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Joan L. Rice

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. John’s Lutheran Church member

Joan L. Rice, 87, of Fullerton, died June 16, 2019, at home. She was the wife of Ethan “Budd” Rice for 64 years.

Raised in East Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Dorothea (Millhouse) Schlecht.

She was a 1949 graduate of East Mauch Chunk High School. She graduated magna cum laude from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College.

She worked in the Allentown School District and was a fifth- and sixth-grade math specialist at Sheridan Elementary School until she retired after 39 years.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, where she was a part of Bible study, the book discussion group, the vicar committee and the Jean Emanuel Scholarship committee. She was regarded as the church’s poet laureate and wrote a poem every month for its newsletter.

She bowled in the ASD league, with a high game of 250.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a nephew, Carl R. and his wife Bonnie C. Brosious; a niece, Lori J. and her husband A. Bruce Daddi; two grandnephews, Justin and his wife Casey Brosious and Todd and his wife Nellie Brosious; three grandnieces, Elizabeth and her husband Matthew Jernegan and Laurel and Gina Daddi; four great-grandnieces/nephews, Gracie, Cameron, Vaughn and Alexander; a brother, Paul and his wife Joan Schlecht of Lehighton; and her husband’s extended family.

She was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Brosious; and a brother Donald Schlecht.

There will be a calling hour 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service 11 a.m., June 22 at the church, 835 Third St., Whitehall, 18052.

Contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements were made by GIlbert Funeral Home Inc., Whitehall.