Josephine K. Hinkle
Josephine K. Hinkle, 94, formerly of Emmaus, a life-long educator and librarian, died February 5, 2013, at Arbor View, an extension of Willow Valley retirement community, Lancaster. She was the wife of the late James O. Hinkle. Born in Reading she was proud of her Pennsylvania German heritage.
She was the first member of her family to go to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in library science, both from Kutztown University. She served as librarian originally at Emmaus High School, and finally at Emmaus Junior High School.
Following her retirement, she volunteered at the Emmaus Public Library and Lehigh Valley Hospital. In 1987, she moved to Willow Valley Lakes, serving as their librarian and also volunteering in the mailroom and at the front desk. A life-long lover of reading, she was robbed of her favorite activity by macular degeneration. Through the help of the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, she was encouraged to continue her love of books by listening to them on tape and CDs.
She was a long time member of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, Allentown, serving on the church council for many years. She was presently a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancaster.
She is survived by a sister, Madeline K. Nawrocki, of West Lawn; daughter, Holly Graff and her partner, Dennis Culhane, of Lititz; grandsons James Graff and his wife Ansley, of Tampa, Fla. and Mark Graff and his wife Rebecca of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Anne, Witten, James and Eleanor.
Contributions may be made to the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., Emmaus, 18049, or the Susquehanna Association - Blind, 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, 17603.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at Arbor View at a later date. Arrangements were made by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.