Hamburg area obituaries

Esther P. Hein

Esther P. Hein, 93 formerly of Virginville died in the Laurel Center, Tilden Township on June 12, 2014.

She was the widow of Earl S. Hein who died June 19, 1988.

Esther was born in Windsor Township and was the daughter of the late George A. and Mamie (Trexler) Heinly.

She was a homemaker most of her life.


Esther was a member of Zion’s Church, Windsor Castle.

She is survived by 1 daughter, Carolyn wife of Larry Dreibelbis, Richmond Township, 2 grandchildren, Sherrie wife of Chris Dietrich, Blandon and Steven Dreibelbis, Bernville. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren, Jillian and Hailey Dietrich and Kelsey Dreibelbis and a sister, Pauline Phillips, Lenhartsville.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc. 40 S. 4th St., Hamburg. A viewing will be held on Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Zion’s Cemetery, Perry Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion’s Church, 770 Zion’s Church Road, Hamburg, PA. 19526.

Online condolences may be shared at

Tricia Cramer

Tricia “Trish” Cramer, 44, a runner who discovered her passion late in life, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in her Hamburg residence.

Trish grew up fast, graduating high school with a diploma and a child; but loved learning and never gave up on her dream to graduate from college.

With the early support of her grandmother and family, Trish found herself working a full time job to support her family and herself as a college student. Her love for learning never waned, from graduating Magna Cum Lade from Devry University, she went on to learn more about technology and health.

As a single mother she went on to own a home, which she selflessly gave to a loved one; and build several computers that are still being used today.

Trish moved from Ohio to Pennsylvania where she began working for public schools; Quakertown School District and BCIU of Berks County. She loved working in the school system and loved the people who worked with her.

Later in life she found running, and a passionate runner was born. Within a few years, she had lost over 100 pounds and ran several 50-mile trail races. Trish found her true love in running, and nearly had a race every weekend.

Trish was an amazing mother, friend and an inspiration to many.

Many of her friends and family have said: If you caught her eye and she smiled at you, you would love her from that moment on.

I don’t think her personality could be captured in a better way.

She is survived by her daughter Jillian Dotson; boyfriend Donald Mengel and his daughter Katie Mengel; grandmother Marilyn Coakley; father Paul Dotson; brother Brad (Siobhan) Dotson, Sean, Janet, and Cian; sister Lori (Carl) Hale, Neil, Tarin, Emmalee, Ava; friends Rachel Lantz and Austin Westerman, and dog Lucy. She was predeceased by her mother: Deanna S. (Coakley) Dotson.

Celebration of Life services will be held on June 21 at Haag’s Hotel in Shartlesville beginning at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Relay for Life: Berks Battalion, Wilson West Middle School, 450 Faust Road, Sinking Spring, PA 19608 or to the Hereditary Colon Cancer Outreach Fund by going to this website:

Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Mervin Ferris Moyer

Mervin Ferris Moyer, 82, of Leesport, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center.

He was the husband of Mary E. (Miller) Moyer, who died July 4, 2005.

Born in Leesport, he was the son of the late Milton M. and Stella (Keller) Moyer. Mervin was a 1952 graduate of Ontelaunee High School and Butcher school in Toledo, Ohio. He worked at Scheck’s General Store in Leesport for many years before purchasing the former H.B. Kern’s Butcher Shop in Leesport and running it for more than 10 years. Following the closing of the shop, he retired from custodial services at Schuylkill Valley High School. Mervin was the unofficial Leesport historian. He was an active member of the Leesport Area Historical Society; and a member of Shartlesville Fire Company and beneficial association; and the Lee Sport Hunting Lodge. Mervin was a collector of antiques and loved his horses and carriages.

Mervin is survived by one daughter: Lavina M. (Moyer), wife of Dr. Matthew Sacco, Exeter Twp.; two grandchildren: Tony and Kristy Sacco; and one sister: Avalion (Moyer), wife of Clark R. Bossler, Laureldale. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws: Sarah (Graeff) Moyer and Peggy (Miller) Hayes; brother-in-law: John Miller; special friends and caregivers: Jimmy and Judy Rauenzahn; and numerous nephews and nieces. Mervin was predeceased by two brothers: Herbert K. Moyer and LeRoy J. Stoudt.

Services will be held June 11 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport. Burial followed in St. John’s (Gernant’s) Cemetery, Ontelaunee Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leesport Area Historical Society, 128 Main Street, Leesport, PA 19533. For online condolences, please visit,

Robert A. Koch, Jr.

Robert A. “Rob” Koch, Jr., 23, of Bernville passed away Thursday June 12 in Bernville.

He was born June 1, 1991 in Reading. He was the loving son of Robert A. Koch, Sr. of Bernville and Lisa Williams of Lancaster.

He was employed by Sapa Extrusions, Inc. of Cressona.

He graduated from Tulpehocken High School in June 2010.

Bobby enjoyed playing video games and collecting baseball cards. He loved the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bulls. He found joy in visiting and playing with his nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving with his parents are his sisters, Amanda Koch and fiancé Kody Showers and their four children of Fredericksburg and Rebecca Koch and her significant other Logan Kennedy and two children of Bernville.

Also he is survived by his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held Friday June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Kirkhoff Funeral Home, 206 N. Main St., Bernville, PA 19506 with a visitation with the family to take place from 3 p.m. until time of service in the funeral home.

Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirkhoff Funeral Home at the above address to assist with funeral expenses