Elizabeth Bard
Elizabeth Bard
James Reistroffer
James Reistroffer


Elizabeth M. Bard, 89, of Kutztown, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in The Lutheran Home at Topton, where she was a resident one year.

She was the wife of Henry E. Bard. They were married 66 years this past August.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late George J. and Cora A. (Swoyer) Schaeffer.

She was a member of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, Kutztown.


Elizabeth was a 1942 graduate of Kutztown Area High School and a 1944 graduate of Allentown Business College with a degree in secretarial sciences. Mrs. Bard worked over 40 years as a secretary. She first worked for what is now Kutztown University, Kutztown, the former Grim’s Auto, Topton, the former Nothstein Ford, Kutztown and lastly Carl R. Bieber Tourways, Kutztown until her retirement in 1990.

Liz, as she was affectionately known, was a life-time member of East Penn Chapter #336, Order of the Eastern Star, Kutztown; and a member of Kutztown Fire Company and its auxiliary.

Survivors: Husband; sons, Michael H. Bard, Kutztown and Terrence L. husband of Susan J. (Ruch) Bard, Mertztown. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Christopher M. Bard and Tyler J. and his wife Cassandra Bard; and Erika E. Bard. There are also two great grandchildren, twins, Logan Michael and Avery Elizabeth Bard. Elizabeth was predeceased by two brothers, James and Nathan Schaeffer.

Private graveside services and inurnment in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family requests contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Elizabeth. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at


James E. Reistroffer, 82, of Kutztown, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in his residence.

He was the husband of Lois A. (Miller) Reistroffer, whom he married May 16, 1980.

Born in Clinton, Iowa, he was a son of the late Arnold P. and Marion M. (Kennedy) Reistroffer. He was a 1948 graduate of Clinton (Iowa) High School.

Jim began his U.S. Navy career in 1948, having served in both Korea and Vietnam. His 20 plus year military career included serving on the Naval Operations Base, Canal Zone, Panama; Navel Receiving Station, Washington, D.C.; he was staff commander of Middle East forces on the USS Valcour, USS Greenwich, and the USS Duxburry Bay; he served at the Naval Mine Craft Base, Charleston, S.C.; Headquarters at the Potomac River Naval Command, Washington, D.C.; USS San Pablo (AGS-30); the Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Indian Head, Md.; and on the USS Henley (DD-762). He then transferred from active duty to fleet reserve in 1968, after 20 years of service.

In 1968, he became an Analyst III of Business Operations with Met-Ed, until his retirement in 1988. He then was a customer shuttle driver at the former Mente Chevrolet, Kutztown from 1988 to 1997. Always involved in his community, Jim was treasurer/committee member of Cub Pack 101, Kutztown; a certified American Softball Association Umpire; member/umpire of the Kutztown Youth Athletic Association; and a referee for youth basketball. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, #839, Kutztown; Hoch-Balthaser Post #480, Kutztown, and the Kutztown Optimist Club, having served as their President in 1986.

Survivors: Wife; children, Shelley L. (Reistroffer) wife of Michael McKinnon, Houston, TX, Stacey L. Reistroffer, Temple, Sharon L. (Reistroffer) Fuhrmann, Oley, Chris D., husband of Cheryl L. (Bauscher) Manwiller, Lenhartsville, Kelly A. (Manwiller) Scheetz, Kutztown. Other survivors include a sister, Marianne (Reistroffer) widow of Ronald Taylor, Racine, WI. There are also ten grandchildren, Christian L. Reistroffer, Phillip M. McKinnon, Matthew J. McKinnon, Allison N. McKinnon, Brooke T. Fuhrmann, Katelyn M. Manwiller, Brandon T. Fuhrmann, Brittany A. Manwiller, Justin D. Scheetz, and Harley A. Scheetz. He was pre-deceased by a brother Daniel P. Reistroffer.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown with Reverend John W. Davies officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the US Navy will follow in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions may be made to the Kutztown Optimist Club, P. O. Box 137, Kutztown, PA 19530. Online condolences may be recorded at


Lucille D. Walter, 82, passed away Feb. 5, 2014 in the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Louise A. and Perry Fick, Richmond Township.

She was the widow of Karl F. Walter who died in 2009.

Lucille was born in Kutztown, a daughter of the late Paul and Hattie(Loch) Hoch.

She was a graduate of Kutztown High School and was a secretary at the former Saucony Shoe Company and later worked at the book store at Kutztown University.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

She is survived in addition to her daughter and son-in-law, son Erich E. husband of Kimberly, Churchville; brother Richard Hoch, Shillington; sister Mary Ann Schollenberger, Myerstown; grandchildren Ryan, Sarah, Kayla, Kyle, Shane.

She was pre-deceased by a son Stephen K. Walter in 1982.

Services and burial private.

The Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc. Kutztown in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 1801 N. 11th St.,Reading, Pa. 19601 or The Stephen K. Walter Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown, Pa. 19530.

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Anthony “Tony” Lack, Jr., 86, of Danielsville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in his residence.

He was the husband of Dorothy D. (Zelnik) Lack. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last June. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late Anthony, Sr., and Mary (Casari) Lack.

Mr. Lack was a member of Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Berlinsville.

He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II.

Mr. Lack was a self employed machinist, having owned and operated L & M Machine Shop, Bath, for 12 years, until his retirement in 1981. Prior to that, he worked in the machine shop at the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, for 12 years. Mr. Lack was a former member of the Nazareth Kiwanis Club.

Survivors: Wife; daughters; Sandra L. (Lack), wife of Lawrence Smith, Austin, TX, Lori Ann (Lack) Roth, Anchorage, AK; sons, Bruce A. Lack, Danielsville, John J. Lack, Walnutport, David M., husband of Deb Lack, Klecknersville; brother, Robert Lack, Hendersonville, NC. Other survivors include nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Louise Lack.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated Friday, Feb. 7, at noon from Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 4412 Mountain View Drive, Walnutport, with Reverend Monsignor Thomas A. Derzack and Reverend Monsignor Francis P. Schoenauer officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Military honors, provided by Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will be rendered following the mass. Relatives and friends call Friday from 11 a.m. to noon in the church.

The family requests contributions be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 South 12th Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at


Irene E. (Wessner) Zwoyer, 100, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Kutztown, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in Beth-Shalom Nursing Home, Virginia Beach, where she was a resident for over four years.

She was the widow of Paul J. Zwoyer who died Aug. 18, 1983.

Born in Maxatawny Township, she was a daughter of the late George P. and Clara R. (Walbert) Wessner.

Mrs. Zwoyer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

She was a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, and attended Allentown Business College.

Mrs. Zwoyer was employed as a bookkeeper and clerk by the former Kutztown Silk Company, Kutztown, for 15 years until her retirement in 1946.

Survivors: Daughter, Ann I. (Zwoyer), wife of John C. Mattos, Chesapeake, VA; grandson, Jan T., husband of Sheryl (Walton) Zajdowicz; and granddaughter, Dr. Rebecca A. Zajdowicz, fiancé of Jeffery Horton. She was predeceased by three brothers, Leon Wessner, William J. Wessner and Wayne G. Wessner.

Graveside services and interment will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m. in Zion Maxatawny Union Cemetery, Kutztown, with Reverend Keith K. Rohrbach officiating. There are no calling hours.

The family requests contributions be made to Beth-Shalom Nursing Home, 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at


Arlan E. Wessner, 83, of Fleetwood, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in his residence of natural causes.

He was married to Dorothy A. (Gontkovsky) Wessner.

Born in Maidencreek Twp., he was the son of the late George Wesner and Verna (Keim) Wesner.

He was a truck driver for Wetterau Foods in Muhlenberg Twp. for many years and he also served in the Army.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Fleetwood.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and traveling to Riverdale, Delaware with his family for vacationing and fishing.

He also was a craftsman, especially skilled in woodworking.

He was a bus driver for Fleetwood Community Bus.

Additional survivors include his daughters, Donna Christman of Blandon and Debra Wenrich of Orlando, Florida.

There are four grandchildren, David Pressley, Michael Wenrich, Brian Deoliveira, and Melissa Bojan.

Also, twelve great grandchildren, Hannah, Isabella, Nico, and Gianna Deoliveira, Adrian, Darius, Domonic, Kaden, Cameron, and Logan Bojan, and Dylan and Anna Wenrich.

Also, a brother, Terry Wesner of Pomaria, SC.

He is predeceased by two sisters, Miriam Reppert and Margaret Carlton.

Funeral services were Feb. 7 in the Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple with Rev. Patrick W. Morris officiating. Interment followed in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.