Obits: Topton centenarian dies at age 102

Topton centenarianKathryn A. Sherman, 102

Kathryn A. Sherman, 102, died June 28, 2013, in the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she resided for the past four years. Prior to living in the health care center, she resided in a cottage in Luther Haven on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton for 47 years.

She was the widow of Samuel S. Sherman, who died in 1963.

Born in Heidelberg Township, she was a daughter of the late William F. and Annie L. (Lutz) Webber.


Kathryn was a 1933 graduate of Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Reading.

Mrs. Sherman was a registered nurse, working as a nursing supervisor at the Caum Home of Reading and later the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Topton.

Survivors: Niece, Diane L., (Webber) wife of Lee A. Schaeffer, West Lawn; nephew Doyle M., husband of Mattie Lee (Yancey) Webber, Franklin, VA. There are also great nieces and a great nephew, Katie A. Schaeffer, Daniel L. Schaeffer, Elizabeth A. (Webber) wife of William Nugent, Allison M. Webber and Caroline V. Webber; great-great niece Scarlett Nugent.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 East Weis Street, Topton, with Reverend Carl R. Schmoyer, officiating. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring. Friends may call 10 to 10:30 a.m.

The family requests contributions be made to The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1 S. Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at

Elaine M. (Mantz) Luckenbill

Elaine M. (Mantz) Luckenbill, formerly of Bowers, passed away June 24, 2013, with her loving family surrounding her in her final days at Manor Care of Sinking Spring. She previously resided at Keystone Villa, Blandon since August 2012.

The family would like to thank all nursing staff for their loving care of Elaine. She was the wife of William R. Luckenbill.They were married 54 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Franklin H. and Melba E. (German) Mantz.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers, where she was a former member of the church council. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.

Elaine worked her whole life taking care of her husband and her five children as a homemaker, bookkeeper and co-owner of Luckenbill’s Auto Service, Bowers.

Survivors: Husband; daughters, Susan E. (Luckenbill), wife of Rodney W. Gable, Pottsville, Kathleen L. (Luckenbill) wife of Keith A. Frederick, Virginia Beach, VA, Beth A. (Luckenbill) wife of Rick A. Jackowski, Mohrsville, and Amy R. Luckenbill-Wheeler, wife of Craig S. Wheeler, Virginia Beach, VA; son, Gary W. Luckenbill, companion of Colleen K. Albright, Kempton; Luckenbill, companion of Colleen K. Albright, Kempton; brothers, William C. “Bill” Mantz, New Tripoli, and Thomas F. Mantz, husband of Deborah A. Lentz, Allentown. There are also fifteen grandchildren, Jennifer, Christopher, Sarah, Nathan and Rachel Gable; Shannon and Brandon Frederick; Brad, Brian and Christian Luckenbill; Ricky and Andy Jackowski; and Briana, Brayden and Savannah Luckenbill-Wheeler. Also surviving are five great grandchildren, Julia, Evan, Conner, Robert and Lauren.

Memorial services will be Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. in Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers, with Reverand Elizabeth A. Haines officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.

In addition to flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, Suite 202C, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047 or online at

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

William H. Luckenbill, 59

William H. Luckenbill, 59, Reading, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 suddenly, at St. Joseph Medical Center.

William was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on Dec. 3, 1953, a son of the late Elsie (Kline) and Robert Luckenbill.

He was the husband of Marvia (McKenzie) Luckenbill.

William worked as a title searcher at First American Title.

He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Luckenbill loved fishing and deep sea diving.

William graduated from Kutztown High School and graduated with a B.S. degree from Arizonia State University.

In addition to his wife William is survived by a daughter, Noel Luckenbill; two sons Michael Luckenbill, and Brian Luckenbill, all of Reading.

William is also survived by a sister, Lori “Susie” Luckenbill, of North Carolina and a brother, Christopher Luckenbill, of Glendale, Arizonia; and 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

Memorial Service will be held from the Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 1501 North 11th St., Reading, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, with The Reverend Paul Jones officiating. Family will receive friends Sunday 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue League P.O. Box 69 Mohnton, PA 19540. Online guest register at

Albert J. Neuheimer, 80

Albert J. Neuheimer, 80, of Exeter Township, passed away June 22, 2013 in the Reading Hospital & Medical Center. He was the husband of Janet E. (Shadler) Neuheimer.

Born in Fleetwood, he was a son of the late Victor and Anna (Olesiak) Neuheimer.

Albert was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Schwarzwald U.C.C., Jacksonwald.

Albert was a driver for the Reading Bus Company for several years until 1971 and then became a carpenter for Gambone Bros. in Norristown for 18 years, retiring in 1995.

In addition to his wife, Albert is survived by: One Son: Eric Neuheimer of Muhlenberg; Two Daughters: Tonya Neuheimer of Leesport and Deborah Alfiero of Exeter Township; Five Grandchildren: Two Sisters: Stephanie Beck and Sophie Neuheimer both of Fleetwood. He was pre-deceased by Five Sisters and Two Brothers.

Funeral Services at Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., Mt. Penn on June 26. Interment in Schwarzwald Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 15120 Chicago, IL 60693. For online condolences, visit

Grace Christ Bender

Grace Christ Bender came out of her mommy’s womb to kiss this world on June 28, 2013 at 3:31p.m. and left soon thereafter at 3:44p.m. to be forever complete in the arms of Jesus.

Grace was a special gift from God to her parents, Rodrigo Bender and Annie Christ-Bender, from Kempton, and a great blessing to many. She will be forever remembered!

A Memorial Service will be held on July 6 at 11a.m. at Northern Valley Evangelical Free Church, 7343 Gun Club Rd., New Tripoli, PA 18066. Arrangements by the Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli.

Keith A. Keiser, Sr., 55

Keith A. Keiser, Sr., 55, of Hamburg, died Friday, June 28, 2013 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Lori A. (Potzman) Keiser.

Born in Topton, he was the son of the late Lee and Janette Keiser.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son Keith A. Keiser, Jr.; one daughter Melissa Lee Keiser, fiancé of Dylan Smith; and one brother Darryl Keiser, Temple.

Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg, PA 19526 to assist with final expenses. For online condolences, visit,

Gary Robert Breshers, 41

Gary Robert Breshers, 41, of Middletown, passed away on June 26, 2013 in his residence.

He was the loving husband of Karen E. Breshers, whom he married June 28, 2012.

Gary was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, the son of Jim and Rita Brown, Middletown.

He was self-employed as a furniture installer and managed a lot of large projects over the last 20 years. He was also known to be a handyman, barber, gardener, fisherman, hunter, sportsman, and had a loving soul to help everyone.

Survivors: Wife; parents; step-son, Lance E. Plessl; five siblings, Mandy and Jimmy Brown, both of Harrisburg, Tamara Wolfe, Hershey, and Misty Hartwick and Steven Brown, both of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Earl Schappell, Topton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, at 11 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA, with Reverend Scott A. Staub officiating. Interment in Topton Union Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 10to 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

Flowers may be sent or contributions may be made to Day Star, Attn: Director, 125 N. 18th Street, Harrisbug, PA 17103.

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

Clair R. Leibensperger, 91

Clair R. Leibensperger, 91, formerly of Leesport, died June 28, 2013 in Kutztown Manor surrounded by his three loving daughters and son-in-law Jimmy.

He was the husband of Grace E. (Snyder) Leibensperger, died Dec. 27, 2012.

Born in Leesport, he was the son of the late George and Ruth (Miller) Leibensperger.

Clair was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.

He worked as a paint and body man for Standard Auto Body, Reading, until his retirement.

Clair was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Leesport. He was a member of the Leesport Senior Citizens and the American Legion Post 732, Bernville. Clair was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed horse racing and stock car racing; and was a pit crew member of Car 57.

Survived by three daughters: Diane J. (Leibensperger), wife of John I.D. Wolfe, Perry Twp.; Donna L. (Leibensperger), wife of James M. Shuman, Leesport; and Denise C. (Leibensperger) DeRenzo, companion of Robert W. Holmes, Muhlenberg Twp.; one son: Larry R. Snyder, husband of Barbara (King) Snyder, Lehigh Acres, Fla.; five grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister: Betty (Leibensperger) Crow, Leesport. Clair was predeceased by three brothers: his twin, Stewart; Russell; and Lynn Leibensperger; and sister: Hazel (Leibensperger) Nye.

Services July 2 at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach St., Leesport. Burial in Leesport Cemetery. A viewing in the funeral home Tuesday 9:30 to 11 a.m.. Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity U.C.C. Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 482, Leesport, PA 19533 or Schuylkill Valley EMS, P.O. Box 625, 26 E. Wall Street, Leesport, PA 19533. For online condolences, visit,

Robert E. Webb, 90

Robert E. Webb, 90, of Maidencreek Township, passed away June 29, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Reading Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Pearl E. (Kutz) Webb who passed away Nov. 13, 2012 and to whom he was married to for 67 years.

Born in Reading he was the son of the late Henry and Florence (Texter) Webb.

He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School.

He was employed by Merrit Lumber for 15 years as a cabinet maker and later was employed by CarTech as a truck driver for 21 years retiring in 1985.

Mr. Webb served in the United States Marine Corp. during World War II, served as Scout Master of Troop 60 which then became Troop 360 of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church for approximately 30 years and helped many young men achieve their Eagle Scout Award, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting. He was passionate about his wood working and helped restore Johanna Furnace at Hay Creek where he was part of the “Over The Hill” Gang for many years.

He is survived by his children, Sharon M. Hirneisen wife of Lee Hirneisen of Cross Junction, Va., Bard R. Webb, husband of Brenda Webb of Zphyrhills, Fla., Terry M. Webb of Kenhorst and Holly L. Lewis wife of James R. Lewis of Temple along with 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his grandson Brett R. Potteiger, March 16, 2013 and was also preceded in death by his siblings Naomi Webb, Mary Komlodi and Harold Webb.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Brett R. Potteiger Memorial Scholarship c/o Berks Career and Technology Center-East Campus, 3307 Friedensburg Road, Oley, PA 19547 attention Diesel Technology Department in memory of Mr. Robert E. Webb.

The family will receive friends July 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Services from Bean Funeral Home, North 16th & Rockland Streets, Hampden Heights, July 3, at noon. Rev. Katie Arana Lyon officiating. Interment will be held July 5, at 10 a.m. in Laureldale Cemetery.