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May 28, 2015
Walter J. Kibbe, 68

Walter J. Kibbe, 68, husband of Nancy M. (Roman) Kibbe, of Glenmoore, passed away Tuesday May 26, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Walter R. and Anne (Donahue) Kibbe.

Walt served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was involved in the 1968 TET Offensive. He had a passion for antique cars, and enjoyed playing blue-grass on his guitar. Most of all, Walt adored spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving along with his wife is one son Walter R. Kibbe husband of Leigh; one sister Judi MacKenzie; two grandchildren Samantha and Ian Kibbe; sister-in-law Joy Marko wife of Michael; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Walt was predeceased by his sister Nancy Kibbe.

A funeral service will be held Sunday May 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Sunday from 11:00 AM-12:45 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s memory to the Vietnam Veteran’s Association MIA/POW.

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May 28, 2015
David C. Rotz, 71

David C. Rotz, 71, of Royersford, formerly of Pottstown, passed away Sunday May 24, 2015 at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Earl H. and Aletta F. (Wamsher) Rotz.

David spent time volunteering at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, where he was a member, as well as at Brookside Country Club at the driving range. David was always described by friends as a likeable guy.

Surviving is one brother Richard R. Rotz husband of Bonnie of Gilbertsville; and three nieces Kelli Myers wife of Joe of Fleetwood, Kimberlee McColgan of Gilbertsville, and Kayla Rotz of York.

A funeral service will be held Friday May 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with Rev. Phillip Waselik officiating. Burial will be private. 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 David’s memory to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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May 26, 2015
Cecilia J. “Ceil” (Kostrzewski) Verna, 77, of Limerick

Cecilia J. “Ceil” (Kostrzewski) Verna, 77, of Limerick, formerly of Aston, passed away on Saturday, May 23 at her home.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Victoria (Kutrzyba) Kostrzewski.

Cecilia was a former member of St. Joseph RC Church in Aston. She enjoyed cooking both Polish and Italian dishes and gardening. In her early years, she enjoyed dancing.

Surviving is her daughter Diane Verna of Limerick, sons Thomas Verna, husband of Kimberly, of Southampton, NJ and John Verna, husband of Michele, of St. Louis, MO; sisters Theresa Styles and Stephanie Strawley, both of Dagsboro, DE; and grandchildren Isabella and Adler Verna.

A memorial service will be Saturday, May 30, 3:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00PM to 2:45PM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cecilia’s name to the Montgomery Country SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222.

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May 26, 2015
Cynthia M. (Bugner) Butler, 56, of Limerick

Cynthia M. (Bugner) Butler, 56, of Limerick, wife of Kenneth P. Butler Jr., passed away on Friday, May 22 at Life Care Hospital of Chester Co.

Born in Aberdeen, SD, she was the daughter of the late Robert D. and Shirley A. (Stappler) Bugner.

Cindy was a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, where she was past president of the Ladies' Club and PREP teacher at the former St. Clare's RC Church. She was a US Marine and a member of the Pron-Seton Detachment of the Marine Corps League. She enjoyed gardening, doing floral arrangements, reading and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving with her husband of 36 years are sons Kenneth P. Butler III, husband of Laura, of Pottstown and Terence R. Butler, husband of Tonya, of Valparaiso, IN; grandchildren Liam, Maeve, Maura and Connor, and her sisters Cathy Jo Solis and Jodi Trahan. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Jerae Bugner.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 28, 12:00 Noon at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta RC Church, 256 Swamp Pike, Schwenksville, PA with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:30AM to 11:45AM at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cindy's name to: Marine Corps League Foundation of PA for the benefit of wounded warriors, distressed veterans and their families.

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May 19, 2015
Walter J. Mycek Jr., 73, of Lower Pottsgrove Twp.

Walter J. Mycek Jr., 73, of Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove Twp., husband of Bonnie M. (Hilbert) Mycek, passed away on Monday, May 18, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Walter J. Sr., and Ann C. (Slanga) Mycek.

Walter was an Army veteran who was the recipient of the Purple Heart for his brave service during the Vietnam War. He worked at the Pottstown Trap Rock Quarry for more than 40 years. He was a fan of the Eagles and Phillies and enjoyed golf. He loved spending time with his daughters, family, and friends.

Surviving with his wife of 38 years are daughters Kelly Steinmetz, wife of Ray, Theresa Mycek, Peggy Zoccola, wife of Anthony, and Linda Pappas, wife of Byron; sisters Mary Ann Lindauer, wife of Thomas, and Christine Werner; grandchildren Harrison Walter Steinmetz, Carter and Charlotte Pappas; and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Edward F. Mycek Sr.

A funeral service will be Thursday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Mike and Hope Lindauer

May-20 5:33am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Katy Rush

May-26 8:16am

Kelly,<br /> I thank your father for his brave years of service and pray that your family's hearts are filled with love and fond memories during this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your Allen House/Cedar Crest family for anything large or small. You are in all our thoughts and prayers.


May 12, 2015
William C. Quintrell, 64

William C. Quintrell, 64, of Upper Pottsgrove Twp., husband of Mary C. (Moulder) Quintrell, passed away Sunday May 10, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Norristown, he was the son of the late William C., Sr. and Elaine J. (Brandon) Quintrell.

William was a member of Boyertown Masonic Lodge #741 F&AM, and Radiant Chapter #96  Order of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed playing baseball, going bowling, and reading.

Surviving along with his wife Mary is one daughter Rebecca L. Toniolo; one son Christopher J. Quintrell; five grandchildren Johnathan Taylor Quintrell, Christopher Michael Quintrell, Alyssa Skye Quintrell, Evan Michael Toniolo, and Cooper Riley Watt; and three sisters Rosemary Quintrell, Alice Sue Quintrell Harbaugh, and Nancy Elaine Quintrell Harris.

Including his parents, William was predeceased by his sister Patricia Ann Quintrell Moore.

A memorial service will be held Thursday May 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. John’s U.C.C., 11 S. Price St., Pottstown, PA 19464, with Rev. Karen Nuscher Creasy officiating, immediately following an Eastern Star Service.  Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:30-10:15 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William’s memory to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458.

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Fran Havlick Denny

May-14 5:05am

My sympathy to your family at the death of "Billy". That's how I remember him, from our days at Upper Merion High. I am happy to know he had a family and died at home. May he RIP and eternal light. Fran Havlick Denny


May 8, 2015
Lottie M. (Reppert) Weller, 100, formerly of Bechtelsville

Lottie M. (Reppert) Weller, 100, formerly of Bechtelsville, wife of the late Norman G. Weller, passed away on Friday, May 8 at Pennsburg Manor.

Born in Pike Twp., she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Andora (Moyer) Reppert.

Lottie was a member of ST. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church in Boyertown. She worked for the former Bally Pants Factory for 50 years as a sewing machine operator.

Surviving is daughter in law Marian Weller of Bechtelsville; nieces Helen Hoffmaster and Rose Marie Stause and nephews Gerald “Jerry” Spohn and Robert Reppert. Along with her parents and husband she is predeceased by her son Forrest Weller; 4 sisters and 7 brothers.

A funeral service will be Tuesday, May 12, 11:00AM at St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512, with Pastor Jeffrey W. Odgren officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Church Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Lottie’s name to the St. Joseph’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at the above address.

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May 7, 2015
John L. Brzoska, 62, of North Coventry Twp.

John L. Brzoska, 62, of Pottstown, North Coventry Twp., husband of Maureen (Walters) Brzoska, passed away on Wednesday, May 6 at his home.

Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of the late William and Anna (Burch) Brzoska.

Jack was a member of the RMC and the Boyertown Corvette Club where he was a former president. He was a member of Carpenter UBC Local 465. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, and going out on the boat fishing with his brother.

Surviving with his wife of 12 years are sons Mark and Chris Edwards, daughter Michelle Courtesis; brothers Frank and Tom Brzoska; grandchildren Brandi, Steven, Karesa, and Morgan; great grandchildren Elijah, Ava and Damien; nieces Sharon Schmitt and Maureen Brzoska Cardona great niece Megan and great nephews Joseph and Michael Schmitt.

A memorial service will be Saturday, May 16, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Visitation will be Saturday, May 16 from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Jack's name to Paws for Veterans, 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 106, Melbourne, FL 32901.

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May 7, 2015
Mary T. (Sedliak) Peischl, 85, of Gilbertsville

Mary T. (Sedliak) Peischl, 85, of Gilbertsville, wife of the late Herman J. Peischl, passed away on Tuesday, May 5 at Pennsburg Manor.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Belusik) Sedliak.

She is survived by her daughter Regina T. Joss (William), granddaughter Jamie-Leigh A. Joss; and sisters Josephine McDowell, Ann Markowski, and Alberta Sperry. Mary is predeceased by her brother John Sedliak Jr.

Mary was a member of St. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown and former member of St. Agnes RC church in Philadelphia.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 11, 11:00am at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00am to 10:45am at the church. Burial will be at 1:30pm in St. John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mary's memory to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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May 4, 2015
Sarah Jane Smith, 75, of Barto

Sarah Jane Smith, 75, of Barto, passed away on Thursday, April 30, at her home.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Raymond K. and Frances (Cornwell) Smith.

Sarah was member of Morning Star Fellowship in Bechtelsville.

Surviving is her son Joseph E. Moyer of TX., daughter Rebecca Zimmerman, wife of Joe, of MO; sister Helen McCleary of VA; and grandchildren Anne, Kate, Emma, Michael, and Laura Zimmerman.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, 11:00AM at Morning Star Fellowship, 100 Limekiln Rd, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Burial will follow at Wentz’s UCC Church Cemetery in Lansdale. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Sarah’s name to Morning Star Fellowship Benevolence Fund at the above address.

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May 4, 2015
Rhea L. Kratz, 59, of Perkiomenville

Rhea L. (Greiss) Kratz, 59, of Perkiomenville, wife of James W. Kratz, passed away on Sunday, May 3 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Betty (Smith) Greiss.

Rhea was a member and cook at Bechtelsville Fire Co. and a member of the ladies auxiliary at the Upper Frederick Fire Co. She worked at Boyertown Casket Company as a seamstress for more than 20 years.

Surviving with her husband of 38 years are daughters Jamie L. Pettinato, companion of David Playez, of Boyertown and Mindy L. Hettrick of Perkiomenville; brothers Raymond L. Smith Sr. of Quakertown and Charles Greiss, husband of Teresa, of Reading; sister Mae Haas, wife of Sam, of Temple; and grandchildren John and Anthony Pettinato, Jeremy Hettrick and Paige Pettinato. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Stanley and Lloyd Greiss.

A funeral service will be Thursday, 11:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30AM to 11:15AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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May 4, 2015
Ruth R. (Rhymer) Martin, 83, of Boyertown

Ruth R. (Rhymer) Martin, 83, of Boyertown, wife of the late Blaine L. Martin, fiancé of Earl Bartman of Pottstown, passed away Friday May 1, 2015 at her residence surrounded by family.

Born in Chester Springs, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Annie (Ranton) Rhymer.

Ruth was a member of the Gabelsville Athletic Association, where she loved going to dances. She enjoyed traveling with her fiancé to Lancaster County to go shopping and take in the sights.

Surviving along with her fiancé are three sons Alan Martin of York, Steven Martin of Pottstown, and Eric Martin and wife Carol of State College; daughter-in-law Cynthia Martin of Gilbertsville: thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; her beloved cat Tigger; great neighbors; and one special caregiver.

Along with her husband and parents, Ruth was predeceased by her daughter Brenda; sister Marian; brothers Alfred and William; and grandchildren Tony and Sheldon.

Funeral services are private at the convenience of the family. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Montgomery County SPCA, 1059 Sweisford Rd, Perkiomenville, PA 18074, or to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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Sonny and Ruth Shaffer

May-6 10:12am

Ruth was a wonderful person. She will be surely missed by all who knew her. I personally got to know her from the dances at Gabelsville. She and I would like to fast dance together. She was a great friend. For the family always remember the good times never dwell on the bad. I am sure she will be with you all in your hearts forever. And Earl she loved you dearly. Sonny and I still remember you both getting together. You and Ruthie were great together. Our deepest sympathy is with you all.


May 1, 2015
Richard E. Jones, 73

Richard E. Jones, 73, husband of Geraldine L. (Vishio) Jones, of Boyertown, passed away Wednesday April 29, 2015 at the Reading Hospital.

Surviving is a daughter Janine I. Milbourn, an adopted son, Greg Dragon, his brother William Jones and sister Maryann Peters.  He is also survived by 4 grandchildren Rosalynn Milbourn, Kayla Milbourn, Lillian Jones and Emiily Jones.  Also 3 step grandchildren Lauren Schmidt, Gaisyn Schmidt and Max Gofus.  He is predeceased by a son Richard W. Jones.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at 11:00 AM at Shepherd of the Hill U.C.C. in Bechtelsville.  Burial will follow in Shepherd of the Hills Church Cemetery.  A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

 

 

 

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April 30, 2015
Martha J. Reininger, 74

Martha J. (Lingenfelter) Reininger, 74, wife of Charles E. Reininger, III, of Pottstown, passed away Tuesday April 28, 2015 at Walnut Woods, Boyertown.

Born in East Freedom, she was the daughter of the late Sewell and Minnie (Lewis) Lingenfelter.

Martha was considered the most loving and kindhearted person by those who knew her. She was employed by Weis Markets in Pottstown for fifty-two years.

Surviving along with her husband are two sons Charles Reininger, IV, and Richard “Bob” Reininger; one daughter Lisa Bean wife of Robert; three grandchildren Brian, Patricia, and Regina; two great grandchildren Cillian and Masai; three sisters, Grace Yingling, Audrey Hoffman and Helen Brey and one brother Charles.  She is predeceased by 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

A funeral service will be held Saturday May 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Saturday from 1:00-2:45 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Martha’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422 or to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Office of Institutional Advancement (Lung Cancer Research) 125 S. 9th St., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The family also asks that you perform a random act of kindness, as this is what Martha is most remembered for.

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April 28, 2015
Frederick G. Kerlin, Jr., 80, of Douglassville

Frederick G. Kerlin, Jr., husband of Patricia A. (Loughin) Kerlin, of Douglassville, passed away on Sunday, April 26.

Surviving with his wife is a son, Jeff Kerlin, husband of Joanna; a daughter Lorelei Brewer, wife of Frank; a sister Joanne Ruyak and four grandchildren, Miranda Brewer, Clayton Brewer, Elliotte Kerlin and John Kerlin.

Fred was a graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School, where he served as class President and captain of the football team. After High School, he served in the United States Army. Fred was a football fan as well as a car enthusiast and enjoyed going to races. He was also an avid outdoorsman, going hunting and fishing. Frederick was a 32 Degree Mason, and also owned and operated Daniel J. Kerlin & Sons Plastering Contractors, a three generation family owned business.

A Funeral Service will be Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00 PM at Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the church.  Burial will follow in Shenkel Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Fred’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Mike Haines

Apr-29 2:57pm

Sorry to hear about Fred passing. My sincere sympathy.<br />




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