Hamburg area obituaries

Vincent J. Riegel

Vincent J. Riegel, 87, of Upper Tulpehocken Twp., died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in his residence. He was the husband of Betty J. (Graeff) Riegel. They were married on May 7, 1949 and celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Born in Shartlesville, he was the son of the late James and Elsie (Moyer) Riegel. He was a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran of World War II. Vincent worked as a car transporter for forty-two years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Michaels Church, Tilden Twp. Vincent was also a member for fifty-three years of the Shartlesville Lions Club, where he was twice President; a life member of the Shartlesville Fish and Game Association; life member of Upper Bern Twp. Veterans; a member of American Legion Post 0732, Bernville; member of Loyal Order of Moose, Hamburg; and a member of the Shartlesville, Strausstown and Mt. Pleasant Fire Companies. Vincent played the trumpet in the Centerport Band for thirty years. He enjoyed horses and watching NASCAR.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons: Craig R. Riegel, and his wife Carol, Upper Bern Twp.; Carey S. Riegel, Upper Tulpehocken Twp.; and Chris J. Riegel, and his wife Sharon, Marion Twp.; three daughters: Cynthia A. Wilson, Asheboro, NC; Susan J. Reber, wife of Kerwin, Schwenksville; and Wendy J. Hartman, Windsor Twp.; thirteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Vincent was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

Services were held on Monday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 223 Peach Street Street, Leesport. Burial followed in St. Michaels Cemetery, Tilden Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Michaels Church Memorial Fund, 529 St. Michaels Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. For online condolences, please visit,

John C. Lau

John C. Lau, 54, of Hamburg, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Twp. He was the husband of Tracey L. (Berger) Lau, Hamburg.

Born in West Reading, he was the son of the late George G. and Kathleen M. (Kelchner) Lau. John was a 1977 graduate of Hamburg Area High School. He had worked as a union carpenter for Pro4MX, Inc., Schuylkill Haven. John enjoyed the woods and liked to have a good time.

Surviving in addition to his wife Tracey are three sons: Jordan S. Lau, companion of Amanda, Bernville; Nathaniel F. Lau and Ian D. Lau, both of Hamburg; one daughter: Jessica N. Wagner, and her husband Dan, Hamburg; and four grandchildren: Kahlor O. Lau, Imogen V. Lau, Oliver H. Lau, Reese Wagner. John is also survived by three brothers: Harry M. Mike Lau, and his wife Cindy, Arkansas; Barry P. Butch Lau, Hamburg; and James C. Lau, and his wife Flo, Denver, PA; and four sisters: Kathleen M. Sievert, and her husband Steve, California; Karen V. Kelly, widow of Doug, Washington State; Barbara J. Findling, Hamburg; and Mary E. Brensinger, and her husband Randy, Mohrsville. He was predeceased by a brother: George G. Lau, Jr., and his wife Carol.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg, PA 19526, for the family to establish a scholarship fund for Johns sons: Nathaniel and Ian. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Joan D. Richards

Joan D. Richards, 90, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away Tuesday, February 11th in St. Joseph Medical Center.

She was married to Stantin J. Richards who passed away December 30, 1997.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late John Scheuring and Augusta (Impink) Scheuring.

She was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church.

She was employed by Boscovs North for forty years.

She enjoyed playing bingo and traveling to the casinos. Joan, with her late husband Stantin and family, enjoyed vacationing at the beach in New Jersey.

In earlier years, she played the violin and also worked for the military at the Reading Airport loading equipment on military aircraft.

Surviving are her children, Michael J. Richards of Maine, Stephen G. Richards, husband of Lia of Bath, Joanne M., wife of Glenn Eagle of Riverview Park, Marian T., wife of Larry Hoffman of Shoemakersville, and Christopher J. Richards, husband of Michelle of Exeter.

There are twelve grandchildren and one predeceased grandson.

Also, fourteen great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 17 in Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Reading.

Entombment followed in Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum.

The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Denise Marie Berger

Denise Marie Berger, 47, of Pottsville, died Monday, February 10, 2014 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of Mary Ann (Grossman) Berger, Deer Lake; and the late Richard P. Berger.

Denise is survived by five children: Joseph R. Bickleman, Deer Lake, Timothy E. Hostetter, Deer Lake, Clarissa M. Hostetter, Pottsville, Amber M. Phelps, Florida, and Chelsey M. Hostetter, Deer Lake; nine grandchildren; a brother: Jeff P. Berger, husband of Carmela, Stanhope, NJ; and two sisters: Christine M. Keinard, wife of Duane, Reinholds, and Teresa M. Hiester, wife of James, Schuylkill Haven. She is also survived by her close friend Bob and his son, Albert.

A Memorial Mass was held Feb. 15 from St. Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. 65 S. 4th Street Hamburg, PA 19526 to assist the family with funeral expenses. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences please visit,

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