Bentz, Rev. Stephen, pastor of the United Evangelical church, Berrysburg, was born in Schuylkill county, Pa., October 22, 1854; son of John and Charlotta (Keler) Buntz, both natives of Germany. The father was a carpenter by occupation and in 1854 came to this country, locating in Schuylkill county, where he spent the remainder of his life. His children are: Henry, Elizabeth, Herman, Mary, John, deceased, Stephen, John, deceased, and two children, who died in infancy. The father died in Schuylkill county in 1868, and his wife died in Ashland, same county, in 1891, and both were members of the Evangelical church. Stephen attended the schools at Tamaqua and began his business life by working several years in the coal mines. Later he learned the trade of cigar making and followed that business for fifteen years. He then took up the study of theology and other branches in preparation for the work of the ministry, and was ordained a deacon by the Evangelical Association in 1888 at Norristown, Pa. Since his ordination he has had charge of the churches at Ringtown, Hackney, Bridston, Meyerstown and Kuntstown, and in March, 1896, was installed pastor of the church at Berrysburg. Rev. Buntz was married, at Ashland, Pa., in October, 1873, to Mary E. Tuckenbill, a native of Schuylkill county. Their children are: Edwin S., attending school, and Robert D., died young. Mr. Buntz is a Prohibitionist in his political views.
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