Hamburg area obituaries

William B. Anthony

William B. Anthony, of Saline, MI, formerly of Diamondhead, MS, 77, died Wednesday morning, January 29, 2014 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born on September 9, 1936 in Reading, Pennsylvania to William B. and Marian (Evans) Anthony.

Bill graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor degree and then went on to Millersville State College where he received his Masters in education. On June 14, 1958 he married H. Phoebe Achenbach in Hamburg and she survives. Prior to moving to Saline in March of 2013, they lived in Diamondhead, Mississippi, Peachtree City, Georgia, Milan, Michigan, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Hamburg. Bill was a Supervisor of Education Administration for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was also a member of Diamondhead Presbyterian Community Church, enjoyed golfing and traveling in his RV.

Besides his wife Phoebe, he is survived by three children; Sue (Don) Tomford of Saline, Scott Anthony of Oxnard, California, Jane (Jeff) Wobser of Findlay, Ohio, four grandchildren; Ashley (James) Golden of Milan, Kimberly (Ryan) Sanders of Marietta, Alabama, Kristy (Matt) Gorman of Dexter, Kari (Ryan Allison) Tomford of Hamburg, New Jersey, a sister Dawn (Byrd) Stoudt of Scotland, Pennsylvania, two nieces, two nephews and faithful companion, his dog Sophie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place and he will be placed in the memorial garden at the Diamondhead Community Church in the spring. Those desiring to make contributions, may make them to the church music fund in care of Diamondhead Community Church, 5301Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead, MS. 39525.

Kenneth A. Frederick

Kenneth A. Frederick, 65, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Molly R. (Moyer) Frederick. They were married on July 19, 1980 and celebrated 33 years of marriage.

Born in West Reading, he was the son of the late Allen and Esther Frederick. He was a truck driver for AWI Shur-Fine and a member of Teamsters Local #429. Kenneth enjoyed NASCAR and playing the lottery.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: Allen J. Frederick and Paul J. Frederick, both of Hamburg; and three sisters: Irene D. Noll, Fleetwood; Clara Rothenberger, Oley; and Shirley Frey, Kutztown.

According to Kennethís wishes, there will not be a service. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Harold M. Geisinger

Harold N. Geisinger, 84, formerly of Centre Twp., died Friday, January 31, 2014 in the Laurel Center, Tilden Twp., where he resided since August 2008. He was the husband of Mary Jane (Strohm) Geisinger, who died March 27, 2003.

Born in Limerick Twp., Montgomery Co., he was the son of the late Samuel and Mabel (Orr) Geisinger. Harold was a 1949 graduate of Royersford High School. He first worked as a glazier for Berks Lehigh Glass, Reading. Harold then owned and operated Geisingerís Glass Shop for over thirty years until 2000. He was a member of Salem (Bellemanís) Church, Centre Twp. Harold was also a member of Central Berks Fire Company and relief association, Centerport.

Harold is survived by one son: Barry N. Geisinger, widower of Cathleen J. (Ohlinger) Geisinger, Centerport; two daugthers: Carol A. (Geisinger), wife of Rev. Barry L. Spatz, Fredericksburg; and Debbie J. (Geisinger), wife of Curtis G. Moyer, Myerstown; six grandchildren: Matthew L. Spatz, and his wife Meagen; Phillip M. Spatz; Keri L. Moyer; Brandon C. Moyer; Chelsea H. Geisinger; and Megan J. Geisinger; and one great-granddaughter: Myka.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Fairview (Bellemanís) Cemetery, Centre Twp. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Beulah M.A. Berk

Beulah M.A. Berk, 90, formerly of Tilden Twp. and Muhlenberg Twp., died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in the residence of her niece with whom she resided in Carrollton, Texas. She was the wife of Allen J. Berk, who died May 18, 1998.

Born in Albany Twp., she was the daughter of the late Edwin D. and Minnie (Snyder) Oldt. Beulah worked as a sewing machine operator for nineteen years for the former Burkey Underwear Company, Hamburg, retiring in 1965. She also helped her husband in his furniture store, Berkís Furniture. Beulah was a member of New Bethel Church, Albany Twp.

Beulah is survived by one niece: Nancy L., wife of Glenn G. Grube, of Carrollton, Texas and with whom she resided. She was predeceased by a sister: Irene M. Savidge; and a nephew: James Berk, Jr.

Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off street parking in rear). Burial will follow in New Bethel Cemetery, Albany Twp. A viewing will be held in the funeral home 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For online condolences, please visit,

Ruth B. Fritz

Ruth B. Fritz, 92, of St. Lawrence, and formerly of Shoemakersville, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the wife of John W. Fritz, who died May 31, 1977.

Born in Mohrsville, she was the daughter of the late Stella (Blatt) Dresh. She worked for the Leesport Bank, retiring as a supervisor. Ruth was a member of St. Lukeís Church, Shoemakersville.

Ruth is survived by one daughter: Gloria A. (Fritz), wife of Robert L. Steckbeck, Exeter Twp., one grandson: Brian Steckbeck and his wife Tina; and one great-grandson: Justin. She is also survived by one sister: Betty Elliott, Mt. Penn. Ruth was predeceased by three brothers: William Donald, Richard, and Ray Dresh.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Lukeís Cemetery, Perry Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Lukeís Church, Fifth and Franklin Streets, Shoemakersville, PA 19555. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

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