Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Donald R. Smith, 75

Among the local survivors of Donald R. Smith, of Reading, who died June 9 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient since May 27, is a half sister, Nema S. (Schell) Engle, Kutztown.
 

Richard E. Quell, 75

Among the local survivors of Richard E. Quell, who died June 9 in his Reading residence, is a daughter, Cindy Lee (Quell) Jarsocrak, Fleetwood, and a sister, Dorothy (Quell) Barr, Maidencreek Township.
 

Stewart D. Borrell, 83
Former Lyons police chief

Services were held in the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, for Stewart D. Borrell, of Edgewood Circle, Chamberburg, Franklin County, and formerly of Fleetwood, Lyons and Kutztown, who died June 11 in Chambersburg Hospital, where he had been a patient one week.

Burial was in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy G. (Hoch) Borrell, who died on March 13, 1997.

Born in Muhlenberg Township, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Maude (Miller) Borrell.

He served as the Lyons police chief from 1968 to 1978 and was also a constable in the borough.

Until retiring in 1982, he was employed as a crane operator by Carpenter Technology Corp. for 35 years.

Borrell was a World War Ii Army veteran.

He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Oley Township.

Surviving are three daughters: Donna R. (Borrell) Fink, Cooopersburg, Lehigh County; Sharon L. (Borrell) Mittle, Kutztown; and Suzanne L. (Borrell) Tolbert, Chambersburg.

There are also seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two brothers, Milton Borrell, Allentown, and James Borrell, Millville, Del.; and two sisters, Anna (Borrell) Schappell, Topton, and Pauline (Borrell) Strause, Shoemakersville.

 

Edward P. Melerski Sr., 81

 

Among the local survivors of Edward P. Melerski Sr., formerly of Kenhorst, who died June 12 in the Wyomissing Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Reading, where he had resided since Dec. 7, is a daughter, Victoria (Melerski) Dantas, Maidencreek Township.

 

Kerri A. Wolfe, 35

 

Among the local survivors of Kerri A. (Berger) Wolfe, who died of natural causes June 12 in her Wayne Township, Schuylkill County residence, are three  stepdaughters: Sheila F. (Wolfe) Taft, Kutztown; and Jennifer A. Wolfe and Jamie Wolfe, both of Macungie.

 

Lester I. Miller, 82

 

Services were held in the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, for Lester I. “Piper” Miller, of South View Road, Maidencreek Township, who died June 13 in Kutztown Manor, where he had been a  patient for one day.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Union Cemetery, Fleetwood.

He was the husband of Josephine N. (Neider) Miller.

Born in Walnuttown, he was a son of the late Herbert and Bertha (Boyer) Miller.

Until retiring in 1983, he was employed by Carpenter Steel Company for 32 years.

He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran.

Also surviving are a brother, Norman Miller, Walnuttown; and two sisters, Elaine J. (Miller) Burgert and June (Miller) Derr, both of Fleetwood.

 

Anna H. Keller, 91

 

Graveside services were held in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township, for Anna H. Keller, of East Wesner Road, Maidencreek Township, who died June 12 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient two weeks.

She was the wife of Daniel H. Keller.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Emma (Bechtel) Hauck.

Until retiring in 1990, she was employed as a cook by Weaver’s Kountry Kitchen, Ontelaunee Township, for 13 years.  She previously was employed as a pairer for Temple Full Fashion Hosiery for 20 years.

Also surviving are a daughter, Dolores (Fetterolf) Becker, Mohrsville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

There is also a sister, Grace (Hauck) Dutt, Reading.

 

Blanche M. Ahrens, 82

 

Services will be held June 20, 1 p.m. in the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Laureldale, for Blanche M. Ahrens, who died June 16 in the residence of a son, Richard K. Ahrens, Allentown Pike, Maidencreek Township.

Burial will be in Maidencreek Cemetery, Blandon.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold A. Ahrens, who died Feb. 9, 1980.

Born in Maidencreek Township, she was a daughter of the late Herman S. and Florence E. (Rothermel) Groh.

She was a charter member of the Blandon Lioness Club and a 50-year member of Reading Chapter 251, Order of the Eastern Star.

Ahrens was a member of Maidencreek Church, Blandon, where she was a choir member.

Also surviving are another son, Raymond A. Ahrens, Rockland Township; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Edna M. Bausher, 92

 

Among the local survivors of Edna M. (Schaeffer) Bausher, of Ontelaunee Township, who died June 17 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient two days, is a son, Earl R. Bausher, Kutztown.

 

Harry W. Schlegel, 71

 

Among the local survivors of Harry W. Schlegel, of Ruscombmanor Township, who died June 16 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient 11 days, are three sisters: Rita (Schlegel) Ollar, Rosemarie (Schlegel) Eppler, and Linda (Schlegel) Newth, all of Fleetwood.

 

Paul M. Scholl, 72

 

Among the local survivors of Paul M. Scholl, of Muhlenberg Township, who died June 16 in the emergency room of Reading Hospital, is a sister, Betty J. (Scholl) Quire, Blandon.

 

Bertha M. Reichert, 85

 

Services will be held June 20, 10 a.m., in the Christian Congregational Church, Mertztown, for Bertha M. Reichert, of Schantz Road, Breinigsville, who died June 16 in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd H. Reichert, who died in 1998.

Born in Pike Township, she was a daughter of the late Greeley F. and Katie (Meck) Rohrbach.

Until retiring, she and her husband were the owners/operators of a farm in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County.  She was later employed by Grim’s Greenhouse and Farm Market Inc., Breinigsville.

Reichert was the first female bus driver in the Parkland School District, working eight years.

She was a former officer of the Trexlertown Grange.

Reichert was a member and former deacon of the Christian Congregational Church, Mertztown.

Surviving are a daughter, Naomi R. (Reichert) Grim, Breinigsville, and two grandchildren.

The Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Beulah E. Fox, 91

 

Services will be held June 21, 10:30 a.m., in New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rockland Township, for Beulah E. Fox, of Forgedale Road, Rockland Township, who died June 17 in the Henry Health Care Center at the Lutheran Home at Topton, where she had resided since April 15.

Burial will be in the New Jerusalem Union Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer B. Fox, who died in July 1940.

Born in Rockland Township, she was a daughter of the late Frederick M. and Lizzie D. (Kercher) Keller.

Until retiring in the late 1970s, she was employed as a sewing machine operator by the Fleetwood Shirt Factory and Astor Knitting Mills, Reading.

She was a member of New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Jean E. (Fox) Noll, with whom she last resided, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two sisters, Mary E. Keller, a resident at Tower Court at the Lutheran Home at Topton, and Bertha A. (Keller) Bennecoff, Fleetwood.

She was predeceased by a son, Elmer F. Fox, who died in 1988.

The Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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