John R. "Jack" Lerch
1953 - 2021
BORN
1953
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Joseph Reichel Funeral Service
220 WASHINGTON PARK
Nazareth, PA
NAZARETH John R. "Jack" Lerch, 68, of Nazareth, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, of Allentown, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with heart disease. He was the beloved companion of Jessica P. Robinson for 29 years. Jack was born on April 3, 1953 in Easton, PA. He was the son of the late Edward E. Lerch and Rhelda C. (Abert) Lerch. Jack graduated from Freedom High School, of Bethlehem, Class of 1972. He retired from Ashley Foods, of Philadelphia, after dedicating 18 years in sales; he was a legend in the meat industry and a meat expert. He also enjoyed cooking. Jack was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church, of Easton. He had a great smile and was full of life. He was adored by anyone he crossed paths with. He loved making his family and friends happy. Jack was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a loving father, "Pop-Pop", brother, uncle, and companion. Besides his companion, Jessica, he is survived by a son, Jason M. Lerch and wife Megan P., of Easton; daughter, Alison K. Bruce and husband Jeremy D., of Lower Nazareth Twp.; grandchildren, Emily R. Bruce, Emily K. Filchner, Jacob T. Bruce, Jared M. Filchner, Piper A. Lerch, Quade H. Lerch, Dax R. Lerch; siblings, Edward R. Lerch and wife Tina Marie, of Lititz, and Rhelda E. Richards and husband John, of Doylestown; former wife, Michele L. (McGee) Lerch, of Northampton. Family and friends of Jack are invited to a visitation on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home Inc., 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, PA 18064. A Prayer Service will follow at 4:00 PM in the funeral home presided by Rev. Scott Friedgen-Veitch. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 25, 2021 at Hope Cemetery, of Hecktown. There are no calling hours on Monday. Masks are required at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to "The Children's Home of Easton" and mailed to 2000 S. 25th St., Easton, PA 18042. Online condolences may be offered at www.jfreichelfuneralhome.com under his obituary. Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home 220 Washington Park Nazareth, PA 18064 (610) 759-0160
Published by The Express Times from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
24
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Joseph Reichel Funeral Service
220 WASHINGTON PARK, Nazareth, PA
Oct
24
Prayer Service
4:00p.m.
Joseph Reichel Funeral Service
220 WASHINGTON PARK, Nazareth, PA
Oct
25
Graveside service
11:00a.m.
Hope Cemetery
Hecktown, PA
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Jack was one of my first teachers when I entered the meat industry years ago. Over the years we kept in touch as I moved around. Just a couple months ago I reached out to him only to find out he was in the hospital. I told him to get better, because that is what he did the other times and to call me when he felt better. Thank you Jack for starting me out in the meat industry.
Matthew J. McDonald
November 22, 2021
Jessie; I know that no words can change the sadness and hurt your heart is feeling. Just know that Jack was loved by so many (even those who didn´t know him for very long!) & he loved you so dearly. Cherish the memories. We are thinking of you and the family & love you so much.
The Inzillo Family
Friend
November 12, 2021
Jessica so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking to Jack and visiting with him. He was a nice man who would share his knowledge of meat many times with me. I needed a lot of help. I can still remember him calling me Pegweeno, I will miss him.
Peggy Marshall
Work
October 29, 2021
I was the smallest "rookie" drummer in the Freedom band in 1970. Hoss, ( that´s what we called him) was the biggest drummer in the band! Guess what? We became best friends! Many years have passed. Sending my condolences to his family, and also to my class mate, Rhel
Ron Schaffer
Friend
October 27, 2021
Prayers and hugs, Jaima
October 25, 2021
Dear Jason and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have made together, and reflect on them with warmth and peace. My deepest condolences.
Andrea Mesarak
October 24, 2021
Rhel and Edward, I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of our Ackerman days! I am unable to attend the visitation due to being sick (awaiting Covid results). Sending love and hugs. Debbie
Debbie (Keller) Tenges
October 24, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Jack at Empire Beef . He was one of the most knowledgeable people in the portion control meat business. Jack may you Rest In Peace and your memory´s be a blessing.
Edwin Salomonsky
October 24, 2021
Jessica, there are no good-byes. Memories if John will remain in your mind and heart forever. Deepest Sympathy.
Jenna Shook
October 24, 2021
Jessica...Prayers to rest Jack's soul in peace. Keep your loving memories in your heart.
Tom/Ruth Filipovits
October 23, 2021
Jessica......Many thoughts and memories of you and John, to bring you comfort at this time.
Alan & Colleen Kelly
October 22, 2021
JESSICA, WISHES FOR YOU TO FIND PEACE AND SOLACE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
WAYNE & AUDREY BAUER
October 22, 2021
JESSICA: SENDING YOU SUPPORT AND LOVE FROM ALL OF US WHO WERE CLOSE TO YOU AND JOHN. DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
BARRY & JUDY BOYLE
October 22, 2021
JESSICA: MAY MY CONDOLENCE BRING YOU COMFORT AND MY PRAYERS EASE YOUR PAIN. DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
RENEE ZAWADZKI
October 22, 2021
Very well worded. He was definitely adored by me. I was Jack´s barber. I thought very highly of Jack, and was so saddened to see his obituary. Sending family heartfelt prayers at this difficult time..
Lori Beaumont
October 21, 2021
Jessica...What a sad loss for you, Nazareth, and especially your friends and neighbors on S. New St. Always a smile and wave when I would pass by your home. The chats we had in years past, when his health was better. Hold him close to your heart. He cared very deeply for you. You are in our prayers.Rest in heavenly peace,Jack
Tom Fraunfelder
October 21, 2021
I was shocked to read of Jack's passing. We worked together years ago. Excellent food man...Devoted to his Jessica. Rest In Peace my friend.
Alex Antolick
October 21, 2021
Jessica...Deepest sympathy at the passing of Jack...Doesn't seem that long ago, that I saw him at Giant. We chatted for quite a while, but what I remembered the most were his words of love and praise for you.Keep those memories in your heart. R.I.P. JACK
Ellen Ressler
October 21, 2021
Jack and I had our ups and downs as neighbors but ended up being great friends. He will not only be missed by me but also my grandchildren who loved to visit with him.
Renee
October 21, 2021
JESSICA: DON'T CRY BECAUSE HIS LIFE IS OVER. SMILE,BECAUSE IT WAS. DEEPEST SYMPATHY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
JOE GAMLINKOWSKI
October 21, 2021
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