Shirley Mae (Potteiger) Auchenbach

March 16, 1930 ~ June 6, 2019 (age 89)

Shirley Mae Auchenbach, 89, died June 6, 2019 in her Muhlenberg Township residence.

She was married in 1953 to Earl R. “Auchy” Auchenbach, who died in 1998.

Born in West Reading, PA on March 16, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Paul E., and Bessie M. (Snyder) Potteiger.

Shirley was a 1947 graduate of Wilson High School and was a member of Alsace Lutheran Church, Reading.

She was a loving wife and devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her extended family and her “sorority” sisters from West Lawn.

Shirley worked in the Berkshire Knitting Mills and then retired as a manager after working many years with Zipf’s Candy, Muhlenberg.

She is survived by two children: Cheryl A. Auchenbach of Muhlenberg Township and Scott D., husband of Tracey L. (Cross) Auchenbach, of Plano, Texas and two grandchildren Payton A. (Charlotte, NC) and Rylie A. (Plano, TX).

Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Elmer F. Bickta and a niece, Evie Braun and nephews: Robert Auchenbach, Ron Bickta and Barry Bickta.

Shirley was predeceased by her sister, Marion J. Bickta, who died in 2015.

Services will be held Friday, June 14th at 11:00 am in Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale, with Rev. Richard Nelson officiating.

A viewing will be held Friday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the funeral home.

Burial will be in Laureldale Cemetery, Muhlenberg Township.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Wounded Warriors Project, or Alsace Lutheran Church, 2201 Kutztown Rd, Reading, PA 19605.

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