Obituary: Catherine A. Kreitzberger
Catherine Ahlborn Kreitzberger, a 50-year resident of Lawson Place, Conyngham, Pa., died on Monday, May 28, at Fritzingertown Senior Living Facility in Drums, Pa. The mother of Darien resident Karen K. Polett, Catherine was predeceased in 1962 by her husband, Howard James Kreitzberger, an engineer employed by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Howard was a direct descendant of Johann Martin Harter, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled the Conyngham, Pa., area in the 18th Century.
A resident of Fritzingertown Senior Living Facility for four months, Catherine celebrated her 97th birthday on April 9. Born in 1915 in Harrisburg, Pa., Catherine was the only child of the late William Charles and Lillie Mathilda (Shanno) Ahlborn. Her maternal great grandparents, Barbara (Schede) and August Sauer were early German settlers of the Drums area and her maternal grandparents, Catherine and Leopold Shanno settled in Highland and later Freeland, Pa., prior to the Civil War. Her uncles, Emory and Harry Shanno were owners of Shanno Brothers Trucking Company in Freeland, Pa., and were prominent in Luzerne County, Pa., Republican politics.
Catherine was valedictorian of her class at Freeland High School in 1932. She graduated from West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., and taught sixth grade social studies for 11 years at the Daniel Coxe Memorial School in the Freeland, PA public school system. Her student teaching was done in a rural one room school house with grades one through eight attending. In 1946, she became a stay at home mother.
A frequent visitor to Darien over the past 35 years, Catherine enjoyed the town's beaches, restaurants and holiday events. She attended the Darien DAR Essay Contest reception last February.
She served on the Board of the United Charities in Hazleton, Pa., for many years and volunteered at the White Haven State School and Hospital and at the Sunny Knoll Convalescent Home in Sybertsville, Pa. A former resident of Freeland, Pa., Catherine was an active member and taught Sunday School at St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ. An accomplished pianist, Catherine also was the former accompanist for that Freeland Church's orchestra. An avid bridge player, Catherine belonged to several local bridge groups. In Conyngham, she was a member of the Conyngham Christ United Church of Christ, the Conyngham Valley Historical Society and the Senior Citizens' Group.
Catherine is survived by her two daughters: Karen Kreitzberger-Polett and her husband, David, of Darien, and Beth K. Siglin and her husband D. Shaw, of Wellsboro, Pa; One grandaughter, Blake Harter Polett of Norwalk; and a grandson, Reid Ahlborn Siglin of Minturn, Colo., also survive.
In keeping with Catherine's wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral. Burial will be in the Freeland, Pa., cemetery at the convenience of the family.