Karl Lunkenheimer, Top-notch Prosecutor

Posted: November 07, 1996

Karl K. Lunkenheimer, a federal prosecutor with a laid-back courtroom style who took on outlaw bikers, arsonists, bomb-toting revolutionaries and businessmen who were scamming the Defense Department, died yesterday from an apparent heart attack.

Lunkenheimer, whose office in Philadelphia was decorated with Justice Department accolades and family photographs, was 51.

``The office is shocked and stunned,'' said Louis R. Pichini, criminal division chief of the U.S. attorney's office. ``Karl was such a mainstay.''

``It wasn't just the cases he worked, it was the relationship he had with many on the staff,'' Pichini continued. ``His life was his work and his life was his family.''

U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles said Lunkenheimer ``loved to prosecute tough guys.''

Lunkenheimer was a city prosecutor for about six years, and in a private law practice for four years before joining the U.S. attorney's office in October 1983.

Lunkenheimer was a graduate of Episcopal Academy, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In the late 1960s, between Harvard and Penn, he served in Vietnam as a 2nd lieutenant with a Ranger unit. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and a Bronze Star for heroism.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann; four children, Ashley, 22, Kurt, 19, Keith, 8, and Kraig, 5, and a brother, Eric.

His burial office will be read at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Chapel, 376 N. Latches Lane, Merion, on the Episcopal Academy campus.

Burial will be at Westminster Cemetery, Philadelphia, according to a spokesman for the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, in Aston.

BISHOP J.C. MCCORMICK The Most Rev. Joseph Carroll McCormick, who grew up on the streets of West Philadelphia to become a member of the Catholic church's hierarchy, died Saturday. He was 88 and lived in St. Peter's Cathedral rectory, Scranton.

McCormick was former bishop of Scranton and once served as auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia. He also served as pastor of St. Stephen's Church at Broad and Butler streets in North Phildelphia. The church closed in 1993.

A priest for 64 years, he attended Our Mother of Sorrows School, 48th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, and St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook. He was ordained on July 10, 1932, by his uncle, Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, archbishop of Philadelphia.

On July 25, 1960, Pope John XXIII appointed McCormick the fifth bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. It was in this position that he served as a voting prelate at the historic Second Vatican Council in Rome. The council met in several sessions from 1962 to 1965.

On March 4, 1966, McCormick was named the sixth bishop of Scranton by Pope Paul VI. He was installed in St. Peter's Cathedral by the late Cardinal John Krol, archbishop of Philadelphia.

Under his 17 years of spiritual leadership, 18 new parishes and 28 new churches were constructed throughout the Scranton diocese. In February 1983, two months after his 75th birthday, McCormick's resignation as bishop of Scranton was accepted by Pope John Paul II.

McCormick was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter's Cathedral. Burial will be at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow, outside Scranton.

PETER CARUSO Peter ``Pete'' Caruso, a retired dispatcher whose affection for dogs was exceeded only by his love for his family, died Monday. He would have been 67 Thanksgiving Day. He lived in Upper Darby.

Caruso was a dispatcher for the Upper Darby highway department for 15 years before retiring in 1994. Before that he operated a service station for many years in the township.

Four years ago when someone stole ``Foxie Fawn,'' a sheltie from his backyard, a ``heartbroken'' Caruso went to an animal shelter and adopted another sheltie to take Fawn's place.

He called her ``Pretty Lady.'' At the time, the name didn't fit.

``She was a stray, lived out of garbage cans for a month,'' said his daughter, Deborah Cutilli. ``She was skinny, dirty, raggedy looking. She, snapped, growled at anyone who went near her. But my father took her. He knew she needed someone. And he needed her.''

``He gave that dog all the love he had,'' added Cutilli. ``No one could have given Lady the love and comfort my father did. She never left him. When he died, Lady was on the bed with him.''

A few years ago, Caruso got ``Buffy,'' another sheltie whose owner could no longer care for him.

``He loved those dogs so much,'' said Cutilli. ``They went everywhere with him.''

Caruso also was devoted to his grandchildren.

``He liked to tease them,''said Cutilli. ``One of his grandsons once said, `When Pop-Pop teases me, I know he loves me. But when kids in school tease me, I know they mean it and don't like me.' ''

He also is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons, Bernard, Peter L. Jr., and James, a sister, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. today at St. Laurence Church, West Chester Pike and St. Laurence road, Highland Park.

Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

DAVID F. TOMLIN SERVICES Services were held yesterday for David F. Tomlin, a former truck driver and retired Teamster official. Originally from Olney, he was 61 and lived in Cheltenham.

Tomlin was a driver/salesman for 16 years for Foremost and Sealtest dairies before becoming a business agent, and eventually vice president, of Teamster Local 463. He retired in 1991.

Besides his wife, Rose, he is survived by a son, David; three daughters, Anne Ryder, Kathleen Cochet and Laura Hudak; two brothers; six sisters, and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Presentation BVM Church, Cheltenham. Burial was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Contributions can be made to the Joey Ryder Memorial Foundation, c/o Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Phila., Pa., 19104.

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