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John “Johann” Edward Mulzet John “Johann” Edward Mulzet

John “Johann” Edward Mulzet

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

expert clammer, fisherman

John, born Johann, Edward Mulzet, 95, from Fogelsville, died at home on Easter, April 1, 2018.

He was the loving husband of Kathryn “Kitty” Mulzet for 62 years until her death on Jan. 29, 2011. Together, they raised five children.

Born in Tschanigraben, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Josef and Rosina Mulzet, and his late stepmother Hedwig Mulzet.

His father emigrated to the U.S. on March 3, 1923, through Ellis Island, N.Y., later bringing his mother, his older sister Rose and him.

Raised in Coplay and Allentown, he served in the Army during WWII while stationed in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Later, as a carpenter, he worked in furniture manufacturing and then at Bethlehem Steel, from which he gratefully retired in 1981.

After retirement, already an expert clammer and fisherman, with his friends, wife and family in tow, he spent many summer days on his boat, mostly in Little Egg Harbor Bay near Long Beach Island.

Nearby and for more than 40 years, he often joined family and friends around campfires at “the camp,” his base for fishing where he and his wife kept a summer camper at Sea Pirate Light in West Creek, N.J.

Over the years, and with intimate knowledge of the bay’s waterways, he harvested thousands of clams and hundreds of fluke — always sharing his bounty of seafood, tomatoes and vegetables from his large garden.

During winter, he and his wife became talented folk artists.

He provided the wood designs and cuts, and his wife provided the whimsical decorations.

They exhibited their winters’ work at area craft shows in the spring, mostly in Roncocas Woods, N.J.

In his final years, he continued to live actively and independently at his home of more than 60 years.

Locally, he was well-known as “the Captain,” the oldest regular member at Fitness Plaza, Allentown, where he exercised early mornings for 17 years until two weeks before his death.

His survivors include sons, John J. of Whitehall, Robert E. of Melbourne Fla., Barry J. and wife, Kami, of Phoenixville; daughters Linda S., wife of Matthew Pramik, of Emmaus, and Janice A., wife of Stuart Smith, of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; sisters Helen of Breinigsville, Mary Ann and Pat, both of Allentown, and Linda of Breinigsville; grandchildren Cali, Connor, and Jordan; and great-grandchildren Mia and Brooke.

He was predeceased by sisters Rose, Frida, Ruth and Rosemarie.

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Arrangements were made by Keller Funeral Homes Inc., Fogelsville.