George J. Raykos
George J. Raykos, 91, of Bethlehem, died on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Country Meadows, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Mary (Gaydos) Raykos, who died on June 7, 2012. Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Anna and Stephen Rakos. He was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 42 years, mostly as a millwright, retiring in early 1983. He was a member of USWA Local 2600. He was a member of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish formerly (St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church) in Bethlehem, a former member of the Holy Name Society, and a Retreatant of St. Francis Friary of Easton, PA since the 1970s. He also was a 4th Degree member in the Knights of Columbus of Lehigh Valley 0931 Assembly and Bethlehems Calvary Council N. 313. At a National Sokol Gymnastic & Fraternal Organization USA Convention in Chicago, with Headquarters located in East Orange, NJ, he was elected to the Finance Committee and served for eight years; President of District Jan Kollar of Eastern, PA and New Jersey of Sokol USA, and also Recording Secretary of Sokol Branch #93 in Bethlehem PA for many years. In prior years he was very active in gymnastics, basketball, golf, and bowling at the Bethlehem Sokol Club. He was a Navy veteran of WWII
serving as a Petty Officer Yeoman for 33 months in the Pacific Theatre with the 95th Naval Construction Battalion. His Battalion received a written commendation from C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy
of the entire Pacific Campaign, on its performance on Iwo Jima. After his last duty on Iwo Jima when the war ended, his orders were to report to N.Y. Harbor Pier #92 to help process service records of incoming Sailors arriving in port for discharge. After being discharged in April 1946, he became very active with his Units reunions - serving for 13 years as the secretary, treasurer and editor. He was a member of Hellertown Legion Post for over 50 years. Survivors:
Daughter, Karen Fatzinger and husband, Martin Rick, of Bethlehem Twp.; son, Bruce G. Raykos and wife, Donna, of Whitehall; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph and Robert, both of Bethlehem; sisters, Rita Lipka of Bethlehem and Helen Sollosi of Levittown. He was predeceased by brothers, Stephen and Edward; and sisters, Anna and Catherine Kitty. Services:
10 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish, 617 Pierce St., Bethlehem, where the family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. in church. Burial with military honors will take place in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem. Georges arrangementshave been entrusted to Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway, Fountain Hill.Online condolences www.cantelmifuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., NE PA Chapter, 100 W. Station Square Dr., Suite 1920, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 and/or to the church.