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  Services were held for George D. Bivans, 80, of Locust Street, Reading, who died June 4 [2002]  in the Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where he had resided.

  He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty (Dugan) Bivans, in 1960, and by his second wife, Mary T. (Suchomelly) Brightbill Bivans, in 1993.

  Born in Reading, Bivans was employed for 36 years as a laborer by The Glidden Company, Reading, until his retirement.

  He was an Army veteran of World War II.

  Surviving are two stepsons, Bruce Brightbill, Fleetwood, and Nelson Brightbill, Reading; and a stepdaughter, Joyce (Brightbill) Flail, Wyomissing.

  Other survivors include six stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

  Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

  The Bean Funeral Homes Inc., Reading, handled the arrangements.



  Services were held for Dolores E. “Lorsey” East, 62, of Valley View Road, Amity Township, who died June 4 [2002]  in St. Joseph Medical Center.

  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of LaRue (Hemmig) Chmielewski, Reading, and the late John W. Chmielewski.

  East was employed by Russell Plywood Inc., West Reading, retiring in 2001.

  She was a life member of the East End Athletic Association and the Spartaco Society.

  East, who resided with Richard Williams, is also survived by two daughters, Wendi J. (East) Smith and Stacy L. (East) Allen, both of Reading.

  Other survivors include a sister and two granddaughters.

  Burial was in Laureldale Cemetery, Tuckerton.

  The Gallman-Sonoski Funeral Home Inc., Reading, handled the arrangements.



  Funeral services were held for Craig A. Levan, 47, of Butter Lane, Exeter Township, who died June 5 [2002]  in Crozier-Chester Medical Center, Chester.

  He was the husband of Donna J. (Fletcher) Levan.

  Born in Reading, he was a son of Shirley (Herb) Levan, St. Lawrence, and the late Leonard Levan.

  Levan was employed for 22 years as an assembler by Parish Structural Products Division of Dana Corp., Reading.

  He was a 1973 graduate of Exeter High School.

  Also surviving is a stepson, Scott C. Scheuring, Muhlenberg Township;  and two stepdaughters, Staci L. (Scheuring) Kline, Alsace Township, and Brandi M. Scheuring, Sinking Spring.

  Other survivors include a brother, Jeffrey, Stonersville; and two sisters, Sharon (Levan) Glass, Reading, and Debbie (Levan) Krommes, St. Lawrence.

  There are also six stepgrandchildren.

  Burial was private.

  The arrangements were handled by the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Penn.


Services and burial were private for Carl William Tyler, 45, who died February 24 in his residence on Gibraltar Road, Exeter Township.

Born in Flint, Mich., he was employed for several years as an assembly worker by Threshold Services, Reading, last working in 2000.

He is survived by two brothers.

The Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale, handled the arrangements.



Services were held for Eilene S. Villa, 82, who died February 22 in her residence in Westfield, N.J.

Her husband, George Villa, died in 1996.

Born in Douglassville, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, Westfield.

Surviving are a son, George S., Tewksbury, N.J.; and two daughters, Eilene S. Villa, New York City, and Joanne S. Villa, Westfield.

Other survivors include two brothers, Lester and Melvin Schurr, both of Douglassville; and three sisters: Gladys (Schurr) Philion and Jeane (Schurr) Rohrbach, both of Douglassville, and Alma (Schurr) Millard, Topton.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.

The Higgins and Bonner Funeral Homes, Westfield, was in charge of the arrangements.



Services were held for Mary C. Richards Mogel, 98, of Delta Avenue, Northmont, who died February 25 in Berkshire Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided since December 16.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert B. Richards, in 1966 and by her second husband, Lester E. Mogel, in 1989.

Born in Reading, she was a member of Grace (Alsace) United Church of Christ, Hyde Park.

Surviving are a son, Robert S. Richards, Reading; and two daughters, Jeanette H. (Richards) Showalter, Reading, and Catherine E. (Richards) Fehr, Reinholds.

Other survivors include a sister; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery.

The arrangements were handled by the Bean Funeral Homes, Inc., Reading



A service will be held for Brian A. “Dead Dog” Hunsicker, 46, of Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville, who died February 22 at a friend’s residence in Earlville.

He was the husband of Marianne (Banos) Wengert Hunsicker.

Born in Norristown, he served in the Army.

Hunsicker was a member of the Oasis Club and the Manatawny Association, both in Pottstown; St. Gabriel’s Lodge in Stowe; and the Reading Motorcycle Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harry Pup Hunsicker and Maxwell Hunsicker, both of Douglassville; one stepson, Craig Robert Kulp of Douglassville; one stepdaughter, Jennifer Kulp Haynes of Douglassville.

Also a brother, three sisters and six grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Berks County Humane Society, 1801 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19603.

A service will be held March 9 at 1 p.m. in the Oasis Club, 62 High St., Pottstown.

Burial will be private.

The arrangements were handled by the Warker-Troutman Funeral Home in Pottstown.



Services were held for Florence S. Marisseau, 91, of Antietam Road, Alsace Township, who died February 25 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided since April.

Her husband, Romeo M. Marisseau, died in 1994.

Born in Alsace Township, she was employed for many years as cafeteria manager at the Alsace Elementary School in the Oley Valley School District and was also employed as a bookkeeper by Titlon Schuller, Reading.

She was a member of Zion (Spies) Evangelical Reformed Church, Alsace Township, where she was a former church secretary.

Surviving are a son, the Rev. Merrill R., Alsace Township; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Zion (Spies) Cemetery, Alsace Township.

The Christ & Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Oley, handled the arrangements.



Services were held for Francis S. “Steve” Ricketts, 77, of North Red School Road, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, who died February 24 in Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville.

He was the husband of Estella (Pisa) Ricketts.

Born in Pleasantville, N.J., Ricketts was employed by Boeing Vertol Co., Philadelphia, retiring in 1954. He was later employed for seven years by MBB Helicopter Corp., retiring in 1985.

He was a 1942 graduate of Pleasantville High School and attended Emery Riddle School, Miami.

Ricketts was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Berean Bible Fellowship Church, Terre Hill, Lancaster County.

Ricketts was a HAM radio operator.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Frances E. (Ricketts) Lydon, McKinney, Texas; Susan A. (Ricketts) Pinkerton, Oxford, Chester County; and Cheryl L. (Ricketts) Heineman, Kutztown.

Other survivors include six grandchildren.

Burial was in Caernarvon Cemetery, Morgantown.

The Labs Funeral Home Inc., Honey Brook handled the arrangements.



Services were held for William G. Shotz, 74, who died February 27 in his residence on Schuylkill Road, Birdsboro.

He was the husband of Joan L. (Hassler) Shotz.

Born in Birdsboro, Shotz was a self-employed general contractor in the Birdsboro area for more than 40 years, retiring in 1985.

He is also survived by a son, Roger G., Birdsboro, and a daughter, Cheryl L. (Shotz) Bentz, Wernersville.

Other survivors include three stepdaughters: Vicky L. (Sands) McClure, Mount Airy, Md.; Deborah L. (Sands) Strohmayr, Wyomissing Hills; and Darryl A. (Sands) Fitzgerald, Montclair, Va.

There also are eight granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Kevin Shotz, in 1974.

Burial was in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.

The Auman Funeral Homes, Reiffton, handled the arrangements.



Services were held for Margaret (Flores) Corbett, 81, of Mullen Hollow Road, Union Township, who died February 28 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading. She was the widow of Howard M. Corbett.

Born in New York, N.Y., she was a homemaker.

Surviving are a son, Steven R. Corbett of Union Township; one daughter, Diane M. Corbett of Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Also a brother and a sister.

Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

The Dengler Funeral Home, Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.



Services will be held Thursday for Beatrice (Weaver) Wiand, 78, of Center Road, Union Township, who died March 2. She was the wife of William C. “Pete”  Wiand.

She was born in Exeter and was a homemaker.

Wiand was a member of the Calvary Church of Nazarene in Reading.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, J. William Wiand of Blacklick, Ohio, and Richard David Wiand of Tyler County, W.Va.; two daughters, Ruth Ann Sherbine of Reinholds, Lancaster County, and Elizabeth Diem of Wrightsville, Pa.

Also two brothers, Carl Weaver, Reading, and Kenneth Weaver of Stayton, Ore.; four sisters, Fern Gechter of St. Lawrence, Mildred McGlaughlin of Pottstown, and Esther Weaver, Margaret Petrillo and Valeria Prince, all of Birdsboro, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 at the Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, the Rev. David F. Watts officiating.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Birdsboro Cemetery, Union Township.


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