Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries 2003


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  Services were private for Gladys J. Christman, 84, of Old Schuylkill Road, East Coventry Township, who died December 8 in Pottstown Medical Center.

  She was predeceased by her husband, William Christman.

  Born in Birdsboro, she was employed for 11 years as a cook by the Pottstown Medical  Center, retiring in 1985.

  Surviving are a son, Jeffrey, New Holland; and two daughters, Jeanette (Christman) Fennelly, Pottstown, and Billie Ann (Christman) Hetherton, Lorida, Fla.

 Other survivors include a brother, Harry R. Buchanan, a sister, Betty (Buchanan) Cuccaro, both of Birdsboro.

 There are also six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 The Catagnus Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown, was in charge of arrangements.



  Services were held for Eloise Wood, 68, formerly of Troy, Mich., who died in the residence of a daughter, Kimberly L. (Wood) Knowlton, Shelbourne Road, Exeter Township, with whom she resided.

  Born in Pikeville, Ky., she was employed for 10 years as a machinist by Precision Tumbling, Detroit, retiring in 1996.

  She was a member of the Grace Apostolic Church, Rochester Hills, Mich., and Lighthouse Christian Church, Reading.

  In addition to her daughter, she is also survived by a son, Lester R. Jr., in California.

  Other survivors include two brothers; three sisters and two grandchildren.

  Burial was in the White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.

   The Bean Funeral Homes Inc., Exeter Township was in charge of local arrangements.



  Services were held for Heber D. McGowan Sr., 94, husband of Esther P. Kulp McGowan, of Union, who died December 9 in his home.

  Born in Union, he owned and operated a feed grinding and trucking business from 1932 to 1968.

  McGowan was a dairy farmer in Union from 1950 to 1978, when he retired.

 He was a member of the Geigertown St. Paulís United Methodist Church.

  McGowan was a life member of the Geigertown Fire Company and a member of the American Automobile Association for 50 years. He served on the board of directors for the Berks County Soil Conservation Committee for 20 years.

  In addition to his wife of 71 years, he is survived by two sons, Heber J. McGowan Jr., Birdsboro and Ronald W. McGowan, Geigertown; one daughter, Linda M. (McGowan) Knauer, Geigertown.

  Also a sister, Betty (McGowan) Witman, Elverson; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

  Contributions may be sent to St. Paulís United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Geigertown, PA 19523; or the Geigertown Fire Company, P.O. Box 40, Geigertown, PA 19523.

  Burial was in St. Paulís United Methodist Cemetery.

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



  Services will be Saturday for Alice Ream, 101, of Harsh Lane, Caernarvon Township, who died December 11 in the Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, Narvon, Lancaster County.

  Her husband, Charles F. Ream, died in 1963.

  Born in Caernarvon Township, she was a self-employed certified seamstress for 23 years in Kinzers, Lancaster County, retiring in 1987.

  She was a correspondent for the Honey Brook newspaper for 35 years and was also a correspondent for the New Holland Clarion and the Lancaster newspapers.

  Ream was treasurer of the Pequea Valley Christian Chorus.

  She was a member of the California Evangelical Congregational Church, Lancaster County.

  Ream was a choir member, assistant Sunday school teacher and assistant pianist at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Lancaster County.

  She was a life member of the Twin Valley Senior Citizens Club and the Morgantown Fire Company.

  Surviving are two sons, Harry F., West Wyomissing, and Robert E., York.

  Other survivors include five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Labs Funeral Home Inc., Honey Brook, Chester County.

  Burial will be in the Pequea Presbyterian Cemetery, Lancaster County.



  Graveside services were held for William L. Kurtz, 79, who died December 9 in his residence on Blue Rock Hill Road, Elverson.

  He was the husband of Mary E. (Fisher) Kurtz.

  Born in Reading, Kurtz was employed for 35 years by Bell Telephone Co., Reading, retiring in 1983.

  He was a member of the Elverson United Methodist Church, where he served as secretary of the church trustees for 38 years and served as secretary of the church cemetery association for 38 years.

  Kurtz was a life member of the Jacob Morgan American Legion Post 537, Morgantown; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5997, Honey Brook, Chester County; and the National Rifle Association.

  He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

  Kurtz was a past president of Elverson Borough Council.

  Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Ann (Kurtz) Schurr, Elverson; and two grandchildren.

  Services were held in the Elverson UM Church Cemetery.

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



  A memorial service and burial were private for Lillian M. Good, 97, formerly of Silver Swallow Road, Exeter Township, who died December 10 in Beverly Manor, Exeter Township, where she had resided since 1999.

  Her husband, Curtis D. Good, died in 1994.

  Born in Reading, she was employed as a full fashion topper by various hosiery mills in the Reading area until her retirement.

  Surviving are a son, Laverne C., Exeter Township; and a daughter, Gloria M. (Good) Smith, Macungie, Lehigh County. 

  Other survivors include five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  The Sanders Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., handled the arrangements.



  Private services were held for Elmer Lee Rogers Jr., 86, of West Benjamin Franklin Highway, Exeter Township, who died December 14 in Beverly Health Care at Phoenixville Manor, Chester County.

  He had been predeceased by his wife, Pauline M. (Edlinski) Rogers.

  Born in Georgetown, Del., Rogers had been employed for 20 years as a butcher by Keystone Meat Market, Reading, retiring in 1982.

  He was an Army veteran of World War II.

  Rogers is survived by a son, George D., Bethlehem, and a daughter, Patricia A. (Rogers) Kummerer, Birdsboro.

  There are also five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

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



  Private services were held for Ella E. Bill, 61, of Proudfoot Drive, Robeson Township, who died December 12 in Zerbe Sisters Nursing Home, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, where she had been a patient.

  Her husband, Frederick L. Bill Sr., died in 1995.

  Born in Philadelphia, she had been employed for 12 years as a cook by Suburban Tavern, Mount Penn, retiring in 2000.

  She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer D. (Bill) Ranck, Birdsboro; and three sons: Frederick L. Jr., Frackville, Schuylkill County; Scott M., Reading; and Jason P., Temple.

  Other survivors include a brother and her step-mother, Eleanor McIlhenny, Wyomissing.

  There are also six grandchildren.

  The Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home Inc., was in charge of the arrangements.



 The arrangements are being handled by the Dengler Funeral Home, Birdsboro, for Marie May Care.

 Care, 90, formerly of Elverson, died on December 11 in the Praxis Home in Easton.



  Services were held for David R. Moskovitz Jr., 40, husband of Lynn U. Moskovitz of Hunterís Run in Exeter, who died December 12 in an auto accident.

  He was born in Chicago to the late David R. Moskovitz Sr. and Donna Faye Evensen of Glenn Ellyn, Ill.

  He attended York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., and earned both his undergraduate and his graduate degrees from Ohio State University.

  In 1981, he was named Illinois High Schoolís Gymnast of the Year. He attended OSU on a gymnastics scholarship, and was a member of its 1985 Big Ten and NCAA Championship teams.

  Before moving to Pennsylvania, Moskovitz was the director of membership of USA Gymnastics in Indianapolis. He also held gymnastics coaching positions in Indianapolis, and Marin, Calif.

  Moskovitz and his wife had recently acquired Berks East Gymnastics Club in Parker Ford.

  In addition to coaching, he was chairman of Group Gymnastics as well as a safety instructor for USA Gymnastics, the education representative for the Pennsylvania State Gymnastic Board and a Brevet Rated Menís Gymnastics judge.

  He also was a group leader for the World Gymnastrade in Germany, Sweden and Portugal.

  In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by two sisters.

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

  Additional services will be held in Chicago.



  Services will be held Wednesday for Dolores E. ďDollyĒ Eschbach, 66, wife of Maurice E. Eschbach of Monocacy Hill Road in Amity Township, who died December 13 in Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading.

  She was born in West Reading and was a 1955 graduate of Amity High School.

  She was a waitress at the former Dairy Clown and then the Country Kitchen in Greshville and for 36 years, worked as a cook at the Yellow House Hotel, retiring in 2000.

  She was a member of St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Amityville.

  In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Kerry A. Drey of Birdsboro; one brother, Gerald L. Kuser of Earlville; and a granddaughter.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 E. Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605.

  A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lutz Funeral Home, 2100 Perkiomen Ave., in Reading.

  Services will be held at 11 a.m.

  Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Pottstown.


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