Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2001

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ETHEL R. BAUER Graveside services were held for Ethel R. (Erb) Bauer, 81, formerly of Douglassville, who died June 20 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., West Reading, where she had resided since May. Her husband, Norman V. Bauer, died in 1963. Born in Sassamansville, Montgomery County, she was employed for 10 years as a ribbon maker by the Bally Ribbon Mills until her retirement. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Birdsboro. Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette A. (Bauer) Millard, Montrose, Susquehanna County, and Joan (Bauer) Eisenhart, Ithaca, N.Y. Other survivors include five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

E. TOMASZEWSKI Services were held for Elizabeth M. Tomaszewski, 77, of Rand Drive, Alsace Township, who died June 18 in St. Joseph Medical Center’s Community Campus, Reading. She was a former owner-operator of a Reading tavern, the Junction Inn, 1059 N. Ninth St., for 18 years until her retirement. Tomaszewski was born in Reading. Surviving are a daughter, Brenda (Tomaszewski) Messersmith, Alsace Township; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The Auman Funeral Home, Reading, was in charge of the arrangements.

HARRY G. CROSSLEY JR. Services were held at Huffs Union Church for Harry G. Crossley Jr., 75, of Huffs Church Road, Barto, who died June 19 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. Born in Emmaus, he was a farmer in Barto. Crossley was a veteran of the U..S. Navy, serving in World War II. He was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregation of Huffs Union Church, Alburtis. Crossley was a member of Macungie Veterans Association. Surviving are a brother, Richard Crossley of Reading; and two sisters, Leah Greger of Pennsburg and Betty Brungard of Barto. Contributions may be made to the capital improvement fund of the church. The arrangements were handled by the Bachman, Kulik and Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.

KATIE B. KEMP Services were held for Katie B. (Bechtel) Kemp, 82, of Crow Hill Road, Washington, Berks County, who died June 21 at the Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. Born in Pike, she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John’s Hill United Church of Christ, Pike Township, and the Women’s Guild of the Church. Surviving are five sons, Lester B. Kemp of Hereford, Linwood P. Kemp of Birdsboro, Arthur B. Kemp of Kittanning, Richard C. Kemp of Washington, Berks County, and Melvin B. Kemp of Washington, Berks County. Also three daughters, Joyce F. Hardigg of Allentown, Virginia M. Shope of Allentown and Jane N. Moser of Washington, Berks County; two brothers, Leroy Bechtel of Pike Township and Donald Bechtel of Oley; one sister, Gladys Reinhard of Pike Township; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made the memorial fund of St. John’s Hill United Church of Christ, 620 Hill Church Road, Boyertown, PA 19512. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Main St., Oley. Burial was private.

CURTIS C. HEFFNER Private services were held for Curtis C. Heffner, 82, who died June 22 in his residence on Main St., Oley. He was the husband of Janet K. (Keehn) Heffner. Born in Greenwich Township, he was employed for many years as a oil delivery truck driver by Moyer Plumbing & Heating, Kutztown, until his retirement. He was a member of Frieden’s Lutheran Church, Oley. Heffner is also survived by a stepson, Dr. Phillip Wagner, Grand Isle, Vt.; and a stepdaughter, Robin K. (Border) John, Earl Township. Other survivors include four stepgrandchildren and a step-great-grandson. Contributions may be sent to the Boy Scouts Troop 533 of New Berlinville, c/o R. Kevin Zimmers, 1267 Montgomery Ave., New Berlinville, PA 19545. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley.

PEARL V. GRIESEMER Private services were held for Pearl V. (Frey) Griesemer, 87, formerly of West Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, who died June 23 at Pennsburg Manor, Pennsburg. Born in Earl Township, Berks County, she was a self-employed cleaning woman for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, Boyertown, and was a life member of the Earl Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Seyler and Fay Hartline, both of Boyertown; two sisters, Iva Kulp of Gilbertsville and Marian Heydt of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Warren Griesemer, and a brother, Harold Frey. The arrangements were handled by the Losh-Morrell-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Boyertown.

WILLIAM E. MOYER A memorial service was held at Houck Funeral Home, Pottstown for William E. Moyer, 76, of Diamond Court, Pottstown, widower of Ann M. (Musser) Moyer, who died June 24. He was born in Boyertown, and worked at Cabot Corp., retiring in 1988. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army’s 17th Airborne Division and was a life member of the 17th Airborne Association. Moyer was a member of the United Chemical Workers Union. Surviving are five sons, Douglass G. Moyer of Pottstown, William E. Moyer of Waco, Texas, Arthur A. Moyer of Pottstown, Robin C. Moyer of Stowe and Donald M. Moyer of Pottstown. Also three sisters; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchhildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister. Contributions may be made to the Pottstown Area Senior Center, Jackson and Adams streets, Pottstown, PA 19464.

WILLIAM MOYER Services will be held Thursday for William R. Moyer, 81, of Baus Road, Bechtelsville, widower of Mabel H. (Weller) Moyer, who died June 24 in Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading. Born in Gilbertsville, Moyer worked as a foreman in the finishing department at Quaker Shoe in Allentown, for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army 41st Infantry Division during World War II. Moyer was a life member of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Co., Boyertown, Liberty Fire Co., New Berlinville; Keystone Fire Co., Bechtelsville; and Pike Township Sportsman’s Association. Surviving are a son, Richard L. Moyer of Boyertown; and a daughter, Connie L. Nimmerichter of Middletown, Del.; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. at the Linwood Ott Funeral Home, 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown.

The Rev. Robert R. Mitchell Jr., will officiate. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township.

LOUISE JOHNSON Services were held for Louise (Koscoe) Johnson, 94, widow of Bert Johnson, of Pennsburg Manor, Pennsburg, formerly of Gilbertsville, who died June 25. Born in Monongahela, Washington county, she had worked as a cook for seven years at the former Pottstown Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1972. While living in Monongahela, she operated Johnson’s Bakery until 1965. She was a member of Gilbertsville Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving is a daughter, Virginia K. Day of Pottstown; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Albert E. Johnson Sr., one grandson, Stephen Johnson, four brothers and six sisters. The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown.

STEPHAN L. HALL A memorial picnic will be held for Stephan L. Hall, 38, of Miami, Fla., formerly of Boyertown, who died June 25 in Palmetto General Hospital, Miami. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of James L. Hall of Pottstown and Suzanne D. Bush of Boyertown. He was a 1981 graduate of Boyertown Area High School. In addition to his parents, Hall is survived by four brothers, James S. Hall of Souderton, Peter J. Hall of Birdsboro, Jared S. Hall of Bally and Joshua D. Hall of Pottstown; and one sister, Stephanie D. Hall of Boyertown. Family and friends are invited to a memorial picnic on Sunday, July 1, at 651 W. Benjamin Franklin Highway, Birdsboro. For additional directions, call 215-721-8669.

SHARRON HANDUS Funeral services were held for Sharron Janet (Haught) Handus, 58, of Peckville, Lackawanna County, who died June 16 at the Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was the wife of John G. Handus. Born in Salem, W.Va., she was a 1961 graduate of Boyertown High School. Handus was employed by Weston of Archbald, Lackawanna County, and also transported school children. She was a member of the Valley Covenant Community Church, Olyphant, Lackawanna County. In addition to her husband of 35 years, she is survived by a brother and two sisters. She was predeceased by a brother. The arrangements were handled by the Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, Peckville.

PAUL B. WEINSTEIGER A memorial service will be held for Paul B. Weinsteiger, 76, husband of Dorothy (Bartman) Weinsteiger, of Cross Road, Gilbertsville, who died June 25 in his residence. Born in Bechtelsville, he was employed as a welder at Bethlehem Steel, Pottstown, for 27 years until the plant shut down. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a 104th Airborne Paratrooper. For his service, he received a Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster and citation for Silver Star for determined and heroic action while wounded in the face of battle. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a son, Daniel L. Weinsteiger of Gilbertsville; one daughter, Connie E., wife of Albert K. Kehl, Jr. Gilbertsville. Also two brothers, a sister, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by two brothers. A memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hopewell Community Church, Pottstown. Pastor Ken Krick will officiate. Friends may call from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Hopewell Community Church, 1130 Commerce Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464; or to the charity of one’s choice. The arrangements were handled by the Losh-Morrell-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Boyertown.

REBECCA Spaatz NAGEL Services were held for Rebecca Spaatz Nagel, 77, who died March 21 in Washington D.C. Nagel was born in San Antonio and attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She became a concert pianist and taught piano at National Cathedral School in Washington, where she had lived since 1958. She was a generous supporter of the Aerospace Education Foundation, and was also active in AFA events and frequently traveled to New York, to meetings of the AFA chapter there named for her father. She had been to New York, weeks before her death to present the chapter’s Tooey Trophy to Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.) at a chapter gathering at West Point. Nagel was one of three daughters of Gen. Carl A. “Tooey” Spatz, the US Air Force’s first Chief of Staff.

PAUL Y. WERNER Services will be held Friday for Paul Y. Werner, 92, Borbeck Avenue, Philadelphia, who died June 25 at his residence. He was the husband of Annabelle (Hartline) Werner. Born in Boyertown, he was a 1926 graduate of Boyertown Area High School and attended Pierce college for 2 years studying business. Werner was employed at the former Penn Walt Corp., now Atafina Chem., Inc., Philadelphia as a cost accountant for 43 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Philadelphia. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel P. Werner, Harrisonburg, Virginia and a daughter, Joan E. (Werner) Reeder, Bonne Terre, Missouri. There are also five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown. The Reverend Roger Newton will officiate. Friends will be received one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery.

BERTHA L. HELMS Services were held for Bertha Louise Helms, 88, of Fayette Ave., Kenhorst, who died June 18 in Mifflin Center, Cumru Township, where she had resided since December. Her husband, Linwood R. Helms, died in 1982. Born in Monocacy, Helms was employed for 17 years as a topper by the Berkshire Knitting Mills, Wyomissing, retiring in the 1940s. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Shillington. Surviving are a brother, Gordon Mohr, Robeson Township; and two sisters, Edna (Mohr) Tetterton, Reading, and Pearl (Mohr) Weller, Kenhorst. The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

MARION H. ORNER Services were held for Marion H. (Huth) Orner, 65, of Old Swede Road, Douglassville, wife of Richard C. Orner, who died June 20 at her residence. Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of Emily Huth of Doylestown and the late Egon Max Huth. She was employed as a teller by the Douglassville branch of National Penn Bank for 23 years until her retirement in April. Orner was a graduate of Abington High School and attended Exeter Bible Church, Birdsboro. In addition to her mother and her husband of 43 years, she is survived by three daughters, Colleen J. Crooks, Melody K. Turner and Connie Walters, all of Robesonia. Also a sister and four grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cancer Service, Attention: Natalie, Suite 408, Morgan Cancer Center, Allentown, PA 18103. The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown.

MARTHA M. LINDERMAN Services were held for Martha M. (Weiler) Linderman, 80, of Old River Road, Birdsboro, who died June 19 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading. She was the widow of Clarence Maurice Linderman. Born in Birdsboro, she worked as a candy production worker for Palmer Candy, Reading, until her retirement. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Gibraltar, Berks County. Surviving are a son, Ted E. Linderman of West Reading; a brother, Earl Weiler of Birdsboro; a half sister, Betty Kupp of Birdsboro; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

EDWARD J. SOJA Funeral services were held for Edward J. Soja, 76, of Glen Road, Exeter Township, who died June 18 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient. He was the husband of Ursula H. (Stiller) Soja. Born in Reading, he had retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and Occidental Chemical Co., Pottstown, after 40 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Soja was a life member of the East End Athletic Association and the Russel M. Butterweck Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He is also survived by a son, Edward K., Temple; and two daughters, Sandy (Graczyk) Mengel, Reading, and Ursula A. (Graczyk) Weaver, Wernersville. Other survivors include a brother, a sister and two grandsons. The Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home Inc., Reading, handled the arrangements.

ELEANOR PAINTER A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Eleanor Painter, 79, of S. Spruce St., Birdsboro, who died June 19 in St. Joseph Medical Center. Her husband, Jesse G. Painter, died in 1965. Born in Birdsboro, Painter was employed for 19 years as a clerk by the Conestoga Telephone & Telegraph Co., Birdsboro, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Birdsboro, where she was a past treasurer and president of the women’s Society. Painter was a past secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 1571, at Conestoga Telephone. She was a volunteer at the Birdsboro Senior Center. Surviving are five sons: Jesse D. and Jeffrey B., both of Birdsboro; John M., Mohrsville; Christopher J., Clemson, S.C.; and Thomas A., Tallahassee, Fla. Also three daughters: Sharon M. Painter, Dover, Del.; Valetta A. (Painter) Eshbach, Blandon; and Josephine P. (Painter) Myers, Exeter Township. Other survivors include two sisters, Kathleen (Smith) Reppert, Douglassville, and Mary P. (Smith) Metzker, Macungie; and four brothers: George L. Smith, Juncos, Puerto Rico; James E. Smith, Exeter Township; William P. Smith, Randallstown, Md.; and Joseph D. Smith, Birdsboro. There are also 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

WILLIAM W. DELP A memorial service was held for William W. Delp, a city firefighter and scruba diver, who died June 17 at in St. Joseph Medical center, where he had been a patient since May 10. Delp, 55, of Thomas Place, Spring Township, was the husband of Sondra E. (Dix) Barth-Delp. His first wife, Patricia A. (Reinsmith) Delp, died in 1991. He was employed for 27 years as a firefighter by the City of Reading, last working in 1995. Delp was also a member of the Reading Emergency Scuba Team and from 1980 to 1990 was a fire department emergency medical technician. Born in Birdsboro, Delp and his father owned and operated the Exxon Service Station at Route 422, Baumstown, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also employed as a clerk in the hardware department at Sears Roebuck & Co., Wyomissing, and as air compressor technician by the Mid-Atlantic Fire & Air Co., Reading. Delp was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. John’s (Gernant’s) United Church of Christ, Ontelaunee Township, where he was a deacon and treasurer. Delp had served as church secretary since January. Delp is also survived by a son, Corey M. Delp, and two daughters, Stacy L. (Delp) Petersen and Samantha B. Delp, all of Reading. Other survivors include a stepson, Aaron W. Barth Jr., Reading; and a stepdaughter, Melissa E. (Barth) Woodworth, Spring Township. His stepmother, Alma Delp, Bay City, Del.; two grandsons, and a stepgrandson also survive. The Milkins Funeral Home Inc., Temple, handled the arrangements.

DR. G. F. BEISSEL Services were held for G. F. Beissel, 65, of Raymond, Miss., formerly of Birdsboro, who died June 11 in the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. He was the husband of Chomella (Prine) Beissel. Born in Birdsboro, he had served on the staff of the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Raymond since 1978. Earlier he had worked for the Mental Health Center in Greenwood, Miss., and as director of the Adolescent Evaluation Center at the Oakley Training School in Raymond. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Beissel attended Northland College, Ashland, Wis., and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Mississippi Southern University, Hattiesburg. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Oxford, with a doctorate in Psychology after interning at the George State Hospital in Milledgeville. Beissel was a member and deacon of the Raymond Baptist Church, where he coordinated brotherhood mission trips throughout the United States. He was coordinator of the 5K run at the Raymond Country Fair for many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Army Capt. Perry P., Fort Polk, La., and Dr. Canon J., Brandon, Miss. Other survivors include two brothers, James H., Spring Township, and Leroy K., Rockland Township; and four sisters: Ruth (Beissel) Calhoun, Exeter Township; Myrtle (Beissel) Brown, Union Township; Evelyn (Beissel) Shade, Gaines, Tioga County, and Dorothy J. (Beissel) Reazor, Reading. The Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, Raymond, was in charge of the arrangements.

ETHEL R. BAUER Graveside services were held for Ethel R. (Erb) Bauer, 81, formerly of Douglassville, who died June 20 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., West Reading, where she had resided since May. Her husband, Norman V. Bauer, died in 1963. Born in Sassamansville, Montgomery County, she was employed for 10 years as a ribbon maker by the Bally Ribbon Mills until her retirement. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Birdsboro. Surviving are two daughters, Jeanette A. (Bauer) Millard, Montrose, Susquehanna County, and Joan (Bauer) Eisenhart, Ithaca, N.Y. Other survivors include five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

ANNA V. MASLEH A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Anna V. (Birard) Masleh of West Howard St., Stowe, widow of Joseph F. Masleh, who died June 22 in Manatawny Manor, Pottstown. Born in Douglassville, she worked at the former Zipf’s Candy Store in Pottstown. She was a member of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, Stowe. Surviving are a sister and a brother. Contributions may be made to the church. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Pottstown.

FRANK R. BAUMAN Private services were held for Frank R. “Jim” Bauman Jr., 80, of Park St., Lower Alsace Township, who died June 22 in Beverly Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township. He had resided there since June 18, and was the husband of Pauline M. (Bitters) Bauman. Born in Monroe, Wis., he was the founder in 1975 and the owner-operator and partner of Remax of Reading, Wyomissing, retiring in 1985. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Bauman is also survived by two daughters, Susan L. (Bauman) Sockel, Farming Ridge, and Judith A. (Bauman) Wunsch, Exeter Township. Other survivors include a brother, Richard M., Jefferson Township; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, James M. Bauman, in 1950. The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading, was in charge of the arrangements.

Roger N. Levan
Private services were held for Roger N. Levan, 56, Blue Rocks Road, Greenwich Township, who died of natural causes April 9 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient since March 28.
Burial was in Jacob’s Union Cemetery, Jacksonville, Lehigh County.
Levan, born in Reading, was a son of Amela R. (Adams) Levan, Wyomissing, and the late Robert H. Levan.
Last working in December, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator by Schlouch Inc., Blandon, for 10 years. He had previously owned and operated Roger N. Levan Excavating from his residence.
Levan was a 1964 graduate of Hamburg High School, and a Vietnam War Army veteran.
Also surviving are two sons, Jason C. Levan, Burlington Township, N.J., and Devin J. Levan, Perry Township.
Other survivors include a brother, Donald R. Levan, Shoemakersville, and a sister, Lois A. (Levan) Rentschler, Perry Township.
The Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Carmela J. Adorno
Among the local survivors of Carmela J. (Stroffolino) Adorno, 72, formerly of Spring Township, who died April 11 in her Womelsdorf residence, is a sister, Rose M. (Stoffolino) Torres, Leesport.

Carol A. Bauder
Among the local survivors of Carol A. (Kulp) Bauder, 63, Chester Street, Reading, who died of natural causes April 15 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Spring Township, where she had been a resident since Feb. 7, is a sister, Doris M. (Kulp) Rhoads, Bernville.

Miriam M. Bernet
Services were held in the Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville, for Miriam M. Bernet, 86, Leisz’s Bridge Road, Muhlenberg Township, who died April 9 in Kutztown Manor, where she had resided since Feb. 9.
Burial was in Bern Cemetery, Bern Township.
She was predeceased by her husband, J. Howard Bernet, who died April 19, 1976.
Bernet, born in Bern Township, was a daughter of the late Walter and Jennie (Graeff) Stoudt.
Until retiring in 1962, she was employed as a seamer by Berkshire Knitting Mills, Wyomissing, for 26 years.
Bernet was a member of Bern Lutheran Church, Bern Township.
There are no immediate survivors.

Jeff R. Aulenbach
Among the local survivors of Jeff R. Aulenbach, 38, W. Penn Avenue, Robesonia, who was certified dead by suicide in his residence April 12 due to asphyxiation by hanging, is a daughter, Brandy L. Aulenbach, Hamburg.

Constance B. Osborne
Among the local survivors of Constance B. (Bennett) Osborne, 90, Oxford, Chester County, who died April 12 in Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown, is a daughter, Suzanne Rosell, Lenhartsville.

Ruth A. Buchta
Among the local survivors of Ruth A. (Bock) Buchta, 89, Reading Drive, Lower Heidelberg Township, who died April 14 in the Phoebe Berks Nursing Center, where she had been a patient since April 3, is a daughter, Jean A. (Buchta) Werner.

Raphael A. Rentschler
Memorial services were held in the Milkins Funeral Home, Temple, for Raphael A. Rentschler, 91, Florin Avenue, Muhlenberg Township, who died April 14 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient three days.
Burial was in Leesport Cemetery.
He was the husband of Helen D. (Dunkelberger) Rentschler.
Rentschler, born in Shartlesville, was a son of the late Robert and Herma (Althouse) Rentschler.
Until retiring in 1978, he had been employed as a salesman by A.W. Golden, Reading, for 13 years.
He was a member of Leesport Trinity United Church of Christ.
Rentschler was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran, serving as flight instructor.
Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Quindo Tranquillo
Among the local survivors of Quindo Tranquillo, 74, Church Street, Robesonia, who died April 15 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since April 2, is a son, Troy Tranquillo, Bernville, and a stepson, Martin Loose, Mohrsville.

Martha B. Moyer
Among the local survivors of Martha B. (Ream) Moyer, 82, Old Church Road, North Heidelberg Township, who died April 15 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient for five days, is a daughter, Melinda M. (Moyer) Schaeffer, Bernville.

Albert P. Zerr
Services were held in First United Church of Christ, Hamburg, for Albert P. Zerr, 76, Berne Road, Tilden Township, who died April 9 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient two days.
Burial was in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia K. (Orth) Zerr, who died April 29, 1994.
Zerr, born in Reading, was a son of the late Wendell and Elizabeth (Badinger) Zerr.
Until retiring in 1984, he was employed as an electrician by Wernersville State Hospital. He had also been employed for many years as a consultant by Bata Machines and was a self-employed auctioneer. He had also been employed by Reading Aviation Service Inc., Bern Township.
Zerr was a 1943 graduate of Shillington High School and a World War II Navy veteran.
He was a charter member of the Shoemakersville Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Zerr was recorder, past grand commander and deputy supreme commander of Friendship Commandery 247, Knights of Malta.
He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of St. Luke’s Church, Shoemakersville.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda S. (Zerr) Yoder, Lenhartsville; two sons, Dwight D. Zerr and Rodney P. Zerr, both of Tilden Township; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Richard Zerr, Windsor Township, and Janet C. Craley, with whom he resided.
The Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph A. Schwartz Jr.
Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Joseph A. Schwartz Jr., 65, Dogwood Drive, Tilden Township, who died of natural causes April 13 shortly after arrival in Reading Hospital.
Burial was in Salem-Berne United Methodist Cemetery, Tilden Township.
Schwartz, born in Hamburg, was a son of the late Joseph A. Sr. and Alma E. (Marquardt) Schwartz.
Until retiring in 1997, he had been employed in the quality control department of Mid-Atlantic Canners, Hamburg, for 20 years.
He was a 1953 graduate of Hamburg High School and a Korean War Army veteran.
Schwartz was a past president and secretary of the Strausstown Lions Club and a former officer in the Strausstown Fire Company.
He was a member of Salem (Berne) United Methodist Church, Tilden Township.
Surviving is a son, Craig J. Schwartz, Middletown, Dauphin County and two granddaughters.

Elsie M. Criswell
Private services were held for Elsie M. Criswell, 86, formerly of Allentown, who died April 6 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
She was taken to the hospital from Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was predeceased by her husband, Earl H. Criswell.
Criswell, born in Centre Township, was a daughter of the late Edward R. and Gertie M. (Schappell) Maderia.
Until retiring, she was employed as a retail clerk in the towel department by Hess’s Department Store, Allentown, for over 18 years.
Criswell was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Allentown.
Survivors include a sister, Kathryn Machemer, Allentown, and a niece and nephews.
The Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown, was in charge of arrangements.

Leon G. Kirkhoff
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Services were held in Bern Lutheran Church, Bern Township, for Leon G. Kirkhoff, 81, Stevens Avenue, Bernville, who died April 7 in Berks Heim, where he had resided since June 2, 2000.
Burial was in Bern Cemetery, Bern Township.
He was the husband of Mary S. (Sensenig) Kirkhoff.
Kirkhoff, born in Penn Township, was a son of the late Albert S. and Margaret P. (Davis) Kirkhoff.
He was a self-employed farmer in Penn Township until 1975 and served as farm manager for Berks County until retiring in 1987.
Kirkhoff was active in grange activities from the local to state level, including serving as former deputy and committeeman for the Pennsylvania State Grange, Harrisburg. He served in numerous positions, including master, at Ontelaunee Grange #1617 and Berks County Pomona Grange #43.
He was named Granger of the Year in 1991.
Kirkhoff and his family were named Farm Family of the Year in 1960.
He served six years on the Penn Township Planning Commission.
Kirkhoff was a former treasurer and director of the Pennsylvania Dairy Herd Improvement Association and a former chairman of the 4-H Development Council and Building Committee, Bern Township.
He was also a committeeman for numerous agricultural organizations.
Kirkhoff served as second vice president of the Reading Fair Board and was a member of the board for the Berks County Prison.
He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame for 50 years of consecutive voting.
Kirkhoff was a member of Bern Lutheran Church, Bern Township, where he was a former council member.
Also surviving are two daughters, Ruth A. (Kirkhoff) Steinhauer and Doris J. (Kirkhoff) Evans, both of Bernville, and three sons: Ronald R. Kirkhoff, Muhlenberg Township; Dale S. Kirkhoff, Duncannon, Perry County; and Dean A. Kirkhoff, Bernville.
There are also 17 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and five stepgrandchildren.
Other survivors include a sister, Margaret (Kirkhoff) Baer, Mohrsville, and two brothers, Richard D. Kirkhoff, Wernersville, and Elwood B. Kirkhoff, Leesport.

Marguerite S. Ohlinger, 95
Marguerite S. Ohlinger, formerly of Main Street, Oley, died, Monday April 9, 2001 in the Henry Health Care Center at the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she had resided since August 1994.
Her husband, Leon R. Ohlinger, died Dec. 13, 1996.
Born in Oley Township, she was a daughter of the late Jacob F. and Annie (Stauffer) Rohrbach.
Ohlinger was a member of Frieden's Lutheran Church, Oley.
Surviving are a sister, Meda (Rohrbach) Moyer, Oley; and four half brothers: Charles, Ernest and Ray Rohrbach, Oley Township; and Roy Rohrbach, Ruscombmanor Township.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Susan R. Ohlinger, in 1976.
Services were Friday in the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. Burial was in Frieden's Cemetery, Oley.

Albert P. Zerr, 76
Among the survivors of Albert P. Zerr, who died Monday, April, 9, 2001, is a daughter, Linda S. (Zerr) Yoder, Lenhartsville.

Wynne P. Barry, 80
Among the survivors of Wynne P. Barry, who died, Tuesday, April 10, 2001, is a daughter, Jennifer G. (Barry) Spangler, Fleetwood.

Gertrude M. Witkowski, 78
Among the survivors of Gertrude M. Witkowski, who dies, Monday, April 16, 2001, is a sister, Annetta (Jaroszynski) Gdowik, Kutztown.

Elwood F. Schaeffer, 81
Elwood F. Schaeffer, of 101 Virginia Ave., Exeter Township, died, Tuesday, April 10, 2001 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since March 13.
He was the husband of Martha E. (Strause) Schaeffer.
Born in Fleetwood, he was a son of the late Edwin G. and Edna R. (Stahler) Schaeffer.
Schaeffer was employed for 38 years by Eastern Foundry, Boyertown, retiring in 1984.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Schaeffer is also survived by three sons: David E., Exeter Township; Thomas L., Earl Township; and Robert G., Oley Township.
Other survivors include five daughters: Judith A. (Schaeffer) Metz, Ash Flat, Ark.; Nancy J. (Schaeffer) Bullick, Douglassville; Barbara J. (Schaeffer) Cleaver, Shillington; Ruth A. (Schaeffer) Williams, Fleetwood; and Linda S. (Schaeffer) Messina, Exeter Township.
Also surviving are two sisters, Helen (Schaeffer) Gordon, Spring Hill, Fla., and Leah (Schaeffer) O'Neil, Fleetwood; and four brothers: Carl, Boyertown; Earl, Oley; Edwin Jr., Douglassville; and Donald, Shillington.
There are also 11 grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday in Oley Uion Cemetery, Spangsville. The Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley, was in charge of arrangements.

Mabel M. Seaman, 82
Mabel M. Young Seaman, formerly of Fleetwood, died, Tuesday, April 10, 2001 in Mifflin Center, Cumru Township, where she had resided five years.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Neil H. Young, in 1965, and by her second husband, Harry J. Seaman, in 1976.
Born in Richmond Township, she was a daughter of the late Nora (Wahl) Deeter.
Seaman was employed as a bookkeeper by the Bucks Hardware Store, Fleetwood, and was last employed for 15 years as a bookkeeper by the First National Bank, Fleetwood, retiring in 1981.
She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Fleetwood.
Surviving is a daughter, Patricia A. (Young) Dautrich, Fleetwood.
Other survivors include a half sister, Gladys D. (Deeter) Bower, Blandon; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mae A. Stump Funeral Home Inc., Fleetwood. Burial will be in St. Paul's Union Cemetery, Fleetwood.

Constance B. Osborne, 90
Among the survivors of Constance B. Osborne, who died, Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, is a daughter, Suzanne Rusell, Lenhartsville.

Lorna L. Schwoyer, 53
Lorna L. "Cookie" Schwoyer, died of natural causes, in her residence, at 14 Sweetcorn Drive, Maxatawny Township, Saturday, April 14, 2001,
Born in Topton, she was a daughter of Elizabeth (DeTurk) Grim, Boyertown, and the late James Brensinger.
Schwoyer was employed for the last 14 years as secretary of the board by Sun Combustion Corp., Kutztown.
Schwoyer, who last resided with Donald C. Noll, is also survived by two sons, Ronnie L. and Forrest E., both of Kutztown.
Other survivors include one brother, James E. Brensinger, Boyertown, and three sisters: Diane G. (Brensinger) Stinnard and Sherry N. (Brensinger) Scharff, both of Boyertown, and Noreen D. (Brensinger) Dudley, Pottstown.
There are also two grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday in Ludwick Funeral Home Inc., Kutztown. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

Quindo Tranquillo, 74
Among the survivors of Quindo Tranquillo, who died Sunday, April 15, 2001, in the Reading Hospital, is a brother, David, Fleetwood.

Esther M. Seyler, 80
Among the survivors of Esther M. Seyler, who died, Wednesday, April 11, 2001, are brothers, Leroy and Henry Ohlinger both of Fleetwood, and sisters: Emma (Ohlinger) Noll, Stella (Ohlinger) Boyer and Anna (Ohlinger) Eschback all of Blandon; Catherine (Ohlinger) Wanner and Sadie Ohlinger both of Fleetwood and Dorothy (Ohlinger) Topton.

Clarence Smith, 83
Clarence J. "Smitty" Smith, a Kutztown School Board member in the 1960s, died, Sunday, April 15, 2001 in Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation, Allentown, where he had been a patient since April 5.
Smith, of 133 Noble St., Kutztown, was the husband of Leah E. (Oswald) Smith.
Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late John S. and Clara (Fegley) Smith.
Smith had been employed for 26 years as an insurance agent and manager by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Allentown, retiring in 1981.
He previously had been employed as a salesman for seven years by Kasco Mills, Waverly, N.Y., last working in 1955. He had also been employed for two years is sales by McMillen Mills, Decatur, Ill., last working in 1947.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, where he served more than two terms on the consistory. He had also been a member of the church building committee.
Smith was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, flying 69 bombing missions over Europe.
He was a national aide-de-camp of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1977-78, and was a member of VFW Post 7013, Kutztown.
Smith served on the Kutztown Municipal Authority in the 1960s and 1970s.
He had been a member for more than 50 years of Huguenot Lodge 377, F&AM, Kutztown, and the Kutztown Lions Club. He was the 1999 recipient of the club's Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
He was a 1936 graduate of the McCann School of Business, Reading.
Smith is also survived by a son, Richard C., Mertztown, and a daughter, Susan E. (Smith) Seestedt, Horsham, Montgomery County.
There are also five grandchildren.
Memorial services are Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. John's Church. Burial will be private in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown. Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.


 

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