Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2003

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Laura Wentz

Laura Wentz, 87, of Quakertown, Mar. 3, 2003 at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, Quakertown.

She was the wife of the late Willard T. Wentz.

Born in Richland Township, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ida (Diehl) Hallman.

She is survived by three sons, Dean and Keith both of Quakertown, and Dennis of Seminole, Fla.; one brother, Harry D. “Buddy” Hallman of St. Augustine, Fla.; two sisters, Evelyn Slifer and Betty Kurtz both of Quakertown; 12 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard D. 

Funeral services were held Mar. 6, 2003. Interment was in Union Cemetery, Quakertown.

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

 

Dr. Eugene S. Mikus 

Dr. Eugene “Gene” S. Mikus, 81, of Quakertown, died Feb. 28, 2003 in Grand View Hospital , West Rockhill Township.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., he was the son of the late Stanley and Jennie  (Oshevski) Mikus.

He was a graduate of Cornell University, Class of 1944, where he obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of college, he entered the Naval Officers Training Program, serving in the United States Navy as an Ensign until 1946. During WWII, he served a tour of duty in the South  Pacific. After serving in the military, he worked for General Electric Corp. for 28 years, retiring as vice president. He was also a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic, St. Louis, Mo. where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He continued postgraduate studies during his years of practice and in 1997 completed a rigorous 3-year course of clinical nutrition, and received his CCN in 1998. He continued with postgraduate courses up until the time of his passing. 

Dr. Mikus practiced at the Quakertown Chiropractic Clinic for the past four years. Previously he practiced at Pennridge Health Clinic for 10 years and at Clymer Clinic, Quakertown, for 12 years.

He is survived by a sister, Roma Karp of East Hampton, N.Y.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, East Hampton, N.Y.

Memorial contributions should be made to Spirit of Brotherhood of Light, Inc., 3140-B Tilghman St., No. 298, Allentown, PA 18104 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

                                                                                            

 

Howard L. Kressler Sr.

Howard L. Kressler Sr., 87, of Quakertown, died Mar. 3, 2003, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. 

He was the husband of Ferne (Gutshall) Kressler. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in August 2002.

Born in Applebachsville, he was the son of the late Herbert S. and Meda Balliet Kressler. 

He retired in 1975 after 25 years as manager of his brother, Herbert’s meat business on California Road, Quakertown.

He was a member of the Quakertown Evangelical Church and a former member of the Salem Methodist Church, Springtown, where he served as superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. He was formerly a constable for Haycock Township, and served as a township police officer for 12 years. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Howard L. Jr. of Quakertown, Roger D. of Danielsville,  and Herbert S. of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Dawne M. Kressler of Allentown, and Barbara A. Repash of Hellertown; three brothers, Herbert H. of Emmaus, Montford of Spring Hill, Fla. and Kenneth of Windsor, Colo.; two sisters, Nina Hoffman of Carbondale, Ill. and Sylvia Mease of Kintnersville; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Mar. 7, in Springtown Cemetery, Springtown. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Quakertown Evangelical Church, 317 Juniper St., Quakertown, PA 18951

Arrangements: The Robert W. Snyder Funeral Home, 327 Easton Road, Riegelsville, PA

 

Russell D. Schantz

Russell D. Schantz, 79, of Trumbauersville, died Mar. 3, 2003 at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, Quakertown. 

He was the husband of Dorothy (Ziegenfuss) Schantz. They were married 61 years in January.

Born in Trumbauersville, he was the son of the late Henry U. and Lizzie (Geiger) Schantz.

He was the owner of the former Schantz Real Estate and Insurance Co. in Trumbauersville. He was currently working for Baringer and Associates on a part-time basis.

He was a 1940 graduate of Quakertown Community High School.

He was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trumbauersville.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in WWII.

He was a member of the Trumbauersville Lions Club, and past president of the North Penn Shriners Club, and a member of the Quakertown Masonic Lodge No. 512. He was a life member of Trumbauersville Fire Co.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Russell D. Jr. of Franklin, Tenn., Mark S. of Richlandtown, and Richard L. of Emmaus; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services were held Mar. 7. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.

Arrangements: C.R. Strunk Funeral Home Inc., 821 W. Broad St., Quakertown, PA 18951

 

 

Lester J. Fox

Lester J. Fox, 86, of Quakertown, formerly of Emmaus, died Mar. 4, 2003 at the Quakertown Center, Quakertown. 

He was the husband of the late Mary (Coles) Fox.

Born in Green Lane, he was the son of the late Wallace and Gertrude (Jones) Fox.

He was employed as an accountant for the former Lehigh Country Club, Allentown, for 15 years before retiring in 1981.

He was a life member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sumneytown.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in WWII.

He is survived by four cousins, Martha Afflerbach of Quakertown, Ivy Horner of Perkasie, Helen Gilbert of Green Lane, and Loretta Schnabel of Red Hill. He was cared for by a second cousin, Patricia Keller of Quakertown.

Services were held March 8. Interment was in Pennsburg United Church of Christ Cemetery, Pennsburg.

Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the St. John’s Lutheran Church-A/C Fund, P.O. Box 255, Sumneytown, PA 18084.

Arrangements: The Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, PA 

 

 

Stuart J. Woods

Stuart J. “Stu” Woods, 39, of Quakertown, died Mar. 4, 2003 at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital.

He was the husband of Catherine “Cathy” (Scheetz) Woods. They were married for 17 years last November.

Born in West Chester, he was a son of Eylene (Ward) Woods of West Grove, and the late James Faddis Woods Sr.

Chief Woods graduated from Kennett Consolidated High School, Kennett Square, in 1981 and the Delaware Co. Police Academy, where he was second in his class in 1985.

His law enforcement career began investigating youth crime in Wildwood, N.J. He then went to the former East Rockhill Twp. Police Dept. in 1985. That police unit merged with Sellersville and West Rockhill Twp. in 1992 into the Pennridge Regional  Police Dept.,  where he worked as the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer until accepting the position as Chief of the newly created Richland Twp. Police Dept. in 1998.

Chief Woods was chaplain of the Bucks County Police Assoc. and a member of the UBEST  tactical team. He was a member of the Bucks Co. Pa. and International Associations of  Police Chiefs and the F.O.P. No. 53.

He received numerous awards, honors and commendations. In 1986 he won the first place Expert Revolver and third place Two-Man Team Revolver, 1987 second place two-man Team Revolver and 1988 the second place Expert Semi-Automatic, all at the Buck County Police Pistol Match. The East Rockhill Twp. Lions Club awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation for excellence of  programs in 1990. In 1992 he received the Officer of the Year,  Public Service Award from the Sellersville Town Watch, the Outstanding Contributions and Services to the Community award from AAA East Penn. He received the Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence of Programs from the East Rockhill Lions Club, the Pennridge Regional Police Best Shot Award, the Governor’s Highway Safety Award for Outstanding Bicycle Safety Programs in 1993, as well as being recognized as Police Officer of the Year by the Bucks County Police Assoc. In 1994 he was awarded the James Hackett Memorial Good Neighbor Award from the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce for excellence in the D.A.R.E. program. He was awarded the Salute-A-Cop recognition for dedication, excellence and commitment to duty from WWDB talk radio and the Citizens of greater Phila. region in 1995. Others included 1996- the Youth Aid Panel Laison award from the Bucks County Juvenile Court, 1997- Pennridge Regional Police “Best Shot” Award, 1998- Certificate of Professionalism from the Bucks County Police Chiefs Assoc. and the Governor’s Highway Safety Award for Safety Education. His most recent honor came in 2002 when he was recognized as the Richland Twp. Staff member of the Year.

He was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, Pa. where he was a Deacon, served  as a Director of Outreach and with Youth Ministry Leadership. He also served on the Board of the Upper Bucks Christian School.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Assoc.  and was involved in the “Just Communities” program , a youth an family facilitating agency in Quakertown.

In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by two sons,  Joshua and Eliot and two daughters, Patricia and Jennifer all at home; three brothers, John P. of Batavia, N.Y., Russell of Portland, Ore., and Tyrone of Toughkinamon, Pa.; five sisters, Dorothy Lyttle of Lynchburg, Va., Judy Gregg of West Grove, Pa., Ramona Stafford of Pylesville, Md., Corrine Laferggie of Mawha, N.J., and Simone Wetenburger of Fayetteville, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Mar. 8. Interment was in Kellers Church Cemetery, Kellers Church. Pa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Stuart Wood’s Children’s Educational Fund, c/o First Savings Bank of Perkasie, P.O.Box 610, Richlandtown, PA 18955 or the Stuart Woods Memorial Fund, c/o Bethel Baptist Church, 754 E. Rockhill Rd., Sellersville, PA 18960

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

                                                                               

 

George L. “Porky” Kesen

George L. “Porky” Kesen, 58, of Sellersville, died Mar. 5, 2003. at his home.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa he was the son of the late William H. and Mary E. ( Flammer) Kesen.

Mr. Kesen was employed as a painter for the Leonard Kunkin Associates, Line Lexington, Pa for over 16 years until retiring in 1997. Previously, he was employed by the Frank M. Weaver Co., Lansdale, Pa.

Devoted to his family, Mr.Kesen loved freshwater fishing and crossword puzzles.

He is survived by two brothers, William R. of Mesa, Ariz., and Terry of Bethlehem; four sisters, Georgeanne Kesen of Sellersville, Betty Garland of Clearwater, Fla., Mary Poust-Warnas of Sellersville, and Shirley Scampton of Pinellas Park, Fla.; three half-brothers, Paul French of Quakertown, Kenneth French of Wind Gap, Pa., and Michael Sidaraus of Bethlehem; seven nephews and five nieces. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Kesen.

Funeral services were held Mar. 10. Interment was in the Zion Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand View Hospital Oncology Unit or to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960

Arrangements: Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Inc., 606 Arch Street, Perkasie, PA 18944

 

Kathryn J. Kantner

Kathryn J. Kantner, 85, of Quakertown died Mar. 4, 2003 in Belle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown, Pa. 

She was the wife of the late Paul E. Kantner.

Born in Quakertown she was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Heitz) Harr.

She was a former member of the Quakertown Chapter of the Eastern Star.

 

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Quakertown. 

Mrs. Kanter is survived a one daughter, Kay Wear of Quakertown; two grandsons and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased  by a grandson.

Services were held on Mar. 10.

Memorial contributions can be made to the church.

Arrangements: C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 821 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951

 

 

 

Naomi K. Huff

Naomi K. Huff, 78, of Quakertown died Mar. 5, 2003  in Quakertown, Pa.

She was the wife of Robert B. Huff. They were married for 58 years last December.

Born in Trumbauersville, she was the daughter of the late Charles G. and Mabel (Kline) Kramer.

Before retiring in 1986, Mrs. Huff was a packer for E.W.Knauss, Quakertown for a number of years. Previously, she was a hand worker for various clothing manufactures in the Quakertown area.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons, Robert G. of Everett, Pa., and Alan s. of Quakertown; two brothers, Donald K. Kramer of Hereford, and Ronald K. Kramer of Perkasie; one sister, Carolyn Thomas of Hereford; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Mar. 8. 

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

                                                                               

 

Lester K. Brown

Lester K. Brown, 84, of Quakertown, formerly of Upper Black Eddy, died Mar. 6, 2003 in Belle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown, Pa.

He was the husband of Harriette V. “Ginny” (Wolfe) Brown. They were married for 45 years last July.

Born in Trenton, N.J. he was the son of the late Willard M. and Myrtle R. (Paetzel) Brown.

Before his retirement in 1983, Mr. Brown was a carpenter for over 40 years with the Philadelphia Local #1595 Carpenters Union.

He was a member of Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, Upper Black Eddy, Pa. where he formerly served on the church council.

Mr. Brown was also a member of Quakertown Senior Citizens and a former member of the Frenchtown VFW, Frenchtown, N.J. He also served on the Bridgeton Twp. Planning Committee for a number of years.

During WWII he was a Corporal with the U.S. Army serving with the 196th General Hospital as an X-Ray Technician including a tour of duty in France.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Wayne and Robert both of Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; one daughter, Beth Silva of Milford , N.J.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother Willard and two sisters, Evelyn and Gladys.

Funeral services were held Mar. 8. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Fourth St., Frenchtown, N.J. 08825

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

 

 

Richard Theodore Springer

Richard Theodore Springer, 91, of Cookeville, Tenn., formerly of Quakertown died Mar. 3, 2003 in Masters Health Care Center.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Shive) Springer, they were married for  63 years.

Born in Woodbine, Tex. he was the son of the late Nicholas and Ida (Geyer) Springer.

Mr. Springer was the former owner of the Parkway Drive-In, Haycock Twp., Quakertown, Pa.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Dorothy A. Breiner of Pleasant Hill, Tenn; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters.

Services were private.

Arrangements: Thurman Funeral Home Ptrs., Sparta, Tenn.

 

Russell L. Geiger

Russell L. Geiger, 76, of Quakertown died Mar. 7, 2003 in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa.

He was the husband of Anna (Bleam) Geiger.

Born in Trumbauersville, he was a son of the late Harry P. and Carrie (Yost) Geiger.

Prior to his retirement in 1992 he was a truck driver for Ray Heffentrager, Inc., Quakertown, for 18 years.

He was a member of St. John’s UCC, Richlandtown, a lifetime member of John Rivers VFW Post 11322, Quakertown, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of Nase-Kraft American Legion, Sellersville, Pa.

He served with the U.S. Army during WWII in Central Europe.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons, Russell of Brandon, Fla., David of Pennsburg, and Thomas of Quakertown; two daughters, Patricia Stump of Roaring Spring, Pa., and Joann Geiger of East Greenville; one brother, Floyd of Genesse,Pa.; three sisters, Jeanette Shelly of Quakertown, Emma Detweiler of Red Hill and Naomi Criblear of Boyertown; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son George and daughter Diane.

Funeral services were held Mar. 11. Interment was in East Swamp Mennonite Cemetery, Quakertown.

Memorial contributions can be made to John Rivers VFW Post 11322, c/o American Legion Post 242, 

610 East Broad St., Quakertown, PA. 18951 and/or St. John’s UCC, 4 N. Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

 

Margaret Lindmeier

Margaret Lindmeier, 79, of Quakertown, died Mar. 9, 2003 at LifeQuest Nursing Home, Quakertown, Pa.

She was the wife of Joseph R. Lindmeier. They were married for 61 years last December.

Born in Haycock, she was the daughter of the late Warren L. and Elsie M. (Bearn) High.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Richlandtown, Pa., and Haycock Senior Citizens.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons, Michael of Perkasie and Thomas of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Sally Tatham of Fleetwood, Pa.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three foster sisters, Mae Musselman of Quakertown, Elsie Harner of Lansing, N.Y., and Stella Haehnle of Slidell, La.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thurs., Mar. 13 in the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. Calling hours for family and friends will be 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Thurs. at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Kellers Church Cemetery, Quakertown.

Memorial contributions should be made to  St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O.Box 459, Richlandtown, PA 18955 or American Parkinsons Disease Assoc., 6700 Eastwood St., Philadelphia, PA 19149. 

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951

 

Daniel Coll

Daniel Coll, 88, of Sellersville, died Mar. 9, 2003 in St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, Quakertown, Pa.

Born in Sellersville, he was the son of the late Bernard and  Sallie (Weikel) Coll. 

During WWII he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre. He was the recipient of 5 Bronze Stars during the New Guinea and Philippines campaigns.

He had been employed by the US Gauge Division, Ametek, Inc., Sellersville for 32 years in Production Management and Time Studies.

Mr. Coll was a life member of St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sellersville.

He was a member of the Sellersville Fire Dept. for over 69 years, a member of Nase-Kraft American Legion Post 245, Sellersville and a lifetime  member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #1539, Sellersville. Mr. Coll also served on the Advisory Board of the Pennridge Senior Center.

He is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters; Flora Coll, Mary Slotter, Lucy Fellman and Margaret Viola Kasnel; and two brothers, John and Philip Coll; one niece Laura Fellman.

Funeral services will be held Thurs.Mar. 13 at 11:00 a.m.  in the Chapel of St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 East Church St., Sellersville. Family and friends may call at the church on Thurs. morning form 9:30-10:45 a.m.. Interment will be in Sellersville Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Sellersville Fire Dept. P.O.Box 315, Sellersville, PA 18960 or St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 E. Church St., Sellersville, PA 18960

Arrangements: Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, 87 N. Main St., Sellersville, PA 18960

 

Kathryn A. “Katie” Stauffer

Kathryn A. “Katie” Stauffer, daughter of Carl L. and Linda P. (Bartholomew) Stauffer, 19, of Haycock Township, died Mar. 8 in Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick, Ga. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

She was a sophomore at Swathmore College, Swathmore, Pa majoring in Pre-Med and Psychology with the plans of becoming a Biogenticist.

Born in W. Rockhill Township, she grew up in the Quakertown area attending local schools and graduating as Valedictorian of the Quakertown High School Class of 2001. She was featured on WPVI-TV Channel 6 as a “Best of the Class of 2001” award winner. A member of the National Honor Society she received numerous awards which included the National Merit Scholar Commendation, Comcast Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, American Chemical Society Certificate, Bausch & Lomb Science Medal, Dr. Belle Neiman-Mease Memorial Award, President’s Education Award, President’s Student Service Award, Quakertown P.A.G.E. Scholorship, Society of Women Engineers Certificate, PHEAA Certificate of Merit, Lehigh Valley Organ Donar Awareness Award. She earned placement on the distinguished Honor Roll 24 consecutive times, AP Scholar honors, the Quakertown High School Departmental Awards in English AP grade 12 and Pre-Calculus-Honors grade 11.

Katie was also an accomplished athlete. She began to swim at age six and swam for the Quakertown Dolphins and the Upper Bucks YMCA 1990-2001, Quakertown High School, and at Swathmore College. She taught swimming lessons at college and had just received the appointment as Head LifeGuard at Swathmore. She was MVP of the QHS swim team and received a bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle 2001 District 1 Suburban League Championships earning her a placement as honorable mention to the District 1 Suburban League All School team. She holds the Upper Bucks YMCA League record for the 50m Free Penn Del Girls B-North (2001) and had received the Gold Medal Swathmore College 2002 and 2003. 200 Free Relay record Centennial Conf. Championships.

Her summertime and part-time work began at the former Fleck’s Bakery in Quakertown. Later she became a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Upper Bucks YMCA, a lifeguard at Quaker’s Green, and an assistant swim coach for the Quakertown Summer Swim Team. 

In her spare time, Katie love to read and play piano.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Richlandtown, Pa.

Surviving with her parents is a sister Christine L. at home; a half-sister, Shelley Crouthamel of Souderton; and maternal grandparents Dolores Batholomew of Allentown and Patrick Crouthamel of Reno, Nev.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m. Sun. Mar. 16 in the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler Street, Quakertown. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Sunday from 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be Mon. in Morgenland Cemetery, Salisbury Township, Lehigh county, Pa.

The family would appreciate remembrance in the form of contributions to the Kathryn Stauffer Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First Savings of Perkasie, P.O.Box 610, Richlandtown, PA 18955 

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown, Pa. 18951


 
 

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