Floyd E. Schlegel, 92, of Bath, formerly of Moore Township, passed away on Monday, August 03, 2020, at home.
Born in Moore Township, Floyd was a son of the late Walter H. and Mamie (Hagenbuch) Schlegel. Floyd was a graduate of Nazareth High School, Class of 1945. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 1949, and a Master's degree in Music Education in 1951, both from Penn State University. After serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, he continued with additional graduate work at New York University.
Music was his life passion and Floyd enjoyed an outstanding career as a music educator, which included teaching positions in public schools at State College and Nazareth. He served as Director of Music in Bellefonte at State College churches, as well as St. John's United Church of Christ, Nazareth, for 36 years, and St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall. In 1962, he organized the handbell program at St. John's U.C.C. in Nazareth. The 50th anniversary of this program was celebrated in 2012 and remains an active part of the church. After retiring from St. John's U.C.C., Floyd served as an organist in Milford, NJ, as well as in Slatedale and Whitehall.
Floyd was a former member of the American Guild of Organists and was a member of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem for 13 years. Additionally, he served as director of the St. Luke's Singers for 20 years; served on the committee which developed the 1975 United Church of Christ Hymnal; and was a volunteer for Meals On Wheels for 25 years. In 2004, Floyd was inducted into the Nazareth High School Wall of Fame, and in 2005, received an Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award through the Northampton County Agency on Aging. A love of music and dedication to service of others is how we will remember the enduring legacy of Floyd.
Survivors: Floyd is survived by nieces and nephews, which include Robert Schlegel and his wife, Esperanza, of Brooklyn, NY, Susan Krause and her husband, Robert, of Nazareth, Daniel Schlegel and his wife, Diane, Stephen Schlegel and his wife, Donna, and Evelyn Schlegel, all of Moore Township; seven grand nieces and nephews; and nine great-grand nieces and nephews. Floyd was predeceased by his brothers, William and Paul Schlegel, and a niece, Joan Martz.
Services: Funeral services will be private. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, LLC, Village of Moorestown – Bath. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Floyd may be offered to St. John's United Church of Christ, 183 S. Broad Street, Nazareth, PA 18064, or St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third Street, Whitehall, PA 18052, or The Bach Choir, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Published in Morning Call on Aug. 8, 2020.