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Harry Herring

HARRY E. HERRING

Harry E. Herring, 100, of Allentown, passed away Dec. 27, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown.

Harry was born in Washington Township, on Dec. 12, 1913, a son of the late Katie (Bordner) and Elmer Herring.

He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Saul) Herring, to whom he was married 20 years.

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He was a member of Calvary Temple, Allentown PA.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He retired in 1979 as a professor from Kutztown University, where he was a Professor of Education.

Harry was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association.

In addition to his wife, Harry is also survived by a son, Donald E. Herring, of Azusa, Calif. and a grand daughter Jennifer T. Herring of England and Ireland.

He was preceded in death his brother, Robert A. Herring.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Calvary Temple, 3436 Winchester Road Allentown at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, with Pastor Ray Ricketts and Reverend William Witney co-officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Temple, 3436 Winchester Road, Allentown.

Interment will be at New Bethel Zion Cemetery, Grimsville.

To extend online condolences, visit, www.gsesfuneralhomes.com

Ebling Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona, is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN K. ESHERICK

Helen K. (Kohler) Esherick, 95, of Topton, formerly of Orefield, died Dec. 23, 2013 in the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the widow of Peter Esherick, who died June 2, 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret (Mauer) Kohler. Mrs. Esherick was a homemaker.

Survivors: Son, David, husband of Megan K. (McCullion) Esherick, Leesport; granddaughters, Rebecca S. (Esherick) Alexander and Melissa Esherick; and great granddaughter, Addison Alexander. She was predeceased by sisters, Alice (Kohler) Donohue and Frances Kohler.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

The family requests contributions be made to the Wharton Esherick Museum, P.O. Box 595, Paoli, PA 19301-0595, www.whartonesherickmuseum.org, or Canine Partners for Life, P.O. Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330-0170, www.k94life.org. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

IRVIN S. “BUDDY” SWOYER

Irvin S. “Buddy” Swoyer, 95, of Topton, passed away Dec. 23, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp.

He was the husband of Glenna A. (Beitler) Swoyer for 75 years this past November.

Born in Topton he was a son of the late Solon and Irma (Derr) Swoyer.

He worked for Sears in the Service and Maintenance Dept. for 37 years. Irvin was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Topton.

Survivors: wife, sons; Larry K. and wife Janet of Fleetwood, Leon I. of Breinigsville, daughter, Ardella L. wife of Charles Fegley of Zionsville, brother, Lowell of Topton, sisters; Mae Behn, Ruth Kistler and Meryl Anderson, all of Topton, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside Service was 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 at Grandview Cemetery, 2735 Walbert Ave., Allentown with the Rev. Roger M. Ulrich officiating. Interment followed immediately. Arrangements by Keller Funeral Homes, Inc., Fogelsville.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.KellerFuneralHomes.com.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the St. Peter’s U.C.C., 122 W. Franklin St., Topton, 19562.

GARY L. UNTERKOFLER

Gary L. Unterkofler, 58, of Centre Twp., died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was the husband of Rosemarie J. (Luckenbill) Unterkofler. They were married on Sept. 29, 1979 and celebrated 34 years of marriage.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Mildred L. (Kreider) Unterkofler.

He was a 1973 graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School. Gary was a self-employed crop farmer in Centre Twp. He enjoyed hunting and archery. Gary was a member of Lenhartsville Fish and Game Association; a life member of Shartlesville Fish and Game Association; and a member of Central Berks Fire Company and beneficial association, Centerport.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Justin E. Unterkofler, Centre Twp.; one daughter: Melissa A. Unterkofler, fiance of Geoffrey Griffiths, Kutztown; and two sisters: Janet, wife of Forest Machmer, and Karen, wife of Michael Harle, both of Centre Twp.

A Memorial Service was held on Dece. 28 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Gift of LIfe Family House, 401 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, in memory of Gary L. Unterkofler.

For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

CARRIE A. KEISER

Carrie A. Keiser, 78, a resident of Luther Meadows, Topton, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she was a resident since last spring. She was the widow of Ralph Keiser who died Dec. 8, 2004.

Born in Longswamp Township, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Helen May (Gambler) Greis.

Mrs. Keiser was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis.

She was also a member of the Pikeville Sportsmans Association. She was employed as a sewer for the former Royal Manufacturing, Alburtis, for many years. She also worked at Renningers Farmer’s Market, Kutztown, at the French Fry Stand for many years. Carrie enjoyed cooking, shopping, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Survivors: Stepson, Michael T., husband of Kathy Keiser, Carlisle; sisters, Pauline (Greis) Reinert, and Helen (Greis) Bower, both of Topton; brother, Arthur Greis, Alburtis. There are also four Godchildren, Scott A. Adam, Topton, Terry L. Adam, Harrisburg, Troy A. Adam, Mertztown, and Pamela Hafer, Fleetwood; and many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister Jean S. Adam, who died Sept. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 East Weis Street, Topton, with Reverend Jane M. Kropa officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Huff’s Church Union Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Flowers may be sent or contributions may be made to Huff’s Union Church Memorial Fund, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, PA 18011. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.