Obituaries

Shirley I. Flickinger

Shirley I. Flickinger, 76, of Bernville, formerly of Reinholds, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Reading Hospital. Her husband, the late Robert L. Flickinger, passed away Dec. 19, 2009.

Shirley was born in Reinholds, daughter of the late Raymond A. and Bessie M. (Koch) Cassler.

She was formerly employed as a Machine Operator at Cacoosing Industries in Sinking Spring.

Shirley is survived by three children: Terry L., husband of Shirley A. (Miller) Flickinger of Wernersville, Sharon, G., wife of Vincent Kravatz of Reading, and Jerry L., husband of Sabrina (Sweigart) Flickinger of Wernersville; 3 grandchildren; a sister, Hattie M. Palmer of Bethel; and two brothers: Robert L. Cassler of Florida and Clarence Cassler of Tuckerton.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family and are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Inc., Ephrata.

Mathilde R. Keim

Mathilde R. Keim, 98, affectionately known as “Tillie” passed away away March 16, 2013 with family by her side.

Tillie was born September 19, 1914 to the late Archibald Keller and S. Gertrude Wartzenluft of Blandon before moving to Leesport with her late husband Paul E. Keim.

Paul and Tillie were married 61 years until the time of his death on February 4, 1996.

From 1952-1962, she owned and operated “Tillie’s Diner” where her homemade pot pie was enjoyed by many. Tillie was a wonderful cook, homemaker, wife, and mother, always going out of her way to make holidays a special time for family and friends.

After raising her own two daughters, she selflessly parented two of her grandchildren. Randy Keim (Reading) and Kim (Hrezik) Manderbach (Wernersville) were raised by Tillie and Paul, at which time she also ran a greenhouse from the mid 70’s to 1996.

In her spare time, she’d often be found laughing around the kitchen table during long nights of Canasta and Aggravation. Mathilde was a member of Maidencreek Church and spent her final years with Kim and Randy while residing at Phoebe Berks Healthcare Center from 2004 until the time of her death. No words can describe how grateful we were and how much we’ll miss our “Mum.”

In addition to Kim and Randy, Mathilde is survived by her two daughters, Lynn Etta (Keim) Hrezik (Hamburg) and Sonia (Keim) Henry, (Montana), as well as her brother Joseph E. Keller, husband of Janet (Jacobs) Keller, Blandon. Also remaining are grandchildren, John Hrezik, Bryan Henry, and Michael Henry and great grandson, Brent Henry. Tillie was predeceased by her daughter Lois Keim and brother Samuel Keller.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Gernants Cemetary in Leesport. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Maidencreek Church,261 Main Street, Blandon, PA 19510.

David H. Osenbach

David H. Osenbach, Sr., 61, of Windsor Twp., passed away March 15, 2013 at 2:55 p.m. He was the husband of Robin A. (Pratt) Osenbach. David was born in Reading on October 12, 1951 a son of the late Abraham F. and Irene (Trout) Osenbach.

David was a graduate of Reading High School and received an Associate Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was employed at Carpenter Technology were he began on July 15, 1974 and worked for 38 years and 8 months, his job title was mechanical maintenance location 8 and his employee rank was 28th out of 1485 employees.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter Shannon M. (Osenbach) wife of Nathan D. Katerman of Leesport; a daughter Jessica F. Osenbach at home; a son David H. Osenbach, Jr. at home; a son Mark E. Osenbach husband of Emily (Anderson) Osenbach of Ogden, Utah; a son Michael D. Osenbach of Blandon; 10 grandchildren; and a brother Edward R. Osenbach husband of Dolores Osenbach of Spring Twp. He was predeceased by a son Scott E. Osenbach on July 17, 1982.

David liked taking his grandchildren fishing and enjoyed going to the casinos.

Services were held Thursday in Bean Funeral Home. Rev. Willard J. Uhler, Jr. officiated. Interment was made in Berks County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Olivet Boys and Girls Club, 1161 Pershing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.

Robert K. Reider

Robert K. Reider, 92, of Penn Twp., died Sunday, March 17, 2013 in his residence. He was the husband of Frances E. (Matter) Reider, died March 21, 2010.

Born in Kutztown, he was the son of the late Oscar B. and Emma M. (Kline) Reider. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Robert first worked as a full-fashioned knitter for Berkshire Knitting Mill, Wyomissing. He then worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for twenty-six years, first for the Reading Post Office and then for the Shillington Post Office. Robert was a faithful volunteer for Christian Missionary Technical Services in Penn Township. He was a member of Schuylkill Valley Bible Chapel, Centre Twp. He loved music and enjoyed playing baritone and trombone solos at church. Robert was a charter member of the Pagoda Motorcylce Club.

Robert is survived by his nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his siblings.

Services were Friday at 11 a.m. from Schuylkill Valley Bible Chapel, 693 Irish Creek Road, Mohrsville, PA 19541. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Molltown. Memorial contributions may be sent to Schuylkill Valley Bible Chapel, at the above address, or Christian Missionary Technical Services Ministries, 321 Focht Road, Bernville, PA 19506. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Pauline H. Seifrit

Pauline H. Seifrit, 86, of Centre Twp., died Monday, March 18, 2013 in her residence. She was the wife of George C. Seifrit. They were married on May 1, 1948 and celebrated sixty-four years of marriage.

Born in Centre Twp., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Esther (Degler) Zimmerman. Pauline was a graduate of Ontelaunee Vocational School and Reading Business School. She was a receptionist for Diener Knitting Mill and Cinderella Knitting Mill, Leesport, until her retirement. Pauline was a member of Bern United Church of Christ, Bern Twp., where she was a former choir member. She was also a former member of Eastern Star and the Centerport Flower Club. Pauline was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting and needlework.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons: George E. Seifrit, husband of Carla (Nuding) Seifrit, of Lower Heidelberg Twp.; and Gary Seifrit, of Miami, Florida and Madrid, Spain; one daughter: JoAnn B. (Seifrit), wife of Michael Hoffman, Muhlenberg Twp.; and four grandchildren: Kristen, Jarad, Erin and Jillian. Pauline is also survived by one brother: Larry Zimmerman, and his wife Marilyn, Centre Twp.; and one sister: Brenda (Zimmerman), wife of Harry Zellers, Weatherly. She was predeceased by one brother: Mark Zimmerman; and one sister: Marion (Zimmerman) Clark.

A Graveside Service was held on Friday at 11 a.m. in Bern Cemetery, Route 183, Bern Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Alheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Esther V. Ritter

Esther V. Ritter, 103 formerly of Hamburg died in the Laurel Center, Tilden Township where she had resided the past eight years,

She was born on March 27, 1909 and was the daughter of the late William J. and Eva A. (Long) Ritter.

“Essie” worked at various knitting mills throughout the Hamburg area for several years. She last worked at the Hamburg Center in food services for nine years retiring in 1977.

She was a long time member of the First United Church of Christ, Hamburg.

Esther was a past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge, #571.

She is survived by a niece, Phyllis widow of George Hartman, Hamburg, one great niece, Lori B. McNeil, a great nephew, Thomas M. Hartman, five great, great nieces, 3 great, great nephews, and two great, great, great nieces, and 3 great, great, great nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. From the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, 40 S. 4th Street, Hamburg. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tilden Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ, 76 S. 3rd Street, Hamburg, Pa. 19526.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.burkeydriscoll.com.

Lillian J. Bashore

Lillian J. Bashore, 92, of Myerstown, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

She was the wife of Lloyd Bashore who died May 17, 2012.

Born in Bethel on March 31, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Calvin B. and Sallie R. (Bashore) Brown.

She was employed at various area knitting mills, last working at Ivy Manufacturing, Frystown, until her retirement.

A member of Myerstown U.C.C., she was an avid BINGO player, enjoyed going to casinos, traveling, and spending time with friends at Hardee’s.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda F., wife of Arlan R. Wessner of Hamburg; grandchildren, Tina L., wife of Robert W. Ruhf of Fogelsville, Tammy L. Wessner, wife of Timothy S. Strunk of Hamburg, and Todd A. Wessner, fiancé of Tracey Schlappich of Bernville; great grandchildren, Tia Lillian and Trinity Lynn Strunk, and Trey Andrew Wessner; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Alma Mountz, Geneva Sutherly, Viola Stoudt, Lena Brown, Cordelia Rittle, Zula Sattazhan, Madeline “Maddy” Eiler; and brothers, Lester, Ralph, Ray, Russel, Norman, and Kermit Brown.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. from Grose Funeral Home, 358 W. Washington Ave., Myerstown. Interment was at Strausstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Myerstown U.C.C., 310 W. Main Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067.

Betty M. Marsteller

Betty M. Marsteller, 84, of Trexlertown, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. S

he was the wife of the late Paul H. Marsteller. Born in Breinigsville, she was the daughter of the late John B. and Edna L. George. She along with her husband owned and operated Marsteller Grain and Farms, Inc for over 60 years, where she worked as the bookkeeper.

She was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville. Along with taking care of her family, she enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, card games which included solitaire every evening, traveling on bus trips, and puzzles of all sorts.

Survivors: Sons, Jeffrey P. and his fiancée Tammy of Kutztown, Timothy E., and his companion Robyne Yorgey of Breinigsville, Randall J. and his wife Cynthia of Kutztown, Dr. Scott G. and his wife Catherine of Richmond, Indiana, Paul H. Jr. and wife Allison of Orefield, daughters, Linda A., wife of Gerald Epperly of Glenrock, Wyoming, Dawn M. Armbruster of Mertztown, Elaine G., wife of Samuel Kemmerer of Fleetwood, Karen S., wife of Brian Hardcastle of Kempton, twenty-three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Eric J., brothers Wesley and John.

Services were held March 23 at 11 a.m. at Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Martin A. Milne presiding. Interment followed the services in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements by Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Betty to her church, Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 200, Old Zionsville, 18068

Mary Catherine Michaels

Mary Catherine Michaels, 78, of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, passed away March 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm in Reading Hospital. She was the wife of the late Cmdr. Donald Matthew Michaels, United States Navy Retired, who passed away July 30 , 1983.

Born in Johnstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Bertha (Gabriel) Litzinger. She was a 1953 graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School and was a member of St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, Plowville, Robeson Township.

Mrs. Michaels is survived by her daughter Nancy A. King wife of T. Rob King of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County and her son Clete Michaels husband of Michele L. Michaels of Bethel Township. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister Rita Horne widow of Francis Horne of Hastings, PA and her brother Raymond J. Litzinger husband of Mary Kay(Ostrich) Litzinger of Latrobe, PA. along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother James V. Litzinger husband of Eileen(Fogerty) Litzinger of Johnstown and her niece Therese A. Litzinger.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, Robeson Township, with Rev. Philip F. Rodgers celebrant. An additional Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Benedicts Roman Catholic Church, Johnstown, on March 25 with Rev. David Peles celebrant. Interment Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017 in memory of Mrs. Mary Catherine Michaels.

Kathryn E. Miller

Kathryn E. Miller, 89, formerly of Mohrsville and Hamburg, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in StoneRidge Towne Centre, Myerstown. She was the wife of George M. Miller, died March 17, 1981.

Born in Mohrsville, she was the daughter of the late Peter M. and Lizzie A. (Berger) Long. Kathryn worked as a folder for twenty-six years for the Crown Knitting Mill, Mohrsville, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perry Twp.

Kathryn is survived by one daughter: Ruth I. (Miller), wife of Gary W. Sheetz, Lebanon and with whom she resided; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter: Betty Jane (Miller) Kauffman; three brothers: P. Monroe; Cyrus; and Horace Long; and three sisters: Mary M. Rhoads; Sarah S. Madeira; and Minnie M. Kadeck.

Services were Friday at 2 p.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg. Burial followed in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tilden Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Norman B. Holtzman

Norman B. Holtzman, 93, of Topton, formerly of Lansdale, died March 20, 2013 in his Tower Court residence on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton.

He was the widower of Mary S. (Adam) Holtzman who died September 23, 2007.

Born in Windsor Township, Berks County, he was a son of the late James W. and Florence S. (Boyer) Holtzman. Mr. Holtzman attended First Baptist Church, Lansdale. Norman was a US Army veteran of WWII. Mr. Holtzman was an electrician by trade first working from 1946 to 1952 at the former Hamburg Electric Company, then from 1952 to 1975 at Lehigh Valley Dairy and from 1975 until his retirement in 1985 at Leeds & Northrup, North Wales, Montgomery County.

Survivors: Son, N. Bruce, husband of Elaine A. (Kleinschuster) Holtzman, Davidsonville, MD; daughter, Mary Jane (Holtzman), wife of Robert A. Rutman, Orefield, Lehigh County. Other survivors include four grandchildren, Christopher, husband of Amy Holtzman, Leesburg, VA, Elizabeth (Holtzman), wife of James Sisco, Fairfax, VA, Jennifer (Rutman), wife of Grant Slavin, Mill Valley, CA, and Jonathan, husband of Beth Rutman Catonsville, MD. There are also seven great grandchildren. Mr. Holtzman was looking forward to the birth of his eighth great grandchild in April. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy (Holtzman) Michael in 1950.

Services: Funeral services were held Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Dr. Tony Sundermeier officiating. Interment in Zion Moselem Church Cemetery, Kutztown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Save the Tower” Fund, Lutheran Home at Topton, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com