John Sulyma, 90, of Whitehall, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Fellowship Terrace. He was the husband of the late Mary (Pater) Maurer Sulyma. He was predeceased by his former spouse, Nova Jean Sulyma and first wife, Irene Sulyma. Born in Lincoln, RI, he was the son of the late Elias and Julia (Mostava) Sulyma. Before retiring from the SUNY Alfred print shop in 1992, he worked as a high school industrial arts teacher in the New York area. He designed theater sets for the San Jose Light Opera, the Hornell Area Arts Council and several schools in Allentown. While in the Hornell, NY, area, he organized and spearheaded the 4th of July celebration committee in the 1980s, formulated the first workable schedule for the H.A.T. busses, served as a member of the citys Planning Board and was a member of the Vestry Committee at Christ Church. While in the aerospace industry in the 1960s he spent several years working on the Apollo 11 flight project. In the 1950s he worked as a mechanical engineer and was a volunteer firefighter
in West Babylon, NY. He also held two patents. He was skilled in carpentry, woodworking, calligraphy, stained glass, leather work, printing and cooking. He also had a keen interest in military history and astronomy and had a lifelong interest in learning. He was a proud veteran of WWII
, having served in the U.S. Navy
on destroyers and destroyer escorts, where he rose to Quartermaster First Class. He attended Redeemer Lutheran Church, Allentown. Survivors:
Son, Jonathan Mark Sulyma and his wife Patricia Lupo of Almond, NY; daughters, Stephanie I. Sulyma of Rochester, NY and Lynn A. Sulyma of Bowie. MD; step-son, Marshall E. Maurer and his wife Judith of Allentown and step-daughter, Judy R., wife of Vincent Yeakel of L. Macungie Twp.; grandchildren, Marisa and Nicholas Mauro. He was predeceased by brothers, Dimitri and Stephen; and a twin sister at birth. Services:
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Calling one hour prior. Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown. www.trexlerfuneralhome.com Contributions:
Can be made in memory of John to the
, 3839 Alder Pl., Bethlehem 18017.