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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Martin H. Bayer
April 13, 1931 - May 13, 2019

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Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Friday, May 17, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Masonic Service - Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Visitation - Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Rushville Presbyterian Church, Rushville
Memorial Service - Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2:00 PM at Rushville Presbyterian Church, Rushville
Graveside Service Urn - Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2:30 PM at Rushville Presbyterian Church, Rushville

Contacts

Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Rushville Presbyterian Church - 10 Gage Road, Rushville, PA 18828 - 570-934-2602 - Map
Cemetery - Rushville Presbyterian Church - 10 Gage Road, Rushville, PA 18828 - 570-934-2602 - Map
Reception - Rushville Presbyterian Church - 10 Gage Road, Rushville, PA 18828 - 570-934-2602 - Map
Family Florist - Schmidt’s Florist - 700 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-6234 - Map
Donation - Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania - 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 - 717-367-1121 - Map

Martin H. Bayer of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania died Monday, May 13, 2019. He was 88 years old. Martin was born April 13, 1931, the son of the late Hermann Bayer and the late Marie Bayer (nee - Jahn). He is the beloved husband of Gabriele Bayer (nee - Thierfelder); father of Thomas Bayer and his wife Dorothy, and Karin Bayer. He is also survived by his six grandchildren.

Martin was born, raised, and educated in Esslingen-Rüdern, in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, where he learned his trade as an electrician. He emigrated to the United States in 1957. After Martin emigrated to the United States in March of 1957 he met his future wife, Gabriele Thierfelder, at a social event at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein in Philadelphia. They were married by a Justice of the Peace in the United States and then had a church wedding in Germany in 1959. Martin was a long time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 98 and was employed as an electrician during his working career. He had lived in the Philadelphia area until his retirement and has been a resident of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, PA since 2014. Martin was very involved with Masonic organizations during his lifetime and was a member of the following Masonic Lodges: Hermann-Humboldt Lodge No. 125 F.& A.M. in Warminster, PA; Le Ray Lodge No. 471 F.& A.M. in Le Raysville, PA; Virginia City Lodge No. 1 in Virginia City, Montana; Bannack Historic Lodge No. 3-7-77 in Bannack, Montana; Eagle River Lodge No. 13 in Eagle River, Alaska and Pacific Rim Lodge No. 12 in Vladivostok, Russia. He was also a member of the Irem Shrine in Dallas, PA, the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research, the Sullivan Forest Tall Cedars No. 210, the Scottish Rite-Valley of Williamsport Consistory, and the Bradford County Shrine Club in Towanda, PA. In addition to his activities with the Masonic organizations Martin enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking walks.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6 P.M. and to his Masonic service at 8:00 P.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

Relatives and friends are also invited to his visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. and memorial service at 2:00 P.M. at Rushville Presbyterian Church, 10 Gage Road, Rushville, PA 18828. His graveside service will follow in the church cemetery.

Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Sharon Rockefeller from Rushville Presbyterian Church, 10 Gage Road, Rushville, PA 18828.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Masonic Compassionate Care Fund, Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Family flowers arranged by Schmidt’s Florist 215-745-6234.

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