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October 16, 2014
Richard Allen Melcher, 51, of Barto

Richard Allen Melcher, 51, of Barto, passed away Wednesday October 15, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by family after a battle with cancer.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Priscilla M. (Koch) and Allen Richard Melcher.

Richard was a Penn State Alumni, as well as an avid Football and sports fan. He enjoyed traveling and shooting pool. Richard worked for Wendt-Dunnington for 25 years as an accountant, and was also a member of Bally Fire co.

Surviving along with his parents is one daughter Stephanie Kay Melcher; one son Matthew Allen Melcher; companion Lori Kay Melcher; two brothers William L. Melcher life companion of Scott Shiigi, and Robert L. Melcher husband of Kim Le.

Richard was predeceased by his brother David M. Melcher.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday October 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament, 610 Pine St., Bally, PA 19503, with Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Coyle officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held Monday from 9:00-10:45 AM at the church. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements.

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October 16, 2014
Doreen M. (Ross) Hindo, 58

Doreen M. (Ross) Hindo, 58, passed away peacefully after a short illness at her home in Royersford on Tuesday October 14, 2014, with her family by her side.

A 1973 graduate of Upper Merion High School, she participated on the Varsity Cheerleading squad, and was a member of the Senior Home Coming Court. She was an exceptional racquetball player and an avid golfer, having belonged to Spring Ford Country Club since 1994.

Survived by her husband Michael, of 31 years, their two dogs, Boomer and Riley, and her brother David Ross of Norristown and his fiancée Teresa (Russo) Polly. She was predeceased by her mother Theresa (DeNendo) Ross from West Conshohocken and her father Nicholas J. Ross, Jr. of Bridgeport.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church, 256 Swamp Pike, Schwenksville,

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Donna O Hara Wetterlund

Oct-16 7:40pm

Mike, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Doreen as a sweet lady. May your happy memories bring you peace as you navigate this difficult time. Donna

Jay Constantine

Oct-17 8:29am

Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God Bless You.


October 15, 2014
John Marshall, 84 of Pottstown

John Marshall, 84 of Pottstown, husband of Jane Marshall passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14 surrounded by his family.
 
Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he was the son of Winifred (Jarrett) Marshall Amole and Floyd E. Marshall
 
John was retired from Occidental Chemical.  He served for many years as a member of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra Board including terms as president & vice president.  He was a member of Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.  He also served as a Deacon and Elder at First  Presbyterian Church of Pottstown.
 
Surviving along with his wife are 2 daughters, Kathy Marshall and Karen Lash, a son in law, Donald J. Lash, Jr. and 3 grandchildren, Jonathan, Katherine and Jarrett Lash.
 
John was predeceased by his sister Constance M. Lewis.
 
A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, October 20 at First  Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, 750 N. Evans Street, Pottstown.  Visitation will be from 10:00 - 11:00 am with the service following at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in John's memory to The American Cancer Society, Attn:  Pottstown Relay for Life, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA  19422.

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October 15, 2014
John R. Hill “Ronnie”, 67, of East Coventry Twp.

John R. Hill “Ronnie”, 67, of East Coventry Twp., passed away on Monday October 13, 2014 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Ruth (Haile) Hill and the late Paul E. Hill.

Surviving along with his mother are two sisters Patricia Warsheski wife of Jerry of Stowe, and Alicia Hill of Spring City; two nieces; one nephew; and many cousins.

A funeral service will be celebrated Saturday October 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with Rev. Karen Nuscher Creasy officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30-10:15 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ronnie’s memory to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., PO Box 9528, Wilton, NH 03086-9528.

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October 14, 2014
Lori Lynn (Huffard) Collins, 55, of Schwenksville

Lori Lynn (Huffard) Collins, 55, of Schwenksville, formerly of Eagleville, wife of Jeffrey B. Collins, passed away Sunday October 12, 2014 in Holgate, NJ.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of Marion M. (Raisner) Huffard and the late Edward I. Huffard, Jr.

Lori loved spending time with her horses, as well as time at Long Beach Island. She was a member of Marine Mammal Stranding Center, and drove school buses for the Spring-Ford Area School District.

Surviving along with her husband and mother Marion is one sister Eleanor M. Pellak; and one nephew Jared Pellak.

Including her father, Lori was predeceased by her sister Marilyn L. Huffard.

A memorial service will be celebrated Thursday October 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Thursday from 6:30-7:45 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lori’s memory to Marine Mammal Stranding Center, 3625 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ 08203.

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Nancy Richard Dovidio

Oct-14 6:59pm

Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Our hearts are sad to hear of Lori's passing. Lori was a beautiful person, inside and out!! May her beautiful soul R.I.P.♥♥


October 13, 2014
Judith Anne Armstrong, 73, of Limerick


Judith Anne (Martinkovic) Armstrong, 73, of Limerick, wife of the late Charles Thomas Armstrong, passed away on Friday, Oct. 10 at her home.

Born in Lehighton, she was the daughter of the late Wendell “Tex” and Fae (Rabenold) Martinkovic.

Judy was a member of ST. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown. She graduated in 1958 from the former Delhaas HS in Levittown. Judy worked for the former Thiocal Corporation from 1958 to 1961 where she did on the job training, obtaining her business administration certification. She also worked for Shop Rite, Occidental Chemical, Wang Laboratories, and Waterloo Gardens where she worked at after her retirement.  Judy had a love for bible study. She enjoyed bowling, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, gardening, and dancing. Judy also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are sons Charles, husband of LaRena, Michael, husband of Karen, Thomas, husband of Laury, Matthew, husband of Jennifer, and John Armstrong, husband of Melanie; daughter Lisa Jeanneret, wife of Richard; brother Wendel Martinkovic, husband of Marie; and 15 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 17, 11:00AM at ST. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 17 from 9:30Am to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Judith’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY, 10122 or www.OCRF.org/donatenow.

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The Osborne Family

Oct-15 11:40am

My dear cousins- please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each one of you at this difficult time. I wish I could be there with you. Your mom, my Aunt Judy, was a wonderful woman. My favorite times with her was playing cards. She was just like her mother, our Nana when it came to cards.<br /> <br /> All our love to everyone.


October 13, 2014
James A. Asbury, 86, of Lower Pottsgrove Twp.

James A. Asbury, 86, of Pottstown, husband of Joyce A. (Mann) Asbury, passed away on Friday, Oct. 10 at Pottstown Hospital.

Born in Rhodell, WV, he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Bolen) Asbury.

James was a member of IBEW Local #380 and worked for Asplundh Tree Service as a foreman for 36 years.

Surviving with his wife of 59 years is daughter Terry Shackelford of Fairmont, WV; son Hank Asbury of Pottstown; grandchildren Ian, Tessa, Brittani, Elizabeth and Eric; 5 great grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Along with his parents he is predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 sister.

A funeral service will be Friday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford with Rev. Jack Mason Officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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October 13, 2014
Ruth Cutting, 85, of Gilbertsville

Ruth (Howerter) Cutting, 85, of Gilbertsville, wife of the late Douglas R. Cutting, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Pennsburg Manor.

Born in Fogelsville, PA she was the daughter of the late Frank and Idella (Snyder) Howerter.

Ruth was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville. She also enjoyed camping with her husband.

Surviving is son Ronald Cutting, husband of Faye, of Boyertown; daughter Joyce Kline of Gilbertsville; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Russell, Carl and William Howerter.

A funeral service will be Tuesday, 11:00AM at ST. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525 with Pastor Chris Weidner Officiating. Burial is private. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the church at the above address.

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October 6, 2014
Mary L. (Kumpf) Davidheiser, 89, of Stowe

Mary L. (Kumpf) Davidheiser, 89, of Stowe, wife of the late Elwood F. Davidheiser, passed away Saturday Oct. 4, 2014 at the Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Greshville, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Myrtle (Dittenhafer) Kumpf.

Mary was a long time member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stowe. She worked for Rixie Paper Products in Stowe for over 20 years, and enjoyed baking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Surviving is one daughter Darlene Gitney wife of Joseph of Wyoming, DE; two sons Allen Davidheiser, Sr., husband of Beverly of Pottstown, and James Davidheiser, Sr., husband of Terry of Boyertown; one sister Isabel Kumpf; eight grandchildren Keith Irvin husband of Joyce, Cynthia Carroll wife of Patrick, Lauri Stofflet wife of Mark, Allen Davidheiser, Jr. husband of Jennifer, Brian Davidheiser, Tracy Horning wife of Kermit, James Davidheiser, Jr. husband of Amy, and Steven Davidheiser husband of Debra; twelve great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband and parents, Mary was predeceased by one brother Victor Kumpf, and two sisters Viola Melser and Ruth Panarello.

A funeral service will be celebrated Friday October 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with Rev. John Smolik officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 564 Glasgow St, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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September 30, 2014
John Joseph Marren, 77, of Pottstown

John Joseph Marren, 77, of Pottstown, formerly of Phoenixville, husband of Marilyn L. (Visconti) Marren, passed away Sunday September 28, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late Mary (Folding) Marren.

John served in the United States Air Force for four years. He worked for Pitney-Bowes for 35 years as a service technician and in later years as the Branch Manager of Customer Engineers in Reading and Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, golfer, and basketball player from high school through the military and into his adult life. John was a member of the North End Swim Club for over 50 years, serving as President for a time. He was known for his sense of humor and beloved by all who knew him, proudly serving as a surrogate father and grandfather to many family, friends and neighbors.

Surviving along with his wife are two daughters Diane Shoffstall partner of Edward Brothers of Pottstown, and Janice Marren of Pottstown; one granddaughter Carly Shoffstall; one sister Virginia Foltz wife of Richard of Limerick; nephews Larry Foltz husband of Rose Mayberry of Pottstown, James Visconti of Attleboro, MA, Dennis Visconti of Mansfield, MA, Michael Visconti husband of Christine, of Ashburnham, MA, Stephen Visconti of Townsend, MA; and niece Kerry (Visconti) O’Grady, wife of Daniel of Townsend, MA; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Along with his mother, John was predeceased by his niece Cathy Foltz.

A funeral service will be celebrated Saturday October 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with Fr. Marty Kern officiating. Interment will follow at St. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:30 AM-12:45 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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September 30, 2014
Gerry Maleski of Douglassville

Gerry (Boyer) Maleski of Douglassville, wife of Richard D. Maleski, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Pottstown Hospital.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Cadwalader) Boyer.

Gerry worked with the Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro and was a lover and advocate of dogs. She was a member of The Golden Girls and enjoyed working with her local craft club. She also worked at Pottstown News Co.

Surviving with her husband of 46 years is son Chad Maleski, husband of Terri, of OH; and step-children: daughter Shirley Turner, wife of Charles, of VA and sons Richard Maleski, husband of Geneva, of Franklin, PA and Ray Maleski of Hazelton; and 4 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Edgewood Cemetery, corner of High & Keim St., Pottstown with Rev. Joseph Dietz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerry’s name to Animal Rescue League of Berks Co., 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508..

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September 24, 2014
Randal P. Miller Sr., 59, formerly of Barto

Randal P. “Sav” Miller Sr., 59, of Philadelphia, formerly of Barto, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 20 at his residence.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late William L. and Marie (Kline) Miller.

Randy was a former member of Most Blessed Sacrament in Bally and enjoyed reading scripture in his spare time.

Surviving are his children Randal P. Miller Jr.; Crystal J. Miller, and Ryan W. Miller; 2 brothers and 13 sisters.

A Memorial Mass will be Thursday, Sept. 25, 10:30AM at Most Blessed Sacrament RC Church, 610 Pine ST., Bally with Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Coyle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the church.

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September 22, 2014
Donald James Hallman, 93, of Pottstown

Donald James “Dee Jay” Hallman, 93, of Pottstown, husband of the late Ellen M. (Tyson) Hallman, passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Nieffer, PA, he was the son of the late John Walter and Mae (Black) Hallman.

Donald was a member of Berean Bible Church in Pottstown, and served for many years on the board of directors at the Pottstown Youth Centre. He was a bookkeeper at Cabot Industries, retiring in 1986.

A lifelong woodworker, artist, and craftsman, he freely handed out his hand-painted pins and crafts to whomever he met, often at church or local diners. Donald enjoyed aviation history. He was also a fan of Indy and NASCAR racing. Along with his wife, he enjoyed hosting many bus trips for friends and family.

Surviving is one daughter Beverly Schussler wife of Gerald of Hatfield; two sons Kenneth J. Hallman husband of Dale (Matthews) of Boyertown, and Thomas E. Hallman husband of Jane (Boyle) of Macungie; nine grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

Along with his wife and parents, Donald was predeceased by his daughter Judith Lenko, five brothers, and two sisters.

A memorial service will be celebrated Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464, with Pastor Jace Erb officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 AM at the church. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the church at the above address.

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September 15, 2014
Shirley (Wright) Fiorentino, 72, of Schwenksville

Shirley (Wright) Fiorentino, 72, of Schwenksville, wife of the late Louis, passed away on Friday, September 12, at her residence.  Born and raised in Norristown, she was the daughter of late Arthur and Ann (Greenwalt) Wright.  

Shirley leaves behind her mother, Ida (Ciccarelli) Wright, sons Lou (Robin) of Limerick; Michael of Limerick, and Joseph (Robbie) of Delray Beach, FL.  She also leaves behind sisters Sandy Leary, Sue Pecoraio, Julie Hertzog; brothers Art, Robert, and Bill Wright; grandchildren Tiffany Fiorentino, Ashli (Justin) Frost, Amanda Fiorentino, Myka Fiorentino, Alyssa Fiorentino, Dakota Fiorentino and Nikolas Fiorentino.  She also leaves behind five great grandchildren. 

Shirley worked at Theist Temple Day Care as a cook.   She also worked for over 25 years in the dry cleaning business.  After her retirement, she was a Senior Companion for many years providing companionship to older adults that were homebound.  She loved to read, play bingo, listen to country music and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. 

A funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Burial will follow in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Team Skylar, c/o Citizens Bank,  429 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468 or any Citizens Bank location.  

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September 9, 2014
Cynthia Miller-Stein, of Limerick

Cynthia (Cindy) Miller-Stein lost her battle with a disease she fought most of her life, professionally as a Pharmaceutical Researcher, and in our community deeply involved with Relay for Life raising funds and awareness binding family, friends and co-workers to fighting the disease with her.  Finally, Cindy lost her own personal battle with colon cancer on Saturday, September 6th at home surrounded by family and friends.

A devoted and loving wife for 27 years to husband Joseph (Joe) Stein and mother to sons Andrew and Daniel (girlfriend Grace Sloane) and dogs Flyer and Lexi.  Cindy was one of seven children, a daughter of the late Albert Miller, survived by her mother, Catherine Miller, and siblings Cathy, Al, Sean, Mary, Terry and Nancy. 

Cindy grew up in Philadelphia attending Little Flower High School before her family moved to Pottstown where she graduated from St. Pius X.  She was actively involved in the school play; clubs, the bowling team and graduated at the top of her class.  She continued her education achieving a Bachelor and Masters Degree and various professional accolades and accreditations.   She had a very successful career and was well respected by her peers for her longtime work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cindy loved and cherished her family and was the glue that brought everyone together, whether it was holiday or birthday celebrations hosted at Joe and Cindy’s home, family apple picking or hiking adventures.   She was an avid baker and no matter what the occasion, you could count on Cindy to always have on hand some of her delicious homemade treats ready for visiting guests or to bring with her on any occasion.  For Cindy, home was truly where the heart is and she welcomed many into her home creating wonderful memories for all to cherish.

In addition to family, Cindy had a strong spiritual faith and was an active member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church.  She was involved with the Women’s Group, taught CCD and was a Eucharistic Minister.   She was also active in her community, serving as team captain for the Cancer Buster Relay for Life team, which she started in 2009.   With Cindy’s leadership and talents, we were one of the Pottstown Relay’s highest producing teams raising more than $20K for cancer in 2014.

Cindy had a zest for life with her true passions being family, work, faith and community.  She spent the last 52 years living her life to the fullest as a family matriarch, an active member of the Church, travelling the world, and cultivating relationships with friends, co-workers, and members of the community. She was a very special person who touched the lives of many.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 11, 11:00AM at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, 256 Swamp Pike, Limerick with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and on Thursday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers or in addition to, please consider a donation to the Relay for Life, Cancer Buster Team.  Please make checks payable to American Cancer Society, c/o Theresa Donnelly, 2330 Chestnut Hill Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.

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Deborah Miller Kisch

Sep-9 4:06pm

Joe and family so sorry for your loss. Cindy was such a loving caring person. Touched so many of us in so manny different ways. Those of us that knew her were blessed. My deepest sympathy. Love Deb

Keith Allen

Sep-10 3:02pm

Joe:<br /> <br /> Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From all your friends in Elkton.<br /> <br /> Keith




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