Stephen M. Panik Death – Obituary, Stephen M. Panik Funeral

By | January 14, 2022

Stephen M. Panik Death – Obituary, Stephen M. Panik Funeral

Stephen M. Panik, 97, of Northampton and formerly of Allentown, passed away January 14, 2022. Born in Snowshoe, he was the son of the late Joseph B. and Dora Panik. After the early passing of his wife, Mary, he was appreciative of the loving and faithful companionship of both Anne Rajki and June Schloffer. Stephen honorably served his country in the European Theatre during WWII (1943-46) as a medical technician and was also called upon to drive some heavy trucks when needed. The majority of his work life was spent in the foundry at General Electric. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church in Allentown, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, actively participated in church and club organizations, and volunteered his services as an alter server and usher, along with church and grounds maintenance work. This included but was not limited to: holiday decorations, building renovations of the church and convent, cemetery upkeep, and anything else he was asked to do. The word “No” was not part of his vocabulary when it came to his church. He loved playing his button box accordion and dancing, especially to the polka music of his favorite bands, and was a regular to the Saegerbund, Metro & John’s, and the Fullerton Fire Hall. He was extremely proud of his family, an amazing father/grandfather/great-grandfather, generous gentleman, and was never too busy to lend a hand to family, friends or neighbors.

He is survived by his: children- Stephen Jr. and wife Claudia, Maryann Toddings and husband Denny, Lorie Sugra and husband Mike, Tina Marie Geosits and husband Jim; grandchildren- Donny Toddings (Mellisa), Josh Toddings (Teresa), Jamie Toddings (Gina), Mandy (Sugra) Fraley (Chris), Mick Sugra (Alison), Zach Sugra (Dana) Stephen Panik III, Kimberly Panik, James Geosits II (Sarah), Jessica Geosits, Justina Geosits; great-grandchildren- Ella, Avery, Kendall, Aidan, Cole, Jake, Skylar & Alexa Toddings, Madison & Emma Fraley, Sydney, Aiden, Riley, Nolan and Duke Sugra; and too numerous to name extended family, including many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Stephen (second youngest) was predeceased by all of his siblings- Joseph, John, Andrew, Helen Fenstermacher, George, Agnes Huber, Albert, Frank and Edward.

A viewing will be held on Friday, January 21st 9:30-11AM with 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 the parish cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Kohut Funeral Home, Inc.

Contributions can be made in Stephen’s memory to St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church or to a charity of one’s choice.