Reba M. Kreider, 89, worked at Wilbur Chocolate, Warner Lambert, was a Wilburettes dancer

By on February 24, 2016

Reba M. Kreider, 89, of 210 New Haven Drive, Lititz, died Tuesday morning Feb. 16, 2016.

Born in East Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Ella Mae Shriner Balmer. She was married to the late Donald L. Kreider, who passed away in 1998. Donald and Reba were married for 52 years.

Reba worked at Wilbur Chocolate. While she was employed there, she became the spokesperson to recruit female workers during World War II. Reba was also a member of the Wilburettes dance line. She went on to work for Warner Lambert from 1956 to 1987 retiring after 31 years of service. Reba was a former member of the Eastern Star Lutheran Lititz Springs Chapter No. 499, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 1463 Lititz, and a member of the Second Friday Club.

Surviving is her daughter: Barbara Repp of Lititz; a son: Kenneth L. Kreider of Bremerton, Wash.; three granddaughters: Melisa Starkey of Lititz; Stephanie McNamee of Lititz; and Jessica Leible of Bremerton, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren: Jason and Joseph Starkey; Brayden and Cooper McNamee; Brylee, Ava Joy, and Easton Leible. Also surviving is her brother: Ray Balmer.

She was preceded in death by a son: Douglas E. Kreider; and a brother: Robert Balmer.

Services were held Feb. 20 at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz. Interment was in the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Cemetery.

To send online condolences, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, assisted Reba’s family with the arrangements.


Reba (far left) performing with the Wilburettes.

Reba (far left) performing with the Wilburettes.

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