Ralph Kratzer

Ralph F. Kratzer
Ralph F. Kratzer, 85, of Nazareth passed away peacefully on September 28, 2013 at St. Lukes Hospice, Lower Saucon Township. Ralph was born September 13, 1928 to Stewart and Emma Hahn Kratzer. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Mitzi Hadl Kratzer. Ralph, a lifelong resident of Nazareth, graduated from Nazareth High School in 1946. Upon graduation he joined Nazareth National Bank and Trust Company. Over the next 36 years he held a variety of managerial positions with the bank, including opening and overseeing the Forks and Moorestown Branch of the Nazareth National Bank. He retired in 1983. Ralph honorably served his country as a United States Marine. He earned and was awarded a purple heart for wounds received in combat during the Korean conflict. In earlier years Ralph was an avid bowler and bowled on the Holy Family club team. He and his wife, Mitzi, enjoyed playing cards and in recent years, Ralph could be found playing slots at the Sands Casino. He enjoyed the music of Lawrence Welk and was a devoted lifelong Phillies fan. A parishioner of Holy Family Church, he managed the financial details of the Holy Family picnic for many years and was a member of the Holy Family Sick and Relief Society. Survivors: He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Fodera (and her husband, Leonard); granddaughters, Kristin Morgan of Portland, OR and Allison Morgan of New York City; siblings, Virginia Rice, Harold Kratzer (his wife, Betty Lou), David Kratzer; as well as sisters-in-law, Queenie Kratzer and Alfreda Janitz (husband, John). He was predeceased by siblings,Dorothy Drumm, Stanley Kratzer, and Lester Kratzer. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, at 11 a.m., in Holy Family Catholic Church, 23 Forest Drive, Nazareth, PA 18064. Relatives and friends are invited to call 9:30 to 10:30 in the Schmidt Funeral Home, PC, 407 Belvidere St., Nazareth. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow mass at Holy Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schmidtfuneralhomepc.com. Contributions: The family request memorial donations, in honor of Ralph, to the church.

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Schmidt Funeral Homes
407 Belvidere Street Nazareth, PA 18064-2323

Published in Morning Call on Oct. 2, 2013