Funeral fund established for victims of fire in Hamburg

'You need to help each other in life'

HAMBURG, Pa. - In a video posted by Tyler Gust, seen are the smiling faces of 5-year-old Gabriel Kalinofski, 2-year-old Julian Gust and their mother, Jennifer Wilder. The video now serves as a memory, after the three were killed in a house fire in the 400 block of South Fourth Street in Hamburg on Saturday.

Hamburg's American Legion Post 637 treasurer Ann Barbon is leading an effort to make sure Wilder and the kids have a proper goodbye.

"She was such a beautiful person, inside and out," said Barbon. "She was not like the everyday girls. She was really a wonderful girl.

"When I heard this happened, what happened to her, I wanted for us to do something, being that they said they didn't have enough money for the family and her to bury her," she continued. "I just think this is the right thing to do. We need to help each other."

Barbon said donors can go into any VIST bank branch and let the teller know you want to donate to Jennifer Wilder's funeral fund. You can also visit the American Legion Post, located at 650 Franklin Street in the borough, to drop off a check. Barbon said all the money raised will go to the fund.

"We try to help people," said Barbon. "It's not about money or anything. You need to help each other in life. That's the best thing to do. No drama, just help each other. That's the way you get through life."

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