The Ludwick Funeral Home Family

Our Caring, Compassionate and Professional Funeral Directors

JAMES R. LUDWICK, is a 1971 Graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA. He is a 1976 Graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, NY, and received his Funeral Director's license in 1977. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. He attended Elon College, NC, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA and Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. James has two daughters, Amy Ludwick and Beth (Ludwick) Duncan; and a grandson, Jayden. He is a member of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, PA., where he serves on the Property and Finance Committees. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Berks County Funeral Director's Association, where he served as a former President, and Bethlehem Lodge #283, F.&A.M. James began his funeral service career at Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem, while in high school, and for Koch Funeral Home, State College, while attending college. After college, James was employed by Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem, until a partnership was formed between himself and Mr. Earl A. Trexler, owner of Trexler Funeral Home, Topton, in 1981. James has owned the Ludwick Funeral Home since 1986, and has been the President of Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc. since 1997. James is currently the Supervisor of the facility in Topton, PA.

DERON K. YOUSE, another life-long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1984. He is a 2000 graduate of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, where he received an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Deron received his Funeral Directors license in 2001. Having been a former paramedic and police officer, Deron has had a lifetime of service to others. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA., and was a Ten-Year Secretary of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #839, Kutztown, PA. He also serves on the executive board of the Topton Ambulance, Squad 575, Topton; a co-secretary on the board of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Arie 839, Kutztown; is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the board and a past District 6 Governor, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Treasurer, and Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He resides in Kutztown with his wife Wendy and is the Supervisor of the facility in Kutztown, PA. Deron has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home Family since 1989 and is honored to have the opportunity as a funeral director to serve families in the very community he was raised.

JONATHAN M. QUIER, a life long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 2006. He is a 2009 graduate of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, where he received an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. He was awarded with the 2009 Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Award, an award given to one student in the state of Pennsylvania, per year, who has excelled in education and showed outstanding knowledge of funeral service. Jonathan received his Funeral Directorís license in 2010. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton, PA, where he serves on the Worship and Music Committee, Handbell Choir, and is an active vocalist and musician. An Eagle Scout, Jonathan is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as vice-president, Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, and the Topton Centennial and Street Fair Committee. He serves as the Assistant Director, member of the organizational committee, and performs with The Brandywine Minstrels. He also accompanies The Kutztown Community Choir, The Reading Philharmonic Band and The Shriner's Showtime Orchestra on percussion, and performs vocally and instrumentally with other church and music groups throughout the Kutztown, Topton, Fleetwood and surrounding areas. Jonathan resides in Kutztown with his wife, Meghan, and has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home Family since 2005 and is honored to have the opportunity as a funeral director to serve families in the very community he was raised.

EMORY B. FENSTERMACHER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR EMERITUS, a life long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1953. He is a 1956 Graduate of Eckels School of Mortuary Science and Temple University, receiving an Associate Degree in Technology. Emory received his Funeral Directors license in 1957. Upon graduation, Emory worked for, and then purchased his father's supermarket in Kutztown, Max's Thriftway. When the store closed in 1987, he began working as a Funeral Director for James R. Ludwick and Earl A. Trexler. Emory retired from full-time employment, after 27 years of continued service to our families, on October 1, 2013, but still continues to help on a part-time basis. Emory continues to be an active member of the Kutztown Community. He is a member of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, PA., where he served as an Elder and a Deacon of the Consistory. He is a member of the Kutztown Lions Club, the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, and Huguenot Lodge #377, F.&A.M., Kutztown. He and his wife Sandra F. (Scherer) Fenstermacher reside in Kutztown, and have three sons, Craig, Taylor, and Brent and two grandchildren, Anna and Andrew.


Our Advance Planning Insurance Advisor and Aftercare Coordinator

AMY E. (DETURK) EVANS, another life long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1982. She received her insurance license in 2004. Amy is a member of Saint Johnís Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA., where she formerly served on Church Council; and serves as second vice-president and activities coordinator of Kutztown Lions Club. Amy resides in Kutztown with her husband Todd, and her four-legged companion Chloe. She also has three children, Sarah (Koenig), wife of Jeffrey Bricker, Rebecca Koenig, and Connor Koenig. Amy served as a past Chairperson for the American Cancer Societyís Relay for Life, Kutztown. Amy is our Advance Planning Insurance Advisor, Aftercare Coordinator, and on-staff Notary Public. Her and her husband, Todd, own and operate Evan's Memorials, a local cemetery monument and memorial company. Amy has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home Family since 2006.


Our Administrative Staff

CAROL C. (KUNKEL) BRUNNER, has been the Office Manager for Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., since 2014. She is a 1974 graduate of Kutztown Area High School. Carol is a member of Saint John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown. She is a member of the Kutztown Area Historical Society, where she currently serves as Treasurer; she also serves as a co-secretary on the board of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Arie 839, Kutztown. Carol and her husband Richard live in Maxatawny Township and have a son, Nathan Brunner, and his wife, Jessica.


Our Funeral Assistants and Support Personnel

DENNIS E. SIEBERT, is a 1956 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School, Topton. He, along with his wife, owned and operated the former Schappell's Hardware Store, Topton for 32 years, retiring in 1999. Dennis, an active member of the Topton community, serves on Topton Centennial and Street Fair Committee, where he coordinates the annual classic car show and cruise. He also is a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Mertztown, where he was a former church council member, and a member of Topton Lions Club. Dennis and his wife, Sandra J. (Ziegler) Seibert, reside in Topton and have a daughter, Dawn, granddaughter, Alison and grandson, Andrew. Dennis is an avid Ford Mustang enthusiast. He has been helping to serve our families since 2000.

BRIAN A. BECK , is a graduate of Kutztown Area High School and The Electronics Training Center. He was a long-time employee of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), working as a Customer Engineer for 42 years. Brian is an active member of the Kutztown Community. He serves as a member of the Church Consistory and the Chairman of the Property Committee at Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown; The Kutztown Historical Society, The Kutztown Rod and Gun Club, and The Kutztown Fire Company. Brian lives in Kutztown with his wife, Ethel M. (Wertz) DeMatteo-Beck; and has two children, Scott Beck and Jennifer (Beck) Kleiman; two step daughters, Christina (Dematteo) Luckenbill and Marcie (DeMatteo) Miller; and eight grandchildren, Sydney, Christian, Phillip, Mitchell, Ellayna, Jarad and Tyler. In his free time, Brian enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and working around his home. He has been a member of our funeral staff since 2015. Brian enjoys helping people, especially in their time of need.

JOHN H. KEISER, JR., Funeral Assistant

TODD M. EVANS, Funeral Assistant

REV. ARTHUR L. HAHN, JR., is a 1957 graduate of Lansdowne-Alden High School. He received his BA in Psychology at Muhlenberg College, Allentown in 1961 and his M.DIV. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1964. He was employed as Interim Pastor at St. Johnís Lutheran/UCC Church in Auburn, PA from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that he was the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton from 1976 retiring in 2001; St. Paulís III Lutheran Church, Palmer Township, Easton from 1967 to 1976 and Grace Lutheran Church, Norristown from 1964 to 1967. He is a life member of Palmer Municipal Fire Department, Easton and was the former Chaplain of Northampton County Prison and Palmer Township Municipal Police Department. He was the former Dean of the Bethlehem/Easton District of the ELCA. He was a Rotary Club Member of Kutztown from 1994 to 2006; former member of Topton Lions Club from 1978 to 1992 and former member of the Topton Boro Council, where he served as president from 2006 to the present. He was a member of The Brandywine Minstrels for 15 years, Kutztown Community Choir for three years and was a Choir Member of Trinity Lutheran Church and other churches where he was called as Pastor. He is presently a member and Supply Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton. He and his wife, Nancy C. (Wood) Hahn, reside in Topton and have two children, Ellen M. (Hahn), wife of Michael J. Grossman and Stephen A. Hahn, husband of Heather L. (Wardell). Rev. Hahn has been assisting the families we serve as our Family Counselor and also, a Funeral Assistant since 2001.

SANDRA J. (ZIEGLER) SIEBERT, is a 1956 graduate of Kutztown Area High School, Kutztown. She, along with her husband, owned and operated the former Schappell's Hardware Store, Topton for 32 years, retiring in 1999. Sandra is a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Mertztown, and Topton Lioness Club. An avid baker and dessert maker, Sandy works part-time in the bakery at Weis Markets in Kutztown. Sandy and her husband, Dennis, reside in Topton and have a daughter, Dawn, granddaughter, Alison and grandson, Andrew. She has been a member of our funeral home family since 2000.

GLORIA F. (SNYDER) HEITER, is a graduate of Kutztown Area High School. She was employed as a secretary at Brandywine Heights High School from 1960-1974. She was also employed at Kutztown University as secretary in the English Department, retiring in 1988. She was self-employed as a Masseuse from 1990 to 2000. She participated, for many years, with The Brandywine Minstrels, Topton, where her late husband, Donald was a former Endman. She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star, #336, Kutztown and is a member of St. Peterís United Church of Christ, Topton, where she sang on the choir for many years. She is a charter member of the Brandywine Booster Club and a former member of the Topton Jaycee Wives. A people person, she is an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, enjoys card playing, Bingo, and casino trips, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Gloris resides in Topton, and is a loving a devoted mother of Marica and Scott, grandmother of Casey, and great grandmother of three. She has been a part of our funeral home family since 2000.

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