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Margaret Kerby

July 19, 1925 — May 17, 2021

Reading, PA

MARGARET V. KERBY (nee Lippiatt) was born July 19, 1925 to Martha A. Whalen and Alfred F. Lippiatt. “Marge’ as she was known had 4 half-sisters, Grace, Helen, Mae and Hazel.

Marge attended St. Paul's Church and grade school, Northeast Middle School and

Graduated Reading High School 1943. She was married to Donald James Knickerbocker, on Jan. 20, 1950, now deceased, in Peoria, Ill. Through that marriage, she had a stepson, James D. Knickerbocker, now deceased. Jim had 3 sons, step-grandchildren for Marge.

Marge later married Lewis E. Kerby, now deceased, in Peoria, Ill. Through that marriage, she had a stepdaughter, Jill Kerby who resides in Fresno, CA. Jill has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Marge is also survived by a niece, Lee Bellus, who lives in Oley, PA. Through Lee, she has a grand-niece and a great grand-niece.

Marge was employed by and retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1981 having served the Public Relations Department in Peoria, Illinois.

Marge was an active person with many interests. She was an active flutist at St. Catharine of Siena with the Guitar Group.  She also played violin with Reading Philharmonic. Marge loved the outdoors, biking, hiking and camping mostly in Gulf Shores Alabama.  She and Lew Kerby loved dachshunds and they had several, after Lew’s passing, Marge would continue that love.  She was a member of various art clubs and was able to express ideas and visions on canvas, she loved to draw and to paint in oils.

Marge lived her years well and was devoted to everyone she loved, she cared for her step-children as though they were her own. She will be missed by all who knew her, but we are comforted that she knew the Lord and is at peace now.

Rest well, Mom, for you will hear His voice say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant, well done…

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church 4975 Boyertown Pike, Exeter Township, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm.  Reverend Monsignor Edward R. Domin, Celebrant.  Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory, 6 Fairlane Road, Exeter Township is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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Service Schedule

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Starts at 6:30 pm (Eastern time)

Saint Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church (Boyertown Pike, Exeter Township)


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