Ham­burg mourns

Toys, flow­ers, Teddy Bears honor mem­ory of Jen­nifer Wilder, Gabriel, 5, and Ju­lian, 2

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st- cen­tu­ry­media. com @ ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Toys, flow­ers, Teddy Bears and other items lined South 4th Street out front of a Ham­burg home hon­or­ing the mem­ory of Jen­nifer Wilder, 27, and her two chil­dren, Gabriel Kali­nof­ski, 5, and Ju­lian Gust, 2.

Wilder and Tyler Gust’s home was de­stroyed by a fire that started late on Sept. 2. Fire crews bat­tled the 3- alarm blaze un­til early morn­ing of Sept. 3. What re­mains is a boarded- up burnt shell of a build­ing that once housed the hopes and dreams of Tyler and Jen­nifer.

“Dev­as­ta­tion, the whole com­mu­nity is heart­bro­ken over the lives of Jen­nifer and her in­no­cent and pre­cious ba­bies,” Jen and Der­rick Loeb posted on the North­east Berks News Face­book page.

“Such a hor­ri­ble tragedy. Prayers sent for the fam­i­lies,” Buffie Lo­rah posted on the North­east Berks News Face­book page.

Deby Duz posted on Face­book, “This is very sad. My heart hurts badly for their fam­ily and friends.”

“We all love and will miss you Jen, you and your won­der­ful boys. This is in all hopes of hav­ing her and her boys rest peace­fully to- gether for­ever,” Sarah Van­de­vort, Gulf­port, MS, posted in the GoFundMe page she cre­ated to raise funds for Jen­nifer Wilder and her fam­ily at https:// www. gofundme. com/ we-love- and- miss- you- jen­wilder3.

“Gabriel was only 5 years old when God called him home af­ter a tragic fire that took the lives of him, his two- year- old brother Ju­lian and his mother Jen who was six months preg­nant at the time,” posted Britt and Mike Kali­nof­ski, Bethel, on the GoFundMe page they cre­ated at https:// www. gofundme. com/ fu­neral- ser­vices-

for- gabriel. “This was an un­for­tu­nate and very dev­as­tat­ing time for our en­tire fam­ily. Ev­ery­one who knew Gabriel knew how much he loved to go fish­ing with his fa­ther Mark and was so ex­cited to start kinder­garten this past week. Gabriel wasn’t your av­er­age 5 year old, he was full of life and made his pres­ence known in any room he en­tered. Gabriel had a smile and per­son­al­ity that would put the sad­dest per­son in a great mood. Gabriel was a nat­u­ral born leader and loved help­ing ev­ery­one around him. Gabriel turned dark­ness into light and we will truly miss him. His life was taken so sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly, know­ing he won’t be com­ing home again hurts so bad.”

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Ju­lian at https:// www. gofundme. com/ fu­neral- ser­vices- for- ju­lian.

The Amer­i­can Legion - Behler- Hein Post 637 in Ham­burg set up an ac­count for Jen­nifer Wilder and fam­ily to help with fu­neral ex­penses. Ac­cord­ing to the Legion Face­book page, do­na­tions can be made at any VIST Bank or checks can be made out to the Jen­nifer Wilder Fund and be dropped off at the Amer­i­can Legion at 650 Franklin St., Ham­burg.

Ac­cord­ing to the obituary for Jen­nifer posted on the web­site for Leibensperger Fu­neral Homes, Inc., Ham­burg, http:// www.leibensperg­er­fu­ner­al­homes.com/, “Jen­nifer at­tended Ham­burg Area High School. She re­ceived her CDL li­cense from Berks Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute and loved driv­ing rig. Jen- nifer pre­vi­ously worked for Farm Fresh and last worked for RTC, Perry Twp. She at­tended St. Mar­garet’s Ro­man Catholic Church, Read­ing. As a younger per­son, Jen­nifer en­joyed play­ing soft­ball and was known as Scoop. She en­joyed horse­back rid­ing, fish­ing and spend­ing time with her fam­ily. Jen­nifer was an out­go­ing per­son and had a vi­brant laugh.”

Ac­cord­ing to the obituary for Gabriel posted on the web­site for Leibensperger Fu­neral Homes, “he was the son of Mark T. Kali­nof­ski, Tulpe­hocken Twp.; and the late Jen­nifer L. Wilder. Gabriel was in Kinder­garten at Bethel El­e­men­tary School. He en­joyed fish­ing, play­ing sports, trains, mak­ing mud pies, and feed­ing his chick­ens; and loved his dog Elsa. Gabriel was a busy lit­tle boy and was ex­cited to go to school and ride the school bus.”

Ac­cord­ing to the obituary for Ju­lian posted on the web­site for Leibensperger Fu­neral Homes, “he was the son of Tyler R. Gust, Ham­burg; and the late Jen­nifer L. Wilder. Ju­lian was al­ways happy and dancing. He loved play­ing with his brother and dogs Gan­non and Molly and be­ing with his fam­ily.”

AMass of Chris­tian Burial for Jen­nifer, Gabriel and Ju­lian will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day, Sept. 9 at 11 a. m. from St. Mary’s Ro­man Catholic Church, 94 Wal­nut Road, Ham­burg. Burial will fol­low in St. Mary’s Ceme­tery, Ham­burg. A vis­i­ta­tion with the fam­i­lies will be held in the church 9 to 11 a. m.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - DAVID REIMER SR.

Toys, flow­ers and crosses honor mem­ory of the vic­tims of a fa­tal fire in Ham­burg.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - DAVID REIMER SR.

Toys, flow­ers and crosses honor mem­ory of the vic­tims of a fa­tal fire in Ham­burg.

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