Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
2000

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY - GENLOOKUPS


Click HERE to also search the Pennsylvania Obituary and Death Notice Archive
First Name:
Last Name:
HELEN HUNTZINGER
Services were held for Helen (Nester) Huntzinger, 80, widow of Cleavis N. Huntzinger, of Big Road, New Hanover, who died Aug. 30 in Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Born in Washington Township, she was employed for 18 years as an inside casket transporter with the former Boyertown Casket Co.
She was a member of the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Liberty Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, New Berlinville, and the New Hanover Township Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter, Martha (Hollowbush), wife of Keimer Lessig Sr., of Douglassville; two sisters, Mabel, widow of Franklin Derr, of Bechtelsville, and Rebecca, widow of Leon Frey of Boyertown; one brother, Levarn Nester, of Gilbertsville.
Also a male companion, Lloyd Renninger, with whom she resided for seven years; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
The L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown, handled the arrangements. 

RAY E. STUMHOFER

Services were held for Ray E. Stumhofer, 71, of West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, who died Sept. 5 in Pottsville Hospital, where he had been a patient.

He was the husband of Nancy C. (Kolbe) Stumhofer.

Born in Oley Township, he was employed for 27 years in the hot mill by Carpenter Technology Corp., retiring in 1992.

He was a member of Friedenís United Church of Christ, Oley.

He is also survived by a son, Jason A., West Brunswick Township.

Other survivors include two sisters, Arlene (Stumhofer) Youse, Boyertown, and Ruth (Stumhofer) Harpel, Perkiomen-ville.

The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

PAUL L. LEISTER SR.

Services were held for Paul L. Leister Sr., 70, husband of Bertha A. (Haring) Leister, of Earl Road, Earl Township, who died Sept. 4 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Colebrookdale Township, Leister was employed as a quarry foreman at C.S. Garber & Sons Inc., for 36 years until his retirement in 1998. He also worked with his father as a bricklayer for many years.

He and his wife had celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Leister was a member of the Good Shepherd Church of Christ, Boyertown.

He was also a life member of the Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Co., Boyertown, the Liberty Fire Co., New Berlinville, the Pike Township Sportsmens Association, and the Hospitallerís Relief Association, Reamstown, Lancaster County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Barbara A., wife of Robert A. Troxel, Reading, and Nancy J. Leister, at home; four sons, Paul L. Leister Jr., Earlville, Gary L. Leister, Oley, Randall A. Leister and Brian K. Leister, both at home.

Also five sisters, Vivian, wife of Kenneth Kulp, Boyertown, Nancy, wife of Carl Kulp, Bechtelsville, Pauline, wife of Adam Benfield, Boyertown, Dorothy, wife of Richard Nuss, Bechtelsville, and Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Sweeney, New Berlinville; seven brothers, Carl Leister, Delaware, Rodman Leister, Pennsburg, Charles Leister, Gilbertsville; Dallas Leister, Earlville; Barry Leister, Gilbertsville; Daniel Leister, Sewickley and Kerry Leister, Pottstown; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

PAUL T. REICHART

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Paul T. "Bolley" Reichart, 80, widower of Dorothy M. (Grim) Reichart, of North Church Street, Bally, who died Sept. 4 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born in Bally, he was employed as plant manager by Bally Block Co. for 47 years until his retirement in 1988.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II as a private first class.

Reichart was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Bally, where he was a member of the building fund committee.

He was a life member of the Bally Fire Co. and the Bally Senior Center and was a Bally Ambulance driver for many years.

Surviving are two sons: James P. Reichart of Emmaus, and Stephen R. Reichart of Telford; two daughters, Joan M., wife of William J. Kelsch, of Bally, and Kathleen A., wife of Thomas R. Craver Jr., of Boyertown; one brother, Francis Reichart of Bally; two sisters, Helen, wife of Paul Bauer, of Bally, Bertha Dengler of Bally; and eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Academy, 7th and Pine streets, Bally, PA 19503.

The Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown, was in charge of the arrangements. SHEILA R. SCHAEFFER

A memorial service was held for Sheila R. Schaeffer, 47, of Weinsteiger Road, Washington Township, who died Sept. 6 in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, where she had been a patient.

·She was the wife of Kenneth L. Schaeffer.

In August, her and her husband celebrated 32 years of marriage.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of Luther Henne, Wyomissing and Shirley M. (Reist) Phillips, and a step-father, Joseph P. Phillips, Gilbertsville.

Schaeffer was employed for several years as a receptionist by the Rising Stars Dance Academy, Gilbertsville, last working in 1997.

She is also survived by a son, K. Scott, Bethlehem; and two daughters: Tiffany T. (Schaeffer) Meehan, Oceanside, Calif., and Jennifer R. Schaeffer, at home.

Other survivors include a sister, Bonita (Henne) Gresh, Boyertown.

Contributions may be made to the National Diabetes Association, 2045 West Gate Drive, Suite 302, Bethlehem, Pa. 18017.

The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

CYNTHIA A. FICK

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Cynthia A. Fick, 49, of Gauby Road, Alsace Township, who died in her residence on Sept. 6.

She was the wife of Leroy G. Fick.

Born in West Reading, she was a member of St. Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Exeter Township.

She is also survived by a son, Brian L. Fick, at home; a daughter, Michele M. (Fick) Kline, Alsace Township; and a stepson, Scott L. Fick, Greensburg, Westmoreland County.

Other survivors include two brothers, Bernard F. and Michael W. Hughes, and two sisters: Kay L. (Hughes) Medlar and Jean E. (Hughes) Fick, all of Alsace Township.

There are also a grandchild and two stepgrandchildren.

The Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home,Oley, handled the arrangements. 

STEPHANIE B. SCHOELLER

A memorial service was held for Stephanie Bryn Schoeller, 32, of Lexington Ave., New York, NY., who died Aug. 20 in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

She was the daughter of James R. and Gwendolyn (Ott) Schoeller, Wallkill, NY.

Schoeller was a 1986 graduate of Wallkill High School; University of Pennsylvania 1990, Bachelorís degree in history & sociology of Science and earned her masterís degree in public administration from New York Univ. in 1994.

She had been employed by South Shore Health System, Valley Stream, NY as a consultant for three years. She had previously worked for Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield in New York from 1990-1996.

Schoeller was a member of Wallkill Reformed Church, Wallkill, NY.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a brother, Matthew C. Schoeller, Rye, NY; maternal grandfather, Linwood W. Ott, Boyertown; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Schoeller, Wallkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, Berks Co. Unit, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, Pa. 19605 or The Wallkill High School, Stephanie B. Schoeller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wallkill, NY or the Wallkill Reformed Church, Wallkill, NY 12589.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

RALPH A. MOYER JR.

Services will be held for Ralph A. Moyer Jr., 68, of 2305 Alsace Road, Alsace Township, who died Sept. 11 in the emergency care unit of Reading Hospital.

He was the husband of Betty L (Silfies) Moyer.

Born in Reading, Moyer was employed for 42 years as a bus driver by BARTA, retiring in 1997.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

Moyer is also survived by three daughters; Michelle R. and Donna and Debbie Moyer, all of Reading.

Other survivors include a stepson, Walter Moyer, Reading.

Also surviving are two sisters, Jacqueline K. (Moyer) Steinmetz, Birdsboro, and Geraldine E. (Moyer) Millard, Elverson.

There are also seven grandcildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Sanders Funeral Home, Reading. 

ABBIE A. UHL

Services will be held for Abbie A. (Kaufmann) Uhl, 84, of the Montgomery County Geriatric Center, Royersford, formerly of Gravel Pike, Perkiomenville, who died Sept. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, George Uhl, Pennsburg, and Joseph Uhl, East Greenville; a daughter, Abbie, wife of John Wright, Perkiomenville; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Albert and William Uhl; two daughters, Anna May Willing and Thelma Johnson.

Also three brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville.

A viewing will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The Rev. Joseph Hyatt, pastor at New Covenant Brethren in Christ Church, Quakertown, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 75, Pennsburg, PA, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

Burial will be at St. Markís Lutheran Cemetery, Pennsburg. 

IRAD V. ESCHBACH

Services were held for Irad V. Eschbach, 101, of the Frederick Mennonite Community, Fred-erick, who died Sept. 9 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown.

Born in Pennsburg, he attended Lehigh University, Bethlehem, where he studied chemical engineering.

Eschbach was employed at Boeing Aircraft, in California, in the sheet metal department.

He was later employed at the former Ryan Aircraft in experimental metal design in the aircraft sheet metal department until he retired in 1969.

Eschbach was a member of the Pennsburg United Church of Christ, Pennsburg, and the Area 1, G.O.P.

Eschbach is survived by nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

Donations may be made to either the Pennsburg United Church of Christ, 775 Main St., Pennsburg; or to the Salvation Army, 137 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Falk Funeral Home, Pennsburg. 

FLORENCE E. SMITH

Services were held for Florence E. Smith, 98, formerly of S. Sixth St., who died Sept. 9 in Berks Heim, where she had resided since 1993.

She was predeceased by a previous husband, Russell Witmoyer, in 1950.

Born in Yellow House, she was employed for four years as a waitress at United Cigar, Reading.

She is survived by a son, Floyd G. Bloch, Reading.

Other survivors include a brother and a sister.

Also three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The Sanders Funeral Home, Reading, handled the arrangements. 

ELIZABETH A. J. KLINE

Services were held for Elizabeth Ann (Sissy) James Kline, 56, wife of John B. Kline, of Boyertown, who died Sept. 5 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Born in McAlester, Okla., she attended school in Talihina, Okla., and Ireneís Beauty College, in Muskogee, Okla. She was employed as a licensed beautician for many years.

Kline and her husband were married in 1967, and relocated to Boyertown in 1968.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Heather L. Kline, of Phoenix; one son, John B. Kline Jr., of Boyertown; a sister and three grandchildren.

The Drake-Jones Funeral Home, Talihina, Oklahoma was in charge of the arrangements. 

URIAH H CORRELL

Services were held for Uriah H. Correll, 85, of Cottonwood Lane, Alsace Township, who died Sept. 7 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township, where he had been a resident for one day.

He was the husband of Eva C. (Roth) Correll.

Born in Andrews, Schuylkill County, he had been employed for 28 years as a knitter by Berkshire Knitting Mills, Wyomissing, and was last employed for 10 years by Green Lane Hosiery, Montgomery County, retiring as a foreman in 1980.

Correll was an Army veteran in World War II.

He was a life member of American Legion Post 0622, Laureldale, and of the Pike Township Sportsmanís Association.

Correll is also survived by a daughter, Anna Mae (Correll) Luckenbill, Bernville; a son, Gene N., Robesonia; and two stepsons, Gene A. Hillegass, Reading, and Glenn J. Hillegass, Oley.

Other survivors include a sister, Hermie (Correll) Forry, Robesonia, and a brother, Willard A., Exeter Township.

There are also three grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and five great-grandsons.

The Auman Funeral Home, Reiffton, handled the arrangements. 

ETHEL I. MERCER

Services were held for Ethel I. Mercer, 81, widow of Albert M. Mercer, of North Berks Street, Boyertown, who died in the Phoenixville Hospital, where she had been a patient.

Born in Pottstown, she was a 1937 graduate of Boyertown High School and was a homemaker for most of her life.

She was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown.

Mercer was a past Noble Grand of the former Laura Rebecca Lodge 593, Boyertown; past District Deputy of District 7 (Rebecca Lodges); member of Our Lady of Colfax Lodge 182, I.O.O.F., Leesport; life member of the Boyertown Democratic Club; charter member of the Boyertown Historical Society; volunteer for Mothers March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society; Girl Scout cookie chairwoman for many years; life member of Penn Live Streamers, Rahns; former Judge of Elections for the First District in Boyertown; volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels; volunteer driver for the American Red Cross Blood Mobiles.

She is survived by one son, Peter K. Mercer, State College, Center County; four daughters, M. Susan, wife of David W. Johns, Shillington, Judith A., wife of Wesley M. Sheridan, Chalfont, Elaine L., wife of Robert J. Stein, Boyertown, and Mary G., wife of Scott H. Strickland, Westfield, N.J.,; one brother, Gerald T. Karver, Boyertown; one sister, Betty Jean, wife of Daniel Bause Jr., Boyertown; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Albert M. Mercer Jr., one granddaughter, Mary H. Strick-land, and one sister, Phyllis M. Stauffer.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, ChesMont Branch, 800 High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown.

Reporting Week of 09/07/2000 

WILLARD M. GODSHALL

Services were held for Willard M. Godshall, 78, of Oley Township, who died Aug. 31 in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, where he had been a patient.

He had been a resident of the Lutheran Community at Telford, for the last several years.

His wife, Amelia S. (Reppert) Godshall, died in 1995.

Born in Salford Township, Godshall was employed for many years as a truck driver by Mrs. Smithís Pies, Reading, retiring in 1983.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving are two sons, Arthur, Green Lane; Keith, Richland-town; and four daughters: Ruth A. (Godshall) Galinski, Telford; Geraldine (Godshall) Gilbert, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sandra (Godshall) Cheatum, Green Lane, and Carol (Godshall) Madsen, Newportville.

Other survivors include three brothers; four sisters; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford. 

ELLEN L. PENNYPACKER

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Ellen L. Pennypacker, 85, of Manatawny Road, Earl Township, who died Aug. 30 in the Berkshire Center, Exeter township, where she had resided since Aug. 16.

She was the wife of William C. Pennypacker.

Born in Reading, Pennypacker was a member of St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church, Boyertown.

She is also survived by a daughter, Patricia (Pennypacker) Forester, Wyomissing; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

MARIAN ELENCHIN-HNATH

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Marian Louise (Weet) Elenchin-Hnath, 71, wife of William Hnath and widow of Michael J. Elenchin, of Boyertown, formerly of Phoenixville, who died Aug. 30 at Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity, Frederick.

Born in Pittsburgh, she was employed as a library aid at the Phoenixville Public Library. She was previously employed as a grade school teacher for eight years in Pittsburgh and at Sacred Heart, St. Maryís and St. Annís schools in Phoenixville for 20 years.

She was a Phoenixville resident for 30 years, and was a Gray Lady at Phoenixville Hospital for five years.

She was a member of St. Columbkill Catholic Church, Boyertown.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two brothers and three sisters.

The arrangements were handled by the Devlin-Rosmos-Kepp Funeral Home Inc., Phoenixville. 

MARTHA E. LAMOREAUX

Services were held for Martha E. (Hughes) Lamoreaux, 83, widow of William G. Lamoreaux of East High Street, Sanatoga, who died Aug. 29 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where she had been a patient.

She was born in Avoca, Luzerne County, was a homemaker and an active member in the Pottstown Area Seniors Center.

She is survived by one daughter, Karyl L., wife of Charles L. "Chip" Ritter, Gilbertsville; one sister; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pottstown Area Seniors Center, 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

NORMAN L. MOHN

Private services were held for Norman L. "Mooney" Mohn, 69, husband of Georgia J. (Wandel) (Wommer) Mohn, of Little Road, Sassamansville, who died Aug. 30 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

They were married for 25 years.

Born in Fruitville, he worked at Superior Tube in Collegeville for 19 years and later worked for Willard Rhoads, owner of the Boyertown Landfill and retired in 1991 from the road crew with New Hanover Township.

He was also a life member of the Gilbertsville Fire Company.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Gloria Mohn of Zephyrhills, Fla.; Mary Walters, Pottstown; two sons, Barry Mohn of Boyertown and Timothy Mohn of Sanatoga; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by five step-children, Alan Wommer of Frederick and Timothy Wommer, Bechtelsville; Terry Wommer, at home; Dawn, wife of David Stinnard, Boyertown and Amy Jackson of Sassamansville; and four step-grandchildren and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Greater Philadel-phia, 2100 S. Fifth St., Philadephia, PA 19106.

The arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania. 

VIOLA S. BOTTS

Private graveside services were held for Viola S. (Yerger) Botts, 74, widow of Charles E. Botts, of Pottstown, who died Aug. 29 at her residence in the Sidney Pollick House, Pottstown.

Born in Pottstown, she attended Gilbertsville school, and lived in the Boyertown Area for many years.

She was employed in the admissions department of Lanshire Hall Nursing Home, Lancaster County, before her retirement.

She is survived by a sister.

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

HENRY D. SWENK

Services were held for Henry D. Swenk, 76, husband of Nancy A. (Workman) Swenk, of the Lutheran Community at Telford and formerly of Logan Street, Pottstown, who died Aug. 29 at the community.

Born in Barto, Swenk was a shipper for 32 years with Neapco, Pottstown.

He was a World War II veteran, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of Pike Township Sportsmanís Association.

Surviving with his widow are a son, H. David Swenk, Quakertown; one brother, Ralph Swenk, Amity; two sisters, Dorothy, wife of Russell Weller, Bechteslville and Evelyn, wife of Kermit Gottshall, Boyertown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grandview Hospital Hospice, Sellersville.

There was no viewing for Swenk, with the arrangements handled by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

EDNA M. KOCHAN

Services were held for Edna M. Kochan, 89, of Reading Ave., West Reading, who died Sept. 2 in the Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient.

Her husband, Benjamin Kochan, died in 1982.

Born in Ruscombmanor Township, Kochan was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregation of Salem (Bellemanís) Church, Centre Township.

She is survived by two sons, Charles J., Centre Township, and Jack B., Bern Township; and a daughter, Anna A. Kochan, West Reading.

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

The Leibensperger Funeral Homes Inc., Centerport, handled the arrangements. 

RUTH LEATHERMAN YODER

Services were held for Ruth C. (Bolton) Leatherman Yoder, 89, widow of Norman G. Yoder, and of the Rev. Daniel D. Leatherman, of Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton and formerly of Bechtelsville and Telford, who died Sept. 1 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville.

Born in Hatfield Township, she was employed for about eight years in the linens department at North Penn Hospital, Lansdale, before working for nine years in the shipping department of Youngís Casters, Souderton, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of Lansdale Mennonite Church, where she was a former Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher.

Surviving are one daughter, Esther L. Kisamore, Colorado Springs, Co.; two sons, Daniel R. Leatherman, Elkhart, Ind., and James A. Leatherman, Plymouth, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Grace, wife of Mark Gehman, of Bechtelsville, and Naomi, wife of Abram Clemens, of Lowville, N.Y.; three stepsons, Paul Yoder, Boyertown, David Yoder, Harrisonburg, Va., and Norman Glen Yoder, of Harleysville.

Also one sister, 11 grandchildren, 24 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 55 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by six brothers and three sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lansdale Mennonite Church, York and Cannon avenues, Lansdale, PA 19446, or to the charity of oneís choice.

The arrangements were handled by the Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton.

Reporting Week of 08/30/2000 

HAROLD A. SCHLEGEL

Services were held for Harold A. Schlegel, 79, of Wanshop Road, Alsace Township, who died Aug. 21 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient.

He was the husband of Gloria G. (Ernst) Schlegel.

Born in Stony Creek Mills, he had been employed for 30 years as a draw bench operator by Reading Tube Corp., retiring in 1978.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Schlegel is also survived by a son, Ralph M., Reading, and two daughters: Virginia D. (Schlegel) Lisa, Shillington, and Donna M. (Schlegel) Kozlowski, Oley.

Other survivors include a brother, Harry, Oley, and four sisters: Erma (Schlegel) Mengel, West Reading; Shirley (Schlegel) Brown, Reading; Rita (Schlegel) Ollar, Oley; and Rose Marie (Schlegel) Eppler, Fleetwood.

There are also 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sons, Richard C. and Dale A.

The arrangements were handled by the Auman Funeral Home, Reiffton. 

MELVIN H. CLEMMER

Services were held for Melvin H. Clemmer, 92, husband of Henrietta M. (Moyer) Clemmer and widower of Amanda R. (Conrad) Clemmer, of Schoolhouse Road, Bechtelsville. He died Aug. 22 in the Manatawny Manor Nursing Home, East Coventry.

Born in Boyertown, he was self-employed as a carpenter for 10 years until his retirement in 1990. He was previously employed by the former Melvin N. Reichart Butcher Shop, Bechtelsville, and the former Colebrookdale Iron Co.

He was a member of St. John (Hill) United Church of Christ, Pike Township, where he served as a deacon, elder and trustee for many years; a member of the Bechtelsville Fire Co., and a life member of the Pike Township Sportsmanís Assoc.; secretary of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Camp 507, Bechtelsville; and a member of the Hill Church Cemetery Board.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Janet C. Clemmer of Reading and Anna C., wife of Nicholas J. Giardiello, of Muhlenburg Township; and two sisters, Helen Kolb of Spring City and Edna Reichert of Landis Store.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of Berks County, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605.

The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Gilbertsville. 

MAE M. POLINKO

Private services were held for Mae M. (Reiner-Scott) Polinko, 75, widow of Edward Polinko of Woodside Lane, Boyertown, who died Aug. 20 in her residence

She was born in Mt. Carmel, and was a homemaker.

Polinko was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Kulpmon.

She is survived by her caregivers, Art and Bonnie Zipp, Boyertown, and two nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boyertown Ambulance Association, 2 E. Second St., Boyertown, PA 19512 or to the charity of oneís choice.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

BEATRICE KRASLEY

Funeral services were held for Beatrice (Klein) Krasley, 91, of Frederick and formerly of Perkiomenville, widow of Paul S. Krasley, who died Aug. 23 in Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Rahns, she was a 1926 graduate of the former Collegeville High School and a 1930 graduate of Ursinus College, Collegeville.

She then taught at the former Schwenksville School District.

A member of the First United Church of Christ, Royersford, she was also a member of the Eastern Star Freeland Chapter, Collegeville, the Royersford Womenís Club and the Lehigh Valley Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are a daughter, Charlotte K., wife of Nelson D. Bowser, West Chester; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made in her name to First United Church of Christ, Royersford, PA 19468.

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

PAULINE I. VANIM

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for Pauline I. (Dries) Vanim, 79, wife of Alfred Vanim, of Krocks Road, Allentown, and formerly of Bally and Zionsville, who died August 24 in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born in Trexlertown, she was employed as a sewing machine operator at Stauffer Brothers Manufacturing Co., Red Hill, and at various other businesses in Emmaus and Bechtelsville before she retired.

She and her husband had celebrated 60 years of marriage in May.

Vanim was formerly a member of St. Annís Catholic Church, Emmaus, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Salisbury.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Christine Howerter, Bally, and Sally Ann Nuelle, Salt Lake City; four sons, Alfred, of Reading, David and Philip, both of Zionsville, and Daniel, of Tuckertown, N.J.; two brothers, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Memorial donations may be made to Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Box C, Bally, PA 19503.

The Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus, handled the arrangements. 

MELVIN L. CARLSON

Private burial was held for Melvin L. Carlson, 91, of the Frederick Mennonite Community, Upper Frederick, formerly of Limerick, who died Aug. 24 at his residence.

Born in Plymouth, Luzerne County, he was employed as a stationary engineer by the former Taylor Fibre Co., Betzwood, until his retirement in 1972.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II as a stationary fireman first class.

Carlson was educated at the Larksville School and was a member of the Falkner Swamp United Church of Christ, Gilbertsville, and the Warren Lodge F & AM 310, Collegeville.

He is survived by a brother and a sister.

Carlson was predeceased by a sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the Frederick Mennonite Community Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

STELLA Y. YORGEY

Services were held for Stella Y. Yorgey, 94, of Pricetown Road, Ruscombmanor Township, who died Aug. 24 in the Kutztown Manor, where she had been a resident since July.

Her husband, Lawrence G. Yorgey, died in 1940.

Born in Washington Township, Yorgey was a member of St. Johnís United Church of Christ, Pricetown.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty J. (Yorgey) Reider, with whom she resided.

Other survivors include a brother, Warren Moyer, Gabelsville.

There are also a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

SARAH J. MANWILLER

Services were held for Sarah J. Manwiller, 92, formerly of Memorial Highway, Fleetwood, who died Aug. 27 in Kutztown Manor, where she had been a resident for three years.

Her husband, Herbert J. Manwiller, died in 1985.

Born in Ruscombmanor Township, she was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Pricetown.

She is survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Manwiller was predeceased by a daughter, Emily H. (Manwiller) Rothermel.

The Mae A. Stump Funeral Home Inc., Fleetwood, handled the arrangements. 

MARGARET KURTZ-MILLER

Graveside services were held for Margaret E. (Shertz) Kurtz-Miller, 83, widow of John M. Kurtz and Edward R. Miller, of ManorCare Health Services, North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, formerly of Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, who died Aug. 27 at ManorCare.

Born in Gap, Lancaster County, she was employed as head cook by the Kimberton Farm School until her retirement in 1982. She was previously employed by Annieís Fancy Cakes, Boyertown.

She was a Methodist and was a life member of Liberty Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, New Berlinville.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley, wife of James Reidnauer, of Pottstown, Nancy Ewing of Boyertown, and Muriel, wife of Edward T. Fisher, of New Berlinville.

Also two brothers, two sisters; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Berks County Unit, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605.

The arrangements were handled by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

RAYMOND HOUCK

Services will be held for Raymond R. Houck, a Ruscomb-manor Township business owner, who died Aug. 27 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient.

Houck, 81, of Houck Road, Ruscombmanor Township, was predeceased by his wife, Ferne I. (Shade) Houck, in 1975.

He was the owner and president of the Raymond R. Houck Machine Co., Ruscombmanor Township, for the past 50 years.·

Reporting Week of 08/23/2000 

LEROY H. WELLER

Services were held for LeRoy H. Weller, 96, husband of Edith W. (Weller) Weller, widower of Annie (Weller) Weller, of RD 4, Boyertown, who died Aug. 15 at his residence.

Born in District Township, Weller was employed by Eastern Foundry, Boyertown, for many years. He owned the Weller Saw Mill, from his residence, and was also a farmer.

He was a member of the Jehovahís Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Boyertown; member of the Pike Township Sportsmens Association; member of the Earl Township and Oley fire companies.

He is survived by a son, Homer Weller, Pike; three stepsons, Lewis W. Weller, Pike, William Swavely, Earl, and David Swavely, Reading; three stepdaughters, Rose (Weller), widow of Melvin Babb, Earl, Merle (Swavely), wife of Norman William, Earl, and Diane (Swavely), wife of Ralph Quinn, Pennsburg; one brother, Earl Weller, Oley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 20 step-grandchildren; 41 step-great-grandchildren; six step-great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Jehovahís Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Boyertown Industrial Park, Boyertown, PA 19512.

The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

VIOLA K. EDGE

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Viola K. (Kemmerer) Edge, 87, widow of Harlan O. Edge, of Popodickon Drive, Boyertown, who died Aug. 16 in her residence.

Born in Washington Township, she was employed as a personnel manager for Great American Knitting Mill, Bally, for 44 years until her retirement in 1978.

She was a member of St. Columbkill Catholic Church, Boyertown.

She is survived by a son, Harlan R. Edge of Lake Wylie, S.C.; one daughter, Norma Choquet of Gastonia, N.C.; one brother, Theodore S. Kemmerer of Boyertown; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

ANNA W. KEIM

Services were held for Anna W. Keim, 89, who died Aug. 17 at the Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity, Upper Frederick.

Born in Colebrookdale, she owned and operated a boarding house in Boyertown for many years, which she was forced to close during World War II. She was later employed by the Boyertown Clothing Factory and the Boyertown Casket Co.

She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Boyertown.

Keim is survived by a sister, Miriam Johnson, of Boyertown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512, or to the Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity, P.O. Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435-0498.

The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Gilbertsville. 

FLORENCE E. DERR

Services were held for Florence E. "Polly" (Slonaker) Derr, 78, widow of Samuel P. Derr, of Frederick Mennonite Community, Frederick, formerly of Gilbertsville, who died Aug. 19. 

Born in Pennsburg, Derr was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Niantic.

She is survived by a brother and a sister.

Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Niantic, PA 19504.

The arrangements were handled by the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville. 

EVA E. SCHOTT

Funeral services were held for Eva E. (Kuser) Schott, 76, widow of John Schott, of Limerick, who died Aug. 19 in the Sanatoga Center, Sanatoga.

Born in Boyertown, she lived most of her life in Limerick and worked for many years as an aide for the former Pennhurst State Hospital and then at the former Philco Co. in Spring City.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Schott and Pearl Costello, both of Limerick; three sisters, Betty Kuser, of Reading, and Helen Reppert and Mary Lang, both of Boyertown; two brothers, Paul Kuser, of Boyertown, and Warren Kuser of Arizona; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John "Jack" Schott; two sisters, Grace Klemmer and Flaus Gilbert; and two brothers, Pete and Wayne Kuser.

Memorial donations may be made to the Caring Hospice, 100 W. Wissahickon Ave., Ambler, PA 19002.

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

MABEL M. CONRAD

Services will be held Friday for Mabel M. (Briel) Conrad, 87, of the Frederick Mennonite Community, formerly of County Line road, Gilbertsville, who died Aug. 21 at the community.

She was the widow of Norman R. Conrad.

Born in Douglass Township, Montgomery County, she was a homemaker.

Conrad was a member of St. John-Hill United Church of Christ, Boyertown and a member of the Womenís Guild at the church.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. John-Hill U.C.C. R.D. 4, Box 490, Boyertown.

The Rev. James W. Rogers will officiate.

A viewing will be Friday at 9:30 at the church until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John-Hill United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, R.D. #4, Box 490, Boyertown, PA 19512.

The arrangements are being handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown.

Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township. 

MARTHA A. MCDERMOTT

A memorial service will be held for Martha A. (Klinger) McDermott, 78, widow of James McDermott, of Perkiomenville Road, Upper Frederick, who died Aug. 18 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Shamokin, Northumberland County, she was employed as an assembler for Ford Electronics, Lansdale, Montgomery County, for 15 years until her retirement.

She was a 45-year member of Friedenís United Church of Christ, Sumneytown, Mont-gomery County. She was also a volunteer for the Green Lane Community Ambulance Corps, Green Lane.

She is survived by a son, James P. McDermott of Perkiomenville; a nephew whom she raised, Dan Shannon of Boston; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Marsha L. McDermott.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Friedenís United Church of Christ, Church Road, Sumneytown.

The Rev. Ronald R. Krick will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1000 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The arrangements were handled by the Monaghan Funeral Home Inc., Red Hill. 

MARYANN COWAN

Services were held for Maryann "Mimi" (Fithian) Cowan, 49, wife of Paul R. Cowan, of North Walnut Street, Boyertown, who died Aug. 17 at her residence.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of Charles H. Fithian, of Boonesboro, Md., and Doris J. (Spaar) Osman, of Boyertown.

A 1968 graduate of Boyertown High School, she was employed at Reading Hospital and Medical Center for many years.

She was a member of Hill Lutheran Church, Lancaster, and a member of the Cabot Corp. Bowling League.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by three daughters, Linda M., wife of Robin Freiman, of Bechtelsville, Rita M. Cowan, at home, and Shawnee Cowan, Pennsburg; one son, Shane R. Cowan, Pennsburg.

Also three sisters, Susan E., wife of Richard Burkett, Boyertown, Debbie E., wife of David Faflik, Coral Springs, Fla., and Tina Ackley, Boyertown; two brothers, Jeffrey S. Smith, Gilbertsville, and Danny Fithian, Boonesboro, Md.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Angela R. Cowan, and a son, Philip C. Cowan.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hill Lutheran Church, 998 N. Mill St., Lebanon, PA 17046.

The arrangements were handled by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Gilbertsville. 

CHARLES A. YARNALL

Services will be held for Charles A. Yarnall, 88, widower of Mary E. (Geisinger) Yarnall, of Congo Road, Gilbertsville, who died Aug. 17 in ManorCare Health Services, Pottstown.

Born in Media, Delaware County, Yarnall was a farmer and worked for Superior Tube, Collegeville, for 16 years before retiring in 1976.

He was a member of Providence Church of the Brethren, Royersford, a life member of the Gilbertsville Fire Co., a 50-year member of the Sanatoga Grange, as well as a member of the George A. Amole Post No. 47 American Legion, Pottstown.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas C. Yarnall, of Gilbertsville, Mark W. Yarnall, of Boyertown, and Glenn A. Yarnall, of Gilbertsville; one daughter, Sara L., wife of Robert Armstrong, of New Castle, Del.; a brother; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Providence Church of the Brethren, 1202 S. Township Line Road, Royersford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pottstown Area Visiting Nurses Association, 1963 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

There will be no viewing.

Burial will be in the Mingo Cemetery Burial Grounds.

The arrangements are being handled by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, 359 King St., Pottstown. 

IRENE SCHWENK 

Services will be held Friday for Irene (Gehris) Schwenk, 91, widow of Fred N. Schwenk, of Laura Drive, Barto, formerly of Palm, who died Aug. 19 at her residence.

Born in Pennsburg, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Red Hill.

She is survived by two sons, Frederick Schwenk, of Sellers-ville, and David Schwenk, of Coopersburg; two daughters, Grace, wife of Richard Long, of Red Hill, and Barbara, wife of Michael Bartholomew, of Barto; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Falk Funeral Home, 163 Main St., Pennsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grand View Hospital Hospice Program, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960.

Friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hill. 

OMAR B. ZOOK

Services were held for Omar B. Zook, 89, who died Aug. 17 in his residence at Covered Bridge Road, Oley Township.

His wife, Mary E. (Fisher) Zook died in 1983.

Born in Talmage, Lancaster County, Zook was employed as a farmer for his entire life.

Zook was a member of the Oley Mennonite Church.

He is survived by two daughters: Ruth E. (Zook) Liechty, Spencerville, Ind., and Fern E., Zook, at home. Also six sons: J. Harold, at home; Lloyd C., Oley Township; Mervin H., Schwenksville; Kenneth F., Oley Township; Omar B. Jr., Annville, Lebanon County; and Donald D., Jacksonwald.

Other survivors include a brother, 20 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley. 

CURTIS A. BRIGHTBILL

Services will be held for Curtis A. Brightbill, 70, of Briar Lane, Alsace Township, who died Aug. 19 in the Reading Hospital emergency room.

He was the husband of Linda G. (Fisher) Brightbill.

Born in Sinking Spring, he was employed for 43 years as a trucker for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and Occidental Chemical Co., both in Pottstown.

Brightbill was a life member of the National Rifle Association, the North American Hunting Club and American Legion Post 636, Shillington.

He is also survived by a son, Alan C., Douglassville; and four daughters: Christine L. (Brightbill) Woodman, Barto; Diane L. (Brightbill) Shotwell, Royersford, Montgomery County; Sharon L. (Brightbill)Landis, Pottstown; and Cindy L. Brightbill, Douglassville.

Other survivors include three brothers and three sisters.

Also 10 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Sanders Funeral Home, 1501 N. 11th St., Reading.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton. 

LILLIAN D. BERTOLETTE

Services will be Thursday for Lillian D. (Schreyer) Guss Bertolette, 74, widow of George K. Bertolette Sr., and John Guss, of Oak Tree Road, East Norriton, formerly of Fagleysville, who died Aug. 19. She had been a resident of the Sanatoga Center/Genesis Elder Care, of Lower Pottsgrove, where she died.

Born in Bound Brook, N.J., she attended the Frederick Mennonite Church, Upper Frederick.

She is survived by two sons, William Guss, of Quakertown, and Kenneth Guss, of Boyertown; three stepsons, George K. Bertoletee Jr., of Topton, John E. Bertolette, of Limerick, and Robert E. Bertolette, of Limerick; one stepdaughter, Marian A. Brunner, with whom she last resided; four grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 10 step great-grandchildren.

·Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holcombe Funeral Home Inc., 21 Main St., Trappe.

The Rev. Scott Landes, pastor of Frederick Mennonite Church, will officiate.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Frederick Mennonite Church, PO Box 309, Frederick, PA 19435. 

BETTY K. HOWERTER

Services will be held on Friday for Betty K. (Rhoads) Howerter, 76, of Route 100, Macungie, who died in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

Born in Englesville, she was the former owner of the Barto Hotel.

She is survived by three sons, Donald F. Evans of Boyertown, Larry D. Evans of Reading and Robert B. Evans of Maidencreek Township; one daughter, Carol L., wife of Thomas J. McFadden, of New Tripoli, Lehigh County; one sister, Vivian Shollenberger of Boyertown; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Catagnus Funeral Home, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilberts-ville.

A viewing will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.

Reporting Week of 08/16/2000 

DOROTHY L. SWEINHART

Services were held for Dorothy L. (Hausman) Sweinhart, 83, wife of Ernest S. Sweinhart of Worman Road, Douglassville, who died Aug. 7 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, where she had been a patient.

She was born in Boyertown and was a machine operator for Osan Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Boyertown.

Sweinhart was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown.

She and her husband were married for 58 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four brothers, Lawrence J. Hausman, Hartsville, S.C., Harold Hausman, Oley, Oscar Hausman, Boyertown, Donald E. Hausman, Birdsboro; and one sister, Ruth, wife of LeRoy Heydt, Pottstown.

She was predeceased by a sister, Emily Reitnauer.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512 or to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 1809 Hoffmansville Road, Sassamans-ville, PA 19472.

The Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown, handled the arrangements. 

EDNA M. CONRAD

Services were held for Edna M. (Stauffer) Conrad, 87, widow of William R. Conrad, of Mont-gomery Avenue, Douglass (Mont.) Township, formerly of Landis Store, who died Aug. 7. She had been a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading.

Born in Clayton, Berks County, she was a employed as a secretary for Bally Ribbon Mills, Bally, for 49 years.

She was a member of St. John Hill UCC, Boyertown.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. John Hill UCC Memorial Fund, R.D. 4, Box 490, Boyertown, PA 19512.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., Boyertown. 

MARJORIE F. NAGLE

Private services were held for Marjorie F. (Gravosky) Nagle, 77, wife of Louis Nagle of Mill Street, Colebrookdale, who died Aug. 8 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

She was born in Cambria County and was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, with whom she celebrated 53 years of marriage, she is survived by one sister.

The arrangements were handled by the C. L. Losh Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

MARIAN F. MOYER

Services were held for Marian F. Moyer, 79, wife of Carlton P. Moyer, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Niantic, Montgomery County, who died Aug. 10 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Born in Allentown, she was employed as a secretary for Alcoa Aluminum in the Philadelphia and Allentown areas for 20 years.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Barto, since 1961, and was a lifetime member and past president of the Allentown Lodge of Rebecca.

Moyer and her husband celebrated 48 years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Kerry C. Moyer, of Grovetown, Ga.; three daughters, Kathleen H. Kalinowski of Royersford, Karen E. Smith of Bowie, Md., and Karlene A. Novotny, Limerick.

Also one brother; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The arrangements were handled by the Trexler Funeral Home Inc., Allentown. 

PHYLLIS E. LAWLER

A memorial service was held for Phyllis E. (Glassmire) Lawler, 88, widow of Thomas A. Lawler, of Walnut Woods, Boyertown, who died Aug. 10 in Manatawny Manor Assisted Living, where she resided since 1999.

Born in Pottsville, she was a graduate of the Bethlehem business school, and had been employed in the billing department of Bethlehem Steel for 10 years.

Lawler was a member of the Trinity Reform Church of UCC, Pottstown; a member of Eastern Star Schuylkill Chapter No. 338; and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

She is survived by a son, Peter D. Lawler, Boyertown; a daughter, Linda L. (Lawler) Elliott, of Douglassville; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Reform Church of UCC, King and Hanover Streets, Pottstown, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Bean Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc., Shillington.

Burial was private. 

ROBERT R. GROFF JR.

A memorial service was held for Robert R. Groff Jr., 60, who died Aug. 13 in his residence at 609 Centre Ave., Reading.

He was the husband of Leona M. (St. Clair) Groff.

Born in Oley, he was a son of Virginia (Renninger) Groff, Exeter Township, and the late Robert R. Groff Sr.

He was employed for 20 years, as a dockworker by Motor Freight, Reading, retiring in 1982.

Groff was a foster parent for 15 years.

Groff is also survived by two sons, Donald W., New Ringgold, Schuylkill County, and Robert R. III, Reading; and two daughters, Jeri E. Groff, Indian Orchard, Mass., and Holly B. Groff, with whom he resided.

Other survivors include a brother and a sister.

There are also 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Gwendolyn Groff, in 1959.

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

EARL W. LUKENS

A memorial service will be held for Earl W. Lukens, 84, husband of Janet L. (Moretz) Lukens of Frederick Mennonite Community, Frederick, formerly of Roxbor-ough, who died Aug. 13.

He was a World War II veteran, serving as a combat engineer. Later he was a construction superintendent for the John S. McQuade Co. for 25 years.

Surviving with his widow are a daughter, Judith Jushchyshyn; one son, Robert E. Lukens and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Frederick Mennonite Community, 2849 Big Road, Route 73, Frederick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frederick Mennonite Community Benevolent Fund, Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435.

The McClure Funeral Home Inc., Plymouth Meeting, is in charge of arrangements. 

KENNETH M. REIGNER

Services were held for Kenneth M. Reigner, 65, husband of Roseann P. (Drabinsky) Reigner, of South Grims Mill Road, Colebrookdale, who died in his residence following a battle with cancer, on Aug. 10.

Born in Gilbertsville, he was a son of Helen S. (Sassaman) Reigner, Pottstown, and the late Melvin H. Reigner.

He was a 1953 graduate of Boyertown High School, and was employed as a machine operator for 31 years by the Dana Corp., Pottstown, retiring in 1997.

Mr. and Mrs. Reigner had celebrated 45 years of marriage.

He was a veteran of the Air National Guard.

Reigner was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, New Berlinville; a life member of the National Rifle Association; a life member of the Pike Township Sportsmanís Association; a member of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America; and a life member of the Nature Conservancy, a wildlife and nature preservation association.

He was a longtime supporter of local high school athletics and a high school sports fan.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Darcel L., wife of Michael F. Agrexta, Boyertown, Doreen K., wife of Donald B. Augustine, Bechtelsville, and Dawn S., wife of Daryl S. Davis, Bechtelsville; one son, Kenneth A. Reigner, Bellefonte, Centre County; three sisters, Janet, wife of Ronald Kehl, Bechtelsville, June, wife of David Erb, Boyertown, and Sherry Hoffman, Boyertown; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Box 322 Swamp Creek Road, New Berlinville, PA 19545.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

VIVIAN D. DYER

Funeral services will be held for Vivian D. (Rothenberger) Dyer, 74, widow of Ralph E. Dyer Jr., of Diamond Street, Pottstown, who died August 13 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, she was a 1943 graduate of Boyertown High School and was employed as a secretary at the former Boyertown Body Works for a few years.

She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Surviving are two sons, Allen G. Dyer, of Pottstown, and Joel A. Dyer, with whom she last resided; one daughter, Beverly A. Schultz, of Stowe; two brothers, and three sisters.

Also five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Houck Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte and Grace streets, Pottstown.

The Rev. George E. Scheitlin, visitation pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown, will officiate.

Friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to "Shares of Faithí at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hanover and Walnut streets, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Reporting Week of 08/02/2000 

JAMES Y. BECHTEL

Private services were held for James Y. Bechtel, 88, husband of Leah Mae (Dilliplane) Bechtel, of Rhoads Avenue, Douglass (Mont.) Township, who died July 24 at his residence.

Born in Pike Township, he and his wife had celebrated 61 years of marriage.

He was employed as a lathe operator by Stanley G. Flagg Co., Pottstown, for more than 19 years before he retired in 1977. He had also been employed as a knitter at the former Full Fashion Hosiery, Boyertown.

He was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown; a life member of Friendship Hook and Ladder Co., Boyertown; a member of Liberty Fire Co., New Berlinville; member of Gilbertsville Fire Co., Gilbertsville; member of the Fraternal Order of the Orioles, Boyertown; a member of the New Hanover A.A.R.P., member of Boyertown Golden Age; member of Berks-Mont Golden Age Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jane (Bechtel), wife of Gene P. Starr, Boyertown; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by eight sisters and five brothers.

The arrangements were handled by the L. W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown. 

GENE M. HAINES

There were no services held for Gene M. Haines, 67, husband of Mary Ellen Haines, of Colebrookdale Road, Boyertown, who died July 20.

He was a retired auto body technician and was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Scott Bender of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Patrick Haines, of Limerick; one daughter, Lori Bender, of Pottstown; and six grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. 

GERTRUDE M. OTTER

Services were held for Gertrude M. (Hayes) Otter, 91, formerly of Gilbertsville, widow of August C. Otter, who died July 24. She had been a resident of Manor Care Health Services, Pottstown.

Born in Philadelphia, she had lived in Gilbertsville for the past 62 years and had also resided in Lionville.

She was a homemaker and member of Bethel Hill United Methodist Church of Worcester.

Surviving are a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Hanley, Bechtelsville; a son, Chester A. Otter, Newark, Del.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mae Otter and a son, Ralph Otter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, 2000 Bethel Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.

The arrangements were handled by the R. L. Williams Jr. Funeral Home, Skippack. 

IRMGARD E. GAERTNER

Services were held for Irmgard E. (Lindner) Gaertner, 76, widow of Hans K. Gaertner, of the Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity, Frederick, formerly of Center Square, who died July 25 at Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norriton, following an illness.

Born in Berlin, Germany, she was a homemaker most of her life.

She was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church of Center Square, and a current member of St. Lukeís Lutheran Church of Obelisk.

She was a member of the craft group at the Frederick Mennonite Home.

Surviving are three daughters, Monika, wife of Dr. Jay Bontempo, East Norriton, Sigrun, wife of Dr. Toby Mapes, Hendersonville, N.C., Edeltraut, wife of John Markiewice Jr., Glenshaw, Allegheny County; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother who was killed in World War II.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 525 Plymouth Road, Suite 3150, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

The arrangements were handled by the R. L. Williams Jr. Funeral Home, Skippack. 

JOHN H. HARING

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 5 for Dr. John H. Haring, 51, husband of Susanne M. (Daly) Haring, of Kirkwood Miss., formerly of Gilbertsville, who died June 21.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Willard and Helen (Dykan) Haring, of Gilbertsville.

Haring was a professor of anatomy and neurobiology at St. Louis University Medical Center.

He graduated from Boyertown High School in 1967, and received a bachelorís degree in biology from Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.

From 1971 to 1975, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a first lieutenant. He returned to school and received a masterís degree in biology from West Chester University, West Chester. He received a doctorate from the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University. He finished his post-doctorate internship at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

He was a member of InveraAn Bag Pipe Band of St. Louis, and was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kirkwood, Miss.

While living in this area, he was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, Megan A. and Amanda G. Haring, both of Kirkwood, Miss.; and one brother.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at St. Luke Lutheran Church Gilbertsville.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525; or to V.M.I. Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450.

The arrangements are by the Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Pottstown.

Burial was previously held in Kirkwood, Miss. 

PETER J. WIERZBICKI

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Peter J. Wierzbicki, a junior high school teacher in the Boyertown School District, who died in his residence on July 24.

He resided at Ranor Court, St. Lawrence, and was the husband of Ann M. (Hunter) Wierzbicki.

He had been employed by the Boyertown School District as a junior high school reading and English teacher at Boyertown Junior High School West since the 1960-61 school term.

Born in Reading, he also was employed for many years as manager of the College Manor Swimming Pool, Reading.

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

Wierzbicki was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a 1958 graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelorís degree in education. He received his masterís degree in education from KU in 1977.

·Wierzbicki is also survived by two sons, Peter P., Hollywood, Calif., and James J., Philadelphia.

He is also survived by a brother.

The arrangements were handled by the Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home Inc., Reading. 

NORMA DEESS

Services were held for Norma G. Deess, 89, of Luther Knolls, Gilbertsville and formerly of the Olney section of Philadelphia and Jenkintown, who died July 29 at Pennsburg Manor, Pennsburg.

Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Philadelphia Bible College with a degree in Christian Education.

Deess was the secretary to the president and founder of the Tasty Baking Co., Philadelphia, from 1929 until she retired in 1975. She was also a former member of the Tasty Baking Co. board of trustees.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Olney, where she was the former head of the primary department and former director of Christian Education for more than 35 years. She was also a former member of the Board of Ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Ruth, wife of Vincent Spade, Boyertown.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525.

The arrangements were handled by the Falk Funeral Home, Pennsburg.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY