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April 14, 2014
Willard M. Bickel, 90, of Lower Pottsgrove Twp.

Willard M. Bickel, 90, of Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove Twp., husband of Margaret E. (Robenolt) Bickel, passed away on Sunday, April 13 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Clinton G. and Bertha B. Bickel.

Willard was a 1941 Graduate of Pottstown HS. He later graduated from both the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pa. in 1955 and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers Univ. in 1959. He was a WWII US Army Veteran who obtained the rank of Master Sergeant and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Willard worked for Citizen National Bank in Pottstown, Phila. National Bank, as Montgomery CO. Controller and at the Pottstown Medical Center. He also volunteered with a variety of community organizations.

Willard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret, and their son Rev. W. Dean Bickel, husband of Robin; daughter Connie J. Rohrbach, wife of Gary; and grandchildren Lindsay, Laura and Saren. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Harold.

A funeral service will be Thursday, April 17, 11:00AM at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 with Rev. Daryl Nelson officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Willard’s name to St. James Lutheran Church at the above address.

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April 14, 2014
Pearl I. Kirlin, 91, of Stowe

Pearl I. (Mohn) Kirlin, 91, wife of the late Thomas A. Kirlin, passed away on Friday, April 11 at Manor Care in Pottstown.

Born in Linfield, she was the daughter of the late Josiah and Edna (Reppert) Mohn.

Pearl worked at Acme Market in the North End for 30 years, retiring in 1985. She enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and will be sadly missed.

Surviving are daughters Linda P. Walter, wife of Robert, and Mary Ann Kirlin, both of Stowe; son Thomas A. Kirlin Jr. of Stowe; sister Marion Schmale; brother Warren Mohn; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by 2 sisters, 3 brothers and 1 grandchild.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 17 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Tobiah Steinmetz officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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April 14, 2014
Burton Douglas Gore, 71

Burton Douglas Gore, 71, beloved husband of MJ (Bartholomew), passed April 7, 2014. Born in Lansdale, he was the son of the late Burton I. and Beatrice (Grosse) Gore.

Surviving is brother Patrick of Earlington, and sisters Maureen Caufield of Sellersville and Kathleen Twedt of Missouri.  He is predeceased by his brother Ronald.

Best known as Doug, he spent most of his professional career in the Hotel/Motel and Restaurant arena.  Frequently cited for outstanding service to the community, he was honored as” Lakeland Man of the Year” in Lakeland Florida and elected to city council in Bar Harbour, Maine. 

He was a founding member of his church and has served Crossroads in many capacities.  From creating the atmosphere of fellowship that says it’s OK to comeback to directing fund raising projects or volunteering for whatever, Doug was happiest when he served.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of His Life and Memorial Service at Crossroads Presbyterian Church 10 W Cherry Lane, Limerick, PA 19468 on Saturday April 19, 2014.  Visitation is 10:00 am with the Service at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Doug’s name to Crossroads Presbyterian Church or to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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April 9, 2014
John Jerry Spleen Jr., 75, of Bechtelsville

John Jerry Spleen Jr. Surrounded by family, John was granted angel wings on April 8, 2014. During his 75 years, he had a passionate heart for so many and so much. In the end, it was his heart that could give no more.

His life began April 18, 1938 in Schuylkill Haven, PA. He graduated from Schuylkill Mountain High School in 1957 and later received a degree in education from Millersville University in 1962. John touched many lives as a teacher and a coach for 35 years. He was a member of the Masons and loved being with his friends at The Center at Spring Street. He had many favorite pastimes which included hunting, fishing, golfing and playing cards.

He is predeceased by brother, Frank and parents, John Spleen Sr. and Emma. Jack, as he is known by all, is survived by two sisters, Anna Fidler, and Marietta Montalvo. Loyally and lovingly by his side for 56 years is his wife Sue; his soulmate, best friend, caregiver and the gear of this well-oiled machine called marriage providing stability and security during their blessed time as husband and wife. Sue and Jack raised three children; Ricky Spleen of Los Angeles, Debbie Burkert, Boyertown, and Johnny Spleen of Exeter. Jack's most admirable quality and our most cherished memories of him, where those in his role as grandfather. He was a dedicated and loving grandfather developing traditions and memories for his grandchildren that will be an ever-lasting legacy of his love for these young people: Ryan and Colin Benfield; Courtney, Taylor, and Logan Spleen, Gabriela Spleen and great granddaughter Riley.

Those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. We will miss him, his conversations, stories, (a bit too lengthy at times), his love for carmel popcorn, frozen custard, the Phillies, the Eagles and Penn State football and family. For always and forever, we will miss his contagious personality and passionate love for life.

A Celebration of Life to be conducted by Paster Fidler will begin at 12:00 PM at the Spring Valley Village Club House, 67 Stauffer Road, Bechtelsville on Monday, April 14, 2014. The family will welcome freinds on Monday from 10:00AM to 12Noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to, The Center at Spring Street 200 W. Spring Street Boyertown, PA 19512 Or Faith United Church of Christ , 8 Church Street, Landingville, PA 17972.

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Janet Schaeffer

Apr-10 9:02am

My heart goes out to the entire Spleen family. I enjoyed knowing Jack and remember the faculty social functions. Sorry to lose another great West teacher!!

Deb Millard Schultz

Apr-10 12:56pm

Dear Sue, Ricky, Debbie, Johnny and families,<br /> <br /> I was saddened to learn of Jack's passing. I think back to our many family joint vacations and smile! We had so much fun; the lack of cell phones and communication issues made every trip memorable! We got separated every time! May your wonderful memories and stories guide you and help you in these difficult days ahead. I would have loved to come to pay respects on Monday, but am in school. Love, Deb (Millard) Schultz

Deb Mattera

Apr-12 9:17am

Sue, Children & Grandchildren...<br /> I was so sad when Ann called me to tell me that Jack was in Hospice Care. I will always remember his humor and the times I came down to your basket shoppe with Ann. I will cherish our friendship and pray for you and your family while you all grieve for Jack.


April 7, 2014
Joseph P. Benfield, Sr., 79, of Bechtelsville

Joseph P. Benfield, Sr., 79, of Bechtelsville, husband of Doris H. (Hess) Benfield, passed away Saturday April 5, 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

Born in Bechtelsville, he was the son of the late George and Lillian (Herb) Benfield.

Joseph worked in construction all his life and owned J&D Paving from 1989-1995.

Surviving along with his wife are 4 sons Edward, Joseph, Jr., Gerald, and Bruce Benfield; 3 daughters Bonnie Weller, Debra Benfield, and Nancy Ehling; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 brother Richard Benfield; and one sister Barbara Haring.

Along with his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his son Gary Benfield.

Funeral services are private. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422 or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

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April 7, 2014
Anna (Hess) Lambert, 96, of Boyertown

Anna (Hess) Lambert, 96, of Boyertown, wife of the late David W. Lambert, passed away Saturday April 5, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Earl Twp., she was the daughter of the late David and Alice (Weller) Hess.

Anna loved to travel the country with her husband. She enjoyed flowers, crocheting, knitting, and doing word search puzzles. She was an avid Phillies fan and on her 92nd birthday threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Reading Phillies game.

Surviving are her 2 sons Ron Lambert (Christine), and D. Bruce Lambert (Denise); 1 sister Helen Dotterer (Robert); 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Anna was predeceased by her daughter Shirley Richards (Charles); 2 brothers David and Stanley Hess; and 5 sisters Eva Renninger, Verna Conrad, Oneta Smith, Edna Schaeffer, and Betty Kline.

Funeral services will be private.

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Apr-7 7:16pm

Ron, Bruce and families;<br /> So sorry to hear of your lose. I'm remembering my Aunt Anna as I saw her at Shady Maple. I still see that smile. God Bless her and all of you. Love Gary


April 2, 2014
Doris Jean Niehls, 80, of Barto

Doris Jean Niehls, age 80, of Barto, PA passed on from this life Wednesday, March 26th 2014.  She died on the family farm at the home of her son Jonathan and his wife Mary (Colden), with loving family.  Doris was born November 21, 1933 in Cowden, IL.  She was a lifelong member of the church of Christ.

Doris is survived by her 3 sons:  Mark husband of Beverly (Koch) of Douglassville, PA, Kevin husband of Jane (Wendel) of Barto, PA, and Jonathan (JD) husband of Mary (Colden) of Barto, PA.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren: John Mark, Lauren, Jenny, Nathan, Rachel, Natalie, Kaylie, Sarah, David, Daniel, Jonathan, Mary, and Jeremiah, along with 7 great grandchildren.  Three additional great grandchildren are on the way.  Highlights of many days over the last several months were visits of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and loving husband Johnnie Mark of 62 years, and one great granddaughter Julia Paige Niehls.

Doris was a homemaker, seamstress, and farmer having grown up on the family farm in Cowden, IL where she was born and which she owned at the time of her passing.  She and her husband purchased her current farm in PA in 1966.  Doris worked at home on the family farm, gardening and preserving produce, made clothes for the family and volunteered at the schools her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren attended.  After her sons were all in school she went to work at H&R Manufacturing in Boyertown, as a seamstress, where she worked for many years.  Yard sale and thrift store shopping was her hobby and she always enjoyed picking up some clothing or toys for her children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren.  She also enjoyed gardening, quilting, and crafting.

At the time of her death she was a member of the Chesmont Church of Christ, Pottstown.  She served as a Bible class and Vacation Bible School teacher and volunteer in three congregations: the Coventry Hills Church of Christ, Pottstown, PA, the Roseville Church of Christ, Roseville, MN, and the Chesmont Church of Christ, Pottstown, PA.  Doris’s life was dedicated to living humbly as a Christian, loving and providing for her family, promoting the cause of Christ, and spreading the Gospel.

Doris supported the education and schools her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren attended, specifically Coventry Christian Schools in Pottstown where all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren attended.  She was a founding member of the Grandparents Gathering of Coventry Christian Schools which raises several thousand dollars annually for the school.  She cherished the time spent with this group of close friends, some of whom she knew for several decades.  Doris and her husband John were generous contributors over the years to the school and took great pride in supporting construction of the school’s Events Center in 2010. 

She will be greatly missed.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Coventry Christian Schools or the Chesmont Church of Christ, both located at 699 North Pleasantview Road, Pottstown, PA 19464-2615.  A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 6 pm in the Coventry Christian Schools Chapel, Pottstown.  Emmitt Channell and Eric Williamson will be officiating.  Final internment will be in the family plot in the Hubbartt Cemetery, Beecher City, IL.

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April 2, 2014
Pauline E. Klick, 88, of Schwenksville

Pauline E. (Wentzel) Klick, 88, of Schwenksville, wife of the late Robert S. Klick, passed away Monday March 31, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Stowe, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Fitzgerald) Wentzel.

Pauline, known as “Nan” by her family and friends, was a caring woman who loved to spend time with her grandchildren, family, and friends.

Surviving is her 1 daughter Sharon L. Barkley wife of the late Thomas E. Barkley, Sr.; 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Pauline was predeceased by her son Robert A. Klick, daughter Paula Jean Klick, 4 brothers, and 6 sisters.

A funeral service will be celebrated Saturday April 5, 2014, 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be held Friday April 4, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM and Saturday April 5, 2014 from 10:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pauline’s memory to The Montgomery County SPCA, 1059 Sweisford Rd., Perkiomenville, PA 18074.

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Steve and Fran Nagy

Apr-4 7:57pm

We wish to extend our deep and sincere sympathy to the entire Barkley Family.


April 2, 2014
Mary “Baba” (Kazmirchuk) Rapchinski, 90, of Pottstown

Mary “Baba” (Kazmirchuk) Rapchinski, 90, of Pottstown, wife of the late Anton J. Rapchinski, Sr., passed away Saturday March 29, 2014 at PMMC.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Sidor and Agnes (Shatkum) (Kazmirchuk) Sawchuk.

Mary worked at Pennhurst State Hospital for 12 years. She was a member of North End Fire Co., and Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Pottstown since 1929. Mary enjoyed baking and cooking for the church, watching the Phillies and playing Bingo with her friends. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her 1 son Anton J. Rapchinski, Jr.; 2 granddaughters Christine Davis wife of John, and Angela Reid wife of Sandon; and 4 great grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Mary was predeceased by her grandson Michael Rapchinski, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters.

A funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday April 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1236 Juniper St., Pottstown, PA 19464, with Fr. Jason Franchak officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:00-11:45 AM at the church.

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ed gavin

Apr-4 9:23am

Sorry for your loss.If you need anything feel free to call.Was coming to service but have a nasty cold.talk to you soon,Ed


April 1, 2014
Lawrence D. McAteer, 50, of Boyertown

Lawrence D. “Larry” McAteer, 50, of Boyertown, formerly of Limerick, husband of Jacqueline (Rio) McAteer, passed away on Saturday, March 29 at Paoli Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Born in Folcroft, he was the son of Kathryn D. (Barry) McAteer of Philadelphia and the late Andrew J. McAteer.

Larry worked in the sales department of ProModel in Allentown. When he was not working, he enjoyed spending his time with his family.

Surviving with his wife are sons Andrew John “AJ”, Daniel Lawrence, Kevin Joseph and John Rio McAteer; his brothers Andrew, James and Richard McAteer; sisters Jean Damico, Lorraine Damico and Linda Zappitelli; and father and mother in law John and Rose Rio of King of Prussia.

A Funeral Mass will be Friday, April 4, 11:30AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta RC Church, 256 Swamp Pike, Schwenksville, PA with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 4 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, PA.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s name to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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April 1, 2014
Francis J. “Skip” Kelsch, 61, of Bechtelsville

Francis J. “Skip” Kelsch, 61, of Bechtelsville, husband of Dawn A. (Dugan) Kelsch, passed away on Saturday, March 29 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Paul F. and Mary (Minner) Kelsch.

Skip was a professional hunter that received awards for two grand slams and completed the Super Slam of North American Big Game tournament. He was a life member of the Boyertown Rod & Gun Club, Safari Club International, NRA, the Foundation for N. American Wild Sheep, N.A.H.C, and the Keystone Fire Co. He was a United States Marine veteran and was the owner and operator along with his wife of the Lazy K Campground in Bechtelsville.

Surviving with his wife of 41 years are daughters Alissandra M. Kelsch of Barto, and Kathy L. Kelsch of Bechtelsville; son Michael J. Kelsch, husband of Allyson, of Gilbertsville; grandchildren Cassandra Horst, and Kyle, Mason and Deacon Kelsch; 3 brothers and 7 sisters. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by a sister.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or Make a Wish America, 4742 N. 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862.

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March 26, 2014
Gary R. Morris, 67, of Pottstown

Gary R. Morris, 67, of Pottstown, husband of Joyce S. (Steele) Morris, passed away on Monday, March 24th at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Morgantown, WV and formerly of Smithfield, PA he was the son of the late Robert and Venus (Paugh) Morris.

Gary was a Vietnam US Navy Veteran. He was a member and deacon of the Tri-County Bible Church in Gilbertsville, where he also served as the audio and video coordinator.  He was a former member and EMT at the Rhinebeck Fire Co. in NY. Gary retired from IBM after 30 years of work as a Customer Service Engineer. After retirement, he continued working in the maintenance department at Penn Christian Academy in Norristown.

Surviving with his wife of 44 years are children Melissa Swenda, wife of Chris, of Birdsboro, Robert Morris, husband of Michelle, of Phoenixville and Sarah Romano, wife of Joseph, of Frederick; sisters Beverly Clemmer, wife of Russ, of NC and Janet Hancock, wife of Dr. Dan Hancock, of WV; and grandchildren Anna & David, Morgan & Mitchell and Joseph Jr. & Luke.

A funeral service will be Saturday, March 29th, 10:30AM at Tri -County Bible Church, 142 Buchert Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 with Rev. Lee Hallman officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Saturday preceding the service from 9:00AM to 10:15AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s name to Tri-County Bible Church, Building Fund, at the above address.

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Ruth Tom Sherman

Mar-27 10:32am

To Mrs Gary Morris & Family:<br /> We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.<br /> He was a good friend & neighbor.<br /> We send our sympathies & prayers.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Tom & Ruth Sherman<br /> Winding RD<br /> <br /> <br />

Pat Philo

Mar-27 10:32am

Sorry for your loss.

Didi Cordero Family

Mar-27 11:39pm

To Rob and Family,<br /> <br /> I'm very sorry for your loss, and in hearing of your father's passing, we place you and your family in our family's prayers. Sending good thoughts your way that God holds you in His palm sustaining you through your grief. Our deepest condolences, Didi from Bryn Mawr CO @ Verizon and Family


March 25, 2014
Carrie M. Rinehart, 92, of Pike Twp.

Carrie M. (Herbst) Rinehart, 92, of Boyertown, Pike Twp., wife of the late Leslie W. Rinehart Jr., passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at her daughter’s residence with her family by her side.

Born in Boyertown, she was the daughter of the late Daniel L. and Sally (Eschbach) Herbst.

Carrie and her husband were the owners of Pottstown Disposal Services and Landfill which opened in 1948. She attended New Hanover United Methodist Church in Gilbertsville and Grace Lutheran Church in Belfast. Carrie enjoyed going to the beach, mountains, and casinos.  She loved spending time with her family especially the grandchildren.

Surviving are children Sylvia Schoenly, widow of Ralph Schoenly Jr. and companion of Ambrose Ludy, Jr, of Barto, Claudia Uelses, wife of Fred, of Wind Gap, Carol Sheha, wife of Wayne Sr., of Boyertown, Judy McMullen, wife of Gene, of Boyertown, Leslie Rinehart III, husband of Karen, of Gilbertsville, and Holly Reinford, wife of Scott, of Gilbertsville; 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 7 great, great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by a granddaughter, a great grandson, a brother, 5 sisters and a son in law.

A memorial service will be Monday, March 31, 2014, 7:00 PM at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, with Pastor Gil Vining officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carrie’s name to Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 West Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Dennis Sharon Levan

Mar-26 9:00am

Les & Karen , <br /> Dennis and I were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, we drive by where your house use to be and he always remembers being there and your parents, espically your mom we will keep you and your family in our prayers, it would be nice to get together sometime and remember old times. <br /> Love, Dennis & Sharon

sharon ludy johnson

Mar-26 11:13am

I am very sorry for the loss of your mother continue to stay strong at this time,may god be with you and your family,god bless you all!

Claire Rinehart Engelman

Mar-28 10:29am

Sylvia, Claudia, Carol, Judy, Les, Holly and the many many members of Aunt Carrie's family: My thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family during this emotional time of saying good-bye to your mom. She lived a long good life but always so hard to say good-bye to someone who was not only so loved but guided all of you into the people that you have become. You were blessed to have such a loving mother. I often think about your family and how you are so fortunate to be so close to each other(and yes I know that closeness may also occasionally add 'drama' to your lives). So many families are spread out across the country, including mine. Your mother somehow managed to keep you close together -- a gift that should be cherished. I have good memories of your mom; I'm sure you all have so many good memories. My oldest memory of her is when I was little and in her kitchen, and she gave my Dad a cup that was in the shape of a half-cup "because you never drink your whole cup of coffee" -- funny the things that we remember :-) I hope the good memories of a loving mom bring you comfort. <br /> Unfortunately, Jere & I have a commitment in DC Monday evening that cannot be changed, so we regretfully are unable to attend the funeral, but I'm sure Aunt Carrie's incredible family will fill the room with love. Claire

Kristi Mcmullen

Mar-29 2:18pm

Nanny will be missed and will always be in our hearts. She taught the true meaning of family. We were blessed to have her in our lives as long as we did. May god give us strength to get through this difficult time.


March 24, 2014
Paul P. “Zig” Yarmuch, 77, of Stowe

Paul P. “Zig” Yarmush, 77, of Stowe, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Pottstown Medical Center. Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Stanley N. Yarmush, Sr. and Mary (Kozlowski) Yarmush.

Paul was a US Army Veteran and a member of the National Guard. He was also a member of the St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Stowe and a member of the Elks Lodge #814, Pottstown. He was employed with Suncoast Oil until his retirement.

A funeral service will be Thursday, March 27, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Barry L. Moyer officiating. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Berks Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Rd, Birdsboro, PA  19508 or St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 127 E Howard Street Stowe, PA 19464

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Mary Ellen Finucane

Mar-24 8:11pm

Paul Yarmush sailed for Sun Transport Inc. He was one of the most memorable bosuns to ever sail for their fleet. We affectionately called him Yak Yak. I will miss him.<br />

Tommy Millettt

Mar-25 10:58pm

FWE old friend - you always delayed the gangway and the crew would gripe not realizing you were putting O.T money in their pocket. No delay on the gangway this time.. Straight to Heaven with ya'

marcie nettleton

Mar-26 9:23am

he was my uncle as well as my godfather. he has gone to join his brothers...and heaven just won't be the same. rest in peace, uncle paul.

Sandra Covatta

Mar-27 9:25am

Ziggy was a wonderful friend to many and he will be missed thanks for the memories


March 11, 2014
Joseph Suloman, 90, of Gilbertsville

Joseph Suloman, 90, of Gilbertsville, New Hanover Twp., husband of Ethel M. (Conrad) Suloman, passed away on Monday, March 10 at his home with his wife by his side.

Born in Stowe, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Hegyi) Suloman.

Joseph was a member of Falkner Swamp Reformed Church in Gilbertsville. He was a founding member of the Lonesome Cabin Hunting Lodge in Centre County. In 1971 he and Ethel founded Suloman Milk Store which still continues to serve the community to this day. He continued farming until he was 85.

Surviving with his wife of 65 years is son Larry Suloman, husband of Darlene; daughters Jane Scheck, wife of William, Nancy Copenhafer, wife of Karl, Joanne Letnaunchyn, wife of Gene, and Susan Saylor, wife of Maurice; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by 2 brothers and 1 sister.

A funeral service will be Thursday, March 13, 11:00AM at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, with Rev. Dave Lewis officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s name to Visiting Nurses Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Stephany Karow Moore

Mar-12 10:17am

God Bless the Suloman's during this sad time. I worked in the milk store when I was a teenager and my brothers worked on the farm. So many fond memories of everyone :-)

Rob and Gayla Copenhafer

Mar-12 12:19pm

Mr. Suloman was a good man, husband, father and leader of his family. A hard worker with good values. His work is now done. Our prayers to Ethel and the family.

gina sautter

Mar-13 1:27am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the suloman family in this very sad time. Joe Suloman n his family were my neighbors for 35 years. He was a great man with a good ole soul never harmed or talked bad about any one. I will never forget sledding down the hill onto the pond by the dairy or all the little get togethers us neighborhood kids had on the pond . Joe grew the best sweet corn ever! !!!!! R.I.P. Mr.Suloman please say hello to my pop and my brother.

Mr and Mrs Leroy Yoder

Mar-16 8:20am

we are sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers




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