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  Services were held for Robert D. Drumheller, 71, who died April 6 in his residence on Butter Lane, Exeter Township.

  He was the husband of Florence E. (Ramsey) Drumheller.

  Born in Earlville, he was employed for 45 years by McCrory’s department stores, last working as manager at the Reading store from 1977 until his retirement in 1994.

  He was a 1951 graduate of Reading High School.

  Drumheller was a Navy veteran.

  Also surviving are two sons, Robert J., Exeter Township, and David D., Reading; and two daughters, Kim E. Drumheller, Novato, Calif., and Sue A. Drumheller, Reading.

  Also surviving are seven grandchildren.

  Burial was private in Oley Cemetery, Spangsville.

  The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading, handled the arrangements.



  Masonic services were held for Robert S. Wayland, 76, husband of Jane Y. (Clemmer) Wayland, of Swamp Creek Road, Upper Frederick, who died April 7 in Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norriton.

  Born in Lower Providence, he was a seaman in the Navy during World War II.

  Wayland worked as a dairy farmer in Upper Frederick from 1954 to 1982. He previously operated his family’s farm in Lower Providence. He was also a  truck driver for Edgar Black in Skippack and Weyerhaueuser Inc., in Whitemarsh.

  He was a former member and chairman of the Upper Frederick Board of Supervisors.

  He was also a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Obelisk and its Willing Workers.

  Also a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a member of Warren Masonic Lodge No. 310 of Collegeville, and a member and past president of the Sassamansville Fire Co.

  In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda J. Mornick of Miami; two sisters, Edythe Hinkle of Upper Frederick and Ethel M. Kimmich of Lower Providence; and two grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

  Burial was in the Limerick Garden of Memories.

  The arrangements were handled by the Holcombe Funeral Home, Trappe.



  A funeral Mass was held for Antoinette V. “Edna” (Madrak) Leary, 87, of Douglassville, formerly of Ocean City, N.J., and Bridgeport, who died April 7 in the Berkshire Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Exeter.

  She was the widow of Stanley Augustus Leary.

  Born in Manayunk, she worked for the former Automatic Timing Controls in King of Prussia, Hosey’s Yarn Mill, Bridgeport and Merck, Sharp and Dohme in Philadelphia, before retiring in 1981.

  She was a member of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Bridgeport, where she was a member of the church’s sodality. She was a former member of St. Josephat’s Church in Manayunk.

  Surviving are a son, Stanley L. “Stash” Leary of Douglassville; two daughters, Antoinette V. Moss of Conshohocken and Dorothy A. Hamlin of Ocean City, N.J.

  Also, one brother; three sisters, 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by five brothers; two sisters and two grandsons.

  Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 Reed St., No. 200, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

  Courtney Funeral Home, Bridgeport, handled the arrangements.

  Burial was in St. Augustine Cemetery in Upper Merion.




  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Vivian Loeper, 70, who died in her residence on Kelly Lane, Exeter Township on April 8.

  She was the wife of Fred A. Loeper.

  Born in Manciano, Italy, she was a daughter of Alpina (Scalabrelli) Renzi, Douglastown, N.Y., and the late Thomasso Renzi.

  She was employed for 29-1/2 years as a seamstress by Boscov’s East, Exeter Township, retiring in 2001.

  Loeper was a member of St. Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Exeter Township.

  Also surviving are two daughters, Lucy (Loeper) Dembroski, Wernersville, and Gisele (Loeper) Bialas, Reading.

Other survivors include a sister, brother and six grandchildren.

Entombment was in the Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum, Laureldale.

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




Services were held for Marion Mayberry, 71, wife of Clarence I. Mayberry Jr., Birdsboro, who died April 9 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pughtown, she graduated from the former Spring City High School.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pughtown Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Christine Bitler of New Ringgold; a son, David Mayberry of Pottstown; a stepdaughter, Sandra Wharton of Florida; a stepson, John Mayberry of Macungie.

Also a sister; a brother, three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Burial was in Pughtown Baptist Cemetery, Spring City.

Contributions may be made to Pughtown Baptist Church, 780 Pughtown Road, Spring City, PA 19475.

The arrangements were handled by the Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, Royersford.



A memorial service was held for Verna B. Weyant, 69, of Turkey Hill Road, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, who died April 9 in Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

Her husband, Henry Weyant, died in 2001.

Born in Brecknock Township, she was employed for 40 years as a nurse by Jeanes Hospital, Philadelphia, retiring in 1999.

She was a member of Pine Grove Mennonite Church, Bowmansville, Lancaster County.

Surviving are three sisters. 

Burial was private in Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, Lancaster County, handled the arrangements.



Private services were held for Anna Elizabeth (Bucher) Zerr, 92, of Haycreek Road, in Robeson, who died April 9 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading.

She was the wife of George William Zerr.

Born in Lititz, she was a homemaker.

Zerr was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Geigertown.

Surviving with her widower are a son, J. George Zerr of Geigertown; a sister; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Burial was in St. Paul’s United Methodist Cemetery in Geigertown.

The Dengler Funeral Home, Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.



Services will be Wednesday for Rebecca A. Poore, 31, of Stonetown Road, Exeter Township, formerly of Magnolia Avenue, Riverview Park, who died April 12 in her residence.

She was the wife of Alan J. Poore.

Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of Rose A. (Wert) Ruggiero, Spring Township, and the late Joseph M. Ruggiero.

She had been employed since 1995 in the Early Intervention Department of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

She was a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Tuckerton.

Poore was a 1990 graduate of Muhlenberg High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology in 1994 and a master’s degree in reading education in 2000, both from Kutztown University.

She is also survived by her maternal grandfather, C. Benton Wert, Temple, and a brother, Joseph M. Ruggiero, Exeter Township.

She was predeceased by twin daughters in July.

 Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale, is in charge of the arrangements.



Services were held for Frederick E. Harner, 78, of Stonetown Road, Exeter Township, who died April 11 in the Reading Hospital.

He was the husband of Arlene L. (Wenger) Harner.

Born in Exeter Township, he was the owner and operator of Exeter Backhoe Inc., Exeter Township, from 1965 until his retirement in 1982.

He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

Harner is also survived by three daughters: Linda L. (Harner) Riggs, Newark, Del.; Cheryl A. Harner, Norristown; and Janet S. (Harner) Diniz, New Albany, Ind.

Other survivors include a brother and three grandchildren.

Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Rieffton.

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



A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday for Bridget A. Shirey, 62, of Rosemead Avenue, South Heidelberg Township, who died April 11 in Reading Hospital.

She was the wife of Lee A. Shirey.

Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of Bernard J. Elzer, Wernersville, and the late Mary (O’Reilly) Elzer.

Shirey was employed as a preschool teacher by Twin Valley, retiring in 1971.

She was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a 1962 graduate of Marywood College, Scranton.

Shirey was past president of the Wernersville Elementary Parent-Teachers Organization and served on the Conrad Weiser Boosters Club board of directors from 1985 until 1989.

She is also survived by a son, Lee M., Lincoln Park,  a brother, and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. in St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Whitfield.

Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

The arrangements are being handled by the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading.



Private services were held for Robert D. Gill, 78, husband of Barbara A. (Barr) Gill and widower of Rebecca (Stallings) Gill, formerly of Douglassville and Phoenixville, who died April 11 in the Sanatoga Center.

Born in Birchrunville, he graduated from Phoenixville High School.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

He also served as an electrician’s mate in the Navy during World War II.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Carol Anthony of Pottstown, Susan Gill of Bechtelsville and Becky Jo Rose of Norristown; three sons, Robert Gill of Trappe, William Gill of Pottstown and David Gill of Phoenixville; three stepdaughters, Laura New of Boyertown, Judith Thomas of Pottstown and Beverly Mauger of Vancouver, Wash.; one stepson, Brian Mauger of Pottstown; a sister, Eleanor Davis of Hatfield; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother; two sisters and a grandson.

Contributions may be made to the Sanatoga Center, 225 Evergreen Road, Sanatoga, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Ruggiero Funeral Home, Trappe.


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