Obits

Julia Ann Sturtevant
Debra Meck

JULIA A. STURTEVANT

August 28, 1957 — April 27, 2014

Services were held Saturday, May 3, for Julia Ann (Herman) Sturtevant, 56, a former resident of Mertztown RD. She died early Sunday at her home in Tracy, Ca. after a nine-month battle with cancer.

Mrs. Sturtevant was born in Allentown, and moved to Livermore, Ca. with her family when she was 10 years old. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in health science from California State University, Chico, in 1979. She and her husband were married three years later, in June 1982.

Mrs. Sturtevant was a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Tracy, Ca. and was presented with an honorary life membership by Presbyterian Women of (PC)USA in January. She also volunteered at her children’s schools and in the community.

Survivors include her husband, Allen Paul Sturtevant of Tracy, Ca.; three children, Jeannine Sturtevant of North Hollywood, Ca., Lindsay Sturtevant of Eureka, Ca. and Phillip Sturtevant of Los Angeles, Ca.; and her parents, Paul and Dolores Herman of Livermore, Ca.

A public memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the First Presbyterian Church of Tracy, Ca. After the service, a gathering was held in the Social Hall.

Contributions in Mrs. Sturtevant’s name may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Tracy, 101 Berverdor Ave., Tracy, CA 95376.

DEBRA ANN MECK

Debra Ann “Deb” (Heagy) Meck, 57, of Fleetwood, (Richmond Township), died Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Leslie A. Meck. They were married July 2, 1977. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Larry R., Sr., and Mary Jean (Concordia) Heagy. Debra was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, and a 1974 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School, and Berks Vocational Technical School. She was most recently employed by Billy’s Candies in Temple, and previously worked as a secretary for Premier Auto, Inc., in Fleetwood, for more than ten years. Deb loved to entertain her family and friends throughout the year, but especially enjoyed entertaining on the beach in her backyard.

She liked to knit, sew, tend to her flowers, travel to the islands, go to exercise classes, hang out with her girlfriends and of course, wear flip-flops. Deb brought laughter and sunshine to everyone she met. And most of all, she adored her granddaughter Piper and loved being her “Grammy.”

Survivors: Husband; daughters, Jessica Nicole Meck, Austin, TX, and Natalie Louise (Meck), wife of Brian D. Sabin, Avon Lake, OH; granddaughter, Piper Josephine Sabin; sister, Karen L. (Heagy), wife of Duane K. Geisler, Fleetwood; brother, Larry R., Jr., husband of Laurie A. (Moser) Heagy, Mertztown; parents-in-laws, Franklin R., and Pearl P. (Kauffman) Meck, Alburtis, brother-in-laws, Darrell K., husband of Diane Meck, Saskatchawan, Canada, Bruce F., husband of Jane Meck, Alburtis, Ben E., husband of Cindy Meck, Mertztown, Joe L., husband of Denise Meck, Fleetwood, Jim M., husband of Jennifer Meck, Topton. Also, nieces and nephews, Tad, Dylan, Kirby, MacKenzie, Lisa, Erik, Abbe, Luke, Rachel, Emily, Zach, Jackie, Josh, Travis, Amanda, Katie, Samantha, Jonah and Alex; and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Deb’s life will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, with Reverend Jane M. Kropa and Reverend Jeremiah A. Sassaman officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. Friends and family members attending the memorial service are encouraged to wear bright colors and flip- flops.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in honor of Deb’s granddaughter, Piper, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; by phone: 800-805-5856; or online at www.stjude.org. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

ANNA C. REPPERT

Anna C. Reppert, 83, of Mertztown, passed away May 5, 2014 in Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit. She was the widow of Theodore H. Reppert, who died in 1991.

Born in Lower Macungie, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Malara (Holben) Danner.

She was an assembler at Caloric Corporation’s former Topton facility before retiring. She was a member of Longswamp U.C.C. and of the of the former Shoemaker-Bond Post V.F.W. auxiliary in Mertztown.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great, great-nieces and great, great-nephews, all of whom she loved and cared for as children and grandchildren of her own. Also surviving are brother Wilson Danner of Alburtis and sisters Lena Spatz of Pine Grove and Shirley Drebelbis of Hamburg, and godson Craig Rohrbach of Mertztown. She was predeceased by brother Charles Danner and sisters Helen Moyer, Marie Danner, and Gladys Yerger.

Service: 1:30 p.m. May 10 in Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville. A calling hour will begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment will take place in Weisenberg Union Cemetery.

Contributions to Topton Fire Company and/or Topton EMS, c/o funeral home, PO Box 190, 18031. www.schmoyerfuneralhome.com.

DORA M. HELBERT

Dora M. (Snyder) Helbert, 89, of Maxatawny Township, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Kutztown Manor, Inc., Kutztown. She was the widow of Walter W. Helbert, who died December 23, 2000. Born in Trexlertown, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Helen (Batz) Snyder. Mrs. Helbert was employed as a saleswoman by Renninger’s Antique and Farmers Market, Kutztown, for 20 years, retiring in 2003. Dora was an avid fan of Elvis Presley.

Survivors: Daughter, Diane M. (Helbert), wife of Harold E. Aulenbach, Mertztown; sons, David W., husband of Dianna M. (Pongratz) Helbert, Kempton, Walter W., Jr., husband of Theresa (Konkus) Helbert, Blandon, William A. Helbert, Reading. There are also six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra M. (Helbert) Kunkel on February 3, 2002; and a sister, Miriam K. P. (Snyder) Muth on December 26, 2011.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Maxatawny Union Cemetery, Kutztown. Relatives and friends may call Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

HENRY C.L. KUNKEL

Henry C. L. Kunkel, 59, of Kempton, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 while working in Picayune, Mississippi.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Wayne H. and Esther (Snyder) Kunkel.

He was a 1973 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, New Tripoli.

Mr. Kunkel was the owner/operator of KTD Express, Inc., Kempton, working as an over-the-road truck driver for more than 40 years. He received the National Transportation Agency Award for One Million and Three Million Accident Free Miles. A racing enthusiast, Henry raced car #71in the Street Stock division, at Dorney Park Raceway, Allentown, from 1977 to 1983.

Survivors: Daughters, Kelly K. (Kunkel) Schaeffer, companion of Darryl L. Mills, Kempton, Tracy L. (Kunkel), wife of Christopher J. Hunt, Landisburg, Perry Co.; sister, Diane (Kunkel), wife of Fred Folland, Germansville; one granddaughter, Karlee Lynn Schaeffer; Karlee’s father, Michael C. Schaeffer, Kutztown; and his best friend and ex-wife, Darlene C. (Strunk) Kunkel, Shoemakersville. Henry was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Kunkel.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn, officiating. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

FLORENCE M. DIETRICH

Florence M. (Kunkle) Dietrich, 82, of Kempton, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, in her family residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was the widow of Earl S. Dietrich, who died Oct. 5, 2008.

Born in Greenwich Township, she was a daughter of the late Lewis W. and Annie B. (Miller) Kunkle.

Mrs. Dietrich was a member of Zion Moselem Lutheran Church, Kutztown.

First and foremost, she enjoyed being a farmer’s wife on her, and her late husband’s farm in Albany Township. She also worked at the former Wenton Shoe Factory, Kutztown, a kitchen worker at the former SkyView Restaurant, Krumsville, and Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Fogelsville. Mrs. Dietrich was a member of Shartlesville and Virginville Fire Companies. She enjoyed quilting, needle point, embroidery, cooking, and gardening. Florence was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who looked forward to her yearly vacations and clamming in Delaware. This past Christmas, she quilted 34 quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Survivors: Daughters, Irene V. (Dietrich) Waits, Hamburg, Lorraine I. (Dietrich) Kunkel, companion of Calvin Bender, Jr., Bernville, Jean H. (Dietrich), wife of Charles E. Petersheim, Reading, Margaret D. (Dietrich), wife of Kenneth E. Miller, Mohrsville, Phyllis N. (Dietrich) Snyder, companion of Franklin Knoblauch, Hamburg; sons, Stanley E., husband of Anne L. (Heckman) Dietrich, Hamburg; and Wilson L., husband of Joanne S. (Dreibelbis) Dietrich, Kempton; sister, Lillian (Kunkle) Mengel, Lenhartsville. In addition there are 15 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol F. “Tootie” Dietrich who died December 9, 2000; five sisters; and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Rodrick H. Sutliff officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Moselem Church Cemetery, Richmond Township. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.

EDWIN N. ZIMMERMAN

Edwin N. Zimmerman, age 92 years, 11 months, 30 days, died Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the home of his daughter and son in law Anna and Melvin Nolt in Plymouth after a period of deteriorating health.

Mr. Zimmerman was born May 12, 1921 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania the son of the late Aaron Z. and Lizzie B.( Nolt) Zimmerman. He was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church and was a retired farmer.

He is survived by his children: Lizzie (Mahlon) Sauder of Kutztown, PA, Martha (Harry) Weaver Kutztown, PA, Anna (Melvin) Nolt of Plymouth, Ammon (Erma) Zimmerman of Kutztown, PA, Mabel Zimmerman (Melvin deceased) of Leroy, MN, Harvey (Erma) Zimmerman of Shelby, Rachel (Harvey) Burkholder of Shiloh, Annetta (Lloyd) Martin of Shiloh, Edwin (Grace) Zimmerman of Shelby, Glenn (LouElla) Zimmerman of Shelby, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. His siblings: Lena N. Martin of Martinsburg, PA, Sarah Horning of Lancaster Co., PA, Lydiann Martin of Lancaster Co., PA, John Aaron Zimmerman of Shiloh, Benjamin Zimmerman of Plymouth, Esther Martin of Martinsburg, PA, and Lloyd Zimmerman of Lancaster Co., PA.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Annie N. (Hoover) Zimmerman on March 19, 2006; daughter: Ellen Zimmerman in 1964 and Son: Melvin Zimmerman in 2004; Granddaughter: Edna Nolt in 1988 and 8 siblings.

Friends and family may call on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the home of his daughter and son in law Rachel and Harvey Burkholder, 1991 Shatzer Road, Shiloh. The family will meet there at 8:45 AM Friday morning for prayers. Funeral service will be on Friday at 9:30 AM at Springmill Old Order Mennonite Church on Dininger Road in Shelby, with Bishop Ammon Burkholder officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Care given by Bob, Catherine and Jake at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. To leave a condolence, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com.