Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Peter A. Cake, 80

 

Among the local survivors of Peter A. Cake, of Upper Darby, Delaware County, who died April 9 in Lehigh Valley Hospital shortly after being admitted, is a son, Peter D. Cake, Kutztown.

 

Alma R. Leffel, 87

 

Among the local survivors of Alma R. (Rhoads) Leffel, of Colebrookdale Township, who died April 13 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she had been a patient since March 21, is a sister, Naomi (Rhoads) Brown, Fleetwood.

 

Hilda M. Neusch, 94

Retired Topton area teacher

 

Memorial services will be held April 25, 2 p.m., in Grace Lutheran Church, Topton, for Hilda M. Neusch, formerly of Topton, who died April 8 in the Henry Health Care Center of the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she had resided since Jan. 30, 1999.

Burial will be private in Hope Cemetery, Dryville.

She was predeceased by  her husband, Henry G. Neusch, who died on May 13, 1985.

Born in Rockland Township, she was a daughter of the late Alan S. and Sarah C. (Scheidt) Angstadt.

She was a graduate of Kutztown Normal School, and continued her education at Penn State University and University of Pennsylvania.

Until retiring in 1968, she was employed as a first-grade teacher in the Topton and Brandywine Heights school districts for 35 years.

Surviving is a nephew, the Rev. Lee Angstadt, Boyertown.

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

 

Ruth E. Herman, 94

 

Services were held in the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, for Ruth E. Herman, of Kutztown, who died April 11 in Luther Crest Retirement Community, Allentown, where she had been a resident since June 30, 1995.

Burial was in Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.

She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin A. Herman, who died March 4, 2002.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Franklin D. and Mabel T. (Thomas) Redcay.

She was a 1930 graduate of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

Herman was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Kutztown.

Surviving is a son, Benjamin P. Herman, Allentown; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Erma M. Stump, 91

Retired area teacher

 

Services were held in the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli, for Erma M. Stump, who died April 11 in her Stump Road, Greenwich Township residence.

Burial was in Friedens Lutheran Church Cemetery, Greenwich Township.

She was predeceased by her husband, Amandus W. Stump, who died in 1999.

Born in Lynn Township, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Estella C. (Long) Billig.

She was a graduate of Slatington High School, Lehigh County, and Kutztown State Teacher’s College.

Until retiring in 1975, she was employed 45 years as a teacher, first at the Camps Valley one-room school, Stines Corner, Lehigh County, then Fetherolf’s School in Kempton.  She later taught at the Lynnville and Lynn Heidelberg schools and finished her career at Northwestern Lehigh High School, New Tripoli.

Stump was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.

Surviving are two daughters, Cecile A. (Stump) Longsdale, Unionville, Chester County, and Millyann K. (Stump) Bittner, Stines Corner.

There are also three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Other survivors include three sisters: Beulah (Billig) Fredrick, Allentown; Alice (Billig) Lauck, Reading; and Irene (Billig) Beibelheimer, New Ringgold, Schuylkill County.

 

Ephraim J. Rissmiller, 86

 

Among the local survivors of Ephraim J. Rissmiller, who died April 8 in his Oley residence, is a sister, Dora (Rissmiller) Pollock, Fleetwood.

 

Benjamin Salkowskie, 86

 

Private services were held in Christ Lutheran Church, Glenside, for Benjamin J. Salkowskie, formerly of Kutztown, who died April 13 in the Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Reading, where he had resided since Dec. 16, 1996.

Burial was in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sophie M. (Sleece) Salkowskie, who died Sept. 3, 1983.

Born in New York City, he was a son of the late Peter and Stella Salkowskie.

Until retiring in 1981, he was employed as a presser by Bernie Sportswear, Passaic, N.J., for 40 years.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving is a daughter, Madelene M. (Salkowskie) Petty, Reading; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include a sister, Josephine (Salkowskie) Romanchick, Garfield, N.J., and a brother, Al E. Salkowskie, Wichita Falls, Texas.

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

 

Donald P. Wagaman, 68

 

Services were held in the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, for Donald P. Wagaman, of Lyons Road, Rockland Township, who died of natural causes April 11 shortly after arrival  at Reading Hospital.

Burial was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery, Rockland Township.

He was the husband of Brenda L. (Schaeffer) Wagaman.

Born in Albany Township, he was a son of Marian E. (Herman) Wagaman Reimert, Kutztown, and the late Paul Wagaman.

Until retiring in May 1998, he was employed as a delivery driver by Coca-Cola, Reading, for 28 years.

He was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rockland Township.

Wagaman was an Army National Guard veteran.

Also surviving are two sons, Dean P. Wagaman, Walnutport, Lehigh County, and Todd A. Wagaman, Easton, Northampton County; and two daughters, Dawn R. (Wagaman) Wartzenluft, Mertztown, and Amanda M. Wagaman, at home.

There are also three grandchildren.

 

Edna M. Palmertree, 89

 

Among the local survivors of Edna M. (Kehs) Palmertree, who died April 14 in her Reading residence, is a son, David A. Palmertree, Fleetwood.

 

Helen M. Reichert, 96

 

Services were held in St. Joseph’s (Hill) Church, Pike Township, for Helen M. Reichert, formerly of Landis Store, who died April 9 in the Henry Health Care Center at the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she had resided since March 7, 1996.

Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl H. Reichert, who died Jan. 9, 1991.

Born in Hereford Township, she was a daughter of the late Franklin and Emma (Albitz) Mest.

She and her husband were the owners/operators of the M.M. Reichert Hotel and General Store at Landis Store from 1925 to 1950.

Reichert was a member of St. Joseph’s (Hill) Lutheran Church, Pike Township.

Surviving are two sons, Ernest A. Reichert, Alburtis, and Charles F. Reichert, Boyertown.

There are also four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.


 
 

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