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Kimberly S. Merkel
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Ludwick Funeral Homes
333 Greenwich Street
Kutztown, PA
Kimberly S. Merkel Kimberly S. Merkel, 44, of Kutztown, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021, as a result of complications of Marfans Syndrome. She was the daughter of Shirley A. (Unangst) Burkhart and the late John D. Merkel. Kimberly was born in Allentown. Kimberly was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Kutztown. She was a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, Class of 1994. Kim was employed as a Medical Technologist / Certified Nursing Assistant for Genesis Health Care - Lehigh Commons, Macungie, for 23 years, last working October 14, 2020. In her spare time, Kim enjoyed cross stitch, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, NASCAR, and was a voracious reader. Kim was a lifetime member of Virginville Grange. Kimberly enjoyed camping with her family, and taking day-trips. Kimberly is survived by her mother, Shirley A. Burkhart, with whom she resided; a sister, Tracee L. (Merkel), wife of Rodney R. Hackman, Lancaster County. There is also a niece, Leeya Burk and companion Kevin Little; and two nephews, R. J. and Johnathan Hackman. There is also a great niece, Maya Lee Little. There are also several aunts, uncles, and cousins that survive. In addition to her father, John, Kimberly was predeceased by her step father, Dennis D. Burkhart, and her sister, Deanna L. (Merkel) Burk. A funeral service to celebrate Kimberly’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., from Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 1343 Long Lane Road, Kutztown, with Vicar Jeremiah T. Heydt, officiating. Interment in Dunkels Church Cemetery, Kutztown. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Attendees are required to wear facial coverings and practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. The family requests contributions be made in Kimberly’s memory to National Marfans Foundation, 22 Manhasset Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050, or on-line at www.marfan.org/give. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.Ludwickfh.com.
Published by Reading Eagle from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2021.
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1343 Long Lane Road, Kutztown, PA
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I will miss you.
Mary Stauffer
Friend
January 12, 2021
a loved one
January 10, 2021
Heather Kline
January 10, 2021
Kim and I were childhood friends and I have so many wonderful memories of our time together at school, church and Brownies. She was such a good person, always there for me when I needed her, always a good shoulder to cry on, and always there when no one else was. Our lives went different directions after graduation, but one thing is for certain; she still remained true to herself and focused on loving and helping others. It is sad that she has been taken from us so soon, but I know she is in a very loving place looking down on us from above.
Shirley, my deepest condolences for your loss; I hope you are comforted knowing she made a difference in the lives of others.
Jen
Friend
January 10, 2021
Kim was a hero in her line of work and will be greatly missed. I had the honor of working with her for a short time and in that short time, it wasn't hard to see that Kim brought hope, smiles, warmth and kindness to those around her. She was a dedicated coworker and a true friend. My heart breaks for her family and friends and I send my prayers that God gives you all the strength to get through the coming days and know that Kim will live on in our fondest memories.
Paula Stephenson
Coworker
January 9, 2021
They say friends are the family we choose, Kim was like a sister to me.Tears fall freely over your untimely death Kim that I am lost of words.Saying goodbye isn't for us but instead I will say that I look forward to seeing you my friend again that beautiful morning.I will surely miss you Kim. To Kim's mom,my deepest condolences and may loving memories you shared with Kim ease your pain and bring you comfort.
Maureen
Coworker
January 9, 2021
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