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August 29, 2016
Edward T. Wagner, 71, of Royersford

Edward T. Wagner, (Poppy) 71, of Royersford, husband of Louise S. (Scorr) Wagner, passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at his home.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edward T. Wagner and Margaret E. (Mink) Allen.

Ed was an active member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oaks. He was a social member at both Friendship Hook and Ladder and Liberty Fire Companies. Ed had a successful 48 year career with Sears. He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling and softball. He loved to travel, especially to the Caribbean and Sedona. Ed enjoyed music from every decade, but particularly from the 50’s and 60’s.

Surviving with his wife of 50 years is son Edward T. Wagner III, husband of Tammy, of Gilbertsville; daughter Kristen L. Tsitoukis, wife of Kosta, of Schwenksville; brother Howard O. Allen, husband of Sharon, of Levittown; sisters Nancy Casey, wife of Joseph, of Philadelphia., Janice Love, wife of Robert, of DE, and Susan Dennis, wife of Bill, of Reading; and grandchildren Ashley, Edward IV, Brynn, Riley, Yanni, Nicholas, and Alexandra.

A visitation will be Saturday, Sept 3 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, PA 19468.

A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, Sept. 3 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 126 Blackrock Road, Oaks. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s name to: Friendship Ambulance 269 Green St. Royersford, PA 19468

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August 29, 2016
Janet F. Myers, 74, of Boyertown

Janet F. Myers, 74, of Boyertown, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27 at her home.

Born in Itch, PA she was the daughter of the late Albert E. and Mabel I. (Summers) Rhodes.

Janet worked at the former Boyertown Packaging for 25 years and most recently at the Boyertown Historical Museum for 5 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and had a great love for the Lord.

Surviving are daughters Dolores Reitnauer, wife of Leroy and Debra Shaner; grandchildren Trish Sands, Rebecca and Amanda Reitnauer, Tiffany Jones and Nathaniel Dotts; and great grandchildren Noah and Emily Reitnauer, Zachary and Joshua Sands, and Owen and Alyssa Dotts; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents she is predeceased by siblings Guy and Arnold Rhodes, Audrey Gunning, and Doyle, Kenneth and Albert E. Rhodes Jr.

A funeral service will be Friday, Sept. 2, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with burial to follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

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August 27, 2016
Mary Lou Bechtol, 89, of Pottstown

Mary Lou (Klinefelter) Bechtol, 89, of Pottstown, formerly of Mill Hall, wife of the late Daniel P. Bechtol Sr., passed away on Thursday Aug. 25 at Seasons Hospice.

Born in Flemington, she was the daughter of the late Emory E. and Florence P. (Rhine) Klinefelter.

Mary Lou worked at West Company in Phoenixville for 23 years.

Surviving are daughters Donna Hill, wife of Dennis Hill Sr., son Daniel P. Bechtol Jr., Julia Paster, wife of James Paster, Dorothy McWilliams, and; sister Ruby Earon; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, 4 step great grandchildren and 1 step great great grandchild.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Lou’s name to Montgomery Co. SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, PO Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222

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August 25, 2016
Frederick H. Surgener, 81

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Frederick H. Surgener, 81, of Frederick, husband of Elinor L. (Esch) Surgener, passed away Saturday August 20, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Germantown, he was the son of the late Frederick R. and Hertha (Zobel) Surgener.

Fred was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Norristown, where he served as a trustee and financial secretary. He worked tirelessly for ten years with the Norristown Inter-Faith Food Bank. He served in the US Air Force, and earned a Junior Engineering Degree from Temple University. Fred also worked for General Electric/Lockheed Martin for thirty-eight years in the space industry before retiring in 2000.

Surviving along with his wife are two daughters Tina Nicholas (Charles) of Frederick, and Cindi Ly (Hung) of Bel Air, MD; one son Stephen Surgener of Toronto, Canada; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday September 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 113 E. Airy St., Norristown, PA 19401. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frederick’s memory to Frederick Living Benevolent Fund, 2849 Big Rd., Frederick, PA 19435 or online at www.frederickliving.org


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Anthony DiPiano

Aug-25 8:16pm

I worked with "Surge" just a few times while at GE. Very fond memories. Wish I could tell you more. Just a great guy to work with. RIP Fred. You left your make here. The world is better because you helped.

Pat Purnell

Aug-26 9:17am

I had the privilege of working with Fred in Systems Test at GE/Lockheed Martin. He was a very good and caring person who seemed to always have a kind word. He was happy to have been a part of the crew aboard an Aircraft Carrier for one of the Apollo mission splashdowns. Godspeed Fred!


August 23, 2016
Thomas K. “Tommy” Hausknecht, 52, of Boyertown

Thomas K. “Tommy” Hausknecht, 52, of Boyertown, Colebrookdale Twp., fiancé of Michelle Parsons, passed away on Sunday Aug. 21, 2016

Born in Staten Island, NY he was the son of Richard H. and Jean Anne (Allen) Hausknecht.

Tommy was a member of Reading Motorcycle Club where he was King of the Valley and loved to drag race motorcycles there. He was also a member of Biker Church in Boyertown. Along with motorcycle riding he enjoyed fishing. Tom worked at Innovative Machine Technology.

Surviving with his fiancé, parents and daughter Kortney are sisters Marcy McConnell, wife of Michael, of TN and Jamie Segnere, wife of Sam, of Pottstown; brother Mark Hausknecht of MT; and several nieces and nephews.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Thomas’s name to Biker Church, 14 W. 5th Street, Boyertown, PA 19512 or Reading Motorcycle Club, 208 Jefferson St, Oley, PA 19547

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Nadean Davenport

Aug-24 11:31am

R.I.P. Tom! YOU ARE MISSED EARLY BY EVERYONE!FIND YOUR BROTHER TOM (TROLL) DAVENPORT AND RIDE FREE TOGETHER YOU WERE A TRUE FRIEND AND BROTHER TO TOM!


August 19, 2016
Robert W. Grow, III, 57, of Pottstown

Robert W. Grow, III, 57, of Pottstown, passed away Tuesday August 16, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

He was the son of Robert W. Grow, Jr. and the late Dorothy (Mann) Grow.

Surviving along with his father is his brother William R. Grow of Fallbrook, CA; sister Beverly Reitnauer of Bremerton, WA; niece and nephews; and step-mother Lillian Grow.

Funeral services are private.

Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown is in charge of arrangements.


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Ron Jameson

Aug-20 10:04am

BobbyrnI was so sorry to hear of your son's death. My wife and I lost a son in 1969 and I know the pain you must be feeling. My memories of you as my basketball coach in the Y league are special and I want to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bring comfort to you and the rest of the family. I will be praying for all of you.rnWith heartfelt sympathy,rnRon


August 19, 2016
Corey D. Kissinger, 62, of Spring City

Corey D. Kissinger, 62, of Spring City, formerly of Hamburg, husband of Patricia A. (Leef) Kissinger, passed away Sunday August 14, 2016 at the Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Carol and Charlotte (Wallace) Kissinger.

Corey played bass guitar for the bands Sounds, Inc., Shaky Jake, Hurricane and Uncle Drew. He retired in 2014 from his role at Kissinger Associates as Director of Engineering. He was compassionate, patient, witty, and inquisitive. He loved nature and had a lifelong curiosity about the sciences.

Surviving along with his wife Patty is one son Christopher D. Kissinger husband of Rachael (Rhodes), of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother Darryl Kissinger, husband of Michelle; and one sister Diane Achenbach, wife of Randall.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday August 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

 

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August 16, 2016
Susan E. Seasholtz, 82

Susan E. (Decker) Seasholtz, 82, of Limerick Twp., wife of the late Ronald R. Seasholtz, passed away Friday August 12, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:00-10:30 AM at the funeral home.  

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Frank Sonia Maressa

Aug-17 11:06am

So sorry for your loss. Sue had a special place in our hearts. We think of your family every time we travel Limerick Center Road. Bless you all. Sonia & Frank


August 12, 2016
Eugene R. Hilbert, 75, of Bethlehem

Eugene R. Hilbert, 75, of Bethlehem, formerly of Oley, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice.

Born in Boyertown, he was the son of the late Arthur F. and Ethel M. (Rhoades) Hilbert.

Gene was a 1958 graduate of Boyertown HS. He went on to receive his Associates degree in Accounting from Reading Business School in 1960. Gene worked for MetEd/GPU for 35 years, retiring in 1995. He went on to work at Whitetail Golf Course in Bath as a starter for 20 years. He enjoyed golfing and watching the Phillies, and loved fantasy football.

Surviving are daughters Beth Lorah, wife of Scott, of Allentown, Anne Sheeler, wife of Jeff Sr., of Fleetwood and Jill Howard of Oley; and grandchildren Jeffrey Sheeler Jr., Abbey Sheeler, Jamie Hartz, Ashley Lorah, Erica Howard and Jessica Howard.

A memorial service will be Monday, Aug. 15, 1:30pm at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00pm to 1:15pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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Pat Rettstadt

Aug-14 3:54pm

Beth, Anne, and Jill,rnrnWe were sorry to read about your father's death. Please accept our sincere condolences. You and your families are in our thoughts during this most difficult time.rnIn Sympathy,rnCarl & Pat Rettstadt

Lew Meitzler

Aug-14 8:22pm

Gene and I became very good friends in the 20 years we worked and played golf together at Whitetail Golf Course. I and many others who knew Gene from Whitetail will miss him a lot. He had a wonderful sense of humor and we had a lot of laughs together. Lew Meitzler

Deb Albitz Family

Aug-15 10:51am

Beth, Anne, Jill, Jamie and Ashley and families: we were very sorry to hear of your dad/grandfather's passing. He was a wonderful man and father/grandfather/great-grandfather. I know he will be sorely missed by all.


August 12, 2016
Maude R. Tobias, 95, of Pottstown

Maude R. (McAfee) Tobias, 95, of Pottstown, wife of the late Manfred B. Tobias, passed away Wednesday August 10, 2016 at Hearthstone At Amity.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian (McElroy) McAfee.

Maude with her husband, owned and operated Hill Top Drive-In for many years. She was a member of St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Pottstown. Maude also loved knitting and was an avid Phillies fan.

Surviving is one son Barry Jay Tobias husband of Kathleen of Pottstown; four grandchildren Melissa J. Simpson, Jennifer J. Madrzykowski, Paul K. Tobias, and Sharri Sellens; and seven great grandchildren.

Including her husband, Maude was predeceased by her son Paul K. Tobias, and her two sisters Ethel Rock and Mary Longacre.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:30-10:15 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Maude’s husband’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.


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August 12, 2016
Mary M. Novak, 77, of Boyertown

Mary M. (Martin) Novak, 77, of Boyertown, wife of John J. Novak, passed away Wednesday August 10, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. 

Born in Jessup, PA, she was the daughter of the late David and Helen (Miller) Martin. 

Mary was a member of St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown. She was an avid reader as well as an active member of the Center at Spring Street in Boyertown. 

Surviving along with her husband are two daughters Johnna Weller wife of Ken of FL, and Maria Dugan wife of Gerry of West Chester; four grandchildren, Adam, Zachary, Rachel, and Spencer; and one great grandson.

A Memorial Mass will be held Monday August 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Columbkill Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512, with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the Center at Spring Street, 200 W Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements. 



 

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Ann Hrycenko

Aug-16 8:14am

So very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we did not stay in touch though the later years but believe me all the old memories are surfacing.


August 8, 2016
Devon “DC” Campbell, 24

Devon “DC” Campbell, 24, of Stowe, formerly of Bechtelsville, passed away Friday August 5, 2016 at his residence.

Born in Annapolis, Md. he was the son of Alison L. (Ellinwood) Carpenter and the late John A. Campbell.

Devon was an amazing young man with a zest for life like no other. DC loved fishing, playing basketball with his three brothers and had a passion for baseball. He was a selfless man that loved with no boundaries. He appreciated what no else could see. Devon never hesitated to take action when someone was in need. He saved several lives, including his love. He always fought for what he believed in. He lived present in the moment never failing to demonstrate his love for his family. Devon encouraged us to follow our hearts no matter what. Everyone who met Devon could see his humility, strength, wisdom, and compassionate nature.

Surviving along with his mother is the love of his life Alyssa Carbo; his step-father James Carpenter; two sisters Cailin Campbell, and Kathleen Martin wife of Nathan; three brothers Brandon Campbell, Adam Campbell, and Bryan Carpenter; a niece and nephew Owen and Jacey Martin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Thursday August 11, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave. Gilbertsville, PA 19525. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Devon’s memory to www.gofundme.com/devoncampbell 


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August 8, 2016
Minnie Emma (Miller) Albright, 100, of Pottstown

Minnie Emma (Miller) Albright, 100, of Pottstown, was surrounded by family when she died peacefully at home on August 7, 2016.

Born June 27, 1916, Minnie was one of seven children born to William and Alice Miller of Pottstown.  In the spring of 1936, she married Isaac Albright and the couple operated a dairy farm in Chester County.  During their 37 years together, they had 10 children, eight of whom were born at home.  Minnie is preceded in death by her husband, as well as two sons, Clarence Albright, husband of Margie of Gilbertsville, and his first wife, Barbara, of Birdsboro; and Clayton Albright, husband of Joan, of Pottstown.

Minnie enjoyed cooking, embroidery and ceramics.  She loved gardening and kept flowers blooming all winter long on her kitchen windowsills.  She enjoyed family picnics and playing cards.  She loved listening to old Opry-style country music, especially George Jones and Conway Twitty.  She lived a very simple, rural lifestyle, and believed the secret of longevity was to avoid fast food, alcohol and doctors.  She followed her own advice and was mentally sharp until the end.  Minnie Emma Albright was much loved, and will be dearly missed.

Her surviving children are William Albright, husband of Julia (Cameron) Albright (deceased) of Pottstown; Richard Albright of Douglassville, husband of Betty; Mae Rodick of Jarrettsville, Md.; Patricia Peiffer, wife of William Peiffer (deceased) of Pottstown; George Albright of Pottstown; Gerald Albright of Royersford, husband of Dot; Charles Albright of Pottstown, husband of Sue; and Kenneth Albright of Pottstown, husband of Sharon.  Minnie is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren

She is also preceded in death by brothers Walter, George, Norman, Arthur and Clarence, and a sister, Mae, all of Pottstown.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford.  Burial will follow immediately at Brownback’s United Church of Christ Church Cemetery, 640 Ridge Road, Spring City.  Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 11 from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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shirley yergey

Aug-9 5:42am

My prayers and condolences to the family.She was a wonderful person.rn

S Tyler

Aug-9 12:10pm

Please accept my sincere sympathy. The Bible says that a person who lives for 80 years is especially strong. (Psalm 90:10) What a privilege that your mother lived for 100 years. Take comfort in God's promise concerning the hope of seeing her again and living in a world without tears where heartache and death will be no more.


August 8, 2016
Francis D. Healy, 83, of Pottstown

Francis D. Healy was called home to the Lord on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at home surrounded by family.

He was born on November 5, 1932 in Bradford, PA to the late Francis J. Healy and Cora K. Healy. He graduated from ST. Bonaventure University in 1955. He served in the U. S. Army from 1955-1959. Francis married Suzanne (Schaming) Healy in 1955, and they shared 60 years of marriage. He was employed by and retired from Kendall Refining Company.

He always enriched the communities he was involved with most notable St. Aloysius R.C. Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was also an active member of the Pottstown YMCA for many years. His charismatic personality and love of faith and family were evident to all who met him. He left an incredible impression on all who crossed his path.

He was predeceased in death by his sisters Mary Patricia (Healy) Gentili, Denise (Healy) Theil; and Catherine Cora Healy.

Surviving with his wife Suzanne of 60 years are six children Michelle S. Gross, wife of James L., Jane M. Wayock, wife of Gerald J., Cynthia C. Healy, Francis J. Healy, husband of Amy D., James P. Healy, husband of Christine M. and Anne T. Ward, wife of Gene E.; 18 grandchildren: Jessie (Gross) Bryan, Jeremy Gross, Luke Gross, Shane Gross, Matthew Wayock, Kristen (Wayock) Fulmer, Christopher Reidenouer, Nicholas Reidenouer, Amanda Healy, Francis Healy, Sean Healy, Casey Healy, Shannon Healy, Shelby Ward, Emily Ward, Jake Ward, Clay Ward, and Alex Ward.; and 9 great grandchildren: Georgia and Catherine Bryan; Mackenzie, Makayla, and Max Wayock; Caleb and Evelyn Fulmer; Jessenia and Annebella Lutz. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 12, 11:30AM at St. Aloysius RC Church, 223 Beech St, Pottstown, PA 19464. Burial will follow in ST. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30AM to 11:15AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’s name to American Life League, PO Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555

 

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Karen Friel

Aug-10 12:17pm

So sorry to hear of Mr Healy's passing. Sending condolences to Mrs Healy and the whole family at this difficult time.


August 4, 2016
Robert T. Burns, 89

Robert T. Burns, 89, of Royersford, formerly of Boyertown, husband of Lois M. (Brooke) Burns, passed away Sunday July 31, 2016 at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville.

Born in Sanatoga, he was the son of the late George F. and Kathryn (Trego) Burns.

Robert was a member of the Pikeville Township Sportsman’s Club. He also enjoyed going camping and fishing.

Surviving along with his wife Lois are two grandchild, Shawn and Chad.

Robert was predeceased by his son Kim A. Burns, and his brother Harold Burns.

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.

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Lora

Aug-4 7:45pm

My deepest condolences to the Burns family. May you find comfort in the beautiful words found at Revelation 21:3 & 4, where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all pain, suffering and death. While we wait for this promise to be fulfilled, may the fond memories of Robert comfort you and ease your pain.




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