Marvin Gruber Obituary, Death – Marvin L. Gruber, 59, of New Tripoli, PA died on December 7, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital Miners Campus in Coaldale, PA. He was Karen S.’s adoring husband. He was born to the late George and Elsie (Snyder) Gruber in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Marvin attended Lincoln Technical Institute in Allentown after graduating from Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli. Marvin also holds a number of professional credentials in the fields of public safety and emergency medical services. Marvin has worked as the Assistant Director of Public Safety at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the past 22 years.
Marvin grew up on his parents’ dairy farm near New Tripoli, which undoubtedly contributed to his strong work ethic. After joining the fire department in the late 1980s, he quickly became a fixture in the New Tripoli community. He had previously worked as the Northwestern Ambulance Corps’ assistant chief. Marvin most recently served as a deacon at Ebenezer U.C.C. Church in New Tripoli and has been a volunteer firefighter with the New Tripoli Community Fire Company since 2020. Marvin valued his family above all things. He was a dedicated grandfather to three grandchildren, a devoted father to his son and daughter, and a devoted husband to Karen, his high school sweetheart. Thursday was his favorite day of the week because it was the day when his complete family gathered to eat and spend time together. Marvin and Karen spend their holiday to their favorite vacation destination, Disney World. Last year, Marvin was ecstatic to take his grandchildren to Disney World for the first time.
Marv may frequently be spotted working in his garage or doing yard work around the house. He enjoyed cleaning his automobiles and looking out his window, as any good father would. He possessed a contagious chuckle and a genuine disposition that won him many fans. Many people were drawn to him because of his warm demeanor, sharp wit, and soothing demeanor. The void he leaves behind is enormous for his family and friends. In addition to his wife, Karen, survivors include his son, Nicholas (Natalie) Gruber of New Tripoli; daughter, Jordan (Nathan) Lybarger of S. Tamaqua; grandchildren, Cole, Lucas, and McKenzie Gruber; brothers, Clarence (Susan) Gruber of Allentown, Allen Gruber of Slatington, Roy (Linda) Gruber of Auburn, and Dale (Cheryl) Gruber of Shelbyville, TN; sister, His sister, Carolyn Bauscher, and his father-in-law, George A. Rauch, predeceased him.
On Saturday, December 17, 2022, a joint public memorial ceremony will be conducted in the Northwestern Lehigh Middle School Auditorium, 6636 Northwest Road New Tripoli, to remember the lives of both Marvin and Assistant Chief, Zachary Paris, who both died in the line of duty on December 7, 2022. The following are the visitation hours: 8-11AM From 12 to 2 p.m., the general public, out-of-county emergency services, and Lehigh County emergency services will be live broadcast, with the memorial ceremony following at 2-4 p.m. More details about the live broadcast will be made available in the coming days.
The event will be presided over by Pastor Walter F. Frisch. A private burial service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In Marvin’s memory, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Ebenezer U.C.C. Church, 7293 Decatur St, New Tripoli, PA, or the Community Fire Company of New Tripoli, 7242 Decatur St, New Tripoli, PA. The arrangements are being handled by the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home in New Tripoli, PA.