Anna J. Zerbe

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July 3, 2014

Anna J. Zerbe, 86, of 106 Gap St., Valley View, passed away Thursday at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Sept. 5, 1927, in Valley View, she was a daughter of the late Philip F. Zerbe Sr. and the late Lillie A. Bensinger Zerbe.

She was a 1945 graduate of the former Hegins Township High School, a 1949 graduate of West Chester University, and received her MEd and EdD from Temple University.

She was a physical education teacher for Lykens High School, Upper Dauphin Joint High School, Temple University, Philadelphia public schools and Penn State University Capitol Campus. She served on the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and had retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Anna was a field hockey club player from 1956 to 1963. She was a member of the Mideast First Sectional Team for 10 years and honorable mention on the United States field hockey team in 1963.

Anna loved to travel throughout the United States and Canada. She enjoyed gardening, camping, reading and fishing.

She was a very active member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View. She was also a member of the National Association of Health Physical Education and Recreation Teachers, the Pennsylvania State Association of Health Physical Education and Recreation Teachers, the National Association for Physical Education of College Women, the American School Health Association and Phi Delta Kappa.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion, S. Lauretta Pierce; two brothers, Mark I. Zerbe and Dean R. Zerbe; and two sisters, June P. Hornbeck and Nellie F. Lull.

She is survived by a brother, Philip F. Zerbe Jr. and his wife, Norene M. Zerbe, Pine Grove; sisters-in-law, Dolores L. Zerbe and Marion M. Zerbe, both of Valley View; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View, with the Rev. Duane Bardo officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Valley View. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 221, Valley View, PA 17983 or to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at

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Published in Republican & Herald on July 4, 2014
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