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Bettie M. Sterner, 79 – Sewing Machine Operator for 36 Years

Bettie M. Sterner, 79, of West Penn Township, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem.

She was the wife of Neil Kershner. They were married on October 6, 2012.

Prior to retiring, she was a sewing machine operator for 36 years. She was employed at the former Scotty’s Fashion, Lehighton, Sue Frock Textile Mill, Tamaqua and Tamaqua Frocks.

Born at home in West Penn Township, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Anna (Potylycki) Clause. She was a member of Zion’s Stone Church of West Penn Township. Bettie loved to sew. She would sew beautiful wedding dresses and costumes for her son’s drama club plays.

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She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter, and two sisters, Nancy Houser and Ann Glauda. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Timothy and his wife, Lisa, of Lancaster; daughter, Tammy, wife of Jeffrey Weaver, of Andreas; two brothers, William Clause, of Andreas, and Johnny Clause and his wife, Melanie, of Reynolds; four sisters, Cathy Braskie, of Hazleton, Mary Ann Reed, of TN, Jeanie, wife of John Hamm, of Clamtown and Tina Clause, of Clamtown; three grandchildren, Madison Sterner, Chad Weaver and Marissa Sterner, three step children, Kathy, Susan and Kevin, ten step grandchildren, one great step granddaughter, nieces and nephews.

Private graveside service will be held in Zion’s Stone Church Cemetery with Rev. Russell Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Zion’s Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Rd., New Ringgold, PA 17960.

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold. Online condolences may be made at

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