Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries 2003

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Wayne O. Zerbe, 83

 

Services were held in the Hill Funeral Home, Rehrersburg, for Wayne O. Zerbe, of Walnut Street, Strausstown, who died Nov. 9 in the emergency room of Pottsville Hospital.

Burial was in Christ (Little Tulpehocken) Cemetery, Jefferson Township.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lela E. (Krause) Zerbe, who died March 17, 1992.

Born in Upper Tulpehocken Township, he was a son of the late Raymond C. and Mary M. (Binner) Zerbe.

Until retiring in 1984, he was employed as a bender by Hofmann Industries, Sinking Spring, for 33 years.  He was previously employed by Anthonyís Hosiery Co., Strausstown, for 18 years.  Zerbe was employed part-time by J.M. Fence & Deck Co., Mohrsville.

Surviving is a son, Dennis R. Zerbe, Frystown, and two grandsons.

Other survivors include four sisters: Irene M. (Zerbe) Hiester, a resident at ManorCare Health Services, West Reading; Betty L. (Zerbe) Spengler, Lansing, Mich.; Shirley A. (Zerbe) Batz, Frystown; and Barbara E. Zerbe, Strausstown.

 

George W. Shirey Jr., 71

 

Services were held in the Hill Funeral Home, Rehrersburg, for George W. Shirey Jr., of Old Mountain Road, Bethel Township, who died of natural causes Nov. 11 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient three weeks.

Burial was in Altalaha Church Cemetery, Rehrersburg.

He was the husband of Idalene M. (Brown) Shirey.

Born in Strutters, Ohio, he was a son of Naomi (Howell) Shirey, New York City, and the late George W. Shirey Sr.

Until retiring in 1999, he was employed in truck repair by the Parish Structural Products Division of Dana Corp., Reading, for 21 years.

He was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran.

Also surviving are a daughter, Denise M. (Shirey) Heckrote, Palmyra, Lebanon County; and four sons: George W. Shirey III, Womelsdorf; John P. Shirey and David L. Shirey, both of Bethel; and Paul E. Shirey, Shillington.

There are also eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a brother, David Shirey, New York City.

 

Debra Y. Christman, 49

 

Memorial services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Debra Y. Christman, of Reading, who died of natual causes Nov. 12 in the residence of a son, Troy D. Christman, Mountain View Lane, Windsor Township, after a lengthy illness.

Burial was in Zionís Cemetery, Perry Township.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of Louise P. (Mauger) Folk, Windsor Township, and the late James F. Fair.

She was a 1972 graduate of Reading High School.

Christman was employed as a secretary.

She was a member of Zionís United Church of Christ, Perry Township.

In addition to her son, she is also survived by a daughter, Heather L. (Christman) Gruber, Fleetwood.

Other survivors include a brother, Scott B. Folk, Tilden Township, and a sister, Donna L. (Fair) Loose, in South Carolina.

There is also her stepfather, Alton G. Folk, Windsor Township.

 

Mary R. Emerich, 92

 

Services were arranged by the Auman Funeral Home, Reading, for Mary R. Emerich, formerly of Reading, who died Nov. 12 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since 1997.

She was predeceased by her husband, Winfield C. Emerich, who died Oct. 30, 1969.

Until retiring, she was employed as a seamstress by various businesses in the Reading area for many years.

She was a member of Alsace Lutheran Church, Hyde Park.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald W. Heckman, Downingtown, and Booke R. Heckman, Kennett Square, Chester County.

There are also two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

Anna M. Krammes, 77

 

Graveside services were held in Manbeckís Cemetery, Washington Township, Schuylkill County, for Anna M. Krammes, who died Nov. 12 in her Old Route 22, Bethel Township residence.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer M. Krammes, who died April 28, 2001.

Born in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late William and Jennie (Watkins) Dutter.

Surviving are six daughters: Carol M. (Krammes) Stichter, Hamburg; Janice M. (Krammes) Herrington, Bethel; Gloris J. (Krammes) Himmelberger, Rehrersburg; Kathy A. Krammes Bernville; Sharon L. (Krammes) Roeder, Strausstown; and Susan L. (Krammes) Naftzinger, with whom she last resided.

There are also 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Marian (Dutter) Gassert, Pine Grove.

The Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville, was in charge of arrangements.

 

June M. Jones, 77

 

Services were held in Grace (Alsace) United Church of Christ, Hyde Park, for June M. Jones, of Boeing Avenue, Bern Township, who died Nov. 12 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient since Sept. 2.

Burial was in Laureldale Cemetery, Tuckerton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kermit M. Jones, who died July 5, 1997.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late George F. and Helen E. (Jesberg) Merget.

Until retiring in 1980, he was employed as a cashier by Boscovís Department Stores at its Sinking Spring and Muhlenberg Township stores.

She was a member of Grace (Alsace) UCC, where she was president of the 50+ club from 1996-97 and vice-president from 1998-99.

Surviving are two sons, David G. Jones, Bernville, and Richard L. Jones, Jefferson City, Mo.; and a daughter, Beth A. Jones, with whom she last resided.

There are also two grandchildren.

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

 

Julia R. Walters, infant

 

Private services were arranged by the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Julia R. Walters, infant daughter of Jeffrey T. Walters and Joyce I. Heffner, of Washington Street, Hamburg, who was stillborn Nov. 12 in Reading Hospital.

Burial was in St. Johnís (Gernantís) Cemetery, Ontelaunee Township.

Also surviving are her paternal grandparents, Harry M. Jr. and Doris M. (Riegel) Walters, Tilden Township, and her maternal grandparents, Wilson R. and Mary E. (Ohlinger) Heffner, Maidencreek Township.

There is also her paternal great-grandmother, Irene M. (Sieger) Riegel, Shoemakersville.

 

Jay R. Kunkel, 55

 

Services were held in the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Jay R. Kunkel, who died Nov. 14 in his State Street, Hamburg residence.

Burial was in St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late George W. and Arietta A. (Heckman) Kunkel.

Last working in 1991, he had been employed by Wrightís Knitwear, Hamburg, as a truck driver.

Kunkel was a Vietnam War Army veteran.

Surviving are a daughter, Stacey A. Kunkel, and a son, Jason A. Kunkel, both of Upper Tulpehocken Township.

Other survivors include a sister, Patricia A. (Kunkel) Easterbrook, Mohrsville, and a brother, Ronald G. Kunkel, Windsor Township.


 
 

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