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Loretta Richel "Retta" Boyko


1939 - 2021
Loretta Richel "Retta" Boyko Obituary

Loretta "Retta" Richel Boyko, 81, of Macungie, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

She was born in Avoca on Aug. 18, 1939, and was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Piskur Richel.

Loretta was a member of St. Ann's Church, Emmaus. She was a 1957 graduate of Avoca High School and a graduate of the Scranton State School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She worked 25 years for Dr. Gerald Backenstoe as a RN and office manager and retired from Cedar Brook Nursing Home, Allentown.

Loretta was the national financial auditor for the First Slovak Wreath of the Free Eagle, a former member of the Dorneyville Lioness Club, she and her husband, Michael, worked as volunteers for many years for Meals on Wheels and she was a PIAA swim official for several years. Loretta loved to travel, she and her family traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, "Fatty" Adam, "Kid" Johnny, "Goike" George, "Yike" Frank; "Annie" Anna Richel; "Dusha" Josephine Mokay; "Weisha" Louise Witowski; "Honey" Teresa Ferack, Helen Mazur; and Dorothy "Dort" Richel.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Michael Boyko; her sons, Michael T. Boyko, Macungie; and David J. Boyko, Allentown; grandchildren, Michael, Arianna, Nicole, Nicholas and David; great-grandchildren, Nason, Dakota, Vayda and Finley. Also surviving is her sister, Christine Rodgers, Avoca; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be privately held in Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, Avoca.

Private interment services will be held in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Avoca.

Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

Condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.


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