The Life of Mellies G. Stettler
Mellies G. Stettler, Jr., of Kempton, formerly of Kutztown, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Miriam E. (Buss) Stettler, who died July 19, 2002, and Grace L. (Mantz) Stettler, who died August 11, 1951. He was also the long-time companion of Ella H. (Schlegel) Richard, who died February 19, 2017.
Born in Bethlehem, Mellies was a son of the late Mellies G., Sr., and Cula I. (Bartholomew) Stettler. He attended Nazareth High School and honorably and faithfully served his country in The United States Navy during World War II, abord the USS Huntington. Mellies was employed as a Mailroom Postmaster at Kutztown University for 10 years retiring in 1994. Prior to that, he was employed at Xode Company, Kutztown for seven years; Kutztown Publishing Co. for 17 years and Nazareth Item Newspaper for eight years.
Mellies served as a Cub Scout Pack Leader of Troop #153, Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown for 29 years. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, where he served as an Elder and Deacon of the Consistory and enjoyed being a part of the candy makers group. Most recently, he attended New Bethel Church, Kempton, with his family. Mellies loved to play cards, especially pinochle and hasey, BINGO, and jigsaw and sudoku puzzles. He also enjoyed attending Berks Encore in Fleetwood.
Mellies is survived by his three children, LeAnne L. (Stettler), wife of Peter A. Zettlemoyer, Kempton, Mellies G., III, husband of Elizabeth (Klett) Stettler, Ambridge, PA, and James A., husband of Yvonne (Eck) Stettler, Kutztown; two brothers, Raymond J. B. Stettler, Bethlehem and Nelson S. T. Stettler, Nazareth; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wives, companion, and parents, Mellies was predeceased by his son, Dennis T. Stettler in 1964, and a brother, Glennwood A. Stettler.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA. A funeral service to celebrate and honor Mellies life with Reverend Rebecca Sausser officiating will begin at 11:00 a.m. The service will also be LIVE streamed for others to view from home. To access the virtual service, please visit Mellies obituary page at www.Ludwickfh.com.
Burial will follow the services in Bethlehem Memorial Park, Bethlehem.
The family requests contributions be made in Mellies name to New Bethel Church, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton, PA 19529.
Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.Ludwickfh.com.
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A very special uncle
We have lost a very special man , in our family. I have been in the family for 58 years. Every time we would go visit Mellie and his family, he would meet us at the door with a sweet smile, and a great big hug. I loved this man so very much ,and will miss him dearly. It will never be the same to go visit without him there. RIP Mellie until we met again. I will be waiting for that smile and greatBIG HUG. Love You Always , LaVera Oberly
I remember when I was very little , Kindergarten age , I was at their house every day on White Oak Street in Kutztown and Melli as we called him was always so nice and friendly to us as Miriam was our sitter. Later in life I had the pleasure of bowling with him time to time at the Kutztown Fire co. as well. Sending many thoughts to everyone in the family. God Bless
Knowing Mellies has given me too many memories to write. They come to mind in various places. Looking for deer was one of his favorites. Some times I had fib, and say I saw them,really I didn't. Places to eat were never scarce. He always had a special way to relate past happenings. His best skill of printing was passed over by new technology. Transision to other employment was quickly accomplished. I remember him taking me swimming in very cold water at Danners Grove. Milk shakes were a favorite treat in his red convertable. He lived his life entirely with a keen crystal clear mind full of so many experiences.
So many memories - all of them very fond - but I will share one that I told at Uncle Mellie's 90th birthday party, which was 2 years ago. At the time when the memory was created - around 2002 - I was living in Germany working for the company I still work with today. It was December and there were a number of US colleagues who were there at the German HQ on business. If it's December, and if you live near Nuremberg (which I did) and you're a US citizen and you're hosting some US citizens, you HAVE to visit the Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)! Otherwise I think they revoke your US passport. Well, shortly after the 5 or 6 of us made our way onto the Main Square of Nuremberg, we were elbow to elbow with about 100,000 of our new best friends. We're taking in the lay of the people-infested land, when a couple ladies come up to us and say, "We heard you speaking English. Did you hear the results of the college football games yesterday?" Being a football fan and living in Germany, I had the internet at home and of course I had had an opportunity to check the scores. "Sure. Any game in particular?" "Do you know who won the Penn State game?" Not only being a football fan, but a Penn State fan in particular, that was one game I knew for sure. My initial instinct was to say, "yes, the score was......" (whatever it was, but that's not the point of this story) and then move on. Instead, I asked, "Why do you want to know?" "We're from Pennsylvania, here on a European tour." Remember that this was way before widespread smart phones and internet access. I still had dial up! "Oh yeah, where are you from?" "We're from a place near Penn State, not too far from Harrisburg." Harrisburg is a good way from Penn State, but I guess it doesn't seem so far when you're 4500 miles from home. "Oh yeah? Where?" "It's near Lancaster." "OK. Where?" "Do you know Reading? It's near Lancaster." Now we're really zeroing in! Mind you, I still hadn't revealed that I'm from Eastern PA. "Oh yeah? Where?" "Oh. It's a very small town." "Try me." "It's called Kutztown." "You wouldn't happen to know Mellie Stettler, would you?" "OMG!! He's my neighbor!!" Somehow I was only mildly surprised that 4500 miles from home, at the world's largest Christmas Market with 100 thousand people packing the town square, I should bump into someone who knows my out-going, lovable, loving Uncle, who has a personality as big as a mountain. The lady's name is Roxanne - don't remember her last name. I had so much fun sharing that story with Uncle Mellie! I always felt so welcome and loved and cared about in Mellie's presence. I know he has seen the face of our Lord Jesus and is experiencing His glory, but I will miss him so much down here on earth. How blessed I am to have an Uncle like Mellie!