Hamburg area obituaries

Virginia M. Wink

Virginia M. Wink, 82, of Hamburg died Friday, April 11, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. She was the wife of Arlan R. Wink, who died March 9, 1998.

Born in Mahanoy City, she was the daughter of the late Wassil and Mary (Sisak) Suda. She was a 1948 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. Virginia worked for Wrightís Knitting Mill, Hamburg, for 20 years until retiring in 1995. She was an actively involved member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Tilden Twp.; where she served as Eucharistic Minister and lector; past president and member of the Womenís Guild; and an associate member with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Virginia was involved in various community organizations. She was a charter member and past president of Hamburg Jaycee Wives and the Lioness Club of Hamburg. Virginia was a member of Women of Moose and College of Regents for over 30 years. She was a member of the Hamburg Senior Citizens, serving as Chaplain; and a member of the Hamburg Lions Club, where she was a board member, past president and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. Virginia was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Behler-Hein Post #637 American Legion, Hamburg; and a former secretary and treasurer of the Hamburg Area Band Boosters. Virginia will be remembered for portraying Mrs. Clause in the Hamburg Christmas parade and at various other events in Hamburg for many years.

Virginia is survived by three daughters: Mary Ann V. Wink Kline, wife of Wayne Kline, Hamburg; Elizabeth W. (Wink) wife of David Price, Columbus, NJ; and Nancy A. (Wink) wife of Ronald Harrington II, New Berlin, NJ; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a half-brother: Eugene Suda, Barnesville. She was predeceased by a half-brother: Basil Suda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 94 Walnut Rd., Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial will follow in St. Paulís (Smoke) Cemetery, Windsor Twp. A visitation will be held Monday, April 21, from 6-8:30 p.m. in Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg (off-street parking in rear) and Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the church. A Lions and Moose Service will be held during the visitation on Monday evening. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit


Charles W. Savage

Charles W. Savage, 96, formerly of Tilden Twp., died Saturday, April 12, 2014 in The Reading Hospital. He was taken there from Country Meadows, Wyomissing, where he resided since January 2011. Charles was the husband of Helen A. (Bagenstose) Savage, who died March 12, 1989.

Born in Tilden Twp., he was the son of the late Irvin S. and Lizzie M. (Lutz) Savage. Charles was a self-employed farmer until 1966. He then worked as a custodian at the Hamburg Area High School until 1983; and also drove school bus for the Hamburg Area School District for thirty-five years. Charles was a member of St. Michaelís Church, Tilden Twp. He was also a life member of Reading-Berks AAA; and a member of Union Fire Company No.1 and beneficial association, Hamburg. Charles enjoyed gardening.

Charles is survived by four sons: Ronald E. Savage, and wife Doris, Mechanicsburg; Marvin R. Savage, and wife Barbara, Blandon; Dennis C. Savage, and wife Darlene, Centerport; and Nevin B. Savage, and wife Janet, Upper Bern Twp.; two daughters: Kathleen A., wife of James Groff, Bern Twp.; and Nancy L. Savage, wife of Richard Minetti, Newark, Delaware; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a sixteenth great-grandchild is expected. He was predeceased by a son: Kenneth R. Savage, who died in 1938; two brothers: George and Carl Savage; and two sisters: Verna Curtis and Grace Bingaman.

Services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Michaelís Church, 529 St. Michaelís Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial will follow in St. Michaelís Cemetery, Tilden Twp. A viewing will be held in the church Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Michaelís Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Howard L. Miller

Howard L. Miller, ďSkip,Ē ďSkipper,Ē 74, of Hamburg, died Tuesday April 8, 2014, in his residence.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Lloyd E. and Lou Marguerite (Burkert) Miller. Howard worked as a machine operator for Interstate Paper Container for 30 years, and last worked for Steve Moyer Subaru in Temple and Leesport. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Howard was a member of Loyal Order of Moose #523 for over 25 years, Hamburg Game, Hamburg Legion #637, Port Clinton Fire Co., and Keystone Social Club. Howard was also a member of Elks & Moose in Delaware.

Howard is survived by a daughter, Debra A. Clauss and her companion Kenneth Sheetz, Richmond Twp., a brother: Edwin Miller, Reading, and two sisters: Dorothy Miller, Reading, and Edith Nye, Birdsboro. He was predeceased by his companion Joyce Geisinger, a daughter: Lori L. Miller, and a brother: George Miller.

A viewing was held on Saturday April 12 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. 65 S. 4th Street Hamburg (Off street parking in rear). A Loyal Order of Moose service was held also. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. at the above address to help the family defray funeral expenses. For online condolences, please visit

Mark D. Epting

Mark D. Epting, 70, of Perry Twp., died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Shirlene A. (Schlegel) Epting. They were married on August 27, 1966 and celebrated forty-seven years of marriage.

Born in Windsor Twp., he was the son of the late George S. and Sadie E. (Bausher) Epting. He was a 1962 graduate of Perry High School and a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Mark was a terminal operator and tractor trailer driver for Exxon Company USA for thirty years retiring in 2000. He then drove school bus for Chiefrunningbus for the Hamburg Area School District. Since 1984, Mark and his son Troy farmed together on their crop and beef farm, ďOnyx Meadow FarmsĒ in Perry Twp. Mark was a member of Zionís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perry Twp., where he was a former council member; and very involved with the churchís Peach Festival every year. Along with Franklin Clark, Mark co-founded and was a charter member of the Shoemakersville Area Lions Club; where he also served as President twice. Mark received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #523, Hamburg; and the Shoemakersville and Virginville Fire Companies. Mark loved farming; and his Oliver Ď77 tractor brought him a lot of joy.

Mark was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Troy M. Epting, husband of Robin (Wagner) Epting, Perry Twp.; and his pride and joy, granddaughter: Melanie Lynn Epting. Mark is also survived by two brothers: Carl Epting, Mertztown; and Glenn Epting, Virginville; and three sisters: Janet Schlegel, Hamburg; Joyce Epting, Hamburg; and Doreen Houptley, Boyertown.

Services were held from Zionís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 354 Zionís Church Road, Shoemakersville, PA 19555 with Rev. Dr. Dennis Ritter officiating. Burial followed in Zionís Cemetery, Perry Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to Zionís Ev. Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Edward M. Kotlarek

Edward M. Kotlarek, 70, of Upper Tulpehocken Twp, passed away Sunday, April 6 in Manor Care Health Services in Sinking Spring.

He was married to Jane E. (Whyte) Kotlarek.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice (Lisowski) Kotlarek.

He was employed by the U. S. Postal Service as a maintenance mechanic in the bulk mail center in Philadelphia for over thirty years.

He served in the Navy.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a skilled woodworker.

Additional survivors include his step children, Nannette Stahl, Andrew and John DiZio, and Jane Hummel all of Philadelphia.

There are thirteen step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

Also, a brother, Reynold Kotlarek of Lewes, DE.

A memorial service was held April 11 in the Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville.

A graveside service was held April 14 in St. Dominicís Cemetery, Philadelphia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Ave., Laureldale, PA 19605.