Hamburg area obituaries

Alice K. Epting

Alice K. Epting, 80, died in the Laurel Center on March 10, 2014.

She was the widow of Clair L. Epting, Sr. who died January 13, 1980.

Alice was born in Reading and was the daughter of the late John and Kathryn (Kershner) Gensemer.

She is survived her son, Clair L. Epting, Jr. and his wife Janine Russ of Columbia, MD. and 2 daughters, Cathy Parker, Pensacola, FL. and Penny Epting, Orlando, FL. and 5 grandchildren.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, 40 S. 4th Street, Hamburg.

Online condolences may be made at www.burkeydriscoll.

Kenneth R. Grim

Kenneth R. Grim, 95, of Hamburg, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He was the husband of Dorothy L. (Bailey) Grim. They were married on October 5, 1946 and celebrated sixty-seven years of marriage.

Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Frederick and Florence (Hain) Grim. He was a graduate of Hamburg High School. Kenneth was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a radio operator for General Patton; and served in the 4th Armored Division. He also received the Bronze Star. Kenneth began working with his father at Grimís Music House; and then became the owner and operator of Grimís TV in Hamburg. He enjoyed working on old radios and building model airplanes. Kenneth was an avid bird watcher. He and his wife enjoyed annual trips to Point Pelee in Ontario. Kenneth and his wife Dorothy were volunteers at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for over twenty years; and in 2011, they were both recognized for their volunteer service. He was a member of Union Fire Company #1 and beneficial association, Hamburg.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: Brian K. Grim, husband of Beverly J. (Correll) Grim, Lenhartsville; and Kerry A. Grim, husband of Susan N. (Nothstein) Grim, Hamburg; and three grandchildren: Stephanie, Ellen and Kevin Grim.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg. Burial will be in St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529 or Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 69, Mohnton, PA 19540. For online condolences, please visit,

Mary Ann Balthaser

Mary Ann Balthaser, 79, of Hamburg, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Manor Care, Sinking Spring. She was the wife of Carl W. Balthaser, who died June 9, 1989.

Born in Penn Twp., she was the daughter of the late William F. and Florence (Schaeffer) Schlappich. She was a graduate of Penn-Bernville High School. Mary Ann worked as a dietary worker for twenty-five years for the Hamburg Center, retiring in 1996. She loved bingo and country music.

Surviving is one son: Carl W. Balthaser, Jr., and his wife Sandra L. (Zeiber) Balthaser, Hamburg; one daughter: Nancy L. (Balthaser), wife of Randy G. Faust, Perry Twp.; four grandchildren: Christopher and Raquel Balthaser; and Wesley and Tabetha Faust; and ten grandchildren. Mary Ann was predeceased by four brothers: Charles, William, Herbert, and Luther Schlappich; and four sisters: Lillian Boyer, Mollie Lutz, Pauline Shade, and Mildred Fry.

Services were held on Friday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg. Burial followed in Strausstown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to American Lung Association, 3001 Old Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. For online condolences, please visit,