John Richard Koegler
John Richard Koegler, 91, of Easton, PA, passed away on November 26, 2020, at Country Meadows - Forks Retirement Community, while in hospice care after a lengthy illness.
John was born on October 17, 1929 to Edward and Anna (Wischerth) in Hempstead, NY. He was the youngest of their eight children; Loretta Markland (Earl), Joseph (Marian), Edward (Maude), Francis (Mildred), Gertrude Watson (Neville), Robert (Joan) and Charles (Lillian). After graduating from Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS he joined the Air National Guard during the Korean war.
He married Barbara (Bobbie) Jean McMahon in 1952, and together they had five children, Paul (Barbara), Linda Fritz (Charles), Claire Gustafson (Brian), Loretta Susen (John) and Peter. John completed his education with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic while raising his family in Oceanside, NY, and working full time at New York Telephone Company. He retired from the phone company in 1984 and moved from Wyckoff, NJ to Forks Township, PA.
John was predeceased by his parents and seven siblings. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara; five children; 12 grandchildren, Mary Rea, Michael, Matthew, Katherine, Amanda and Allison Koegler, Nicholas, Cheylynne and Sapphire Gustafson, Leigh Glaudel, Steven and Andrew Susen, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 3, 2020, at Finegan Funeral Home, 4080 William Penn Highway, Palmer, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for John at Our Lady of Mercy (formerly St. Bernard's) RC Church at 10 a.m. on December 4, 2020. Interment will immediately follow the Mass at Northampton Memorial Shrine on Green Pond Road.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Country Meadows-Forks for the compassion and support shown to our parents and entire family. In addition, the family would like to thank Compassus Hospice for helping to make the past few weeks as comfortable as possible for John, as well as the doctors and nurses at Lehigh Valley and St. Luke's Hospitals who cared for John on numerous occasions during the past several years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, 132 South Fifth Street, Easton, PA 18042 or follow John's example by performing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness in his memory.
Finegan Funeral Home
4080 William Penn Hwy.
Easton, PA 18045
Published in The Express Times on Nov. 30, 2020.