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Janet Birster

January 25, 1941 — September 22, 2019

Janet M. Birster, 78, of 181 Marshall Street, Locust Gap passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on January 25, 1941 in East Cameron Township she was a daughter of the late Robert Haupt and Hilda Weikel Stehr Haupt.

She was a graduate of Shamokin High School.

She was a retired assembly worker from Paper Magic Group and was a devoted Knoebel’s ride operator.

On April 11, 1959 in Elkton, Maryland and again on June 6, 1959 in St. Joseph's Church, Ashland, she married Cletus J. Birster, Sr. who preceded her in death March 2, 1999.

Janet was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. She enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her daughter, Jennifer Wilkins and her husband Samuel of Locust Gap; her son, Jacob Vellner of Locust Gap; her daughter-in-law, Colleen Renn of Marion Heights; eight grandchildren, Breanne Birster, Peter Rory Birster, Stormie Birster, Marissa Birster, Shawn Wilkins, Audrey Wilkins Ethan Wilkins and Silas Vellner; six great-grandchildren, Carson Vellner, Zander Levengood, Ella DelValle, Eli Wetzel, Cameron Wetzel, and Aralynn Munoz; three brothers, Gerald Haupt and his wife Lindalee of Coal Township, Lambert Haupt and his wife Carol of East Cameron and Milton Haupt and his wife Judy of Hatboro; and countless nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were four children, Tammy Birster in 1994, Shawn Birster in 2000, Cletus J. Birster, Jr. in 2008 and Peter Birster in 2013; seven siblings, Harlin Stehr in 1930, June Bitting in 2008, Clay L. (Butch) Stehr in 2018, Eleanor Shutt in 1998, Celia Birster in 2016, Emory Haupt in 1951 and Randolph (Randy) Haupt in 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with the Rev. Francis J. Karwacki, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Locust Gap. A visitation will be held on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 10:45 am in the Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel; Joseph J. Stutz, III Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses. To leave a condolence for Janet’s family, please sign the guestbook at

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

9:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home

40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, September 26, 2019

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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St. Joseph's Cemetery, Locust Gap, PA

108 Church Street, Locust Gap, PA 17840

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