George J. Ryba George J. Ryba

George J. Ryba, 78, of Orefield, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine “Geri” C. (Ward) Ryba. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on September 19, 2015. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Francis “Frank” and Mary (Cesank) Ryba. After graduation from Allentown High School in 1955, George began a career at Sears that spanned over 45 years. He started in the automotive department and then moved to being on the road repairing small gasoline engines before retiring in 2001. He was past President of the Sears Retirees Organization. Active in the community, George was a member of the Allentown Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, the Fireman’s Relief Association and currently served as Treasurer of the Hibernia Fire Company. He was a member of Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Church, Allentown. George treasured the time spent with his family whether it was traveling with his wife throughout the United States and around the world or sitting on the bank of Saylor’s Lake fishing with his son and grandsons.

Survivors: Wife; daughter, Natalie “Lee Ann” wife of Scott Kriner of Macungie; son, William F. Ryba fiance’ of Allison of Parkside; grandsons, Matthew Kriner husband of Alyson of Center Valley, Andrew Kriner and his girlfriend Allyssa of Macungie; brother, Francis Ryba husband of Irene of Whitehall; sisters, Mary Muraro of Macungie, Delores Manns of Satellite Beach, FL, Marilyn wife of Rudy Boandl of Center Valley; sister-in-law, Patricia Ward of Allentown; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service 10:30AM Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th & Hamilton Sts., Allentown. Call 9 to 10:30AM Thursday in the funeral home.

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