The Life of Arlene Mae Oswald

Arlene Mae (Adam) Oswald, 92, of Longswamp Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in her residence surrounded by her family. She was the widow of Paul W. Oswald who died on May 23, 1986.

Born in Maidencreek Township, Arlene was a daughter of the late Alvin D. and Mabel C. (Yenser) Adam. She was a member of Zion's Union Church of Maxatawny, where she was a member of WIZ (Women of Zions), Church Seniors and was a former member of the Church Council. 

Arlene was employed as a Sewing Machine Operator working at the former Marcus Manufacturing and Royal Manufacturing companies for many years until her retirement in 1991. In addition to her church involvement, Arlene was also a member of the Alburtis senior citizens group and The Northeast Women of ELCA, where she served as Treasurer for over 25 years.

Arlene enjoyed crocheting and baking, especially cookies. She always looked forward to her family breakfasts on Thursday mornings and Sunday family dinners. Above all, Arlene loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and most recently, her great-great granddaughter.  

Arlene is survived by her three children, Linda L. (Oswald), wife of Bruce A. Piper, Kutztown, Carol A. (Oswald), wife of Randy J. Kane, Mertztown and Dennis P. Oswald, Mertztown; sister, Dorothy M. (Adam) Reigner, Macungie; nine grandchildren, John, Michael, Beth, Karen, Joey, Korey, Stacey, Lauren and Stephanie; 15 great-grandchildren, Tasha, Alysha, Lainie, Kylie, Dakota, Alexis, Kailyn, Eden, Aiden, Chase, Brayden, Sophie, Brielle, Eliza and Aria; and one great-great granddaughter, Aspen.

In addition to her husband, Arlene was predeceased by her siblings, Lester Adam, Eva Smith, George Adam, Russell Adam, Pearl Fels and Shirley Dyas. 

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:45 AM in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA. A funeral service to celebrate and honor her life with Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz officiating will begin at 11:00 a.m. but will be reserved for immediate family members due to the current CDC restrictions on gathering sizes. The service will be LIVE streamed for others to view from home. 

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Burial will be in Zion Maxatawny Union Cemetery, Kutztown (Maxatawny Twp.), PA.

The family requests contributions be made in Arlenes memory to Zions Union Church, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, PA  19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at 

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Church smiles

Arlene was such a caring and family oriented woman.  I remember coming to Zions Church and seeing her beautiful smile and greetings. I feel so welcomed in the church.  I liked her from the first day I met her.  She was our wonderful neighbor and will be missed by all.  Charlie and Nancy Boyer and Tracey Lutz send our condolences to the whole family.  If you need anything please let us know.  God bless and keep you strong thru this rough time.  Hugs to you all!

Posted by Tracey L on 02/06/2021

Lovely Lady

Arlene was the mother of my friend / coworker of over 40 years. She also did my family's alterations / mending after my mother's passing in 1992.  The cut out cookies she made were always my daughter's favorite when she was a little girl. I know she will be deeply missed by her family. 

Posted by Debbie S on 02/08/2021

Fond Memories

Arlene always welcomed me as part of the extended family, for picnics as well as family celebrations. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed doing so. Also a great seamstress doing many alterations for me and mine. Arlene holds a warm place in my heart.

Posted by Deloros T on 02/09/2021

Awesome lady

She was a wonderful kind hearted woman who shared her love with so many people especially her family which she loved dearly. We work together many years at Marcus mfg in topton and had many happy days there. She was an excellent seamstress who always had treats for my grandson when we picked up stuff. She was an excellent crochet lady who made my bedspread wider and matched it. We loved you Arlene and will always have a spot in our heart for you Rip and join Paul for your heavenly journey our sympathy and love to all 

Posted by Joanne P on 02/12/2021