|Ella A. M. Rothermel, 85
Retired elementary teacher
Services were held in the Hetrick Funeral Home, Womelsdorf, for Ella
A. M. Rothermel, Womelsdorf, who died Dec. 23 in St. Joseph Medical Center,
where she had been a patient five days.
Burial was in Zion Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery, Womelsdorf.
She was predeceased by her husband, Woodrow H. Rothermel, who died Dec.
Born in Topton, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Sue (Biel)
She was a 1943 graduate of Kutztown Normal School.
Until retiring in 1978, she was employed as an elementary school teacher
for 31 years in Berks County, last teaching in the Conrad Weiser School
District at the Stouchsburg and Womelsdorf schools for nine years.
She previously taught at schools in Topton and Bernville.
Rothermel was a past matron of Chapter 339, Order of the Eastern Star,
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Womelsdorf.
Also surviving are two sisters, Lona (Sanders) Swartzentruber, Mertztown,
and Myrl (Sanders) Kramer, Lady Lake, Fla.
There are also five nieces and nephews.
Frank J. Corallo, 92
A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Maryís Roman Catholic Church,
Kutztown, for Frank J. Corallo, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Wyomissing,
who died Dec. 15 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he had been a patient
since Dec. 15.
He was taken to the hospital from Kutztown Manor, where he had resided
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian (Tornello) Corallo, who died
Nov. 11, 1995.
Born in New York City, he was a son of the late Sebastian C. and Carmela
Until retiring in 1972, he was a foreign exchange banker at Chase Manhattan
Bank, New York, for over 25 years.
Corallo was a violinist and active in an symphony orchestra.
He was a World War Ii Army veteran.
Corallo was a member of Mary Mother of Jesus Church, Brooklyn.
Surviving are a sister, Salvatrice (Corallo) Diahy, Manasquan, N.J.,
and two nieces and two nephews, including Carm Sosik, Kutztown.
The Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, was in charge of arrangements.
DeLoss Kahl, 80
Private services were arranged by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown,
for DeLoss Kahl, Moselem Springs Road, Perry Township, who died of natural
causes Dec. 23 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he had been a patient since
He was the husband of Ann P. (Grauert) Kahl.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he was a son of the late DeLoss and Karoline (Strauss)
He was the owner/operator of Grauert and Co., Reading, a welding supplier,
from 1971 to 1990. He was previously employed as an executive sales engineer
for Kimberly and Clark in Massachusetts, and Neenah in Wisconsin.
Kahl was a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where
he recived a degree in chemical engineering.
He was a World War II Army veteran, receiving the Bronze Star.
Also surviving are three daughters, Carol A. Kahl and Jamie A. Kahl,
both of San Francisco, and Paula S. Kahl, Wernersville; and a son, Michael
W. Kahl, at home.
There are also two grandchildren.
Nancy A. Collins, 58
Among the local survivors of Nancy A. (Hassman) Collins, Temple, who
was dead on arrival of natural causes Dec. 23 in Reading Hospital, is a
brother, Todd A. Hassman, Lenhartsville.
Barbara A. Burkhart, 87
The Leibensperger Funeral Home, Hamburg, was in charge of arrangements
for Barbara A. Burkhart, formerly of Shoemakersville, who died Dec. 24
in Laurel Nursing Home, Tilden Township, where she had resided since June
Burial was in Maidencreek Cemetery, Maidencreek Township.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elijah W. Burkhart, who died in
Born in Walnuttown, she was a daughter of the late Samuel W. and Florence
A. (Lutz) Kline.
Until retiring in 1978, she was employed as a sewing machine operator,
last working at Walter Moyer Underwear Co., West Lawn.
She was a member of Maidencreek Church, Blandon.
Surviving are a sister, Anna M. (Kline) Emerich, Fleetwood, and several
nieces and nephews.
Ella I. Horning, 77
Among the local survivors of Ella I. (Blankenbiller) Horning, formerly
of Reading, who died of natural causes Dec. 25 in ManorCare Health Services,
West Reading, where she had resided since Aug. 31, 2001, is a sister, Anna
(Blankenbiller) Shueman, Kutztown.
Catherine F. Fischer, 83
Among the local survivors of Catherine F. (Brugger) Fischer, formerly
of Montgomery County, who died Dec. 25 in Phoebe Berks Health Care, where
she had been a resident since 1996, is a stepson, Robert E. Fischer, Mertztown.
Neil P. Malone, 60
The Lutz Funeral Home, Mount Penn, was in charge of arrangements for
Neil P. Malone, Lehigh County, who died of natural causes Dec. 23 in Lehigh
Valley Hospital, where he had been a patient since Nov. 22.
Memorial services were held in Maloneís residence, and burial was private.
Born in Lyons, he was a son of the late Patrick and Velma (Stein) Malone.
He was a 1960 graduate of Kutztown High School.
Until retiring, he was a foreman at Bethlehem Steel for many years.
Malone was a Vietnam War Army veteran.
Surviving are a son, Sean P. Malone, Lockport, La.; a daughter, Lynn
V. Malone, Hamburg; and a granddaughter.
Other survivors include two brothers, Ronald Malone, Breinigsville,
and Timothy Malone, Fleetwood; and a sister, Mary (Malone) Haas, Maxatawny
Karen S. Pagano, 54
Among the local survivors of Karen S. (Reisenweaver) Pagano, Northampton
County, who died of natural causes Dec. 26 in St. Lukeís Hospital, Bethlehem,
is a sister, Lee Ann (Reisenweaver) McDonald, Blandon.
Lindy J. McAllister, 74
Among the local survivors of Lindy J. McAllister, West Reading, who
died Dec. 24 in the Lebanon Veterans Administration Hospital, where he
had been a patient since Dec. 13, is a daughter, Janelle McAllister, Blandon.
Jane L. Hutter, 48
Services were held in the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, for
Jane L. Hutter, who died of natural causes Dec. 27 in her South View Road,
Richmond Township residence.
She was the wife of John G. Hutter.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a daughter of Edward Worek, Levittown,
and the late Doris (Skoff) Worek.
She was employed as a counselor by Pennsylvania Couseling Services,
Reading, for four years. She had previously worked with Dr. Marsha
Dietrich, Douglassville, for 15 years.
Hutter received a degree in psychology from Kutztown University in 1998.
Also surviving are a son, Sean P. Backentoss, Mount Penn; a daughter,
Tessa M. Backentoss, Malvern, Chester County; and a sister, Joan (Worek)
Altimore, Doylestown, Bucks County.
Estella M. Fick, 88
Services were arranged by the Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood,
for Estella M. Fick, formerly of Walnuttown Road, Ruscombmanor Township,
for Estella M. Fick, who died Dec. 27 in ManorCare Health Services, Muhlenberg
Burial was in Salem Shalters Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband, Addison W. Fick, who died
June 17, 1982.
Born in Ruscombmanor Township, she was a daughter of the late Amos and
Sarah L. (Lightcap) Heller.
She was a member of Salem Shalters Lutheran Church, Alsace Township.
Surviving are a son, Albert W. Fick, Fleetwood, and two daughters, Virginia
E. (Fick) Oswald, Fleetwood, and Dorothy M. (Fick) Blatt, Blandon.
There are also five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Eleanor A. Kramer, 82
Services were held in Christ Mertz Lutheran Church, Dryville, for Eleanor
A. Kramer, South Beech Street, Fleetwood, who died Dec. 28 shortly after
being admitted to Reading Hospital.
Burial was in Hope Cemetery.
She was the wife of Harold R. Kramer.
Born in Berks County, she was a daughter of the late Luther and B. Manilla
She had worked as a seamstress in her home for many years.
Kramer was a member of Christ Church, Dryville.
Also surviving are a daughter, Donna L. (Kramer) Ebeling, Kutztown,
and two sons, Gary M. Kramer, Hamburg, and Douglas A. Kramer, Oley.
There are also six grandchildren and a sister, Mary A. (Kniss) Boone,
She was predeceased by a daughter, Joan S. (Kramer) Fegley, and a son,
Dean A. Kramer.
The Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood, was in charge of arrangements.
John D. Border Sr., 85
Private services and burial were arranged by the Leibensperger Funeral
Home, Hamburg, for John D. Border Sr., of the Lutheran Home at Topton and
formerly of Klinesville, who died Dec. 28 in Reading Hospital, where he
had been a patient since Dec. 23.
He was predeceased by his wife, Edna M. (Geiger) Border, who died Oct.
Born in Fleetwood, he was a son of the late Charles and Clara (Moyer)
Until retiring in 1979, he had been employed as a multi-press operator
by Dana Corp., Reading, for 33 years.
He was a member of St. Johnís United Church of Christ, Mertztown.
Border was a World War II Marine Corps veteran.
Surviving are a son, John D. Border Jr., Kutztown, and three daughters:
Joan D. (Border) Kunkel, Longswamp Township; Jean D. Border, Grand Junction,
Colo.; and Joanne C. Border, Greenwich Township.
There are also nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a
sister, Dora (Border) Diehl, Kutztown.