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Mark Westenhoefer

MARK L. WESTENHOEFER

Mark L. Westenhoefer, 61, of Kempton, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Diane J. (Krumanocker) Westenhoefer. They were married Jan. 20, 1973.

Born in Ephrata, he was a son of William Westenhoefer of Allentown, and the late Margaret E. (Wise) Westenhoefer.

Mark was a 1970 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School and Berks Vo-Tech, where he was certified in carpentry.

He was the owner and operator of Mark Westenhoefer Builders, Kutztown from 1984 until the present. Prior to that, he was employed as an assembler by Mack Truck, Inc., Allentown from 1973 until 1983.; and was formerly employed by Kutztown Foundry in their wood pattern making department.

Mark also owned a horse racing business, where he was a racehorse owner from 1995 to 2011, racing at Penn National Raceway, Grantville.

He was a member of The National Horsemenís Benevolence and Protective Association. Mark enjoyed fishing, horses, corvettes, traveling, and had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.

Survivors: Wife; Father; daughter, Reena L. (Westenhoefer), wife of Christopher J. Goetz, Hamburg; son, Wesley P., husband of Jaimyn M. (Sokol) Westenhoefer, Fleetwood; sisters, Barbara Jane (Westenhoefer), wife of James K. Rossnagel, East Greenville, Marda Ann (Westenhoefer) Smith, Pennsburg; brothers, W. Bryan, husband of Judy (Brown) Westenhoefer, David R. Westenhoefer, both of Kutztown; five grandchildren, Jailyn S. Franzone, Evan M. Westenhoefer, Charleigh J. Westenhoefer, Kirra G. Goetz, Mia G. Goetz.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, with Reverend Cheryl F. Meinschein officiating. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Dryville. Relatives and friends may call Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions may be made to the Mark L. Westenhoefer Grandchildren Education Fund c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

MILDRED R. (GREENAWALT) KERCHNER

Mildred R. (Greenawalt) Kerchner, 97, formerly of Lenhartsville passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 in Keystone Villa, Blandon, PA.

She was the widow of Burnette B. Kerchner who died January 28, 1992.

Mildred was born in Greenwich Township, January 2, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Edgar P. and Alice C. (Snyder) Greenawalt.

She was a graduate of Kutztown High School and a 1936 graduate of Kutztown State Teachers College, now Kutztown University. She taught in a one Ėroom school, Greenwich Township for seven years.

She was then appointed by Harry S. Truman in 1944 as the Lenhartsvilleís Postmaster and held this position for 36 years, retiring in June 1980. Mrs. Kerchner was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church of Hamburg, Eastern Star Blue Mountain Chapter, #443, National Association of Postmasters of the United States, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She is survived by her daughter, Jewell A. (Kerchner) wife of Dennis P. Miller, Lenhartsville; 1 grandson Blake S. husband of Jennifer Miller, Elizabethtown and a step great granddaughter, Elaine of Elizabethtown.

In addition to her husband, Mildred was predeceased by her brother, Norman Greenawalt and her son, LeRoy Dallas Kerchner.

Funeral services Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc. 40 S. 4th Street, Hamburg. A viewing will be held from 2 p.m. until time of service. The Eastern Star service will be held at 2:15 p.m.

Burial will follow in Friedenís Cemetery, Lenhartsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, 19526-1213.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.burkeydriscoll.com.

JANE L. LEIBENSPERGER

Jane L. (Stetzler) Leibensperger, 60, of Kutztown, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the companion of Kerry L. Meitzler, with whom she resided.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Grant J. Stetzler, who died Sept. 17, 2006, and the late Helen R. (Heffner) Stetzler, who died Jan. 1, 2013.

She was a member of Saint Johnís Lutheran Church, Kutztown. Jane was a 1970 graduate of Kutztown Area High School, and 1978 graduate of Kutztown University where she received her bachelor degree in elementary education.

She was employed as a preschool teacher by St. Johnís Lutheran Church Daycare, Kutztown, for more than 25 years, last working in September. She also was employed as a waitress by The Airport Diner, Kutztown, for more than 20 years, last working in September.

Survivors: Companion; sons, Marlowe G. Leibensperger, Jr., husband of Erin C. Konta, Maplewood, N.J., Eric M., husband of Beth Gardiner, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; brother, Steven G., husband of Diane E. (Jones) Stetzler, Lyon Station; three grandchildren, Alison E., Ryan M., and Jack M. Leibensperger. She was pre-deceased by a son, Brian A. Leibensperger in 1986.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. in Saint Johnís Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Susan F. Fox and Reverend Donald B. Landis officiating. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Dryville. Relatives and friends may call Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church Daycare, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

JOHN L. SARGEANT

John L. ďSargeĒ Sargeant 84, of The Haven at Springwood, York, formerly of Kutztown, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Rest Haven Nursing Home, York, where he resided most recently.

Born in Newark, N.J., he was a son of the late Thomas R. and Edna Sargeant. John was a 1947 graduate of Belleville Public Schools, Belleville, N.J.

Mr. Sargeant was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, with service during the Korean War.

John was employed first as a patrolman with the Pottstown Police Department from 1962 to 1965; he then worked as an enforcement agent for the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement from 1965 to 1983. He then served as a deputy sheriff with the Berks County Sheriffís Office, Reading, to complete his law enforcement career in 1995. Sarge was a member of Berks Lodge #71, Fraternal Order of Police; Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion, Topton, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, Reading. He also was a member of Kutztown Fire Company where he served as a member of the Fire Police Unit.

Survivors: Sons, Thomas R., husband of Diane M. (Crumbling) Sargeant, York, MSgt. Sean P., husband of Dolores Sargeant, Camp Pendleton, CA; daughters, Sandra J. (Sargeant), wife of Dale M. Gresh, Reading, and Kathy (Sargeant), wife of James D. Williams, Scranton. Other survivors include 7 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. There is also a brother, Norman J. Stein, San Jose, CA.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Interment, with military honors provided by Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard, Topton, and the U.S. Air Force, will follow in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Fleetwood. Friends may call Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

IRENE S. STAUDT

Irene S. Staudt, 94, a resident of Juniper Village in Lebanon, and formerly of Hamburg passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.

Her husband, Elwood B. Staudt died April 6, 2010.

Born in Lower Heidelberg Twp., on August 23, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Herbert J. and Florence (Staudt) Sheidy.

She was a graduate of Wilson High School, a graduate of Kutztown Normal School, and earned her Masterís Degree from Kutztown University.

Irene retired from the Hamburg Area School District.

She was a member of St. Johnís (Hainís) U.C.C. Wernersville, where she served in the Womenís Fellowship and was a former Sunday School Teacher.

She was also a member of the Shartlesville Lions Club; the Reading Camping Club; a member of the Starduster Square Dancing Club; and the Retired Teacherís Association.

She is survived by a daughter, Renee S. wife of David L. Fossey, Townsend, MA; a son, Glenn E. Staudt husband of Debbie H., Elizabethtown; two sisters, Marie Brumbach, Oley; and Frances Sheidy, Wernersville; five grandchildren, Kara Fossey wife of Paul Larrivee, Betsy wife of Bret Staudt Willet, Ben Staudt, Kyle Fossey, and Angela Staudt; and a great granddaughter, Emma Staudt Willet.

She was also predeceased by a sister, Catharine Sheidy; and a brother, Herbert Sheidy.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a..m at St. Johnís (Hainís) U.C.C., Wernersville, with Rev. Dr. Jon A. Fogle officiating.

Inurnment will follow at Hainís Church Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís (Hainís) U.C.C., 591 N. Church Rd., PO Box 148, Wernersville, PA 19565.

Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Inc., Wernersville is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.lammandwitman.com.

KENNETH R. LERCH, SR.

Kenneth R. Lerch, Sr., 81, of Reading, passed away October 27, 2013 in the Mifflin Center.

He was the husband of Linda J. (Wise) Lerch, whom he married almost 36 years ago on December 7, 1977.

Born April 24, 1932 in Reading, he was a son of the late Samuel D., Sr. and Mamie V. (Fink) Lerch.

Kenneth was a 1950 graduate of Reading High School and a 1954 graduate of Kutztown State Teaching College.

He worked for the Schuylkill Valley School District from 1954 to 1991, teaching English, History, and Driver Education. In 1960 he served as Student Council Advisor and was the Chairman of the Social Studies Department. From 1971 to 1991 he proudly served as the Athletic Director. After his retirement from the school district in 1991 he worked as a courier for ASAP Courier Corp., Wyomissing, until August of this year.

Ken was the President of the Berks County High School Athletic Association in 1976. He also the Director for the District III P.I.A.A. Sectional Wrestling Tournament, District III Regional Wrestling Tournament, and District III P.I.A.A. Wrestling Program. He was inducted in the P.I.A.A. District III Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1995, the Berks County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994 and in 2013 was the inaugural inductee for the Schuylkill Valley Hall of Fame. He was also the Chairman of the Schuylkill Valley School Lights project and was involved with Panthers-on-Parade and produced and co-directed Oklahoma!, the first Broadway musical at Schuylkill Valley High School in 1996.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth R. Lerch, Jr., Reading; his step-daughters that he loved as his own: Laurie J., wife of Jeffrey Sauder, Denver, and Betsy L., wife of Jim Eichelberger, Mechanicsburg and his grandson, the joy of his Pop-Popís life, Nathan J. Sauder, Denver. Also surviving are his brother, Ralph Lerch, Reading, and his sister-in-law, Patricia Lerch, Reading. Three nieces: Kandis L., wife of William Moser, Sinking Spring; Karen, wife of Jim Raszkiewicz, Reading; Kathleen, wife of Tom Horton, VA; as well as many great nieces and a great-great niece and nephew also survive him.

Ken was predeceased by his brother, Samuel D. Lerch, Jr.

Services were Saturday in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading, with Pastor Dennis Trout officiating. Burial was private in Grand View Memorial Park, Annville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schuylkill Valley H.S. Athletics c/o Schuylkill Valley H.S. Athletic Department, Attn: Kenneth Lerch Memorial Fund, 929 Lakeshore Dr., Leesport, PA 19533. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.

JAXEN THOMAS CLARK

Jaxen Thomas Clark, infant son of Michael J. and Lisa A. (Goos) Clark, Hamburg, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013 in St. Christopherís Hospital for Children, Philadelphia.

He was born in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Surviving in addition to his parents is one brother: Damian M. Clark; paternal grandmother: Tammy L. Vinogradov, fiance of John Decker, Milton; paternal grandfather: Gary M. Clark, Dickinson, Texas; and maternal grandfather: David Goos, Lady Lake, Florida. Jaxen is also survived by his paternal great-grandmother: Donna Bridgers, Lenhartsville; maternal great-grandparents: Robert and Darlene Clark, Dickinson, Texas; and his aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother: Janet Ziegler; and paternal great-grandfather: Cal Bridgers.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg, PA 19526. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home at the above address. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

RUTH E. DRY

Ruth E. (Muth) Dry, 86, of Kutztown, formerly of Mertztown, died Nov. 2, 2013 in Kutztown Manor Nursing Home, where she resided since March.

She was the widow of James L. Dry who died Nov. 15, 2004.

Born in Lehigh County, she was a daughter of the late Oscar P, Sr. and Mamie L. C. (Reith) Muth.

Mrs. Dry was a member of Saint Paulís Lutheran Church, Mertztown.

She worked in housekeeping at The Lutheran Home at Topton for more than 10 years.

Survivors: Daughter, Sally S. (Dry) wife of Randy Barlet, Mertztown, sons, James D. husband of Dona M. (Tadayeski) Dry, Alburtis, Robert L. Dry, Reading, Irvin P. husband of Roxanne (Hilbert) Dry, Walnutport and Carl L. Dry, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Meda E., Andrew S. and Ryan P. She was predeceased by a daughter, Clara A. Dry in 1947.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment in Longswamp Union Cemetery, Mertztown. There are no public calling hours. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.