Grace Arlene Lawley

September 20, 1932February 24, 2019

Grace A. (Herbein) Lawley, 86, of Leesport, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, February 24, 2019. She was the loving wife of the late Richard J. Lawley, Sr. The couple married in Reading in 1951.

Born in Amity Twp. on September 20, 1932, Grace was a daughter of the late Agnes (Herbein) Carbaugh. She was a Mt. Penn High School graduate, class of 1950. She worked as a package assembler for Schick Electric, Inc. in Lancaster but her main career was the Vice President of the family business, Lawley's Disposal, Inc. for over 45 years before she retired.

Surviving are her children, Donna (Lawley) Escher and her husband, Walter of Furlong and James R. Lawley and his wife, Barbara (Steiner) of Leesport; two granddaughters, Sarah Elise and Lindsey Nicole at home in Furlong; two half sisters, Ruth (Carbaugh) Golding and Anna Mae (Carbaugh) McCoy and half brother, Ronald Carbaugh. In addition to her husband and her mother, Grace is predeceased by her son, Richard "Ricky" J. Lawley, Jr.; a granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Escher; a half brother, Thomas Carbaugh and her furry child, Blondie.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Grace will be laid to rest with her husband and son in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading. Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, Exeter Twp. is honored to serve the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Grace to the Humane Society of Berks Co., 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19604.

Fond memories and online condolences may be sent to


  • Agnes Carbaugh, Mother
  • Richard J. Lawley Sr., Spouse
  • Donna Escher, Daughter
  • Walter Lawley, Son-in-law
  • Richard J. Lawley Jr., Son
  • James R. Lawley, Son
  • Barbara Lawley, Daughter-in-law
  • Sarah Elise Escher, Granddaughter
  • Lindsey Nicole Escher, Granddaughter
  • Lauren Elizabeth Escher, Granddaughter
  • Ruth Golding, Half Sister
  • Anna Mae McCoy, Half Sister
  • Ronald Carbaugh, Half Brother
  • Thomas Carbaugh, Half Brother

  • Humane Society of Berks Co.


  • Services are private and at the convenience of the family

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