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January 21, 2015
Paul W. Moyer, 85, of Gilbertsville

Paul W. Moyer, 85, of Gilbertsville, passed away at his home on Monday, January 19, 2015. He was the widower of Irma Jane (Carter) Moyer, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. 

Born September 22, 1929 in New Hanover Township, he was the youngest child of Warren E. Moyer and Katie B. (Weller) Moyer.

As a boy he worked on neighboring farms, tending cows and harvesting crops.  He delivered newspapers twice daily along Swamp Pike.  By the age of 15 he was working at Barndt’s garage pumping gas and repairing cars.  He attended the Swamp Independent School and graduated in 1948 from Pottstown High School.  He was a lifelong member of Falkner Swamp UCC.

In 1953, he and his brother Kenneth, bought a lot in Swamp and built a house to sell, beginning a long career of building homes for families in the tri county area.  He developed the company into a family business and continued as President of Paul W. Moyer & Sons, Inc. last working in December.  On the job site daily with local tradesmen and suppliers he asked simply for their best work at a fair price.

Special times to Paul were spent at “Paw Lees Place” his cabin in Sullivan County, hunting or just visiting with family and friends.

Paul loved baseball and fondly recalled playing with teams in Swamp and Ringing Hill, taking the train to Connie Mack and attending the 1980 Phillies World Championship game.

He is survived by daughters, Judy M. Miller and her husband Russell of Gilbertsville, and Donna K. Hoffman and her husband Barry of Barto; sons Ronald P. Moyer and his wife Cynthia of Gilbertsville, and Bruce K. Moyer and his wife Michele of Gilbertsville;  grandchildren, Brian Miller and his wife Maryanne, Dianna Baez, Audrey Latshaw wife of Cale, Matthew Hoffman and his wife Kelly, Kristen D’Aiello wife of David, Kyle Moyer fiancé of Lauren Burgess, Julie, Jason and Tiffany Moyer; stepgrandchildren, Sara Eppihemer, wife of Mark, Mary Mathias, wife of Andrew, and David Smith and his wife Christine; great grandchildren, Katie, Ashley and Jacob Latshaw, Laura Miller, Madelyn and Trevor Hoffman, Isaiah, Olivia and Amayah Baez, and Brayden and Kalei D’Aiello; step great granddaughter, Melody Mathias; sister in laws, June Moyer of Gilbertsville and Lori Moyer of Huntingdon, PA; brother in law Gordon Carter and his wife Sharon, of LaGrange IL and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Paul credited his success to the special people in his life.  When asked who most influenced him he would say his parents, his wife, and the people he worked with starting with Frank Barndt.  After losing his mother at the age of 10 his sister helped their father care for him.  He is predeceased by his sister Helen W. Werner and her husband William.  Paul was always proud to tell everyone of his five brothers serving during World War II and all he learned from them.  He is predeceased by his brothers and their wives, Wilmer W. (Marge, Katherine) Moyer, Harold W. Moyer, Kenneth W. (Vera) Moyer, Ralph W. Moyer, and Warren (Colleen) Moyer. 

A funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 23, 10:30AM at Falkner Swamp UCC Church, 2077 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525, with Rev. Mary Etta Mest officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville and also on Friday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the church.

Contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to Falkner Swamp UCC Church at the above address, Boyertown Area Multi Service, 200 W. Spring Street, Boyertown, PA 19512, or the Foundation for Boyertown Education, PO Box 218, Boyertown, PA 19512 to encourage the instruction of the construction trades.

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Mary Jane Garbo

Jan-23 3:01pm

My deepest sympathies to the Paul Moyer Family on the loss of Paul. I admired his zest for work and work well done. I will keep memories of working with him and his family on my home and mine as well as other homes in this area are a testament to his values. <br />


January 19, 2015
Donna Marie Malloy, 55, of Gilbertsville

Donna Marie (Kadelski) Malloy, 55, of Gilbertsville, wife of Dennis B. Malloy of 27 years, passed away Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

Born in Bristol, she was the daughter of the late Stanley George and Mary Dolores (Suarez) Kadelski.

Donna was a devout and loving mother and wife. She was a licensed Dental Hygenist and Beautician. Donna enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and going to the Cape May beach. She was a great golfer, playing at Brookside Country Club in the Ladies 9 hole league and at Bellewood Country Club. She also enjoyed playing in Ladies Philadelphia Gap Matches and at local charity events.

Surviving along with her husband Dennis is one son Patrick V. Malloy; and one daughter Leslie Annmarie Malloy.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, with Fr. Joseph L. Maloney officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:30-7:15 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 223 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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January 19, 2015
Russell L. Gresh, Jr., 83, formerly of Pottstown

Russell L. Gresh, Jr., 83, of Hutchinson Island, FL, formerly of Pottstown, PA, died Monday, January 12, 2015 in Jensen Beach, FL. He was the husband of the late Harriet M. (Gilbert) Gresh who died in 1996.

Born in Greshville, PA of proud Pennsylvania Dutch heritage to the late Russell T. Gresh and Marie (Wagner) Gresh, “Junior” began his life as a produce farmer, leaving school to help support his family after graduating from the 8th grade. He learned how to build houses by hand from his father, constructing dozens of homes in the Boyertown and Pottstown area. This led to his startup of D&B Construction Co., which specialized in curb construction. Russell was blessed with an astute business sense and was involved in many ventures, but is best known for founding D&B Kitchens in 1961 (later known as Dutch Built Custom Crafted Cabinetry). Along with his brother-in-law Carl and many dedicated craftsmen, he built his company into a nationally recognized custom cabinet manufacturer, with over 200 custom kitchen dealers throughout the United States. D&B kitchens were shipped internationally to Bermuda, Germany, Antigua, Mexico and Canada. Russell was extremely proud of being invited to display his cabinetry for over 10 years in the prestigious Architectural Building on Park Avenue in New York City, as well as having a kitchen featured in "Home and Gardens 1001 Home Decorating Ideas". Russell was an avid golfer and a member of Brookside Country Club for many years. He was also a member of the Elks Club. A self-proclaimed “snowbird”, he spent the majority of winters in Florida with his beautiful wife and family, escaping the cold Pennsylvania weather to enjoy his oceanfront condo. He was a member of the Island Dunes Country Club and Yacht Club, where he enjoyed golfing, boating, and fishing.

He is survived by all 7 of his “D&B" children: Doreen Duncan (wife of Dr. David) of Boyertown, Dale Gresh (husband of Susanne) of Reading, Barry Gresh (husband of Cecelia) of Pottstown, Bruce Gresh of Timber Pines, FL, Beverly Uhrig (wife of Timothy) of Pottstown, Darla Gresh of Orlando, FL, and Debbi Rodgers of St. Pete Beach, FL. He was a proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren (Brian and Craig Duncan, Katy Gresh, Adam and Benjamin Gresh, Emily (Uhrig) Murphy, Matthew Uhrig, Julien and Breonna Rodgers), and 3 great-grandchildren (Waverleigh Duncan, Aiden and Ryan Murphy).

He is also survived by brothers Robert Gresh (husband of the late Doris) of Boyertown, and Timothy Gresh of Hobe Sound, FL. He is predeceased by sister Margaret Erb (wife of Harry), and sister Shirley Hagenbuch (wife of the late Carl).

Russell often described his life by borrowing lyrics from his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra: "I've loved, I've laughed and cried, I've had my fill, my share of losing. And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing. To think I did all that, and may I say, not in a shy way. Oh, no, oh no not me, I did it my way.”

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, 3:30PM at First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans Street, Pottstown with Revs. Karen Pidcock-Lester and W. Carter Lester officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 2:00PM to 3:15PM at the church. Entombment in Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your choice of charity in memory of “Russell and Harriet Gresh". Two special charities to the family are “The Salvation Army of Boyertown”, P.O. Box 254, Boyertown, PA 19512, and the “American Cancer Society”, Attn: RFL Pottstown, 480 Norristown Road #150, Blue Bell, PA 19422, to remember Harriet’s battle with multiple myeloma in 1996.

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Bambi Yost

Jan-20 9:13pm

There are few people who can sing karaoke all night long, dance, and laugh like Russ Gresh. He was a great friend to my parents in Florida and other snowbirds from PA. We will miss him, his stories, and his love of life. My sympathies to all of you who have known and loved Russ.


January 12, 2015
Suzanne A. Aiken, loving wife & mother

Suzanne A. Aiken, 90, wife of William E. Aiken, married for 67 years, passed away on January 6 at Parkhouse Providence Pointe nursing home, Royersford, PA.

Born in Flushing, New York, she was the daughter of the late Roland K. and Regina L. (McGuigan) Hewitt.  She was predeceased by her husband, William E., her sister Mary D. Caccia and her brother Frank H. Hewitt.

Surviving are daughters, Saundra A. Sitko, wife of Walter S. of Linfield, and Aimee M. Aiken of Royersford; grandchildren Jeffrey A. Sitko, husband of Sandra C. of Pennsburg and Patricia A. Larkin, wife of Joseph J. of Berwyn; and five great-grandchildren, Ryan W. Sitko, Matthew A. Sitko, Michael P. Sitko, Mary Kathleen Sitko, and Aidan J, Larkin.

She was active in gardening, traveling and handcrafts to include sewing, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and quilting. While a member of Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church in Strafford, PA she volunteered at the school, the annual Summer Carnival and for many years chaired the annual Christmas Bazaar.  Throughout her life she was a member of The Community Garden Club of Wayne, Main Line Quilters, The Berks Quilters Guild, and was a founding member of The Quilters of the Immaculate Conception B.V.M Church in Birdsboro, PA.  She was the recipient of many awards for her excellence in both flower arranging and quilting.  She was especially dedicated to making baby quilts for Aids affected children.  She enjoyed camping throughout the eastern United States and Canada and experienced traveling to Europe to fulfill her love of history and different cultures. 

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial mass at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 7 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta R.C. Church, 256 Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA 19468.  Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:00 am at the church.  Interment will follow at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, 352 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1777 Sentry Parkway West, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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January 12, 2015
Robert L. McCarthy, 69, of Bechtelsville

Robert L. McCarthy, 69, of Bechtelsville, husband of the late Donna Jean (Yerger) McCarthy, passed away Friday January 9, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

Born in West Rockhill Twp., he was the son of the late James Michael and Elizabeth (Jabs) McCarthy.

Bob was employed at Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., Elf Atochem, and most recently, part time at Kulp Car Rental. He enjoyed golf, scuba diving, kayaking, and woodworking. Bob made it a weekly tradition to have lunch with his children and grandchildren every Sunday. 

Surviving are two daughters Melanie Olsen wife of Scott, and Melisa McCarthy; one son Robert P. McCarthy; four grandchildren Emily, Olivia, Bradley, and Anna-Claire; one sister Betty Schwoyer; and one brother James McCarthy.

Along with his wife and parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother John McCarthy.

A memorial service will be held Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00-1:45 PM at the funeral home.

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January 8, 2015
Harold “Butch” C. Maurey, 75

Harold “Butch” C. Maurey, 75, of Amityville, husband of Margaret R. (Woodley) Maurey, passed away Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Harold T. and Myrtle (Mutter) Maurey.

Harold served in the US Navy from 1957-1960 as an aircraft electrician on three different aircraft carriers. He worked for local #126 IBEW as a lineman for forty years. Harold loved going to auctions, going fishing, and taking trips to casinos. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving along with his wife Margaret are two daughters Brenda Nonnemaker, and Michelle LaTour; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and three sisters Anita Oxenford wife of William, Judith Seip wife of Gerald, and Susan Sancinella wife of Frank.

Along with his parents, Harold was predeceased by his sister Darlene Schanley.

A funeral service will be held Saturday Jan. 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1312 Old Swede Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518 with Rev. Anne Cormier officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00-10:30 AM at the church. 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 Harold’s memory to St. Paul’s U.C.C. at the address above.

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January 8, 2015
Doris J. Neve, 72, of North Coventry Twp.

Doris J. “Cookie” (Floreck) Neve, 72, of Pottstown, North Coventry Twp., formerly of Conshohocken, wife of Anthony C. Neve, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at her home.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Piziak) Corliss.

Doris was a former member of St. Matthews RC Church in Conshohocken. She enjoyed reading, doing crafts and watching football.

Surviving with her husband of 47 years is sister Maryanne Messenger, wife of Robert, of Sanatoga; sister in law Patricia Floreck of NJ; nephews Matthew, Shawn and Marc Messenger, Robert Corliss, and Michael Floreck; and nieces Melissa Corliss and Lisa Brown. She is predeceased by her brothers Richard Floreck and Robert Corliss Jr.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 10, 2:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00PM to 1:45PM at the funeral home. Burial will be private and at a later date.

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January 4, 2015
Keith R. Miller, 55, of Pottstown

Keith R. Miller, 55, of Pottstown, North Coventry Twp., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1 at LifeCare Hospital of Chester Co., West Chester.

Born in Reading, he was the son of Patricia L. (Anderson) Miller and the late Raymond J. Miller.

Keith was a 1977 graduate of Pottstown High School and attended Grace Assembly of God in Spring City. He worked as a mortgage broker at Susquehanna Bank. Prior to that, he was a car salesman at the former Williams Pontiac in Boyertown. Keith was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed high school football, baseball and wrestling, as well as semi-pro football, and AAA softball. He was also an avid bowler.

Surviving with his mother is daughter Jenna L. Miller of Easton; brothers Kevin J. Miller of Pottstown and Kyle A. Miller, husband of Julie, of Middletown, DE; step sister Denise, wife of Mark Petrucelli, of North Coventry Twp.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Jack Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00PM to 1:45PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his daughter Jenna’s College Fund, 41 Olde Penn Dr., Easton, PA 18045.

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January 4, 2015
Joseph J. Jones, 85, of Boyertown

Joseph J. Jones, 85, of Boyertown, formerly of Pottstown, husband of the late Sophie (Racis) Jones and Ann “Nancy” (Chomnuk) Jones, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Esther A. (Maza) Jones.

Joseph graduated from Nanticoke High School, followed by an enlistment in the Navy, serving during European Occupation and the Korean War on the USS Tarawa. He attended Bloomsburg State University where he was a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon fraternity and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in teaching. He also attended Kutztown University earning a Master’s degree in 1960. He was employed as a history / geography teacher, coach, and assistant athletic director in the Pottstown School district for 30 plus years. He enjoyed Pottstown sports, attending many events before and after retirement. He was also a football scout for Penn State for 15 plus years, concentrating on the North East. Joe was a member of the Pottstown Polkateer dance club, enjoyed traveling to the beach with family, and later in life traveling the world. He was highly involved in Pottstown Politics and attended many events in support of the Mayor, late Ann “Nancy” Jones. He portrayed John Potts at many of the Pottstown events. He also enjoyed golfing with faculty friends before and after retirement.      

Surviving are sons Michael J. Jones (wife Cynthia), of Boyertown, Stan J. Jones (wife Mary) of Lancaster, and Michael Chomnuk of Pottstown; daughters Dr. Erin Burton of VA, Tamara Chomnuk of Pottstown, Lisa Chomnuk of Pottstown and Nina Robertson ( husband Barry) of VA; brother John J “Jackie” Jones (wife Debra) of NJ; sister Rose Swick of Nanticoke; grandsons Craig and Matthew; granddaughters Kelly, Paige, Kaela, Elizabeth, and Samantha; and great grandsons Elias, AJ and Jason.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday Jan. 7, 10:30AM at St. Aloysius RC Church, 233 Beech Street, Pottstown, with Fr. Joseph Maloney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00AM to 10:15AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made in Joseph’s name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

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Mick and Jo Anne Howe

Jan-7 8:58pm

The world is a little sadder today,we lost another good and kind person. To his children- I'm not sure if you remember us, we were your old neighbors that your family had "joint ownership" of our dog Lady. I remember how your dad helped our son Mark go through some rough times at the high school. Yor parents were such good people. I know you have some wonderful memories. May those memories help you during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mick&Jo-Anne Howe


December 30, 2014
Faye E. Bush-Tostevin, 76, of Gilberstville

Faye E. (Arion) Bush-Tostevin, 76, of Gilbertsville, wife of the late Robert Bush and the late Robert Tostevin, passed away on Sunday, December 28, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Mary (Hiltebeitel) Arion.

Faye was a 1956 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School.  She retired in 2001 from Sovereign Bank as a Mortgage Development Officer.  Her banking career began in 1967 and spanned over 30 years.  She started as a teller with First Federal Saving and Loan and then in 1979, she joined Penn Savings Bank (now Santander) and opened and managed the High Street Office. 

Surviving is son, Gary W. Hallman, husband of Monica G., of Bechtelsville; daughter, Karen E. Bush, widow of the late Barry L. Bush and fiancé of Steven J. Parkansky, of Easton; stepson, David R. Bush, husband of Linda, of Sassamansville; stepdaughter, Kathy, wife of Michael Thrasher, of Wellsboro; brother, Melvin Arion and his partner Thomas Ducham of Laurel, DE; grandchildren: Jennifer Framhein, Steven Bush, Haydn Hallman, Kelsey Bush, Kody Bush, Stefanie and Ashley Parkansky. Also surviving are one niece and one nephew.

Faye was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pottstown, an active member of the Boyertown Senior Center, the Pottstown Elks Doe Club #814 and the Eastern Star, Schuylkill Chapter #338 Pottstown. She also volunteered at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and her vacation home in Ocean City, New Jersey.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11:00AM at First Presbyterian Church, 750 North Evans St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum, Pottstown. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Faye’s name to the Boyertown Senior Center, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown , PA 19512 or to First Presbyterian Church at the above address.

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Pam Shenk

Jan-4 3:29pm

My thoughts and prayers goes out to Karen Bush and the entire Bush family. Will always remember Faye and our fun mortgage days at Penn Savings/Sovereign Bank! Great lady and great Mortgage Loan Officer.


December 29, 2014
Viola A. Domin, 95, of Pottstown

Viola Anna “Pet”  (Gauger) Domin, 95, of Pottstown, wife of the late Andrew Domin, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Manatawny Manor.

Born in Linfield, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Annie (Taggert) Gauger.

Viola was a member of Zion's UCC Church in Pottstown for many years.

Surviving is son Dennis Domin, husband of Bonnie, of Perkiomenville and daughter Sharon Moser, wife of Gary, of Pottstown; brother Kendall “Pete” Hoover of Kenilworth; sister Dorothy Miles of Harleysville; grandchildren Shawn Fischer, Kyle Moser, and Andrea Selkregg; and 3 great grandsons. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Merrill M. “Jim”, Warren “Barney”, Morris T. “Spike”, John J. And Horace “Rube” Gauger; and sisters Charlotte Bauer and Helen Nagel.

A funeral service will be Friday, 2:00 PM at Zion's UCC Church, 209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 with Rev. Rebecca Brenner officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Viola's name to Zion's UCC Church at the above address.

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December 26, 2014
LeRoy L. Ruhl, 75, of Bechtelsville

LeRoy L. Ruhl, 75, of Bechtelsville, husband of Patricia Ann (Weller) Ruhl of 54 years, passed away Wednesday Dec. 24, 2014 at his residence surrounded by family.

Born in Bechtelsville, he was the son of the late Raymond and Alverda (Moyer) Ruhl.

LeRoy was known as a devout family man and a hard worker who could do almost anything. He also enjoyed hunting, and attending auctions. LeRoy was employed at Cabot Corporation in Boyertown for 31 years.

Surviving along with his wife are four daughters Susan Willman wife of David, Sharon Mohr wife of Stephen, Shelly Haas wife of Marvin, and Sandra Ruhl significant other to Stephen Cias; one son Raymond Ruhl husband of Michelle; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers; and five sisters.

Including his parents, LeRoy was predeceased by one brother and one grandchild.

A funeral service will be held Monday Dec. 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, with Rev. James Longacre officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held Monday from 9:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in LeRoy’s memory to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Allentown, PA 18109 or to The American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road #150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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Patty Moyer

Dec-26 7:26pm

Sandy, Stevie and your family,<br /> Our sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family at this most difficult time. Know that even though I cannot be there personally I am with you in spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.<br /> Love,<br /> Robin and Patty


December 24, 2014
LeRoy M. “Dutch” Yerger, 92, of Boyertown,

LeRoy M. “Dutch” Yerger, 92, of Boyertown, husband of Mildred E. (Gehman) Yerger, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21 at his home.

Born in Gilbertsville, he was the son of the late Walter D.  and Annie L. (Moyer) Yerger.

LeRoy was a lifetime member of the Pike Twp. Sportsmans Association,  Gabelsville Athletic Association, and the Swamp Creek R/C Modelers. Dutch  enjoyed building & flying R/C model airplanes since he was a young boy.

Surviving with his wife of 50 years is daughter Phyllis Yerger.

Services and interment are private at the wishes of the family.

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December 24, 2014
Donald G. Dyer, 84, of Boyertown

Donald G. Dyer, of Boyertown, husband of the late Louise A. (Snyder) passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Manatawny Manor after a hard fought battle with dementia and Parkinson's.  Donald was 84.

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late Charles Wesley and Annie Pauline (Shriver) Dyer. 

Affectionately known as Ducky to friends and co-workers, Donald worked many jobs, starting as a manager at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville where he met a cute ticket taker, whom he married in 1958.  He worked several manufacturing jobs until he began working as water delivery for Rockwood Spring Water in Pottstown for over 10 years.  He then found a job more suited to his love of gab, overnight clerk at A-Plus Mini Market in Spring City where he came to know many night owls and most of the officers of the local police department.  He finally retired in 1996, only to find that doing nothing was boring.  So he searched until he found the perfect job for his talents, the “sticker man” (Walmart greeter) at the Exeter and Bechtelsville Walmarts.

Donald was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Spring City, where he also served as sexton for two years.  As a carryover from his days at the movie theatre watching westerns, he had an overwhelming love of all things country.  He could often be heard singing along with the radio to the songs of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, or belting out the lyrics to the songs in his favorite musicals, “The Music Man” and “The Sound of Music”.  He loved model trains, dancing and “noodling” on the electric organ, playing “Down in the Valley” over and over and over.

More than anything else, Donald was a devoted family man; a loving Husband, Daddy, Uncle and PopPop.  His greatest joy was caring for and spending time with his family.  Even as his illness progressed, Donald never missed an opportunity to share a laugh or his mischievous smile or an “I love you” with his family.

He is loved and missed by his family:  daughters Lucia, wife of Daniel Hucko, Jr., Boyertown , Katia Josd, Barto , his grandson and best buddy, Jonathan Josd, husband of Robyn, Barto, his granddaughter and fellow chocoholic, Miranda Josd, Barto and PopPop’s babies, Emily Rodriguez and Katie Josd, Barto.  He will be remembered by his brother-in-law, Chip Lednum, Cambridge, MD and his sister-in-law, Barbara Minnich, East Fallowfield, PA as well as numerous nephews and nieces, all of whom he affectionately called Herman, as well as extended family and friends Richard Josd, Jonathon Hucko, Jennifer Hucko, Dee Ann Laverty and Lee Ann Neiman.

Friends and family are invited to visitation and a time of remembrance on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 9a.m.  to 10:45a.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville.  A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 11 a.m.  Rev. Paul D. Townsend will officiate.  Donald will be laid to rest at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Spring City. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donald’s memory to the Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc., 200 West Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512

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December 17, 2014
Thomas Ryan, 72, of Boyertown

Thomas Ryan, 72, of Boyertown, husband of Patricia A. (Hutton) Ryan, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Margaret (Powers) Ryan.

Tom misspent his youth in Brooklyn, sneaking into Ebbets Field to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers. At age five, Tom spent his first summer on Florence Nalbone’s Delaware farm via the Fresh Air Fund, an organization that places inner-city youth with families in the country. Tom would return to the Delaware farm each summer until his early teens. Tom remained close with Florence and her family for the remainder of his life, and credited Florence with providing him opportunities that he would not have had in Brooklyn. 

Tom graduated from the infamous Manual Training High School in Brooklyn. While a student, Tom ushered at Radio City Music Hall, where he caught the daily double feature and once had lunch with Annette Funicello. Tom earned his BS in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in 1975.

Tom was a member of the New York City Police Department, “New York’s Finest,” from 1966-1987, retiring as a Second Grade Detective assigned to the Major Case Squad of the FBI-NYPD, Joint Bank Robbery Task Force. During Tom’s career he investigated armed bank robberies, truck hijackings, kidnappings, terrorism, and other major crimes. Early in his career he conducted investigations with the Organized Crime Control Bureau and was an undercover officer focusing on the apprehension of violent street criminals in a Decoy Unit and the Tactical Patrol Force.

Tom had a distinguished career in the United States Army for 40 years culminating as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 Special Agent in Charge of the 322nd Military Police Detachment (Criminal Investigation Division), U.S. Army Reserve in Ashley, PA, serving as the Personal Security Officer for the Secretary of Defense and Counter Intelligence Officer. Drafted in 1964, he joined HQ Co, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Assigned to this unit from 1965-1966, Tom deployed as part of a combat force to the Dominican Republic for Operation Powerpack.  After leaving active duty, Tom continued to proudly serve in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Tom was activated in support of the Global War on Terror serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Personal Security Officer and Special Agent in Charge until his 2004 retirement.

Tom joined Fleming Companies, Inc. in Oaks, PA as their Security Manager after retiring from the NYPD. While with Fleming from 1987 to 2002, Tom directed security operations for five supply centers in four states and company owned grocery stores.

From 2004-2012, he joined United States Investigative Services. Tom was able to utilize his vast personal and professional experience to perform background investigations for the Department of Defense.

Tom’s greatest accomplishment was his five college-educated children. His last year was his happiest as he watched his son be promoted to Colonel, his grandson take his first steps, and the snow fall from the windows of his home in the Poconos with his wife.  His favorite and oft repeated phrase was rhetorical: “Who’s got it better than us?” 

Surviving with his wife of almost 30 years are children Colonel Thomas J. Ryan USA, Rosemary Ryan, Michele Scully Volper, wife of Jason, Brian Scully, and Danielle E. Ryan, fiancé of Carrie Harrington; grandchildren 1LT Thomas J. Ryan II USA, Christopher P. Ryan , Hannah K. Ryan and Gavin Sonic Volper. Along with his parents he is predeceased by his siblings Maureen Fitzpatrick and her husband Francis, Elizabeth Daniels and Edward Ryan.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 21st, 3:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave.., Gilbertsville PA. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00PM to 2:45PM at the funeral home. Burial will be Monday, December 22nd, 10:30AM at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown PA.

Due to flower restrictions at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, the family is requesting donations be made in lieu of flowers in Tom’s name to the Fresh Air Fund, 633 Third Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY, 10017.

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Angello s Barber Shop

Dec-18 3:49pm

Tom will be missed at the Barber shop.<br /> <br /> --Mike the Barber

robert hodson

Dec-27 3:24pm

Tom and I were deployed together in Washington, DC and worked together daily. I enjoyed listening to his many interesting experiences as a NYPD police officer. I considered Tom a good friend and I will miss him and our frequent telephone conversations.




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