Hamburg area obituaries

Allen Hartman
Allen Hartman

Allen L. Hartman

Allen L. Hartman, 64 of Windsor Township passed away on June 3 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Preceded in death by his parents Allen D. and LaRue (Spatz) Hartman.

Survivors include his loving wife Darlene (Brobst) Hartman of 42 years. In addition to his wife, Allen is survived by a son and daughter in-law Scott and Tiffany Hartman of Lebanon, Ohio, a daughter and son in-law Crystal and Jeffrey Baird II of Shillington, and 2 grandchildren, Madison and Colton Hartman also of Lebanon, OH. He is also survived by a brother, Bryan (Gayle) Hartman of Durham, NC. and a sister Kathleen (John) Reitz , West Lawn.

Allen was born in Shartlesville. He was a 1967 graduate of Hamburg Area High School and senior class president. Allen attended Pennsylvania State University, State College where he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1971. He worked for Worley Parsons, Green Hills as an Electrical Engineer, P.E. Allen worked there for 38 years, last working on May 29. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Hamburg and Hamburg Moose Lodge #523. Allen enjoyed bluegrass music, playing the banjo, fishing, and hunting. He was the banjo player for the former Blue Mountain Junction.


A viewing was held on Saturday, June 7 at the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., Hamburg. Funeral services followed. Burial at St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg.

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Anna F. Hamm

Anna F. Hamm, 91, formerly of Strausstown died in Promise City, Iowa, on June 2, 2014. She was the widow of Paul M. Hamm, Sr. who died June 13, 2012.

Anna was born in Perry Township and was the daughter of the late George W. and Eva J. Hartman Woerner. Anna worked as the cafeteria manager for 25 years at the Strausstown Elementary School. She was a member Strausstown Zionís Blue Mountain United Church of Christ in Strausstown. She was a former member of the Womenís Club of Strausstown and a past president.

Anna is survived by her daughter, Joan L. wife of Clarence Bailey, Promise City, Iowa, 3 sons, Dennis R.husband of Elaine Hamm, Shartlesville, Paul M. Hamm, Jr. husband of June, Shoemakersville and Roger A. husband of Linda Hamm, Shartlesville. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Zion Blue Mountain U.C.C, 6573 Old 22, Strausstown. Burial was in Strausstown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Zionís Blue Mountain U.C.C. at the above address.

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Anna Mary Reber

Anna Mary Reber, 79 of Midlothian, Virginia died in her residence on June 6, 2014.

She was the wife of Earl Reber. She was born in Lower Heidelberg Township and was the daughter of the late Raymond S. and Anna C. (Fox) Wagner. She was a homemaker most of her life.

Anna was a member of The Church of The Brethren, Henrico, VA.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Faye wife of Kevin Urban, Chesterfield, VA., Fern wife of Christopher Damour, Huntsville, Alabama, William Reber, Midlothian, VA., Kurt Reber, Lovettsville, VA. and 1 grandchild, Michele Damour, Seoul, Korea.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 11 a.m. from Mohrsville Church of The Brethren, 1542 Shoemakersville Road, Mohrsville, PA. 19541. A viewing will be held in the church on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be made in Viewpoint Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mohrsville Church of The Brethren at the above address.

The Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc. Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.

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Walter W. Wengert, Jr.

Walter W. Wengert, Jr., 73, of Upper Bern Twp., passed away on June 2, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the companion of Joan M. Balthaser.

Born in Shartlesville, he was the son of the late Walter W., Sr., and Sally F. (Gomburt) Wengert. Walter was a truck driver for Carlos R. Leffler, Richland. He was a member of Friedenís Lutheran Church, Shartlesville. Walter was a life member and administrator of the Shartlesville Fire Company; and also a former firefighter for the fire company; and a member of the Pennsylvania Firemanís Association. He enjoyed camping and golfing in his younger years. Walter especially loved his Yorkie puppies.

Surviving in addition to his companion Joan are his children: Michael J. Wengert, Upper Bern Twp.; and Michele R. (Wengert), wife of Jody Achenbach, Rehrersburg; two grandchildren: Shelby and Cody; and three sisters: Helen Koller, a resident at the Laurel Center; Minnie Gromis; and Darlene Carter, both of Hamburg. Walter was predeceased by a sister: Doris Jean Wengert.

A Graveside Service was held on Friday at Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring. Please omit flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Mary C. Adams

Mary C. Adams, 94, of Windsor Twp., passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014 in the Laurel Center, Tilden Twp. She was the wife of Walter J. Adam, who died May 25, 2000.

Born in Wayne Twp., Schuylkill Co., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Bertha (Reber) Strause. Mary and her husband operated the family farm in Windsor Twp. She was a member of Zionís Church, Perry Twp. Mary was a member of the Virginville Grange #1812 and the Hamburg Senior Citizens; and a thirty-five year member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. She was proud of her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and would speak Dutch with her friends. Mary took great pride in her garden and truck patch and was noted for her vegetable and flower gardens. Mary enjoyed baking and making fasnachts and was a talented cook. You never left Maryís house empty-handed. She was a loving and giving person and was extremely well liked by those who knew her. Mary loved to travel to destinations such as Bermuda, Hawaii, New England and the Rose parade.

Mary is survived by one son: Walter R. Adams, fiancť of Nancy F. (Leibensperger) Peters, Windsor Twp.; one daughter: Donna E. (Adams), wife of Barry C. Kline, Windsor Twp.; four grandchildren: Karen, Valerie, Julian, and Dean; and five great-grandchildren: Emerson, Ethan, Colby, Madison and Mason. She was predeceased by a granddaughter: Jennifer L. DeLong; a daughter-in-law: Charlotte B. (Bensinger) Adams; a sister: Grace Houck; and three brothers: James Strause, Ray Strause, and Lester Strause, who was killed in WWII in 1943.

Services were held on June 3 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg. Memorial contributions may be sent to Zionís Cemetery, c/o Paul Miller, 304 4th Street, Shoemakersville, PA 19555. For online condolences, please visit,

Ella M. Wessner

Ella M. (Leiby) Wessner, 83, of Windsor Twp., died Thursday, May 29, 2014 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was the wife of Lester A. Wessner. They were married on June 26, 1948 and celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Born in Windsor Twp., she was the daughter of the late Jacob G. and Marion (Strausser) Leiby. Ella was a member of Zionís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perry Twp., where she enjoyed being involved and singing on the choir. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and taking care of her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters: Ruth A. (Wessner) Adam, Perry Twp., and Ella May (Wessner) Bennethum, Myerstown; two sons: Ernest L. Wessner, Windsor Twp., and Mark N. Wessner husband of Louann L. (Hoch) Wessner, Windsor Twp; and ten grandchildren: Dan, Larry, Diane, Darryl, Tracy, Jodie, Kimberly, Kristi, Jennifer, and Bradley. Ella is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson; one brother: Bruce Leiby, Windsor Twp.; and two sisters: Elaine (Leiby) Weniger, California., and Fern (Leiby) Adam, Windsor Twp.

Services were held June 3 from Zionís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 354 Zionís Church Rd., Shoemakersville, PA 19555. Burial followed in Zionís Cemetery, Perry Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Zionís Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences please visit,