Lillian (Cordes) Scherbner, 93, a resident of Phoebe Berks Village, Wernersville, passed away Thursday, January 12, in Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading. Born July 12, 1923, in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Cordes. She was a 1939 graduate of Bayridge High School and developed her bookkeeping and secretarial skills at a local business school. She was employed as a clerk and secretary by Brooklyn Hospital and the Navy during World War II, and also served as a legal secretary for Hill, Rifkins & Middleton Attorneys at Law. Later in life, she was employed as a secretary at Fleetwood Medical Associates and Reading Berks Physical Therapy. Together with her husband, the late Paul J. Scherbner, she raised four children and lived for many years on a farm in the Oley Valley. She was active in many community organizations, such as the Oley Valley Fair Association, the Oley Valley Women's Club, the Oley Valley Parent-Teachers Association, the board of the Reading Hospital Auxiliary and the Fleetwood Grange. She also served as a docent at the Reading Museum and the Mouns Jones House, Douglassville, and was a volunteer for the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County and the Reading YMCA. While living in the Davenport, Iowa, area in the early 1950s, she helped found a Lutheran Mission Church and served as the congregation's organist, choir director and choir member. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Oley. She was a talented pianist, cook and baker and loved the sewing crafts and playing bridge. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in May 1985 and by her sister, Margaret (Cordes) Nicolay. Surviving are her children: Lynn Gordos, Nancy Hippert and husband Robert, Gail Smallwood and husband, Steve, and Paul Scherbner and wife, Cheryl; grandchildren: Kimberly Hippert-Eversgerd and husband, Jerome, Robert Hippert and wife, Rachel, Jennifer Iwu, Christopher Gordos and wife, Kristin, Matthew Gordos and wife, Renee, Jessica Smallwood, Emily Smallwood, Douglas Scherbner, Jason Turkot and Spencer Turkot; 10 great-grandchildren. At Lillian's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 325 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, Pa. 19547. Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Oley, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.StitzelFamilyFuneralHomes.com .
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