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2000

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NANCY H. BOETTNER

Services were held for Nancy H. (Smith) Boettner, 46, of South Hills Boulevard, Pottstown, who died July 29 at her home.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ralph H. Sr. and Helen K. (Zubur) Smith of Virmay Drive, Gilbertsville.

She was a 1972 graduate of Boyertown High School and was a self-employed home health care provider for seven years.

Surviving with her parents are a son, Matthew N. Boettner, and a daughter, Jennifer H. Boettner, both at home; a sister, Mary Jane Smith, Gilbertsville; and two brothers, Ralph H. Smith Jr., Gilbertsville, and David F. Smith, Harleysville.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Jennifer H. and Matthew M. Boettner c/o L. W. Ott Funeral Home, 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

ERNEST S. LATSHAW

Services were held for Ernest S. Latshaw, 96, widower of Lillian (Godshall) Latshaw, of the Lutheran Community at Telford, formerly of Souderton, who died July 27.

He died at the community where he had resided for four years.

Born in Niantic, he was employed as a plasterer by the Norristown State Hospital for many years.

He was a member of the Souderton Lions Club, where he held various offices. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Souderton, where he was a choir member for more than 50 years. He was a former member of a traveling menís chorus in Reading and was a member of the Souderton Senior Citizens and performed for many years with the Syncopated Seniors of Souderton.

He is survived by two brothers and a sister.

He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 69 W. Broad St., Souderton, PA 18964; or to the Lutheran Community at Telford, 235 N. Washington Ave., Telford, PA 18969; or to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960.

The arrangements were handled by the Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home Inc., Franconia. 

EDWARD H. BLANKENBILLER

Services were held for Edward H. Blankenbiller, 88, of Blankenbiller Road, Alsace Township, who died July 28 in St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient.

His wife, Dorothy L. (Schildt) Blankenbiller, died in June.

Born in Alsace Township, he was employed for 46 years as a maintenance carpenter for Dana Corporationís Parish Light Vehicle Structures Division, Reading, retiring in 1974.

He is survived by a son, Lynell, Stony Creek Mills, and two daughters, Bonnie (Blanken-biller) Earl and Joanne (Blankenbiller) Shirey, both of Alsace Township.

Other survivors include two brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale. 

WILLARD K. SCHULTZ

Funeral services were held for Willard K. Schultz, 74, husband of Margaret R. (Wain) Schultz, of Surrey Court, Oley, who died July 28 in Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia. 

Born in Palm, he was employed as a tool and die maker for the Textile Machine Works, Reading, for 25 years. He also worked for Uniform Tubes for 20 years prior to retiring in 1989.

Schultz was a life-long member of Palm Schwenkfelder Church, where he served as superintendent of the Sunday school, and was a member of Men of Palm. He was also the charter president of the Bally Lions Club; a current member of the Oley Lions Club; a member of the Oley Chapter of the American Legion, and a volunteer driver for the Topton Lutheran Home.

Schultz was a veteran of World War II.

He and his wife celebrated 39 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer L. Schultz, Harrisburg, and Katherine M. Schultz, Philadelphia; one brother and five sisters.

He was predeceased by a sister.

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

JOHN H. KATEIN SR.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated for John H. Katein Sr., 84, widower of Pearl Myrtle (Bernard) Katein, of Egypt Road, Mont Clare, who died July 28 at the Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity.

Born in Philadelphia, he was employed as a stationary engineer by the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., Phoenixville, until his retirement.

Katein was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Phoenixville; a member of the Marine Corps Auxiliary; and a member of AARP of Phoenixville and Audubon.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Marine Corps.

Surviving are a son, John H. Katein Jr., Schwenksville and one sister; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Zappone and one grandson, John H. Katein, III.

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

PHYLLIS M. REICHENBACH

Burial was private and a memorial service was held for Phyllis M. (Hillegass) Reichenbach, 70, widow of Norman L. Reichenbach, of the Frederick Mennonite Comm-unity, who died July 27 at the community, where she had been a resident for the past six years.

Born in Red Hill, she resided in Spring City for most of her life before entering the Frederick Mennonite Community.

A 1948 graduate of the former East Greenville High School, she attended Lock Haven State Teacherís College, and graduated from West Chester State Teacherís College now West Chester University, where she received a bachelorís degree in elementary education. She received her masters degree from Pennsylvania State University.

She was an elementary school teacher at the Second Street Elementary School, Phoenixville, for five years, and taught at the Spring City Elementary School from 1963 until she retired in 1987.

She was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Spring City; a member of the Spring-Ford Chapter No. 518, Order of the Eastern Star, Royersford; a longtime Girl Scout leader in Spring City, where she received her 40-year service award pin.

Reichenbach is survived by a son, Lloyd H. Reichenbach, Palmyra; three daughters, Lucinda M., wife of Karl Yorgey, Boyertown, Norma P., wife of James Nichols, East Greenville, and Lydia F., wife of Richard Maure, Boston; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one grandson, Peter M. Yorgey.

Memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis M. Reichenbach Memorial Scholar-ship Fund, c/o Lloyd Reichenbach, National Penn Bank, P.O. Box 517, Boyertown, PA 19512.

The arrangements were handled by the Shalkop-Grace Funeral Home Inc., Spring City. 

FRANZISKA ANDRE

A Funeral Mass was held for Franziska Andre, 93, of Southampton, who died July 24 at her daughterís home in North Wales.

She was the widow of Michael J. Andre who died in 1979.

Born in Kowatschi, Rumania, she came to the United States in 1952, with her husband and children.

Andre was a lifelong member of St. Henryís German American Catholic Church. Having served for over 30 years with the Fr. Kolping Society, Little Flower H.S., Danubeschwaben German Club and other organizations.

Andre is survived by two sons, Michael Andre, Boyertown; Joseph Andre of Fairbanks, Alaska; three daughters, Franziska Schneider, Southamp-ton, Elizabeth Botscheller, Boyertown, Helga M. Brino, North Wales.

Also 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be sent to the St. John Neumann Shrine, 1019 N. 5th St., Phila., PA. 19123.

The arrangements were handled by the James J. McGhee Funeral Home, Southampton, PA.

Reporting Week of 07/26/2000 

VIVA V. SPOHN

Services were held for Viva V. Spohn, 84, formerly of Miller Road, Alsace Township, who died July 19 in Berks Heim Annex, where she had resided since 1999.

Her husband, Paul G. Spohn, died in 1993.

Born in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, she had been employed as a hosiery worker by the Berkshire Knitting Mills, Wyomissing, until retiring.

Surviving is a niece, Kathy A. Eck, Laureldale.

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

FREDERICK SIMON

Services were held for Frederick "Fritz" Simon, 86, husband of Marie A. (Lukasavage) Simon, of The Colonnade, Schwenksville, formerly of Perkiomenville and Roxborough, who died July 19 at Grandview Hospital, Sellersville.

Born in Wald, West Germany, he worked in Philadelphia as the head building attendant in the building management department of the Philadelphia Electric Co. for over 25 years, retiring in 1978. Prior to that he was a painter with his brother, Walter Simon in the Philadelphia area.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

·He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills UCC, Sassamansville, where he was a volunteer maintenance helper for over 12 years. He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Manayunk.

Simon was a member of the Boyertown Golden Agers and the Boyertown Senior Citizens Center.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Frederick Simon Jr., of Wayne; a daughter, JoAnn L., wife of Roger Kratz of Barto; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd of the Hills UCC Youth Ministry, 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtels-ville, PA 19505.

Burial was private.

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

CLIFFORD H. REINHART

A memorial service was held for Clifford H. Reinhart, 82, husband of Pearl R. (Stoudt) Reinhart, of West Ridge Pike, Limerick, who died July 18 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pennsburg, he was employed as a production mananger at Superior Tube Company, Collegeville, for 20 years until his retirement in 1980.

He was a veteran corporal of the U.S. Marines, serving during World War II on the USS Point Cruiz and USS Renova aircraft carriers.

Reinhart was a member of St. James United Church of Christ, Limerick. He was involved in various bowling leagues in the Limerick area.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, JoAnn, wife of Brian Hermann, of Boyertown; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

He was predeceased by two brothers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. James United Church of Christ, 321 South Limerick Road, Limerick, PA 19468.

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

ALICE SCULL

Services and burial were private for Alice (Waite) Scull, 91, wife of Walter L. Scull, Sassamansville, and formerly of Boyertown and Schwenksville, who died July 20 at her home.

She was born in Merchantville, N.J.

For 21 years, Scull was a production control clerk for the Teleflex Co. in Limerick. She retired in 1983.

Surviving are a daughter, H. Marthanne "Marty" Anderton of Sassamansville; and a sister.

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

LOVINA F. PENNYPACKER

Graveside services were held for Lovina F. Pennypacker, Walnuttown Road, Ruscomb-manor Township, who died July 20 in Berks Heim Annnex, where she had resided for eight weeks.

Her husband, Leo A. Pennypacker, died in 1981.

She was born in Bernville.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary E. (Pennypacker) Welch, Dallas, Texas; and two sons: Stanley P., Spring Mills, Centre County, and Carl L., Reading.

Other survivors include eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

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

RUTH L. FRITZ

Services were held for Ruth L. Fritz, 69, of N. Seventh St., Bally, who died July 20 in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

She was the wife of Robert L. Fritz.

Born in Wanamakers, she was a registered nurse, and had been employed as a nurse by the Allentown General Hospital, and was last employed 22 years as a nurse by the Bally Medical Center, retiring in 1985.

She was a 1948 graduate of Slatington High School, Slatington, Lehigh County and a 1951 graduate of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing.

Fritz was a member and former councilwoman of Jacobís United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, Lehigh County.

She is also survived by a brother.

The arrangements were handled by the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Tripoli. 

JUNE L. ATKINS

A memorial service will be held at a later date for June L. Anderson Atkins, 77, Oley, who died July 19 at the Berkshire Center, 5501 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, where she had been a patient.

She was born in Reiffton and was the wife of George T. Atkins for 45 years.

Atkins was a graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing and worked at several hospitals before joining the U.S. Navy as an RN. She served at various Naval Hospitals both in the U.S. and overseas and is a Korean War Veteran. She resigned from the Navy as a Lieutenant USN (RN) to become a homemaker.

She was vice president and board member of the Reading Box Co. Inc.

A member of St. Gabrielís Episcopal Church, Douglassville, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

She belonged to many organizations including the American Legion, Oley Post 878, Historical Society of Berks County, serving for several years as a Docent. She was also vice president of Youth Education Valley Forge Chapter of Freedoms Foundation, for many years.

· In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Lance Atkins, Sinking Springs, Jennifer L. (Atkins) Lehr, Sinking Springs and Brent Atkins, Exeter Township, eight grandchildren and four sisters.

Atkins body is being donated to medical research for study of Vascular Dementia and Lyme Disease from which she died.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Historical Society of Berks County, 940 Center Ave., Reading, PA 19601. 

THRESA A. DAY

Services were held for Thresa A. (Anhalt) Day, 76, widow of Alfred H. Day Sr., of North Walnut Street, Boyertown, who died July 21 at Manatawny Manor, East Coventry.

Born in Swainton, N.J., she was a graduate of Middle Township Area High School, N.J.

Day was a member of the Perkiomen Valley Brethren in Christ Church, Perkiomen. She was also a member of the Good Sam, Campers for Christ and Wings of Shasta camping clubs.

She is survived by three sons, Alfred H. Day, Lower Providence, Thomas E. Day, Lower Providence, and Dennis A. Day, Upper Providence; two daughters, Betty S. Minnis, Limerick, and Lorraine D. Hespell, Douglass (Mont.) Township; two sisters; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Perkiomen Valley Brethren in Christ Church, 46 Trappe Road, Graterford, PA 19426.

The arrangements were handled by the Holcombe Funeral Home Inc., Main St., Trappe. 

PERRY R. NEIFFER

Services were held for Perry R. Neiffer, 82, who died July 21 in the Phoenixville Hospital emergency room.

He was taken there from the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center, Royersford, where he had resided for many years.

His wife, Gladys (Stetler) Neiffer, died in 1985.

Born in Limerick, he was employed 38 years as a die caster by Doehler-Jarvis Corp., Stowe, Montgomery County, retiring in 1967.

Neiffer was a member of Royersford Baptist Church and was an Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Neiffer) Lawrenson, Albany, N.Y.; and three sons: Robert P. and Perry R. Jr., both of Boyertown; and Frederick, Royersford.

Other survivors include a brother; two sisters; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandcildren.

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

MYRTLE I. CLAY

Services were held for Myrtle I. (Moyer) Clay, 88, widow of Harry J. Clay, of East Fourth Street, Boyertown, who died July 21 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

She was born in Boyertown and for 13 years was a cafeteria aide at Boyertown Area High School, retiring in 1967.

Clay was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown. She was also a member of Faith Charter No. 444 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Boyertown and the Golden Age Club, also of Boyertown.

She was predeceased by a sister, Florence Smith.

Surviving are a brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

JENNIFER LYNN GETZ

A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Jennifer Lynn Getz, 21, of Fox Lane, Bethlehem, and formerly of the Boyertown area, who died July 20, from injuries she received from an automobile accident.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Lance R. Getz of Fleetwood, and Sharon M. (Gallagher) Getz of Bally.

She had attended Boyertown Area High School, and was currently a student at the Allentown Business School.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandparents, Marlyn and Louise (Hetler) Getz, of Enis, Mont.; her maternal grandparents, John Gallagher, of Pottstown, and Louise (Filino) Coin, of Barto.

Burial was private.

The arrangements were by the Catagnus Funeral Home, Gilbertsville. 

RUBY M. PETSCH

Services will be held for Ruby M. Petsch, 92, formerly of Petsch Road, Alsace Township, who died July 23 in St. Joseph Medical Center. 

She had been a resident of the Beverly Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Exeter Township, where she had resided for 3-1/2 years.

Her husband, Henry D. Petsch, died in 1991.

Born in Alsace Township, she was a member of Zion (Spies) Reformed Church, Alsace Township.

Surviving are two sons, Herman H. and Samuel, both of Exeter Township; and two daughters, Pearl R. (Petsch) Hertzog, Fairfax, Va., and Edna M. (Petsch) Romberger, West Lawn.

Other survivors include two sisters, Mary K. (Petsch) Garman and Anna (Petsch) Rothenberger, both of Alsace Township.

There are also 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert W. Petsch.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Bean Funeral Homes & Cremation Services Inc., Reading.

Burial will be in Spies (Zion) Cemetery, Alsace Township.

Reporting Week of 07/19/2000 

RALPH E. HOFFMAN

A memorial service was held for Ralph E. Hoffman, 77, of Colebrookdale Road, Douglass (Berks) Township, who died July 11. He had been a patient at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

He was the widower of Geraldine M. (Houck) Hoffman.

Born in Windsor Castle, he was a 1940 graduate of Boyertown High School.

Hoffman had worked at Occidental Chemical Company, Pottstown, as a maintenance worker until retiring in 1985. Before that he had worked for the former Firestone Tire Company.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War IIand was a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown.

He had been active with Boy Scout Troop 3 of Boyertown for many years, serving as district commissioner of Daniel Boone Council and earning the Distinguished Silver Beaver and Wood badges as an adult.

Surviving are two sons, Donald C. Hoffman of Pottstown and Michael L. Hoffman, of Boyertown; a daughter, Suzanne L., wife of Arthur Donald Gibson, of Lemoore, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd U.C.C. Memorial Fund, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

RUTH SURGEONER

Services were held for Ruth (Moyer) Surgeoner, 77, wife of Samuel "Scotty" Surgeoner, of Mock Road, Pottstown, who died July 10 at her residence.

Born in Limerick, she was a member of St. Paulís Church, Stowe, and the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 471, Boyertown.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by two sons, D. Bruce Surgeoner of Boyertown, and Scott A. Surgeoner of Gilbertsville; a daughter, Bonnie L., wife of Richard R. Rotz, of Gilbertsville; two sisters and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Fund of St. Paulís Church, Linden and Glasgow streets, Stowe, PA 19464; or to The Visiting Nurses of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Houck Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown. 

CAROL A. EIDLE

Services were held for Carol A. (Hall) Eidle, 50, wife of Kerry J. Eidle Sr. of Yoder Road, Oley, who died July 11 in Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient.

Born in Pottstown, she was a 1969 graduate of Boyertown High School. Mrs. Eidle was a housewife.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two stepsons, Kerry J. Eidle Jr., of Earl Township and Mark A. Eidle of Chicago; one stepdaughter, Tina M. Eidle, wife of Thomas Borcher of Fleetwood, one step-granddaughter; one brother, Thomas Hall of Wyalusing, four sisters, Jane, wife of George Dierolf of Pottstown; Pearl, wife of Thomas Kirlin of Pottstown; Mary, wife of Gary Neiman of Boyertown and Doris, wife of Richard Bates of Oley.

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

CATHERINE H. GEHMAN

Services will be held for Catherine H. (Frey) Gehman, 86, of Barto, Washington Township, who died July 15. She died from injuries received from an auto accident.

Gehman was the widow of Ralph H. Gehman.

Born in Berks County, she was a housewife and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Niantic.

Surviving are four daughters, Arlene G., wife of David C. Houck of Blandon; Virginia M., wife of George H. Reifsnyder of Boyertown; Dorothy A., wife of William J. Houser of Pottstown; Anna M. Gehman of Barto; four sons, Russell H., Richard J. and Ralph R. Gehman, all of Barto, and Ernest E. Gehman of Boyertown; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by a daughter Helen, wife of Donald P. Bauer of Barto.

Also a sister and a brother.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 222 Niantic Road, Barto.

The Rev. Richard H. Schaefer, retired pastor, will officiate.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. at the church until the time of the service.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 222 Niantic Road, Barto, PA 19504.

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

Reporting Week of 07/12/2000 

PEARL M. EVANS

Graveside services will be held for Pearl M. Evans, 85, formerly of Boyertown, who died July 8 in Berks Heim, where she had been a resident since 1990.

Her husband, Bernard W. Evans, died in 1985.

Born in Shanesville, she had been employed for many years as a tubing machine operator at Judson Smith Co., Boyertown, retiring in 1985.

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

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Deborah J. Evans, Gilbertsville; a nephew, two nieces and two grandchildren.

Evans was predeceased by a son, Robert B. Evans.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township.

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

MARION B. WILSON

Visitation will be held Thursday for Marion B. (Dengler) Wilson, 97, widow of Dallas Wilson, formerly of Pottstown, who died July 8 at Manatawny Manor, East Coventry.

Born in Boyertown, Wilson was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Pottstown for 40 years.

Surviving is a sister.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Houck Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte and Grace streets, Pottstown.

The Rev. David Jones, pastor at Limerick Chapel, will officiate.

Burial will be in Florida at a later date. 

JOHN H. HARING

A memorial service will be held for John H. Haring, Ph.D., 51, husband of Susanne M. (Daly) Haring of Kirkwood, Mo., and formerly of Gilbertsville, who died June 21 in Kirkwood.

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

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

Haring was a 1967 graduate of Boyertown Area High School, he received his bachelorís degree in biology from Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.

Between 1971 and 1975, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a first lieutenant. Following his tour of duty, Dr. Haring received his masterís degree in biology from West Chester University, West Chester, and his doctorate from Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Haring then finished his post-doctoraTe internship with Duke University, Durham, N.C.

He was a member of Invera-An Bag Pipe Band of St. Louis and was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. He had formerly been a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville.

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

A memorial service for Dr. Haring will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 5 at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Christopher Weidner, pastor, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lukeís Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525; or to V.M.T. Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va. 24450.

The Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Pottstown, is in charge of the arrangements. 

JACOB S. KING JR.

Services were held for Jacob Samuel "Sam" King Jr., 64, husband of Mary Ann (Yoder) King, of Telford, formerly of Boyertown, who died July 6. He had been a patient at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia.

Born in Belleville, Mifflin County, he was employed as a machinery operator by Knoll International, East Greenville, for 28 years until his retirement in April.

He was a 1953 graduate of Belleville High School and attended Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., for a year. He was a member of Boyertown Mennonite Church, where he was a former Sunday School teacher, superintendent, trustee and youth leader. He was a former softball umpire for church leagues in the Boyertown area.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, he is survived by a sister and one sister-in law.

He was predeceased by a brother; three sisters and three infant siblings.

Memorial donations may be made to Boyertown Mennonite Church, 275 Mill St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

RICHARD E. WOOD JR.

Services will be held Wednesday for Richard E. "Richie" Wood Jr., 11, of North Walnut Street, Boyertown, who died July 6 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, when he was struck by a vehicle.

He was born in Pottstown, and was a son of Tammy M. (Miller) Wood, with whom he resided in Boyertown, and Richard E. Wood Sr., of Pottstown. He would have been a fifth-grade student at Colebrookdale Elementary School in the fall.

Richie was a member of the Boyertown Area YMCA, where he participated in the Schools Out Program, and attended Camp Oasis at Boyertown Elementary School.

In addition to his mother and father, Richie is survived by two sisters, Melanie Paige and Kristy Marie Wood, both at home in Boyertown; a step-sister, Jasmine Bryson, Pottstown; one stepbrother, Brandon L. Bryson, Pottstown; one half-brother, Jacob M. Wood, Pottstown; his maternal grandparents, John and Carol Miller, Boyertown; his paternal grandmother, Susan Carroll, Pottstown; his paternal grandfather, Robert L. Wood Sr., Phoenixville.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Harvest Fellowship Church, 584 Colebrookdale Road, Boyertown. The Rev. Barry Parsons, pastor of the church, will officiate.

A viewing will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boyertown YMCA, 301 Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

Burial will be in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick.

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

ROBERT D. MOLL

A funeral Mass was held for Robert D. Moll, 61, husband of Marjorie A. (Kulp) Moll of Fourth Street, Bally, who died July 6 in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Allentown.

· Born in Bally, he attended elementary school at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Bally and was a graduate of Boyertown Area High School. He earned an Accounting Degree at Lasalle University and also an Associates Degree in Business Administration, Motor Traffic Management and Advanced Traffic Management from I.C.S.

He was employed as the Borough Manager for the Borough of Bally for the past 11 years.

Prior to that he was employed as a Department Supervisor and Warehouse supervisor at Boyertown Packaging for 23 years. He was an elected official in the borough of Bally prior to his hiring as the manager serving as borough mayor for eight years and borough councilman for 12 years.

He was the chairman of the borough planning commission for six years, borough zoning officer for five years and chairman of the borough municipal authority for 12 years.

During his involvement he was instrumental in expanding the sewage treatment plant without raising sewer rates, constructing new borough offices in the former Bally School on Chestnut Street, encouraging the Senior Center expansion, upgrading the borough playground and park, initiating the process of installing sidewalks throughout the borough, developing a borough logo, computerizing the borough offices and initiating a recycling program. He also helped in the organization of the Boyertown Area Communications Center Inc., serving as a director and treasurer for seven years. He also helped in the organization of the Berks-Mont Council of Governments serving as a representative for 12 years and president.

He was a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Army.

He and his wife celebrated 27 years of marriage September 16.

A life long and active member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bally he was active in the Boy Scouting program for nine years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Michael Brogan and Margaret Fretz, both of Reading, three sons, Scott Moll and Michael Moll, both of Bally; Mark Moll of Boyertown; two sisters, Diane Engle of Allentown and Linda Moll of Bally, and eight grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice Unit, 17th & Chew Streets, Allentown, PA 18105; or American Cancer Society Upper Perkiomen Unit, P.O. Box 75, Pennsburg, PA 18073.

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

Reporting Week of 06/28/2000 

DONALD L. RENNINGER

Services were held for Donald L. Renninger, 74, husband of Gladys M. (Norris) Renninger of West Chester, who died June 19 in Chester County Hospital, West Chester.

Born in Earl Township, he had lived in the West Chester area for the past 30 years.

Renninger was a graduate of Boyertown High School.

He was a World War II veteran as a Torpedoman 1st Class in the U.S. Navy submarine service.

Renninger worked as a circulation manager for The Daily Local News for 25 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of St. Matthewís Lutheran Church in Chester Springs and a member of Elks #853, West Chester.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Gomez of Glenmoore, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sons, Paul Renninger and Donald L. Renninger Jr.

The arrangements were handled by the Mauger/Givnish Funeral Home, Malvern. 

PAUL D. FRYER

Services were held for Paul D. Fryer, 70, formerly of Gilberts-ville and Boyertown, who died June 20 at Sanatoga Center after being there for seven days.

Fryer was born in Gilbertsville and was a graduate of Boyertown High School.

He worked as a long haul trucker for various companies and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Fryer was a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Friendship Hook and Ladder Fire Co., Boyertown, the Gilbertsville Fire Co. and the Gilbertsville and Pike Township Sportsmenís Associations.

Surviving are several cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother.

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

MARY E. SMITH

Services were held for Mary E. Smith, 84, who died June 19 in her residence at 1 Apple Lane, Alsace Township.

Her husband, Melvin L. Smith, died in 1974.

Born in Stony Creek Mills, she had been employed 30 years as sexton of Zion (Spies) Lutheran Church, Alsace Township, and was also employed for 20 years as a cook/sexton at the Victor Emmanuel II Society, Reading, until her retirement.

She was a member of Zion (Spies) Lutheran Church, where she was a past president of its Missionary Society.

Smith was a past secretary of the Oley Valley Senior Citizens and the ladies auxiliaries of the Oley, Alsace Manor and Central of Laureldale fire companies.

Surviving are a son, Melvin H., Reading; and five daughters: Mary (Smith) Stocker, Jane (Smith) Brown and Gloria (Smith) Triest, all of Alsace Township; Darlene (Smith) Reinert, Richmond Township; and Dorothy (Smith) Seidel, Ruscombmanor Township.

Other survivors include a half brother; three half sisters; a step-sister, 26 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.

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

PHILIP J. GIACOBBE

A funeral mass was celebrated for Philip J. Giacobbe, 54, Douglass (Berks) Township, who died June 19 at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Caln Township.

Born in Norristown, he was a son of John B. Giacobbe, Lower Providence, and the late Marie (Hoedl) Giacobbe.

He was a 1964 graduate of the former Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown and later received an associateís degree fromMonterey Bay Peninsula College, Monterey, Calif.

He was a 100 percent disabled veteran, having served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.

In addition to his father, he is survived by four brothers, F. Scott Giacobbe, Wernersville, Berks County, Paul M. Giacobbe, Lower Providence, Brian L. Giacobbe, Chicago and Glenn B. Giacobbe, Houston.

The arrangements were handled by the Holcombe Funeral Home Inc., Trappe. 

R. WARREN FORREST

A family tribute was planned for R. Warren Forrest, 78, husband of Eleanor Long Oliver, of Barto, formerly of Scituate, R.I., who died May 26 at his home.

He was employed by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. for 27 years until his retirement.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserve and the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre as a gunner until 1945, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.

He was a 1941 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and a 1951 graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelorís degree from the School of Education.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his former wife, Adelaide Margaret (Bourne) Forrest of Coventry, R.I.; four sons, Rodney Forrest of Londonderry, N.H.; Bruce Forrest of Kapoleo, Hawaii; and Keith and Dwight Forrest of Loveland, Colo.; one daughter, Leslie Forrest of Cranston, R.I.; and eight grandchildren.

The tribute was planned at St. Paulís Episcopal Church, Millis, Mass., where Forrest had been a deacon.

The body had been removed to the Theo. C. Auman Crematory Inc., Reading.

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

BIRDIE MAE ELLIXSON

Services were held for Birdie Mae (nee Miller) Ellixson, 82, of Bechtelsville, who died June 21 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allen-town.

She was the wife of the late Cornelius LaRoy Ellixson.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she lived for 6 years when she moved to Chester, PA. She lived in Chester for 45 years when she moved to Virgilina, Va, living there for 10 years.

She was a homemaker.

Ellixson was a charter member of 49 years at Chichester Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer. She worked in the nursery department, sang in the choir and helped with vacation Bible school and belonged to the Senior Saints of Chichester Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons: John Spencer Ellixson, Wilmington, De, Neal LaRoy Ellixson, East Goshen, PA; James Kidd Ellixson of Lower Gwynedd, PA and Donald Lee Ellixson, Pennsburg; one daughter, Valerie Ellixson Lee of Montgomery, Alabama.

Also a sister, a granddaughter and her husband with whom she made her home; also 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

The Minshall-Shropshire Funeral Home, Media, handled the arrangements. 

MARGARET L. SEIDEL

Services were held for Margaret L. Seidel, 80, formerly of N. 12th St., Reading, who died June 23 in ManorCare Health Services Inc., West Reading, where she had resided since Dec.

Her husband, John R. Seidel, died in 1972.

Born in Boyertown, she is survived by a daughter: Stephanie E. Seidel, Reading; and two sons: J. Richard, New York, and Stephen E., Colorado Springs, Colo.

She is also survived by a foster child, Judith (Spears) Masleh, Reading.

There are also two grandchildren, a foster grandchild and a great-grandchild.

The arrangements were handled by the Sanders Funeral Home, Reading. 

ROBERT D. RHOADS

Services were held for Robert D. Rhoads, 77, who died June 23 in his residence at Main St., Oley.

He was the husband of Margaret M. (Hilbert) Rhoads.

Born in Douglass Township, he was employed as a farmer most of his life. He worked for 20 years for St. Lawrence Dairy, Muhlenberg Township. He later worked for six years in the maintenance department at Oley Valley School District.

Rhoads was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Spangsville.

He is also survived by a daughter, Barbara J. (Rhoads) Obarow, Oley Township.

Other survivors include a sister, Ruth (Rhoads) Hertzog, and a brother, Ralph Rhoads, both of Douglass Township.

There are also two grandchildren.

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

KATE HULTSLANDER LOUGHERY

A memorial service was held for Kate Hultslander Loughery, 27, of Malvern and formerly of Perkiomenville, who died June 14 in Charenton-Le-Pont, France, from injuries sustained in an accident.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of Frank W. and Barbara B. (Watters) Hultslander of Perkiomenville.

She was a 1991 graduate of Boyertown Area High School.

She was employed in an administrative position for Sunguard, Inc. of Malvern. Currently she was in her junior year at West Chester University where she was majoring in secondary education with an English major.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Clayton A. Loughery of Malvern; two sisters, Lauren A. Hultslander Hill of Camden, N.Y., and Adrienne L. Hultslander of Perkiomenville; and paternal grandparents, Frank L. and Jean A. Hultslander of Landsdale.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Helen Watters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clayton A. Loughery Memorial Fund, c/o Harleysville National Bank, 483 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438.

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

KAREN J. EHRENZELLER

A memorial service was held for Karen Jeanne Ehrenzeller, 48, of Manassas, Va., who died in Annaburg Manor.

She was the daughter of the late Alvin H. Fisher Jr., MD., formerly of Boyertown.

She was a volunteer at Mullen Elementary School, Manassas, and a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas P. Ehrenzeller; a son, Tommy of Manassas; her parents, Clyde and Claire E. (Fisher) McIntryre, formerly of Bechtelsville, now Harrisburg; and a brother, Scott McIntyre of Raleigh, N.C.

In addition to the first memorial service, a later one will be held at 10 a.m., July 1 in Fort Hunter Park, Susquehanna Twp.

The Lee Funeral Home, handled the arrangements.

Reporting Week of 06/21/2000 

SARAH K. DITSCHER

Services were held for Sarah K. (Graber) Ditscher, 90, widow of Reinhold Ditscher, of ManorCare Health Services, Pottstown, formerly of Boyertown, who died June 14 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, she was employed as a second grade teacher with the Boyertown Area School District until her retirement in 1973. She was a volunteer for 20 years at various local convalescent homes.

She was a graduate of Boyertown High school and a 1932 graduate of Kutztown University. She was a member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown.

She is survived by one son, Walter E. Ditscher of Birdsboro and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 45 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

LESLIE STEPHEN

A memorial service was held for Leslie Stephen, 92, of the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center, Upper Providence, and formerly of North Hanover Street, Pottstown, who died June 14 at the center.

He was the husband of Lillian A. (Christman) Stephen.

Born in Colebrookdale Township, he was a die castings inspector at the former Doehler-Jarvis Industries, Pottstown, for 45 years until he retired.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mildred G., widow of Robert Boughter, of Boyertown; a son, Donald L. Stephen, of Spring City; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center, 1600 Black Rock Road, Royersford, PA 19468.

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

Burial was private. 

DENNIS K. RUBRIGHT JR.

Services were held for Dennis K. Rubright Jr., 29, of Chestnut Street, Spring City, formerly of Boyertown, who died June 11 at Phoenixville Hospital. Rubright died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Bonnie K. (Miller) and Dennis K. Rubright Sr., of Indian Lane, Boyertown.

A graduate of Boyertown Area Senior High School, he also attended the Pennsylvania Business Institute, formerly the Lansdale School of Business, where he earned a Certificate Degree in Computer Programming.

He had been employed as a store manager at Dollar Bonanza, Royersford, for the past three years.

Rubright was a member of the Full Gospel Church of Living Waters, Boyertown.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Denise M., wife of Stephen J. Geiger, of Phoenixville; and his maternal grandparents, Earl B. and Lorraine A. (Mest) Bartman, of Pottstown.

Memorial donations may be made to the Full Gospel Church of Living Waters Memorial Fund, 20 South Washington St., Boyertown, Pa 19512.

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

FLORENCE C. KOCH

Services were held for Florence C. (Bush) Koch, 78, widow of Victor E. Koch, of Greshville Road, Boyertown, who died June 13 in her residence.

Born in Boyertown, she was an active member of St. Paulís Church, Stowe, where she was also a member of the Senior Citizens.

She is survived by one daughter, Janet K., wife of Paul Fisher, of Jeanette, Westmoreland County and one granddaughter.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, and three sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paulís Church, Linden and Glasgow streets, Stowe, PA 19464.

The arrangements were handled by the Houck Funeral Home Inc., Pottstown. 

JOSEPH RALPH SHULER

A Memorial service was held for Joseph Ralph Shuler, 97, husband of Ruth (Potter) Shuler, of Oaktree Court, Frederick, who died June 15.

Born in Norristown, he attended Norristown High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Shuler had celebrated 78 years of marriage.

Shuler was a third generation jeweler, and owned Shuler Inc., 325 DeKalb St., Norristown, for 48 years.

He was a member of the National Retail Jewelers Association, the Norristown Chamber of Commerce, and the Norristown Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Webster, South Port, Maine; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his parents and one daughter, Betty Ruth Webster.

Burial will be private. 

FLORENCE KRAUSE

Services were held for Florence (Snell) Krause, 88, widow of James O. Krause, of North Walnut Street and Highland Street, Boyertown, who died June 16 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Born in New Hanover Township, she was a graduate of Boyertown High School, class of 1929.

Krause was employed as a secretary by the Boyertown Area School District, in the cafeteria, transportation, and building and grounds departments.

Prior to that, she was employed as a secretary for 15 years by the former Fashion Hosiery, Boyertown.

A member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boyertown, she was a long-time member of the church choir. She was also a member of W.E.L.C.A., a womenís organization at the church; a member of the Golden Age Club, Boyertown; a member of the Golden Age Chorus, Boyertown.

She is survived by a son, Gerald L. Krause, Royersford; a daughter, Kathleen R., wife of Dana M. Smith, Perkiomenville; two sisters, Erma, widow of John U. Renninger, Boyertown, and Edith, widow of Paul Grimm, Lititz; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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

MYRTLE E. FREDERICK

Services were held for Myrtle E. (Hess) Frederick, 75, widow of Stanley C. Frederick, of East High Street, Pottstown, and formerly of East Fourth Street, Boyertown, who died June 16 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Earl Township, she was employed by Cooper Industries, Boyertown, for 29 years, until 1985.

Frederick was a member of Calvary United Church of Christ, where she also helped several of the ladies groups.

Surviving are dear friends Delores and William Frederick, Boyertown.

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

HELEN M. BAUER

Services were held for Helen M. (Dilliplaine) Bauer, widow of Harry C. Bauer, of Parkerford, and formerly of Spring City, who died June 16 in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown.

Born in Boyertown, she lived in the Spring City area for most of her life before moving to Parkerford 10 years go.

She was educated in Boyertown Schools.

Bauer was employed as a machine operator for more than 23 years at the former Sircon Knitting Mill, Spring City, before retiring in 1970. She enjoyed sewing and crochet.

She is survived by a son, RobertL. Bauer, Pottstown; two daughters, Jean B. (Wisneski) of Spring City, and Greta B., wife of Harold Kulp, Spring City; a sister; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, T. Arlene Slifer, in 1992.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the charity of oneís choice.

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

ELI OLIVER BERKEY

·Services were held for Eli Oliver Berkey, 17, of Englesville Road, Boyertown, who died June 14 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading.

Born in Reading, he was a son of Ray Oliver and Jill M. Herb.

Berkey was employed as a clerk by National Auto, Gilbertsville, last working in November 1999.

He attended Boyertown Area Senior High School, where he was in the gifted program, through 10th grade. He recently earned his GED and won several awards for his art.

Berkey was an original member of the "Coffee Shop" Club, a chaperoned social organization for youths under 21. He earned the top student award in his 6th grade D.A.R.E. Program.

He attended New Life Bible Fellowship, Oley.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Michael W. A. Geisinger of Hamburg; a stepfather, Thomas I. Lorah, with whom he resided in Boyertown; a maternal grandfather, Arthur Herb of Boyertown; and a paternal grandmother, Elizabeth A. (Millard) Hammel, Pottstown.

He was predeceased by a paternal grandfather, Walter H. Berkey; a maternal grandmother, Eleanor E. (Brynan) Herb; and a paternal step-grandfather, Horace Hammel.

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

VIOLET A. FAUST

Services will be held Thursday for Violet A. (Clemmens) Faust, 76, widow of George T. Faust Jr., of Boyertown, who died June 18 at Mifflin Health Care, Berks County.

Born in Schwenksville, she was employed as a machine operator for Lass Associates, Pottstown, until her retirement.

She is survived by three sons, Arnold Faust of Frederick, Eddie Faust of Boyertown and Ricky Faust; three daughters, Joyce, wife of Steve Sites, of Hereford, Hattie, wife of Stanley Yoder, of Frederick, and Jannette of Barto.

Also a brother, Leroy Heimbach of Leesport; three sisters, Erma Grebe and Bess Faust of Boyertown, and Janet Warner of Gilbertsville; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryn Mary Faust.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Good Shepherd Chapel of the Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick. Rev. Kenneth Ensminger will officiate.

Friends may call after noon Thursday at the chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Berks County Home Health Care and Hospice, 2615 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606.

Interment will be in Limerick Garden of Memories.

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

ROSIE A. KAHLER

A memorial service will be held for Rosie A. (Masemore) Kahler, 75, wife of Lawrence E. "Pitts" Kahler, of Church Hill Road, Hereford, who died June 19 at Palmerton Hospital, Palmerton, where she had been a patient.

Born in Barto, she was a salesperson with the former Dutch Maid, in Ephrata, for 20 years before retiring.

She was a member of Calvary United Church of Christ, Barto.

Kahler was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Perkiomen Post #184.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by one son, Randy A. Kahler, of Northampton, Northampton County.

Also one brother, Clyde Masemore, of Barto; and two grandchildren.

The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. The Rev. Homer Royer Jr. will officiate.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Calvary United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 1231 Route 100, Barto, PA 19504.

Burial will be in Christ Union Cemetery, Niantic.

Reporting Week of 06/14/2000 

DAVID S. BOYER

Services will be held for David S. Boyer, 88, formerly of New Berlinville, who died June 10 in the emergency room of Pottstown Medical Center.

He was stricken in his residence at the Frederick Mennonite Community, Montgomery County.

His wife, Anna M. (Eshbach) Boyer, died in 1996.

Born in Colebrookdale Township, he was employed for 40 years as a knitter and fixer by Brown Century, Pottstown, and was last employed, for eight years, by Spring City Knitting, retiring in 1981.

He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, New Berlinville.

In 1980, he received the Boy Scouts of America God and Service Award.

Surviving are a son, Leverne E., and a daughter, Janice E. (Boyer) Hull, both of Bechtelsville.

Other survivors include five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Gerald E. Boyer.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in St. Andrew UM Church.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

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

ELIZABETH HOLMES

Services were held for Elizabeth L. (Ellis) Holmes, 69, wife of Walter M. Holmes of Indian Lane, Colebrookdale, who died June 5 at her residence.

Born in Pottstown, she was a telephone operator for the former Ellis Answering Service of Pottstown, retiring in 1968. Previously she worked at Bell of PA of Pottstown, The Mercury in Pottstown, and Melrath Casket and Supply Co., Philadelphia, as a telephone operator.

Holmes was a 1948 graduate of Pottstown High School.

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

In addition to her husband, surviving are two sons, Michael Holmes of Mohnton, and Douglass Holmes of Birdsboro; five daughters, Patricia, wife of Robert Ellis, Sinking Spring; Karen, wife of Albert Slaughter of Boyertown; Debra Holmes of St. Louise, Mo.; Bonnie Holmes of Lancaster and Kathryn Holmes of Gaithersburg, Md.

Also a brother and nine grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Archambault in 1989.

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

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

LUTHER G. EPLER

Graveside services were held for Luther G. Epler, 85, of 3088 Pricetown Road, Alsace Township, formerly of Kempton, who died June 6 in ManorCare Health Services, where he had resided since May.

Born in Reading, Epler was a self-employed jewelry maker from his residence for many years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of Jerusalem (Red) Union Church, Kempton.

Surviving are three sisters: Verna C. (Epler) Resch, with whom he last resided; Elsie F. (Epler) Whitehead, Temple; and Evelyn E. (Epler) Hollinger, Auburn, Schuylkill County.

The Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale, was in charge of the arrangements. 

BARBARA K. KOEHLER

Private burial was held for Barbara K. "Babs" Koehler, 71, widow of Joseph G. Koehler, of Acorn Drive, Bechtelsville, who died June 8 in St. Lukeís Quakertown Hospital, Quaker-town.

Born in West Rockhill Township, she was a 1951 graduate of Millersville University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in education, and in 1975 she received a masterís degree in education from Beaver College.

She was employed as a secondary education math teacher for Upper Moreland School District for more than 30 years, and retired in 1990.

Koehler was a member of St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sassamansville, and was a former member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Abington. She served on the council and as president of the LCW at both churches.

She was a former member of the Boyertown Area Community Housing board.

She is survived by a son, Joseph F., of Boyertown; one daughter, Barbara, wife of Dana Baker, Quakertown; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 1809 Hoffmansville Road, Sassamansville, PA 19472, or to the Boy Scouts of America, Hawk Mt. Council, 4901 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605.

The arrangements were handled by the Jeffrey A. Naugle funeral Home, Quakertown. 

ETHEL GAUGLER

Services were held for Ethel V. (Schoenly) Gaugler, 82, widow of Raymond V. Gaugler, of New Hanover, who died June 10 in her residence.

Born in Frederick, she was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Sassamansville.

She is survived by three daughters, Dawn E., wife of Larry Hydock, Gilbertsville, Diane J. Dolansky, companion of Joseph McClinchey, Gilbertsville, and Debbie R. Gaugler, New Hanover.

Also two brothers, Willard Schoenly, Emmaus, and Paul Schoenly, Perkiomenville.

Also three sisters, Alice Lucarelli, Boyertown, Nancy, wife of Samuel Christy, Harleysville, and Margie, wife of Paul Akins, Gilbertsville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Donald Kulp.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, "Shares of Faith," 1809 Hoffmansville Road, Sassamans-ville, PA 19472.

The arrangements were handled by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, Pottstown. 

THELMA D. HARRIS

Services were held for Thelma D. Harris, 85, of Raymond St., Hyde Park, who died June 10 in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient.

Her husband, Frank T. Harris, died in 1987.

Born in Alsace Township, she was employed for 12 years as a sewing machine operator for Temple Full Fashion Hosiery. She then worked for Letisse Handbag Co. and for five years for Talbot Knitting Mill, both in Reading, retiring in 1976.

She is survived by a daughter, Dolores E. (Harris) Carswell, Sinking Spring, and a stepson, Frank E. Harris, Laureldale.

Other survivors include a brother; two grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the Milkins Funeral Home Inc., Temple. 

DOROTHY L. BLANKENBILLER

Services were held for Dorothy L. Blankenbiller, 82, of Blanken-biller Road, Alsace Township, who died June 9 in the Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient.

She was the wife of Edward Blankenbiller.

Born in Stony Creek Mills, she had been employed for many years as a packer by Prizer Stove Works and then as a trimmer by Temple Apparel, retiring in 1964.

She is also survived by two daughters, Bonnie (Blanken-biller) Early, Temple, and Joanne (Blankenbiller) Shirey, Reading; and a stepson, Lynell Blanken-biller, Stony Creek Mills.

Other survivors include a brother; two sisters; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The arrangements were handled by the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home Inc., Laureldale. 

WILLIAM J. CAMPBELL

Services will be Thursday for William J. Campbell, 74, of East Third Street, Boyertown, who died June 12 in Spruce Manor, West Reading, where he had resided for one month.

He was the husband of Irene (Schelly) Campbell.

Born in Green Lane, he was a son of the late John T. and E. Dorothy (Bailey) Campbell.

He was a graduate of East Greenville High School and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

During his service in the Naval Air Corp., he was awarded the Pacific Theatre Ribbon, The Good Conduct Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Streamlined Bate Certificate and 12 gold battle stars.

Campbell was employed by the County of Berks as a former county controller for 20 years, retiring in 1996. He also worked for 30 years in a managerial capacity for the former Wagner Electric, now Federal Mogul, Boyertown.

He was former Treasurer of the Pa. State Association of county controllers and a member of the states Minor Judiciary Education Board for over 10 years. As County Controller, he was appointed to a special committee to formulate standards for conducting mandatory audits of District Justice Offices in the Commonwealth. 

He also served eight years on the Boyertown Borough Council and was Mayor of Boyertown for five years.

Campbell is a past president of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers; a member of the Executive board of the Democratic Standing Committee of Berks County, and served as a Boyertown Democratic Committeeman. He was a past president of the Berkís Co. Mayorís Association and the Berkís Co. Association of Boroughs.

Campbell was honored as "Man of the Year" in Boyertown in 1971.

Campbell was involved in many fire training and related activities and was a past president of the Firemanís Legislative Federation of Pa., Former Chairman of Law and Legislative Committee of the Firemanís Association of Pa., former Berks Co. liaison to the Fire Commissioner of Pa., former Chairman of the Reading-Berks Fire Training Center, Southeast Co-chairman of the Regional Facility Identification Committee, State Fire Training (14 counties).

Other fire association activities include, Past President and officer of Keystone Fire Co., Boyertown, for over 30 years. Past President of the Oley Valley Fire Zones 5 and 6 for 19 years. Past President of the Fire Chiefís Association of Berks Co., serving for 30 consecutive years. Former Vice-President of the Berks Co. Firemanís Assn.

Campbell was former Chief of the Keystone Fire Co., Boyertown; Fire Marshall for the Borough of Boyertown for over 10 years. He was also a director of the Keystone State Fire Chiefís Assn., also serving as parliamentarian.

In 1989, Campbell was appointed to the Fire Safety Advisory Committee to the PA Emergency Management Agency for the purpose of advising the PA State Fire Commissioner on matters pertaining to the operation of the PA State Fire Academy; a Life Member of the Friendship Hook & Ladder Co., Boyertown, Keystone Fire Co. #1, Boyertown; the Gilbertsville Fire Co., the Sassamansville Fire Co., the Gablesville Athletic Assn., Pike Twp. Sportsmanís Assn., and the Keystone State Fire Chiefís Assn.

He was also a member of Boyertown Lodge #741, F. & A.M., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Reading Consistory, Rajah Temple and Rajah Shrine Club. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3487, Boyertown, Patriotic Order, Sons of America, Washington Camp #104, Boyertown, and was a past president of Boyertown Lionís Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, William J. Campbell, Jr., Boyertown; a daughter, Darlene M., wife of Dennis M. Prutzman, Denver, PA.

Also seven sisters: Jean Gaeto, Norristown; Euphemia Romanik, Pottstown; Lilias Frick, Souderton; Patsy Maloney, Cincinnati, OH; Joan Otey, Mansfield, OH; Ethel Thomas, Mansfield, OH; and Veronica Knepp, Gilbertsville.

Also two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown.

There will be a Masonic Service at 8:30 p.m. by Boyertown Lodge #741, F. & A.M.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend John G. Pearson officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Association, 2 East Second street, Boyertown, PA 19512.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.


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