Dr. Robert L. Berger V.M.D., 89, of Schnecksville, formerly of Shartlesville, died peacefully Monday, August 13, 2012 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born in Upper Bern Township, Berks County, March 16, 1923, Robert was the son of the late Robert L. Sr. and Lizzie H. (Long) Berger. During the 1930's he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Having a great concern for what he called his four-legged friends, Dr. Berger was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine on his birthday, March 16, 1946. He served as Senior Class Representative of A.V.M.A. and was a member of Phi Zeta and Omega Tau Sigma. Dr. Berger taught Veterinary Anatomy while a member of the University of Pennsylvania Faculty from 1947 - 1950.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the US Army and after World War II participated in the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association (UNRRA), where in 1946 he used his veterinary expertise on board the ships, Edward W. Burton and SS Lindenwood Victory, by transporting horses to impoverished war countries. He was a life member of the Veterans of Upper Bern Township.

Dr. Berger was in private veterinary practice in Shartlesville retiring his practice in the late 70's. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1975 to 1990 as a medical officer supervising the inspection of local food processing plants. He received numerous exemplary performance commendations. Active in the life of his community, he was a life member of the Shartlesville Fish & Game Club, formerly served on the Hamburg School Board for 20 years, past president and secretary of the Hamburg Business Association, past president of the Hamburg Rotary Club, and served on the Environmental Advisory Committee and the Rural Preservation Association both of Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County.

His belief in the preservation of the environment for future generations led him to be one of the original founders of the PA Chapter of the Sierra Club in the early 1970's as well as becoming a life member.

Survivors: Significant other, Patti Fenstermacher with whom he resided; children, Robert L. Berger III of Fort Bragg, CA and Jill E. Berger of Shartlesville; grandchildren, Ygraine G. Adams, Jeremy J.B. Gula, Eric Gula, Jillian Rolen and Orion Berger; great grandchildren, Eliana Adams, William & Athan Gula; four four-legged friends at home.

Memorial Gathering: The Best of Bob Berger, Pot Luck, a Celebration of his Life will be held from 1 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Drive, Kempton, PA 19529. The Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements. Please RSVP to 610-767-4774.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forgotten Felines, University of Pennsylvania Clinic and/or Sierra Club, Pennsylvania Chapter all in care of Heintzelman Funeral Home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Bruce Shollenberger    08-26-2012

Jill, Bobby, and Grandchildren - My deepest sympathy. Your Father remains at the top of the list for the most awesome open minded down to earth kindest people to walk the planet. He will be missed. I was blessed to know him as a friend from the day I met him. You were all blessed with his genes, his insights, his vast knowledge, and a lifetime of association. God bless your family in this difficult time. I pray for your peace and comfort. Always with Love - Bruce

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George Batman D.M.    08-26-2012

Words of condolances are helpful, knowing the heart strings are always attached brings even more comfort. Jill, I know how much you loved your father and talked very highly of him, and will be missed by ALL.... A father and daughter's love, is very special!


Denis Verity    08-27-2012

Dear Jill,

I am with you in your Families sorrow, having only had the pleasure once of speaking with your Dad many years ago, I knew how special a person he was to have a special girl like you!!! God Bless from SA

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Jim and Luanne Curry Reese    08-27-2012

I was just telling a friend yesterday, before I read the paper, about Bob's "Baby Gift" to us. I had been given a kitten by a first grade student. The mother cat had been killed by a car. I took the tiny mewler to Bob. He rid her of fleas, gave her an exam and shots, and told me, "No charge, it's a baby gift." We remember him fondly. First met through Sierra Club when I was the poor excuse for a Treasurer. Hello, Jill and all.

Rosie gingrich-specht    08-27-2012

Jill, so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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