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Gloria Jean (Hockman) Schaffer, 93 of Allentown passed away December 5, 2023, at home three days shy of her 94th birthday. She was the widow of Charles W. Schaffer, Jr., married for 68 years before his passing in June of 2019. Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ralph C. Hockman and Kathryn (Strawn) and the oldest of 8 children. She was a graduate of the Doylestown High School class of 1947.
She was a member of the New Bethany E.C. Church of Allentown. She was the mother of 6 children and the proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. She was devoted to her husband and assisted him with the family business, C.W. Concrete. She was an avid reader of mystery and detective books, the “best pie-maker,” and she loved her cat, Miss Kitty. She will be remembered for her quick wit and wry sense of humor. She often sang duets with her husband in church and loved to sing the hymns while driving or sitting at home. She loved to tell the story of how her parents came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior which changed their family forever. She maintained a strong faith in Jesus Christ and prayed daily for her children and family.
Survivors: She will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Duane Schaffer and wife Linda of Allentown; Kevin Schaffer of Reading; and daughters: Gwenda Benner of Emmaus; Dana Menditto and husband David of Springfield, Missouri; Daphne Schaffer of Allentown; and brothers: Bruce Hockman of Athens, Tennessee, Wade Hockman of Etowah, Tennessee; a sister Shirley Ernst of Bedminister. She was preceded in death by her son Travis Schaffer, and brothers Donald Hockman, Larry Hockman, and Douglas Hockman of Athens, Tennessee; and Lance Hockman of Quakertown.
Services: viewing on Monday, Dec. 11th from 6-8 p.m. at Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, 1227 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. Additional viewing on Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by graveside committal at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Zionsville.