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Albert Berger (Uncle Al), Dec 28, 1901 - April 7, 1987, age 86
Edna A. Hummel Berger (Aunt Edna) June 17, 1902-December 29, 1995, age 93
Buried at Zion Blue Mountain, Strausstown

Albert & Edna Berger Uncle Albert was a breech baby, the last to be born on the farm. Two of his best friends growing up were Earl Unger and Norman Spatz; there are family photos of them together. He was the first in the family to graduate from high school, in Bernville. He would come to Reading to help get supplies for the store across the street from the Bergers. Aunt Edna was from Schuylkill Haven; her father was an engineer on the Reading Railroad and so they moved to Reading. She had seven brothers and four sisters.

Uncle Albert grew up at a time when automobiles were just beginning and he became interested in them. When he graduated from school he came to Reading to work, and the garage where he worked was a place that Aunt Edna had to cross every day on her way to work at the Nolde Hosiery Mill. (Doris: “She probably walked fairly slowly when she passed!”) She was a stocking pairer (they’d lay stockings out and she would pair them up) for 32 years, retiring in 1968. Uncle Albert lived with Uncle Dan and Aunt Flora for awhile, and when he and Aunt Edna “eloped” on March 14, 1925, Aunt Flora suspected what was going on and showed up at the church with rice to throw. Uncle Al and Aunt Edna lived in an apartment on Greenwich Street until they moved to Shillington on April 12, 1930. Uncle Albert was an auto mechanic at Lindgren and Manske for 40 years, and later worked as a courier by American Bank for 17 years before retiring in 1981. He also sold insurance for awhile in the 1960s.

Uncle Albert joined the Masons when he was 21; he was a member of Lodge 62, F&AM. He was also a Shriner, and a member of the Arab Patrol (a sub-group of the Shriners that met every Thursday night to do precision drills for parades); he and Aunt Edna used to attend really fancy dress parties on New Year’s Eve. He and his family attended Immanuel United Church of Christ in Shillington.

Uncle Albert was a wonderful storyteller of the “old days” in Strausstown, and had an incredible memory for details; Aunt Carrie used to like when both sides of the family could get together and talk about the old days. I wish I had taken notes of the stories: I do have a vague memory of the “Eternal Hunter,” some kind of ghost at the graveyard, which supposedly Poppop and Uncle Dan witnessed at midnight when they were around ages 9 and 13. It was always interesting to listen to any of the family talk!

In February of 1994, Aunt Edna moved into Phoebe-Berks Village in Wernersville, and the house in Shillington was sold.


Linked to  Alison D. (Berger) Boor
Albert P Berger
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