The Life of Dolores J. Brensinger

Dolores J. “Dolly” (Fenstermacher) Brensinger, 77, of Topton, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Peter W. Brensinger, who died on August 27, 2001.

Born in Longswamp Township, Dolly was a daughter of the late Harry W. Fenstermacher, Sr., and Dorothy L. (Lilly) Fenstermacher. She was a graduate of Brandywine Heights High School, Topton, and was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Mertztown, where she volunteered with the Care Committee. Dolly was employed by The Lutheran Home at Topton for several years, and in her younger years, worked at the former Rems Knitting Mills, Macungie. She also cared for many children over the years and was a “Nana” to so many.

She was a member of the Longswamp Township Historical Society, enjoyed playing BINGO, listening to classic country music, and reminiscing about old photos. A people person, Dolly loved to surround herself with others, making friends everywhere she went.

Dolly is survived by her two daughters, Michele D. (Brensinger) Sychterz, Kutztown, and Luci R. (Brensinger), wife of Toby C. Bower, Topton; four grandchildren, Sean and Shane Mintzer and Kathryn and Morgan Bower; and two great-grandchildren, Lilliana and Hunter. She is also survived by her siblings, Judith A., widow of Carl Kressley, Topton, Arlene L., wife of John Kehl, Mertztown, Betty L., wife of Kenneth Bond, Mertztown, Pat A., wife of Roy Gieroczynski, Mertztown, Richard C., husband of Patricia Fenstermacher, Macungie, and Harry W., Jr., husband of Carol Fenstermacher, Mertztown; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service to celebrate Dolly’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 50 Luther Drive, Mertztown, PA, with Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Sassaman, officiating. Burial will follow in Longswamp Union Cemetery, Mertztown. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the church.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, PA, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Sweet Dolly

I worked with Dolly, she was an amazing lady, and a good friend to everyone.she had a great sence of humor too.

Posted by Susan C on 01/25/2020

Our condolences on the loss of Dolly Brensinger

We are saddened to learn of the loss of our friend, Dolly. May all that was good about her live on in your hearts and help to ease your pain in this time of great sorrow.

Longswamp Township Historical Society Board of Directors

Posted by Longswamp Township H on 01/28/2020