Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Anthony A. Cavallucci
Among the local survivors of Anthony A. Cavallucci, 83, who died April 6 in his Reading residence, is a brother, Louis Cavallucci, Greenfields.

Janet M. Plasha
Among the local survivors of Janet M. (Schluth) Plasha, 58, who died of natural causes April 7 in her Quaker City Road, Albany Township residence, is a daughter, Bernadette M. (Plasha) Leibensperger, Kempton.

Helen F. Glebocki
Services were arranged by the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Helen F. Glebocki, 93, of Lincoln Drive, Tilden Township, who died April 3 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since June 21.
She was predeceased by her husband, Casimir B. Glebocki, who died Sept. 15, 1975.
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Szymanski) Wyszynski.
Until retiring in 1971, she was employed by the Barnac Shoe Factory, Reading, for many years.
She was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Tilden Township.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia A. (Glebocki) Hoyer, with whom she resided for 28 years, and a son, Andrew R. Glebocki, Mount Penn.
There are also two grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Frank Wyszynski, Seaford, N.Y., and a sister, Mary (Wyszynski) Merked, a resident at Country Meadows of Wyomissing.

Dorothy B. Talys
Among the local survivors of Dorothy B. (Brossman) Talys, 88, formerly of South Heidelberg Township, who died April 4 in Berks Heim, where she had resided since January,   are a son, Joel D. Talys and a daughter, Gloria (Talys) Prizer, both of Bernville.

Kevin K. Sallada
Among the local survivors of Kevin K. Sallada, 39, of East Greenville, Montgomery County, who died of natural causes April 6 in ManorCare Health Services, Pottstown, is a stepsister, Carol Kehl, Lenhartsville.

Irene M. Adams
Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Irene M. Adams, 90, formerly of West State Street, Hamburg, who died April 6 in the Berks Heim Annex, where she had been a resident since April 15, 1997.
Burial was in St. Michaelís Cemetery, Tilden Township.
She was predeceased by her husband, James A. Adams, who died Oct. 30, 1997.
Born in Upper Bern Township, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Mamie (Haas) Rentschler.
Until retiring in 1992, she was employed in the cafeteria of Hamburg High School for 20 years.
She was a life member of the Women of the Moose, Hamburg.
Adams was a member of Friedenís Lutheran Church, Bernville.
Surviving are a son, Eugene J. Adams, Hamburg; a daughter, Shirley E. (Adams) Flammer, Edenburg; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Dennis Rentschler, Robesonia, and a sister, Kathryn (Rentschler) Spengler, Strausstown.

Clara M. Reber Rusch
Private services and burial were arranged by the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Clara M. Reber Rusch, 90, formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., who died April 10 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since March 6.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles Reber, who died in 1964, and by her second husband, Samuel Rusch.
Born in Schuylkill Haven, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Sallie A. (Kemp) Fox.
Surviving are a daughter, Helen N. (Reber) Becker, Hamburg; a son Robert R. Reber, Mifflin Park; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Helen A. Borkey
Ex-Upper Bern secretary
Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Centerport, for Helen A. Borkey, 71, formerly of Upper Bern Township, who was dead on arrival April 8 in Reading Hospital.
She was taken to the hospital from the Mifflin Center, Cumru Township, where she had resided since March 19.  She previously resided at Country Meadows of Wyomissing for three years.
Burial was in Friedenís Cemetery, Shartlesville.
Borkey was predeceased by her husband, Franklin J. Borkey, who died Aug. 2, 1997.
Born in Windsor Township, she was a daughter of the late Clarence J. and Evelyn E. (Faust) Berger.
She served several terms as the Upper Bern Township secretary.
Borkey was employed in the packaging department of Flag-Utica Division of Merit Underwear Co., Shoemakersville, for eight years, and also sold items for Dutch-Maid Clothing, Sunshine Products and Stanley Products.
She was a member of Friedenís Church, Shartlesville.
Surviving are a son, Franklin J. Borkey Jr., Upper Bern Township; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Robert C. Berger, and a sister, Thelma (Berger) Yuknavage, both of Upper Bern Township.

Helen M. Berger
Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Helen M. Berger, 85, formerly of Shartlesville, who died April 9 in the Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since Jan. 1.
Burial was in Strausstown Union Cemetery.
Born in Upper Bern Township, she was a daughter of the late Emmanuel M. and Daisy M. (Adams) Berger.
Until retiring, she was employed by the Bernville Manufacturing Co., for 10 years.  She was previously employed by Burkey Underwear Co., Hamburg; the Hamburg Diner; and Haagís Hotel, Shartlesville.
Berger was a member of Zionís (Blue Mountain) United Church of Christ, Strausstown.
Surviving are a sister, Lillian I. (Berger) Bausher, a resident at the Laurel Center.

Anna E. Zerr
Among the local survivors of Anna E. (Bucher) Zerr, 92, of Robeson Township, who died April 9 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient one day, is a sister, Verna (Bucher) Hart, Shoemakersville.

James L. Callahan Jr.
Services were held in the Bean Funeral Home, Reading, for James L. Callahan Jr., 79, of Bernville Road, Bern Township, who died June 7 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since May 26.
Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery.
He was predeceased by  his wife, Ardelle M. (Cartell) Callahan, who died March 6, 2001.
Born in Reading, he was a son of the late James L. Sr. and Carrie D. (Nein) Callahan.
Until retiring in 1981, he was employed by Dana Corp. for many years.
He was a 1940 graduate of Reading High School and a World War II Army veteran.
Surviving is a daughter, Shelia M. Callahan, Altamonte Springs, Fla., and a sister, Eleanor M. (Callahan) Resch, Reading.

Gerald L. Mengel
Among the local survivors of Gerald L. Mengel, 73, of Reading, who died June 8 in the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center, is a son, Todd J. Mengel, Hamburg.

Ronald B. Oldt
Among the local survivors of Ronald B. Oldt, 57, of Reading, who died of natural causes June 9 in Reading Hospital, is a daughter, Michelle L. (Oldt) Rauch, Strausstown.

Joyce E. Jones
Services were held in the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading, for Joyce E. Jones, 63, of Mohrsville Road, Perry Township, who died of natural causes June 8 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she had been a patient since May 23.
Burial was in Eplerís Cemetery, Bern Township.
She was the wife of Albert J. Jones.
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Edna (Sensenig) Roth.
Until retiring in 2002, she was employed as a lens polisher by Pennsylvania Optical Co. for 30 years.
She was a member of Eplerís United Church of Christ, Bern Township.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mistee M. (Ross) Atkins, Shartlesville; a son, Scott R. Cullen, Perry Township; and a stepson, Gregory A. Jones, Reading.
There are also four grandchildren.
Other survivors include a sister, Joan (Roth) Lenhart, and a brother, Glenn Roth, both of Bern Township.

Irma R. Kimmel
Among the local survivors of Irma R. (Dreher) Kimmel, 86, of Grantville, Dauphin County, who died June 7 in Hershey Medical Center, is a daughter, Nancy Jean (Kimmel) Reppert, Hamburg.

John R. Zellers
Ex-Leesport council president
Services were held in Trinity United Church of Christ, Leesport, for John R. ďToddĒ Zellers, 88, of Hafer Drive, Leesport, who died June 8 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient since May 29.
Burial was in Leesport Cemetery.
He was predeceased by his wife, Claire E. (Hafer) Zellers, who died Oct. 9.
Born in Ontelaunee Township, he was a son of the late Edwin and Ellen N. (Burkart) Zellers.
He was Leesport Borough Council President from 1961 to 1965.
Until retiring in 1977, he was employed in the maintenance department of Carpenter Steel Co. for 36 years.
He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.
Zellers was a member of Trinity UCC Church, Leesport, and a former deacon of St. Johnís (Gernantís) UCC, Ontelaunee Township.
He was a member of the Leesport Cemetery Board.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
The Milkins Funeral Home, Temple, was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald F. Bleile
Former Shoey mayor
Services were held in the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Gerald F. Bleile, 79, of Fifth Street, Shoemakersville, who died June 8 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where he had resided nine days.
Burial was in St. Michaelís Cemetery, Tilden Township.
He was the husband of Shirley M. (Miller) Bleile.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Henry A. and Bertha M. (Miller) Bleile.
He served as mayor of Shoemakersville from 1972 to 1982.
Bleile was secretary of the Perry Township School Authority from 1964 to 1984, and was a member of the Shoemakersville Sewer Authority from 1985 to 1972.
He was president of the Shoemakersville Rotary Club in 1967-68, and was treasurer of Boy Scout Troup 163, Shoemakersville, from 1954 to 1968.
Bleile was a 50-year member and past master of Vaux Lodge 406, F&AM, Hamburg.
Until retiring in 1986 as general manager, he was last employed by Wenco Industries, Hamburg, for five years.
Also surviving are two sons, Dr. Dennis M. Bleile, San Ramon, Calif., and Steven M. Bleile, Bonner Ferry, Idaho, and four grandchildren.
Other survivors include five sisters: Bertha (Bleile) Naus, Schuylkill Haven; Vivian (Bleile) Buehler, Allentown; Marjorie Bleile, Lenhartsville; Katherine (Bleile) Mauritz, Meridian, Idaho; nad Elizabeth (Bleile) Barhydts, Sparks, Nev.
There are also five brothers: Henry Bleile Jr., Pharr, Texas; Robert Bleile, Lodi, Calif.; Donald Bleile, San Mateo, Calif.; Harry Bleile, Fair Oaks, Calif.; and Alfred Bleile, Orwigsburg.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Lee Bleile, who died in 1949, and by a son, Kim M. Bleile, who died in 1975.

David H. Reist
Services were held in the Bean Funeral Home, Sinking Spring, for David H. Reist, 68, who died June 6 in his Allen Street, Perry Township residence.
Burial was in Pricetown Cemetery.
According to police, Reist died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Born in Reading, he was a son of Florence L. (Bieber) Reist, Wescosville, Lehigh County, and the late Augustus S. Reist.
He was a 1953 graduate of Oley Valley High School and an Army veteran.
Until retiring in 1994, he was employed by Dana Corp., Reading, for 31 years.
He was past president of the Pricetown Rifle and Gun Club and served on the board of the United Singles Dance Club.
Surviving are Mary E. (Deboard) Gilberthorpe, with whom he resided, and a son, Vicar Michael L. Reist, Birdsboro.
There are also two grandsons, three stepgranddaughters and one stepgreat-granddaughter.
Other survivors include a brother, Daniel A. Reist, Pricetown; and two sisters, Linda M. (Reist) Dutko, Allentown, and Madelyn A. (Reist) Kendall, Placentia, Calif.

John A. Fidler
Memorial services were held in the Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home, Hamburg, for John A. Fidler, 82, of Lincoln Drive, Tilden Township, who died June 10 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient one day.
Burial was in St. Johnís Cemetery, Hamburg.
He was the husband of Dorothy S. (Dinkel) Fidler.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late John A. and Anna (Machmer) Fidler.
Until retiring in 1984, he was employed as a wood pattern maker by Dinkel Pattern Works, Hamburg, for many years.
He was a 1938 graduate of Hamburg High School.
Fidler was a member and former councilman of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Hamburg.
He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy S. (Fidler) Hoffman, Tilden Township; a son, John A. Fidler Jr., Reading; and two grandchildren.

Lillian M. Grossman
Among the local survivors of Lillian M. (Schwartz) Grossman, 95, of Deer Lake, Schuylkill County, formerly of Reading, who died June 9 in Pottsville Hospital, where she had been a patient five days, is a son, Clarence Grossman,Shartlesville.

Mabel E. Billman
Private services were arranged by the Leibensperger Funeral  Home, Hamburg, for Mabel E. (Gernert) Billman, 84, formerly of Wyndcliffe House Apartments, Hamburg, who died June 9 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since Nov. 30.
Burial was in St. Michaelís Cemetery.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Rosa J. (Danenhower) Bachman Hamm.
Until retiring in 1984, she was employed as a sewing machine operator by Dutch Knitting MIll, Burkey Underwear Co., and Windsor Knitting Mill, all of Hamburg, for many years.
Surviving are three sons: Donald L. Billman and Steven C. Billman, both of Hamburg, and Neal E. Billman, Stroudsburg.
There are also eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a half brother, Howard Hamm, and a half sister, Pearl Hamm, both of New Tripoli, Lehigh County.

Anna M. Englehart
Among the local survivors of Anna M. (Englehart) Englehart, 87, formerly of Reading, who died June 9 in Kutztown Manor, where she had resided since October, is a son, Russell C. Englehart, Hamburg.

Allen B. Ringler Jr.
Among the local survivors of Allen B. Ringler Jr., 73, of Reading, who died June 10 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since May 31, is a stepdaughter, Bernda (Kemp) Heck, Bernville.

Janet L. Horner
Among the local survivors of Janet L. (Heimbach) Horner, 63, who died of natural causes June 11 in her New Hanover Township, Montgomery County residence, is a brother, Leroy I. Heimbach, Leesport.

Erma K. Herber
Services were held in the Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, for Erma K. Herber, 89, formerly of South Fourth Street, Hamburg, who died June 11 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township, where she had resided since July.
Burial was in Friedenís Cemetery, Lenhartsville.
Born in Greenwich Township, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Katie A. (George) Herber.
She was employed as a sewing machine operator by Windsor Knitting Mills, Hamburg, for many years until retiring Feb. 28, 1980.  From May 1980 until April 2002, she was employed by the Leibensperger Card and Gift Shop, Hamburg.
Herber was a charter member of the Shoemakersville Fire Company auxiliary.
She was a member of Friedenís United Church of Christ, Lenhartsville.
Surviving are a brother, Lloyd W. Herber, Hamburg, and two sisters, Mabel A. (Herber) Smith and Alma A. (Herber) Dreisbach, both of Shoemakersville.

Lillian Boddy
Among the local survivors of Lillian (Cooperstein) Boddy, 67, of Murphy, N.C. and formerly of Reading, who died of cancer June 8 in Murphy Medical Center, are three sisters: Carole (Cooperstein) Slabik, Bernville; and Linda (Cooperstein) Arndt and Lorna (Cooperstein) Auge, both of Shartlesville.

Robert Ringler Jr.
Among the local survivors of Robert Ringler Jr., 86, of Kenhorst, who died June 11 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since May 27, is a son, Scott R. Ringler, Hamburg.

Stewart D. Borrell
Among the local survivors of Stewart D. Borrell, 83, Chambersburg and formerly of Fleetwood, Lyons and Kutztown, who died June 11 in Chambersburg Hospital, Franklin County, is a sister, Pauline (Borrell) Strause, Shoemakersville.

Warren G. Spotts
Among the local survivors of Warren G. Spotts, 84, of Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, who died June 12 in Ephrata Community Hospital, where he had been a patient two days, is a brother, Leon Spotts, Hamburg.

Anna H. Keller
Among the local survivors of Anna H. (Hauck) Keller, 91, of Maidencreek Township, who died June 12 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient two weeks, is a daughter, Dolores (Fetterolf) Becker, Mohrsville.

Annabelle E. Wolf
Among the local survivors of Annabelle E. (Murphy) Wolf, 79, of Spring Township, who died June 12 in St. Joseph Medical Center, is a sister, Patricia E. (Murphy) Ellis, Hamburg; a brother, Russell G. Murphy, Bern Township; and a foster brother, Keith Wilkes, Bern Township.

Helen K. Marcinkowski
Among the local survivors of Helen K. (Piontek) Marcinkowski, 89, formerly of Wyomissing and a resident of ManorCare Health Services, Spring Township, who died June 13 in Reading Hospital, is a daughter, Dolores A. (Marcinkowski) Waldman, Bern Township.

Kerri A. Wolfe
Among the local survivors  of Kerri A. (Berger) Wolfe, 35, who died of natural causes June 12 in her Wayne Township, Schuylkill County residence, is a stepson, Jesse A. Wolfe, and a stepdaughter, Belinda F. Wolfe, both of Shoemakersville.

Donald R. Adams
Services will be held June 18, 1:30 p.m. in Salem Bellemanís Union Church, Centre Township, for Donald R. Adams, 72, of Hafer Drive, Leesport, who died June 14 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since May 23.
Burial will be in Fairview (Bellemanís) Cemetery.
He was the husband of June M. (Kreider) Adams.
Born in Tilden Township, he was a son of the late Oscar W. and Ella M. (Potteiger) Adams.
Until retiring in 1994, he was employed by Quaker Maid Kitchens, Ontelaunee Township, for 17 years, and was also employed as a spray painter by Degler Chevrolet, Kutztown; Kutztown Airport; and Reading Aviation.
Adams was a Korean War Army veteran.
He was a member of Salem (Bellemanís) Church, Centre Township and vice president of the Centerport Sunday School.
Adams was a charter member of the Central Berks Fire Company.
Surviving are three brothers, Quentin C. Adams, Shoemakersville; Richard L. Adams, Tilden Township; and Larry D. Adams, Pottsville.
There are also three sisters: Arlene V. (Adams) Heffner, Shoemakersville; Audrey L. (Adams) Schorr, Concord. N.C.; and Sharon A. (Adams) Ende, in Wisconsin.
The Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, is in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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