Mary “Becky” Hilbert, 94, formerly of Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall, and Highland Street, Allentown, died peacefully May 6, 2018 at Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth, with her devoted and loving family by her side.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Franklin B. and Katharine M. (Singiser) Koehler,
She and her husband Bertram J. “Bert” Hilbert were married 53 years at the time of his death in 2014.
Throughout her life, her church was of paramount importance.
She served as an elder, choir member, Bible schoolteacher, member of Circle, and participated and directed the prayer chain.
A member of Calvary Moravian Church, she was a former member of the First Presbyterian churches in Allentown and Hokendauqua.
A 1940 graduate of Allentown High School, she was very proud of her alma mater, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1944.
While in college, she was an airplane spotter during WWII on the college campus.
She belonged to, and was secretary of Alpha Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta national sorority, the German Club, the women’s Glee Club, Psi Chi psychology fraternity, and was on the staff of The Flat Hat college newspaper.
She taught nursery school at the Wright School and the Swain School, Allentown, receiving her early childhood certification from Temple University.
She taught elementary grades in the Allentown School District, and earned her Master’s degree in elementary counseling from Kutztown University. She was very proud to be a member of AAUW.
In honor of her family’s participation in moving and hiding the Liberty Bell in Allentown, she was a life member of the Liberty Bell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her family was owner of Koehler Coal Charcoal and Coke, Allentown, and were the first in the Lehigh Valley to own a motor driven coal truck.
Her grandfather later donated part of his land to the City of Allentown, which is now known as Jordan Park.
Her survivors include a daughter Rebecca Y. Krisko and her husband, Stephen D., of North Wales, and Marco Island, Fla.; grandson Gregory D. Krisko and his wife, Mallory M., of Nashville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren Sadie, Olivia, Jack and Reese; her husband’s daughter Donna L. Fritchey and her husband, William, of Northampton, along with their daughter Andrea Carey and her husband, Joshua, of Binghamton, N.Y.
Her memorial service will be 11 a.m. June 9 in Calvary Moravian Church, 948 N. 21st St., Allentown PA 18104, with Pastor Janel Rice officiating. Interment will be private in Greenwood Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Moravian Hall Square Galilee House, 175 W. North St., Nazareth PA 18064 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148 or at stjude.org
Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home, Whitehall.