Bruce F. Hetrich, 63, of Whitehall passed away Wednesday March 12, 2014 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania surrounded by his family. Bruce and his wife Mary Helen T. (Sommer) Hetrich would have celebrated 41 years of marriage in June. He was born September 2, 1950 in Allentown and he was the son of the late Franklin G. and Agnes P. (Panik) Hetrich. Bruce was an engineer at Mack Trucks Corp. for 34 years retiring in 2010. He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps
as Staff Sergeant of the 8th Engineering Battalion Force Troops during the Vietnam War
. He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall and a former member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles, where he and Mary Helen were married. Bruce was a 1968 graduate of Whitehall High School and a 1970 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He was a stamp collector, a history buff and he enjoyed golf, baseball and football. Bruce made a hole-in-one on the 2nd hole at Twin Lakes Golf Course in 1989. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. He enjoyed listening to music but most of all spending time with his family and friends. Survivors:
His wife, Mary Helen; son, Jonathan F. Hetrich, of Northampton; daughter, Jessica A. Shure and her husband Casey, of Malvern; two beloved grandchildren, Alexa Jade and Lillian Rae; brothers, Alan E. and his wife Donna, of Allentown, Lee M. and his wife Tracy, of Whitehall; a half sister, Beverly DeLeon; uncles, nieces and nephews. Bruce was predeceased by his sister, Brenda Urello. Services:
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday March 17th at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 3024 S. Ruch St. Whitehall. Rev. Father Edward Essig will preside. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery. Family and friends may call Sunday, March 16th from 5-7 p.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St. Northampton. Online condolences may be submitted to www.reichelfuneralhome.com
Memorials may be presented to the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House c/o funeral home.