Hamburg area obituaries

Francis L. Dolny

Francis L. Dolny, “Frank”, 69, of Shoemakersville, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 in his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis L. Dolny, Sr., and Caroline M. (Famous) Dolny Plavcan. He was a graduate of Boyertown High School, and attended Pennsylvania State University for two years. Frank was a manager for Berks Medical Equipment until his retirement. He was a member of the Hamburg Game Association; Loyal Order of Moose #523, Hamburg; Shoemakersville and Leesport Fire Companies; and Kutztown Rod and Gun Club. Frank enjoyed going to flea markets; collecting coins and baseball cards; and gardening.

Frank is survived by his wife: Lucy J. (Lieb) Dolny, Topton; two sons: Matthew C. Dolny and Marcus V. Dolny, both of Topton; one daughter: Christina M. Dolny, fiancé of Ricky Dey, Oley Twp.; six grandchildren: Alysha, Donavan, Patrick, Christian, Joshua, and Leo; his companion: Donna M. Oster, Shoemakersville, and with whom he resided; and two brothers: David Playcan, and his wife Andee, Oley; and Victor Plavcan, Reading. He was predeceased by a brother: Michael Dolny.

An Irish Wake in Celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Leesport Fire Company Banquet Hall, 18 East Wall Street, Leesport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, in memory of Francis L. Dolny. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,


Dolores M. Yoder

Dolores M. Yoder, 80, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, April 16, 2014 in The Berks Heim. She was the wife of Paul A. Yoder, who died July 18, 1994.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Paul F. and Annie G. (Eickhoff) Riegel. She was a 1951 graduate of Hamburg High School. Dolores worked at King’s Market Restaurant, Hamburg as a kitchen worker and cleaner for 11 years, retiring in 2002. Dolores was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, and a lifetime member of Hamburg Moose Family Center No. 523. Dolores will always be remembered for her walks around Hamburg.

Dolores is survived by two sons: Russell L. Riegel, Sr., husband of Robin L. (Yerger) Riegel; and Alex P. Yoder, companion of Kelly L. Sassaman, both of Tilden Twp.; two daughters: Kathleen B. Riegel, wife of Erich S. Groot, Hamburg; and Stacey A. (Riegel), wife of Scott R. Yoder, Hamburg; four grandchildren: Russell Riegel, Jr., Lacey (Riegel) Mohn, Tiffany (Yoder) Rollman, and Geoffrey Yoder; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters: Marquerite “Pat” C. (Riegel) Crow; and Karen B. (Riegel) Baum, both of Tilden Twp. She was predeceased by two sisters: Anna (Riegel) Dixon and Dawn M. (Riegel) Moyer.

Services were held on Monday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery, Hamburg. Memorial contributions may be sent to Berks Heim Activity Fund, 1011 Berks Road, Leesport, PA 19533. For online condolences, please visit

Beverly J. Weller

Beverly J. Weller, 83, of Ontelaunee Twp., passed away Wednesday April 16 in the Reading Hospital of natural causes.

She was married to Charles G. Weller.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late William Strouse and Marian (Rentschler) Strouse.

She was a 1949 graduate of Muhlenberg High School and a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Tuckerton.

Additional survivors include her children, Stephen G. Weller, husband of Janell (Rickenbach) of Ontelaunee Twp. and D. Christine, wife of Steven Mittl of Berks Co.

There are two grandsons, Timothy G. and David R. Weller and one granddaughter, Jennifer.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd UCC, 170 Tuckerton Rd., Reading, PA 19605.

The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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. Michael’s 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 were held on Thursday from St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial followed in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tilden Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Michael’s 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, “Skip,” “Skipper,” 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, “Onyx Meadow Farms” in Perry Twp. Mark was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perry Twp., where he was a former council member; and very involved with the church’s 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 ‘77 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 Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 354 Zion’s Church Road, Shoemakersville, PA 19555 with Rev. Dr. Dennis Ritter officiating. Burial followed in Zion’s Cemetery, Perry Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to Zion’s 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. Dominic’s Cemetery, Philadelphia.

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