Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
1999

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LOUISE K. BENFIELD
Services were held for Louise K. Benfield, 60, of N. Avenida-del-Cszador Avenue, Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Boyertown, who died Oct. 23 at the University Medical Center, Tucson. Born in Reading, she was a 1958 graduate of Boyertown High School and earned a bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University in 1962. She earned a masterís degree in computer science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in the 1980s. She was employed by Lederic Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y., as a computer senior systems analyst for 33 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown. She was involved in numerous civic and volunteer activities in Tucson. Surviving is a sister and her domestic partner of 15 years, Mel Copeland, with whom she resided. Memorial contributions may be made to UNICEF, 100 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19110. The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

DANIEL L. BRIGHT 
A memorial service was held for Daniel L. Bright, 53, of S. Franklin St., Boyertown, formerly of Reading, who died Oct. 24. He had been a patient in Albert Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia. Born in Indianapolis, he was a son of George L. Bright, Greenwood, Ind., and of the late Helen R. (Egan) Bright. He was employed for 33 years by AT&T Reading Works and Lucent Technology, Muhlenberg Township, retiring in 1999, as a senior operator. Surviving are three daughters: Julie A. (Bright) Simms and Penny M. (Bright) McReynolds, both of Indianapolis; and Holley A. (Hull) Bright, Boyertown. Other survivors include two granddaughters and one grandson. The Cramp Funeral Home Inc., Reading, handled the arrangements. 

RICHARD H. BOLTON
A private memorial service was held for Richard "Dick" Howard Bolton, 68, husband of Donna M. (Shade) Bolton, of Gilbertsville, who died Oct. 25 at the Frederick Mennonite Home. Born in Spring Mount, he was retired after 39 years with Handy & Harman Tube Co. of Norristown. He was a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Howard C. "Butch" Bolton, of Gilbertsville and David R. Bolton, of Upper Frederick; two daughters, Debra L. Bolton, of Gilbertsville and Denise M., wife of Scott Meixell, of Schwenksville; one sister and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to St. James UCC Memorial Fund, 321 S. Limerick Road, Limerick, PA 19468. The arrangements were handled by The Cremation Society of Pennsylvania. 

JACK H. WINGARD
Interment will be private for Jack H. Wingard, 67, husband of Florence (Jennings) James-Wingard, of Holly Drive, New Hanover, who died Oct. 26 at his home. Born in Wayne Township, Armstrong County, he retired in 1994 after 37 years of service as Director of Aircraft Heavy Maintenance for U.S. Airlines in Pittsburgh, Greensboro, S.C., and Tampa, Fla. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. Wingard was a member of the New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, the Reading Consistory Scottish Rite Valley of Reading and the North Olmsted, Ohio. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, one daughter, one brother and 11 grandchildren. A viewing will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville; or from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville. Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 107, Richmond, VA 23294; or to Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, 550 N. Broadway, Suite 801, Baltimore, MD 21205. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Gilbertsville. 

FLOSSIE M. HERB
Private services were held for Flossie M. (Rauch) Herb, 73, of 173 W. Spring St., Bechtelsville and widow of LeRoy H. Herb, who died Oct. 29 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she had been a patient. Born in Allentown, she was a ribbon blocker at Bally Ribbon Mill for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bechtelsville and Woodman of the World. Surviving are two daughters, Sue, wife of Allan Groller of Douglassville; Janet, wife of Clyde Mock of Boyertown; one son, Ray T. Herb of Stowe. Also one sister, two brothers, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one daughter, Mary E. Herb. Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 132 S. Main St., Bechtelsville, PA 19505. The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

MARGARET B. STELTZ 
Services were held for Margaret B. (Boyer) Steltz, 78, wife of Leroy W. Steltz of Terrance Lane, Pottstown, who died Oct. 27 at her residence. Born in Ruscombmanor Township, she was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Douglassville. Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Ronald G. Steltz of Douglassville; a daughter, Sherry D. Rhoads of Birdsboro; and two grandchildren. Contributions may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518. The arrangements were handled by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

JOHN W. HOUCK 
Services will be held for John W. Houck, 74, husband of Doris (Kranch) Houck, of Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, who died Oct. 29 at Montgomery County Geriatric Center. Born in Pottstown, Houck was a member of Trinity E.C. Church, Boyertown and was a U.S. Army veteran. Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, the Rev. J. Daniel Houck of Lancaster; two daughters, Carol Morgan at home; Mary L. Korkie, Gilbertsville. Also two brothers, one sister; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Houck Funeral Home, Charlotte at Grace streets, Pottstown. The Rev. Kevin S. Leibensperger, pastor of Trinity E.C. Church, will officiate. A viewing will be held from the funeral home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Contributions may be made to Trinity E. C. Church, 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, PA 19512. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown.

MARGARET J. CONRAD 
A memorial service was held for Margaret J. Conrad, 78, who died Oct. 14 in St. Lukeís Quakertown Hospital, Quaker-town, where she had been a patient. She had been a resident of the Quakertown Nursing Center, Quakertown, since 1996. She was the widow of Grant G. Conrad who died in 1981. Born in Boyertown, she was a graduate of Boyertown High School. Conrad was a homemaker, and a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown. Surviving are a son, Gary L. Conrad, Malvern and one granddaughter. The memorial service was held from the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown, with Sister Millicent J. Drake officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512. (It was stated in last weekís issue of the Times, that the memorial service was to be held in St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Times regrets the error.) 

HOMER H. MEST 
Private graveside services were held for Homer H. Mest, 87, widower of Viola M. (Gilberg) Mest, of School Lane, North Wales, and formerly of Boyertown Pike, Boyertown, who died Oct. 15 at St. Agnes Hospice in Philadelphia. Mest was born in Hereford and worked as a carpenter for 22 years with the former Robert Gresh Contracting Company in Pottstown, retiring in 1975. During World War II, Mest served in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy J. (Mest) Kauffman, Fleetwood; one sister and two grandsons. Mest was predeceased by a daughter, Carol L. Strunk. The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

CHARLES LISKIEWICZ SR. 
Services were held for Charles J. Liskiewicz Sr., 85, of Miles Road, Gilbertsville, who died Oct. 22 at Phoenixville Hospital where he had been a patient. He was the widower of Jennie (Cronrath) Liskiewicz. Born in Conshohocken, he was a machinist for the former Daystrom Transcoil, Worcester, for 20 years, last working in 1979. He is survived by two sons, John R. Liskiewicz, of Gilbertsville, and Charles J. Liskiewicz Jr., with whom he last resided; one sister, six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2045 W. Gate Drive, Suite 302, Bethlehem, PA 18017. The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

WILLIAM E. YEAGER 
Private services were held for William E. Yeager, 75, of Alsace Ave., Alsace Township, who died Oct. 18 in St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Stony Creek Mills, Yeager was employed for 12 years as a laborer by Empire Steel Castings Inc., Muhlenberg Township, until his retirement. He was a life member of the Alsace Fire Company and an Army veteran. Surviving are two sisters and four brothers. The arrangements were handled by the John P. Feeney Funeral Home Inc., Reading. 

WILLIAM D. WILLIAMS 
Services were held for William D. Williams, 65, husband of Marlene L. (Yoder) Williams, of Little Road, New Hanover, who died Oct. 21 in the Pennsburg Manor Nursing Home. Born in Upper Lehigh, Williams worked for the Montgomery County Board of Elections in Norristown for 20 years and also for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for 37 years. He also was a brick mason contractor in the area for many years. Williams was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Freeland and a member of Warren Masonic Lodge No. 310, Collegeville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Matthew J. Williams, of New Hanover; six sisters, Blodwyn, wife of Burton Smith, of Pottstown, Beatrice, wife of Harry Taylor, of Catlett, Va., Esther, wife of Henry Wray Jr., of Bunker Hill, W. Va.; Ruth, wife of Ernest Effrig, of Gilbertsville, Gwendolyn Kromis, of Upper Lehigh, and Elinor Reese, of Walnutport, Northampton County; and two brothers, Llewellyn Williams, of Easton, and Edmund D. Williams, of Pottstown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sister and two brothers. Memorial donations may be made to Pennsburg Manor, 530 Macoby St., Pennsburg, PA 18073. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Gilbertsville. 

MARIAN HOFFMANN 
A memorial service was held for Marian (Roseth) Hoffmann, 76, of the Frederick Mennonite Community, who died Oct. 19 at her residence. Born in Austin, Minn., she was a graduate of the Austin High School, Austin, Minn. She worked as a cashier for the Wyeth Laboratory. Hoffmann was a member of the American Business Womenís Association, and a former member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of West Chester. She is survived by three daughters, Nina H. Melwert, of Schwenksville, M. Jean, wife of Louis M. DelMuto, of Hatfield, and Gail N. Hoffmann, wife of Charles D. Miller, of Spring City; one sister; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. Memorial donations may be made to the Frederick Mennonite Community, PO Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435. Burial was held privately by the Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Royersford. 

NAOMI I. WEBER 
Private services and burial was held for Naomi I. Weber, 90, of Oley Furnace Road, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Oct. 18 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township, where she had resided since 1997. Her husband, Carl F. Weber, died in 1996. Born in Wernersville, Weber and her husband operated The Ladies Shop, Fleetwood, for 30 years, until her retirement. She was a graduate of Wernersville High School. Surviving are a daughter, Margaret L. (Weber) Emerick, Ruscombmanor Township; and a grandson. The Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley, was in charge of the arrangements. 

JOHN M. BOWER SR. 
Services were held for John M. Bower Sr., 65, who died Oct. 18 in his residence at Miller Ave., Alsace Manor. He was the husband of Sandra S. (Kunkle) Bower. Born in Berks County, Bower was employed for 38 years by Yuasa-Exide Inc., Muhlenberg Township, retiring as a supervisor in 1994. He was a life member of the Alsace Manor Fire Company and the Oley Fish & Game Association. Bower is also survived by five sons: Michael J. and Charles P., both of Alsace Township; Scott A., Fleetwood; and Daniel S. and John Jr., both at home. Other survivors include three daughters: Sandra J. (Bower) Bitting, Ruscombmanor Town-ship; Jeanne L. (Bower) Yoder, Alsace Township; and Mary E. (Bower) Simmons, Exeter Township. Also surviving are three brother: Daniel M. and David M., both of Alsace Township; and Walter M., Laureldale. And, three sisters: Mabel E. (Bower) Potteiger, Reading; Margaret A. (Bower) Hoffman, Muhlenberg Township; and Dorothy M. (Bower) Sorg, Barto. There are also 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

AMOS H. OSMAN 
Services will be held for Amos H. Osman, 84, husband of Naomi H. (Brown) Osman, of Douglass Street, Boyertown, who died Oct. 23 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Barto, he retired after 30 years of employment with the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., Pottstown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. A member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Boyertown; a life member of the Liberty Fire Co., Gilbertsville, and the Friendship Hook and Ladder Co., Boyertown, he was also a member of the Berks County Firemanís Assoc., the Pike Township Sportsmanís Assoc., and Woodman of the World, Bechtelsville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Amos H. Osman Jr. of Pottstown; two stepdaughters, Lois E., wife of Russell Biehl of Pottstown, and Janis E., wife of George Schluchterer of Florida; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from the Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. A viewing will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Saint Johnís Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512. Interment will be in Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown. 

MILDRED C. MYERS 
A memorial service will be held for Mildred C. (Chase) Myers, 85, widow of Frederick H. Myers, of Gilbertsville, who died Oct. 21 in her sonís home in Obelisk. Born in Carlton, N.Y., she was employed as a secretary for General Electric, Albany, N.Y., in the 1940s and 1950s. She later was employed by a womenís clothing store, Paoli, Chester County. Myers was a volunteer doing church work in Daytona, Fla. She was a member of the Flower Club and the Bridge Club, both in Paoli. She is survived by two sons, Richard P. Day of Birdsboro and Edward C. Myers of Obelisk; two sisters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. James United Church of Christ, 321 S. Limerick Road, Limerick. The Rev. James Roth, pastor, will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1227 Liberty St., Allentown, PA 18103; or to any charity promoting literacy. Interment will be in St. Lukeís Church Cemetery, Obelisk. The arrangements are being handled by the Ruggiero Funeral Home, Trappe.

CHRIS E. GAUBY SR. 
Services were held for Chris E. Gauby Sr., 47, of Walnuttown Road, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Oct. 13 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient. Born in West Reading, he was a son of Ernest E. Gauby, with whom he last resided, and the late Elizabeth J. (Stempkowski) Gauby. Gauby and his father operated Gauby Mechanical Contractor Co. at their residence for 25 years, last working in 1993. Gauby was an Army veteran. He is also survived by two daughters, Melissa K. (Gauby) Reimert, Hamburg, and Melinda K. Gauby, Temple; and three sons: Christian, Greensboro, N.C.; Chris E. Jr., Mohnton; and Jason B., Shoemakersville. Other survivors include a sister, Joan E. (Gauby) Miller, Ruscombmanor Township; his stepmother, Marjorie E. (Hertzog) Gauby, Ruscombmanor Town-ship; and two grandchildren. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

VIRGINIA P. MAUGER 
Services were held for Virginia P. (Stetler) Mauger, 80, widow of George E. Mauger, North Washington Street, Pottstown, who died Oct. 14 in the Frederick Mennonite Community, Fred-erick. Born in Pottstown, she performed domestic work in the Pottstown area for many years, and had previously been employed by Gudebrod Inc., Stowe. Mauger was a member of St. Peterís Lutheran Church, Stowe, and a member of the Pottstown Area Senior Center. She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline D., wife of James W. Harker, of Woxall, Pa.; two sisters, Joanne, wife of Charles Lucas, of Stowe, and Shirley, wife of Lawrence Farman, of Pottstown; three brothers, Milton Stetler, of North Coventry, Walter Stetler, of Douglassville, and Ernest Stetler, of Stowe; and one grandson. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and one grandson. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

MARY K. SCHERER 
Services were held for Mary K. Scherer, 80, formerly of Bethlehem, who died Oct. 11 in the Highlands at Wyomissing, where she had resided for two years. Her husband, Llewellyn G. Scherer, died in 1979. Born in Earlville, she was a graduate of Oley Valley High School and attended business school in Reading. She was a former president, vice president and activities director of the Matronís Club of the YWCA of Bethlehem. Surviving are three sons: George S., Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County; David L., Green Lane, Montgomery County; and John E., Houston. Other survivors include a sister, Grace (Drumheller) Moyer; also a resident of the Highlands at Wyomissing; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. The arrangements were handled by the Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 

FLOYD W. MURPHY 
Services were held for Floyd W. Murphy, 81, formerly of Silver Swallows Road, Alsace Township, who died Oct. 12 in Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Reading, where he had resided for one week. His wife, Martha E. (Schanely) Murphy, died in 1995. Born in Stony Creek Mills, Murphy was employed for 35 years as a bottler by Coca-Cola Co., retiring in 1979. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading. Murphy was a 1940 graduate of the Philadelphia School for the Deaf, where he received training to become a barber. He was a past treasurer of the Fraternal organization of The Deaf. Surviving is a son, David W., Birdsboro. Other survivors include a sister, Beverly (Murphy) Finch, Five Points, Exeter Township, and a grandson. The Lutz Funeral Home Inc., Mount Penn, handled the arrangements. 

DONNA K. LOVELESS
Services were held for Donna K. (Blair) Loveless, 58, wife of Albert C. Loveless of North Reading Avenue, New Berlinville, Colebrookdale Township, who died Oct. 12 at her home. She was born in Baltimore, Md., was a homemaker and worked part time for the Boyertown Area School District as a cafeteria worker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sabrina M. Loveless, who lives at home; a sister and two brothers. She was predeceased by a sister and a brother. The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

HENRIETTA S. TROUT 
Funeral services were held for Henrietta S. (Brumbach) Trout, 80, widow of Russell L. Trout, and formerly of East Fifth Street, Boyertown, who died Oct. 13 in Berks Heim, where she had resided since 1987. Born in Boyertown, she was employed as a waitress at the Grill Shop, Boyertown, for many years, retiring in 1985. Trout was a member of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown. Surviving are two sons, Thomas A. Trout, Bechtelsville, and Richard S. Trout, Boyertown; one brother, Henry Brumbach, Florida; one sister, Miriam, widow of Warren Hohl, Boyer-town; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

JOHN E. HORN JR. 
A memorial service was held for John E. Horn Jr., 56, husband, of Melissa A. (Sell) Horn, of East Second Street, Boyertown, who died Oct. 19 at the Reading·Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, where he had been a patient. Born in Norristown, he was a son of John E. and Isabel (Ziegler) Horn of Perkiomenville. He was a 1962 graduate of Boyertown Area High School, and attended Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Mich., for three years. Horn was employed as a laboratory technician by Cabot Performance Materials, Boyer-town for 30 years, last working in 1995. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the United States Navy from 1966 until 1969. He was instrumental in forming Local 959C (International Chemical Workers Union), and was president of Local 959C from 1977 until 1985. Horn was a safety chairman at Cabot Performance Materials from 1975 to 1977; a charter member and past president of the Boyertown Historical Society; and demonstrated hickory broom making at the Goshenhoppen Folk Festival. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer L. (Horn), wife of Joseph Keel, West Reading; one son, Jeremy F. Horn, Boyertown. Also two sisters and one grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 632 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611. The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

MARY E. ROTHENBERGER 
Services were held for Mary E. Rothenberger, 90, of Urban Acres, Elizabeth Ave., Alsace Township, who died Oct. 11 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township, where she had resided since July. Her husband, William Rothenberger, died in 1993. Born in Exeter Township, she was a member of Zion (Spies) Reformed Church, Alsace Township. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The arrangements were handled by the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale. 

MILDRED HOLLOWBUSH 
Services were held for Mildred (Byrne) Hollowbush, 77, wife of Wilmer A. Hollowbush, Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown, who died Oct. 9 at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Germantown, she graduated from Norristown High School and worked as an office cashier at the former New York Store in Pottstown. She retired in 1969. She was a member of the New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville and a life member of the Boyertown Music League. Survivors in addition to her husband are a daughter, Kim Hollowbush, Pottstown; a son, Jeffrey Hollowbush of Oley. Also a sister and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother,
Contributions can be made in her memory to: New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 or American Diabetes Association, 1 Plymouth Meeting Road, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. The Catagnus Funeral Home, Inc., Pottstown, handled the arrangements. 

MARGARET J. CONRAD 
A memorial service will be held for Margaret J. Conrad, 78, who died Oct. 14 in St. Lukeís Quakertown Hospital, Quaker-town, where she had been a patient. She had been a resident of the Quakertown Nursing Center, Quakertown, since 1996. She was the widow of Grant G. Conrad who died in 1981. Born in Boyertown, she was a graduate of Boyertown High School. Conrad was a homemaker, and a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown. Surviving are a son, Gary L. Conrad, Malvern and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown, with Sister Millicent J. Drake officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. The arrangements are being handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., Boyertown. 

M. ELIZABETH GERBER 
Services were held for M. Elizabeth (Donald) Gerber, 86, widow of William E. Gerber, Pottstown, who died Oct. 15 at ManorCare Health Services in Pottstown. Born in Nesquehoning, Schuylkill County, she was a graduate of Kutztown University. She retired in 1979 from the Daniel Boone School District as a teacher.
Gerber was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown, the Retired Teacherís Association, the New Hanover Branch of the A.A.R.P., past worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Gnaden-Heutten Chapter and the Boyertown Senior Center. Surviving is one daughter, Shirley, wife of Edward VanBuren of Boyertown; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

MACKENZIE BRIGITTE FRYER 
Services were held for Mackenzie Brigitte Fryer, infant daughter of Kenneth W. and Antje E. (Coltart) Fryer, of South Franklin Street, Boyertown, who died Oct. 14. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Rebecca-Lynn W. Reinert, Boyertown; one brother, Andrew J. Reinert, Boyertown. paternal grandparents, Charles and Irene (Grove) Fryer, Boyertown; maternal grandparents, Sidney W. and Wimke (Boterhock) Coltart, of Barto; paternal great-grandmother, Mary, widow of Lester Fryer, of Boyertown; and her maternal great-grandmothers, Elizabeth M. Coltart, of Lansdale, and Jelle Boterhoek, of the Netherlands. Memorial donations may be made to the Genesis Pregnancy Care Center, 888 High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

JEANNETTE C. LANDIS 
A memorial service will be held Saturday for Jeannette C. Landis, 86, of Main St., Oley, formerly of Boca Raton, Fla., who died Oct. 16 in the Reading Hospital, where she was a patient. Her husband, Henry W. Landis, died in 1988. Born in Auburn, Landis and her husband owned and operated pharmacies in the Auburn and Pottsville area before moving to Florida. She was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School. Surviving are a brother, with whom she last resided; and two sisters. Other survivors include two grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Hugh W. Landis, in 1985. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

NORMAN S. GEIST 
Services will be held for Norman S. Geist, 87, husband of Marian I. (Mauger) Geist of East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, who died Oct. 15 in the Pennsburg Manor, where he resided since January. Geist was born in New Berlinville and was a graduate of Boyertown High School. He was a machinist for 15 years at Boeing Corporation in Philadelphia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Geist was also a member of the Pike Township Sportsmenís Club, the Bechtelsville Fire Company, a life member of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Company and the Boyertown and Liberty Fire Company, New Berlinville. Geist was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Orioles Nest 22, Boyertown, the Boyertown VFW and American Legionís Charles B. Yerger Post, Boyertown. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a step-son, Robert Mauger, Barto and one step-grandson. Friends may call Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, 111 N. Reading Avenue, Boyertown. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. William E. Harner Jr., pastor of Visitation Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512. Burial will be in Bechtelsville Union Cemetery. 

JOHN A. MENTZER 
Services will be held for John A. Mentzer, 79, of Mohrsville, Center Township, Berks County, who died Oct. 13 at Frederick Mennonite Community, Fred-erick, where he had been a patient for the past week. Born in Pottstown, he was employed as a postal worker by the Pottstown Post Office for 23 years until his retirement in 1981. Mentzer was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving during World War II. and was a member of Calvary United Church of Christ, Barto. He is survived by nine nephews and three nieces. He was predeceased by a nephew. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto. The Rev. Homer E. Royer Jr., pastor, will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Calvary United Church of Christ, 1231 Route 100, Barto, PA 19504. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. The Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown, handled the arrangements. 

CLARENCE G. MORRISON 
Services will be held for Clarence G. "Lucky" Morrison, 73, of Pricetown Road, Alsace Township, who died Oct. 15 in the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Rena A. (Chambers) Morrison. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Morrison was employed for 20 years by American Chain & Cable Co., Reading, and was last employed, for 30 years, by Carpenter Technology Corp., retiring in 1987. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Morrison was a member of Jehovahís Witnesses at Hyde Park KingdomHall. He is also survived by four sons: Herbert L. and E. Keith, both of Reading; Rick M., Anaheim, Calif.; and B. Neal, Temple. Also five daughters: Priscilla (Morrison) Hightower, Jackson-ville, N.C.; Mitzi D. Morrison, Pleasantville, N.J.; Clarice R. (Morrison) Smith and JoAnn L. Morrison, both of Reading; and Regina L. Morrison, Allentown. Also surviving are a brother, three sisters, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at noon in the Auman Funeral Home, Reading. Burial will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

SARAH H. GROSS 
Services were held for Sarah H. (Houck) Gross, 85, of Mine Road, Pike Township, formerly of Earlville, who died Oct. 3 in the Berks Heim, Bern Township, Berks County, where she was a patient since March. She was the widow of Charles W. Gross Sr., who died in 1992. Born in Boyertown, she was a housewife and cleaning lady. Gross was a member of Good Shepherd U.C.C. of Boyertown. Surviving are two sons, Charles W. Gross Jr., with whom she last resided; and David A. Gross of Mt. Penn; a brother, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Alzheimers Disease Assn., 501 Washington St., Reading, PA 19601 or the First Church Concert Series, P.O. Box 402, Reading, PA 19603. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

JAMES D. WILLIAMS 
Services were held for James D. Williams, 60, husband of Dorothy M. (Grammer) Williams, of Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, who died Oct. 3 at his residence. Born in Galveston, Texas, he was a son of Bernice (Quebe) Williams, of Algoa, Texas and the late Parke D. Williams. He and his wife had celebrated 36 years of marriage. Williams was employed as a construction worker by Pizzaqualli Construction of the East Coast and the Allen A. Myers Construction Co., in Worcester. He was a member of the Lutheran faith. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Craig Williams, of Pottstown; one daughter, Julie Lara, of Birdsboro. Also two brothers, four sisters and four grandchildren. The arrangements were handled by the Keller Funeral Home, Fogelsville, Lehigh County. 

ANNA M. GOTTSHALK 
A graveside funeral service and burial was held for Anna M. (Botka) Gottshalk, widow of Karl K. Gottshalk, of Perkiomenville Road, Perkiomenville, who died Oct. 4 at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown. Born in New York, N.Y., she worked as a teacher in the Medinger School in Neiffer, Limerick Township, in the mid 1940s, and then worked as an office manager for a road and bridge construction firm, as well as a transportation company before retiring in 1966 to devote more time to the clerical work in her husbandís office. She was appointed secretary for the Upper Frederick Township Planning Commission in 1970, a post she held until 1980. Along with the commission chairman, she helped prepare the final draft of the townshipís zoning ordinance that was adopted in 1974. She became the first woman in Pennsylvania to be elected as a supervisor when she took a seat on the Upper Frederick Board of Supervisors in 1976. She was eventually elected chairman of the board, also a first, and held that post until resigning in 1980. She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Sumneytown. Gottshalk is survived by one sister. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter and one brother. Memorial donations may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church, PO Box 255, Sumneytown, PA 18054. The arrangements were handled by the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home Inc., East Greenville. 

MARTHA A. UNGER 
Funeral services were held for Martha A. Unger, 83, of Wanner Road, Alsace Township, who died Oct. 6 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she had been a patient. She was the wife of Arthur C. Unger. Born in Reading, she was employed by Infants Socks Inc., Reading, and VF Corp., Wyomissing. She was a member of Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading. Unger is also survived by a stepson, Richard L. Unger, Wyomissing; four stepgrandchildren and a stepgreat-grandson. She was predeceased by a stepson, Barry E. Unger. The Sanders Funeral Home, Reading, was in charge of the arrangements. 

MARY M. LAPI 
Services were held for Mary M. Lapi, 86, of Elizabeth Ave., Muhlenberg Township, formerly of Reservoir Road, Alsace Township, who died Oct. 6 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township, where she had resided for three months. She was the wife of Peter Lapi. Born in Fulks Run, Va, she was employed for 28 years as a fancy stitcher by Curtis, Stevens & Embry Co., retiring in 1974. She is also survived by a brother. The arrangements were handled by the Bean Funeral Homes & Cremation Services Inc., Reading. 

MERRIL MCMULLEN 
Services were held for Merril "Mickey" McMullen, 81, who died Oct. 7 in his residence on Kauffman Road, Oley Township. His wife, Gloria (Bilski) McMullen, died in 1975. Born in Reading, he was a 20-year veteran of the Air Force. McMullen was employed for 16 years by Pennsylvania Optical Co., retiring in 1978. He is survived by two brothers and a friend, Doris (Haus) Bertolet, with whom he resided. The arrangements were handled by the Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home Inc., Reading. 

RONALD F. MOYER 
Private graveside services were held for Ronald F. Moyer, 90, of Fry Road, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Oct. 6 in Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Reading, where he had resided since August. He was the husband of Esther M. (Bryan) Moyer. Born in Shamokin, Moyer was employed for 22 years as a state auditor, retiring in 1985. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Moyer is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

KATHRYN N. REIGNER 
Services were held for Kathryn N. "Kas" (Garber) Reigner, 78, of North Walnut Street, Boyertown, who died Oct. 7 at the Frederick Mennonite Community, Upper Frederick, where she had been a patient since Sept. Born in Amity Township, she graduated with the class of 1939 from the former Amity High School. She was the widow of Walter M. Reigner, who died in 1982. Reigner was employed as a secretary-treasurer at the C. S. Garber & Sons Well Drilling, Boyertown, for 41 years until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown. She is survived by her companion of more than 14 years, Lester "Pat" Rohrbach, with whom she resided. Reigner was predeceased by a sister, Martha V. (Garber) Arnold, and two brothers, Russell E. Garber Sr., and Claude W. Garber. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512, or to the American Cancer Society, Berks County Unit, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605. The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

GERTRUDE W. FREY 
Private burial will be held for Gertrude W. (Schonely) Frey, 91, widow of Frederick E. Frey, formerly of Boyertown and Pottstown, who died Oct. 7 at Sanatoga Center, Lower Pottsgrove. Born in Oley, she was employed for many years at the former Arrow Camera Shop, Pottstown, which was previously owned by her late husband. Frey was a member of Limerick Chapel, where she taught childrenís Bible classes and Sunday school in various locations, including Bible classes called "Kiddieís Treat" in her home, which were well attended by area children. She is survived by a son, Donald F. Frey, Elverson; one daughter, Lucille M., widow of James Bates, of Pottstown; one sister; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Frey is predeceased by five brothers. A viewing will be from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Limerick Chapel. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. at Limerick Chapel, 378 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick. Dr. Daniel Peters and the Rev. David Jones will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the Mission Fund in care of Limerick Chapel, 378 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The arrangements were handled by the Houck Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown. 

ROBERT C. PUSCH 
Services were held for Robert C. Pusch, 82, husband of Ardith L. (Mauger) Pusch of North Coventry, who died Oct. 6 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where he was a patient. Born in Boyertown, he was a truck driver for 25 years with the former Mrs. Smithís Pie Co., Pottstown, retiring in 1983. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, Pottstown. Surviving with his widow are a son, Gerald L. Pusch, and a brother, Curtis Pusch, both of North Coventry; four sisters, Anna, wife of Stanley George, Kutztown; Martha Nester, Pottstown; Christina, wife of Harris Bickhart, Spring City, Barbara, wife of Horace Gauger, Gilbertsville; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son, and two sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Church of the Brethren, 371 N. York St., Pottstown, PA 19464. The arrangements were handled by the Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

CHARLOTTE POTKONSKI 
A Memorial service will be held for Charlotte R. (Reilley) Potkonski, 87, widow of Leapold A. Potkonski, M.D., who died Oct. 9 at the Frederick Mennonite Community, where she had resided. She was a former resident of Pottstown and was born in Philadelphia. Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte A. Potkonski of Landisville and Louise, widow of J. Robert Petro of Gilbertsville. Also one brother; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Robert Moses National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. The arrangements are being handled by the Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Pottstown.

  Reporting Week of 10/04/2000 
KARL B. STAUFFER 
Services were held for Karl B. "Milky" Stauffer, 86, of West Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, who died Sept. 25 at his residence.  Born in Berks County, he was a graduate of Boyertown High School.  Stauffer was employed as a foreman by the former Morysville Body Works, and later worked as a carpenter for Jake Scholl for many years.  He was a member of the Pike Township Sportsmenís Association.  Stauffer is survived by a son, Karl H. Stauffer, of Gilbertsville; three sisters, Naomi, widow of Gerald Hospador, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Myrtle, widow of Clarence Herb, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Mildred, wife of George Irey, Ocala, Fla.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Erma Updegrove.  Memorial donations may be made to the Endowment Fund at the Good Shepherd Church of Christ, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512, or to the Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Building Fund, 2 E. 2nd St., Boyertown, PA 19512.  The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

DANIEL B. CHRISTMAN 
Services were held for Daniel B. Christman, 84, of W. Philadelphia Ave., Oley Township, who died Sept. 26 in the Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient.  He was the husband of Erna (Rohrbach) Christman.  Born in Oley Township, Christman was employed for 43 years as a spray painter by General Battery Corp., Muhlenberg Township, until his retirement.  He was a member of Friedenís United Church of Christ, Oley.  He was a life member of the Oley Fire Company.  An Army veteran of World War II, he was a prisoner of war in Germany for two years.  He is also survived by two brothers, Ralph B., Oley Township, and Allen B., Lower Alsace Township; and a sister, Mary B. (Christman) Haas, Pike Township.  The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

ELSIE P. CROSBY 
Services were held for Elsie P. Crosby, 67, of Crest Drive, Boyertown, a former resident of Pottstown, for 43 years, who died Sept. 27 in Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, where she had been a patient.  She was the wife of Byron E. Crosby Sr.  Born in Pottstown, she was a member of the Assembly of Christians, Boyertown.  She is also survived by three sons: Byron E. Jr., Pottstown; Jonathan S., Stowe; and Daniel L., Branford, Conn.  Other survivors include three daughters: Sharon D. (Crosby) Fagley, Pottstown; Deborah L. (Crosby) Karas, Birdsboro; and Susan J. (Crosby) Huxoll, Perkiomenville.  Also surviving are a brother; three sisters; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  The arrangements were handled by The Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

JUDITH ANN MEYERS 
Services were held for Judith Ann (Houseknecht) Meyers, 47, wife of Robert L. Meyers, of Little Road, Perkiomenville, who died Sept. 26 as a result of an automobile accident in Upper Salford Township.  Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of Jacqueline (Herrlinger) Houseknecht, of Perkiomenville, and the late Donald Houseknecht.  She was a 1970 graduate of Boyertown High School, and graduated from the Empire Beauty School, in Pottstown, as a licensed beautician in 1971. She was employed as a beautician by the Frederick Mennonite Community for the past six years, and was also self-employed as a "traveling clipper", performing beautician services for home bound people.  An active member of the Limerick Chapel, in Limerick, she was a member of the church choir for many years. She was also a volunteer at the Chapel Christian Academy in Limerick for many years.  In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by five sons, Uriah D. Meyers, West Palm Beach, Fla., Aaron A. Meyers, Mark M. Meyers, Steven R. Meyers, and Michael G. D. Meyers, all of Perkiomenville; three sisters, Margaret Paul, of Maryland, Susan Wissinger, of Pottstown, and Vicki Romero, of Perkiomenville.  Memorial donations may be made to the Limerick Chapel, 378 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468.  The arrangements were handled by the Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Royersford. 

RETA M. HOUCK 
Funeral services were held for Reta M. (Hillegass) Houck, 84, widow of the late Royden W. Houck, of Frederick Mennonite Community, formerly of South Reading Avenue, who died Sept. 29 at Frederick Mennonite Community.  Born in Red Hill, she was a 1933 graduate of East Greenville High School. She attended the former Combs Conservatory of Music, now known as Philadelphia School of Art.  She was self-employed as a piano teacher for 51 years and was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown.  Houck was a Sunday school Superintendent of Primary Department and active in Boyertown Area Schools Music League for many years.  She was also the founder and director of an all girls orchestra called Reta and the Melodears, who performed in the mid 30s and 40s.  Surviving is a son, Dean R. Houck of Hallstead, Pa.; one daughter, Donna L., wife of Edwin G. Miller of Reading; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two brothers.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Christian Education Fund, 45 N. Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512.  The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

HELEN M. FRONHEISER 
A memorial service was held for Helen M. Fronheiser, 84, widow of Merlin L. Fronheiser, of Gilbertsville, who died Sept. 14 at Florida Hospital South in Orlando, Fla.  Born in Pottstown, she resided in Gilbertsville for many years and was the owner/operator of the "Select Shop" in Boyertown for 27 years.  Fronheiser and her husband retired in 1979 and moved to Orlando, Fla.  Surviving are a son, Richard Fronheiser, Oviedo, Fl., and a daughter, Barbara J. Baas of Los Angeles, Calif. There are also three grandchildren.  The arrangements were handled by the Union Park Chapel of Orlando, Fla. 

HOWARD B. MOYER 
Private services were held for Howard B. Moyer, 80, of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of Boyertown, who died Sept. 29 at Sun View Care Center, Youngtown, Az.  He was the husband of Dorothy Moyer, Sun City West, Az. 
· Born in Berks County, he moved to Arizona from New Mexico in 1992.  He was employed by the Social Security Administration, retiring in 1981; also served in US Army during WW II.  Moyer was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Eastern Star, Felix Lodge No. 29 AF & AM.  Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Linda Grover, Ovalo, Tx.; Elaine Hinds, Hawaii. Also two sisters, Grace Moyer, Del Ray Beach, Fl., and Pearl Renninger, Bechtelsville and four grandchildren.  Contributions may be made to the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375 or St. Joseph "Hill" Church, Boyertown, PA 19512 or to the National World War II Memorial Fund, Washington, DC.  Interment was at Hill Church Union Cemetery, Boyertown.  Arrangements were handled by the Sunland Mortuary, Sun City, Ariz. 

PEARL E. GREEN 
Private interment will be held for Pearl E. (Snyder) Green, 85, wife of Willard S. Green, of ManorCare, Pottstown, formerly of the Manatawny Manor, East Coventry, and Boyertown, who died Sept. 29 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.  Born in Boyertown, she graduated from Boyertown High School in 1933, and was employed by a beauty shop.  She taught accordian door-to-door in Montgomery County and during World War II, she was employed by Jacobs Aircraft, Pottstown.  From the 1940s to the 1970s, she taught accordion and vibraharp at Greenís Music Store, where she organized Accordian Orchestras in which she played professionally.  She was later employed by Boyertown Packaging and the Boyertown Auto Body Works. She was a charter member of the Boyertown Area Historical Society and was a member of Goshenhoppen Historians and Good Shepherd U.C.C., Boyertown.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Holly K. Green of Boyertown.  She was predeceased by two sisters, Catherine Snyder and Dora (Snyder) Dierolf.  A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday from the Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville. The Rev. Harner, pastor of Good Shepherd U.C.C., Boyertown, will officiate.  There will be no viewing.  Memorial donations may be made to the Manatawny Manor Activities Group, P.O. Box 799, Pottstown, PA 19465. 

MARJORIE P. BRUSCH 
Private services and burial was held for Marjorie P. (Barnshaw) Brusch, 76, wife of Paul C. Brusch II, Romig Road, New Hanover Township, who died Sept. 29 in Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia.  Born in West Conshohocken, she was a graduate of the former Conshohocken High School and attended Ursinus College. She was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray Studios, Trenton, N.J. in the 1950s.  She was a member of Berean Bible Church, Lower Pottsgrove Township, where she was a former Sunday School teacher. She was a former new Hanover Township Judge of Elections.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Glenna Marie "Holly" Swarr, Perkiomen Township and Jeanette Michelle Brusch at home; one son, Paul Christopher Brusch, Upper Frederick Township; two sisters; one brother; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son, Gary P. Brusch.  Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holmes Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152.  The arrangements were handled by the Holcombe Funeral Home, Trappe. 

NAOMI Y. BECKER 
Services were held for Naomi Y. Becker, 82, wife of William J. Becker, of Bellevue Avenue, Laureldale, formerly of Lobachsville, who died Sept. 30 in the Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, Delaware County, where she was a patient.  Born in Niantic, she and her husband owned and operated the Beckerís General Store, Lobachsville, for 22 years before retiring.  She was a member of St. Paulís Lobachís Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid, Lobachsville; Oley Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary and the Oley Senior Citizens.  Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Gene W. Becker of St. Lawrence; two daughters, Judy L. (Becker) Henne of Exeter Township and Susan J. (Becker) Bernhardt of Millersville; four grandchildren; one step sister, Emma (Rohrbach) Moyer of Bally; four step brothers, Richard Rohrbach of Bally; James and Lester Rohrbach, both of Boyertown and Robert Rohrbach of Leesport.  Contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Paulís Lobachís Lutheran Church, Lobachsville Road, Oley, PA 19547. 

CAROL L. STRUNK 
Services will be held for Carol L. (Mest) Strunk, 56, widow of Harold H. Strunk, of Locust Road, Boyertown, who died Oct. 1 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she had been a patient.  Born in Florida, she was the daughter of Homer H. Mest, North Wales and the late Viola M. (Gilberg) Mest. She was employed as assistant manager of the Cumberland Farms store, South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, for the past three years, last working in July. She was previously employed as a waitress by Michaelís Restaurant, Douglassville, for 10 years. She was also a seamstress.  She was a 1962 graduate of Boyertown High School and was a member of the Friends of The Fair Society, Lancaster.  She is survived by two sons, Christopher S. and Timothy S. Strunk, both at home and one sister.  Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown.  A viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  The Rev. Robert R. Mitchell Jr., pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Spangsville, will officiate.  Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, Berks Co. Unit 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605.  Interment will be in Most Blessed Sacrament Church Cemetery, Bally. 

ROBERT M. STRAUSE 
Services were held Robert Melvin Strause, 84, who died Oct. 2 in his residence on Pricetown Road, Alsace Township.  His wife, Eva D. (Kantner) Strause, died in 1991.  Born in Alsace Township, Strause was employed by Textile Machine Works, Wyomissing, retiring in 1978. He had previously worked for Rosedale Knitting Mills, Laureldale.  He was an Army veteran of World War II.  Strause was a member of Salem (Shalterís) Lutheran Church, Alsace Township.  Surviving are four sons: Robert, Ruscombmanor Township; Donald and John, both of Laureldale; and Dennis, Fleetwood.  Other survivors include six daughters: Blanche (Strause) Wanner, Temple Shirley (Strause) Baniszeski, Gloria (Strause) Conrad and Patricia (Strause) Messner, all of Alsace Township; Catherine Strause, at home; and Debra (Strause) Johnson, Kutztown.  Also surviving are a brother and a sister; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  The arrangements were handled by the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale. 

DAVID A. RITTENHOUSE 
Services were held for David A. Rittenhouse, 61, of Becker Road, Alsace Township, who died Sept. 29 in his residence.  He was the husband of Jean C. (Aten) Rittenhouse.  Born in Reading, Rittenhouse was employed for 31 years as an electrician by AT&T Reading Works, Muhlenberg Township, retiring in 1988.  He was an Army veteran and a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Shillington.  Rittenhouse was a 1957 graduate of Muhlenberg High School.  He is survived by a son, David A. Jr., at home.  Other survivors include a sister, Barbara (Rittenhouse) Goda, Reading RD 2; and two grandsons.  The Milkins Funeral Home Inc., Temple, handled the arrangements. 

CATHARINE V. BLOME 
Private services were held for Catharine V. Blome, 86, formerly of Cornell St., Pennside, who died Sept. 30 in Frederick Mennonite Community, Upper Frederick Township, Montg-omery County.  Her husband, Richard Blome, died in 1959.  Born in Reading, Blome was a self-employed master photographer in the Reading area.  She was a 50-year member of the Berks Camera Club. She also danced with the Pearl Haines Review from 1929 to 1935.  Survivors include a daughter, Sandara L. (Blome) Wood, Gilbertsville.  The arrangements were handled by the John P. Feeney Funeral Home Inc., Reading. 

ELLEN R. ADOLFSON 
Services will be held for Ellen R. (Renninger) Adolfson, 90, widow of Albert J. Adolfson, of Frederick Mennonite Home, Upper Frederick, formerly of Boyertown, who died Sept. 30 at the home.  Born in New Berlinville, she was self-employed as a private nurse for many years.  She was a Boyertown High School graduate and a graduate of the Hahnemann University Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.  She was a member of the Assembly of Christians, Boyertown.  Adolfson is survived by two sons, John A. Adolfson of Boyertown and Daniel S. Adolfson of Cambridge, Mass.; and one granddaughter.  She was predeceased by a son, Jesse Adolfson.  A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown.  Services will be at noon.  Byron E. Crosby of the Assembly of Christians, Boyertown, will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. 

MELISSA L. ZARTMAN 
Services were held for Melissa L. "Missy" (Bender) Zartman, 37, wife of Henry A. "Kip" Zartman Jr., of West Fifth Street, Pottstown, who died Sept. 18. Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of Susan (Trout) Sanders Bender, of Royersford and the late Barry Bender. She was a graduate of Boyertown High School and attended Reading Community College. She was a homemaker and was an active member of Tri-County Bible Church, Gilbertsville. Surviving with her widower and mother are maternal grandparent Glenna (Parke) Stricker, widow of George Stricker, of Pottstown; a son, Tyler George Zartman, and a daughter, Emily Sue Zartman, both at home; a stepson, Matthew Henry Allen Zartman, and a stepdaughter, Megan Virginia Zartman, both of Perkiomenville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Tyler and Emily Zartman Educational Fund, in care of Tri County Bible Church, 142 Buchert Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525. The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown. 

ANNA M. ANGSTADT 
Services were held for Anna M. Angstadt, 92, of Lorraine Road, formerly of Oley, who died Sept. 18 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she had been a patient. Her husband, Paul W. Angstadt, died in 1948. Born in Rockland Township, she was employed for many years as a waitress and seamstress, retiring in 1970. She was a member of Friedenís Lutheran Church, Oley. Surviving are a daughter, Janet E. (Angstadt) Clauser, Reading, with whom she last resided; and a son, Melvin R., Ruscombmanor Township. Other survivors include 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Ralph H., and Leon L. The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

SALLIE R. BEHM 
Services will be held Thursday for Sallie R. Behm, 92, of Berks Heim, Bern Township, and formerly of Boyertown, who died Sept. 22 at the Heim. Born in Berks County, she was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Lobachsville, Berks County. She is survived by a son, Paul S. Behm, of Boyertown; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by six brothers and one sister. A viewing will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. The Rev. Robert R. Mitchell Jr., pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spangsville, will officiate. Burial will be in Lobachís Cemetery, Pike Township. 

ELSIE M. REPPERT 
Services were held for Elsie M. Reppert, 91, widow of Allen M. Reppert, of ManorCare Health Services, North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, and formerly of New Berlinville, died Sept. 22 in the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Barto, she was employed as a weaver by the Ray Flex Ribbon Mill, Red Hill, until her retirement in 1989. Reppert was a member of St. Josephís (Hill) Lutheran Church, Boyertown. Surviving are two nieces and a grandniece. Memorial donations may be made to St. Josephís (Hill) Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512. The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

MIRIAM K. ZACEK 
Services were held for Miriam K. Zacek, 71, of North Reading Avenue, New Berlinville, who died Sept. 19 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Summit Hill, Carbon County. Surviving is a son, Michael Zacek of New Berlinville; a daughter, Nadine Zacek, New Berlinville. Also a sister and one grandson. Memorial donations may be made to the West-Mont Christian Academy, 873 South Hanover Road, Pottstown, PA 19464. The Thomas Parambo Funeral Home, Summit Hill, handled the arrangements. 

RANDY W. GEISINGER 
Private services were held for Randy W. Geisinger, 43, of Golden Gate, San Francisco, who died Sept. 19 in California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Born in Reading, he was a son of Mildred F. (Bennicoff) Geisinger of Reading RD 2 and the late Wayne B. Geisinger. He was a self-employed grower of exotic birds. Geisinger was a 1975 graduate of Oley Valley High School. His mother is his only survivor. The arrangements were handled by the Sanders Funeral Home, Reading. 

HELENA A. HARTMAN 
Private services were held for Helena A. (Heljenek) Hartman, 81, widower of Charles L. Hee Sr., and Harold H. Hartman, of Buchert Road, New Hanover, formerly of Bushnell, Fla., who died Sept. 20 in the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of Halahan High School in Philadelphia. She was a chef at Wal-Mart, Bushnell, Fla., before retiring in 1984.
Hartman is survived by two sons, Charles L. Hee Jr., of Pottstown, with whom she last resided, and James B. Hee, of Philadelphia; one daughter, Helen Sabella, of Croydon, Bucks County; six stepsons, David, Daniel and Robert Hartman, all of Elizabethtown, Ted Hartman, of Vermont, Joseph and Jonathan Hartman, both of Texas; one brother; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Home Health Care Division, 1600 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

MARJORY B. FRITZ 
A memorial service will be held for Marjory B. Fritz, 81, formerly of Norristown, who died Sept. 23. She was the wife of William A. Fritz for 52 years. Fritz was born in Boyertown, lived in Audubon for 50 plus years and graduated from Temple University. She was a longtime foreign language teacher at Norristown High School. Fritz was an active member of many organizations which included the Norristown Chapter of the Pa. Horticultural Society; she was also a faithful member of the Reformed Church of the Ascension, UCC, Jeffersonville. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William C., of Lansdowne; a daughter, Joanne Fritz, of Fort Meyers, Florida; two sisters and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Reformed Church of the Ascension, UCC, 1700 West Main Street, Jeffersonville, Pa. 19403. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at The Reformed Church of the Ascension. 


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