Carl Wessner
Carl Wessner

Lucy P. Williams, 93


Lucy P. Williams, 93, of Rockland Township, died Jan. 23, 2013 in The Lutheran Home at Topton, where she was a resident for five months. She was the widow of Scott I. Williams, who died May 31, 2003.

Born in Rockland Township, she was a daughter of the late William and Hettie (Moyer) Shade.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Oley.

Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Oley Valley High School.


She worked as a sewing machine operator for Kato’s Sportswear, Kutztown for 30 years, until her retirement.

She was a member of the Lyons Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Lucy was proud to be inducted into both the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame and the Berks County Voter Hall of Fame in 2007 for “voting for 50 consecutive years without missing an election.”

Survivors: Son, Gary S., husband of Doris J. (Gangawere) Williams, Mertztown; grandchildren, Kurt G., companion of Michelle Weitzel and Kelly J. (Williams) wife of Scott A. Harpel; great grandchildren, Jamie and Klint Harpel, Emily Williams and Alex Mooreheard. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Catherine (Shade) Schadler, and brothers, John, Lester, Ernest and Robert Shade.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Ludwick, Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 East Weis St., Topton, with SALM Charles I. Scharadin officiating. Interment will follow in Lobachsville Cemetery, Oley. Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 342 Lobachsville Road, Oley, PA 19547. Online condolences may be recorded at

Carl J. Wessner, 82


Carl J. Wessner, 82, of Maxatawny Township, died, Jan. 23, 2013 in his residence. He was the husband of Katherine A. (Piger) Wessner. They were married Aug. 23, 1952.

Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late John W. and Esther M. (DeLong) Wessner.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

From 1952 to 1957, he was a self employed farmer. From 1958 to 1972, he and his late father operated a farm partnership, John Wessner Farming, Kutztown. From 1973 to 2000, Mr. Wessner was a partner in Wessner Brothers Farming, Kutztown. From 2001 to 2007, he was a self employed farmer in Kutztown.

Survivors: Wife; sons; Daniel J., husband of Cynthia D. (Bond) Wessner, Krumsville, Bruce C., husband of Louise E. (Rhode) Wessner, Kutztown, Dale W., husband of Sheila J. (Rauch) Wessner, Kempton, and Roy A., husband of Elizabeth R. (Sanders) Wessner, Kutztown; son-in-law, Thomas C. Reinhard, Kutztown, widower of predeceased daughter Carlene S. (Wessner) Reinhard who died April 16, 2012.

Other survivors include brothers, Charles D., husband of Carol J. (Schick) Wessner and Warren J. husband of Bonnie B. (Hertzog) Wessner, both of Kutztown; grandchildren, Jenni L. Reinhard, Jennifer R. (Hoppes) Humbles, Cheryl L. (Hoppes) McLaughlin, Jeremy S. Reinhard, Katie E. Wessner, Tiffany J. Knabb, Jillian K. Yeakel, Jacob B. Wessner, Erica E. Knabb, Emma J. Wessner, Caleb J. Wessner, Janelle E. Geist, Heather L. Geist, Lucas J. Wessner; great grandchildren, Ava L. McLaughlin, Lilyanna C.C. Humbles, Lincoln D.J. Humbles, Hailey O. Bauscher, Natalie B. Bauscher, Olivia C. Yeakel. He was predeceased by a brother, Earl W. “Tootie” Wessner in 1992.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. from St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main St., Kutztown, with Reverend Susan F. Fox and Reverend Donald B. Landis officiating. Interment in Ziegel’s Church Union Cemetery, Breinigsville. Friends may call Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions to be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main St., Kutztown, PA 19530 or The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 111 South Independence Mall East, Suite 411, The Philadelphia Bourse Bld., Philadelphia, PA 19106-2521. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at

Erma L. Buck, 94

Erma L. Buck, 94, formerly of Bethlehem, died Jan. 25, 2013 in Manatawny Manor, Pottstown, where she was a resident since June 2005.

Born in Greenwich Township, she was a daughter of the late George R. and Minnie E. (Bachman) Buck.

Erma was a member of Church of the Manger United Church of Christ, Bethlehem.

She was a 1936 graduate of Kutztown Area High School and attended Allentown Business School.

She worked in the office of the former Topton Rug Mill and the Long Valley Rug Mill, Mertztown for 17 years. She worked for construction engineers in New York City and later in the Architectural Engineering Department of Bethlehem Steel Corporation until her retirement in 1983.

She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Ray A. Master Post 217 American Legion, Topton and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7071, Mertztown, where she previously served as president, secretary and treasurer.

Survivors: Nieces, Nancy L. (Buck) Erb, Boyertown, Linda (Buck) Behler, Kempton, Allegra (Buck) Himmelberger, Blandon, Carol (Buck) Fenstermacher, Mertztown and Bernetta (Buck) Fies, Blandon; Nephews, Philip A. Lowe, Leominster, Mass and Norman H. Buck, Jr., Mertztown. She was predeceased by a sister Verna (Buck) Lowe and brothers, Norman H., George J., Lester C. and Lawrence G. Buck.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 East Weis St., Topton, with Reverend Sharon Solt Joseph officiating. Interment in Friedens Cemetery, Stony Run. Friends may call Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences may be recorded at