Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2004

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Florence Harrington, 91

  

Private services were arranged by the Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Kutztown, for Florence C. Harrington, formerly of Luzerne County, who died Jan. 20 in Kutztown Manor Inc.

Burial was in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst, Lackawanna County.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward W. Harrington, who died in 1977.

Born in Exeter, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Alice (Drumm) Newhart.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Pittston, Luzerne County.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia E. (Harrington) Sheridan and Regina A. Harrington, both of Kutztown; and a son, Edward M. Harrington, Johnson City, N.Y.

  

Wayne L. Weisner, 90

  

Services were held in the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli, for Wayne L. Weisner, of Krumsville Road, Greenwich Township, who died Jan. 20 in Kutztown Manor.

Burial was in Friedens Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stony Run.

He was the husband of Lillian R. (Kerschner) Weisner.

Born in Albany Township, he was a son of the late Leon and Mary (Deisher) Weisner.

Until retiring in 1984, he was a self-employed farmer in Albany Township for 44 years.

Also surviving is a brother, Alton Weisner, Kempton.

  

Anna O. Cooper, 94

  

Memorial services will be held Sat., Jan. 31, in the Caum Memorial Home, Reading, for Anna O. Cooper, formerly of Birdsboro, Fleetwood and Tamaqua, who died Jan. 18 in the Lutheran Home at Topton.  She previously resided at the Caum Memorial Home.

Burial was in Pricetown Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Cooper.

Born in Tuscarora, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Oliver and Emma (Winkel) Schock.

Until retiring in 1965, she was employed by Atlas Powder Co., Reynolds, Schuylkill County, for 37 years.

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

Surviving are a niece, Jeanne A. Noll, Luthersville, Md., and a nephew, David Kline, Sabinsville, Potter County.

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

  

C. David Weaver, 56

  

Services were held in the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, for C. David Weaver, of Bitting Road, District Township, who died of natural causes Jan. 20 shortly after being admitted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Burial was in Topton Union Cemetery.

He was the husband of Veronica M. (Mauer) Weaver.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of C. Norman Weaver, Emmaus, Lehigh County, and the late Dorothy L. (Och) Weaver.

He was a 1965 graduate of Quakertown High School.

Since 2001, he was employed as a facility manager by the General Electric Polymer Shapes Co., Fogelsville.  He was previously employed from 1963 to 1996 as a quality control manager by the Artistic Glass Co., Trumbaurersville, Bucks County, and from 1996 to 2001 by Insulgard, Nazareth, Northampton County.

Weaver was a Vietnam War Army veteran.

He was a PIAA Berks County basketball official for 20 years and was a Little League coach in the Brandywine Youth Baseball Association for 10 years.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael A. Weaver, Topton, and Mark D. Weaver, Fleetwood; a daughter, Angela M. Weaver, at home; and a stepson, Ryan S. Gresh, at home.

There are also two grandsons.

Other survivors include two sisters, Maryjane L. (Weaver) Zanders, Allentown, and Dorothy M. (Weaver) Richard, Lower Macungie Township; and a brother, Norman R. Weaver, Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County.

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

  

Mary Jane Gasser, 68

  

Services were held in St. PaulÕs United Church of Christ, Fleetwood, for Mary Jane Gasser, of Spring Street, Fleetwood, who died of natural causes Jan. 21 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient since Jan. 8.

Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

She was the wife of Lawrence N. Gasser.

Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Hartman) Wentzel.

Until retiring in 1995, she was the assistant vice president of CoreStates Bank for 15 years.  She was employed in the local banking industry for a total of 41 years, also working at Reading Trust Co. and National Central Bank.

She was a past treasurer of the Kutztown Historial Society.

Gasser was a member of St. PaulÕs UCC.

Surviving are a daughter, Kim K. (Gasser) Coombe, Ephrata.

There are also two sisters, Catherine (Wentzel) Wickel, Reading, and Dorothy (Wentzel) Smith, Boyertown; and three brothers: Charles Wentzel, Muhlenberg Township; John Wentzel, in Florida; and Robert Wentzel, Sinking Spring.

The Bean Funeral Home, Reading, was in charge of arrangements.

  

David I. Thomas, 53

  

Private services were arranged by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton, for David I. Thomas, of Clay Road, Longswamp Township, who died of natural causes Jan. 21 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he had been a patient since Jan. 16.

He was the husband of Janis M. (Geiger) Thomas.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late David O. and Ruth (Williams) Thomas.

He was a 1972 graduate of Mansfield University were he received a bachelorÕs degree in special education.  He received his masterÕs degree in education from Pennsylvania State University in 1980.

Thomas was employed as a special education teacher in the Allentown School District since 1975.  From 1972 to 1975, he was a teacher at the Centennial School at Lehigh University.  He also taught in the child psychology unit of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, for 12 years.

Also surviving are a sister, Nancy (Thomas) Petrick, Mountain Top, Luzerne County.

  

Melvin R. Sprecher, 76

  

Services were held in the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, Lancaster County, for Melvin R. Sprecher, of Scenic Drive, Denver, Lancaster County, and formerly of Fleetwood, who died Jan. 22 in Reading Hospital after a brief illness.

Burial was in Terre Hill Cemetery.

He was the husband of Eleanor M. (Simmons) Sprecher.

Born in Fivepointville, Lancaster County, he was a son of the late Chester A. and Grace (Smith) Sprecher.

He was employed as a butcher by Weaver Markets, Adamstown, for the past 10 years.  He was self-employed in the butcher business at Sprecher Meats, Fivepointsville.

Also surviving are two sisters, Geraldine (Sprecher) Knoll, Harleysville, Montgomery County, and Marilyn Sprecher, Blandon.

  

Frances H. Weller, 82

  

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Holy Guardian Angels Church, Hyde Park, for Frances H. Weller, formerly of Longleaf Drive, Blandon, who died Jan. 21 in ManorCare Health Services, West Reading, where she had resided two years.

Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Henry W. and Mary M. (Keener) Borr.

Until retiring in 1983, she was employed as a laborer by AT&T Reading Works, Muhlenberg Township, for 15 years.

Weller was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Hyde Park.

She resided with Joann C. Felguieras and is survived by a daughter, Kathleen (Weller) Ansel, Robesonia, and a son, Russell S. Weller, Arnold, Md.

There are also eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  

William D. Hertzog, 85

  

Services were held in Longswamp United Church of Christ, Mertztown, for William D. Hertzog, of Hidden Valley Road, Longswamp Township, who died Jan. 21 in the Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Burial was in Longswamp Union Cemetery, Mertztown.

He was the husband of Ruth E. (Ziegler) Hertzog.

Born in Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late Harvey J. and Sallie S. (Fritch) Hertzog.

From 1951 until retiring in 1980, he was employed by Metropolitan Edison Co., Topton.

Hertzog was active in the Longswamp Township area Boy Scouts in the 1950Õs.

He was also a preformer in various old-time minstrel shows.

Hertzog was a member of Longswamp UCC, where he served on consistory for 20 years and was an elder for more than 50 years.  He was also a Sunday school treasurer for 15 years.

He also served on the Longswamp Union Cemetery board, Mertztown, for 30 years.

Also surviving are a daughter, Sandra A. (Hertzog) Miller, Alburtis, and two sons, Joseph L. Hertzog, Spring Township, and William D. Hertzog II, Brownville Junction, Maine.

There are also three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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

  

Edwin R. Kauffman, 71

  

Services were held Jan. 26 in Bean Funeral Homes Inc., Sinking Spring, for Edwin R. Kauffman, James Street, Sinking Spring, who died of natural causes Jan. 21 at 3:45 p.m. in Reading Hospital.  He was a patient at the hospital for a week.

Burial was in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.

Born in  Reading, he was a son of the late Calvin M. and Jenne L. (Riegel) Kauffman.

He was a Marine Corps veteran.

Kauffman was employed for three years in sales for Recoil Inc.  He previously worked for 10 years for Castrol International, Warminster, Bucks County, and was an equipment superintendent for Eastern Industries, Kutztown, for 20 years.

He was a volunteer for the Lutheran Home at ToptonÕs Meals on Wheels program.

Kauffman is survived by two sons, Michael R., Wyomissing, and Scott M., Shillington; two daughters, Natalie L. Kauffman, Womelsdorf, and Debra I. (Kauffman) Wahl, Perry Township; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Emma (Kauffman) Cocuzza, Temple; and two brothers, Calvin M., Laureldale, and Norman, State College, Center County.

  

Paul H. Loy, 77

  

Services will be held today, Jan. 29, in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale, for Paul H. Loy, of Belle Alto Road, South Heidelberg Township, who died Jan. 24 at 8:15 p.m. in Reading Hospital.

Burial will be in Laureldale Cemetery, Tuckerton.

Born in Richmond Township, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Ely) Loy.

Loy was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was employed for many years as a truck driver by Wetterau, Tuckerton and previously worked as a bus driver for Carl R. Bieber Tourways.

Loy was a past governor of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 523, Hamburg, where he served as sergeant-at-arms.

He was past-president of Keystone Moose Legion 41 and was past-president of district five of the Pennsylvania Moose Association.

Loy also served as sergeant-at-arms for the Berks County ClubmanÕs Association.

He was a life member and 32nd degree mason with Chandler Lodge 227 Free and Accepted Masons, Reading.

Loy was a life member of the Temple Fire Company.

He was a member of St. JohnÕs Lutheran Church, Sinking Spring.

Surviving is a son, Kerry G., Lyons, and a daughter, Paulette (Loy) Gray, Lenhartsville.

He was predeceased by a son, Leonard.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Joan (Gartmann) Keys, Virginia, and Mary (Gartmann) Crouse, Robesonia; and four stepsons: Luther L. Shaak, Port Matilda, Centre County; Bruce E. Shaak, Reading; Douglas C. Shaak, Charlotte, N.C.; and Gregory S. Shaak, Sinking Spring.

Other survivors include a brother, Grant, Clearwater, Fla.; and three sisters: Beatrice (Loy) Heinbach, Tuckerton; Ruth (Loy) OÕConnor, Trafford, Westmoreland County; and Betty (Loy) Kunkle, Hamburg.

There are also two grandchildren, 15 stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-granddaughter.

  

Thelma E. Baer, 88

  

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. in the Auman Funeral Homes, Reading, for Thelma E. Baer of South Richmond Street, Fleetwood, who died Jan. 22 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she was a patient for two days.

Burial will be in St. PaulÕs Union Cemetery, Richmond Township.

She was the wife of Elwood W. Baer.

Born in Bern Township, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Ringler) Schwambach.

Baer was a member of St. PaulÕs United Church of Christ, Fleetwood.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie L. (Baer) Fansier, Fleetwood, and a sister, Edith (Schwambach) Weiler, Birdsboro and five grandchildren.

  

Miriam C. Reppert, 76

  

Private services were held for Miriam C. Reppert, of Memorial Highway, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Jan. 25 at home.

She was the wife of Lee S. Reppert.

Born in Maidencreek Township, she was a daughter of the late George D. and Verna M. (Keim) Wessner.

Until retiring, she was employed fro 23 years as a bench hand by Western Electric Co., AT&T Reading Works and Lucent Technologies Inc., Muhlenberg Township.  She previously worked for more than 12 years as a seamer for Fleetwood Hosiery.

Reppert was a life member of the Blandon Ladies Auxiliary, Fleetwood Senior Citizens Club and local Pioneers of America.

She was a member of St. JohnÕs GernantÕs Church, Ontelaunee Township.

Surviving is a sister, Margaret I. (Wessner) Carlton, Exeter Township; and two brothers, Arlan E. Wessner, Fleetwood, and Terry L. Wessner, Pomaria, S.C.

  

Ralph G. Zeiber, 56

  

Services were held in Bean Funeral Homes Inc., Reading for Ralph G. Zeiber, of West Walnut Tree Drive, Maidencreek Township, who was pronounced dead on arrival of natural causes in Reading Hospital on Jan. 22 at 3:19 p.m.

Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

He was the husband of Marilyn M. (Straub) Zeiber.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Leroy H. and Sarah E. (Bates) Zeiber.

Zeiber was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart.

Until 1998, he was employed by Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, as a steel straightener and maintenance worker.

He was a life member of the Perry Rod & Gun Club.

Surviving are a daughter, Corinna S. Zeiber, Littleton, Colo., and a son, Zachary T., at home.

Other survivors include two sisters, Beverly (Zeiber) Shade, Reading, and Karen (Zeiber) Dianna, Temple, and three brothers: Larry, Temple; Ronald, Lake Wynonah, Schuylkill County; and Arthur, Reading.

  

Joseph S. Haak, 81

  

Services were held Jan. 27 in Friedens Church for Joseph S. Haak of Carsonia Avenue, Lower Alsace Township, who died Jan. 22 at 9:25 a.m. in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lebanon, where he was a patient for one day.

Burial was in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.

He was the husband of Anna G. (Snyder) Himmelrich-Haak.  His first wife, Evelyn G. (Wiltrout) Haak died Nov. 5, 1971.

Born in Stouchsburg, Marion Township, he was a son of the late David and Daisy (Loose) Haak.

He was a graduate of Marion High School, Stouchsburg.

Until retiring in 1973, Haak was employed for 13 years as a cutter by Katos Sportswear, Kutztown.  He was previously employed for 16 years as a salesman in the hardware industry.

He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

Haak was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Oley.

He is survived by a son, Joseph R., Lenhartsville; two daughters, LaVerne E. (Haak) Usher, Mineral, Va. and Kathleen L. (Haak) Sherman, Hamburg; a stepson, George R. Himmelreich, Reading; two stepdaughters, Shirley A. (Himmelreich) Himmelreich, Oley, and Linda J. (Himmelreich) Weller, Maidencreek Township; and a sister, Dorothy M. Haak, Womelsdorf.

There area also seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, two great-granddaughters and two stepgreat-granddaughters.

Christ & Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Oley, was in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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