The Life of Harold J. Stopp

Harold J. Stopp, 84, of Fleetwood, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the loving husband of Mabel M.  (Wessner) Stopp, whom he married on May 23, 1954. Born on November 18, 1933 in Kutztown, Harold was a son of the late Raymond J. and Bertha (Hilbert) Stopp. He was a member of Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, and served his country in the United States Army, having been stationed in Germany. He was employed as a custodian by Kutztown University for 19 years, retiring in 1997.  Prior to that, Harold worked as a laborer for Pinnacle Equipment, Fleetwood, for 19 years. Harold enjoyed going to auctions, public sales, and "tinkering" around his home. He also enjoyed being outdoors, either in his garden, or doing lawn work.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, Mabel. Harold is survived by his children, Diane S. (Stopp), wife of Rickie Hawkins, Norristown, Patricia M. (Stopp), wife of Oscar Maldonado, Kenhorst, Kenneth J. Stopp, Kutztown; four grandchildren, Carrie Gilmartin, Matthew Hawkins, Angela Stopp and Anthony Maldonado. Harold was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Pauline (Stopp) Strauss.

A funeral service to celebrate Harold's life will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Revered Thomas Lang officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions be made in Harold's memory to The American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 or online at Ludwick Funeral homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Uncle Harold

Uncle Harold was a kind and loving soul whose ‘accent’ I loved! We thought so much of him. Loved his enthusiasm for collecting antique buggy blankets. After we lost our home in Hurricane Katrina, he and Aunt Mable sent us a very generous check which helped give us hope and furnish our new home. We so appreciated that Jim’s mom had him and his family to see on holidays. He will be missed and remembered.
Posted by Jim and Cheryl S on 11/20/2017