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Kristen Oswald

Kristen Jo Oswald (Meitzler)

Friday, March 28th, 1975 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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Kristen Jo Oswald, 44, of Royersford, had her life tragically taken Sunday, July 28, as a result of an accident while competing in an IRONMAN triathlon event near Dayton, OH. She was the wife of Christopher P. Oswald, recently celebrating 5 years of marriage.

Born in Allentown on March 28, 1975, she was the daughter of Lillian (Schleicher) Master, wife of Walt, of Palm, and James H. Meitzler Sr., husband of Pamela, of Barto. She was a 1993 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School where she participated in Sports and Music, including Saxophone, Drum Major and Varsity Softball. She obtained her B.S. from Eastern University, recently received her MBA from West Chester University, and was employed as a financial analyst with Ricoh Americas, all while training for triathlons.

She was ever the adrenaline junkie. Kristen’s adventurous spirit included flying lessons and driving her father’s racecar in the nineties, rock climbing The Red Rocks, The Gunks, Cat-in-the-Hat, an Alaskan Glacier and Mt. Bierstadt in Colorado. A recent achievement of which she was most proud was learning how to Scuba dive with her husband Chris.

An accomplished athlete, she enjoyed and excelled in IRONMAN events where she completed 3 Full IRONMAN triathlons (Lake Placid and Maryland) as well as numerous half IRONMAN events. She finished first in her age group at the Try It Olympic Distance triathlon (Delaware) this past June.

She also loved travel, Disney, gourmet cooking and especially loved her family, her kitty Sparkles and close friends. She will be remembered for her positive spirit and seeing the good in every situation.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her brother, James H. Meitzler Jr. and wife Laura Jo, of Pennsburg; Step-Daughter: Amanda Lee Oswald, fiancé of Alex Capitle, of Smyrna, DE; Step-Brothers: Kevin Master and wife Barbara, of Macungie; Jeremy Master and companion Bernadette Corey, of Macungie; and Jason Master and companion Kim Heffentrager, of Red Hill; Niece and Nephews: Tilleen and James Meitzler, Blake, Brent and Brayden Master, and her Father and Mother-in-Law, Paul and Penny Oswald, of Mertztown.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Palm Schwenkfelder Church, 833 Gravel Pike, Palm, PA 18070. Visitation will be from 9-11 AM. Officiating will be Rev. Nicholas L. Pence Jr. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. by visiting www.heart.org, Animals in Distress by visiting www.animalsindistresspa.org or Special Olympics by visiting www.specialolympics.org. Online condolences may be offered at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville, PA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:45am
    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
    Palm Schwenkfelder Church
    833 Gravel Pike
    PALM, PA 18070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Palm Schwenkfelder Church
    833 Gravel Pike
    PALM, PA 18070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Nicholas L. Pence



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Rich Maurelli

Posted at 06:15pm

I knew Kristen for 11 years at IKON/Ricoh. I did not work with her, but she was in the department next to mine and we got to talking a lot over the years. I shared some of my favorite Contemporary Christian music with her. She was always cheerful, and I enjoyed talking with her. I missed her very much when she went to California, and was very happy when I saw her the day she came back. I will always remember one day in particular when I wasn't myself & she sensed it ... she sent me an email asking if I was ok. You have to know that at that time she would have had to find out my last name first. I was so very touched by her concern. She is and will always be missed so very, very much.

Bruce & Gwen Pedersen

Posted at 07:22am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 08:15pm
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Posted at 03:37pm
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David Forbes

Posted at 01:01pm
I knew Kristen for about 5 years at Ricoh, and although we never worked together, we became friendly as we sat near each other. She always had a smile on her face and was glad to chat with me about anything. I often inquired about her next race, and was always amazed at how dedicated she was to her athletic endeavors. She was a sweet, caring person who I was always happy to see in the office. She is missed terribly - may her memory be a blessing to all.

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