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Charlie Showers.
Photo by Carl Hess Charlie Showers.

Marilyn A. Althouse

Marilyn A. (Balthaser) Althouse, 81, passed away September 19, 2013, in Kindred Care, Wyomissing.

Born in West Reading, she was the daughter of the late Helen (Balthaser) Schappell and the late Lamar Stellfox.

She was the beloved mother of Kathy A. (Althouse) Hill, wife of Edward B. Hill, Exeter Township, with whom she last resided.

She is also survived by her beloved granddaughters, Kelly L. Johnson, a student at Ursinus College, and Laura K. Johnson, at home.


Also surviving are her step-grandchildren, Angel Fisher of San Antonio, Texas, Nicole Hill and Chad Hill of Reading, and a step-great-granddaughter, Aubrey Hill.

She was a 1950 graduate of Perry Township High School, where she was valedictorian. She was also valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at Reading Business Institute. She also attended RACC.

She was a private music instructor for more than 60 years. She was very proud of her students.

She also was organist and choir director of numerous Berks County churches, most recently at Calvary United Methodist Church, Wyomissing, where she was a member.

She was an insurance agent and financial consultant for many years. She also had been a tour escort for Roamer Tours and Boscov’s Travel. She was a secretary at Berks County Intermediate Unit for several years, and early in her career she was a secretary at Glidden Co.

Besides her love of music, she loved to travel and has visited many states and several countries.

She had an adventurous spirit and loved life. She loved her family and many firneds. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 831 North Wyomissing Blv., Wyomissing. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at Zions Church Cemetery, Windsor Castel (Hamburg). Burkey and Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., Hamburg is in chare of arrangements.

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Charles E. Showers, Jr.

Charles E. Showers, Jr., “Charlie”, 96, of Hamburg, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in the residence of his son in Perry Twp. Charlie was the husband of Ruth G. (Miller) Showers, died November 9, 1999.

Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Charles E., Sr. and Lydia (Miller) Showers. He was a graduate of Reading High School. Charlie was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a life-long self-employed auto mechanic, owning and operating Showers’s Garage, on Washington Street in Hamburg. Charlie was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg. He was an honorary member of the National Rifle Association; a member of Union Fire Company of Hamburg; and a member of the Reading Hunting Camp, Lycoming Co. Charlie was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing.

Charlie is survived by one son: Robert A., husband of Laurie J. (Blackadar) Showers, Perry Twp.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off street parking in rear). Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Hamburg. A visitation with the family was held in the funeral home Tuesday 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 10:30 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 30 S. 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. For online condolences, please visit,

Pauline M. Valentine

Following a lengthy illness, Pauline M. Valentine passed away in her home, Friday, September 20, 2013, with beloved family at her side. Born March 6, 1929 in Bernville, Pauline was the daughter of Charles N. and Amy B. Kramer Gerhart Blatt. On January 1, 1948, Pauline married the love of her life, John F. Valentine, who died October 13, 1972.

Pauline attended school in Bernville and was employed in a shoe factory prior to her marriage. In 1952, she, her husband, and toddler daughter moved to Genesee where they had purchased a farm. Pauline worked with her husband in their dairy operation until its sale. After her husband’s death, she was employed as a personal care aide and clerked for Si Peppeman’s auction service.

Pauline was a member of the Ellisburg Union Church for 61 years. She had been a Sunday School teacher, Bible study member, and trustee. She was a member of the Elllisburg Community Club of which she served as president for 34 years.

Gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, and quilting were some of Pauline’s favorite activities. She was never idle. She enjoyed country music and flowers of all varieties, especially lilacs and roses. When younger, Pauline gladly took elderly friends and neighbors to various appointments, shopping, or lunch. More recently, she loved to “gad” with her friends – particularly if shopping and lunch were on the agenda. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Susan A. Valentine and Ted J. Valentine, both of Genesee, and Lori J. (James) Clifford of Carlisle; four grandchildren, Tracy L. Valentine, Katie S. (David) Faulkner, and John P. Valentine, all of Wellsville, NY, and Brandon J. Clifford of Carlisle; three great-grandchildren, Lola B. Sollinger, Ayla S. Faulkner, and Easton P. Faulkner; one sister, Arlene Kline of Hamburg, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Pauline was predeceased by brothers Leroy Blatt, Leon Blatt, and George Gerhart Sr. as well as sisters Sarah Gerhart, Lillian Kramer, and Viola Daub.

Friends may call Friday, Sept. 27 at the Ellisburg Union Church, Ellisburg, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will immediately follow with burial in the Genesee Cemetery, Genesee. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Karges, Rev. Darrell Harris, and Pastor Robert Walters.

While flowers will be appreciated, memorials may also be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 or to Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Mom, Gramma, and Grammy V will forever be remembered for her strength, independence, determination, work ethic, food, wit, unwavering love, and “the look.”

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory, please visit

Carl E. Krick

Carl E. Krick, 80, of Shoemakersville, died Friday, September 20, 2013 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Rosa J. (Brewster) Krick. They were married on December 9, 1955 and celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Henry G. Krick and Jennie G. (Henry) Krick Eyer. He was a 1951 graduate of Hamburg High School. Carl was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He first worked as a truck driver for Burgmeyer, Consolidated Freight and H.P. Hoffman for a total of nineteen years. Carl then worked for sixteen years for Wetterau Food Distribution; and last worked for Super Value Food Distribution, Tuckerton, for two years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Luke’s Church, Shoemakersville. Carl was also a life member of the Shoemakersville Fire Company. He enjoyed fishing, bluegrass and country music.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sisters: Betty Lou (Krick), widow of Paul H. Angstadt, Sr., Hamburg; Barbara (Eyer), widow of Evald Wicks, Strausstown; and Peggy (Eyer), wife of Warren Hartman, Shartlesville; one brother: Nelson, husband of Ruth Ann (Gundrum) Eyer, Perry Twp.; and several nieces and nephews. Carl was predeceased by two brothers: Martin C. Krick, husband of Betty (Field) Krick; and John L. Eyer, Jr., widower of Sandra A. (Arndt) Eyer.

Services were held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off street parking in rear). Burial followed in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Perry Twp. A viewing was held in the funeral home Tuesday 10 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Berks Visiting Nurse Association - Hospice, 1170 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610 or St. Luke’s Church Memorial Fund, Fifth and Franklin Streets, Shoemakersville, PA 19555. For online condolences, please visit,

Frances Arlene Davis

Frances Arlene (Heck) Davis, 68, of Leesport, passed away September 19, 2013 in her residence. She was the wife of Ray T. Davis with whom she shared 44 years of marriage on Aug. 2.

Born in Lower Heidelberg Twp., she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Arlene (Ohlinger) Heck.

She was a member of St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, Wernersville.

She was a graduate of Schuylkill High School and attended the McCann School of Business.

She retired in 2008 after many years from the former Leesport Bank.

She was a member of the Ontelaunee Grange, where she held various offices, PA State Grange, Berks County Dairy Princess Committee, and Hain’s Church Cemetery Committee. She was also a member of the Berks County Pomona, where she was Treasurer of family activities. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and babysitting her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons, Jeffrey T. Davis friend of Tina M. McAllister, Penn Twp., and Michael S. Davis husband of Angela M., Bern Twp.; a daughter, Jennifer L. wife of Westley M. Koller, Bern Twp.; two brothers, Marvin and Herbert Heck; two sisters, Fern Kulp and Shirley Breininger; and five grandchildren, Mikayla, Tanner, Alexa, Wyatt, and Coy. She was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Davis.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville, with her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jon A. Fogle officiating. Friends were invited to call from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, at Church. Burial was in Hain’s Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, PO Box 148, Wernersville, PA 19565 or to Berks County Dairy Princess Committee, C/O Sandy Rhoads, 157 Green Hills Road, Barto, PA 19504.

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Stephen W. Schnee

Stephen W. Schnee, 53, of Tulpehocken Twp. passed away Friday, September 13, 2013.

He was the husband of Diane M. (Grejdus) Schnee.

Born in Reading on June 26, 1960, he was the son of Otto L. Schnee, of Robesonia and Barbara (Manbeck) Bieber, of Myerstown.

He was employed at AkzoNobel in Glenside for 13 years.

Stephen enjoyed playing poker, loved his cats, and enjoyed showing his 1977 Z28 Camaro at classic car shows.

In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by three step-sons, Thomas A. Murphy; Michael P. Murphy; and Timothy J. Murphy; two brothers, Gary M. Schnee husband of Christine; and Matthew Schnee; two sisters, Dawn E. Schnee; and Deborah A. wife of Clarence Brossman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Otto J. Schnee.

A Graveside Service was held Sept. 21 at Trinity U.C.C. Cemetery in Rehrersburg, with Rev. William Weiser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League, PO Box 69, Mohnton, PA 19540.

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Grace P. Folk

Grace P. (Sterner) Folk, 88, of Maxatawny Township died Friday, September 20, 2013 in Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, Bethlehem. She was the widow of William J. Folk, who died December 5, 1991.

Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Peter S., and Gertrude E. (Reider) Sterner. Mrs. Folk was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Kutztown, where she served as Chairlady of the kitchen and on the St. Paul’s Bazaar Committee. She attended Kutztown Area High School. She, along with her late husband Bill, owned and operated the former Three Mile House in Greenwich Township, for over 20 years. Prior to that, she was employed by the former Fleetwood Shirt Factory and the former Wenton Shoe Company, Kutztown. Mrs. Folk was a member of the Ladies Auxiliaries of Kutztown, Lyons, Shoemakersville and Virginville Fire Companies; a member and past president of Kutztown Lioness; and a member of the Kutztown Senior Citizens and Topton Seniors groups.

She is survived by Sons, Richard C., husband of Arlene (Smith) Folk, Lyon Station, Keith L., husband of Nancy (Nauss) Folk, Gilbertsville; Sister, Norma J. (Sterner) Berger, Shoemakersville; Grandchildren, Mark, Michael, Marlene, Melain and Martin. There are also 14 Great Grandchildren; and one Great-Great Granddaughter. She was predeceased by 8 Siblings; Chester A. Reider, Charles F. Sterner, William Sterner, Peter O. Sterner, Myrtle Boyer, Dorothy S. Rentschler, Gloria R. Balthaser, Gayle E. Christman.

Funeral Services were Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 47 S. Whiteoak Street, Kutztown. Interment followed in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, Friends were invited to call Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church.

Flowers may be sent or contributions may be made to St. Paul’s UCC Memorial Fund, 47 S. Whiteoak Street, Kutztown. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown.

Kenneth Stanley Heinly, Sr.

Kenneth Stanley Heinly, Sr., 84, a resident of the Laurel Center, Hamburg and formerly of Leesport, died September 19, 2013 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dexter (Hendricks) Heinly and his second wife, Betty A. (Snyder) who died August 12, 2005.

Born March 18, 1929, he was a son of the late Howard and Jennie M. (Long) Heinly.

He was employed as a foundry worker with Hamburg Plow Works, where he worked for 15 years.

Kenneth was a member of Becker’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Molltown.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving is his son, Kenneth S., Jr., husband of Wanda L. (Dissinger) Heinly of Hamubrg, his daughter, Anna (Heinly), wife of Albert Fajna of Shoemakersville; his step-children: Ronald P., husband of Susan L. (Pawling) Merkel of Shoemakersville; Darlene A., wife of Randy Nye of North Carolina; Warren P., Jr., husband of Debbie Merkel of Cumberland County; Terry L. Merkel of TX; Donna M. (Merkel), wife of Bruce Nager of Exeter Township; Denise R. (Merkel), wife of Matt Goodling; Debra J. (Merkel), wife of Randy Dyarmen; Brenda L. (Merkel), wife of Carl Barrick and Linda L. (Merkel), wife of Ken Eslinger, all of Cumberland County

In addition, he is survived by his brother, Robert, husband of Carol Heinly of Kutztown.

Kenneth was predeceased by brother, Leroy Heinly.

There are also 8 grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren surviving.

Services were Monday in Kuhn-Stitzel Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Laureldale. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church, at the above address.

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Russell Leroy Coldren, Jr.

Russell Leroy Coldren, Jr., 71, of Spring Township, died September 16, 2013 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

He was married February 22, 1964 to Cheryl Ann (Gerhard) Coldren, who died December 6, 2011.

Born February 3, 1942 in West Reading, he was a son of the late Russell L. Sr., and Rosemary June (Gilbert) Coldren.

He was a 1959 graduate of Reading High School and a 1961 graduate of Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute.

Russell was employed 42 years with Carpenter Technology, Reading, before retiring as an electrical engineer September, 2002.

He is survived by four children: Mark R., husband of Christine A. (Gajewski) Coldren of Cumru Township, Rosemary L., wife of Christopher M. Schlegel of Ontelaunee Township, Matthew J., husband of Michelle L. (Sep) Coldren of Spring Township and Peter A. Coldren, companion of Raquel Nierle of Sinking Spring.

His greatest joy was being the beloved “Poppy” to ten grandchildren, Ryan M. and Sean R. Coldren, Amanda M., Taylor E. and Aaron C. Schlegel, Kyle M., Keegan M., Kaitlyn M. Coldren, Jaclynn C. and Tarynn B. Coldren and a great granddaughter, Brooke M. Regan.

Other survivors include a brother, David E., husband of Marlane (Menard) Coldren of Exeter Township.

Russell was predeceased by a sister, Celayne Rosiland Coldren.

Services were held Friday in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.,, West Reading. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township.

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Constance E. Folk

Constance E. Folk, 64, of Birdsboro, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading.

Constance was born in Reading on October 25, 1948, a daughter of the late Frances (Oden) James and Ralph James, Sr. and was the wife of Larry K. Folk, of Birdsboro. She was employed as a welder at Arrow International, Reading for 24 years until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughter, Wanda, wife of Robert Barnett, of Sinking Spring, daughter, Wendy, wife of Russell Schmidtendorff, of Reading, step daughter, Kelly Stoudt, of Pottsville, step daughter, Lynda Watson, of Illinois, brother, William James, of Leesport, sister, Carol Blankenbiller, of Lower Alsace and brother, Lee James, of Reading.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Timothy and Jennifer Frey, Brandon Carrier, Kristine Barnett, Erica, Ashley and Melissa Schmidtendorff, thirteen great grandchildren, Ethan, Brayden, Lillian, Jason, Austin, Dustin, Destinee, Marissa, Aryeanna, Jon-Jon, Kayla and Zoey.

She was predeceased by her great granddaughter, Alexia Barnett. A religious service took place on Friday atFeeney Funeral Home. Interment at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Mt. Penn. Arrangements entrusted to the John P. Feeney Funeral Home, in Reading’s Centre Park Historic District, 625 N. 4th St at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601.

Mary A. Forte

Mary A. Forte, 80, of Reading, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Mary was born in West Reading on February 16, 1933, a daughter of the late Florence (Miller) and Herman Gehringer and was the wife of William Forte, of Reading. She worked as a sewing machine operator at Berkshire Knitting Mill and Wolfe Hosiery, Reading, until retiring in 1992.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela A. Rentschler, of Leesport, brother, Paul Gehringer, of Reading and brother, Charles Gegringer, of Reading.

She is also survived by two granddaughters, Hilary Rentschler, of Sinking Spring and Megan Rentschler, of Scranton.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Christine M. Forte in 1987.

A prayer service took place on Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery Chapel of the Resurrection. Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604. Arrangements entrusted to the John P. Feeney Funeral Home, in Reading’s Centre Park Historic District, 625 N. 4th St. at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601.