John L. Zerbe Sr., 86, Bethlehem Steel retiree, enjoyed fishing, speaking Pennsylvania Dutch

By on March 8, 2017

John L. Zerbe, Sr., 86, Denver, entered into rest March 2, 2017.

Born in East Cocalico Township, a son of Joseph P. and Edna M. (Kramer) Zerbe, he was married for 66 years to Mary E. (Burkenheiser) Zerbe.

A member of Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, Denver, he retired from Bethlehem Steel, Morgantown, and was a terrific husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather. John’s life passions, in addition to family, were fishing, speaking Pennsylvania Dutch, and listening to polkas. He learned sign language to communicate with two siblings, and was a true friend, hard worker, and offered a helping hand to anyone.

Also surviving are daughters: Barbara A., wife of George M. Wentzel III, Denver; and Beverly Frey, Harrisburg; grandchildren: Michelle, Melissa, Angie, Phillip, Alex, and Shane; many great-grandchildren; sisters: Guyula Sweigart, wife of Ammon Seifrit, Interlachen, Fla.; Dorothy, wife of Glen Allen Anderson, Williamsport, Md.; and brother: Clayton Zerbe, Denver.

He was predeceased by children: John Jr., Jacob Lavern, and Bonita Ann; and 12 siblings.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., from Good Funeral Home, Reamstown, with the Rev. Peter Schwabe-Fry officiating. Burial will be in Muddy Creek Cemetery. The viewing will be Friday, March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., and prior to the funeral.

Online condolences may be offered at Good Funeral Home, Reamstown, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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