Edith B. Erb


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Edith B. Erb, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Nottingham Village in Northumberland.

Prior to her stay at Nottingham, she enjoyed being a resident at Polk Personal Care Center, in Millersburg, for the last two years. One of her many highlights at Polk was being crowned the Reigning 2012 Valentine's Day Queen. Throughout her life she lived at various places including Sacramento, Gratz, Hegins, Philadelphia, Easton, Pottstown, Ambler, and Elverson, PA.  

Born Edith Elizabeth Beam, on Feb. 28, 1929, on the family farm near Elverson, Edith was the fifth and youngest child of Samuel and Ottilia Amelia Beam, of Philadelphia and Elverson.

She is survived by two sisters, Helen Myer, 89, of Millersburg, and Caroline Carlini, 92, of Syracuse, NY. 

Edith was a 1948 graduate of Warwick High School, Elverson. Prior to her graduation from high school, she attended Beauty School in Philadelphia.  She then acquired her license as an operator in a beauty shop in 1947.

It was in high school that she met her sweetheart, Frederick G. Erb, Jr., whom she married on May 30, 1948, at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Pottstown. The couple had three children, Frederick G. Erb III, Mark Otis Erb, and Karen Elizabeth (Erb, Scheib) Erdman. The young family grew when Fred and Edith took a foster son, Jack Breidegam into their hearts and home.    

Edith was an active Pastor's wife in the churches where her husband Frederick G. Erb, Jr. served as a Lutheran minister.  They served parishes in Hegins, Philadelphia, and Easton.  During the mid-1960's, Edith assisted her husband while he was CEO of the Gulliver Society, a Reading, PA and Rochester, NY-based flying club known widely as the "country club of the air."  It was during this time period that Edith enjoyed traveling to other countries such as Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Puerto Rico, and The Grand Bahamas, to name a few. She had always said one of the most beautiful places she visited was Alaska, one of her favorite trips.

Edith secured employment with Bell Telephone Company of PA.  After moving to Gratz, in 1967 Edith became the Corporate Executive Secretary and Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Spread Eagle Farms, Klingerstown, which rose to become the nation's third largest egg producer. She was later employed by Quaker State Farms after that company took over the Spread Eagle egg producing operation in 1975, where she remained until her retirement in 1991. 

Edith became one of the founding members of Giving Light Christian Fellowship Ministries, of Elizabethville. She was active in various Christian ministries throughout her adult life, often in a leadership capacity. Among the most notable of these ministries was her involvement with the Dauphin County Prison Ministry outreach to prisoners in Harrisburg, and elsewhere. Edith is well known for her innumerable acts of charity and generosity over many years, and has touched countless lives through her selfless acts of kindness and prayer. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Frederick G. Erb, Jr. (1930-1994); one son, Mark Otis Erb (1950-2006); one foster son, Jack Breidegam (2012); one sister, Ruth Collins; and one brother, John Beam.

Edith is survived by son Frederick G. Erb III, his wife Heather, of State College, and daughter Karen E. Erdman, her husband Lamar, of Sacramento, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Erb, widow of Mark O. Erb and daughter-in-law Pat Breidegam, widow of foster son, Jack Breidegam. Also surviving Edith are thirteen grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  

In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives may wish to make a contribution to Edith's church, Giving Light Christian Fellowship, 147 Wolf Road, Elizabethville, PA 17023. Her memorial service will be held at G.L.C.F. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend this memorial service to celebrate the life of Edith Erb.

A private interment was held on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the Erb family gravesite, at the Pottstown Cemetery West, in Pottstown, PA. 

Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown, is in charge of funeral arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit www.srrfh.com.

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