|Christian M. Alfiero, 24
Services were held in the Bean Funeral Home, Reading, for Christian
M. Alfiero, of Deysher Road, Rockland Township, who died Aug. 9 in St.
Joseph Medical Center.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Born in Reading, he was a son of Marty T. Alfiero, at home, and Cynthia
M. (Linette) Alfiero, Allentown.
He was a 1998 graduate of Reading High School.
Alfiero had been employed as a cook.
Also surviving are three brothers, Shane M. Alfiero and Jeffrey P. Alfiero,
both of Rockland Township, and Jeremy J. Alfiero, Reading.
Other survivors include his paternal grandfather, Frances Alfiero, Reading
and his maternal grandfather, James P. Linette, Naples, Fla.
Warren J. Oswald, 91
Services were held in the Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton, for Warren J.
Oswald, of North Park Avenue, Mertztown, who died Aug. 6 in Lehigh Valley
Hospital where he had been a patient four days.
Burial was in Union Cemetery, Bowers.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen A. (Geist) Oswald, who died July
Born in Topton, he was a son of the late Daniel L. and Katie L. (DeLong)
Until retiring in 1977, he was employed as a press operator by Caloric
Corp., Topton, for more than 30 years. He was previously employed
as a laborer in the shell treatment department of Bethlehem Steel Corp.
In May 1996, Oswald and his wife were removed from the stateís PACE
program because their annual income rose 4 cents over the limit.
After bringing their situation public, State Sen. Michael A. OíPake introduced
legislation to raise the income-eligibility limits, and the Oswalds were
reinstated in Nov. 1996.
Surviving are two sons, Richard D. Oswald and Paul C. Oswald, both of
Mertztown; and three daughters: Carolyn M. (Oswald) Seidel, Maxatawny;
Mary A. (Oswald) Lloyd, Macungie; and Kathryn S. (Oswald) Grow, Mertztown.
There are also 13 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren,
nine stepgreat-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a sister, Marie (Levan) Hilbert, Mertztown;
a half sister, Mae (Oswald) Lloyd, Macungie; and a stepbrother, Warren
He was predeceased by a son, Warren J. Oswald Jr., who died in 1947.
Joseph Tomalonis Jr., 63
The Bean Funeral Home, Sinking Spring, was in charge of arrangements
for Joseph B. Tomalonis Jr., of West Walnut Tree Drive, Maidencreek Township,
who died of natural causes Sept. 29 after being stricken in J and Lís Sandwich
Shop, Maidencreek Township, where he was employed for the past 1 1/2 years.
Burial was private.
He was the husband of Lerinda M. (Jimenez) Cupani Tomalonis.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joseph B. Tomalonis Sr.
and Julia (Grabarz) Tomalonis.
Until retiring in 2001, he was a self-employed contractor for 27 years.
Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Vincenza V. (Cupani) Scott, West
Lawn, and Melisa I. Cupani, Exeter Township, and five stepgrandchildren.
He was predeceased by a stepson, Angelo J. Cupani, who died in 2000.
Mae Leimbach, 85
Services were held in Zionís Union Church, Maxatawny, for Mae Leimbach,
formerly of Kutztown, who died Oct. 1 in Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford,
Chester County, where she had resided since Dec. 30.
Burial was in Zion (Maxatawny) Union Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Leimbach, who died Aug. 22,
Born in Maxatawny Township, she was a daughter of the late Victor W.
and Annie W. (Cronrath) Wabert.
She was a graduate of Allentown Business School.
Until retiring in 1987, she was employed as office manager by W. T.
Grant Co., Salisbury, Md., for 23 years. She was previously employed
15 years by the Aberdeen (Md.) Pharmacy and four years by the Quarryville
Drug. Co. From 1956 to 1964, she was employed as a deputy register
of wills in the Berks County Courthouse.
She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Zionís Union Church,
Surviving are a son, James N. Walbert, Occoquan, Va., and three grandchildren.
The Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, was in charge of arrangements.
Randy L. Beeman, 34
Services were held in the Bean Funeral Home, Sinking Spring, for Randy
L. Beeman, who died of natural causes Oct. 1 in her Cornerstone Drive,
Maidencreek Township residence.
Burial was in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.
He was the husband of Antoinette M. (Perrotto) Beeman.
Born in Reading, he was a son of Jeffrey W. Sr. and Linda L. (Weaver)
Beeman, Maidencreek Township.
Last working Jan. 24, he was emloyed as a burner and in the janitorial
department by East Penn Manufacturing Co., Lyons, for 13 years.
He was a 1987 graduate of Reading High School and a member of Calvary
Wesleyan Church, Bethlehem.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kayla D. Beeman, at home.
Other survivors include a brohter, Jeffrey W. Beeman Jr., Strausstown,
and a sister, Kimberly A. (Beeman) Frederick, Leesport.
There is also his paternal grandmother, Betty E. (Fasig) Beeman, Hartwood,
Va., and his maternal grandmother, Florence M. (Moll) Weaver Barton, Maidencreek
Manfred J. Madara, 58
Private services were arranged by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown,
for Manfred J. Madara, of East Daniel Road, Greenwich Township, who died
of natural causes Oct. 2 shortly after admission to Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Irvin J. and Hazel (Petri)
He had been employed as an auto mechanic by Bushís Exxon, Fogelsville,
for five years and Mayo Motors, Trexlertown.
He was a Vietnam War Army veteran.
Surviving are Theresa A. (Rohrer) Madara, with whom he resided, and
a son, Brian J. Madara. Philadelphia.
Other survivors include three sisters, Linda (Madara) Reimert and Michelle
(Madara) Coleman, both of Seffner, Fla., and Ruby (Madara) Lewis, Reading.
Lee G. Rhode, 75
Memorial services will be held Sat., Oct. 18, 10 a.m., in the Topton
American Legion Home for Lee G. Rhode, of Chestnut Street, Mertztown, who
died Oct. 4 in the Henry Health Care Center of the Lutheran Home at Topton,
where he had been a patient since Sept. 29.
He was the husband of Joyce (Witwer) Rhode.
Born in Hancock, Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late Nelson
and Leah (Landis) Rhode.
Until retiring in 1992, he was employed as a machine operator by Stroh
Brewery Co., Fogelsville, for 20 years, and as a truck driver by Caloric
Corp., Topton, for 25 years. He later worked part-time for Gehris
Butcher Shop, Topton.
Rhode was the former owner/operator of Lee Rhode and Sons Septic Tank
Cleaning Service, Mertztown.
He was a Korean War Army veteran.
Rhode was a life member of the Topton Volunteer Fire Company and the
Topton American Legion Post 217.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Rhode) Kauffman, Fleetwood, and
two sons, Rick Rhode, Birdsboro, and Michael Rhode, Mertztown.
There are also four grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Rodney Rhode, Fleetwood, and two
sisters, Kathleen (Rhode) Hermann, Mertztown, and Marion Rhode, Kutztown.
The John P. Feeney Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Catharine E. Breisch, 95
Memorial services were held in Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Reading,
for Catharine E. Breisch, formerly of Hyde Park, who died Oct. 4 in the
Caum Memorial Home, Hampden Blvd., where she had resided for three years.
Burial was in Laureldale Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore W. Breisch, who died Nov.
Born in Shamrock Station, Longswamp Township, she was a daughter of
the late Rev. William F. and Katie (Krebs) Bond.
She was a 1925 graduate of Kutztown High School and a 1929 graduate
of Reading Hospital School of Nursing. She received a bachelorís
degree in education from Kutztown University in 1960.
Until retiring in 1972, she had been employed as a nurse in the Muhlenberg
School District for 15 years. She previously worked as a nurse at
Breisch was a life member of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing
She was a member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Reading, where she
was a former head of the quilting club.
Surviving are a son, John L. Breisch, Whitfield; a daughter, Martha
C. (Breisch) Fisher, Quakertown, Bucks County; eight grandchildren; and
The Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Wernersville, was in charge of arrangements.
Edwin S. Bechtel, 96
Services were held in the Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Kutztown,
for Edwin S. Bechtel, formerly of Kutztown, who died Oct. 3 in the Henry
Health Care Center of the Lutheran Home at Topton, where he had resided
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown.
He was predeceased by his wife, Edna M. (Smith) Bechtel, who died in
Born in Douglassville, he was a son of the late Howard P. and Annie
Until retiring in 1998, he was employed by Kelchner Cleaners, Kuztown,
and was previously employed by the borough of Kutztown for 17 years.
He was a member of St. Johnís United Church of Christ, Kutztown.
Surviving are a daughter, Mildred S. (Bechtel) Diehl, Topton; a son,
Richard S. Bechtel, Kuztown; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Daniel Bechtel, Fleetwood.
David W. Noss, 45
Services will be held Thurs., Oct. 9 in Leibensperger Funeral Home,
Hamburg, for David W. Noss, who died Oct. 4 in his Nursery Road, Albany
The cause of death is under investigation by the Berks County Coronerís
Burial will be in Jacobís Union Cemetery, Jacksonville, Lehigh County.
Born in West Reading, he was a son of Roger C. Noss, Lehigh County,
and the late Jean S. (Adam) Noss.
He was a 1976 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Lehigh County.
Noss was employed as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator by
the Mid-Atlantic Division of Glen-Gery Brick Corp., Perry Township, for
the past 15 years.
He was a member of Jacobís United Church of Christ, Jacksonville.
Also surviving are a son, Miles D. Noss, and two daughters, Amanda R.
Noss and Cora R. Noss, all of Dingmans Ferry, Pike County.
Other survivors include two sisters, Lorraine J. (Noss) Henninger, Albany
Township, and Brenda J. (Noss) Drunkenmiller, Orefield, Lehigh County,
and his paternal grandmother, Beatrice A. (Buchman) Noss, a resident of
the Lutheran Home at Topton.
Vickie L. DeLong, 42
Services will be held Thurs., Oct. 9, in the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown,
for Vickie L. Delong, who died of natural causes Oct. 6 in her Pricetown
Road, Rockland Township residence.
Burial will be in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery, Rockland Township.
Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of the late John Y. and June
D. (Rissmiller) DeLong.
She was employed as an accounts payable secretary by Reading Hospital
since 2001. She was previously employed for seven years as a clerical
worker by the Reading Parking Authority and for 15 years as office manager
by Fleetwood Building Block.
DeLong was a former councilwoman and church secretary at New Jerusalem
Lutheran Church, Rockland Township.
She was a soloist for the Brandywine Minstrels, Topton, for many years.
Surviving are a sister, Donna L. (DeLong) Schaeffer, Leesport, and a
brother, Michael J. DeLong, Blandon.
Memorial services were held in Grace Lutheran Church at the Lutheran
Home at Topton for Dr. Gary S. Roth, of West Race Street, Fleetwood, who
died of natural causes Oct. 2 in Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Inurnment was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery, Rockland Township.
He was the husband of Patricia A. (Hilbert) Roth.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of George Roth, Kutztown, and the late
Betty M. S. (Krueger) Roth.
He was a 1965 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School; received an
associateís degree in education from York Junior College; a bachelorís
degree in zoology from the University of Maryland; and a doctorate in podiatry
from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, in 1979.
Roth, with his brother, Phil, co-founded G.R. Laboratories Inc., Topton,
in 1978. He also co-founded the Mertztown Community Medical Center
in 1979, and Specialty Millworks, Topton, in the mid 1980ís.
He worked as a private-practice podiatrist from 1979 until 1988, with
offices in Mertztown and Topton. In 1998, he formed a partnership
practice with Dr. Michael L. Stevens, East Penn Podiatry Associates, Kutztown.
In 1979, Roth was certified as a diplomate by the National Board of
Podiatric Examiners, Philadelphia and became a board-certified diplomate
with the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics in 1994. He received
the Dr. Lee M. Lindenberry Memorial Award for excellence in orthotics in
He served as co-director of the Podiatric Surgical Residency Program
of Oxford Hospital, Philadelphia, from 1985-87.
Roth was a Vietnam War Navy veteran.
He was a Fleetwood youth soccer coach for more than 20 years and
was a coach for the Germania Soccer Club for many years. He was past
president of the Fleetwood youth baseball association.
Surviving are a son, Scott E. Roth, a student at Lehigh University;
a daughter, Tara L. (Roth) Stitzel, Kuztown; and two grandchildren.
Other survivors include his brother, Phil K. Roth, Topton; two sisters,
Dianne P. (Roth) Smith, Fleetwood, and Barbara Ann (Roth) Blair, Gulph
Mills, Montgomery County; and two half brothers, Robert A. Roth, Bowers
and James J. Roth, Kutztown.
Also surviving are his stepmother, Margaret C. (Moore) Roth, Bowers,
and two stepsisters, Susan E. (Algar) Richmond, Lawrenceville, N.J., and
Linda Algar, in Virginia.
The Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, was in charge of arrangements.
Mabel H. Heller, 90
Private services and burial were arranged by the Christ & Catagnus
Funeral Home, Oley, for Mabel H. Heller, formerly of Fleetwood, who died
Oct. 4 in ManorCare Health Services, Muhlenberg Township.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul H. Heller, who died in 1993.
Born in Richmond Township, she was a daughter of the late William and
Amanda (Hoch) Delp.
She had been employed by the Fleetwood Shirt Corp. and the Antietam
Quilting Co., both of Fleetwood.
She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Fleetwood.
Surviving are a niece and nephew.
Ida M. Wotring, 98
Services will be held Thurs., Oct. 9, 11 a.m., in the Heintzelman Funeral
Home, Schnecksville, Lehigh County, for Ida M. Wotring, who died Oct. 4
in her Mertztown Road, Longswamp Township residence.
Burial will be in Union Church Cemetery, Neffs, Lehigh County.
She was predeceased by her husband, Warren T. Wotring, who died in Nov.
Born in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, she was a daughter of the
late Franklin and Cora (Schantz) Derhammer.
She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ,
Surviving are a son, Warren T. Wotring Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.; and
two daughters, Shirley I. (Wotring) Neeb, Birdsboro, and Alice W. (Wotring)
Cahn, Emmaus, Lehigh County.
There are also seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven
Stuart E. Beck, 83
Funeral services were held in the Welcome Baptist Church, Anderson,
S.C., for Stuart E. Beck of Anderson, who died Oct. 5 at the Magnolias
Burial was in the church cemetery.
He was the husband of Amy Leora (Ware) Beck.
Born in Kutztown, he was the son of the late Raymond and Beulah (Knittle)
Until retiring, he was employed by the Singer Company for over
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Beck) Lively, Simpsonville, S.C.,
and three sons: Don R. Beck, Bluffton, S.C.; Stanley W. Beck Sr., Summerville,
S.C.; and Leslie M. Beck, Anderson, S.C.
There are also five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Harry S. Beck.
The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, was in charge of arrangements.