Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries 2003

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RONALD L. WERT

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Ronald L. Wert, 69, of First Avenue, Exeter Township, who died December 27 [2002] in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient.

  His wife, Jeananne M. (Bettler) Wert, died in 2000.

  Born in Reading, he was a son of Louise (Distasio) Shaaber, Birdsboro, and the late Claude Wert. He was also predeceased by his stepfather, Allen M. Shaaber.

  He had been employed for 15 years as a bus driver by the Exeter Township School District, retiring in 1994.

  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Birdsboro, where he was a charter member of the choir.

  Wert was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

  He was a past president of the Exeter Lions Club.

  Wert is also survived by a son, Jamie A.,  Mount Penn; and three daughters: Deborah L. (Wert) Lutz,, Lexington, Ky.; Eileen M. (Wert) Barnett, Exeter Township; and Kathleen P. (Wert) McCarthy, Bernville.

  There are also five grandchildren.

  Entombment was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

  The Dengler Funeral Home Inc., Birdsboro, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

HAZEL G. BIDDLE

    Services were held for Hazel G. Biddle, 92, formerly of West Norriton, Montgomery County, who died December 23 [2002] in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided for more than two years.

  Her husband, Gordon K. Biddle, died in 1993.

  Born in Norristown, Biddle was a graduate of North Wales High School, Montgomery County, and a 1932 graduate of the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

  She had been a registered nurse for Dr. David G. Moyer in Lansdale, Montgomery County.

  Biddle was a member of Wentz’s United Church of Christ, Worcester, Montgomery County.

  She also served on the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee of Montgomery County.

  Surviving are two daughters, Sydney B. (Biddle) Malick, Wyomissing, and Sandra L. Biddle, West Norriton.

  There are also two grandchildren.

  Private burial was in Boehm’s UCC Cemetery, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County.

  The R. L. Williams Jr. Funeral Home Inc., Skippack, was in charge of the arrangements.

                 

EMANUEL J. ENDY

  Services were held for Emanuel J. Endy, 62, of Caravelle Lane, Exeter Township, who died December 28 [2002] in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient.

  Born in Reading, Endy had been employed for 20 years as a truck driver by A.T.V. Bakery, Reading, retiring in 1995.

  He was a 1958 graduate of Reading High School.

  Endy was a life member of the East Ends Athletic Association, Reading.

  He resided with Judith P. (Engle) Hunsinger, is survived by a son, Christopher J., Dallas, Texas; and two daughters, Loreal M. Endy, Reading, and Nicole M. Endy, Los Almitos, Calif.

  Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

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

 

DIANA M. BENNETHUM

  Private services were held for Diana M. Bennethum, 50, of Warwick Court, Exeter Township, who died in her vacation home in Ocean City, N.J., on December 29 [2002].

  She was the wife of George F. Bennethum.

  Born in Champagne, Ill., she had been employed for 33 years as a drafting engineer by Verizon, Reading, before retiring.

  Bennethum is also survived by two stepdaughters, Caitlin and Brigitte Bennethum, Reading.

  Other survivors include two brothers and three sisters and two step-grandchildren.

  The Godfrey Funeral Home Inc., Ocean City, N.J., was in charge of the arrangements.

 

RUTH M. HAMMER

  Services were held for Ruth M. Hammer, 96, formerly of South Fourth Street, Reading, who died January 1 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where she resided for two months.

  Her husband, Andrew R. Hammer, died in 1964.

  She was born in Lebanon County.

  Surviving are four sons, James M. Hammer, Shillington; Richard A. Hammer, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kenneth Pyles, Lebanon County; and Herbert Pyles, Libertyville, Ill.; also a daughter, Jeannette (Hammer) Landis, Shillington.

  There also are 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

  Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

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

 

MAXINE J. LANE

  Funeral services were held for Maxine J. Lane, 61, of Spruce Street, Reading, who died December 30 [2002] in the residence of a daughter, Joan Lane, Haycreek Road, Birdsboro.

  She was the wife of James C. Lane, Reading.

  Born in Reading, she was employed for 40 years by CNA Insurance Co., Reading, and was also employed as a certified nursing assistant by Beverly Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township, last working in 2002.

  She was a member of Spring Valley Church of God, Muhlenberg Township.

  Lane, who resided with Tyrone E. Kelley, is also survived by another daughter, Leslie (Lane) Hightower, and two sons, James Lane Jr. and Aruel J., all of Reading.

  Other survivors include six brothers and seven sisters.

  There are also 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  Burial was private.

  The arrangements were handled by the Gallman-Sonoski Funeral Home Inc., Reading.

 

EDWARD J. RISSMILLER

  Funeral services were held for Edward J. Rissmiller, 72, of East Eighth Street, Birdsboro, who died December 31 [2002] in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient.

  He was the husband of Bernadette R. (Kuczala) Rissmiller.

  Rissmiller was employed from 1950 to 1972 by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Pottstown, where he was union president. He was employed as a field representative from 1972 to 1997 by the International Rubber Workers, which later became United Steelworkers of America, before retiring.

  He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

  He was also a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Birdsboro.

  Rissmiller was a member and former master of Union Lodge 479 F&AM, Birdsboro. He also was the former commander and chief of the Reading Consistory in 1975.

  He is survived by two daughters, Julie A. (Rissmiller) Berkley, and Teresa L. (Rissmiller) Peifer, both of Birdsboro.

  Other survivors include five grandchildren.

  Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Rieffton.

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

 

DOROTHY E. MCMULLEN

  Services were held for Dorothy E. McMullen, 70, of South Mill Street, Birdsboro, who died December 31 [2002] in Beverly Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided for the past 16 months.

  Her husband, John S. McMullen Sr., died in 1994.

  Born in Spring City, she was employed for 13 years as a driver by the Economic Opportunity Council in Reading and Birdsboro and was last employed by Goodwill Industries of Mid-Eastern Pennsylvania, Shillington, retiring in 1998.

  Surviving are a son, John Jr., Birdsboro; and five daughters: Koral McMullen, with whom she last resided; Kristine (McMullen) Fogle, Norco, Calif.; Karoline (McMullen) Hart and Kathleen McMullen, both of Reading, and Karen (McMullen) Kline, Exeter Township.

  Other survivors include a brother, Robert Eckert Jr., and a sister, Marion (Eckert) Keller, both of Birdsboro.

  There are also nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  The Auman Funeral Homes, Reading, was in charge of arrangements.

 

DOROTHY M. TURNER

  Services were held for Dorothy M. Turner, 71, of Exeter Township, who died December 29 [2002] in St. Joseph Medical Center, where she had been a patient.

  She was the wife of Howard R. Turner.

  Born in Reading, Turner served as the former financial secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary of Berks Firemen.

  She additionally served as past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stonersville Fire Company.

  Turner is also survived by two sons, George Sr., Exeter Township, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Turner, Brussels, Belgium.

  There are also two grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

  Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Spring Township.

  The Auman Funeral Home, Reiffton, handled the arrangements.

 

JOHN H. MAST

  Services were held for John H. Mast, 84, formerly of Best Road, Morgantown, who died January 2 in Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook, Chester County.

  He was the husband of Ann (Kennel) Mast, also a resident at Tel Hai.

  Born in Morgantown, Mast was employed as an electrician by Graco Children’s Products Inc., Elverson, until his retirement.

  He was a member of the Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, where he was a former trustee, Sunday school teacher and historical committee member.

  Mast delivered the “Highway News’ for Transport for Christ.

  He is also survived by a brother.

  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Elverson.

  The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

 

WILLIAM CRAZE

  Private services were held for William Hill Craze, 100, of Lorane Road in Exeter, who died January 2 in his residence.

  He was the widower of Bessie (Alderman) Craze.

  Born in Shamokin, he worked for the former Reading Car Shop in Reading.

  Surviving are two sons, Richard Craze of Reading and William Hill Craze of Atlanta; one daughter, Daisy A. Painter of Exeter; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

  Burial was in the Birdsboro Cemetery.

  The arrangements were handled by the Dengler Funeral Home in Birdsboro.

 

RICHARD M. AUMAN

  Burial was private for Richard M. Auman, 61, of Poplar Drive, St. Lawrence, who died December 31 [2002] in St. Joseph Medical Center.

  He was the husband of Mary J. (Frederick) Auman.

  Born in Auburn, Schuylkill County, he was employed for 27 years as a supervisor by Parish Structural Products Division of Dana Corp., Reading, until its closing. He was later employed as a maintenance supervisor by the Cabot Corp., Boyertown, last working in September.

  He was an Army and Air Force veteran.

  Auman was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School, Orwigsburg, and received a certificate for journeyman apprentice from the Reading-Muhlenberg Vocational-Technical School.

  Also surviving are five sons, Thomas L., West Reading; Keith A., Womelsdorf; Michael W. and Craig R., both of Robesonia; and Josh M., at home.

  Other survivors include two stepdaughters, Jennifer M. Yourkavitch, Zambia, Africa, and Jill A. Yourkavitch, Temple; and three stepsons: Jess M., Joseph B. and Jake A. Yourkavitch, all at home.

  Also surviving are two half brothers; a half sister and five grandchildren.

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

 

CATHERINE ALDERMAN

  Services were held for Catherine Alderman, 56, who died January 2 in her residence on North Kelly Drive, Birdsboro.

  She was the wife of Albert H. Alderman.

  Born in Troy, N.Y., she was a daughter of Anthony D’Agostino, Troy, and the late Catherine (Shevlin) D’Agostino.

  Alderman was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Birdsboro.

  She is also survived by two sons, John D., Frederick, Md., and Scott A., Richford, Vt.; and a daughter, Gina M. (Alderman) Scully, Grafton, N.Y.

  Other survivors include six grandchildren.

  Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Troy.

  The Dengler Funeral Home, Inc., Birdsboro, was in charge of local arrangements and the Howard B. Tate & Sons Funeral Home Inc., Troy were in charge of burial arrangements.

 

MILDRED M. MOYER

  Services were held for Mildred M. Moyer, 91, formerly of Oley Turnpike Road, Jacksonwald, who died January 2 in Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center Inc., Narvon, Lancaster County, where she had resided since 1995.

  Her husband, Stanley S. Moyer, died in 1995.

  Born in Sinking Spring, she was last employed as a needle inspector by Textile Machine Works, Wyomissing, during World War II.

  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Bowmansville, Lancaster County.

  Surviving are a daughter, Janice V. (Moyer) Dunn, Morgantown; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  Burial was in Schwarzwald Cemetery, Jacksonwald.

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

 

CLYDE B. FOX

  Services will be held for Clyde B. Fox, 87, formerly of North 26th Street, Lower Alsace Township, who died January 5 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient.

  He was taken there from Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where he had resided since 2002.

  His wife, Margaret G. (Guinter) Fox, died in 1986.

  Fox had been employed for 37 years in the electrical department of Carpenter Technology Corp., Reading, retiring as foreman in 1977. He later worked for four years as a clerk in the Berks County Court House.

  Fox was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Mt. Penn, where he served on the consistory for ten years and was president in 1967.

  He was a 1932 graduate of Reading High School.

  Fox was a member of the Antietam School Board for eight years, serving as president in 1980.

  He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

  He is survived by a daughter, Pamela J. (Fox) Keeler, Pennside.

  There are also two grandchildren.

  Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading.

  Private burial will be in Oley Cemetery, Spangsville.

 

ELLWOOD F. BROWN JR.

  Services will be held for Elwood Francis Brown Jr., 79, husband of Miriam Alice (Sension) Brown, of Poplar Drive, Amity Township, who died January 4. He had been a patient in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading.

  Born in Linwood, Brown worked as a tool maker from 1949 to 1969 at the former Westinghouse Electric Co. in Lester, Pa., and then worked as a roll grinder for the former Brush-Wellman, now Brush Engineering, of Shoemakersville, until 1985.

  He served in the Army during World War II.

  Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Ellwood Francis Brown III of El Paso, Texas; three daughters, Suzanne A. Gerhard of Shillington, Christine A. Asher of Adamstown, and Marjorie F. Tammaro of Hammondsport, N.Y

  Also two half-sisters; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Associaiton,  2045 Westgate Drive, No. 302, Bethlehem, PA 18017; or to the American Heart Association, 40 Berkshire Court, Wyomissing, PA 19610.

   Calling hours will be held one hour before the service at the Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, with the funeral  being held at 12:30  p.m.

  The Rev. Dennis S. Boel will be officiating.

  Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall.

 

LILLIAN S. REIGLE

 Services were held for Lillian S. Reigle, 78, of Old Swede Road, Amity Township, who died December 31 [2002]in her residence.

  She was the wife of Wilbert S. Reigle.

  Born in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, she was a 1942 graduate of Conyngham High School in Columbia County.

  She was a member of the Boyertown Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s witnesses.

  Also surviving are two sons, John S., Douglassville, and Steven C., Bechtelsville.

  There are also three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  Burial was private.

  The Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown, handled the arrangements.

 

FRANCIS L. GILES

  Services were held for Francis L. Giles, 80, of Maple Drive, Caernarvon Township, who died January 4 in his residence.

  His wife, Carolyn M. (Gring) Giles, died in 1990.

  Born in Reading, Giles had been employed for 26 years as a truck driver by Grace Mines, Morgantown, retiring in 1978.

  He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

  Surviving is a son, Scott, and a daughter, Wendy (Giles) DeHaven, both of Morgantown.

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

  Burial was in Caernarvon Cemetery, Morgantown.

  The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terry Hill, handled the arrangements.

 

C. DONALD SCHELLHAMMER

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for C. Donald Schellhammer, 82, of Outlook Pointe, Exeter Township, who died January 5 in Reading Hospital.

  He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Vespico) Schellhammer, in 1996.

  Born in Reading, he had been employed for 34 years in maintenance by UGI Corp., Reading, retiring in 1982.

  He was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

  Schellhammer is survived by two nephews.

  Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

  The Bean Funeral Home Inc., Shillington, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

EDWARD M. KUTSCH

  Services were held for Edward M. Kutsch, 76, of Old Swede Road, Douglassville, who died January 2 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

  He was the husband of Catherine P. (Piazza) Kutsch.

  Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from North East High School in Philadelphia in 1944.

  He worked as a draftsman for the Dana Corp. for 37 years, retiring in 1986.

  Kutsch was an Army Air Corps veteran, serving during World War I.

  He was a member of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Stowe.

  Kutsch was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Canal society; a member of the New Jersey Canal Society; the Society of Industrial Archeology; the Roebling Bridge Preservation Chapter; the Oliver Evans Chapter; the Phoenixville and Berks County Historical Societies; the Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museum in Easton; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 814 in Pottstown; and the Pottstown Senior Center.

  In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by four sons, Mark E. Kutsch, Jay C. Kutsch and Edward D. Kutsch, all of Pottstown, and Stephen F. Kutsch of Douglassville; one daughter, Kathryn A. Hetrick of Gilbertsville; and 13 grandchildren.

  Contributions may be made in the form of a Mass card.

  Burial was in St. Aloysius New Cemetery in Lower Pottsgrove.

  The Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown, handled the arrangements.

 

STELLA J. HIPP

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Stella J. Hipp, 94, formerly of Cotton Street, Reading, who died January 3 in the Berkshire Center, Exeter Township, where she had been a resident since 1996.

  Her husband, George W. Hipp, died in 1965.

  Born in Reading, she had been employed for 30 years by Holly Hosiery, Reading, retiring as supervisor.

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

  Hipp was a 1927 graduate of Reading High School.

  She is survived by a daughter, Georgejane B. (Hipp) Ulrich, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and two sons, George S., Bernville, and Joseph E., Royersford.

   Other survivors include a sister, three brothers; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

  Hipp had been predeceased by a daughter, Geraldine M. (Hipp) Iezzi, in 1995.

  Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale.

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


 
 

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