Barbara A. Clements, 92, formerly of Robesonia, passed away peacefully the morning of December 30th, 2020 at Penn State Health-St Joseph with her loving family by her side.
She was the wife of William R. Clements for nearly 72 years. Born in West Reading on January 8, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Carl F. Schatz and the late Ruth S. (Graff) Schatz.
After graduating from Reading High School in 1945 she worked at various businesses including the A&P Food Store in Reading and later as an “examiner” at the Berkshire Knitting Mills. It was during that time that Barbara met Bill while roller skating at the Sinking Spring Skating Rink. They married March 19, 1949. Upon marrying Bill, Barbara became the bookkeeper for Bill’s family’s trash hauling business, Clements Brothers, Inc. She continued as the bookkeeper for several years until she devoted her full-time attention to raising their two children. During the ensuing years, Barb and Bill lived in State Hill and later, Wernersville, where Bill joked that Barbara went from being a “city girl” to being a “country girl.” In 1971, they bought a small farm on the mountain behind Robesonia where Barb became a “farm girl.” She and Bill raised Black Angus steers, chickens, and two horses. Last year, after almost 50 years on the farm, they relocated to Phoebe Berks in Wernersville.
Barbara was a very talented lady. Her interests included becoming an accomplished seamstress, refinishing furniture, and creating ceramics, at which she excelled. If something interested her, she either figured out how to do it on her own or took classes to learn how to do it. Barbara was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia and was a 50-year member of Conrad Weiser Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Along with her husband, she was also very active in Rajah Shrine, volunteering her time with various units including the Mounted Patrol, the Caravanners, and the Shrine Circus. Barb also served as a Girl Scout leader.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her children – Brian W. Clements and wife Julie, Wernersville, Denise L. Hager and fiancé Joe Lavender, Newmanstown, her sister – Dorothy H. Yeakel, Temple, her grandchildren – Joshua W. Clements and fiancé Jessica Gobright, Jacob B. Clements and wife Adriane, Sarah L. Clements and husband Anthony Gaona, Clayton G. Clements and wife Chelsea, Bradley J. Hager and wife Jamie, Timothy R. Hager and wife Randi, and her great grandchildren – Xavier, Ella, Carson, Halie, Grayson, Billy, Nick, Belle and Allister. She was predeceased by siblings – Carl F. Schatz and Roberta L. Kranston.
Funeral service will be private. Her funeral will be webcast on Monday, January 4, 2020 beginning at 1:30 PM. Eastern Star service at 1:45 PM followed by the funeral service officiated by Rev. David Newhart. Interment in Laureldale Cemetery, Tuckerton. To view services, go to www.kleefuneralhome.com, go to Barbara A. Clements obituary and click on the webcast tab. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Barbara can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Rajah Shriners, P.O. Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Clements family. www.kleefuneralhome.com
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
Funeral services will be webcast beginning at 1:30 PM.
Conrad Weiser Chapter OES service begins at 1:45 PM.
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021