Maefern D. Houck, 92, of Boyertown died September 1, 2021. Maefern was born October 28, 1928 at the family home in New Berlinville, the youngest of 5 children of Ella and Morris Johnson. Maefern deeply loved the Lord and her family. She was a life-time member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. This is where she married Richard Wayne Houck and where they raised their 6 children: Kathy (Charles); Richard, Jr. (Debbie); Clyde (Deb); Peter (Sandra); Robert; Mary (Francis). Maefern graduated from Boyertown High School in 1946 and attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (now Curtis Institute). She served as an organist at St John’s and local churches. Maefern and Richard were the 2nd generation to own and operate Houck Restaurants. As a full partner, Maefern worked in the back office, greeted customers and provided muscle as necessary. They were innovative entrepreneurs with varied business lines including the Boyertown Inn hotel, restaurant, lunch trucks, clam bakes (serving as many as 500 people), sandwich shop, Russian salad dressing, taxi, barbershop and more. After Richard passed in 2004 she continued working with their son Richard, Jr. until retiring in her mid-80’s. For the majority of the last 60 years, Maefern lived within 3 blocks of her church home. She joyfully dedicated time to Stephen ministry, teaching Sunday School, and serving on the team of telephone greeters. During times of celebration she mentored new members, welcomed confirmands, and prepared palms and Christmas candles. She made it her personal mission to encourage new pastors with her presence and prayer. Maefern is survived by 23 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren (with one on the way!), and more spiritual sons and daughters than we will ever know. She loved all of you with a heart that celebrated your successes, understood your disappointments, forgave your mistakes, and always – always lifted you in prayer before the Lord. Music was an important part of Maefern’s life. She was very appreciative of the support of her brother, Ralph, who bought her piano and paid for lessons. In high school she played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the orchestra and future husband Richard featured on his cornet. At St John’s, Maefern truly appreciated all the musicians – singers and hummers, brass players, bell ringers, guitarists, Saturday at Six percussionists, pianists, organists and any one else who made a joyful noise. Remember Maefern whenever you hear “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Graveside interment Sept 9, 11am. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 4, 2021 11am at St John’s Lutheran Church. Donations may be made to St John’s Lutheran Church. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.morrellfuneralhomecom
Published by The Mercury from Sep. 20 to Sep. 30, 2021.