Matthew Bortz
Matthew Bortz

Matthew J. Bortz, 28

Matthew J. Bortz, 28, of Mohrsville, was killed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 as the result of a traffic accident in the 400 block of Park Road, Richmond Township.

He was the husband of Lauren E. (Pugliese) Bortz. They were married Dec. 17, 2007.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of Janice L. (Oxenford), wife of David S. Sobotka, Esq., and Jeffrey H. Bortz, both of Kutztown.

Matthew was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown.


He was a 2003 graduate of Kutztown Area High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Kutztown University in 2007.

Matthew was employed in production at East Penn Manufacturing Company, Lyon Station, last working Dec. 4, 2012.

He was a loving father and husband. He was always willing to help others.

Survivors: In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by daughters, Ryleigh M. and Lyla S. Bortz, both at home, and his maternal grandmother, Helen M. (Levengood) Oxenford, Douglassville. Other survivors include a sister, Julie Ann Bortz fiancé of Walter Johnson, Bear, DE, brother, Andrew M. husband of Jane V. (Balas) Bortz, Conshohocken, Montgomery County and step sisters, Jessica R. (Sobotka) wife of David Stahler, and Kaitlin A. Sobotka, both of Wyomissing and step brother, Kevin D. Sobotka, Kutztown.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown with Reverend Susan F. Fox officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours or viewing.

The family requests contributions be made in lieu of flowers to the Matthew J. Bortz Memorial Fund for daughters Ryleigh M. and Lyla S. Bortz, c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292. Online condolences may be recorded at

Margaret S. Bortz, 95

Margaret S. Bortz, 95, of Kutztown, died Dec. 7, 2012 in ManorCare Nursing Home, Laureldale. She was the wife of Paul H. Bortz, whom she married Aug. 31, 1940.

Born in Rockland Township, she was a daughter of the late Jeremiah B. and Sallie S. (Schaeffer) Stahler.

She was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Fleetwood.

She was self-employed as a cleaning lady, working in private homes for 15 years. She was also a member of the Sunshine Society.

Survivors: Her husband is her only immediate survivor. She was predeceased by three brothers.

Funeral Services Dec. 11, at 10:30 a.m. from New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood, with Reverend Elizabeth A. Haines officiating. Interment in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery, Fleetwood. Friends may call Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the church.

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Klara H. Reider, 92

Klara H. Reider, 92, formerly of Kutztown, passed away at Manor Care Laureldale on Dec. 2, 2012.

She was the wife of the late James J. Reider who passed in 1982.

Born on Feb. 3, 1920 in Breslau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late August and Elisabeth (Rösner) Grunschel.

She was a member of Maidencreek Church in Blandon.

Klara had operated a dog training and grooming service for many years.

Surviving are her children: sons Harri Klinner and his wife Hanne of Coburg, Germany and Klaus J. Reider and his wife Marie of Blandon; Two daughters Jutta (Klinner) wife of Francis Berger, Conway, S.C. and Christine (Reider) wife of Scott Quade, Bluffton, S.C. Klara also had 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Inc., 117 West Main Street, Fleetwood. A viewing will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. and conclude at the beginning of the service. Burial will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens. Contributions can be made to either the memorial fund of Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Blandon or the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 North 11th Street, Reading, Pa 19604. Online condolences can be made at

Doris M. Adams, 79

Doris M. Adams, 79, of Fleetwood, passed away on Dec. 3, 2012 surrounded by her family at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born on Dec. 8, 1932 in Richmond Township, she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Catherine (Fetter) Gehret.

Doris had worked at Linette Quality Chocolates, retiring after 33 years. She than worked as a security guard at East Penn Manufacturing for 17 years.

She was a member of Becker’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fleetwood.

Doris loved being with her family. Other interest included playing bingo, going to the casinos and watching the Phillies.

Surviving is a daughter Jacqueline D. (Adams) wife of LeRoy Wyler of Hamburg and a son John F. Adams husband of Robin L. (Shuman) Adams of Soldotna, Alaska. Other survivors include six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her sister Marian (Gehret) Gift and brothers Richard Gehret and Robert Gehret.

Funeral services will be Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. from the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Inc. 117 West Main Street, Fleewood. A viewing will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to time of service. Contributions can be made to the memorial fund of Becker’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 265 Maidencreek Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Online condolences can be made at

Margaret Elizabeth (Knechtle) DeLay, 97

Margaret Elizabeth (Knechtle) DeLay, 97, of Reading, died Dec. 5, 2012 in ManorCare Health Services, Muhlenberg Township.

She was the wife of Roy George DeLay, who died June, 1960.

Born in Stony Creek on Sept. 14, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Reich) Knechtle.

She was employed as a seamer with the Berkshire Knitting Mills and as a laborer with Halbeisen Kitchens before retiring in 1978.

Margaret is survived by a son, Roy E., husband of M. Theresa (Eagan) DeLay of Fleetwood.

Other survivors include three grandchildren: Roy M., husband of Karen (Watchilla) DeLay of Mountain Top, Luzerne County; Michael D., husband of Janice (Rothenberger) DeLay of Fleetwood and Michele A. (DeLay), wife of Scott Schoener of Fleetwood.

There are also nine great grandchildren surviving.

Services Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale. A viewing one hour prior to services. Burial in Spies-Zion Cemetery, Alsace Township. For online condolences, visit

Jeanette D. Dunkelberger, 85

Jeanette D. Dunkelberger, 85, of Sinking Spring, passed away Dec. 6, 2012 at the Kutztown Manor.

Her husband, Leon G. Dunkelberger died in 1993.

Born in Reading, on Aug. 28, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles Kulp, Jr. and Dorothy K. (Hittner) Kulp.

Jeanette was employed as a Ward Clerk at the Reading Hospital from 1961 until retiring in 1989.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sinking Spring, where she was active in the Church Library.

She was instrumental in starting Friends of the Sinking Spring Library, a member of the Reading Literacy Council, and the Wernersville Senior Center.

She is survived by two sons, Darryl R. Dunkelberger husband of Diane L., Sinking Spring; and Glenn A. Dunkelberger husband of Robin L., Sinking Spring; a brother, Gerald Kulp husband of Nancy, Fleetwood; three grandchildren, Eric R. Dunkelberger, Brad A. Dunkelberger, and Jenifer D. Dunkelberger, and five great grandchildren, Zayne A. Scott, Dai M. Scott, Macaih A. Scott, Erica M. Dunkelberger, and Henry J. Dunkelberger.

She was also predeceased by a brother, Charles J. Kulp.

Services Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Inc., Wernersville, with Rev. Harry S. Bohn Jr. officiating. Interment at Hain’s Church Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Monday 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 E. Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605 or to the Alzheimers Association, (Delaware Valley Chapter), 100 North 17th Street, 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103. Online condolences may be made at

Evelyn M. Haertter-Braunstein, 89

Evelyn M. Haertter-Braunstein, 89, of Telford, Hatfield, and Lansdale, passed away on Nov. 30, 2012, in Paradise Manor, Hatfield. She was the wife of the late Isidore Braunstein, and the late William Hoyt Haertter.

Born in Pillow, PA, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Ella (Brosious) Gessner.

She was employed as a computer operator in cost accounting for Merrill Y. Landis, Ltd. in Telford prior to her retirement. In her earlier years, she worked in accounts payable in the office of Rosenberger Dairies in Hatfield.

Mrs. Braunstein was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hatfield where she loved teaching the pre-K Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Reliance Chapter 503, joining in 1948.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. Klock of Phoenixville, two grandchildren: David Klock of Norristown, and Kimberly Landis and her husband Dewey of Kutztown, as well as her nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Gessner and a sister, Shirley Brennen.

Funeral Services will be held on Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church, 25 W. Broad St., P O Box 57, Hatfield, PA 19440. Interment will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Grace Lutheran Church at the above address. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford.

Clinton A.H. Sechler, 72

Clinton A.H. Sechler, 72, of Kutztown, died Dec. 3, 2012 in his residence.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Clinton A., and Lillian S. (Fegley) Sechler.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Sechler was employed as a truck driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), Reading, for 43 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a former member of the East Penn Jeep Club.

For the last several years, Mr. Sechler cared for family friend, Fred W. Kemmerer, who died Sept. 7, 2011.

He is survived by daughter Shari and son Tod, brothers, Larry D., husband of Judy L. (Acker) Sechler, Mertztown, Donald L., husband of Carol A. (Fisher) Sechler, Kutztown. He was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Sechler, and sister, Patricia A. (Sechler) Dini.

Funeral services will be held Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown. Interment, with military honors provided by Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard, Topton, and the United States Army, will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown. Friends may call Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. The family requests contributions be made to Huff’s Union Church Memorial Fund, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, PA 18011 or St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530. Online condolences may be recorded at

Elliot S. Werst, 57

Elliot S. Werst, 57, of Tilden Twp., died Dec. 4, 2012 of natural causes in the Reading Hospital.

He was husband of Pamela A. (Kocher) Werst, to whom he was married for 24 years.

Born in Stony Run, a son of Le Roy A. Werst, of Topton, and the late Edith M. (Snyder) Werst.

A graduate of Kutztown Area High School, he also attended the University of Wyoming.

He was employed by the Berks County Prison, for 27 years retiring in 2006 as Chief Deputy Warden. He later worked for the Sherwin William Warehouse, Fredericksburg, Lebanon Co.

He was a devoted fan of the Wyoming Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, baseball cards, and animals.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by: a son, Charles R. and a daughter, Cassandra L., both of Williamsport and a brother, Lee S., Arlington, VA.

Elliot was our hero and will be missed.

Funeral Services will be held Dec. 8, at 11 a.m., from the Edward J Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc., 346 W. Main St., Kutztown, PA 19530. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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D. Seth Fuoti, 21

D. Seth Fuoti, 21, of Blandon passed away Dec. 5, 2012 in a car accident.

Seth was born on Aug. 22, 1991 to Gerald J. and Wendy L. (Colbert) Fuoti of Blandon.

Seth was a 2010 graduate of Fleetwood High School and a junior at Kutztown University majoring in leisure and sport management.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters Hunter Anne Fuoti and Kylie Marie Fuoti both at home, Maternal Grandmother Ruth (Noss) Stoker; Maternal Step Grandfather Paul C. Stoker both of Blandon and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

To his twin sisters, Hunter and Kylie, he was their protector here on earth and will now be their guardian angel. He was an amazing son, brother, and friend. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten by family and friends.

His life would seem too short to many, but those who met Seth understood the positive impact he made on so many others. He touched everyone’s lives that he came into contact with and was admired by all. He always had a smile on his face and would do anything to make the people around him happy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crohn’s Disease Research, c/oPenn State Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.

Friends and relatives will be received Monday, Dec. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 10 to 11 a.m.

Services will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. in Bean Funeral Home, 3825 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring. Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Shirley M. I. (Manmiller) Poling, 83

Shirley M. I. (Manmiller) Poling, 83, of Fleetwood, died Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2012 in the Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading. Shirley was also known by the nickname “Dolly.”

Shirley was the widow of John Lorah and Everett Poling.

Mrs. Poling was born in Blandon on Sept. 30, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Estella (Tobias) Manmiller.

Surviving are four children: Bonnie L., widow of Daniel Mayer, of Muhlenberg Township; Dennis C. Lorah of Alsace Township; Robert Lorah of Traveler’s Rest, SC; and Scott A., husband of Gail Lorah, of Fleetwood.

She had several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Poling was predeceased by three children: Mary Quillman, John Lorah, and Barry Lorah.

Shirley was a member of the Pike Township Sportsman’s Association. She retired from Quaker Maid Kitchens of Leesport, and had previously been employed by Deka and the J&L Shirt Factory.

Funeral services from Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc. Temple on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Grant Wickert officiating. Family and friends may call Tuesday 6 p.m. until time of services. Interment private in Maidencreek Cemetery.

Contributions may be offered in Shirley’s memory to the charity or church of your choice. Condolences may be offered at