Burd W. Schantz, 80, of Longswamp Township, died Saturday April 5, 2014 in The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of Joyce A. (Hobert) Schantz, they were married Dec. 18, 1954.

Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Howard and Neda (Schuler) Schantz.

Mr. Schantz was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis, where he was a past member of church council.

Burd was also a member of Pennsylvania Farmers Association, Pennsylvania Holstein Association, Berks County Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and served several years as its president. He was also a member of Lehigh Valley Dairy Cooperative and Berks County Cooperative Extension. In 1954 Burd was awarded the designation of Star Farmer of America, a national award given by the Future Farmers of America.


He was chosen for the award from among 370,000 farmers nationwide. He received the award from the Future Farmers of America at its Kansas City convention.

Survivors: Son, David W. husband of Katherine A. (Danner) Schantz, Alburtis. Other survivors include a sister, Ruby M. Schantz, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three grandchildren, Matthew D., husband of Rochelle R. (Goins) Schantz, Nathan D. Schantz and Megan E. (Schantz) wife of Jeffrey Ruth. There are also two great grandchildren, Asher Jeffrey Ruth and Heather Megan Ruth.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. from Huff’s Union Church, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, with Reverend Jane M. Kropa, officiating. Interment in Huffs Church Union Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made to Huff’s Union Church Capital Improvement Fund, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, PA 18011.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be recorded at


Doris Mae Stephens, 76, passed away March 26, 2014 in Kutztown Manor, where she was well taken care of in her last months.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Robert Stephens.

Doris was born in Kutztown a daughter of the late Robert C. and Eva C. (Angstadt) Oswald.

She will be remembered for her love of volunteering at the Kutztown University Cultural Heritage Center and the Kutztown Folk Festival,also by those that knew her from Renninger’s Market and her many friends at Saucony Cross Apartments. She was a kind and friendly neighbor to many throughout her life.

A memorial luncheon will be held at Saucony Cross on June 1, at noon. Interment will be private.

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

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