|Birth: ||May 3, 1934|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 2012|
Gayle Elaine Christman, 78, of Hamburg died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in the Laurel Center, Tilden Twp.
Born May 3, 1934, in Kutztown, she was the daughter of the late Peter S. and Gertrude E. (Reider) Sterner.
She was married for 31 years to (LIVING) Christman.
Gayle graduated from Kutztown High School in 1952; Reading Business Institute in 1955; and Lehigh County Community College in 1981.
She was employed by Kutztown State Teacher's College, Kutztown; Corvair Aeronaudics Corporation, San Diego, California; Leader East Retirement Center, Harrisburg; and last for the Reading Hospital and Medical Center as a physical therapist assistant, until retiring Dec. 31, 1997.
Gayle was a member of the Reading Choral Society; The Hamburg Community Concert Choir; The Topton Lutheran Home Auxiliary; and The Hamburg Jr. Woman's Club, serving as community improvement chairperson, Secretary, Vice-President, and President.
She was a faithful member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, where she served as council Secretary for several years and volunteered on the Worship and Music committee.
Gayle started two English Handbell Choirs and was a member of the vocal choir at church for many years. She taught vacation church school, organized and chaired the prayer chain committee and was a member of the Lay Eucharist Ministry at St. John's Lutheran Church. She also led a Girl Scout Troop at St. John's.
Gayle volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Welcome Wagon in Hamburg. She served on the advisory board of the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Alvernia College.
Gayle is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters, and a great-grand-daughter.
Other survivors include two sisters, and Gayle's son-in-law.
Gayle was predeceased by a daughter, Jane Elizabeth (Christman) Walter, who died Jan. 13, 1996; three brothers: Charles F. Stern-er, Peter O. Sterner and William F. Sterner; a half-brother, Chester; and three sisters: Myrtle E. Boyer, Dorothy M. Rentschler and Gloria R. Balthaser.
Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.
Published in Reading Eagle on November 17, 2012
Created by: Alfred Greenawalt
Record added: Nov 16, 2012
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