Hamburg area Obituaries

Gary M. Kline
Gary M. Kline

Gary M. Kline

Gary M. Kline, 39 formerly of Hamburg, died in a logging truck accident on Jan. 7 on Fire Hall Road, Grand Ronde, Oregon. He was born in Reading Pennsylvania and was the son of Dennis R. and Charlene V. (Lesher) Kline of Womelsdorf.

Gary was a 1993 graduate of Hamburg Area High School. He then served his country with pride as a U.S. Army veteran for five years.

He attended the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Monmouth, Oregon.

At the time of his death he was employed by Siletz Trucking Corporation.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by children: Madison Kline, Stockton, California, and Tristan Kline, Quebec, Canada, two brothers: Glen A. husband of Krista (Miller) Kline, Aurora, Illinois, Bryan D. husband of Lesley (Bone) Kline, Clayton, N.C., one uncle: David A. husband of Betty Anne (Tracy) Kline, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and several nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved dog, Porter.

He was also predeceased by his maternal grandparents: Lester and Marie (Sarig) Lesher and paternal grandparents John and Katherine (Gromis) Kline and one uncle, Bruce Lesher.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., 40 S. 4th Street, Hamburg. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Friedens Cemetery, Lenhartsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 North 11th Street, Reading, PA. 19604.

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Clarence R. Budden

Clarence R. ďClancyĒ Budden, 81 of Hamburg died in his residence January 8, 2014.

He was the husband of Loretta A. (Yeager) Budden to whom he was married to for sixty years.

Clarence was born in Hamburg and was the son of the late Morris and Esther (Delong) Budden.

He worked for 28 years as a machinist for Car-Tech retiring in 1994.

He attended Zionís Church, Windsor Castle.

He was a former member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Hamburg Jaycees and the Keystone Social Club.

In addition to his wife, Clarence is survived by 1 son: Christopher J. Budden, Hamburg, 2 sisters: Fern Shollenberger, Hamburg and Catherine L. Eyer, Molino and several nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by a son David in 1970 and a sister Hazel Budden.

Funeral services were Jan. 13 from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc. Hamburg. Burial was in St. Johnís Cemetery.

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Eleanor Beddall

Eleanor Beddall, 98, of Hamburg, passed away on Jan. 11 in Laurel Nursing Center, Hamburg.

Born in Shenandoah on November 20, 1915 she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Emily (Paduka) Jacobs.

She was the wife of George Beddall, who passed away in 1965.

Eleanor was of the Methodist faith.

She worked at Burkey Knitting Mills as a sewing machine operator.

Eleanor enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and reading.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sherry Kistler; brothers: Joseph and Henry; and sisters: Theresa and Elsie.

She is survived by her daughter, Meldajane Eyer, Hamburg; a sister, Rita Scarpino, Bloomsburg; one granddaughter, Deann, wife of Greg Werner; 4 great grandchildren: Deidre, Ashley, Andrew, and Alexis.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. from the Burkey and Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., Hamburg, with Pastor David Kistler officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will follow in Presbyterian Cemetery, Port Carbon.

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Myrtle V. Koch

Myrtle V. Koch, 94, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, January 6, 2014 in StoneRidge Towne Center, Myerstown. She was the wife of Charles H. Koch, died October 24, 2004.

Born in Port Carbon, she was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Mamie (Mowrey) Knerr. Myrtle worked for twenty-eight years as a sewing machine operator for Argo Knitting Mill, Auburn. She then worked as a cook for the Hamburg Center for five years; and last worked at Craftex Knitting Mill, Auburn, retiring in 1969. Myrtle attended The Bridge Church, Hamburg, where she was the oldest member. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star #424, Orwigsburg, where she was twice a Past Matron from 1977-1978 and 1981-1982. Myrtle was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post #3975 V.F.W., Auburn.

Myrtle is survived by one daughter: Dolores M. (Koch), wife of Harry W. Fisher, Myerstown; one son: Floyd L. Koch, and his wife Chris, Woodlands, Texas; six grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight sisters and three brothers.

Services were held on Jan. 11 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg. Burial followed in Schuylkill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Bridge Church, 3561 Old 22, Hamburg, PA 19526. For online condolences, please visit,

Emily K. Haag

Emily K. Haag, 91, of Centre Twp., died Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Berks Heim. She was the wife of Roscoe S. Haag. They were married on November 25, 1944 and celebrate 69 years of marriage.

Born in Tilden Twp., she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Alvesta (Stetzler) Strausser. She was a 1940 graduate of Hamburg High School. Emily worked as a cafeteria cook for the Bern Elementary School. She was a member of St. Michaelís Church, Tilden Twp., where she was a member of the Ladies Aide Society. Emily was also a member of Shoemakersville Senior Citizens, Centerport Flower Club, Central Berks Fire Company and beneficial association, and the former Centerport Grange.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons: Dennis R., husband of Betty (Schrack) Haag, Tilden Twp.; and David A., husband of Mary (Moyer) Haag, Centre Twp.; one daughter: Linda Haag Fritz, wife of Robert Fritz, Murfreesboro, TN; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Emily was predeceased by two sisters: Pearl Stitzel and Thelma Fox.

Services were held on Jan. 8 from St. Michaelís Church, 529 St. Michaelís Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial followed in St. Michaelís Cemetery, Tilden Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Michaelís Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,