Sara J. Wiest, sporting goods store owner, was church music director

By on January 29, 2014

Sara Jacoby Wiest

Sara Jacoby Wiest

Sara Jacoby Wiest, 89, of Cumru Township passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Reading Hospital.

She was the widow of Paul G. Wiest who died July 14, 2009.

Born in Linfield, she was the daughter of the late W. Howard and Leah R. (Leisey) Jacoby.

She was a 1942 graduate of Richland High School in Lebanon County. She attended Albright College for two years then transferred to Penn State University where she received her B.S. in Home Economics in 1946.

She and her husband were the owners of the former Wiest Sporting Goods in West Reading for 40 years. Sara is the past president of the Berks County Penn State Alumni Association. She taught home economics for two years in Newmanstown and Shoemakersville.

Sara was the director of music for 29 years at the First Church of the Brethern in Wyomissing Hills. Later she became the organist and choir director for seven years at Saint James Church in West Reading; hand-bell choir director for three years at Lincoln Park Community U. M. Church; choir director for five years at St. Luke’s E.C. Church in Shillington, and hand bell choir director for seven years at Calvary U.M. Church in Mohnton.

Sara loved to cook and entertain. She was an avid knitter and participated in her church prayer shawl ministry.

She is survived by three children: Donald P., husband of Rosanne Wiest of Reamstown; Doris W., wife of Dan Bentz of Wernersville and Dale A., husband of Kathryn Wiest of Spring Township; eight grandchildren: Philip Wiest, Kevin Wiest, Jason Wiest, Matthew Heim, Becky Sawruk, Steven Heim, Brian Wiest, and Lauren Wiest and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son, Kenneth L. Wiest in 2012.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, One W. Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton, PA 19540, with Pastor Bernard J. Kefer, officiating. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be private at Mohnsville Cemetery, Mohnton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Calvary U.M. Church hand-bell choir at the above address.

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