The Life of Mrs. Janice R. Wert

Janice Ruth (Reichard) Wert, 88, of Kutztown, and formerly of Lenhartsville, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Kutztown Manor, Inc.


She was the widow of The Reverend Donald W. Wert, who died on October 7, 2010, and with whom she celebrated 56 years of marriage prior to his passing.


Born in Allentown, Janice was a daughter of the late George and Ruth Reichard and was a 1951 graduate of Catasauqua High School. She continued her education by attending Kutztown State College, now Kutztown University, where she received both her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Elementary Education.


Mrs. Wert was employed as a Teacher and Educator by The Kutztown Area School District for 26 years, primarily as a sixth-grade teacher at Kutztown Elementary School until her retirement. Janice most recently attended Ziegel's Union Church, Breinigsville, but was involved with many other congregations throughout the years while her husband was a Pastor.


In her free time, Janice enjoyed traveling, history, and watching sports, especially the Phillies.


Mrs. Wert is survived by her children, twin sons, Robert Thomas Wert, Hamburg and Ronald Timothy Wert, and his wife, Andrea, of Lyons; and son, Randall Todd Wert, and his wife, June, of Lenhartsville; sister, Sandra (Reichard) Wert, Stroudsburg; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


A memorial service to honor and celebrate Janice's life will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA with The Reverend Andrew W. Meckstroth officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.


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Burial will be held privately in Union Church Cemetery, Neffs, PA.


The family requests memorial contributions be made in Janice's memory to Friend, Inc., 658D Noble St., Kutztown, PA 19530.


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

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My 6th grade teacher

Mrs. Wert was by far one of my favorite teachers. She was so warm and loving. My husband and sons have heard me talk about her many times. I will never forget my last day of 6th grade as I was leaving, she gave me a hug and told me she loved me. Her students were an extension of her family. To her family~ I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in friends and family that surround you. Sincerely, Suzanne (Adam) LaMastra



Posted by Suzanne L on 10/05/2021

Writing Back and Forth

Gramma and I really liked writing cards/letters back and forth over the past few years. I uploaded an image of one of my favorites here (hopefully it works and you can see/read it). (She always thought it was funny how I dropped the "nd" sound when I said Grandma.) Here is an excerpt typed out from another card from Janice: "Hi - I've finished my daily crossword and now look forward to my two favorite TV shows tonight (Jeopardy + Antiques Roadshow). Jeopardy is good to reveal what we don't know.The Roadshow is good for reminding me of dolls, games, or relics from my past. I hope I am your favorite antique!?! We sure had special times together. Looking forward to Dec. + Xmas. Love, Grandma" I also want to thank Tara and Rodney so so much for taking such good care of her and being there for her during the years she lived at Beltzville after Pappy had passed away.

Posted by Kirsten W on 10/16/2021