Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Russell G. Stump

 

Services were held in St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Hamburg, for Russell G. Stump, 74, of Old Route 22, Windsor Township, who died Feb. 20 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient six days.

Burial was in St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg.

He was the husband of Mae L. (Levan) Stump.  His first wife, Arlene P. (Merkel) Stump, died in 1967.

Born in Klinesville, Greenwich Township, he was a son of the late William F. and Verna A. (George) Stump.

Until retiring in 1994, he was employed as an auto mechanic by Francis L. Werley Inc., Windsor Township, for 47 years.

He was a 1946 graduate of Kutztown High School.

Stump was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Hamburg, where he was a former councilman and usher.

Also surviving are two sons, David R. Stump, Marietta, Ohio and Mark W. Stump, Mohrsville, adn a daughter, Carol J. (Stump) Armer, Mohnton.

There are also five grandchildren.

Other survivors include three brothers: Steward F. Stump and Wayne W. Stump, both of Greenwich Township and Sterling E. Stump, Windsor Township.

 

Lorraine A. Moyer

 

Services were held in Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville, for Lorraine A. Moyer, 75, of Main Street, Shoemakersville, who died Feb. 21 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she had been a patient since Jan. 16.

Burial was in St. Lukeís Cemetery, Perry Township.

Born in Shoemakersville, she was a daughter of the late George H. and Carrie M. (Bitterman) Moyer.

Until retiring in 1993, she was employed as a bookeeper and later as a partner with the R.P. Miller Co., Shoemakersville.

Moyer was a 1945 graduate of Perry High School and a 1946 graduate of the McCann Business School, Reading.

She was a member of Salem UM Church, where she was a former financial secretary.

Moyer was also a former secretary of St. Lukeís Cemetery.

Surviving are two sisters, Christine M. (Moyer) Knittle, Riverview Park, and Carol A. (Moyer) Bitner, Muhlenberg Township.

The Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Thomas S. Braine

 

Among the local survivors of Thomas S. Braine, 80, who died Feb. 23 in his Brecknock Township residence, is a daughter, Tamie J. (Braine) Meyers, Lenhartsville.

 

Mary J. Dodson

 

Among the local survivors of Mary J. (Leininger) Dodson, 83, who died Feb. 23 in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center, Chester County, where she had resided since Sept. 1999, is a daughter, Anna (Dodson) Moyer, Hamburg.

 

Robert L. McNeil

 

Among the local survivors of Robert L. McNeil, 56, who died Feb. 23 in his Harrisburg residence, is a son, Robert L. McNeil II, Shoemakersville.

 

A. Beatrice Rothenberger

 

Among the local survivors of A. Beatrice (Young) Rothenberger, 92, who died Feb. 24 in Highlands at Wyomissing Skilled Nursing Unit, is a son, G. Richard Rothenberger, Mohrsville.

 

 

Burd S. Hillbish Jr.

 

Among the local survivors of Burd S. Hillbish Jr., 77, of Reading, who died Feb. 24 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., West Reading, where he had resided one day, is a son, Donald J. Hillbish, Bernville.

 

Domenic A. Mente

 

Among the local survivors of Domenic A. Mente, 82, of Topton, who died Feb. 24 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since Jan. 30, is a daughter, Joan (Mente) Kauffman, Hamburg.

 

Thomas L. Parsons

 

Among the local survivors of Thomas Livingood Parsons, 77, who died Feb. 24 in his Spring Township residence is a stepson, Thomas M. Calvaresi, Penn Township.

He was also the president of Hood and Co. Inc., Hamburg, from June 1970 until his retirement in 1982.

 

Earl E. Kauffman

Former Penn Twp. supervisor

 

Services were held in the Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville, for Earl E. Kauffman, 85, of New Schaefferstown Road, Jefferson Township, who died Feb. 26 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient for four days.

Burial was in Bern Cemetery, Bern Township.

He was the husband of Irene E. (Noecker) Kauffman.

Born in North Heidelberg Township, he was a son of the late Francis and Edna (Fidler) Kauffman.

Her served as a Penn Township supervisor in the 1950s and 1960s.

Until retiring in 1982, he was employed in the maintenance department of Baldwin Hardware Co., Reading, for 28 years.  He was also a self-employed farmer.

Kauffman was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a former steward of the Bernville Grange and was named ďGranger of the YearĒ in 1995.

Kauffman was a member of Bern Lutheran Church, Bern Township.

Also surviving are two sons, Dennis E. Kauffman and Ronald L. Kauffman, both of Bernville; and three daughters: Earlene I. (Kauffman) Hecker, Exeter Township; and Lorene A. (Kauffman) Triviets and Ilene J. (Kauffman) Batz, both of Bernville.

There are also eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sarah (Kauffman) Spitler, Wernersville.

 

Megan E. Long

 

Services were held in the Bean Funeral Home, Reading, for Megan E. Long, 41-day-old daughter of Shaun L. Long and Melissa J. Gernert, of Blandon, who died Feb. 18 in Hershey Medical Center, where she had been a patient one week.

Burial was private.

Born in Reading, she is also survived by a brother, Anthony S. Long, and a halfbrother, Dylan M. Gernert, both at home.

Other survivors include her maternal grandparents, David B. Gernert, Muhlenberg Township and Jane M. (DeLong) Gernert, Hamburg; and her paternal grandmother, Mary A. Long, Blandon.

There are also her maternal great-grandparents, Norman A. and Ruth DeLong, Hamburg, and Warren Gernert, Muhlenberg Township; and a paternal great-grandfather, Walter S. Fackler, Sinking Spring.

 

Gladys E. Eckenroth

 

Among the local survivors of Gladys E. (Bowers) Eckenroth, 84, of Cumru Township, who died Feb. 26 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient since Feb. 13, is a sister, Mamie I. (Bowers) Brownmiller, Shoemakersville.

 

Robert A. Shearer

 

Services were held in Zion (Blue Mountain) United Church of Christ, Strausstown, for Robert A. Shearer, 74, of Frystown, who died Feb. 25 in the residence of a daughter, Jolie K. (Shearer) Voulopos, Lancaster County, following a lengthy illness.

Burial was in St. Johnís (Host) Church, Tulpehocken Township.

He was the husband of Kathryn M. (Hartman) Shearer.

Born in Frystown, he was a son of the late Paul and Katherine (Cooney) Shearer.

Until retiring in 1993, he was employed in the meter department of Metropolitan Edison Co., Muhlenberg Township, for 27 years.

He was a charter member and past president of the Frystown Lions Club.

Shearer was a life member, past president and treasurer of the Frystown Community Fire Company.

He was a former semi-pro baseball player and was a coach in youth baseball for many years.

Kauffman was a Korean War Army veteran, receiving the Purple Heart.

He was a member of St. Johnís (Host) Church, Tulpehocken Township.

In addition to his daughter, he is also survived by two granddaughters and two sisters, Betty (Shearer) Spangler and Marian (Shearer) Lengle, both of Myerstown.

The Reynolds Funeral Home, Quarryville, Lancaster County, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Catherine M. Reed

 

Graveside services were held in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven, for Catherine M. Reed, 80, who died Feb. 25 in her Windsor Castle Road, Perry Township residence.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Reed Sr., who died in 1988.

Born in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Levi and Eva (Heberling) Smith.

She was last employed by Auburn Knitting Mill, Schuylkill County.

Reed was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Auburn.

Surviving are two sons, Arthur Reed Jr., Mertztown and Mark Reed, in England; and three daughters: Betty (Reed) Schaeffer, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County; Dorothy (Reed) Christman, Hamburg; and Eva Reed, Boulder, Colo.

There are also 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include a sister, Mary L. (Smith) Aungst, Auburn; and two brothers, Floyd Smith, Orwigsburg, and Paul Smith, Schuylkill Haven.

The Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ralph T. Sievert

 

Services were held in Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Ralph T. Sievert, 91, of Dreibelbis Station Road, Greenwich Township, who died Feb. 25 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient two days.

Burial was in Zionís Cemetery, Perry Township.

He was predeceased by his wife, Blanch C. (Cooley) Sievert, who died Dec. 12, 1994.

Born in Chicago, he was a son of the late Theodore and Lucinda (Rolf) Sievert.

Until retiring in 1976, he was employed as a product representative by General Motors Corp., Detroit, for 21 years.

Surviving are three sons: Theodore A. Sievert, Morton Grove, Ill.; Ralph T. Sievert, Greenwich Township; and David E. Sievert, Fleetwood.

There are also 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Esther F. Wilson

 

Services were held in Trinity United Church of Christ, Leesport, for Esther F. Wilson, 87, of East Noble Avenue, Shoemakersville, who died Feb. 25 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient since Feb. 17.

Burial was in Leesport Union Cemetery, Ontelaunee Township.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold K. Wilson, who died Oct. 1.

Born in Leesport, she was a daughter of the late George O. and Ada (Sunday) Walborn.

Until retiring, she was last employed as a clerk by C.K. Whitner Co., Reading. She was previously employed by the Diener Knitting Mill, Leesport.

Wilson was a graduate of Ontelaunee High School and attended Stonerís Business School, Reading.

She was a member of Trinity UCC Church, Leesport, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 50 years and a choir member for many years.

Surviving is a son, Dale H. Wilson, Bern Township; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include a sister, Rachael E. (Walborn) Rentschler, Leesport.

The Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Paul C. Scharadin

 

Services were held in the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Paul C. Scharadin, 88, formerly of Hamburg and Reading, who died Feb. 27 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient two days.

He was taken to the hospital from the Phoebe Berks Health Care Center, Wernersville, where he had resided six years.

Entombment was in Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum, Laureldale.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma M. (Kauffman) Scharadin, who died Sept. 21, 1968, and by his second wife, E. Jane (Scheible) Scharadin, who died Oct. 30, 1999.

Born in Orwigsubrg, he was a son of the late Lucian H. and Sarah R. (Graeff) Scharadin.

Until retiring in a1975, he was empoloyed by Penn Electric Steel Foundry, Hamburg.  He was previously employed as a road and bridge builder by Goodís Contracting.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Scharadin was a life member of the Liberty Fire Company Relief Association, Sinking Spring, and was a former cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 120, Hamburg.

He was a member of Calvary Reformed United Church of Christ, Reading.

Surviving are a daughter, Marcia H. Scharadin, Tilden Township; a son, Dennis P. Scharadin, Auburn; and three grandchildren.

There is also a brother, Charles Scharadin, Penney Farms., Fla.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Scharadin, who died in 1945.

 

Francis Caruano

 

Among the local survivors of Francis Caruano, 80, Pottsville, who died Feb. 27 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville, where he had been a patient three weeks, is a son, Francis W. Caruano, Hamburg.

 

Ronald C. Rickenbach

 

Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Ronald C. Rickenbach, 67, of North Centre Avenue, Leesport, who died of natural causes Feb. 28 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient since Feb. 25.

Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

He was predeceased by his wife, June R. (Snyder) Rickenbach, who died Sept. 14, 1996.

Born in West Leesport, he was a son of the late Carl A. and Elsie (Adams) Rickenbach.

Until retiring July 1, 1996, he was employed by Carpenter Technology for 37 years.

He was a Korean War Marine veteran.

Rickenbach was a past president of the Shoemakersville-Leesport Rotary Club from 1996-97 and was a life member of the Sinking Spring Fire Company.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Leesport, where he served on consistory.

Surviving are Mary A. Strunk, with whom he resided; a stepdaughter, Diane L. (Carmelo) Stubblebine, Riverview Park; and two stepsons, Angelo D. Carmelo and David L. Carmelo, both of Reading.

There are also three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include a brother, Dennis Rickenbach, Shartlesville, and two sisters, Faye (Rickenbach) Shuman and Alva (Rickenbach) Hafer, both of Blandon.

 

Louise L. Luckenbill

 

The Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville, was in charge of arrangements for Louise L. Luckenbill, 72, who died March 2 in her Swissdale Road, Penn Township residence.

She was the wife of Glenn E. Luckenbill.

Born in Mount Pleasant, she was a daughter of the late Earl S. and Esther J. (Stump) Hiester.

Until retiring, she was employed as a teacherís aide by the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

She was a 1948 graduate of Penn Township High School.

Luckenbill was a former tutor with the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks.

She was a member of St. Thomas United Church of Christ, Bernville.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas M. Luckenbill, Womelsdorf, and a daughter, Jane (Luckenbill) Scurfield, Lewisburg, Union County.

There are also three granddaughters.

 

John Wetzel

 

Among the local survivors of John Wetzel, 79, who died March in his Temple residence, is a daughter, Joyce A. (Wetzel) Sipe, Leesport.


 
 

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