Henry F. Zerbe

Henry “Hank” F. Zerbe, 89, passed away Saturday Aug. 24 surrounded by his loving family at Country Meadows, Wyomissing where he resided for 2 ˝ years.

A life long resident of Bernville, he was the son of the late Francis H. and Mary K. (Bender) Zerbe. He graduated from Penn Bernville High School in 1942. He was married to the late Anne (Facynic) Zerbe for sixty two years.

He was employed from 1960 until his retirement in 1983 as postmaster at the Bernville Post Office. He served as a rural carrier at the Bernville Post Office for 1 ˝ years before being appointed postmaster. Prior to his postal service, he had been employed by the Veterans Administration.

An Army Air Force WWII veteran, Hank served in England, Northern Ireland, and Germany.


He was an active member and former council president of the Orthodox Church of St. Herman of Alaska, Shillington.

He was former secretary of Haag’s Cemetery Board in Bernville, Past President of Pagoda Toastmaster’s, Reading, Past President of Bernville Lions Club, Past Master and Secretary of Bernville Grange where he was a life member, and Past President of Western Berks Swimmers Assoc., Bernville and a member of the original board in 1958.

Also, Past President of Berks County Postmasters Assoc and a Past State President of National League of Retired Postmasters.

As a member of Toastmasters International he won the Area Humorous Speech competition with a talk entitled “The Outhouse-An Endangered Species”. After his retirement he spoke to over five hundred groups on the subject of outhouses.

Henry loved his family, friends, and community. He always had a joke and made everyone laugh. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf, watching the Phillies, doing crossword puzzles, and singing in the church choir and Barbershop Quartets.

Survivors include a daughter, Marianne (Ron) Melleby of Mount Joy and a son, Theodore F. Zerbe, DDS, of Voorhees, NJ.

There are two grandchildren, Derek (Heidi) Melleby and Kyra (Tony) Myers.

Also, five great grandchildren, Andrew, Molly, Jacob, Nathan, and Simon.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Francis and Alvin Zerbe.

A Funeral Service was held on Aug. 29 at the Orthodox Church of St. Herman of Alaska, Shillingtonwith Father John Onofrey officiating. Interment followed in Haag’s Cemetery, Bernville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to theBenevolent Fund at Country Meadows Retirement Community, 1802 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing, PA 19610. The family would like to thank the staff at Country Meadows, Wyomissing for their compassionate loving care and kindness.

Lloyd E. Dundor

Lloyd E. Dundore, 80, of Bethel, died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Spang Crest Manor, Lebanon.

He was the husband of Patricia E. (Wassel) Dundore to whom he was married 54 years on July 3.

Born in Lebanon on January 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Oscar and Elsie (Gundrum) Dundore.

A 1951 graduate of Myerstown High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was employed by Textile Machine Works and Rockwell International, both in Wyomissing, for over 30 years until his retirement.

A member of Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, Myerstown, he served with the Bethel Fire Police for 35 years, the Lebanon County Auxiliary Police, and was a scout master for Troop 489 in Bethel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Edward, husband of Michele Dundore of Myerstown, Thomas, husband of Barbara Dundore of Womelsdorf, Gerald, husband of Hope Dundore of Myerstown; grandchildren, Mark, Ryan, Katelyn and Holly Dundore; step-granddaughter, Katie Bucks; a sister, Virginia Shuey of Annville; brothers, Richard, husband of Arlene Dundore of Jonestown, Leroy, husband of Joan Dundore of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert T. Dundore; a sister, Elizabeth Miller; and brothers, Kenneth and Eugene Dundore.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 30from Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, Myerstown. Interment in Salem Reformed Cemetery, Bethel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Building Fund” of Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, 188 W. McKinley Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067, or Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Margaret L. Speicher

Margaret L. Speicher, 97, of Bernville, Jefferson Twp., passed away Sunday August 25 in the Reading Hospital.

She was married to the late Paul H. Speicher who passed away March 29, 2010. Margaret and Paul were married for sixty nine years and ten months.

Born in Penn Twp., she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Amy (Porter) Showers.

Margaret was co owner with her late husband Paul, of Speicher Exxon Service Station, located south of Bernville on Route 183, from 1953 until 1977

In earlier years she was also employed by Berkshire Knitting Mill and for ten years she was employed by Bernville Manufacturing Co. last working in 1987.

She was a member of North Heidelberg United Church of Christ where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

She enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include, her children, Rodney L. Speicher of Jefferson Twp., Brian L. Speicher husband of Ellen and Nancy L., wife of R. Robert Balthaser both of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One sister, Myrl, widow of Earl Speicher of Robesonia.

There are six grandchildren, Rick and Lance Balthaser, Vicki Crow, Stacy Salinas, and Shana and Shawn Speicher.

Also, twelve great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Warren Showers.

Funeral services were August 31 in the Kirkhoff Funeral Home,Bernville with Pastor Ron Hughes officiating. Interment follow edin North Heidelberg Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to North Heidelberg UCC, 211 Sheidy Rd., P.O. Box 111, Robesonia, PA 19551.

Ralph G. Manwiller

Ralph G. Manwiller, 84, of Bern Twp. passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 at Spruce Manor in West Reading.

He was the husband of Helen I. (Strunk) Manwiller.

Born in Bernville, on March 12, 1929, he was the son of the late Paul B. and Myrtle (Geiger) Manwiller.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army.

Services will be private.

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Shirley M. Strausser

Shirley M. Strausser, age 78, of Fleetwood, passed away August 24, 2013 in the Laurel Center, Hamburg. She was the wife of George E. Strausser.

Born on June 5, 1935 in Bern Township, she was the daughter of the late Walter M. Strause and Emma R. (Roth) Strause Shirley had worked for the former Crown Knitting Mills and Cinderella Mills, retiring after 30 years.

She was an associate member of the Schuylkill County Motorcycle Club and participated in many club road runs. Shirley loved to play bingo and going to yard sales. Wednesday’s was spent at the Leesport Farmer’s Market. She loved strawberries and would collect items with strawberry design on them. Naturally red was her favorite color.

Family was an important part of her life and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren was always top on her list of things to do.

Surviving is her husband George and daughter Bonnie L. (Strausser) Heffner wife of Richard A. Heffner of Fleetwood. Also surviving are three grandchildren Janelle L. Fenstermacher, Brandy M. Grubb and Amy B. Beetel. Great grandchildren Ty, Chase, Austin, Madelynn and Sarah.

Other survivors step grandchildren Richard J. Heffner and Jeremiah C. Heffner. Step great granddaughter Lillian Shirley was preceded in death by her sisters Helen M. Seaman, Virgina M. Phillips and Pearl M. Rentschler.

A funeral service was Wednesday at the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Inc., Fleetwood. Burial in St. John’s Gernant’s Cemetery.

Donald S. Stetzler

Donald S. Stetzler, 53 of Richmond Township died in his residence this past Friday, August 23.

Donald was born in West Reading and was the son of Donald G. and Mary Jane (Strausser) Stetzler of Shoemakersville.

Donald worked for the Dana Corporation for 25 years as a production supervisor. He worked as a maintenance Forman for Hamburg Manufacturing the past 3 years.

Donald was an avid racing fan.

In addition to his parents, Donald is survived by 2 sons, Scott M. of New Orleans, Louisiana and Tighe B. of Blandon; 1 sister, Sharon wife of Richard Becker, Hamburg, 1 brother, Mark husband of Cathy Stetzler and 2 granddaughters, Ava Stetzler and Dakota and 2 grandsons, Zander and Harley, and 1 nephew, Steven Stetzler, Shoemakersville.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 30 from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., Hamburg. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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Larry F. Wartzenluft

Larry F. Wartzenluft, 65, of Maxtawny Township, died August 25, 2013, in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was admitted August 19th. He was the husband of Diana L. (Oswald) Wartzenluft, whom he married September 23, 1967.

Born in Reading he was a son of the late Francis J. and Helen A. (Emore) Wartzenluft. Mr. Wartzenluft was a 1965 graduate of Kutztown Area High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Vietnam. He was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Kutztown, and also the Topton American Legion, Kutztown Fire Company, Alburtis, Kutztown, Mertztown, and Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Clubs, and also the Topton Fish and Game. He was employed as a loader operator for 38 years at Eastern Industries, Kutztown Quarry Division, retiring in 2010.

He is survived by Wife, Daughter, Jennifer L. (Wartzenluft) Levan, Lewes, DE; Sisters, Gloria M. (Wartzenluft) Oswald and Susan J. (Wartzenluft) Luckenbill, both of Topton, Bettie A. (Wartzenluft) wife of James C. Hirko, Jr., Mohrsville; Brother, Willard L., husband of Rayann R. (Frantz) Wartzenluft, Fogelsville. He was pre-deceased by sisters Tina L. Wartzenluft in 1959 and Linda M. Wartzenluft in 1989.

Funeral Services were Aug. 28from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Kutztown. Inurnment was private in New Bethel Zion Cemetery, Kutztown.

The family requests contributions be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown.