Grace Elenore Kruppenbach

July 1, 1924May 13, 2019

Grace Elenore (Gerhart) Kruppenbach, 94, of San Tan Valley, AZ, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully in Anna's Assisted Living, Arizona on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was the wife of the late William J. Kruppenbach.

Born in Reading on July 1, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Jacob W. and Ella M. (Young) Gerhart. While in Arizona, she attended Celebration of Life Presbyterian in Mesa.

Grace was employed at Walmart in Exeter Twp. for eight years. Prior to that she was employed with Bachman Foods and David Crystal Inc.

She enjoyed the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway and was an ardent fan of the late driver, Richard L. "Toby" Tobias.

Surviving Grace are her two sons, William J. Harman and his husband, Steven C. Bausher of San Tan Valley, AZ and Brian K. Kruppenbach of Reading; two step grandchildren, Matthew Bausher and his fiancé, Kyrie Hartz of Port Clinton and Michelle (Bausher) Heller and her fiancé, Jeffrey Kruppenbach of Hamburg; eight step great grandchildren and her half sister, Waletta "Sissy" Gerhart.

In addition to her husband and parents, Grace is predeceased by her son, David A. Harman and her brother, Richard Gerhart.

A funeral service for Grace is Saturday, May 19, 2019 at 12pm in Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Rd., Reading, PA 19606. Family and friends are invited to a viewing in the funeral home on Saturday from 11am to noon. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading.

Fond memories and online condolences may be made at


  • Jacob W. Gerhart, Father
  • Ella M. Gerhart, Mother
  • William J. Kruppenbach, Spouse
  • William J. Harman, Son
  • Steven C. Bausher, Son-in-law
  • Brian K. Kruppenbach, Son
  • David A. Harman, Son
  • Richard Gerhart, Brother
  • Waletta "Sissy" Gerhart, Half Sister
  • Matthew Bausher, Step Granchild
  • Michelle (Bausher) Heller, Step Grandchild
  • Also surviving are eight step great grandchildren.


  • Viewing Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, May 18, 2019


Grace Elenore Kruppenbach

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