Debra A. (Oswald) Kocher, 49, of Allentown, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of James C. Kocher. The couple celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary last June 14.

Born in Allentown, September 22, 1963, Debra was the daughter of Herbert E. Oswald of New Tripoli and Anna M. (Kiser) Neulin of Allentown. She was employed as a seafood manager at the former Laneco in Dorneyville for 15 years last working in 2001.

A member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, Debra was a member of the Orefield Athletic Association coaching OAA softball for 10 years. She was instrumental in the formation of the Mallory Bomboy Tournament. Debra was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1981.

Survivors: In addition to her husband and parents; daughters, Kelly L. Mrozowski and her husband, Rafal,and Kasey L. Kocher both at home; twin sister, Donna M. Kulp of Slatington, brother, Michael J. Oswald of Greentown; step mother, LaVerne M. Oswald; step father, Dennis L. Neulin; predeceased by a son, Jacob J. Kocher who died in 1993.

Services: Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville with Pastor Russell Campbell officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown. 

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kelly and Kasey Kocher Education Fund c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Keith Pam Kelsey and Tess Horv    01-17-2013

So sorry for you loss your family is in our thoughts and prayers.


deb kocher    01-17-2013

Deep sympathy to Jim, Kelly and Kasey. We will miss you


deb kocher    01-17-2013

DEEP SYMPATHY TO JIM, KELLY AND KASEY. DEB WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.


deb kocher    01-17-2013

FROM JACKIE AND TERRY FENTERMAKER. DEB WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. WHAT A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND FREIND TO ALL. DEEP SYMPATHY TO JIM, KELLY AND KASEY.

Deb Kocher

Connie & Walt Snyder    01-18-2013

So sorry to hear of Deb's passing. I've thought of her often through the years. Wish we would have kept in touch after Laneco. Our sincerest sympathies go out to you and your family.


Georgie DeLacey-Pabst    01-18-2013

I worked with Deb many years ago at Laneco. I will always remember her kind, caring and easy-going nature. Deepest Sympathy and sincere prayers to Deb's family.

Jim, Kelly and Kasey

Deb kocher    01-19-2013

We are sorry for your loss. Deb fought are long strong fight and we know that she will be with the angels and at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future.

Prayers ,
Carol, Sean Nicole and Alicia Lawler

Debbie kocher

The Graver Family    01-19-2013

Our deepest sympathies to Jim, Kelly, and Casey! Debbie fought so hard and so long, but now she is at peace...God bless your family! We will all miss Debbie's smiling face!

The Graver Family


Helen Colanduoni    01-20-2013

Sorry for your loss. Deep sympathy for Jim,Kelley and Kasey


michelle maini hontz    01-20-2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
EHS Class of '81


Ian Tauber    01-22-2013

Jim, Kelly, and Kasey - Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Deb was a special person and she will be greatly missed.

I'm so very sorry

Joanne (Orley) graves    03-03-2013

I graduated with Debbie and Donna in 1981. A fellow classmate posted the notice today on facebook. I'd wondered what happened to both Debbie and Donna. They were both very kind to me in high school. I'm so sorry for your loss.



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