Rev. Josiah H. Werner

June 27, 1931April 27, 2013

The Rev. Josiah Henry Werner, 81, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Cornwall Manor Health Center in Cornwall, Pa. Born in Allentown on June 27, 1931, he was married to Beatrice A. Leedy Werner for 53 years. The son of Josiah A. and Flora L. Werner, he graduated from Kutztown State Teachers College and began his career as an elementary school teacher at Palmer School in Easton before being called to the ministry. He attended and graduated from United Theological Seminar in Dayton, Ohio, and was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, which later became the United Methodist Church. During his ministry, he served EUB and United Methodist churches in East Greenville, Milford, Palmerton, Telford, Easton, Shamokin, Columbia, Fairless Hills, Fallsington and Christiana. The Rev. Werner also was active with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Ordained Ministry as registrar and on the Board of Christian Education. He also served on the Anthracite and North East District Commission on Ordained Ministries. Following retirement in 1995, he served briefly as pastor at Mountville United Methodist Church (Lebanon County) before becoming visitation pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in Lebanon where he served for 13 years, comforting the sick, homebound and infirmed. Affectionately known as “Pastor Joe,” the Rev. Werner was a faithful, gentle and caring shepherd of God in addition to being a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wilmer Werner, he is survived by his wife, Beatrice A. Leedy Werner of Cornwall; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Douglas and Pingjuan Werner of State College and Jeff Werner of Newtown; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and David Godleski of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Nathaniel, Hannah, Christelle, Simon, Lydia and Isaac Godleski, all of Charlotte, N.C., and Lillian Werner of Boston, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Shirlene Werner of Allentown; a brother-in-law, Kermit Leedy, of Fostoria, Ohio; an aunt, Marguerite Kennedy of Honey Brook; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1 prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service at Covenant United Methodist Church, 346 North 9th Street, Lebanon. Burial will be private in Allentown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant United Methodist, 346 North 9th Street, Lebanon, Pa. 17046, or to Cornwall Manor, P.O. Box 125, Cornwall, Pa. 17016. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rohland Funeral Home, Inc., 508 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, Pa.


  • Viewing Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rev. Josiah H. Werner

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Dina Scarpone

May 4, 2013

Oh Becky. What a great loss! I loved reading this overview and tribute of his life. Great man of God! What a legacy!

May 2, 2013

My thoughts & prayers are with all the family who are missing him today! Starry (Kennedy) Ray

May 1, 2013

Bea and Family, Glenna and I are so sorry for your loss. It was our honor to know Joe. He had a huge heart and served the Lord here on earth and I am sure that he is very welcome in God's staff in heaven. You are in our hearts and prayers. Lots of Love and Prayers. Joyce Kidd and Glenna Phillips (Fostoria, Ohio)

David Moshier

April 30, 2013

The National Clergy Council joins in tributes to the life, ministry, and witness of the Reverend Josiah H. Werner. We trust that he has heard the words "Well done thou good and faithful servant" and now resides in the joys of his Master.

Faithfully yours,
The Rev. Dr. David I. Moshier
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

April 30, 2013

On behalf of the Eastern PA Conference of The United Methodist Church we send out deepest condolences for the loss of one of God's faithful servants. May you be comforted by the promise of eternal life today and in the days to come.

Sherri Wells

April 30, 2013

Aunt Beatrice, Douglas, Jeffrey, & Rebecca;

So sorry we can't be there to deliver this in person. We love you and send our deepest sympathies. Uncle Joe was a gem and I have too many fond memories for this forum. Probably my favorite is when you lived in Shamokin or Easton and our family was visiting in the fall of course. We were driving somewhere and I remember several "Falling Rock" signs along the way. Uncle Joe tried to convince us they were placed by American Indians looking for a lost brave named Falling Rock. Being young, we may have fallen for it for a while.

We will see some of you in July. Hug each other from us and know we are thinking about you.

Love Sherri (Leedy) & John Wells