Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Fern H. A. Houck, 80

 

Private services were arranged by the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, for Fern H.A. Houck, formerly of Houck Road, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Feb. 1 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township.

Burial was in Friedens Cemetery, Oley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin R. Houck, who died Jan. 27, 1982.

Born in Ruscombmanor Township, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Alice (Cronrath) Deisher.

She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Fleetwood.

Surviving are a son, Edwin W. Houck, Fleetwood; a daughter, Alice M. (Houck) Bortz, Oley; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two sisters, Catherine E. (Deisher) Braucher, Topton, and Helen E. (Deisher) Readinger, Fleetwood.

 

Dorothy E. Kieffer, 95

 

Private services were arranged by the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, for Dorothy E. Kieffer, who died Feb. 3 in her Baldy Road, Maxatawny Township residence.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob W. Kieffer, who died in 1979.

Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Ulrich J. and Elizabeth (Humbert) Miller.

She was a poet and in 1976 published a book entitled ďFrom the Kitchen Window.Ē

Surviving are three sons: David N. Kieffer, Kutztown; Stephen H. Kieffer, Charlotte, N.C.; and John W. Kieffer, Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

There are also four grandchildren.

 

Harold E. Oswald, 81

 

Graveside services were held in the Garden of Honor, Topton, for Harold E. Oswald, who died Feb. 4 in his Chestnut Street, Mertztown residence.

He was the husband of Olive Q. (Kramer) Oswald.

Born in Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late Leroy and Jennie L. (Miller) Oswald.

Until retiring in 1976, hew as the owner/operator of a landfill in Longswamp Township for more than 20 years.  Previously he was the owner/operator of Oswaldís Ice Co. in his residence in the 1940s and 1950s.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Oswald was commander of the Ray A. Master American Legion Post 217, Topton, in 1961, and was a baseball team manager for many years.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer N. (Oswald) Hartline, Mertztown, and Laura A. (Oswald) Hess, Kempton, and a granddaughter.

Other survivors include a sister, May (Oswald) Groff, Lenhartsville, and a brother, Walter M. Oswald, Macungie.

The Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Kenneth N. Bingaman, 61

 

Memorial services were held in St. Paulís United Church of Christ, Fleetwood, for Kenneth N. Bingaman, who died of natural causes Feb. 4 in his Highland Drive, Rockland Township residence.

Burial was in Fleetwood Cemetery.

He was the husband of Lorraine D. (Huyett) Bingaman.

Born in Reading, he was a son of Vivian (Bingaman) Stump, Kutztown, and the late Ernest Stump.

Until retiring as regional manager of customer service in 1996, he was employed by Metropolitan Edison Co., Muhlenberg Township, for 34 years.

He was a 1959 graduate of Fleetwood High School.

Bingaman was an Army veteran.

He was a past president of the Fleetwood Rotary Club.

Bingaman was a member of St. Paulís UCC, Fleetwood.

Also surviving are two sons, Dr. David E. Bingman, Trexlertown, and Bradley A. Bingman, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, and a granddaughter.

Other survivors include a sister, Eileen A. (Stump) Schaffer, Fleetwood.

 

Maryanne V. Bock, 59

 

Services will be held Feb. 15, 2 p.m., in Longswamp United Church of Christ, Mertztown, for Maryanne V. Bock, North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, who died of natural causes Feb. 7 in the Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Burial will be in Longswamp Cemetery.

Born in Emmaus, Lehigh County, she was a daughter of Virginia (Engleman) Schueck Mest, Emmaus, the late Melvin Schueck.

Until retiring in July 2001, she was employed as anusing assistant by Lehigh Valley  Hospital for 21 years.  She previously operated both a bakery and housekeeping business from her home in Longswamp Township for several years.

Bock was a longtime volunteer for the Northeast Lupus Foundation, based in Scranton.

She was a member of Longswamp United Church of Christ, Mertztown.

Also surviving are two daughters, Karen A. Bock, at home, and Barbara A. (Bock) Jennings, Hazleton.

Other survivors include a sister, Eileen Schueck, Emmaus; and three brothers: Jerry Schueck, Orefield; David Schueck, Zionsville, Lehigh County; and Jeffrey Schueck, Freemansburg, Northampton County.

She was predeceased by a son, Ronald R. Bock, who died April 29, 1993.

The Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Harold John Schlegel, 75

 

Among the local survivors of Harold John Schlegel, who died Feb. 6 in his Muhlenberg Township residence, are a sister, Ruth (Schlegel) Acker, and a brother, Stanley Schlegel, both of Kutztown.

 

John C. Walter Jr., 56

 

Among the local survivors of John C. Walter Jr., who along with his wife, M. Regina Walter, were pronounced dead Feb. 3 of self-inflicted carbon-monoxide poisoning in the garage of their Muhlenberg Township residence, is a sister, Mary L. (Walter) Ernest, Fleetwood.

 

Robert Bonsall Sr., 64

 

Among the local survivors of Robert Bonsall Sr., Kenhorst, who died Feb. 7 in the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center, is a brother, Donald E. Bonsall, Fleetwood.

 

Earl F. Henry, 83

 

Among the local survivors of Earl F. Henry, Reading, who died Feb. 6 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since Jan. 27, is a brother, Robert P. Henry, Fleetwood.

 

Marian J. Clark, 71

 

Services were held in Glad Tidings Church, West Lawn, for Marian J. Clark, who died of natural causes Feb. 9 in her Main Street, Fleetwood residence.

Burial was in Fleetwood Cemetery.

She was the wife of George W. Clark Jr.

Born in Mohrsville, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Esther (Degler) Zimmerman.

Until retiring, she was employed as a waitress for various restaurants for 25 years.

She was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, West Lawn.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael P. Clark and Richard C. Clark, both of Fleetwood; and two daughters, Patricia A. (Clark) Dobbs, Fleetwood, and Crystal D. (Clark) Glass, Sarasota, Fla.

There are also nine grandchildren.

Other survivors include a brother, Larry Zimmerman, Centre Township; and two sisters, Pauline (Zimmerman) Siefret, Mohrsville, and Brenda (Zimmerman) Zellers, Weatherly, Carbon County.

The Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lorraine A. Faust, 42

 

The John P. Feeney Funeral Home, Reading, was in charge of arrangements for Lorraine A. Faust, who died Feb. 7 in her Wales Way, Blandon residence.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of Kenneth Faust, Columbia, S.C., and the late Elsie (Reider) Thompson.

She was employed as a nurseís aide by Spruce Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, West Reading, for seven years.

Surviving are David C. Benjamin, with whom she resided, and two daughters, Lindsey N. and Merissa C. Benjamin, both at home.

Other survivors include two sisters, Kay (Faust) Day, Mertztown and Deanna Faust, Emmaus, Lehigh County.

 

Jennie M. Fegley, 94

 

Services were held in Beckerís (St. Peterís) Church, Molltown, for Jennie M. Fegley, East Main Street, Kutztown, who died Feb. 9 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient five days.

Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold C. Fegley, who died March 27, 1986.

Born in Richmond Township, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Minnie (Strause) Boyer.

Until retiring in the early 1970ís, she was employed as a seamstress by the Fleetwood Shirt Co. for more than 35 years.

She was a member of Beckerís (St. Peterís) Lutheran Church, Molltown.

Surviving are two sons, Harold H. Fegley, Fleetwood, and LeRoy P. Fegley, Wescosville, Lehigh County; and a daughter, Jane E. (Fegley) Pflieger, Gillette, Wyo.

There are also nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two sisters, Eva A. (Boyer) Wahl, Fleetwood, and May C. (Boyer) Brintzenhoff, a resident at ManorCare Health Services, Inc., Muhlenberg Township.

The Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, was in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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