Charles E. Scheirer, 85, Kutztown passed away in his residence April 19, 2014. He was the husband of Marian M. (Bittner) Scheirer to whom they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He was born in Egypt, Lehigh County, a son of the late Victor and Mary (Novak) Scheirer.

Charles was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown where he had served on the church council.

His military service included the Army from 1946-1947 in Tokyo, Japan and the Air Force 1947-1952 at Mitchell Field, New York where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.


He was formerly employed by Miers-Bachman Printing and the Kutztown Publishing Company as a Litho Foreman for 33 years retiring in 1988.

He is survived by wife Marian, sons Jeffrey C. Kutztown, Dr. Robert D. wife Barbara, Martinez,Ga., daughter Brenda L. husband Scott Beck, Murphy, Texas, 6 grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin Beck, Matthew, David, Mary, Robert Scheirer, sister Evelyn Groller, Whitehall Manor.

He was pre-deceased by brothers William, Henry, sisters Dorothy, Helen, and Catherine.

Memorial services April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main Street, Kutztown,with Rev. Keith R. Rohrbach officiating. Visitation with the family 10:30 a.m. to time of service Interment private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church. To express words of comfort, please visit


Warren D. Bauer, 89, of Alburtis, died April 17, 2014 at the Village of Willow Lane, Macungie, where he was a resident since 2008. Born in Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late David R. and Carrie (Knappenberger) Bauer. Mr. Bauer was employed as a packer by the former Caloric Corporation, Topton, for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Woodsmen of the World.

Survivors: Sister; Evelyn K. (Bauer), widow of Joseph P. Miller, Kutztown; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie M. (Bauer) Moyer.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Interment will follow in Topton Union Cemetery, Topton. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences may be recorded at


Violet B. (Benjamin) Romig, 87, of Mertztown, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 in The Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the widow of Edgar C. Romig, who died June 10, 2013. Born in District Township, she was a daughter of the late George and Bertha (Keim) Benjamin. Mrs. Romig was a member of the Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, Emmaus. She was employed as a sewing machine operator at the former Fleetwood Shirt Factory, Fleetwood, the former David Crystal, Reading, and also worked at Martin’s Fabric Store, Fleetwood. Violet enjoyed quilting and sewing and was a loving and dedicated wife, caring mother and devoted grandmother.

Survivors: Daughter, Renee L. (Romig) Sufrinko - Solt, wife of Carl D. Solt, Mertztown. Other survivors include granddaughters, Amanda L. Sufrinko, Orlando, Florida, and Annie L. Sufrinko, Mertztown; sisters, Bertha (Benjamin) Stewart, Hamburg, Sarah (Benjamin) Hess, Fredericksville and Frieda (Benjamin) Fox, Hamburg; brothers, Raymond Benjamin, Fleetwood and George Benjamin, Landis Store; there are also many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Lilly (Benjamin) Greiss and brothers, Bill, Harold, Jack, Richard and Donald.

Funeral services April 25, at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 East Weis Street, Topton, with Reverend Jane M. Kropa and Reverend Dave N. Schoen officiating. Interment will follow in Huff’s Church Union Cemetery, Alburtis. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday morning from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions be made to Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, 418 Elm Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or Huff’s Union Church Memorial Fund, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, PA 18011. Online condolences may be recorded at


Francis L. Dolny, “Frank”, 69, of Shoemakersville, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 in his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis L. Dolny, Sr., and Caroline M. (Famous) Dolny Plavcan. He was a graduate of Boyertown High School, and attended Pennsylvania State University for two years. Frank was a manager for Berks Medical Equipment until his retirement. He was a member of the Hamburg Game Association; Loyal Order of Moose #523, Hamburg; Shoemakersville and Leesport Fire Companies; and Kutztown Rod and Gun Club. Frank enjoyed going to flea markets; collecting coins and baseball cards; and gardening.

Frank is survived by his wife: Lucy J. (Lieb) Dolny, Topton; two sons: Matthew C. Dolny and Marcus V. Dolny, both of Topton; one daughter: Christina M. Dolny, fiancé of Ricky Dey, Oley Twp.; six grandchildren: Alysha, Donavan, Patrick, Christian, Joshua, and Leo; his companion: Donna M. Oster, Shoemakersville, and with whom he resided; and two brothers: David Playcan, and his wife Andee, Oley; and Victor Plavcan, Reading. He was predeceased by a brother: Michael Dolny.

An Irish Wake in Celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Leesport Fire Company Banquet Hall, 18 East Wall Street, Leesport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, in memory of Francis L. Dolny. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,


Charles W. Savage, 96, formerly of Tilden Twp., died Saturday, April 12, 2014 in The Reading Hospital. He was taken there from Country Meadows, Wyomissing, where he resided since January 2011. Charles was the husband of Helen A. (Bagenstose) Savage, who died March 12, 1989.

Born in Tilden Twp., he was the son of the late Irvin S. and Lizzie M. (Lutz) Savage. Charles was a self-employed farmer until 1966. He then worked as a custodian at the Hamburg Area High School until 1983; and also drove school bus for the Hamburg Area School District for thirty-five years. Charles was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Tilden Twp. He was also a life member of Reading-Berks AAA; and a member of Union Fire Company No.1 and beneficial association, Hamburg. Charles enjoyed gardening.

Charles is survived by four sons: Ronald E. Savage, and wife Doris, Mechanicsburg; Marvin R. Savage, and wife Barbara, Blandon; Dennis C. Savage, and wife Darlene, Centerport; and Nevin B. Savage, and wife Janet, Upper Bern Twp.; two daughters: Kathleen A., wife of James Groff, Bern Twp.; and Nancy L. Savage, wife of Richard Minetti, Newark, Delaware; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a sixteenth great-grandchild is expected. He was predeceased by a son: Kenneth R. Savage, who died in 1938; two brothers: George and Carl Savage; and two sisters: Verna Curtis and Grace Bingaman.

Services were held on Thursday from St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg, PA 19526. Burial followed in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tilden Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Michael’s Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,


Howard L. Miller, “Skip,” “Skipper,” 74, of Hamburg, died Tuesday April 8, 2014, in his residence.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Lloyd E. and Lou Marguerite (Burkert) Miller. Howard worked as a machine operator for Interstate Paper Container for 30 years, and last worked for Steve Moyer Subaru in Temple and Leesport. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Howard was a member of Loyal Order of Moose #523 for over 25 years, Hamburg Game, Hamburg Legion #637, Port Clinton Fire Co., and Keystone Social Club. Howard was also a member of Elks & Moose in Delaware.

Howard is survived by a daughter, Debra A. Clauss and her companion Kenneth Sheetz, Richmond Twp., a brother: Edwin Miller, Reading, and two sisters: Dorothy Miller, Reading, and Edith Nye, Birdsboro. He was predeceased by his companion Joyce Geisinger, a daughter: Lori L. Miller, and a brother: George Miller.

A viewing was held on Saturday April 12 from Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. 65 S. 4th Street Hamburg (Off street parking in rear). A Loyal Order of Moose service was held also. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc. at the above address to help the family defray funeral expenses. For online condolences, please visit


Mark D. Epting, 70, of Perry Twp., died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Shirlene A. (Schlegel) Epting. They were married on August 27, 1966 and celebrated forty-seven years of marriage.

Born in Windsor Twp., he was the son of the late George S. and Sadie E. (Bausher) Epting. He was a 1962 graduate of Perry High School and a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Mark was a terminal operator and tractor trailer driver for Exxon Company USA for thirty years retiring in 2000. He then drove school bus for Chiefrunningbus for the Hamburg Area School District. Since 1984, Mark and his son Troy farmed together on their crop and beef farm, “Onyx Meadow Farms” in Perry Twp. Mark was a member of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perry Twp., where he was a former council member; and very involved with the church’s Peach Festival every year. Along with Franklin Clark, Mark co-founded and was a charter member of the Shoemakersville Area Lions Club; where he also served as President twice. Mark received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #523, Hamburg; and the Shoemakersville and Virginville Fire Companies. Mark loved farming; and his Oliver ‘77 tractor brought him a lot of joy.

Mark was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving in addition to his wife is one son: Troy M. Epting, husband of Robin (Wagner) Epting, Perry Twp.; and his pride and joy, granddaughter: Melanie Lynn Epting. Mark is also survived by two brothers: Carl Epting, Mertztown; and Glenn Epting, Virginville; and three sisters: Janet Schlegel, Hamburg; Joyce Epting, Hamburg; and Doreen Houptley, Boyertown.

Services were held from Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 354 Zion’s Church Road, Shoemakersville, PA 19555 with Rev. Dr. Dennis Ritter officiating. Burial followed in Zion’s Cemetery, Perry Twp. Memorial contributions may be sent to Zion’s Ev. Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,