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GRANT O. SCHLEGEL

Grant O. “Buddy” Schlegel, 88, of Kutztown, died Aug. 15, 2013 in The Lutheran Home at Topton, where he was a resident since 2011.

He was the widower of Mae M. (Pauley) Schlegel who died July 3, 2013. They were married June 7, 1946, having just celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Born in Topton, he was a son of the late Irwin A. and Clara A. (Heiter) Schlegel.

Grant was a member of Saint Peter’s United Church of Christ, Topton.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in South Pacific.

Mr. Schlegel was employed as a foreman by the former Caloric Corporation, Topton, from 1946 until his retirement in 1990.

He was a member of the Topton Jaycee’s, serving as a former president in the 1950’s; a member of Emmaus Lodge No. 792, F.&A.M., Emmaus; Rajah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Reading; Lehigh Shrine Club; Rajah Temple, Allentown; Lodge Council Chapter Consistory; and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Allentown.

Survivors: Daughter, Leora M. (Schlegel), wife of David J. Haas, Kutztown; son, David L., husband of Cynthia K. (Gruber) Schlegel, Pottsville; grandchildren, Laura E. (Haas), wife of Darek T. Teeters; Nicholas D., husband of Sundena Kate (Scholl) Haas and Matthew G., husband of Kelly A. (Hoch) Schlegel. There are also eight great grandchildren, Kaylee Jane Haas, Adisyn Maye Teeters, Grant David Schlegel, Davin James Haas, Canaan Darek Teeters, Connor Nicholas Haas and twins Lexi Anne and Aubrey Jean Schlegel.

He was predeceased by sisters, Anna L. (Schlegel) Edinger and Florabell C. (Schlegel) Kramer; and brothers, Robert Schlegel, Wayne I. Schlegel, Lee Schlegel, Rayneld E. Schlegel, Irwin E. Schlegel.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. from Saint Peter’s United Church of Christ, 122 West Franklin St., Topton, with Reverend Roger M. Ulrich, officiating. Interment, with military honors provided by Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard, Topton and the U.S. Navy, will follow in Zion Maxatawny Union Cemetery, Kutztown. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich St., Kutztown, and Thursday morning from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. in the church. Masonic services provided by Emmaus Lodge No. 792, F.&A.M., Emmaus, will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made to the Memorial Fund of Saint Peter’s United Church of Christ, 122 West Franklin Street, Topton, PA 19562.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

JEAN D. LEIMBACH

Jean D. (Oswald) Leimbach, 90, of West Lawn, passed away Aug. 13, 2013.

Born in Kutztown, on Feb. 13, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Elda N. (Deisher) Oswald.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband Harvey J. “Doc” Merkel in July 16, 1954.

Jean was a graduate of Kutztown High School class of 1940 and a graduate of Reading Business School class of 1941.

She was an office manager at Washington National Insurance Company for 31 years and from where she retired in Dec. 31, 1972.

Jean was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for many years.

Survivors include husband: Rudolph Leimbach of Reading; a niece: Christine (Eck), wife of Mike Nichols of North Carolina; a nephew: David Eck of Allentown; and special friends: Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Chille and Evelyn Sheetz of Reading. Jean was pre-deceased by a sister: Doris E. (Oswald), wife of Walter Eck of Kutztown.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530. Family will receive relatives and friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Bean Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements and online condolences can be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com.

FELIX R. RAYMOND

Felix R. Raymond, 83, Topton, formerly of Conshohocken, passed away peacefully July 14, 2013 at The Lutheran Home of Topton.

Born in Conshohocken to the late Joseph and Lucy D’Ettore Raymond, he was the loving husband of Mary A. (Fiori) Raymond for 57 years.

Felix was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kutztown, and a former member of SS Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church, Conshohocken.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict on the 39th Parallel for 18 months with his Engineering Battalion.

A 1948 graduate of Conshohocken High School, he received his associates degree from Temple University. He was a partner in Advanced Tank Systems of Colmar from 1990 until the present, and earlier worked for Callis-Thompson in Ambler and Colmar from 1965 to 1990. He was a member of the Delaware Valley Fuel Dealers Assoc, Fuel Merchants Assoc. of N.J., Oil Heat Assoc. of South Jersey, and PA Petroleum Assoc.

Survivors: beside his wife; children Joseph and his wife Diane of Sanatoga, Mary Lynch of Whitehall, Michael of New Hope, Albert and Deborah of Forks Twp., and David F. and wife Karen of Montgomery Twp; he was Pop Pop to his 10 grandchildren and great grandson Wyatt James Matejicka; sister Connie Raymond of Conshohocken; brother Peter of East Norriton; predeceased by brother William, sister in law Frances and son in law Dr. James R. Lynch.

His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 19, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kutztown. Interment in Section 2 of Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken.In honor of Felix contributionscan be made to the charity of your choice. The Gilbert Funeral Home of Whitehall is honored to handle his arrangements.

ARCHIE D. LEIBENSPERGER

Archie D. Leibensperger, 85, Kutztown passed away Aug.15, 2013 in the Lutheran Home at Topton.

Born in New Tripoli, Lehigh County, he was the son of the late Morris and Alice (Hunsicker) Leibensperger.

Archie was a WW II Army Veteran and was an interpreter when stationed in Germany. He was a member of the National Guard for 24 years.

He was employed by the former Kutztown Foundry as a core maker until retiring, he was also a Knabb Shoe and Sheepskin dealer for many years.

Archie and his buddies liked jamming and dancing at the local hotels, he played the accordion. He grew up in the Blue Mountains and Kempton area.

He is survived by a sister Ella Mae wife of George Angstadt, Kutztown and many nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by brothers; Paul, Walter, Morris, Floyd, Irwin, John, Ray and sisters Verna, Mary, Florence and Helen.

Graveside service Monday Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Hope Cemetery, Church Lane, Kutztown with Military Honors.

The Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc. Kutztown in charge of arrangements.To express permanent online words of comfort, please visit www.hildenbrandfuneralhome.com.

HAROLD E. FEGLEY

Harold E. Fegley, 89, of Rockland Township, passed away on Aug. 16, 2013 in The Lutheran Home at Topton.

Husband of Rachel M. (Geist) Fegley, they celebrated 71 years of marriage on Jan. 10.

Born on Feb. 9, 1924, in Rockland Township,he was the son of the late Heister E. Fegley and Edna K. (Boyer) Fegley.

He was a member of Christ Mertz Lutheran Church, Dryville. Other memberships Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kutztown for 40 years, order of the Moose lodge 523, Hamburg and Fleetwood Senior Citizens.

He was the owner of Fegley & Hertzog Welding and Fabricating, Fleetwood for 64 years. Every time he planned to retire, a customer would ask if he could do one more project. Finally in 2010 he retired at age 86.

Cooking was his hobby and every summer family and friends would be waiting for the picnic that he served snapper soup. He usually made 30 gallons at a time.

Survived by his wife Rachel and son Terry L. Fegley husband of Joyce Fegley of Fleetwood; Two grand son’s Keith Lee Fegley and David Elton Fegley and great granddaughter Melissa. K. Fegley. Also surviving is a sister Alma M. (Fegley) Hertzog of Kutztown.

A viewing Wednesday 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. from Christ Mertz Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Dryville. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ Mertz Lutheran Church or The American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be made at www.maestumpfuneralhome.com.

LEONA K. ROTHERMEL

Leona K. Rothermel, 89, of Blandon, passed away Aug. 6, 2013 in Kutztown Manor. Prior to her stay at Kutztown Manor she resided with her niece Judy M. Keller.

She was the wife of the late John S. Rothermel who passed in 1965.

She was the daughter of the late Irvin B. Keller and Elsie V. (Smith) Keller.

Leona worked at various hosiery mills during her early years of employment. She later worked as a stacker at Prestolite Batteries and retired in 1985. After several years of retirement, Leona went back to work at Wal-Mart as a greeter. When she retired in 2008 after 17 years, she was oldest employee working at Wal-Mart stores in Berks County and had the most Longevity. She always enjoyed greeting and talking to the customers and their children.

Once retired, Leona became more active in Maidencreek Church, Blandon, where she was a member of the Sunday school, prayer committee and helped prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing. Leona was also a member Blandon Senior Citizens and looked forward to attending their meetings and going on day trips with her good friend Dolly (Pearl) Shuman.

She also enjoyed her weekly outings with Fayne Kendrick and her family – husband Les and their children Brian and Kayla Biszmaier. Leona always remained active and loved going for long drives in the country, shopping and traveling to the shore. Saturday’s were very special, she would go out for breakfast with Judy and her significant other Don Cramer and his parents Emily and Wilson Cramer. She always said breakfast was her favorite meal of the day. Leona then accompanied Judy and Don wherever their travels took them for the day.

Leona is survived by a sister Annetta S. Hess widow of Carl J. Hess of Blandonand a brother, Kenneth A. Keller married to Rosa Letta (Stoudt) Keller of Fleetwood. In addition Leona has nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 9 in Maidencreek Church, Blandon. In addition to flowers contributions may be made in Leona’s honor to Maidencreek Church, online at Maidencreek Church.org or mailed to above address. Burial in Maidencreek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.maestumpfuneralhome.com.

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