Miscellaneous Berks County, Pennsylvania Obituaries 2002

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Thelma E. Detwiler

Thelma E. (Sell) Detwiler, 86, of Pennsburg, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 at Pennsburg Manor, Pennsburg. 

Funeral services were held Oct. 30. Interment was in Pennsburg U.C.C. Cemetery, Pennsburg. 

She was the wife of the late John W. Detwiler. 

Born in Red Hill, she was the daughter of the late John P. and the late Lillie Mae (Erb) Sell. 

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Pennsburg United Church of Christ, Pennsburg, and belonged to the Golden Agers Club at the church. She was also a member of the Upper Perkiomen Senior Citizens Club in East Greenville and the Red Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. 

She is survived by: two daughters, Marilyn R. Stull of Barto, and Ruth E. Nice of Bechtelsville; one son, Merill Yorgey of Red Hill; two sisters, Margie Leister of Pennsburg and June Ehrie of Topton; four grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsburg United Church of Christ, 775 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073.

Arrangements: Monaghan Funeral Home Inc., Red Hill. 

 

Franklin M. Weisel

Franklin M. Weisel, 69, of Pipersville, died on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 in his home. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home Inc., 821 W. Broad St., Quakertown. 

He was the husband of the late Donna L. (Benner) Weisel. 

Born in Milford Township, he was the son of the late Alvin K. and Alverda (Miller) Weisel. 

He was a supervisor at Reedman’s in Langhorne before his retirement. Afterward, he worked in the maintenance department at American Rentals in Doylestown and for B&G Enterprise in Plumsteadville. 

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spinnerstown. 

He was one of the founders and a member of the Lehigh Valley Timing Association. He was also a member of the NRA. 

He is survived by: two sons, Wade M. Weisel of Willow Grove and Jeshia T. Weisel at home; two brothers, Gerald C. Weisel of East Greenville and Willard E. Weisel of Sellersville; one sister, Grace M. MacDonald of Camp Hill; one granddaughter. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 120, Spinnerstown, PA 18969.

Arrangements: C. R. Strunk Funeral Home Inc., Quakertown. 

 

Cecelia T. Weikel

Cecelia T. Weikel, 88, of Richlandtown, formerly of Perkasie and Quakertown, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital. 

Funeral services were held Oct. 29. Interment was in Whitemarsh Memorial Park. 

She was the wife of the late Arthur R. Weikel. 

Born in Coraopolis, she lived most of her life in the Perkasie and Quakertown areas. 

She was a homemaker and was previously employed as a presser for the former JG Pants Factory, Perkasie. 

She was Protestant by faith. 

She is survived by: two daughters, Faye Lawrence and Joan Frick, both of Sellersville; one son, Kenneth Weikel of Souderton; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward Urban. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 

Arrangements: Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, Sellersville.
 

Lidija Tupitis

Lidija Tupitis, 89, of Richland Township, formerly of Latvia, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital, Quakertown.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21. Interment was in St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Perkasie. 

She was the wife of the late Eduards Tupitis. 

Born in Aizpute, Latvia, she was the daughter of the late Karlis and Auguste (Putnaerglis) Ernstsons.

She had been employed as a seamstress for the Phoenix clothing factory, Quakertown. Prior to that, she worked for the William Fretz and Sons Pants factory, Bedminster, Harvey Clothing, Quakertown and Shawnee-Penn Manufacturing, Quakertown. She retired in 1979.

She was a member of the Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church, Applebachsville. She sang in church choirs in Latvia and Germany. 

She is survived by: one daughter, Vizma Tupitis, of Richland Township; three sisters, Anna Reinis, of Quakertown, Lilija Kimanska, of Latvia and Rasma Chamberlin, of San Jose, Calif. She was predeceased by a brother, Alfred Ernstsons. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church Help Fund, 1142 Apple Road, Quakertown, PA 18951. 

Arrangements: Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie. 

 

Grace M. Sames

Grace M. Sames, 85, of Richlandtown, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 at Valley Manor Nursing Center, Coopersburg. 

Funeral services were held Dec. 21. Interment was in Richlandtown Union Cemetery, Richlandtown.

She was the wife of C. Stanley Sames for 47 years. 

Born in Richlandtown, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Carrie (Lewis) Ernie. 

She assisted her husband in the operation of the Richland Feed Co., Richlandtown, for over 20 years before retiring. She and her husband also worked a farm in Richlandtown for many years. 

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Richlandtown, and a member of the Richlandtown Fire Co. Auxiliary. 

She is survived by: two sons, Ronald C. Sames, of Richlandtown, Gerald L. Sames, of Souderton; one daughter, Karlene, of Richlandtown; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one daughter, Janice. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s UCC, 4 N. Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955. 

Arrangements: Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, Quakertown.

 

Nora B. Reinsons

Nora B. Reinsons, 67, of Souderton, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 in her home. 

Funeral services were held Dec. 20. 

She was the wife of the late Juris “Jerry” Reinsons. 

Born in Riga, Latvia, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Karline (Vibe) Balodis. 

She was a member of the Latvian Lutheran Church of Bucks County & Vicinity, where she was a former choir member. 

She is survived by: one son, Ivars J., of Quakertown; one brother, Peter Balodis II, of Souderton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the church. 

Arrangements: C. R. Strunk Funeral Home Inc., Quakertown.

 

Cyri C. Mattern

Cyri C. Mattern, 52, of Sellersville, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 in her home. 

Services were held Dec. 23. Interment was in Sellersville Cemetery. 

She was the wife of Harry W. Mattern for 33 years.

Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Audrey C. (Hoffman) Alder of Sellersville and the late Philip Joseph Alder. 

She had been employed for many years as a lab manager with Thomas Angelo Photography Studios, Chalfont. 

She was a longtime member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Sellersville, where she was actively involved with the Music Program and directed the guitar choir. An accomplished soloist, she often sang at mass, weddings and funerals. She was also a member of the Upper Bucks Choral Arts Society. 

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by: one son, Eric W. Mattern, of Pennsburg; one daughter, Erin E. Maxymillian, of Gilbertsville; two sisters, Beverly Clark, of Fairhope and Audrey Walker, of Friedens; one brother, Philip John Alder of Sellersville; one granddaughter. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand View Hospital MOU Department, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960 or St. Agnes Catholic Church, 445 N. Main St., Sellersville, PA 18960.

Arrangements: Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, Sellersville.

 

Walter R. Hagey

Walter R. Hagey, 93, of Telford, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at the Lutheran Community at Telford. 

Funeral services were held Dec. 21. 

He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. (Rosenberger) Hagey. 

Born in Hatfield, he was a son of the late Justus T. and Martha M. (Scheetz) Hagey. 

He was vice-president of Fidelity Bank, formerly the Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Co. from 1929-1974.

He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Springfield Twp.

He was past treasurer and supply pastor of the Eastern PA Synod, Lutheran Church of America. He served on numerous church boards and agencies in the Southeastern PA Synod and the Lutheran Church in America including being on the Executive Committee of the Lutheran Council in USA from 1962-1974; treasurer of home missions, inner missions and Christian Education of the Eastern PA Synod. 

He is survived by: one son, the Rev. Dr. Donald C. hagey of Bethlehem; two grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by a son, Walter Richard Hagey. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Springfield Twp., 2170 Route 212, Coopersburg, PA 18036.

Arrangements: Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., Hellertown.


 
 

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