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July 29, 2014
Samuel J. Edwards Jr., 90, of Perkiomenville

Samuel J. Edwards Jr., 90, of Perkiomenville, husband of the late Doris (Foster) Edwards, passed away on Saturday, July 26 at Seasons Hospice, Phoenixville.  Services and interment are private at the wishes of the family.

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July 28, 2014
James E. “Jim” Thorpe, 78, of Boyertown

Born in Syracuse, NY and raised in Marcellus, NY, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth (Torrey) Thorpe.

Jim was a 1954 Graduate of Marcellus HS and went on to LeMoyne College where he received his BS in Labor and Industrial Relations.  He worked in retail and management for Firestone Tire Co. for 26 years and later worked for Kenn Spinrad Inc. in Reading as a Job Placement Specialist, retiring in 2001. He was a member of St. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown, where he served as an usher. Jim loved sports and enjoyed going to Phillies spring training in Clearwater FL with Carol.

Surviving with his wife of 54 years are sons, Tim Thorpe, husband of Maryellen, and Scott Thorpe, daughter Cathy Kandler, wife of Jeff.  Jim is also survived by brothers Richard, husband of Kathy, Joseph, husband of Maryanne, Michael, husband of Helen and Dennis Thorpe; sisters Sue LaPierre, wife of Herman and Nancy Thorpe; and grandchildren Meagan, Matthew and Zach Thorpe, Grace and Sam Thorpe, and Elizabeth Kandler. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Jeffrey.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, 11:00AM, at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in James’s name to the Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center, 1600 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or the Boyertown Area Multi-Service 200 W Spring St, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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mary ann godlewski

Jul-28 10:04pm

dear cathy,<br /> may your dad dwell in eternal<br /> peace & love of our lord forever... mary ann g.

john byrd

Jul-29 10:25am

It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.<br /> The Bible, however, holds out a much different hope. The Scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with your dead loved one in the near future, not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. And at that time humans will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health, and they will never have to die again. Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:29. <br />


July 25, 2014
Jeffrey T. Kulp, 64, of Birdsboro


Jeffrey T. Kulp, 64, of Birdsboro, husband of Carol Anne (Care) Kulp of 43 years, passed away Thursday July 24, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late John H. and Dorothy A. (Hall) Kulp.

Jeffrey graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in 1968 and later from Lincoln Technical Institute. He was employed as a supervisor at Stone & Webster Construction at Limerick Generating Station for 33 years. Jeffrey was a member of Laborer’s Local #135, Rajah Shrine, Reading Consistory 32nd degree, Stichter Lodge #254, and the YR Club Wyomissing, PA. He enjoyed woodworking and traveling the world with his wife Carol.

Surviving along with his wife are 3 brothers John R. Kulp of Pottstown, Timothy D. Kulp husband of Carol L. (Bishop) of Pottstown, and Gregory A. Kulp husband of Peggy (Spayd) of Douglassville; Brother-In-Law Denny Care husband of Diana of Boyertown; 7 nephews; and 4 nieces.

A funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM immediately following a Masonic Service, at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown with Rev. John Smolik officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:30-11:15 AM at the funeral home.

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

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Steve Rammer

Jul-29 7:27am

It was a pleasure to know and work with Jeff. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolonces to his family. You are in my thoughts.

Pat Ted Baer

Jul-29 7:34am

Carol,<br /> <br /> We shared a table on occasion at Henry's. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your husband. We have missed seeing you at Henry's.<br /> Sincerely, Pat & Ted Baer


July 25, 2014
Edward G. Adams, 63, of Gilbertsville

Edward G. Adams, 63, of Gilbertsville, passed away Monday July 21, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of Leo E. Adams and the late Anna (Stetler) Adams.

Edward served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was an amateur racecar driver, and an auto enthusiast.

Surviving is one son, David Stacy Adams, husband of Akiko of Tokyo; and two grandsons, Gen and Rick.

A funeral service will be celebrated Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville with Pastor Steve DeFrain officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown. 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 Edward’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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July 24, 2014
Ruth Anna (Ashton) Hacker, 87

Ruth Anna (Ashton) Hacker, 87, passed away at Kutztown Manor on July 22, 2014. 

Born in Eddington, Bucks County on April 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Edith (Hunter) Ashton. 

She was a graduate of Upper Darby High School and the widow of Boyd Wendell Hacker, who died in 1964. She worked at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Occupational Therapy prior to retiring. Ruth devoted her life to being the best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, and will be fondly remembered for her humor, courage and unconditional love.

She is survived by daughters Donna, wife of the late Robert W. Esdale, Jr. and companion of James Kieser of Bechtelsville; Lori, wife of Anthony Geronikos of Slatington; grandchildren: Robert W. Esdale III and Charlene Esdale of New Hampshire; Veronica, wife of Eric Lombardi of Morgantown; Amanda Geronikos of Doylestown; Elizabeth Geronikos of Vestal, NY and James Geronikos of Slatington. She is also survived by 4 great-grandchildren: Brooke and Thomas Esdale and Erica and Louis Lombardi.

Ruth was a member of Shepherd of the Hills church in Bechtelsville, where a service will be held in her honor on Monday, July 28 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting. Visitation will be held Monday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Boyertown Multi-Service, 200 W. Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512. 

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Addy Bell

Jul-25 1:13pm

Sending you and your family thoughts of peace, love and courage during this time of need.<br /> <br />


July 21, 2014
Deacon Edward “Juke” Brown Jr., 88, of Pottstown

Deacon Edward “Juke” Brown Jr., 88, of Pottstown, husband of the late Dorothy Ann (Hale) Brown, passed away on Sunday, July 13 at his home.

Born in Douglassville, he was the son of the late Edward P. and Minnie P. (Williams) Brown Sr.

Surviving are children Richard A. Brown, husband of Sherri, Stephen Brown, Robert Brown, Philip D. Brown, husband of Rebecca, Pamela L. Brown, wife of Tracy Gibbs, Sharon D. Stills and Janice M. Burgess; siblings Carl Brown, husband of Jean, Yvonne Jones, wife of Howard, Margaret Jean Brown and Joseph Brown, husband of Eileen; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ed was a WWII Navy veteran where he served aboard the USS YMS 138 in the Pacific Theater. Juke was a dedicated worker for the Lord. He served as church clerk, was on the board of trustees and on the building committee. Edward was also a member of the church choirs and the pulpit committee. He was an avid Pottstown Trojan sports fan and was a 2007 Tri-County Sports Hall of Fame winner.

A funeral service will be Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:00AM at 2nd Baptist Church, 507 N Adams St, Pottstown, PA 19464, with Rev. Roland H. Anderson II officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 23 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s name to 2nd Baptist Church Education Fund at the above address.

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July 14, 2014
Lee H. Crosby, 68, of Pottstown

Lee H. Crosby, 68, of Pottstown, husband of Carol L. (Smith) Crosby, passed away Saturday July 12, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville.

Born in Gilbertsville, he was the son of the late Horace T. Crosby and Helen (Strutynski) Troop.

Surviving along with his wife Carol is one daughter Tracey Mentzer wife of Ted; and one granddaughter Jennifer Mentzer.

Along with his parents, Lee was predeceased by his brother Horace W. Crosby.

A funeral service will be celebrated Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:00-10:15 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lee’s memory to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

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July 14, 2014
Anthony C. Hillegass, 80

Anthony C. Hillegass, 80, husband of Margaret Ann (Buckwalter) Hillegass, passed away Friday July 11, 2014 at the Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Vernon and Beatrice (DeLong) Hillegass.

Surviving along with his wife Margaret is one son Craig A. Hillegass; one daughter Karen Ludwig; and four grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. James U.C.C., 321 S. Limerick Rd., Limerick, PA 19468.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anthony’s memory to St. James U.C.C. at the address listed above.

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July 10, 2014
Norman Peter Funk, 74, of Perkiomenville

Norman Peter Funk, 74, of Perkiomenville, husband of Margaret Ann (Reinert) Funk, passed away Sunday July 6, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Harrison and Edna (Lawn) Funk.

Norman was a graduate of Haverford High School and Drexel University. He served in the Army Corp. Of Engineers and was a member of the American Legion, Charles B. Yeager Post 471. As a member of the “Happy Boomadears”, he enjoyed entertaining various groups. Norman was also an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown.

Surviving along with his wife Margaret are 2 sons Douglas Nester husband of Lisa of Houston, and Andrew Nester husband of Mary of Pittsburgh; 1 daughter Linda Rohrbach wife of the late David E., Jr. of Boyertown; 5 grandsons; and 1 great granddaughter.

A funeral service will be celebrated Friday July 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, with Sister Millicent J. Drake officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held Friday from 9:30-10:15 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Norman’s memory to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512 or to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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July 7, 2014
W. Stephen Sharp, 85, formerly of Sanatoga

W. Stephen Sharp, 85, husband of the late Patricia A. (Delp) Sharp, passed away on July 3, 2014 at Pennsburg Manor.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Willard B. and Laura (Bartman) Sharp.

Stephen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS in Pottstown where he was a Stake Patriarch. He worked at Berman Truck Mart as a sales manager for 36 years, then Williams Pontiac Co for 5 years then most recently at H & S Chevrolet Inc for 2 years. He was also a US Army veteran and a member of the Pennsburg Optimist Club.

Surviving are sons Richard G. Sharp, husband of Eileen, of Coatesville and Christopher G. Sharp, husband of Kristi, of Downingtown; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be Wednesday, July 9, 11:00AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 93 Maugers Mill Road, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the church.

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July 7, 2014
David H. Johnson, 72, of Perkiomenville

David H. Johnson, 72, of Perkiomenville, passed away on Thursday, July 3 at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Lansdowne, he was the son of the late Herbert G. and Jeannette (Powell) Johnson.

David was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Royersford. He worked for Stanley Tool Co. for 28 years, retiring in 1997. He was a US Army Veteran, was a volunteer at Frederick Mennonite Home and enjoyed and collected model trains.

Surviving is his sister Linda Kacser of Rockville, MD; his close friend and caretaker Hiram Adams of Perkiomenville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his brother Stephen G. Johnson.

A graveside service will be Wednesday, July 9th, 11:00AM at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to Montgomery CO SPCA, 1055 Sweifford Rd, Perkiomenville, PA 18074

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July 3, 2014
Alison Ann Gemmill, 62, of Royersford

In loving memory of Alison Ann Gemmill, taken from us too soon.

She was the beloved daughter of Walter and Jean Gemmill of Colorado Springs, and sister of Bill Gemmill of Los Angeles.

Any remembrances of her should be made to the charity of your choice.

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July 3, 2014
Robert W. “Tasty” Moyer, 88, of Pottstown

Robert W. “Tasty” Moyer, 88, of Pottstown, formerly of Spring City, husband of Martha Mary (Whitacre) Moyer, passed away on Tuesday, July 1 at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Englesville, he was the son of the late William F. and Ruba V. (Hallman) Moyer.

Robert was a 1944 graduate of Boyertown HS where he played football. He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946. After the military he worked on several dairy trucks, then opened up “Moyers Grocery Store” in Spring City from 1949 to 1955. He then went on to work for TASTYKAKE Baking Co. for 25 years.

Surviving along with his wife of 64 years is daughter Nancy Anspach, wife of Timothy, of Royersford; son Bob Moyer, husband of Heidi, of Boyertown; grandchildren Steven, husband of Mandy; Jason and Joshua; Adam, husband of Whitney; Alison and Austin, husband of Brittany; and great grandchildren Connor and Caden; and brother Harold R. Moyer, husband of Mary. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his daughter Susan R. Moyer.

Services and interment are private at the wishes of Robert.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, Lockbox #1352, P.O. Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352

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July 2, 2014
Marian M. (Hepp) Hartzell, 94, formerly of Pottstown

Marian M. (Hepp) Hartzell, 94, of Camp Hill, formerly of Pottstown, wife of the late Ralph J. Hartzell Sr., passed away on Monday, June 30 at her home.

Born in Phoenixville, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elsie (Houston) Hepp.

Marian worked as a nurse’s aide at Pennhurst Hospital for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Pottstown and Boyertown Senior Centers and a member of ST. Paul’s UCC Church in Pottstown. She loved to bake and sit out by the pool, spending time with her family.

Surviving is son Ron Hartzell, partner of Jake; daughter-in-law Ann Hartzell; grandchildren Becky Hampton, wife of Greg, James Weiss, husband of Barbara, Bob Hartzell, husband of Kerri, Elizabeth McClain, wife of Russ and Lisa Weiss-Rosaya, wife of Teddy; 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by children Ralph Jr., Rosemarie Weiss and Kenny Hartzell; son in law Donnie Weiss, 1 grandson and 2 sisters.

Service and interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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July 2, 2014
Margaret (Varadi) Bertoti, 95, of Pottstown

Margaret (Varadi) Bertoti, 95, of Pottstown, passed away on Monday, June 30 at Pottstown Memorial Hospital.

Born in Phoenixville, she was the daughter of the late Emery and Rosalie Victoria (Gombas) Varadi.

Margaret was a member of the former Manatawny Association in Pottstown, and the Pottstown Orioles. She enjoyed bowling up into her 80s and dancing.

Surviving is son John Z. Bertoti, husband of Marguerite, of Pottstown; daughters Margaret I. Bertoti of Connellsville and Mary R. Welsh, wife of Ron, of Boyertown; grandchildren Jason, Christine, Terry, and Kelly; and 6 great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

A memorial service will be Monday, July 7, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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