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January 30, 2015
Edith Eileen Turgeon, 73, formerly of Upper Pottsgrove

Edith Eileen (Bauman) Turgeon, 73, of West Deptford, NJ, formerly of Upper Pottsgrove, wife of the late Charles E. Turgeon, passed away on Wednesday evening at Vitas Hospice in Philadelphia surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Edith M. (McClain) Bauman.

Edith loved her family and her pets. She was a proud supporter of the armed forces and her children who both served in the military. Eileen enjoyed making others laugh. She also loved to travel; and enjoyed sharing her life experiences. She was an avid oldies and Motown music fan.

Surviving are children Lawrence W. Turgeon, Whitney E. Blackburn, wife of Matthew, Scot Turgeon, husband of Stacey, and Jay Turgeon, husband of Betsy; and grandson Luke Blackburn.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00PM to 1:45PM at the funeral home.

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January 29, 2015
Fern Roberta Dougherty, 89

Fern Roberta (Siebert) Dougherty, 89, of East Coventry Twp., formerly of Boyertown, wife of the late Fred T. Dougherty “Doc”, passed away Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015 at Manatawny Manor.

Born in Kenilworth, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Anna (Gauger) Siebert.

Fern enjoyed going to yard sales and was an avid Elvis Presley fan and loved visiting Graceland. She loved spending time with her friends at Manatawny Manor and playing Bingo.

Surviving is one daughter Judy Styer wife of Paul; six grandchildren Sean and Chad Dougherty, Heather Yoder, Brian Styer, Rebecca Boone, and Brenda Meitzler; six great grandchildren Danny and Bryson Styer, Angelina Meitzler, Abigail Yoder, and Lily Dougherty, and Ridge Boone Bechtel.

Along with her husband and parents, Fern was predeceased by her brother George Siebert, son George Dougherty, and daughter Darlene Boone.

A memorial service will be held Saturday Feb. 7, 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 Saturday from 12:00 PM-12:45 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Fern’s memory to The Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 North 11th St., Reading, PA 19604.

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January 29, 2015
W. “Barry” Meng, 68, of Douglassville

Barry Meng, 68, of Douglassville, husband of Cynthia Ann (Kelsch) Meng, passed away Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015 at his residence.

Born in Sellersville, he was the son of the late Wayne R. and Mildred (Meck) Meng.

Barry was an active member of Falkner Swamp U.C.C. in Gilbertsville, and the Boyertown Area YMCA. After retirement, he loved spending time gardening and landscaping his yard. Barry was also an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time at the Lehigh Valley Sportsman’s Club. Barry was a graduate of Boyertown High School and Millersville University. He was dearly loved and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Barry had a great sense of humor and enjoyed  making others laugh.

Surviving along with his wife are three daughters Carianne Meng of OH, Jamie (Meng) Esposito wife of Michael of AZ, and Heather Torak wife of Kevin of Spring City; one son Christopher Meng of DE; one brother Ronald R. Meng husband of Sherry; one sister Faith P. Davis of GA; five grandchildren; and one uncle George Meck of Perkiomenville.

Including his parents, Barry was predeceased by his daughter Kelly Mest.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 2 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Monday, February 2 from 10:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barry’s memory to Falkner Swamp U.C.C., 2077 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 or to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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January 29, 2015
Kathleen Ann Spears, 61, of Royersford

Kathleen Ann Spears went to Heaven’s glory to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday January 24, 2015 after a twelve year courageous battle with cancer. Kathy was saved by grace through faith (Eph.2:8-9).

Kathy is survived by her loving husband Jim of nearly 35 years; four loving sons and their wives: James and Kimberly, Timothy and Bethany, Benjamin and Brittney, and Bryan; Kathy’s mother Corinne Thomas; one sister, Geraldine Parker, wife of Ken; one brother, Ronald Thomas Sr., husband of Lenore; and uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Kathy was born on September 27, 1953 in Trenton, NJ. She was a graduate of West Chester University and Pensacola Christian College with bachelors and masters degrees in education. Kathy has been a Christian schoolteacher at Calvary Baptist School, Glen Burnie, MD; and that is where she met her husband Jim. After marriage and seminary, Kathy and Jim served as Baptist missionaries to the Philippines for more than ten years. From 1997 until the present, Kathy served the Lord as the church secretary at Calvary Baptist Church of Pottstown, where her husband Jim serves as the senior pastor.

A funeral service will be held Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Baptist Church, 2096 New Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, PA 19465. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30-10:45 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers make donations to the CBC Pottstown with Philippine Mission in memo line.

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January 29, 2015
Elmer G. Landis, Retired Jeweler

Elmer G. Landis, 89, formerly of Gilbertsville, died January 24, 2015 at Seasons Hospice, Phoenixville, PA.

Elmer was predeceased by his wife Marie, and eight brothers and sisters.

Born in Rothsville, PA, he was the son of the late Ira and Maggie Landis. Elmer’s mother died when he was 4 years of age and was raised by his late sister Carrie until enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving in WWII. Elmer attended Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA, studying watchmaking and jewelry repair. Hired by R.C. Coxon Jeweler in 1953, he moved to Boyertown. In 1973 he started E.G. Landis Jewelers in Pennsburg, later purchasing the Coxon store in Boyertown. In 1995 Elmer and Marie sold the business to their daughter Cristine and son-in-law Mark Matlack. In 1998 the two store locations were combined and continue to operate at 1000 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville.

Elmer is survived by his daughter Cristine wife of Mark Matlack of Limerick; son Robert of Oley; three grandsons Matthew and Ian Matlack both of Gilbertsville, and Joshua Bartman serving in the U.S. Airforce; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made in Elmer’s memory to the Center at Spring Street, Boyertown Area Multi Service Food Pantry, 200 W. Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

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January 29, 2015
John J. “Joe” Meade III, 45, of Pottstown

John J. “Joe” Meade III, 45, of Pottstown, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26 at his home.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Diane J. (DeNicco) Meade and the late John J. Meade Jr.

Joe obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1992 and went on to get his MBA from Drexel in 2000. He worked at A. W. Mercer in Boyertown as a senior manager. He was an avid scuba diver, skier, and loved to travel the world. He was a passionate Philly sports fan and Villanova Basketball fan. But most important to him were his family and friends, especially spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Surviving with his mother are his brother Timothy A. Meade, sister Laurie B. Meade, nieces Sierra, Isabelle and Tasha and nephews Ethan and Aidan.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:00AM at St. Aloysius RC Church, 223 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00AM to 9:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Aloysius RC Church at the above address.

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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




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