Hamburg area obituaries

Robert L. Brown

Robert L. Brown, 62, of Hamburg, died February 7, 2014 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Rose M. (Weyandt) Brown, who died December 3, 2001.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Howard and Ethel (Bisele) Brown. Robert worked at the Hamburg Center in the food services department. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg. Robert enjoyed taking walks, Elvis and doing crafts.

Robert is survived by one daughter: Jennifer B. (Brown), wife of Eric Wegman, Hamburg; and two sisters: Darlene Brown and Kathy Stichter, both of Leesport. He was predeceased by a brother: Howard Brown, Jr., and a sister: Evelyn Perfetto.

Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off street parking in rear). Burial will follow in Berks County Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held on Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., to assist the family with final expenses or Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 80338 #38269, Chicago, IL 60680-3338. For online condolences, please visit,


John A. Heckman

John A. Heckman, 82, of Mohrsville, died Monday, February 3, 2014 in his residence. He was the husband of Christine A. (Mitchell) Heckman. They were married on March 26, 1955 and celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Born in Strausstown, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Schlappich) Heckman. John was a U.S.Army veteran. He worked as a plumber for Blanski and Phillips, Reading, for thirty years until his retirement. John was a 50-year member of Plumbers Union of Philadelphia Local 690. He was a member of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Leesport. John was also a member of Central Berks Fire Company and relief association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing with his great-grandkids. John was also a Philadelphia Phillies fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Perry A. Heckman, husband of Lori E. (Swendsen) Heckman, Mohrsville; one daughter: Denise A. (Heckman), wife of Timothy J. Emmick, Mohrsville; four grandchildren: Brandon, and his wife Jennifer; Devon, and his fiancé Kristin; Cory, and his wife Bonnie; and Erica, and her husband Dana; and three great-grandchildren: Addison, Logan, and Bradyn. John is also survived by two brothers: Michael Heckman, Rehrersburg; and James Heckman, Womelsdorf; and one sister: Dolores Hickernell, Trout Run. He was predeceased by a grandson: Dustin John Emmick; and three siblings.

A visitation with the family was held on Feb. 6 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport,. Burial was private in Fairview (Belleman’s) Cemetery, Centre Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany E.C. Church, 308 Main Street, Leesport, PA 19533, in memory of John A. Heckman. For online condolences, please visit,

Fern L. Werley

Fern L. (Blake) Werley, 83, of Penn Twp., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Reading Hospital of natural causes.

She was married to Robert W. Werley, Fern and Robert celebrated sixty five years of marriage.

Born in Reading on August 17, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Charles Blake and Cora (Geisinger) Blake.

Fern was the owner and operator, along with her husband Robert, of Werley’s Exxon Station in Bern Twp. for many years.

She was a 1948 graduate of Reading High School.

She was a member of Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church. A member of the Senior Berners and the Healthy Steppers.

She volunteered at the Oley Fire Co. and enjoyed traveling, sewing, and gardening.

Additional survivors include her children, Diane L., wife of Daniel E. Levengood of Oley and Lanny R, husband of Sandi of Leesport.

There are five grandchildren, Dawn L., wife of Alan Roman and Dena L., wife of Thomas Kauffman both of Oley, Steven L. Werley, husband of Angie of Hamburg, Heather Werley of Lebanon, and Lauren, wife of Phil Evans of Leesport.

Also, eight great grandchildren.

There is one sister, Joan Hoffman of Reading.

Funeral services were Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church, 820 West Leesport Rd., Leesport, PA, 19533 with Rev. David Roper officiating. Interment followed in Bern Cemetery.

Family and friends were invited for a visitation with the family on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until time of service in the church.

The Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church at the above address.

Leon G. Schmehl

Leon G. Schmehl, 90, of Muhlenberg Twp., entered into eternal rest Thursday, Feb. 6 at ManorCare in Laureldale.

He was the husband of Mary Jane (Adams) Schmehl.

Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Alvin and Minnie (Lengel) Schmehl.

Leon graduated from Ontelaunee Vocational School in 1942. He subsequently attended Mastbaum Vocational School, Penn State Extension, Muhlenberg Votec, and ICS.

Leon taught adult education for 13 years at night at Berks Votec. He was also employed in the electrical field at various locations from 1946-1986 and served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodwork.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Richard L. Schmehl, husband of Roberta A. (Pawlik) of Ontelaunee Twp.

There are four grandchildren: Collin R. Schmehl of Ontelaunee Twp.; Courtney J. (Schmehl), wife of Mark J. Shober of Elizabeth, NJ; Brian L. Schmehl, husband of Stephanie of Royal Center, IN; and Brent A. Schmehl of Logansport, IN; and three great-grandchildren: Angela, Seth, and Emily Schmehl, all of Royal Center, IN.

Also surviving is a brother, Clayton Schmehl, husband of Helen of Bethel Twp.

Leon was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred E. (Marks) Schmehl in 1951.

He was also predeceased by three brothers: Herbert, Marvin, and Clarence Schmehl; and one sister, Miriam Kurtz.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., 4914 Kutztown Rd., Temple, with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Entombment will follow in the Laureldale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Contributions in Leon’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at

Arlan E. Wessner

Arlan E. Wessner, 83, of Fleetwood, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4 in his residence of natural causes.

He was married to Dorothy A. (Gontkovsky) Wessner.

Born in Maidencreek Twp., he was the son of the late George Wesner and Verna (Keim) Wesner.

He was a truck driver for Wetterau Foods in Muhlenberg Twp. for many years and he also served in the Army.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Fleetwood.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and traveling to Riverdale, Delaware with his family for vacationing and fishing.

He also was a craftsman, especially skilled in woodworking.

He was a bus driver for Fleetwood Community Bus.

Additional survivors include his daughters, Donna Christman of Blandon and Debra Wenrich of Orlando, Florida.

There are four grandchildren, David Pressley, Michael Wenrich, Brian Deoliveira, and Melissa Bojan.

Also, twelve great grandchildren, Hannah, Isabella, Nico, and Gianna Deoliveira, Adrian, Darius, Domonic, Kaden, Cameron, and Logan Bojan, and Dylan and Anna Wenrich.

Also, a brother, Terry Wesner of Pomaria, SC.

He is predeceased by two sisters, Miriam Reppert and Margaret Carlton.

Funeral services were Feb. 7 in the Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple with Rev. Patrick W. Morris officiating. Interment followed in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.