Zackie D. (Ricco) Due

Zackie D. (Ricco) Due, 66, of Emmaus, died Oct. 28, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was the wife of Brian A. Due, with whom she celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Oct. 15, 2013. Born in Easton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Flora Ricco. She graduated from Bangor Area High School; Rider College with a bachelor’s; master’s degree in theological studies and master’s degree in divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary; and a doctor of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. She served as president and CEO of Diatheke Ministries, Inc. for 40 years, also ministering as Maureen Rufe.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Dena B. Due, of Emmaus; and step-brother, Asa Pysher, of Denver, Colo.

Services are to be announced. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 501 N. 17th St., No. 212, Allentown, PA 18104 or to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Development Dept., 2100 Mack Blvd., P.O. Box 4000, Allentown, PA 18105.