Hamburg area obituaries

Lawrence Burns Dinsmore
Lawrence Burns Dinsmore
Edna Kline
Edna Kline

Fay L. Morgan

Fay L. Morgan, 79, of Hamburg died March 8 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the widow of Mark D. “Max” Morgan, Sr. who died June 20, 2002.

Fay was born in Windsor Township and was the daughter of the late Ray A. and Esther (Rubright) Younker. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Tilden Township. Fay was a member of the Loyal order of the Moose, Hamburg Lodge #523 and Blue Mountain Chapter, 443, Order of the Eastern Star. She worked for Lucent Technologies for 25 years retiring in 1996.

Fay enjoyed her grandchildren, casinos, traveling, especially cruising and dining out.


She is survived by her son, Mark D. Morgan, Jr. and his wife Norma of Oakham, MA., Michele Heckman companion of Chad Stanbaugh, Hamburg, and “live in and cherished companion”’ Donny Metz, Hamburg, grandchildren Evin D. and Katrina M. Heckman. Fay is also survived by Donny’s children, Dennis R. husband of Eileen Metz, Bernville, and Karen wife of Paul Bender, Bel Air, Maryland, and Lisa A. Wife of Rodney Rogers, Auburn.

Services will be private. Burial will take place in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be to St. Michael’s Building Fund, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg, PA 19526.

Online condolences may be made at

Edna C. Kline

Edna C. Kline, 58 of Tilden Township died March 9 in her residence. She was the widow of Kenneth “Kenny” L. Kline who died May 6, 2012. Edna was born in West Reading and was the daughter of the late Howard A. Yeager, Sr. and Frances I. (Acker) Yeager. She worked as a certified Nurse’s Aide for 15 years for Berks Visiting Nurses.

Edna is survived by 2 daughters, Stacy wife of Dalton Glass, Tilden Township, Tammy R. companion of Timothy Shollenberger, Hamburg, 1 son Michael A. Kline companion of Tammy Rusnock, Lansford and 1 step-son, Chris L. Kline companion of Lisa Ruppert, Topton. She is also survived by a brother, Howard A. Yeager, Jr., husband of Tracy Yeager, Hamburg, 2 grandchildren, Brett and Kelli Kline and he mother-in-law, Dorothy I. Kline, Tilden Township.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. from the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Inc., Hamburg. A viewing will be held Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Lawrence Burns Dinsmore

Lawrence Burns Dinsmore died at Keystone Villa in Blandon on March 3 where he had been living for the past 11 months. He was a long time resident of Richhill Township and East Finley Township and for many years a rural mail carrier from the West Finley Post Office.

Mr. Dinsmore was born December 16, 1915 in Waynesburg, a son of John Mordecai and Goldie Burns Dinsmore. He attended elementary school in Richhill Township and graduated in 1933 from Trinity High School in Washington.

He is a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Merchant Marines, 1937-1945, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He served in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of the war.

At the end of the war, he returned to his grandfather’s farm in Richhill Township. First he raised registered Angus beef cattle, later he operated the first Christmas tree farm in Greene County. In 1951 Mr. Dinsmore was appointed Rural Carrier in the U.S. Postal Service serving West Finley Route #2 for 27 years. He served on the Richhill Township Planning Commission and the Richhill Township Watershed Board.

He was a member of Harvey’s Grange, the Graysville Knights of Pythias, the Fort Jackson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Legion Post 0945, and the Superstition Mountain Historical Society of Apache Junction, Arizona.

In 1935 he married Eldora Barnhart, who is deceased. In 1945 he married Neysa Elwell, deceased. In 1977 he married Betty Cox Barnhart who died in 2002. Surviving are his children, Anita Griesenauer of Safford, AZ; Norma (Rich) McClelland of Washington, PA; Patricia (Bill) Colvin of Dover, DE; Doug (Sarah Seidensticker) Dinsmore of Hamburg, PA; Betty (Denny) Morrow of Youngwood, PA; and Ronald (Deanna) Barnhart of Medina, OH; 18 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Mr. Dinsmore in death were a daughter, Betty Jean McFall; son Donald (Johnny) Barnhart, his brother Donald T. Dinsmore; and two grandsons, Randy McFall and Tristan Griesenauer.

The decedent requested no viewing, and a graveside service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers you send a donation in Lawrence’s name to the Enon Baptist Church in C/O of Mary Kiger, 333 Enon Church Road, West Finley, PA 15377 or Harvey’s Grange in % of Martha Dinsmore, 474 W. Roy Furman Hwy, Wind Ridge, PA 15380. Graveside services and burial were at the Braddock Cemetery on Friday, March 7.

The Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Raynore M. Clark

Raynore M. Clark, 80, of Centerport died Saturday March 8, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the widow of Rodney Clark.

Born in Laureldale, she was the daughter of Donald O. Chamberlain and Clara K. Dixon. She attended Muhlenberg schools, and then graduated from Reading High School. She was a life-long member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Laureldale where she loved teaching Sunday school for almost 45 years and cherished the time with the children. She was very involved in her church, being a member of church council, Vacation Bible School, and the Choir. She was also a member of the Shoemakersville Senior Citizens. In her younger years, she enjoyed roller skating and dancing with her children. They spent many family vacations camping; she treasured the memories of the vacations. Raynore worked at Arrow International, Wyomissing, for over 27 years as an operator of many machines, and retiring as a quality control inspector. Raynore spent 13 years as a crossing guard in Shoemakersville for the Hamburg Area School District, and also worked at the Hamburg Swimming Pool for 15 years. Raynore loved her sons, especially her two oldest ones who helped her and cared for her with their faithfulness.

Raynore is survived by three sons: John H. husband of Sandra J. (Sechler) Gilmer, Wyomissing, Keith A. husband of Sheila M. (Bond), Bethel, and Kevin M. husband of Linda (Jones) Gilmer, Leesport; and a step-son: Lynn husband of Donna (Ohlinger) Clark. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Raynore was predeceased by a sister: Jane Barniak.

Services will be held Thursday March 13 at 11 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. 223 Peach Street Leesport, Pa 19533. Burial will follow in Leesport Cemetery. A viewing will be held Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. at the above address to assist the family with funeral expenses. For online condolences, please visit

Alberta J. Reppert

Alberta J. Reppert, 87, of Windsor Twp., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 in her residence. She was the wife of Ralph E. Reppert. They were married on December 29, 1945 and celebrated sixty-eight years of marriage.

Born in Greenwich Twp., she was the daughter of the late Anson E. and Elda E. (Mengel) Emore. Alberta first worked for knitting mills in the area; as well as being a homemaker and caring for her children. She then worked for 7 1/2 years as an activity aide, while offering care ministry, at the Laurel Nursing Home until 1989. Alberta last worked part-time as a cafeteria worker for the Hamburg Area School District. She was a member of Zion’s Church, Windsor Castle. Alberta was involved with the visitation team at church and enjoyed attending Bible Study. She was active with various activities at church. Alberta enjoyed gardening, flowers, music and visiting with people, shut-ins, and anyone in need. She especially loved to care for her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five sons: Kenneth A. Reppert, and his wife Edith, Tilden Twp.; Terry R. Reppert, and his wife Fonda, Hamburg; Mark N. Reppert, Reading; Douglas R. Reppert, and his wife Lena, Canton, NC; and David N. Reppert, Reading; two daughters: Janey L. Reppert, Hamburg; and Lori A. (Reppert) Provenzano, and her husband Michael, Tampa, FL. Alberta is also survived by seventeen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister: Eleanor, wife of Clarence Weidner, Fleetwood. She was predeceased by two sisters: Margaret Lesher; and Sheila Kaufman.

Services were held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from Zion’s Church, 770 Zion’s Church Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial followed in Zion’s Cemetery. A viewing was held on Monday at Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg, and Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Contributions may be sent to Zion’s Church Memorial Fund, at the above address or the American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Alma F. Alexander

Alma F. Alexander, 75, formerly of Lititz, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Orwigsburg Center. She was the wife of Merle D. Alexander, who died November 28, 2006.

Born in Lititz, she was the daughter of the late Aaron S. and Agnes M. (Gockley) Wanner. She was a press operator for Federal Mogul Inc., Lancaster from 1976 to 2000.

Alma is survived by three sisters: Ella M., widow of Pasquale Evangelista, and Rose M., widow of Irving Smith, both of Hamburg; and Violet J., wife of Robert Steffy, Akron, Lancaster Co.; and one brother: David L. Wanner, Ellwood City. She was predeceased by five brothers: Paul, Leon, Melvin, Aaron and John Wanner; and two sisters: Grace Heisey and Irene Mertz.

A Graveside Service was held on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 Second Lock Road, Lancaster. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,

Larry G. Reber

Larry G. Reber, 70, of Leesport, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in his residence. He was the husband of Mildred A. (Fisher) Reber. They were married on July 29, 1961 and celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late John J. and Frances J. (Ludwig) Reber. Larry was a 1961 graduate of Muhlenberg High School and a 1981 graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute, Allentown. He worked for nineteen years for Lucent Technologies, until February 2000. Larry formerly owned and operated Larry Reber’s Outdoor Equipment. He was a licensed water treatment plant operator for the Borough of Leesport; and was chairman of the Leesport Planning Commission for twenty-eight years. Larry was a Pennsylvania licensed automobile mechanic. He was also a school bus driver for the Schuylkill Valley School System. Larry was a member of Hamburg Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Shoemakersville.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Dean G. Reber, husband of Cheryl (Hansen) Reber, Glen Mills; one daughter: Laurie J. (Reber), wife of Scott Trievel, Mohrsville; and three grandchildren: Alec and Carissa Trievel; and Cole Reber. Larry is also survived by three brothers: Raymond Reber, Blandon; John J. Reber, Jr., Driftwood; and Glenn Reber Temple.

Services were held on Monday from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport. Burial followed in Berks County Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be sent to Schuylkill Valley EMS, P.O. Box 625, Leesport, PA 19533, in memory of Larry G. Reber, in recognition of all the wonderful care they gave Larry over the years. For online condolences, please visit,