Charles LeRoy Diefenderfer, Jr.

August 27, 1924 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 97)


Charles LeRoy Diefenderfer, Jr., 97, died November 9, 2021 in his Laureldale Borough residence, surrounded by his loving family.


He was the husband of Martha Grace (Klemmer) Diefenderfer, with whom he shared 75 years of marriage.


Born, August 27, 1924, in Reading, he was a son of the late Charles LeRoy Diefenderfer, Sr. and Helen L. (Bailey) Diefenderfer.


Charles proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.


He was employed as a machinist with Birdsboro Steel for 44 years, retiring in 1987.


Charles was a member of the former Christ United Church of Christ, Temple.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his two children: Linda G., wife of Donald J. Bartashus of Muhlenberg Township and Charles L. Diefenderfer, III, husband of Mary E. Diefenderfer of Laureldale.


Other survivors include three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.


In addition, surviving are his two siblings: Edward D. Diefenderfer of Florida and Susan Shimp of Denver, Lancaster County.


Charles was preceded in death by four siblings: Robert and Kenneth Diefenderfer, Mary Jane Cerniglia, and Betty Satter.


Services will be private at the convenience of the family.  Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Laureldale is in charge of arrangements.  


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