Pastor Edgar D. Wert Sr., vet, served many area churches

By on April 25, 2012

Pastor Edgar D. Wert, Sr., 86, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Millersburg, he was the son of the late Harry and Flora (Deibler) Wert and was the husband of Lorraine B. (Spangler) Wert. They were married for 62 years.

Pastor Wert graduated from Lebanon Valley College (1950) and received his master’s degree from United Theological Seminary in 1954. He was ordained as an elder in 1954. His appointments were Brunnerville, Lancaster: Covenant, Ephrata: First United Methodist (UM); Reading; Covenant; Reading: Ebenezer; Birdsboro: Christ UM; Brownstown: Emmanuel; Palmyra: Gravel Hill; and Hope UM. He was a member of Annual Conference, retiring in 1992.

He had served during WWII in the Army Air Force as sergeant.

Pastor Wert loved the mountains, reading, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Edgar, husband of Marietta (Gustantino) Wert Jr., of Reading; Geoffrey, husband of Diana (Schaeffer) Wert, of Reading; and Timothy, husband of Carolyn (Elmer) Wert, of Newtown; a daughter, Sharon Owens, of Reading; seven grandchildren: Wendy, wife of Kevin Button; Scott Owens; Jeffrey Owens, Thomas Owens; Jonathan Wert; Emily Wert; and Christine Wert; and two great-grandchildren: Shelby and Madison Button.

He was preceded in death by his sister: Mary Miller.

Funeral services including military honors will be held April 28 at 11 a.m. at the Hope United Methodist Church, 3474 Rothsville Road, Ephrata, with Rev. James L. Garner, Jr. officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Edgar’s memory may be made to Hope UM Church, 3474 Rothsville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522, the Eicher Arts Center, 407 Cocalico St., Ephrata, PA 17522 or to Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, 3026 Mt. Hope Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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