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Carl Ray Madtes

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

elementary guidance counselor

Carl Ray Madtes, 83, of Slatington, died July 4, 2019.

He was lovingly cared for by his wife, Arline May (Zettlemoyer) Madtes, at home until his death.

Born March 3, 1936, in Kutztown, he was the son of the late Clayton H. and M. Evelyn (Snyder) Madtes.

A graduate of Slatington High School, Kutztown University and Lehigh University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and Master’s degree in counseling, respectively.

He retired from the Parkland School District as an elementary guidance counselor in 1989.

Special awards included Sertoman of the Year in 1991 and 2001, and the Lee Machemer Sertoman Club of the Lehigh Valley.

His and his wife’s life passion and mission was to care for adults and children alike who needed a home.

They began True Life Ministries, which started as a Gospel singing group, but later became a home for dependent adults and senior citizens.

Throughout his life, he and his wife helped to raise more than 38 children, many of whom still call him “Dad,” and will miss him greatly.

He left a legacy of love.

The patriarch of his family and spiritual father to countless people, his heart of compassion, mercy, love and selflessness spilled over to all who were blessed to know him, and each one is a better person because of him.

Though he will be missed by those still here, his eternal life has just begun, amidst much rejoicing, and the words being spoken, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Michael Carl Madtes and his wife, Marcella, of Kempton, Michele Kristen Dannecker and her husband, Henry Jr., of Mount Joy; siblings Willard E. Madtes of Tennessee, LaMar J. Madtes and his wife, Gloria, of Orefield, Marian H. Johnson and her husband, Arthur, of Orefield; grandchildren Zachary Carl and Cody Michael Madtes, AbbyRose, Levi Israel and Moriah Grace Dannecker; step-grandchildren Paul Henry and Eli Henry Dannecker; and great-granddaughter, Elena Rae Madtes.

He was predeceased by a brother, Paul C. Madtes.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. July 13 at Living Stone Fellowship Church, 6925 Flint Hill Road, New Tripoli, with Pastor Jean F. Masiko officiating.

Family and friends may pay their respects 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to Living Stone Fellowship Church c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

Arrangements were made by Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Schnecksville.