Obituaries

Nolan Eugene Miller

Nolan Eugene Miller, of Haddon Twp., NJ formerly of Hamburg, passed away at the age of 73 on April 7, 2013.

Beloved husband of 49 years to Marjorie (nee Peters). Loving father of Laura Marie Miller and Alison Miller (Robert Smentek). Grandpa to Lillian Smentek. Dear cousin of Gloria Oxenreider (nee Spirat) and Charles Tobias. Close uncle to Barbara and Jacqueline.

Born on August 7, 1939, Nolan was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and the Curtis Institute of Music. Early in his career, he played French horn with the Reading Symphony and was a Piano Soloist as a student audition winner. Nolan also spent over 40 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Co-Principal and Principal Horn.

Relatives and friends were invited to visit with his family on Saturday at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church. Memorial Service followed. Inurnment in the church memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project(www.woundedwarriorproject.com) or The Food Bank of South Jersey, 1501 John Tipton Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ 08110 (www.foodbanksj.org).

To share memories and condolences with the family please visit www.fosterwarnefuneralhome.com.

John J. Stetzler

John J. Stetzler, 86, of Upper Bern Twp., and formerly of Shoemakersville, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 in his residence. He was the husband of Doris E. (Stump) Stetzler, died November 30, 1995.

Born in Perry Twp., he was the son of the late Guy D. and Edna (Fields) Stetzler. John was raised a farmer. He then owned and operated John Stetzler Upholstery. John was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Shoemakersville. He was a charter member of Shoemakersville Area Lions Club; and a member of the Shartlesville, Shoemakersville, Virginville, and Hamburg Fire Companies. John enjoyed bingo, bottle collecting, and playing cards.

John is survived by one son: Allen L., husband of Dawn S. (Clouser) Stetzler, Windsor Twp.; two daughters: Ann L. (Stetzler), wife of Dean W. Keller, Upper Tulpehocken Twp.; and Debra E. (Stetzler), wife of Eugene L. Hix, Upper Bern Twp., and with whom he resided; five grandchildren: Alison Stetzler, Andrea Stetzler, Holli Pawling, Joel Hix, and Jeremy Hix; and one great-granddaughter: Journey Marie Hix. He was predeceased by two brothers: Daniel and Grant Stetzler; and one sister: Kathryn Kulp.

Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off street parking in rear). Burial will be in Zion’s Cemetery, Perry Twp. A viewing will be held in the funeral home Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Cameron T. Boyer

Cameron T. Boyer, 21, of South Heidelberg Township, passed away April 5, 2013 at 7:58 am.

Born in Reading, he is survived by his parents Tracy L. (Kubovcsak) Boyer-Shenk wife of Keith D. Shenk with whom he last resided and Bryan C. Boyer husband of Sheryl Boyer of Shillington. Cameron was a 2010 graduate of Conrad Weiser High School and attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. He was a self employed carpenter and was a laborer at Hydrojet in Reading.

In addition to his parents Cameron is survived by his siblings Bryan C. Boyer,II husband of Ashley Boyer of Bernville, Travis L. Boyer of Muhlenberg Township, SRA Tyler A. Boyer husband of Megan C. Boyer of Florida, Madisyn K. Shenk at home, Justin M. Shenk of Ohio and Brett A. Correll of Reading. He is also survived by his grandparents, Joseph and Kathy Hollenbaugh of Sinking Spring, Charles P. Kubovcsak and his companion Judith Kline of Reading, Todd and Sally Bowers of Shillington and Gene and Sharon Shenk of Reading along with his great grandparents Ruth and Leo Pauley of Reading and Evelyn Stitzman of Muhlenberg Township. Cameron is also survived by his niece Ainslee L. Boyer of Bernville.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 5-7 p.m.

Services from Bean Funeral Home 3825 Penn Ave. Sinking Spring Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Berks County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Teen Challenge 33 Teen Challenge Road, Rehrersburg, PA 19550 in memory of Cameron T. Boyer.

T. Stanley Driesbach

T. Stanley Driesbach, 86, of Shoemakersville, died Monday, April 8, 2013 in his residence. He was the husband of Helen A. (Smith) Driesbach. They were married on January 24, 1948 and celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Born in Auburn, he was the son of the late Mahlon R. and Vallie V. (Bressler) Driesbach. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Stanley owned and operated Three D Construction in Shoemakersville for forty-five years. He was a member of St. John’s (Gernant’s) United Church of Christ, Ontelaunee Twp.; and a former member of Summer Hill United Church of Christ. Stanley enjoyed wood working.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons: Ted S., husband of Madeline (Zerebeic) Driesbach, Hamburg; Barry L., widower of Arlene M. (Weitzel) Driesbach, Hamburg; and Todd A., husband of Kathy (Butterbaugh) Driesbach, Sinking Spring; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. Stanley was predeceased by one brother and six sisters.

Services were on Thursday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. Burial with military honors was in St. John’s (Gernant’s) Cemetery, Ontelaunee Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Charles H. Grubb

Charles H. Grubb, 89, passed away April 6, 2013 in his Bern Township residence.

His wife, June E. (Whalley) Grubb, died June 20, 2007.

Born in Pottstown, he was a son of the late William H. and Katie (Yerger)Grubb.

He was the president of Grubb, Matt & Reider, Inc. for over 20 years, retiring in 1990. Prior to that he worked as the manager in the drapery department of Sears Roebuck & Co., from 1950 to 1970.

Charles was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in WWII.

He was a member of the Bern Township Lions Club and a volunteer at Berks Heim, Keystone-Miller Blood Center, and the Berks Visiting Nurse Association.

He is survived by sons Dr. Charles Taylor Grubb, Siler City, N.C., and David W., husband of Mary Ann (Schaeffer) Grubb, Wernersville, a daughter, Margaret G. Romanies, Leesport, and grandchildren Jill (Romanies) Werley, wife of Kyle Werley, Leesport; Joseph Romanies, Philadelphia; Karen Grubb, Rockville, Md.; Alison Grubb, Sanford, N.C.; and the memory of Garrett Taylor Grubb.

Services were Thursday, April 11 in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc. Burial was in Laureldale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bern Township Lions Club, P. O. Box 236, Leesport, PA 19533. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen M. Keller

Kathleen M. Keller, 78, of Lebanon died Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Lebanon Good Samaritan Hospital. She was the wife of the late Richard Lee Keller.

She was born In Bethel on December 7, 1934, daughter of the late Oscar and Mary Napp Strauss. She retired from the Lebanon Co. Water Authority and worshiped in the Lutheran Faith. Kathleen was formally president of the Lebanon VFW Women’s Aux. and District #18. She enjoyed needlepoint and sewing.

Kathleen is survived by her son: David R. Keller and wife Elizabeth; daughter: Sandra wife of Bruce Hollinger; grandchildren: David M. Keller, Brian L. Keller, Zachary L. Hollinger and Nicholas H. Hollinger all of Lebanon; brother John Strauss and wife Betty, FL; sister: Judy wife of William Lando, Strausstown. She was preceded in death by her daughter Wendy Jo Keller and sister Helen Koch.

Funeral services were held on Friday in the Rohland Funeral Home. Interment will be made in Grand View Memorial Park, Annville. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 1274, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Paul James LaFaver, Jr.

Paul James “Butch, Sarge” LaFaver, Jr., 69, of Temple, died April 8, 2013 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Born October 12, 1943 in Fleetwood, he was a son of the late Paul James, Sr. and Esther May (Hinkle) LaFaver.

Paul has a career with the U.S. Army, where he served in the 82nd Airborne Combat as a medic. After retiring from the Army, Paul worked for Berks County Parks and Recreation in groundskeeping and maintenance for 20 years.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He could often be found at Kayla and Heather’s sporting events and school activities.

Paul was a member of Ray A. Master Post #217, Topton.

He enjoyed going to Williamsport, PA, to watch the Little League World Series.

Surviving are his two sons: Paul R., husband of Lori A. LaFaver of Leesport and Jeffery D. LaFaver, husband of Kelly L. of Fredericksburg, PA.

In addition, surviving is his sister, Theresa M. Folk of Ontelaunee Township and his two grandchildren, Kayla and Heather.

Paul was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ann (LaFaver) Heffelfinger who died in 1999.

Services were Friday in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc. Burial in St. Paul’s Union Cemetery, Richmond Township.

For online condolences, visit www.christfuneralhome.com.

Leon R. Riegel

Leon R. Riegel, 83, of Shoemakersville, passed away April 8, 2013 at 2:55 am in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Sonia A. (Contessa) Riegel.

Born in Reading he was the son of the late Elwood and Goldie C. (Clevenger) Riegel. He was a postman for the United States Postal Service in Wernersville and served in the United States Navy during Korean War.

In addition to his wife Mr. Riegel is survived by his sons Ronnie R. Riegel of Florida, Eddie D. Riegel husband of Bonnie L. Riegel of Exeter Township and Mark A. Riegel husband of Catreana F. Riegel with whom he last resided along with 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Nino R. Riegel. Also surviving is his sister Joan Demarty of Wyomissing and his brother Harold Riegel husband of Dolly Riegel of Reading.

Graveside service was held in Pleasant View Cemetery Monday, April 15, 2013.

Gene A. Stricker

Gene A. Stricker, 75, of South Heidelberg Township, passed away Monday, April 8th, at his residence.

Gene was born in West Reading, on November 1, 1937, a son of the late Esther I. (Moyer) and Allen E. Stricker.

Mr. Stricker worked for Carpenter Technologies for 30 years, retired November 1994 and at the same time he was a farmer for 25 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Shartlesville Fire Company and Grange #1512 and a member of the Old Time Plow Boys Club.

Gene graduated from Ontelaunee High School in 1956.

Gene is survived by a son, Greg D. Stricker, of Kutztown and 2 Aunts: Shirley Strickler of Reading; Sara Fiskaldo of Laureldale and several cousins

Services are private at the convenience of family.

Interment at Host Cemetery.

Family request no flowers.

The Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 1501 North 11th Street, Reading is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the online guest register at www.sandersfuneral.com.

David Nathaniel Freeman

David Nathaniel “Red” Freeman, 73, passed away April 10, 2013 in his Temple residence.

He was the husband of Judy A. (Himmelberger) Freeman, whom he married 43 years ago on February 14, 1970.

Born in Kenhorst, he was a son of the late Marvin and Mary (Forlini) Freeman.

He was a truck driver for Windsor Service retiring in 2002; after his retirement he drove for Carl Dietrich trucking.

Red enjoyed driving stock cars, watching races, fishing, hunting and taking trips to the casinos. He was also an avid Phillies fan.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: Todd Freeman, Bethel and Michael, husband of Ruthann Himmelberger, Leesport. Also surviving is his sister, Elva M., wife of Philip Rothermel, Fleetwood. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive him.

He was predeceased by his sister: Jeannette A. Rizzetto and his daughter Jeannette Flores.

Services were Saturday in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Gibraltar. Online condolences may be recorded at www.christfuneralhome.com.

Barbara A. Buda

Barbara A. Buda, 71, of Ontelaunee Twp. passed away Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at the Reading Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She is the wife of Joseph C. Buda.

Born in Reading, on April 7, 1942, she was the daughter of the late James and Esther (Basom) Hiester.

She was a graduate of Reading High School.

Barbara retired from Vanity Fair after 25 years of employment.

She was a member of Bern Reformed U.C.C.

Barbara wanted to be remembered for her sense of humor, love of traveling, playing bingo, a huge NASCAR fan of Jimmie Johnson, and her love for her two parakeets “Buster” and “Dutchess”.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Deborah A. wife of Kent Morey, Fleetwood; a step-daughter, Melissa K. wife of Aaron Potts, Shillington; a brother, Barry Lutz; and two granddaughters, Christie M. Coleman; and Chloe Potts.

She was predeceased by her companion James C. Natoli in 2011.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday at Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Inc., Wernersville, with Rev. Sue Fritz officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bern Reformed U.C.C., 3196 Bernville Rd., Leesport, PA 19533.

Online condolences may be made at www.lammandwitman.com

Patricia Rae Geisinger

Patricia Rae (Rahn) Geisinger, 79, of Maxatawny Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at home after a lengthy illness of heart and lung disease, with her family by her side.

Born in West Reading, on October 19, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Miller) Rahn. She attended Kutztown High School. For 61 years, she was married to Richard H. Geisinger, Sr. She loved being a full-time homemaker and when she wasnt cooking up a new dish, you could find her bird watching, collecting antiques or traveling with her husband. She was active with the Kutztown Area Historical Society, and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan.

In addition to her Husband, she is survived by her Daughter, Karen L. Geisinger wife of Billy Kerns, Clermont, Fla.; Son, Richard H., Jr. and his companion Sabrina R. (Muffley) Mull, Kutztown; Daughter, Brenda L. (Geisinger) wife of Steven M. Dark, Temple; Son, Gary A. husband of Michele L. (James) Geisinger, Hamburg and Son, Steven R. widower of Jane D. Kemp, Breinigsville. Other survivors include a Sister, Geraldine (Rahn) wife of Chester Moyer, Kutztown; 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren and a close family friend Keith Berger. She was predeceased by a Son, Craig S. Geisinger in 2006 and a Daughter, Linda A. Geisinger in 1988.

Funeral service was April 15 in Ludwich Funeral Homes, Inc with Reverend David P. Peterson, Chaplain, Compassionate Care Hospice officiating. Interment will be private at the convience of the family.

The family requests contributions in lieu of flowers to Caring Voice Coalition, Inc., 8249 Meadowbridge Rd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116 or on-line at www.caringvoice.org. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, PA.

Robert C. Kline

Robert C. “Bobby” Kline, 71, of Bowers, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, surrounded by his loving family, following a long battle with debilitating pain, diabetes, and heart disease. He was the husband of Barbara E. (Delp) Kline. They were married July 5, 1984.

Born in Ruscombmanor Township, he was a son of the late Charles P., and Helen M. (Shollenberger) Kline. Mr. Kline was employed as a tow motor operator by Dana Corporation, Reading, for 34 years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed camping and was an avid gardener. Before his illness, Bobby served as a driver for members of the local Mennonite community and took joy in being involved in and welcomed into their lives. His family appreciates the comfort and support he received from members of that community over the years.

In addition to his devoted wife of over 28 years, he is survived by Daughters, Tina C. (Kline), wife of V. Kirlin Fronheiser, Alburtis, Cheryl A. Dreibelbis, partner of Barbara Kyte, Peach Bottom, Maryland, Crystal L. (Dreibelbis), wife of Dean H. Reidenhour, Hamburg, Kathy L. (Kline), wife of Daniel A. Bailey, Kutztown, Kimberly R. (Kline), wife of Richard C. Weller, Mertztown; Son, Nick A., husband of Cathy A. (Reichelderfer) Dreibelbis, Kutztown; Brothers, Lester Kline, Mertztown, Lee Kline, Womelsdorf, Earl Kline, Fleetwood; 9 Grandchildren, Josh, Amy, Paige, Sarah, Chad, Trish, Danielle, Nick Jr., Jacob; and 5 Great Grandchildren, Gracie, Charlie, Aubrey, Avianna, and Jasiah. He was predeceased by a Sister, Esther K. (Kline), Greenawalt.

Funeral Services were Monday, April 15 from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Peters UCC Cemetery, Fleetwood.

The family requests contributions be made to Berks Visiting Nurse Association Home Health and Hospice, 1170 Berkshire Blvd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, or on-line at www.berksvna.org. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, PA.