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Carl Christman

Arline M. Bucks, 85

Arline M. Bucks, 85, of Lititz, formerly of Lancaster, died Feb. 5, 2013 in United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

She was the widow of Donald R. Bucks, who died Oct. 28, 2000.

Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Clarence C., and Alma C. (Heinly) Gaby. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., and a former member of Christ (DeLong) United Church of Christ, Bowers.

Mrs. Bucks was a 1949 graduate of Kutztown University.

She was employed as a Librarian by Hempfield High School, Landisville, Lancaster Co., from 1976 until her retirement in 1989. Prior to that, she was employed as a Librarian by the former Hegins Township High School, now Tri-Valley High School, Hegins, Schuylkill Co.

Survivors: Daughter, Mary C. (Bucks), wife of Christopher F. Elbert, Lancaster; sons, Rodney R., husband of Terisa M. (Andrews) Bucks, Webster, NY, and David D. Bucks, Lancaster; sister, Catherine J. (Gaby), wife of Richard L. Kuhns, Sr., Kutztown; grandchildren, Gregory W., husband of Megan (Criswell) Bucks, Geoffrey S., husband of Stephanie (Furrer) Bucks, and Megan E. Elbert.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. in Christ (DeLong) United Church of Christ, 63 Old Bowers Road, Bowers, with Reverend Roger M. Ulrich officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery of Bowers. Friends may call Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimerís Association, 237 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601-3924. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

Bruce A. Castner, 77

Bruce A. Castner, 77, of Virginville, passed away Feb. 5, 2013 in Rest Haven-Schuylkill County Home. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Dierolf) Castner.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Clarence and Irene (Dietrich) Castner. Bruce was a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of the Goodwill Beneficial Association and the Goodwill Fire Company. He was also a life member of the East Ends Athletic Club. Bruce was employed by Baldwin Hardware as a Toolmaker for 18 years until his retirement.

In addition to his wife, Bruce is survived by: two sons: Michael Paul Castner husband of Kathy of Leesport and John B. Castner husband of Kim of Valley Forge; one daughter: Sherri L. Castner of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren: Brandon, Brooke, Tyler and Erin and One Great-Grandson: Nicholas. Services and Interment private at the convenience of t he family. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com.

Carl W. Christman, 84

Carl W. Christman, 84, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Lenhartsville, died Feb. 7, 2013 in Orwigsburg Center, where he had been a resident for several years.

He was the widower of Jean R. (Koch) Christman, who died Dec. 23, 2011.

Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late Herbert T., and Mary Alice (Kohler) Christman.

Mr. Christman was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country in World War II.

He was a self-employed farmer in Lenhartsville for many years. Mr. Christman was a member of Kempton Fire Company, and Strausstown Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors: Daughter Diane J. (Christman), wife of Leon G. Smith, Kutztown; Daughter-in-law, Susan L. (Reimert) Christman, Lenhartsville, widow of predeceased son, Dennis C. Christman, who died January 16, 2013; sisters, Anita L. (Christman) widow of Edward Bastian, Wernersville, Carole A. (Christman) wife of Harry Koch, Allentown, Jannetta L. (Christman) widow of Jack Metz, Allentown;five grandchildren, Troy D., husband of Kimberly (Waits) Christman, Heather L. (Christman), wife of Todd M. Gruber, Desirae C. Christman, Nathan D., husband of Lindsay N. (Freymoyer) Christman, Andrew R. Smith; five great grandchildren, Connor M. and Mason T. Gruber, Emma C. and Cole T. Christman and Logan H. Christman-Warke. Mr. Christman was predeceased by sisters, Mary Alice Dries, Dorothy G. Phillips, and Gladys A. Bleiler; and brothers, Paul R. Christman, Lester H. Christman, and David K. Christman.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown with Reverend Randy A. Bond officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions be made to Zionís Church, 770 Zionís Church Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

George Ream, Jr., 77

George Ream, Jr., 77, of Kutztown, formerly of Topton, died suddenly Feb. 9, 2013.

He was the husband of Shirley J. (Hilbert) Ream whom he married Nov. 13, 1954.

Born in Rockland Township, he was a son of the late George J., Sr. and Catherine E. (Seidel) Ream.

George was a former member of New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Rockland Township.

He was a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal in the 213th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. Mr. Ream was a member of Ray A. Master Post 217 American Legion, Topton, where he currently served as Commander, and previously served as Commander for two years, a trustee for more than 15 years and a member of its Honor Guard.

George was employed as a truck driver for Giorgio Foods, Blandon, for 10 years until his retirement in 1997. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity for Caloric Corporation, Topton, and several other companies in the area. Presently he was a bus driver for Wilson Manor, Saucony Meadows and Saucony Cross Retirement Centers, Kutztown.

Survivors: Wife; sons, Michael A., husband of Christiana L. (Walters) Ream, Fleetwood, Terry L. Ream, companion of Shelly A. Trupp, Mertztown, Scott K., husband of Pamela J. (Benjamin) Ream, Topton, Barry L., husband of Tracy J. (Fenstermacher) Ream, Kutztown, and Timothy N. Ream, Kutztown; sisters, Ruth E. (Ream) Gauby, Fleetwood, Betty J. (Ream) Snyder, Temple, June J. (Ream) McKentley, Fleetwood; and brothers, Dick H. Ream, Fleetwood, Ronald G. Ream, Mertztown, and Jack E. Ream, Fleetwood. There are also 10 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, John G. Ream.

Graveside services will be private at the convenience of the family in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Fleetwood. There is no viewing. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

Marvin F. Schlenker

Marvin F. Schlenker, of Chestertown, Md., passed away on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vero Beach, Fla.

Born in Berks County, PA, in 1927, to Florence and Herbert Schlenker, he was a graduate of Kutztown High School, Mansfield University and served in the United States Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Saratoga. Enlisted as a trumpet player, he scored high in technical areas, earning a spot as a radio operator, a skill that he then applied to the beginning of his career at a radio station in Reading, PA.

His career then took him to NYC where he landed a position as a television director for Johnny Carsonís ďWho Do You Trust?Ē leading him to later enjoy a 42-year tenure with the ABC News Network in New York. His work as a director included broadcasting for ABC World News Tonight, ABC News Special Events, and Wide World of Sports. In 1980 he was hand selected to be the lead director for Nightline until his retirement in the early 1990s.

He was the recipient of a Peabody Award, an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sports and Sports Programming, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from both Kutztown Area High School and Mansfield University. He enjoyed music, woodworking, fishing, boating, and traveling.

Marvin is survived by his daughter Sally Schlenker Pfabe and a granddaughter, Charlotte Pfabe. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Eleanor Siegfried, his wife, LaRue Kistler Schlenker, and his eldest daughter, Amy L. Schlenker.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chestertown on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.Arrangements by: Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. 130 Speer Road Chestertown, MD. www.fhnfuneralhome.com.

Arthur Arnold, 92

Arthur A.ďArtĒ Arnold, 92, of Reading, formerly of Fleetwood, passed away on Feb. 9, 2013 at Manor Care Health Services in Sinking Spring. He was the husband of the late Joyce M. (Miller) Arnold who had passed on Aug. 29, 1994.

Arthur was born on Oct. 31, 1920 in Temple, the son of the late Howard Arnold and the late Lottie (Kramer) Arnold.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Horace Kieffer American Legion Post 625 Fleetwood.

He was a member of St. Johnís Gernantís Lutheran Church, Leesport.

Arthur had been employed as a truck driver for the former Garden State Tannery in Fleetwood for 13 Ĺ years retiring in 1985. During his retirement he worked many years as a part time press operator at H. O. Foose Tinsmithing Co. in Fleetwood. His favorite things to do, were watching his great grandsonís play sports and traveling with the Senior Citizenís on their bus trips.

Surviving are his daughterís Kathryn D. (Arnold) Wanner of Fleetwood and Kim D. (Arnold) wife of Thomas Albrecht of Glen Burnie, MD. Three grandchildren Kelly D. (Wanner) Blankenbiller of Oley and Tracy L. (Wanner) wife of Kery Reifsnyder of Fleetwood and Jillian M. Albrecht of Glen Burnie Four great grandsons Gavin R.Blankenbiller, Garet K.Blankenbiller, Brock D. Reifsnyder and Chase O. Reifsnyder. Other survivors include his friend and companion Laverne M. Arnold of Reading, brotherís Clarence Arnold, Mt. Penn and Warren Arnold of Phoenix, AR. He was preceded in death by his siblings Laura (Arnold) Whelan, Fern (Arnold) Senfit, Richard Arnold, David Arnold and Howard Arnold, Jr.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. from the Mae A Stump Funeral Home, Inc., 117 West Main Street, Fleetwood. A viewing will be Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Salem Shalterís Cemetery, Alsace Township. Contributions can be made to the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 7000, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0010. Online condolences can be made at www.maestumpfuneralhome.com.

Helen Gressley, 91

Helen Leona (Sheetz) Gressley, 91, of Marion Township, passed away Feb. 8, 2013 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Her husband, Leon A. Gressley, died in 1995.

Born in Rockland Township, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Esther (Eckert) Sheetz.

Helen enjoyed crocheting, word puzzels, baking, gardening and loved spoiling her grandchildren with sweets. In her youth she also enjoyed socializing every Saturday night at the Lyons Fire Company. In her later years it was reminiscing with her friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty J., wife of Ernest Wessner, Womelsdorf. Also surviving are her three grandsons, Feryl Wessner, Barry Wessner, Donald Wessner, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren with another on the way. She will be dearly missed by her cat, Sparky.

She was predeceased by her siblings: John Sheetz, Annie Shesniak and a granddaughter Tina.

Services will Wednesday at 11 a.m. in New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Rd, Fleetwood, PA 19522. A viewing will be held 10 to 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will be in the New Jerusalem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, at the address above. Blankenbiller Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.blankenbillerfh.com.

John F. Reinert, 92

John F. Reinert, 92, of Topton, formerly of Lobachsville, husband of Marie M. (Hoch) Reinert, died Feb. 8, 2013 at Lutheran Home at Topton.

Born in Huffs Church, he was a son of the late Frederick and Edna (Hunter) Reinert.

He was a 1938 graduate of Boyertown High School. John worked for Boyertown Body Works for over 45 years, last working as a plant manager.

He was a member of the American Legion, Charles B. Yerger Post #471 in Boyertown. He was also a life member of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Boyertown and Pike Township Sportsmenís Association.

John served in the Army during WWII at the Battle of the Bulge in the 10th armored division. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Oley.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 67 years are one daughter, Nancy, wife of Ralph McElwee of Gilbertsville; one granddaughter, Kimberly, wife of Mark Allmendinger; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Meghan and John Tyler and one sister Florence Hilbert.

He was predeceased by one brother Paul and two sisters Elva and Verna.

A funeral service held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, at Morrell Funeral Home Inc., 124 West Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown. Burial in Oley Cemetery Spangsville. A viewing Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made in his memory to Salem UCC, 307 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA 19547. Arrangements are by the Morrell Funeral Home Inc., www.MorrellFuneralHome.com.

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