Hamburg area obituaries

Maynard D. Powell

Maynard D. Powell, 75 of Jefferson Township died July 2, 2014 in his residence. He was the partner of Gloria Prizer with whom he resided.

He was born in West Reading and was the son of Frank M. and Dorothy A. (Bauer) Powell.

Maynard was a 1956 graduate of Reading High School.

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He was an Army Peacetime Veteran.

Maynard worked in support services for The Highlands for 14 years before retiring.

He is survived by 2 daughters, 5 step-children and 8 grandchildren.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.burkeydriscoll.com.

Alva C. Hafer

Alva C. Hafer, 83, formerly of Dauberville, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 in ManorCare, Laureldale. She was the wife of Calvin W. Hafer, who died April 1, 1994. She was predeceased by her first husband, Arlan H. Kissinger, who died November 15, 1958.

Born in West Leesport, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Elsie (Adams) Rickenbach. Alva attended St. Paulís United Church of Christ, Fleetwood; and was a former member of Salem (Bellemanís) Church, Centre Twp. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Alva is survived by two daughters: Kay A. (Kissinger), wife of Dale Lonaberger, Shoemakersville; and Lori L. (Hafer), wife of Stephen Werner, Blandon; three grandchildren: Brooke, Ryan and Kelly; one brother: Dennis Rickenbach, and his wife Barbara, Bernville; and one sister: Faye (Rickenbach), wife of Edward Shuman, Carlsbad, New Mexico. She was predeceased by a brother: Ronald Rickenbach.

Services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street, Leesport. Burial will follow in Fairview (Bellemanís) Cemetery, Centre Twp. A viewing will be held in the funeral home Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

William F. Renno, IV

William F. Renno, IV, ďBillyĒ, 71, of Tilden Twp., passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was a patient for four months. He was the husband of Shirley (Readinger) Renno. They were married on December 18, 1976 and celebrated 37 years of marriage.

Born in West Reading, he was the son of the late William F. Renno, III; and Helen (Snyder) Renno Heffner. Billy worked for PennDOT for twenty-five years. He was also a self-employed farmer on the family farm in Tilden Twp. He enjoyed farming and meeting the guys at Dunkin Donuts. Billy loved racing, Farmall tractors, and telling stories. He especially loved his family.

In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by two sons: Robert A. Renno, and his wife Lori, Womelsdorf; and Christopher M. Smith, Hamburg; two daughters: Stephanie I., wife of Randy Hoppes, Bernville; and Tammy L, wife of Ryan Reppert, Port Clinton; and seven grandchildren: Emilie, Haley, Wyatt, Hunter, Colt, Case, and Mattie. He was predeceased by an infant sister: Marshia Renno; and his paternal grandparents: Frank and Martha (Yocum) Renno, whom he was especially close to.

Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Mohrsville Church of the Brethren, 1542 Shoey Road, Mohrsville. Burial will follow in St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg. A viewing will be held in the church Wednesday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit, www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Charles F. Kessler

Charles F. Kessler, of Riverview Park, Muhlenberg Twp., passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 in ManorCare, Laureldale. He was the husband of Anna S. (Seidel) Kessler who died May 8, 2011.

Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Preston and Ida H. (Heckman) Kessler. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Charles graduated from Kutztown University in 1967 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. He taught school at Lauerís Park Elementary School and Second and Elm Elementary School in Reading, retiring in 1987. Charles was a member of Union Fire Company, Hamburg and beneficial association; Temple Democratic Club and beneficial association, Pennsylvania State Retired Teacherís Association; and the National Retired Teachers Association.

Charles is survived by one daughter: Cheryl A. (Kessler), widow of Tom Clark, Annandale, Virginia; three grandchildren; and one sister: Estella (Kessler) Bowman, Duncan, Oklahoma. He was predeceased by two brothers: Clair and Raymond Kessler.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.

Anna M. Himmelberger

Anna M. Himmelberger, 86, of Hamburg, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the wife of Walter H. Himmelberger.

Born in Shoemakersville, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Alva (Krick) Wertz. She worked at various knitting mills in the area.

Services will be private. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.

Clifford G. Sayer, Sr.

Clifford G. Sayer, Sr., 82, of Mohrsville died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in his residence. He was the husband of Joan C. (DeLong) Sayer. They were married December 31, 1964 and celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Born in Greenwich Twp., he was the son of the late Daniel W. and Elsie (Sunday) Sayer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Cliff worked as foreman in the smelter at East Penn Manufacturing for 32 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, Cliff worked as caretaker at St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg for a number of years. He served as chaplain at Behler-Hein Post #637 American Legion, Hamburg. He was also a member of Hamburg Moose Family Center No. 523, Hamburg Game Association, Hamburg VFW, Central Berks Lions Club, Hamburg Fire Company, Virginville Fire Company, Goodwill Fire Company, and Shoemakersville Fire Company. Clifford enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, poker, woodworking, attending the Jamboree in Centerport, and always enjoyed family gatherings.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 8 children: Alice (Sayer), wife of Mark Brieski, Leesport, Carol (Sayer) Smith, Hamburg, Michael A., husband of Marsha Sayer, Hamburg, Lorraine (Sayer), wife of Gary Keller, Okeechobee, Fl., Cindy (Sayer), wife of Darryl Spencer, Shoemakersville, Steven S. Sayer, Herndon, VA., Barry W., husband of Sue Sayer, Temple, and Clifford G. Sayer, Jr., Mohrsville. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Carl W. husband of Bernice Sayer, Oley, and Dennis W. husband of Ardell Sayer, Walnuttown. He was predeceased by one son: Glen A. Sayer, who died May 6, 2011.

Services were held Monday, July 7, from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport. Burial followed in Zionís Cemetery, Perry Twp. For online condolences, please visit,www.leibenspergerfuneralhomes.com.

Merle A. Grim

Merle A. Grim, 88, formerly of Hamburg, died June 29, 2014 in Cottage Glen Assisted Living Facility, Tooele, Utah. She was the widow of Robert C. Grim of Hamburg who died Oct 25, 2003.

She was born on November 20, 1925 to Thomas C. Simpson and Anna M. Tiley in Port Carbon, Schuylkill County, PA. She was a member of the St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Hamburg, PA. Merle was preceded in death by a son Michael and is survived by son Bruce and his wife Margaret residing in Stansbury Park, Utah, 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one sister: Ermine J. Stockler, Strafford, PA. She was also predeceased by two brothers: Glenn M. Simpson and Charles Simpson.Merle was a great mom who loved to play the piano and enjoyed walking her dogs in Hamburg. She worked in the Office of the Hamburg Plow Works for many years.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Johnís Cemetery. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements.