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March 2, 2015
Sandra Lindaberry, 71, of North Coventry

Sandra Lee (Warren) Lindaberry, 71, of Pottstown, North Coventry Twp., wife of the late Harold Lindaberry, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Born in Aug. 19, 1943 in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Edith (Rapine) Warren.

Surviving are children Katherine I., wife of Dwain Albright, of Chester Springs, Deborah J. Grubb of Upper Pottsgrove, Jesse T. Grubb Jr. of North Coventry, and John T. Grubb, husband of Allie, of Douglassville; grandchildren Hilary, Karalee, Jessie, Casey, Sara and Daniel; sisters Louise Davenport of FL; Frances Perez of Phoenixville, Patricia Wilkinson of Phoenixville, and Irene Plum of Phoenixville; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great grandnieces. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brother Howard W. Warren Jr., nephews David Plum, Keith Warren and Tony Gazzillo; grandnephew Jeff McGowan; and brother in laws George Hogg, Martin Perez, Edwin Wilkinson and David Plum.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 12 Noon at her home church of Spring City Fellowship Church, 540 Glass Ave., Spring City, PA 19475.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spring City Fellowship Church Youth Group at the above address.

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March 1, 2015
Richard P. Banse, Jr., 56, formerly of Sanatoga

Richard P. Banse, Jr., 56, formerly of Sanatoga, PA, passed away at his home in Hagerstown, MD, in the early morning of February, 26th. Richard was married to Mary Masterilli, his one great love, in 1997, on a sunset beach in beautiful Trinidad, the first of many adventures they would share. Mary was at his side at the time his vibrant soul was lost to the world, and those who loved him can take solace that his passing was quick and he did not suffer.

Born on May 29, 1958, in Chester County, PA, Richard was raised in E. Norriton and Graduated from Anderson University in Indiana. He was currently a Systems Analyst in the Global Technology Industry, most recently working for Lockheed Martin for over 10 years. Richard had remarkably diverse talents in theater and the arts, and was an avid fan of a wide range of music. He worked as a DJ in college, and had recently picked it up again with renewed passion for a musical genre called electro-swing. He was one heck of a dancer, and gave that gift to his wife, who had never danced before and learned a whole new way of sharing the joy of her love for him. His other interests included travel, hiking, sailing, and outdoor adventures of every kind. He was an avid reader. He could talk for hours on a great many subjects. A true Renaissance man.

He met his future wife, Mary, in 1996, on the Internet. He answered an ad titled, “Adventurers Wanted,” which became the central theme of their lives together. Richard and Mary were adventurous souls who lived life to the fullest. From climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, to rappelling the glaciers of Iceland, to zip-lining through the jungle canopy in Costa Rica, Richard approached life with a vigor and passion that was ageless. Richard was especially dedicated to supporting his wife’s artistic endeavors, and was so very proud of her every accomplishment.

No story of Richard would be complete without mention of Halloween. Community Theater was a huge part of his life, especially the Haunted Theater, where he was the sometimes scary, sometimes funny, Mr. Scuttles. He also acted in and directed numerous plays, but his greatest joy was designing special effects and lighting, for which he won several awards. He was an avid builder and tinkerer, and with his creative mind and brilliant insights, he created many memorable stage sets, gizmos and gadgets. It was his theater experiences that led Mary down the path of an artist, using parts from his many stage props and flea market finds in her mixed media pieces. He was her muse, her inspiration, her greatest supporter.

While his ride through life was cut unexpectedly short, it was a life truly lived, with the woman he cherished, and they were both made so much better for their too short 18 years together. Richard’s joy was Mary’s happiness, and her legacy will be in paying forward all the love and joy and kindness he has given her.

In addition to his Beloved Mary, he is survived by his parents, Richard P. Banse, Sr. and Shirley Banse (nee Carpenter), sister Susan and her husband Brian Hohman, and their children, Zachary and Trevor, sister Sara and her husband Howard Poole, and their children Madison and Skyler. In addition, countless friends, coworkers and colleagues – pretty much everyone who ever met him – were touched by his kind and generous soul, his honesty and integrity, his passion for life, his love and admiration for Mary, his sense of humor, and his brilliant and creative mind.

Visitation will be at the Catagnus Funeral Home in Royersford, Saturday, March 14th, 2pm to 3 pm, followed by a Memorial Service, 3pm to 4pm, where everyone is invited to speak and share their memories of Richard. There will be no internment. Reception will follow at (location will be announced at the service) from 5pm to 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Richard P. Banse, Jr., to Kitty Kottage Adoption Center, 317 W. Johnson Hwy, E. Norriton, PA 19401.

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Lynn

Mar-1 6:16pm

Although, its difficult today to see beyond the sorrow God is eager to bring our loved ones back to life(Job14:13-15). He further promises that all those in the common grave of mankind will be resurrected.(John5:28-29) May these words give you peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.

john natale

Mar-1 7:14pm

Between Forge Theater and the Haunted Theater at the Barn Playhouse we formed our friendship. Richard was a good friend and I am happy to have known him. My sympathy to Mary. I will miss his humor and enthusiasm for life.

Pat Bindrim

Mar-2 11:20am

What is there to add to such a beautiful description of Rich. What mattered to me is the incredible love he had for my sister, and the endless ways he showed it. Mary, he will always be with you- and we're all here for you.


February 28, 2015
Kendal “Pete” Hoover, 74, of Pottstown

Kendal “Pete” Hoover, 74, of Pottstowm, North Coventry Twp., husband of Gay B. (Gross) Hoover, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Horace Gauger and Elizabeth L. Hoover.

Pete was a 1959 graduate of Pottstown High School where he played baseball and football. He was a member of Zion’s UCC Church where he was an usher, and helped with the consistory and maintenance. He worked at his own barber shop for many years and later on retired from ARAMARK. Pete was a US Army veteran and coached various youth organizations in the area.

Surviving with his wife of 50 years are daughters Kristin B, Feight, wife of Craig, Kendra G. Rivoli, wife of Mark, and Keena E. Huss, wife of Michael; sister Dorothy Miles, and grandchildren Kayla, Nicholas, Brendan, Zachary, Rachel, and Samantha. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by 7 siblings.

A memorial service will be Sunday, March 8, 3:00PM at Zion’s UCC Church, 209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 with Rev. Walter Coy officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at the church.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made in Kendal’s name to the church at the above address.

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Sue Kirkhoff

Mar-2 1:11pm

Gay, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


February 28, 2015
Roy W. Cubbler, Jr., 76, of Pottstown

Roy W. Cubbler, Jr., 76, husband of Charlotte D. Cubbler of Pottstown, PA, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015. Born in Abington, PA, he was the son of the late Roy W. and Mildred (Edgar) Cubbler.

Mr. Cubbler graduated from Shippensburg High School and received a B.S. in Education with majors in English and Political Science from Shippensburg University. He received an M.A. in English, an M.A. in Secondary Administration, and his Principal’s Certification from Villanova University. He was also a recipient of a National Endowment for Arts and Humanities grant where he studied Renaissance and Baroque studies at the University of Maryland. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a graduate honor fraternity.

Mr. Cubbler attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, achieving rank of Lieutenant. He was a Nuclear Weapons Officer and worked in Combat Intelligence. He served extensive shore and sea duty in Europe and the Caribbean.

During his teaching years, Mr. Cubbler was an English teacher, English Department Chairperson, Assistant to the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Principal of Boyertown Area Senior High School until his retirement in 2000. Prior to his tenure with Boyertown Area School District, he taught in the Pottsgrove School District.

He served as Head Wrestling Coach at Boyertown Area Senior High School, Head Wrestling Coach at Pottsgrove High School, Pottsgrove Jr. Legion Baseball Coach, Boyertown Assistant Football Coach, and Little League Baseball coach.

Because he thought community service was important, he served as Lower Pottsgrove commissioner for 17 years; he was Lower Pottsgrove’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Police Commissioner, President of the Pottsgrove Recreation Committee, and Chairman of Lower Pottsgrove Township Planning Commission. He was the Current Events Discussion Leader at the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center of Pottstown and served as a Soup Kitchen Volunteer for the Pottstown Salvation Army Citadel. He received the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Legion of Honor Membership service award.

He was a member of the Pottstown Area Stamp Club and served as president.  He was also president of the Jon Cor Society. He was a member of the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center, Veterans Foreign War, American Legion, Senior Circle, Dame Juliana League of Fly Fishers, and Boyertown Lodge No. 74,F & A.M.

In addition to his wife of 53 of years, he is survived by his two sons, Roy and wife Barbara of Glen Rock, PA; and Scott and wife  Lisa of Lewisberry, PA; four grandchildren: Kevin, Eric, Taylor, Jake; and a brother  Robert Cubbler of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 10:30AM in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 223 Beech Street, Pottstown. Burial with military honors will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be Friday, March 6 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Tri-County Home Health & Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 201, Pottstown, PA.

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Debbie Donohue

Mar-1 10:30am

Charlotte and the Cubbler Family: I am so sorry to learn of Roy's passing. I so enjoyed meeting him at the Cubbler Reunions. He was so very nice and I wish I had made time to get to know him better. The few times I was with him leave me feeling that I truly missed out on knowing a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss. I have taken some of the pictures off of your Facebook page to add to the family albums.

WILLIAM C RICHARDSON

Mar-1 12:34pm

LOST A DEAR AND TREASURED FRIEND. SO MANY MEMORIES.

Joe Ann Babe Hillegass

Mar-1 5:41pm

The stars are surely brighter now that the Mayor of Woodland Drive is at the helm. Nothing but fond memories, our prayers are with the family.

Briana Famous Platzer

Mar-2 7:50am

I graduated BHS in 92 and have fond memories of Mr. Cubbler. He was a wonderful teacher/assistant principa and i will never forget him. He left an amazing legacy and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

Jane and Tom Oswald

Mar-2 9:45am

Charlotte and family,<br /> Deepest sympathy for the loss of your lifelong partner. Roy has left his footprint on on many of our hearts, and done so much to make the world a better place. Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing him with us.

Larry Janet Werner

Mar-3 10:49am

We share in the loss of Roy. He had become a treasured friend, always giving everyone a laugh with his jokes and humor. Our love and prayers are with Charlotte and their family.


February 26, 2015
Donna Marie (Wetzel) Kramer, 63, of Barto

Donna Marie (Wetzel) Kramer, 63, of Barto, passed away Monday Feb. 16, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

She was the wife of Wayne Kramer, who died Mar. 24, 1999.

Born in Pottstown, PA, she was the daughter of Harry B.F. Wetzel and Helen M. (Freimann) Wetzel.

Donna was a 1969 graduate of Boyertown High School. She later attended additional classes and earned an Office Professional certificate. Her most recent employer was Graterford Prison, where she worked as a correctional employment vocational assistant, until she took disability retirement in December 2014. She enjoyed baking and entered many baking contests where she earned numerous ribbons.

She is survived by her parents Harry and Helen Wetzel, her brothers and sisters: Perry Wetzel husband of Carol of Linfield, PA; Jerry Wetzel husband of Debra of Boyertown, PA; Beverly Melcher wife of the late George Melcher of Barto, PA; Barney Wetzel husband of Cheryl of Birdsboro, PA; Linda Wetzel of Phoenixville, PA; and Diana Dugan wife of Paul of Barto, PA; 11 nieces and nephews; 16 great nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Ann Kramer; brother-in-law Jeff Kramer; and sister-in-law Karen.

Donna was predeceased by her brother Dennis Wetzel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 610 Pine St., Bally, PA 19503. Burial will follow at Most Blessed Sacrament Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, and on Friday Feb. 20, 2015 from 9:00-9:45 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church at the above address, or to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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February 26, 2015
Paul D. Akins III, 52, formerly of Gilbertsville

Paul D. “Hollywood” Akins III, 52, of Spring City, formerly of Gilbertsville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 21 doing what he loved; snowmobiling.

Born in Cedars, PA he was the son of Margie (Schoenly) Akins and the late Paul D. Akins II.

Paul was a 1980 graduate of Boyertown HS and a 1984 graduate of East Stroudsburg with a BS in Communications Media. He was a member of the Gilbertsville Fire Co., the Boyertown Oriels, and the PA Auctioneers Assoc. He worked for the family business and as an auto auctioneer for Manheim and Southern Auto Auctions. Paul also did auctioneer work for many charities and high schools in the area. He enjoyed horseback riding, was an avid hunter and was also an actor and model.

Surviving with his mother is daughter Abbey Akins who resides with her mother Renee’ M. Akins; siblings Leslye Schmitz, Lloyd Akins, Karen Akins and Mark Akins; fiancée AnnaLisa Delcane and her children Julia, Brandon and David. Also surviving is a nephew and numerous nieces, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at the Gilbertsville Fire Co., 1454 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s name to the Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, PO Box 156, Chester Springs, PA 19425.

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February 26, 2015
Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, of Barto

Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa, passed away peacefully at his residence in Barto, PA on Thursday February 12, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after his battle with cancer.  Compassionate hospice care was provided by Bayada Nursing of Boyertown, PA.

Born on June 5, 1956, in Philadelphia, PA, he was a loving and dedicated, hard-working, family man and loved dearly by everyone who knew him.  He was a quiet and respectful man to strangers but to those who knew him, he was anything but quiet.  Vincent will always be remembered as the life of the party, the first up to dance and the last to leave the dance floor, king of the karaoke microphone, always ready to add his own words to any song and always ready for a good laugh and a good practical joke.  His most notable appearance will still be that of Vinnie and the Voluptuous Vixens.  It didn’t take much to make him smile or for him to put a smile on your face. He was truly a simple man, in more ways than one.  His daughter Melissa was the apple of his eye and truly his princess in life.  He valued his family and friends and always put them at the forefront, never hesitating to stop what he was doing to help someone in need.  

Vince was an avid and true Philadelphia sports fan with a love-hate relationship with the Eagles, Flyers, 76er’s and the Philly’s, in true Philly style.  Vincent recently retired from Ryder Truck Company in Philadelphia, after 25 years as a loyal and dedicated employee and truly loved his Ryder brothers and the Ryder brotherhood!  He made a day at work seem fun for all and offered a good laugh daily with no doubt, never a dull moment.

Vincent is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years, Linda, his beautiful daughter and princess, Melissa, and future son-in law Dakota Wanner,  his loving sister and brother-in-law Joann and Ken McAndrew, his loving nephew Kenn, his loving sister Maryann Fisk,  and his loving brother Joseph Grisafi, his best friends and brothers- in-heart, John Schuhl, John Camperchioli, Dave Iannotti, his beloved dogs Zoey and Skippy and many, many loving friends and family members, too numerous to mention but all appreciated and loved dearly by him. Vincent is preceded in death by his beloved parents Diana and Jack Fisk and his beloved sister Carol Ann.  He was truly an honorable man and will be missed by all who knew him. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 3206 Big Road, Obelisk with Pastor Paul Chapman officiating a memorial service at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery in Bechtelsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Vincent J Grisafi, Jr.  to one of two of his favorite local community charities that help families in crisis during their time of need by visiting the websites at www.communitybackstop.com or by mail to, Community Backstop c/o Michael Bailey, 293 Stonegate Drive, Devon, PA 19333 or the Melanoma International Foundation c/o Catherine Poole, President, 250 Mapleflower Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343 or on the website at www.melanomainternational.org .

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February 26, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown

Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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February 25, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown


Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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February 14, 2015
Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, of Barto

Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa, passed away peacefully at his residence in Barto, PA on Thursday February 12, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after his battle with cancer.  Compassionate hospice care was provided by Bayada Nursing of Boyertown, PA.

Born on June 5, 1956, in Philadelphia, PA, he was a loving and dedicated, hard-working, family man and loved dearly by everyone who knew him.  He was a quiet and respectful man to strangers but to those who knew him, he was anything but quiet.  Vincent will always be remembered as the life of the party, the first up to dance and the last to leave the dance floor, king of the karaoke microphone, always ready to add his own words to any song and always ready for a good laugh and a good practical joke.  His most notable appearance will still be that of Vinnie and the Voluptuous Vixens.  It didn’t take much to make him smile or for him to put a smile on your face. He was truly a simple man, in more ways than one.  His daughter Melissa was the apple of his eye and truly his princess in life.  He valued his family and friends and always put them at the forefront, never hesitating to stop what he was doing to help someone in need.   


Vince was an avid and true Philadelphia sports fan with a love-hate relationship with the Eagles, Flyers, 76er’s and the Philly’s, in true Philly style.  Vincent recently retired from Ryder Truck Company in Philadelphia, after 25 years as a loyal and dedicated employee and truly loved his Ryder brothers and the Ryder brotherhood!  He made a day at work seem fun for all and offered a good laugh daily with no doubt, never a dull moment.


Vincent is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years, Linda, his beautiful daughter and princess, Melissa, and future son-in law Dakota Wanner,  his loving sister and brother-in-law Joann and Ken McAndrew, his loving nephew Kenn, his loving sister Maryann Fisk,  and his loving brother Joseph Grisafi, his best friends and brothers- in-heart, John Schuhl, John Camperchioli, Dave Iannotti, his beloved dogs Zoey and Skippy and many, many loving friends and family members, too numerous to mention but all appreciated and loved dearly by him. Vincent is preceded in death by his beloved parents Diana and Jack Fisk and his beloved sister Carol Ann.  He was truly an honorable man and will be missed by all who knew him. 


Visitation will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 3206 Big Road, Obelisk with Pastor Paul Chapman officiating a memorial service at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery in Bechtelsville, PA.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Vincent J Grisafi, Jr.  to one of two of his favorite local community charities that help families in crisis during their time of need by visiting the websites at www.communitybackstop.com or by mail to, Community Backstop c/o Michael Bailey, 293 Stonegate Drive, Devon, PA 19333 or the Melanoma International Foundation c/o Catherine Poole, President, 250 Mapleflower Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343 or on the website at www.melanomainternational.org .

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February 13, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown

Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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The Gavin s

Feb-15 11:01pm

Mark will be missed. We have some fun family memories. He enjoyed so many activies - hunting, fishing, shooting, roller skating, 3-wheeling, bowling, the list goes on. ..... with our Sympathy, Ed and Zina

MaryBeth Hallman

Feb-16 4:39pm

So sorry to hear of Marks passing. You will be in my thoughts & prayers...love you

The Williams family

Feb-17 2:18pm

We are sadden to hear of the passing of our neighbor Mr. Mark but we rejoice in knowing he is no longer suffering and has been greeted with open arms by his lord and savior. Our prayers are with the family as they grieve for this moment. Praying for peace that passes all understanding.


February 12, 2015
Geneva Saylor, 90, of Boyertown

Geneva (Kulp) Saylor, 90, of Boyertown, Douglass Twp., wife of the late James D. Saylor, passed away on Tuesday at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville.

Born in Perkiomenville, she was the daughter of the late Harry E.S. and Ella F. (Renninger) Kulp.


Geneva was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church.  She worked for many years as a seamstress at the former Daut Manufacturing and JenniferAnn, also worked at Fashion World in Zerns. Geneva loved her grandchildren and loved taking care of them.


Surviving are children Susan O’Leary, wife of Michael, Randy Saylor, husband of Susan, and Sheila Bosch, wife of George; sibling Ella Schueck, Elsie Krall, Harry Kulp, and Eleanor Ruth; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Also surviving are daughter in laws Joan and Eileen Saylor. She is predeceased by sons James and Roy Saylor, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.


A funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 16, 10:30AM at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 527 Hoffmansville Rd, Bechtelsville with Rev. John Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the church.

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February 9, 2015
Tammy Ferne Virginia (Swoyer) Diehl, age 36

Tammy Ferne Virginia (Swoyer) Diehl, age 36, resident of Perkiomenville, passed away at Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia Tuesday February 3, 2015.

Born April 2, 1978 in Pottstown, PA to Donald Swoyer, Sr. and Doreen (Imbody) Pasqueal, and is also survived by husband Paul Diehl, sons Austin Diehl, Travis Diehl, Aiden Diehl, brothers Donald Swoyer, Jr. wife of Donna, Michael Anthony, niece Emma Swoyer, nephew William Swoyer, and grandparents Daniel and Fern Imbody, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Walter and Rose Swoyer and uncle William Swoyer.

Tammy graduated from Boyertown Area High School, class of 1996, and held a license of cosmetology from Berks County Technical Institute.

Friends and relatives are invited to the viewing at 10:00 AM Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM, both at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 35 West Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA. Interment will follow at Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown immediately following the service.

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February 9, 2015
Clark Eugene Kreger II, age 42, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, died on Sunday, February 1, 2015

He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on January 11, 1973, to Bonnie (Kreger) Turner and Donald L. Kreger. He grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Clark graduated from Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA and Washington College in Maryland where he received a B.A. in history.

After college, Clark moved to Vail where he fell head over ski boots in love with Colorado. Clark began his banking career at Alpine Bank in Vail. He soon moved to Steamboat Springs where he continued his banking career with Alpine Bank. A kind, compassionate, and courageous man he developed a true passion for law enforcement while in Steamboat. For the last seven years, he proudly served as Patrol Deputy, Investigator, Sniper and SWAT team member at the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.  He loved to cook and spend time with both families.

Clark is survived by his wife, Denise English Kreger, and two step-children, Alexandra and Jack English, all of Steamboat Springs. He is also survived by his parents Richard and Bonnie Turner; his father, Donald L. Kreger; brother, Bryan; sister-in-law, Cheryl, brother; Donald; step-brothers Tim (Kristin) Turner, and Bob (Betty) Turner; step-sister Sue (Stan) Koribana; and six nieces and nephews, all of Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations and be made to the Yampa Valley Autism Program at www.yapavalleyautism.org in honor of Clark and Denise English Kreger or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral services were held in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, February 5.

A reception and memorial service will be held at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468 on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  Visitation will be from 12 to 1 at the funeral home and a service will follow.  His final resting place will be at Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA 19668.

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Lee Zaragoza

Feb-10 12:28am

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Clark was a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope that the good memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.<br /> Fondly,<br /> Lee and Dick

Jill Pundt

Feb-10 9:18am

I am so sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend the memorial service but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


February 4, 2015
Alfred A. Mummert Sr., 92, of Pottstown


Alfred A. Mummert Sr., 92, of Pottstown, South Coventry Twp., formerly of Springfield, Delaware County Twp., husband of Marion D (Davis) Mummert, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Jefferson Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John W. and Bessie (Griffith) Mummert.

Al was a member of the Elks, VFW, and American Legion in Punta Gorda FL and the Elks in Pottstown. He loved to dance with Marion and listen to her play the organ. Al enjoyed golfing and boating too. Al was a proud American who served in the Army during WWII. He was a big donator and was very instrumental in getting the WWII monument in Washington DC.

Surviving with his wife of 67 years is daughter Arlene Jeffries, wife of Keith, of Pottstown; sons Gregory Mummert, husband of Margaret, of Thornton and Alfred Mummert Jr., husband of Joyce, of Birdsboro; grandchildren Andrew Jeffries, husband of Holly, Jennifer Stewart, wife of William, Renee Jeffries, Donna Curry, wife of Warren, Matthew Mummert, Denise Santaliquito, wife of Rob, Michele Scott, wife of Ernie, and Victoria Mummert; and great grandchildren Jackson, Tyler, Madison, Noah, and William. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his 11 siblings.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Entombment will be in Limerick Garden of Memories Mausoleum. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM the funeral home.

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