The Life of Charles M. Sanders

Charles M. Sanders, 71, of Mohrsville, died peacefully Friday, May 18, 2018 in Penn State Health - Saint Joseph - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, from complications of Leukemia, surrounded by his family. He was a patient since May 11, 2018.  Charles was the husband of Gabriele (Berger) Sanders, whom he married October 24, 1998.  Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Melvin W. and Verdie M. (Behm) Sanders.  Mr. Sanders was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rockland Township. He honorably and faithfully served his country as a Cryptologic Petty Officer, Third Class, in the United States Navy, with service during the Vietnam War.  Charles was employed for over 33 years as a Combustion Engineer at Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading, until his retirement in 2002.  Charles loved travelling and spending time in the state of Maine.

In addition to his wife of 19 years, Gabriele, Charles is survived by two stepdaughters, Heidi (Schwenger) Coleman, Chesapeake, VA; and Petra (Schwenger), wife of William Post, Whippany, NJ.  Other survivors include a sister, Elaine M. (Sanders), widow of Terry L. Seip, Mertztown; and a brother, Barry W., husband of Sandra A. (Eisenhard) Sanders, Macungie.  There are four step grandchildren, Christina, David, Jr., William, Jr., and Amanda; and two great grandchildren, Alivia and Jayden.

Funeral services to celebrate Charles' life will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood, with The Reverend Ruth F. Doty, officiating.  Interment with Military Honors provided by Ray A. Master Post 217 American Legion Honor Guard, Topton, and The United States Navy, in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown; and Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the church.

The family requests contributions be made in Charles' memory to  New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 27 Lyons Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Co-worker and Friend

I worked with Charlie for over 25 years at Carpenter. I couldn't have asked for a more dedicated, intelligent, energetic, and caring co-worker. Charlie's technical knowledge and capabilities were second to none. He was responsible for Carpenter's Cryogenic Gas storage and distribution network. He was our expert on furnace gas atmospheres. He designed and built a state of the art anhydrous ammonia storage & supply system. He was salaried and received no pay for overtime, but on several occasions he worked thru the night (over 24 consecutive hours) to complete projects. And there was never any question about quality. Charlie's projects always met his high personal standards. I'll always be grateful to Charlie for his hard work and strong support over many years.  As great of an employee as he was, he was an even better, caring friend with a big heart. Until we meet again, peace be with you Charlie. 

Posted by Glenn R on 5/23/2018

Friends Forever

My wife Ruth and I were fortunate to meet Charlie and Gabrielle through mutual friends. We went out to eat with Charlie and Gabrielle and three other couples and had a wonderful time always. But we lost one couple and now Charlie. Time does break up that " OLD GANG" but we know those who have gone before are smiling that we can still enjoy each others company. Charlie will surely be missed by many and we pray God's everlasting peace and rest for him. Be strong Gabrielle, George and Ruth Ramsey IN GOD WE TRUST

Posted by George and Ruth R on 5/23/2018