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Julia Brooks Unitarian Universalist Church member

Julia Brooks, 84, died September 26, 2022. She was of German ancestry from Temeschburg, currently Timisoara, Romania, and was a daughter of Julius and Elisabeth (Schneider) Theisz. She was the wife of the late Richard D. Brooks and of Dr. Ken Haruta.

She was a Portal student at Cedar Crest College and earned a degree, summa cum laude, in mathematics.

She taught mathematics and chemistry part-time at the Swain School, Allentown, and one year full-time in the mathematics department at Emmaus High School.

She was a computer programmer and, upon retirement in 1997,was a Senior Systems Analyst and Supervisor of Administrative Accounting Services with Air Products and Chemicals.

She was a chairperson and a president of the board of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley.

The w as a member of the East Penn Year-Round School Study Committee; president of the East Penn Band Parents; and trustee and president of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Executive Search Committee, both for the Allentown YWCA.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of the now defunct Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra for more than 20 years, she she was the initial Vice President of Development. She founded and was a president of the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library, She was a volunteer broadcaster and recorder for the former RADPRIN radio station for the visually impaired.

She wrote an autobiography, Uncertain Survival, about her early life in Europe.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Beck and her husband Jeff; a son, Scott Brooks and his wife Bonna; two grandchildren, Ann and David Brooks; two sisters, Elizabeth Tatham of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Linda Queller of Montvale, New Jersey; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be made to Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 1633 Elm St., Allentown, PA 18102.

Arrangements were made by Cantelmi Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.