BEAVERTOWN - Anna Kathryn (Reich) Motter, 83, of 112 Wetzel Ave., went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:44 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
She was born June 27, 1929, in Middle Road, Beavertown, a daughter of the late Homer and Mary (Benfer) Keister. On Jan. 11, 1947, she married the Rev. Harold Leon Reich.
She was educated at Fiss and Troxelville schools.
Anna Kathryn (Reich) Motter
Through her life she was employed by Mifflinburg and Beavertown Silk Mills and Selinsgrove State School.
For 18 years, she and Harold pastored at Christ Community Church, in Glen Iron. She was always right by her husband's side, working at the church or doing visitation. They also had a weekly Christian radio program, Revival Inspiration, that could be heard every Sunday afternoon on one of the local radio stations. She loved Jesus and shared that love with her family and all those with whom she came into contact. On Jan. 26, 1988, her heart was broken when her beloved husband passed away.
On Nov. 11, 1989, she married Oscar Motter, with whom she shared 15 wonderful years until his death on Dec. 18, 2004. Anna and Oscar were members of Beavertown God's Missionary Church. She currently attended Wayside Bible Church, where her son, the Rev. Timothy Reich, is pastor.
She enjoyed reading her Bible, sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family. She received much spiritual encouragement from WFBM Christian radio, a station she would listen to daily.
Harold and Anna were the parents of five children, Gerald Reich and wife, Linda, David Reich, of Creek Road, Beavertown, the Rev. Darvin Reich and wife, Debbie, of West Ridge Road, Middleburg, the Rev. Timothy Reich and wife, Sherry, of state Route 104, Middleburg, and Shirley (Reich) Sperka and husband, Joe, of Beavertown; 16 grandchildren, Cindy Wagner, Kelly Shiffer, Kahla Peters, Robin Hartzler, Mike, Shane, Mark and Kimberly Reich, Justin and Jonathan Sperka, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason, Mull, Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Mull, Army Private Jonathan Mull, Krista Culp, Tyler Haines and Shannon Miller; 20 great-grandchildren, Phillip, Colby and Meghan Wagner, BlakeLee, Brady, Adelyn and Isabella Shiffer, Rainah Haas, Taylor, Tasha, Madyson, Kolten and Andy Reich, Anyssa and Kaden Peters, Collin and Carter Hartzler, Coy and Jaycee Miller and Callie Haines; one great-great-granddaughter, Kennedy Wagner; one sister, Dorothy Imes, of Port Royal; numerous nieces and nephews; and a brother- and sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by: two sisters, Beatrice Snook and Geraldine Viola Keister, who died in infancy; one daughter-in-law, Sonya Reich; and a brother-in- law, Carl Reich, whom she and her husband, Harold, helped raise.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at Beavertown God's Missionary Church, with the Revs. James Plank, Jeff Stratton and Richard VonNeida officiating.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Independent Bible Church Cemetery, Beavertown.
Visitors will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the church.
Contributions may be made to WFBM-LP FM radio station, Beaver Springs, or Beavertown God's Missionary Church building fund.
Arrangements are under the care of Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.