Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries 2002

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FERN L. WEAVER

  Services were held for Fern L. Weaver, 86, formerly of Baumstown, who died August 11 in the Beverly Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided since October.

  Her husband, Percival N. Weaver, died in 1989.

  Born in Reading, she was a member of St. Markís Lutheran Church, Birdsboro, and the Baumstown Union Sunday School.

  Surviving are a son, D. Scott, Reading; two grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two great-grandsons.

  Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

  The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, handled the arrangements.

 

BETTY E. DENTZER

  Services were private for Betty E. Dentzer, 85, formerly of James Street, Sinking Spring, who died August 12 in Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Reading, where she had resided since 1997.

  Born in Stonersville, she was employed as a bookkeeper and did volunteer work from her residence after contracting multiple sclerosis.

  She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Sinking Spring.

  She was a 1934 graduate of Reading High School.

  Surviving are a son, Ronald L., Lower Heidelberg Township, and two granddaughters.

  Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Spring Township.

  The Joseph D. Giles Funeral Home Inc. & Crematorium, Mohnton, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

CHARLES H. GABLE

  Services were held for Charles H. Gable, 71, husband of Josephine L. Wolff Gable, of Chestnut Tree Road, Elverson, who died August 13 in Chester County Hospital, West Chester.

  He was born in West Nantmeal and in 1948 graduated from the former Warwick High School.

  After graduating, Gable took dairy and farming short courses at the state Land Grant University and then returned home to farm with his father on the West Nantmeal farm he owned from 1965 until 1996, when Gable took over the farm.

  He served on the County Extension Committee; was the county DHIA director, including two years as president, and was the state DHIA director for three years. He was a member of the county Farm Bureau Board, including two years as president; served as chairman of the County Agriculture Land Preservation Board, a post he had held since 1997, and was a member of the county FSA Committee. He co-founded the State Young Sire Committee and was a director on the Board of the National Ayrshire Breeders association for six years.

  He earned the Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 1986, the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award in 1992, and the County Distinguished Agriculture Service award in 1992.

  Gable was admitted to the Pennsylvania Ayrshire Association Hall of the Fame in 2000 and in 2001, he received the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Association Distinguished Service Award.

  For 59 years, Gable was a member of Goodwill United Methodist Church, where he was the Sunday School superintendent  and served on the board of trustees. For many years, he was the chairman of the Goodwill Methodist Cemetery.

  He was a 50-year member of Howell Lodge No. 405 F&AM, Honey Brook. He served as a member of the vacancy board of West Nantmeal Township, and was a township Republican committeeman for many years.

  In addition to his wife of 40 years, Gable is survived by a son, Donald C. Gable of Elverson; a sister, Gertrude Shingle of Honey Brook; and three grandsons.

 He was predeceased by a daughter.

  Contributions may be made to the Goodwill United Methodist Church, 104 Church Road, Elverson, PA 19520.

  Burial was in Goodwill Methodist Cemetery.

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

 

DONALD E. MULLIGAN

  Private services were held for Donald E. Mulligan, 80, who died August 14 in his residence on Midland Avenue, Stony Creek Mills.

  He was the husband of Clare F. (Fritschey) Mulligan.

  Born in Chester, Mulligan was employed for 22 years by Sanders & Thomas Inc., Pottstown, retiring as vice president.

  He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

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

  Mulligan is also survived by a son, Donald E. Jr., Little Silver, N.J.; and four daughters: Susan L. (Mulligan) Holland, Reston, Va.; Mary C. (Mulligan) Kissinger; Vancouver, Wash.; Margaret E. (Mulligan) Mazurkiewicz, Harrisburg; and Patricia A. (Mulligan) Velasquez, Alexandria, Va.

  Other survivors include two brothers; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  Burial was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Lebanon County.

  The Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

ANDREW  J. KONDRATH

  Services were held for Andrew J. Kondrath, 65, of Oley Turnpike Road, Exeter Township, who died August 15 in his residence.

  Born in Pittsburgh, Kondrath had been most recently employed in maintenance at the Sovereign Center.

  He is survived by two daughters, Constance M. (Kondrath) Ludwig, Glenmoore, Chester County, and Krystal R. (Kondrath) King, Birdsboro; and three sons: Andrew S., Hazleton, Jeffrey J., Wernersville; and Mark T., of Reading.

  Other survivors include a brother; a sister and five grandchildren.

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

  Burial was private.

 

FLORENCE M. SMITH

  Graveside services will be held August 24 for Florence M. Smith, 92, formerly of Pennside, who died August 15  in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided for eight years.

  Her husband, Melvin C. Smith, died in 1977.

  Smith was born in Reading,

  She is survived by nieces and nephews.

  Services will be August 24, at 11 a.m. in Charles Evans Cemetery.

  The Henninger Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of the arrangements.

 

GEORGE A. KIEHL

  Graveside services were held for George A. Kiehl, 85, of Berkshire Commons, Exeter Township, who died August 15 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where he had been a patient.

  His wife, Barbara M. (Korner) Kiehl, died in 1996.

  Born in Harlowton, Mont., he was employed for 48 years as both a ranch owner in Montana and a foreman for ranches in Colorado and Oregon, retiring in 1984.

  He was a 1936 graduate of Harlowton High School and was an Army veteran of World War II.

  Kiehl is survived by a niece.

  The Bean Funeral Homes Inc., Sinking Spring, was in charge of the arrangements.

  Graveside services were in the Charles Evans Cemetery.

 

MICHAEL W. LECHNER SR.

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Michael W. Lechner Sr., 46, of Lincoln Road, Exeter Township, who died August 16 in Reading Hospital.

  He was the husband of Regina (Geiger) Lechner.

  Born in Reading, he was a son of Frederick Lechner, Hamburg, and Marilyn (Martin) Pasquale, Amity Township.

  Lecher had been employed by both Custom Processing Services, Exeter Township, and the Exeter Township School District, working in transportation service.

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

  Lechner was a graduate of Reading High School and was an Army veteran.

  He is also survived by a son, Michael W. Jr., and a daughter, Mandie, both at home; and a stepdaughter, Tiffanie (Witman) Bausher, Hamburg.

  Other survivors include two sisters, Nancy (Lechner) Ciccone, Exeter Township, and Ethel (Lechner) Suski, Reading; and a stepmother, Josephine (Desantis) Lechner, Hamburg.

  There are also three grandchildren.

  Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

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

 

JAMES C. GIERLICH SR.

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for James C. Gierlich Sr., 82, formerly of Nicole Drive, Exeter Township, who died August 16 in Beverly Manor, Exeter Township, where he had resided for six years.

  His wife, Dorothy M. (Breen) Gierlich, died in 2000.

  Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he had been employed as an electrician for Ford Motor Co., Metuchen, N.J.

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

  Gierlich was a Navy veteran of World War II.

  Surviving are three daughters: Kathy (Gierlich) Fischer, Sanford, Fla.; Cynthia L. (Gierlich) Kuznicki, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; and Christine J. Gierlich, Edison, N.J.

  In addition, there are six sons: James C. Jr., Exeter Township; Robert J., Boyertown; Steven R., Reading; Glenn C., Sinking Spring; Raymond T., Hackettstown, N.J.; and Michael G., Denver, Lancaster County.

  Other survivors include a sister and 11 grandchildren.

  Entombment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum, Laureldale.

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

 

VIRGINIA V. VICARI           

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Virginia V. Vicari, 75, formerly of West 38th Street, Exeter Township, who died August 18 in Berkshire Center, where she had resided since June.

  Her husband, Albert J. Vicari, died in 1977.

  Born in Reading, she had been employed for many years as co-owner of Berkley Mushroom Farm, Ontelaunee Township, retiring in 1979.

  She was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Hyde Park.

   Surviving are two daughters, Teresa A. (Vicari) Yoder, Exeter Township, and Nancy L. (Vicari) Miller, Royersford.

  Other survivors include a brother, a sister and five grandchildren.

  The Milkins Funeral Home Inc., Temple, was in charge of the arrangements.

  Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.


 
 

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