Gloria S. Melcher April 10, 1928 - July 29, 2017

Gloria S. Melcher, 89, of Wescosville, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Health Network.  She was the wife of the late Donald F. Melcher.  Born in Gilbertsville, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Mandilla (Romig) Sterner.  A 1946 graduate of Allentown High School, she was a long time employee of Towles & Co., Inc.  Gloria was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ where she was an active crafter in its bazaars and was a member of the former Salem United Church of Christ.  She volunteered at the Phoebe Home and local soup kitchen and enjoyed spending time in two card clubs.  Survivors: son, Lieutenant General David F. Melcher and wife, Marla (Smith), Oakton VA; daughter, Patrice M. Reiche, Collegeville; grandchildren, Meredith Campbell, Oakton VA, Katherine Prince, Denver CO, Thomas Reiche, Collegeville, Alivia Reiche, Philadelphia; great grandchildren, Avery and David Campbell.  Son-in-law, Jeffrey R. Reiche, brother, John Sterner, and sisters, Gay Frank and Margaret Albeck, preceded her in death.  Services: 10:30 AM Tuesday in STEPHENS FUNERAL HOME, INC. 274 N. Krocks Rd. Allentown.  Call 9:30 AM until service time.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.  Contributions: in lieu of flowers, to Phoebe Home 1925 Turner St. Allentown 18104.


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