James J. Hancharick
James J. "Zebra Man" Hancharick, 78, of Bethlehem, passed away Sep. 22 at St. Luke's Hospice. He was the husband of Joanne (Swartz) Hancharick, they would be married 54 years this October. Born in Alpha, NJ, he was a son of the late Paul and Anna (Bruder) Hancharick.
He was a 1956 graduate of Liberty High School and worked at the Bethlehem Corporation and Bethlehem Area School District as a carpenter and mason for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He served as a shop steward for Teamsters Local Union 773 while at the school district. James was a lifetime member of East Bath Rod and Gun Club and Ducks Unlimited, were he received an award for his wood duck restoration projects throughout Northampton County. He loved the outdoors and his hobbies included hunting, fishing with his best friends Greg and Ronny, gardening and riding his Harley, but his greatest passion above all was helping others and sharing his garden produce and the many fish he caught.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 in the 716th MP Battalion at Fort Dix, NJ and was a founding and lifetime member of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Emmaus, where he spent many dedicated hours working to restore the building to the beautiful church that it is today.
Survivors: wife Joanne; son Jim, and his precious granddaughter Andrea, her mother Davene, as well as nieces and nephews.
Services: viewing Sunday Sep. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 156 E. Main St., Emmaus. Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the church with calling hour 10 to 11. Interment at Garden of Peace Cemetery, Whitehall.
Contributions: to the church or to St. Luke's Hospice, Development office, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18015. Arrangements by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown.