Miriam I. (Leeser-Keiser) Rauenzahn Werst, 87, of Laureldale, formerly of Topton, died October 8, 2012 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading. She was the widow of Thomas D. Werst, who died in 2003. Her first husband Edwin A. Rauenzahn died in 1967. Born in Topton, she was the daughter of the late John H., Sr. and Marie (Webb) Keiser. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton and was a 50 year member of the choir. Mrs. Werst was a 1943 graduate of Kutztown High School. She was employed as a teachers aide by the Brandywine School District for many years, retiring in 1990. She was also the tax collector for the Topton Borough for many years. Mrs. Werst was a member of the Topton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Ray A. Master, Post 217 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a past member of the Topton Democratic Club, Brandywine Minstrels, Jaycee Wives, Topton and was an original member of the Topton Centennial Committee. Survivors: Daughters, Connie L. (Rauenzahn) wife of Harold L. Royles, Topton, Joan M. (Rauenzahn) wife of Michael Kelly, New Tripoli, Jill M. (Rauenzahn) Matelan, Fleetwood; son, Jack E. Rauenzahn common-law husband of Grace M. Kelsch, Topton; sisters, Nancy F. (Keiser) Steffy and Doris (Keiser) Herman, both of Topton; brother, John H., Jr. husband of Marcia (DeTurk) Keiser, Kutztown; three grandchildren, Lindsay (Royles) widow of Hans A. Sims, Steven E. Royles, Samantha H. Matelan; two step grandchildren, Lorie A. (Kelly) Karpyn and Jamie M. Kelly, three step great grandchildren; Jaryd M., Chet W. and Evan J. Karpyn. She was predeceased by a sister, Jean Ann Keiser; and brothers, Dallas Keiser and Larry C. Keiser. Services: Funeral services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 S. Home Avenue, Topton, with Reverend Scott A. Staub and Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Interment in Topton Union Cemetery, Topton. Friends may call Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 East Weis Street, Topton and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. Contributions: Flowers may be sent or contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 37, Topton, PA 19562. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com
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Published in Morning Call on Oct. 9, 2012