Charlotte Kathryn Kercsmar May 3, 1935 - March 16, 2024

Charlotte Kathryn Kercsmar, 88, of Allentown, passed away on Saturday, March 16th 2024 at Luther Crest. She was born in Pottsville to the late Kathryn (nee Schuetrumpf) and Charles Weaver. She was a 1953 graduate of Allentown High School and was married to Joseph Kercsmar for 45 years before his passing in 1998. Charlotte owned and operated Charlotte’s Daycare/Preschool for over 40 years in her home in Allentown. She felt privileged to have nurtured hundreds of children sharing God’s world through the arts, theater, music, ceramics for every holiday, and many outdoor activities. Later in her career she cared for only teachers’ children which allowed her to spend more time with her grandchildren during the summers. Charlotte was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Allentown where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, played in the bell choir, taught Vacation Bible School and served as one of the first women on Church Council. When St. Stephens closed she became an active member of Nativity Lutheran Church, Allentown. Charlotte was a loving Mom, a very talented seamstress, a Grandma who went to all her grandchildren’s activities and was blessed to become a Great-Grandma 11 times.

Survivors: Daughters, Cheryl and husband Bert Waybright of Gettysburg and Michele and husband Michael Pessina of Allentown. Sister Kay Rapee of Northampton. Grandchildren, Sarah (David) Obuchowicz, Blake (Esther) Waybright, Alison (Matthew) Moors, Lucas (Nicloe) Waybright, Liana (Tim) Hetteberg, and Lora Waybright (fiancé Eric Petrow). Great-grandchildren, Aleksander, Calvin, Wren, Zelda, Clarke, Matthew, Liam, Henry, Graham, Nolan, and Emma Charlotte. She was predeceased by husband Joseph, infant daughter Kathy Ann, brother-in-law Ronald Rapee and by her first grandchild Angela Rene’ Pessina in 2012.

Services: A viewing will be from 10 – 11 am Saturday, March 23rd with services to follow at 11 am, all at Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. 274 N. Krocks Rd., Allentown 18106. www.stephensfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Angela Rene’ Pessina Foundation Fund which benefits children’s welfare and education, c/o The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 W. Hamilton St., Suite 310, Allentown PA 18101 or Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh St., Suite 100, Allentown PA 18103.

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