Daniel John Desrosiers
Daniel John Desrosiers
James D. ìJimmyî Lesher, Jr.
James D. ìJimmyî Lesher, Jr.


Daniel John Desrosiers, 21, of Kutztown, died unexpectedly March 22, 2014, in University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, shortly after admission.

Born in West Reading, he was a son of John B. “Leo”, III and Deborah S. (Sherry) Desrosiers, with whom he resided.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton.

Daniel was a 2010 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School, Topton. He attended both Berks Technical Institute and Penn State University - Berks Campus. Daniel was employed as a supervisor at Herman’s Drive-In, Topton, for the past seven years. He also worked as a bell-hop at Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, for the past year. He loved playing video games and spending time with his friends and family.


Survivors: Parents; brother, Bradley H. Desrosiers, at home; half-sister, Kristy R. Desrosiers, Laurys Station, Lehigh County. Other survivors include maternal grandparents, Richard O. and Donna L. (Klahr) Sherry, Kutztown; paternal grandparents, Lucille (Cunningham) Desrosiers, a resident at Cedarbrook, Allentown and the late John B. Desrosiers, Jr. There is also an aunt and uncle, Cynthia S. (Sherry) and Gary O. Cook, and cousins, Brian R. and Brandon T. Cook, all of Absecon, NJ

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Scott A. Staub and Reverend Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Thursday evening 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: Daniel John Desrosiers Memorial Fund, c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292. Online condolences may be recorded at


James D. “Jimmy” Lesher, Jr., 67, of Topton, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the inpatient hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Bonita L. “Bonnie” (George) Lesher. They were married April 28, 1973.

Born in Topton, he was a son of the late James D., Sr., and Hope C. (Keiser) Lesher.

He was a member of Longswamp United Church of Christ, Mertztown.

Mr. Lesher was a 1964 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School, where he later was employed as a custodian for 17 years, retiring in 2011. Prior to that, he worked as a laborer at the former Caloric Corporation, Topton, for 26 years.

Jimmy was a former member and past president of the Topton Jaycees. He also was a former Cub Master of Cub Scout Troop #510, Topton; a member of the Kutztown Fire Company and Topton Fire Company Beneficial Association; an honorary member of the Brandywine Heights Cascade Brigade Juggling Club; and performed with the Brandywine Minstrels in the 1960’s and 1970s. Jimmy was a loving husband, father, pappy, and friend. He would always bring a smile to everyone’s face, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors: Wife; sons, Andrew D., husband of MaryAnn (Kostenbader) Lesher, Alburtis, Jonathan R., husband of Debbie J. (Zielke) Lesher, Louisville, KY; sister, Geraldine (Lesher), wife of Paul Stoudt, Topton; brother, John R. Lesher, companion of Maxine Rodgers, Leesport. There are also four grandchildren, Spencer W. Lesher, Allie H. Lesher, Zachary J. Lesher, Joshua R. Lesher.

Services: At Jimmy’s request, an informal gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Graveside services will be private in Longswamp Union Cemetery, Mertztown. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Brandywine Heights High School Art Club, c/o Brandywine Heights Area School District, 200 West Weis Street, Topton, PA 19562. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at


Henry L. Schoedler, 99, formerly of Bowers, passed away March 22, 2014 in the Reading Hospital Medical Center. He resided in Kutztown Manor since October of 2007.

He was husband of the late Effie (Loch) Schoedler who passed on May 19, 2009.

Henry was born on July 7, 1914 in Fleetwood, he was the son of the late John B. Schoedler and Florence K. (Weidenhammer) Schoedler.

He was a member of Christ Delong United Church of Christ, Bowers. Where he and his wife Effie served as sextons for 40 years.

Henry had worked at F. M. Browns in Fleetwood for 29 years retiring in 1980. Other work included 19 years at the former Fleetwood Dairy.

Survived by his children Ruth E. (Schoedler) Youse, widow of Jay L. Youse of Topton, Robert H. Schoedler husband of Beverly Schoedler, of Maxatawny Township, and David B. Schoedler, widower of Linda Schoedler, Birdsboro. Also grandchildren Gary, Daryl, Toby and Todd and great grandchildren Kara, Julia, Khoty, Kylie, Makenna, Todd, Jr., Rylie and Mia. Also his favorite beagle Molly. He was preceded in death by his brother J. Lester Schoedler.

Memorial service will be Friday March 28th at 11 a.m. in Christ Delong United Church of Christ, 63 Old Bowers Road, Bowers. A family visitation will take place at 10 a.m. to time of service in the church. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Kutzton. Family requests contributions can be made to the memorial fund of Christ Delong United Church of Christ

Condolences can be made online at


Jean M. (Evans) Schuster, 86, passed away in Florida on Feb. 7, 2014.

She was born in Scranton and resided with her husband of 62 years Edward Schuster in Kutztown. They have two children, Lorie (Schuster) Lupinacci and Mark Schuster, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Jean was an RN who worked many years at Hanneman Hospital in Scranton and Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown.

She was full of life and always smiling, enjoyed people, music, dancing, bingo and painting.

She was a devoted wife and mother. She attended St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Kutztown as well as Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Fleetwood.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 12, 2014 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 14833 Kutztown Road., Kutztown, PA 19530, at 11 a.m. with a calling hour beginning at 10 a.m.

The family requests contributions be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 26 W. Washington St., Fleetwood, PA 19522. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at