The Life of Emmett C. Fenstermaker

Emmett C. Fenstermaker, 98, of Kutztown passed peacefully on May 12, 2020 in the in-patient Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the widower of Sara T. (Trump) Fenstermaker who died December 2, 2000. Born in Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County, Emmett was a son of the late George and Florence (Luckenbill) Fenstermaker. He was predeceased by a brother, George L. Emmett was a member of Zion’s Union Church, Maxatawny. He honorably served his country in the US Army during WWII. A member of the 79th Infantry Division he landed on Utah Beach Normandy on June 12, 1944. The 79th fought their way through Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace to the Ruhr River on April 13, 1945.

Emmett was employed at Berks Foundry and then Samuel Klein Foundry, Macungie, as an inspector for many years until his retirement in 1986. Prior he worked in the same capacity for Caloric Corporation at its former Topton plant.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 560, Kutztown and a member of Hamburg Fire Company.

Emmett is survived by a daughter, Carol A. (Fenstermaker), wife of Michael C. Miller, Center Valley; and a son, Dennis E. Fenstermaker, Kutztown. Other survivors include two grandchildren, Lori J. (Miller), wife of Bradley Evans, and Todd B., husband of Kathleen (Clemmer) Miller. There are four great grandchildren: Michael and Sara Miller, and Bryce and Brandon Evans. In addition to his parents and wife, Sara, Emmett was predeceased by a brother, George L. Fenstermaker.

A private graveside service for immediate family members will be held on Monday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Jeffrey J. Butz officiating. The service will also be LIVE streamed for extended family and friends to view safely from home. Please submit a request to to receive an invitation from the funeral home.

The family suggests contributions may be made in memory of Emmett to: Zion’s Union Church, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, PA 19530 or Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh Street, #100, Allentown, PA 18103.

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

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Emmett's niece

Prayer's for Carol And Dennis and their families. Rest in Piece Uncle Emmett 

Posted by Joanne L on 05/14/2020

Prayers for the family

Rest in Peace

Posted by Joanne L on 05/14/2020

In sympathy

With sincere sympathy to Carol, Dennis and all the family. I did not realize your Dad was part of the Normandy invasion. Hope he found happiness after your mother's passing. How can it be that long now? Cousin Sara was one of my mother's (Betty Seaman) favorites. She would extend sympathy if she could. Still here at age 94. 

Posted by Dianne S on 05/15/2020

One of a Kind

His house was always open to our entire family, including friends.  We will greatly miss his hospitality as well as his regular visits to Washington.  We will miss our breakfasts at the Kutztown Diner and playing 31 in the evening, going shoppping with him at the Kutztown Market on a Saturday or visiting some of the relatives together.  We will miss our annual visits with him  to the Kutztown Fair as well as his  presence at the Trump Family Reunion and the annual gathering of the traditional Fersommling in Leesport. Uncle Emmett was one of these uncles that everybody wishes for but few are lucky enough to call their very own. There is so much more about him that we will always remember but not to mention his  trademark chocolate cake with the gooey topping would almost be a crime. We will miss you forever, Emmett.  Mach's gut!.  The Hoover/Nair Families 

Posted by Larry/Barbara H on 05/16/2020

Farewell to an American Hero

We will miss your smile and jokes Uncle Emmett!

Posted by Matthew H on 05/20/2020