will be held Saturday, October 27th 9-10AM with a Service at 10AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Whitehall.
Contributions can be made in Rose’s memory to the American Heart Association c/o Kohut Funeral Home.
Craig R. Roesser, 68, of Whitehall, passed away May 1, 2018. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Parastino) Roesser. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frances (Reinhard) and Richard Roesser, Sr. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. Craig worked previously for Mack Trucks, where he received the Automotive Industry Action Group Outstanding Achievement Award in 1989. He then worked as an Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Continental Automotive until his retirement in 2016. Craig was a member of the Greenleaf Lodge #561 F & AM. He was also active in the Mack Engineering Golf League, the Cross Keys Social Club in Allentown and the Mountainville Fire Company’s Villanova Club.
Survivors: wife- Donna M. Roesser; brother- Richard and wife Andrea Roesser; brother-in-law- Dennis Parastino and wife Julie; nieces- Jennifer Rumore and Kathryn Parastino; nephews- Ryan Roesser and Matthew Parastino; great nieces- Gianna and Mia Rumore.
A viewing will be held on Monday, May 7th 9-10:30AM with a Service at 10:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Cedar Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Craig’s memory to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation P.O. Box 781352 Philadelphia, PA 19178.
Mary A. (Novak) Reiter, 90, of Allentown, passed away December 20, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Reiter. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Katherine (Hlatky) Novak. She retired from Western Electric after 19 years of service. Mary was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her grandchildren.
Survivors: sons- Joseph and wife Patricia of New Tripoli, Stephen and wife Gloria of Fogelsville, Edward and wife Ann of New Tripoli, Michael and wife Brenda of Coplay; 5 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; sister- Helen Pidstawski of Allentown. She was predeceased by 5 siblings.
A viewing will be held Saturday, Dec 23rd, 8:30-9:30AM in Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Mass of Christian Burial to follow Saturday at 10AM in St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church 924 N. Front St. Allentown, PA 18102. Burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville.