|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
Centerís 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
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. Johnís Hill United Church of Christ, Pike Township, and the
Womenís 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. Johnís 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
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 Friedenís 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.
Josephís 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. Armyís 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 Sportsmanís 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 Johnsonís 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
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 oneís 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 chapterís 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. ďTooeyĒ Spatz, the US Air Forceís 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. Lukeís 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
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
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. Johnís 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 womenís 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
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. Johnís (Gernantís) 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 bachelorís and masterís 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 Zipfís Candy Store in Pottstown. She was a member of St. Gabrielís
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. ďJimĒ 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 Jacobís 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
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, Leiszís 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
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
Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
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
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)
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
Zerr, born in Reading, was a son of the late Wendell and Elizabeth
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
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. Lukeís Church,
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
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
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 Hessís 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
The Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown, was in charge of arrangements.
Leon G. Kirkhoff
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,
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,
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
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 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
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)
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,
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)
Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late John S. and Clara
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.