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Alison D. (Berger) Boor

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Daniel P. (for Potteiger) Berger (Uncle Dan) June 3, 1891 - June 18, 1981, age 90
Flora E. Unger Berger (Aunt Flora), June 5, 1892 - April 20, 1997, age 104
Buried at Zion Blue Mountain, Strausstown

Uncle Dan & Aunt Flora Uncle Dan, like the rest of his family, was born on the family farm. He graduated from Keystone Normal School (a training school for teachers) in 1911, but may never have taught. He worked for the Post Office in management for 40 years, retiring in 1957. Aunt Flora and Uncle Dan were married in Reading on January 16, 1915. Aunt Flora was born in Bernville, but probably grew up in Strausstown; her father died when he was very young. Ironically, his two children, Flora and her brother Bill, both lived to be over 100. We are distantly related to Aunt Flora both on her father’s side (Unger) and he mother’s side (Potteiger). Uncle Dan and Aunt Flora had an infant son who died on July 7, 1915; they had no other children.

When Uncle Dan worked at the Post Office he walked to work, home for lunch, back to work and home every day. Their big dinner of the day was at lunchtime. According to Doris they were both hypochondriacs and they both lived by the clock. One family legend about them is that while playing cards one would tap their fingers, and the other would tap their foot. Uncle Dan and Uncle Albert would garden together in the summers, working in the fields in Shillington.

Aunt Flora worked at Vanity Fair for awhile; it was then on Schuylkill Avenue. They lived in the house at 639 N. Front Street in Reading for a long time—she and Uncle Dan bought it from her mother (who had come along with them to Reading), and then they rented out the second floor to her brother Bill and his wife, Carrie. Bill was a barber and a piano tuner, musician, church organist and the music librarian at historic Trinity Lutheran in Reading; he was also somewhat of a character. Bill and Carrie’s son was James (Jimmy) Unger, who lived in West Lawn with his wife and daughter, Pat.

Aunt Flora and Uncle Dan visited Strausstown at least every other week. They usually had the family once a year for dinner, as did Uncle Alberts and Nana and Poppop. They had a big 50th anniversary party at the Crystal Restaurant in 1965 and another party in 1975 for their 60th anniversary.

They belonged to the “20th Century New Year Club,” a Strausstown social club which included 75 members by 1914. Uncle Dan was president in 1913, and at their annual meeting on New Year’s in 1913 the party went on until 6 am! Sam Berger and Helen Unger were new members that year. A rule of the club was that no member was allowed to get married, but sooner or later most of them did, paying a $1 fine. The purpose of the group was just to get together to watch the New Year come in, with a big feast at midnight (in 1914 they had beefsteak, cheese, pickles, spiced pears, pretzels, crackers, bread, popcorn, cakes, ice cream, fruit and cocoa); then there was a general meeting and singing. Aunt Maud was a member, as was Anna Miller, Poppop’s aunt from Reading. Members came from as far away as Lansdale and South Bethlehem (this was Stanley Seyfert of Lehigh University, originally from Strausstown).

Aunt Flora and Uncle Dan continued to get together with other couples from Strausstown, not just on New Year’s but all year long, to play cards, have Halloween parties and so on. Nana and Poppop were members of this group for awhile, but then they moved away, had no car and four kids, which pretty much left them out. Other members of this group were Aunt Maud and Uncle Claude, the George Anthonys, Norman and Ura Troutman, Charles and Flora Klein, Harry and Leah Harvey and the Millers from Leesport. Most of the couples did not have children. They must have had some awfully good times together, because they continued to get together until there was no one left.

Uncle Dan was very big into organizations; his obituary listed him as a past master of Lodge 62, F&AM, past secretary of DeMolay Commandry 9, Knights Templar, and a member of Reading Royal Arch Chap. 152, Creigh Council, Mary Conclave Red Cross of Constanting, Rajah Temple AAOMNS, Odd Fellows of Shillington, Patriotic Order of Sons of America and Patriotic Order of Americans.

Aunt Flora also was involved in these organizations, serving at one time as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of DeMolay Commandery 9, Knights Templar. In 1989, Aunt Flora and her brother Bill moved to the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown, where she died in 1997 at 104.

They always gave me a one dollar bill in my birthday card. Recently I was going through papers and found an old card from Aunt Flora—with a dollar in it!

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