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Ferne A. (Fritz) Steigerwalt, 88 – Fluent in Pennsylvania Dutch

Ferne A. Steigerwalt, 88, of Wyomissing, formerly of Andreas, died August 19, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Howard E. Steigerwalt Jr., who died November 23, 2011.

Prior to retiring, she was employed for 31 years by the United States Post Office, Andreas and various other locations, 11 of those years as the Postmaster at the Tuscarora Post Office.

Born in Andreas, she was the daughter of the late Wellace C. Fritz and Alice M. (Steigerwalt) Fritz Breiner. Ferne was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Church of West Penn Township.

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She enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, gardening, baking and making homemade jam. She loved sharing with her children and grandchildren the memories of growing up on the family farm. She was also fluent in Pa. Dutch and she was a trusted source for the family history.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua T. Steigerwalt, two brothers, Wellace W. and Fayne R. Fritz, a stepfather, Claude M. Breiner, and a stepsister, Helen Hillegass. Surviving are a son, Todd H. Steigerwalt, of Wyomissing; a daughter, Shirley F. Massengale, of Havre De Grace, MD; a sister, Barbara, wife of Robert Kershner, of Lehighton; two granddaughters, Shannon, wife of Ryan Dunlap, and Jenna, wife of Jamie Turner; four great grandchildren, Oliver and Kash Dunlap, and Liam and Layla Turner, nieces and nephews.

A family memorial prayer service was held August 24 at the Hartman Funeral Home, New Ringgold, with The Rev. Virginia M. Heimer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church of West Penn Township, 184 St. Peter’s Rd, Tamaqua, PA 18252.

An Additional memorial visitation will be held at The Highlands at Wyomissing Cultural Center, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing, PA 19610, from 2:30-3:30pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019, with refreshments to follow.

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