Death: John A. Kutch Obituary – John A. Kutch, 89, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully March 19, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Pottsville. He is a son of the late Charles F. and Mary P. Genovese Kutch.
He was the husband of Patricia A. Boyer Kutch of 64 years. John was a 1950 graduate of Pottsville High School. He was a state gymnastics champion and was inducted into Pottsville Area All Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
He served in the Army from February 1953 to December 1954 on active duty during the Korean War. When he returned home, he was employed by Quigley Lumber Company, then began his career as a salesman at Robbin’s Door and Sash. After becoming a manager, he finished his career at Columbia Building Supply Company in Mount Carmel.
John was a long-time member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville, until becoming a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Mechanicsville Game and Fish; Catholic War Veterans Post 1051; the VFW, where he served as past commander; the 1950 Pottsville Alumni Group; the Schuylkill County Veterans Committee; and the Schuylkill County Historical Society.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, fishing, hunting and camping. He looked forward to traveling to the Caribbean and the Finger Lakes with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Christine K. Deegan, of Pottsville, Maria T. Kriner and her husband, Dr. Ronald M. Kriner, of Bethlehem, and Michael J. Kutch and companion, Stacey M. Daubert, of Pottsville. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Evan M. Kriner, Katie P. Deegan, Noah B. Kriner and Ava S. Kriner; a niece, Lisa Boyer Weaver; cousins and a goddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with the Rev. Kevin J. Bobbin as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.
The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of John be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY, 10306, which benefits our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pottsville.