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February 28, 2015
Kendal “Pete” Hoover, 74, of Pottstown

Kendal “Pete” Hoover, 74, of Pottstowm, North Coventry Twp., husband of Gay B. (Gross) Hoover, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Horace Gauger and Elizabeth L. Hoover.

Pete was a 1959 graduate of Pottstown High School where he played baseball and football. He was a member of Zion’s UCC Church where he was an usher, and helped with the consistory and maintenance. He worked at his own barber shop for many years and later on retired from ARAMARK. Pete was a US Army veteran and coached various youth organizations in the area.

Surviving with his wife of 50 years are daughters Kristin B, Feight, wife of Craig, Kendra G. Rivoli, wife of Mark, and Keena E. Huss, wife of Michael; sister Dorothy Miles, and grandchildren Kayla, Nicholas, Brendan, Zachary, Rachel, and Samantha. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by 7 siblings.

A memorial service will be Sunday, March 8, 3:00PM at Zion’s UCC Church, 209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 with Rev. Walter Coy officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at the church.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made in Kendal’s name to the church at the above address.

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February 28, 2015
Roy W. Cubbler, Jr., 76, of Pottstown

Roy W. Cubbler, Jr., 76, husband of Charlotte D. Cubbler of Pottstown, PA, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015. Born in Abington, PA, he was the son of the late Roy W. and Mildred (Edgar) Cubbler.

Mr. Cubbler graduated from Shippensburg High School and received a B.S. in Education with majors in English and Political Science from Shippensburg University. He received an M.A. in English, an M.A. in Secondary Administration, and his Principal’s Certification from Villanova University. He was also a recipient of a National Endowment for Arts and Humanities grant where he studied Renaissance and Baroque studies at the University of Maryland. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a graduate honor fraternity.

Mr. Cubbler attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, achieving rank of Lieutenant. He was a Nuclear Weapons Officer and worked in Combat Intelligence. He served extensive shore and sea duty in Europe and the Caribbean.

During his teaching years, Mr. Cubbler was an English teacher, English Department Chairperson, Assistant to the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Principal of Boyertown Area Senior High School until his retirement in 2000. Prior to his tenure with Boyertown Area School District, he taught in the Pottsgrove School District.

He served as Head Wrestling Coach at Boyertown Area Senior High School, Head Wrestling Coach at Pottsgrove High School, Pottsgrove Jr. Legion Baseball Coach, Boyertown Assistant Football Coach, and Little League Baseball coach.

Because he thought community service was important, he served as Lower Pottsgrove commissioner for 17 years; he was Lower Pottsgrove’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Police Commissioner, President of the Pottsgrove Recreation Committee, and Chairman of Lower Pottsgrove Township Planning Commission. He was the Current Events Discussion Leader at the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center of Pottstown and served as a Soup Kitchen Volunteer for the Pottstown Salvation Army Citadel. He received the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Legion of Honor Membership service award.

He was a member of the Pottstown Area Stamp Club and served as president.  He was also president of the Jon Cor Society. He was a member of the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center, Veterans Foreign War, American Legion, Senior Circle, Dame Juliana League of Fly Fishers, and Boyertown Lodge No. 74,F & A.M.

In addition to his wife of 53 of years, he is survived by his two sons, Roy and wife Barbara of Glen Rock, PA; and Scott and wife  Lisa of Lewisberry, PA; four grandchildren: Kevin, Eric, Taylor, Jake; and a brother  Robert Cubbler of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 10:30AM in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, 223 Beech Street, Pottstown. Burial with military honors will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be Friday, March 6 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Tri-County Home Health & Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 201, Pottstown, PA.

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February 26, 2015
Donna Marie (Wetzel) Kramer, 63, of Barto

Donna Marie (Wetzel) Kramer, 63, of Barto, passed away Monday Feb. 16, 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

She was the wife of Wayne Kramer, who died Mar. 24, 1999.

Born in Pottstown, PA, she was the daughter of Harry B.F. Wetzel and Helen M. (Freimann) Wetzel.

Donna was a 1969 graduate of Boyertown High School. She later attended additional classes and earned an Office Professional certificate. Her most recent employer was Graterford Prison, where she worked as a correctional employment vocational assistant, until she took disability retirement in December 2014. She enjoyed baking and entered many baking contests where she earned numerous ribbons.

She is survived by her parents Harry and Helen Wetzel, her brothers and sisters: Perry Wetzel husband of Carol of Linfield, PA; Jerry Wetzel husband of Debra of Boyertown, PA; Beverly Melcher wife of the late George Melcher of Barto, PA; Barney Wetzel husband of Cheryl of Birdsboro, PA; Linda Wetzel of Phoenixville, PA; and Diana Dugan wife of Paul of Barto, PA; 11 nieces and nephews; 16 great nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Ann Kramer; brother-in-law Jeff Kramer; and sister-in-law Karen.

Donna was predeceased by her brother Dennis Wetzel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 610 Pine St., Bally, PA 19503. Burial will follow at Most Blessed Sacrament Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, and on Friday Feb. 20, 2015 from 9:00-9:45 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church at the above address, or to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

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February 26, 2015
Paul D. Akins III, 52, formerly of Gilbertsville

Paul D. “Hollywood” Akins III, 52, of Spring City, formerly of Gilbertsville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 21 doing what he loved; snowmobiling.

Born in Cedars, PA he was the son of Margie (Schoenly) Akins and the late Paul D. Akins II.

Paul was a 1980 graduate of Boyertown HS and a 1984 graduate of East Stroudsburg with a BS in Communications Media. He was a member of the Gilbertsville Fire Co., the Boyertown Oriels, and the PA Auctioneers Assoc. He worked for the family business and as an auto auctioneer for Manheim and Southern Auto Auctions. Paul also did auctioneer work for many charities and high schools in the area. He enjoyed horseback riding, was an avid hunter and was also an actor and model.

Surviving with his mother is daughter Abbey Akins who resides with her mother Renee’ M. Akins; siblings Leslye Schmitz, Lloyd Akins, Karen Akins and Mark Akins; fiancée AnnaLisa Delcane and her children Julia, Brandon and David. Also surviving is a nephew and numerous nieces, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at the Gilbertsville Fire Co., 1454 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s name to the Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, PO Box 156, Chester Springs, PA 19425.

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February 26, 2015
Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, of Barto

Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa, passed away peacefully at his residence in Barto, PA on Thursday February 12, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after his battle with cancer.  Compassionate hospice care was provided by Bayada Nursing of Boyertown, PA.

Born on June 5, 1956, in Philadelphia, PA, he was a loving and dedicated, hard-working, family man and loved dearly by everyone who knew him.  He was a quiet and respectful man to strangers but to those who knew him, he was anything but quiet.  Vincent will always be remembered as the life of the party, the first up to dance and the last to leave the dance floor, king of the karaoke microphone, always ready to add his own words to any song and always ready for a good laugh and a good practical joke.  His most notable appearance will still be that of Vinnie and the Voluptuous Vixens.  It didn’t take much to make him smile or for him to put a smile on your face. He was truly a simple man, in more ways than one.  His daughter Melissa was the apple of his eye and truly his princess in life.  He valued his family and friends and always put them at the forefront, never hesitating to stop what he was doing to help someone in need.  

Vince was an avid and true Philadelphia sports fan with a love-hate relationship with the Eagles, Flyers, 76er’s and the Philly’s, in true Philly style.  Vincent recently retired from Ryder Truck Company in Philadelphia, after 25 years as a loyal and dedicated employee and truly loved his Ryder brothers and the Ryder brotherhood!  He made a day at work seem fun for all and offered a good laugh daily with no doubt, never a dull moment.

Vincent is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years, Linda, his beautiful daughter and princess, Melissa, and future son-in law Dakota Wanner,  his loving sister and brother-in-law Joann and Ken McAndrew, his loving nephew Kenn, his loving sister Maryann Fisk,  and his loving brother Joseph Grisafi, his best friends and brothers- in-heart, John Schuhl, John Camperchioli, Dave Iannotti, his beloved dogs Zoey and Skippy and many, many loving friends and family members, too numerous to mention but all appreciated and loved dearly by him. Vincent is preceded in death by his beloved parents Diana and Jack Fisk and his beloved sister Carol Ann.  He was truly an honorable man and will be missed by all who knew him. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 3206 Big Road, Obelisk with Pastor Paul Chapman officiating a memorial service at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery in Bechtelsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Vincent J Grisafi, Jr.  to one of two of his favorite local community charities that help families in crisis during their time of need by visiting the websites at www.communitybackstop.com or by mail to, Community Backstop c/o Michael Bailey, 293 Stonegate Drive, Devon, PA 19333 or the Melanoma International Foundation c/o Catherine Poole, President, 250 Mapleflower Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343 or on the website at www.melanomainternational.org .

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February 26, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown

Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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February 25, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown


Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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February 14, 2015
Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, of Barto

Vincent J. Grisafi, Jr. 58, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa, passed away peacefully at his residence in Barto, PA on Thursday February 12, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after his battle with cancer.  Compassionate hospice care was provided by Bayada Nursing of Boyertown, PA.

Born on June 5, 1956, in Philadelphia, PA, he was a loving and dedicated, hard-working, family man and loved dearly by everyone who knew him.  He was a quiet and respectful man to strangers but to those who knew him, he was anything but quiet.  Vincent will always be remembered as the life of the party, the first up to dance and the last to leave the dance floor, king of the karaoke microphone, always ready to add his own words to any song and always ready for a good laugh and a good practical joke.  His most notable appearance will still be that of Vinnie and the Voluptuous Vixens.  It didn’t take much to make him smile or for him to put a smile on your face. He was truly a simple man, in more ways than one.  His daughter Melissa was the apple of his eye and truly his princess in life.  He valued his family and friends and always put them at the forefront, never hesitating to stop what he was doing to help someone in need.   


Vince was an avid and true Philadelphia sports fan with a love-hate relationship with the Eagles, Flyers, 76er’s and the Philly’s, in true Philly style.  Vincent recently retired from Ryder Truck Company in Philadelphia, after 25 years as a loyal and dedicated employee and truly loved his Ryder brothers and the Ryder brotherhood!  He made a day at work seem fun for all and offered a good laugh daily with no doubt, never a dull moment.


Vincent is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years, Linda, his beautiful daughter and princess, Melissa, and future son-in law Dakota Wanner,  his loving sister and brother-in-law Joann and Ken McAndrew, his loving nephew Kenn, his loving sister Maryann Fisk,  and his loving brother Joseph Grisafi, his best friends and brothers- in-heart, John Schuhl, John Camperchioli, Dave Iannotti, his beloved dogs Zoey and Skippy and many, many loving friends and family members, too numerous to mention but all appreciated and loved dearly by him. Vincent is preceded in death by his beloved parents Diana and Jack Fisk and his beloved sister Carol Ann.  He was truly an honorable man and will be missed by all who knew him. 


Visitation will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 3206 Big Road, Obelisk with Pastor Paul Chapman officiating a memorial service at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery in Bechtelsville, PA.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Vincent J Grisafi, Jr.  to one of two of his favorite local community charities that help families in crisis during their time of need by visiting the websites at www.communitybackstop.com or by mail to, Community Backstop c/o Michael Bailey, 293 Stonegate Drive, Devon, PA 19333 or the Melanoma International Foundation c/o Catherine Poole, President, 250 Mapleflower Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343 or on the website at www.melanomainternational.org .

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February 13, 2015
Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown

Mark R. Herbst, 66, of Pottstown, husband of Diane (Stitt) Herbst, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Boyertown, Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Earnest E. and Mae E. (Miller) Herbst.

Mark was a Vietnam War veteran who enlisted into the Army in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969 as Sgt. Promotable. He then enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1985 as Staff Sgt. He worked at Sears Logistics in Royersford and Citco’s Smart Mart in Pottstown. Mark was a member of Popodicken Rod & Gun Club and the Boyertown Rod & Gun Association Inc.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Connie D. Hatcher, wife of John Jr., of Pottstown and Peggy L. Bernd, wife of Kyle, of Coopersburg; son Mark D. Herbst of Anchorage, AK; brother Earnest L Herbst of Reading; sister Fay R. Kaminsky, wife of Irving, of Toms River NJ; grandchildren Justine I. Herbst, Mark A. Herbst, Blaise R. Hatcher, Jasmine N. Herbst, Andrew T. Herbst, Morgan M. Bernd, Carlee A. Bernd...and one great grandchild on the way .

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb 17, 11:00AM at Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Ave., Boyertown , PA 19512 with Rev. Kenneth Lindow Jr. and Rev. Douglas Hallman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and on Tuesday morning from 10:00AM to 10:45 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Colebrookdale Chapel at the above address.

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The Gavin s

Feb-15 11:01pm

Mark will be missed. We have some fun family memories. He enjoyed so many activies - hunting, fishing, shooting, roller skating, 3-wheeling, bowling, the list goes on. ..... with our Sympathy, Ed and Zina

MaryBeth Hallman

Feb-16 4:39pm

So sorry to hear of Marks passing. You will be in my thoughts & prayers...love you

The Williams family

Feb-17 2:18pm

We are sadden to hear of the passing of our neighbor Mr. Mark but we rejoice in knowing he is no longer suffering and has been greeted with open arms by his lord and savior. Our prayers are with the family as they grieve for this moment. Praying for peace that passes all understanding.


February 12, 2015
Geneva Saylor, 90, of Boyertown

Geneva (Kulp) Saylor, 90, of Boyertown, Douglass Twp., wife of the late James D. Saylor, passed away on Tuesday at Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville.

Born in Perkiomenville, she was the daughter of the late Harry E.S. and Ella F. (Renninger) Kulp.


Geneva was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church.  She worked for many years as a seamstress at the former Daut Manufacturing and JenniferAnn, also worked at Fashion World in Zerns. Geneva loved her grandchildren and loved taking care of them.


Surviving are children Susan O’Leary, wife of Michael, Randy Saylor, husband of Susan, and Sheila Bosch, wife of George; sibling Ella Schueck, Elsie Krall, Harry Kulp, and Eleanor Ruth; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Also surviving are daughter in laws Joan and Eileen Saylor. She is predeceased by sons James and Roy Saylor, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.


A funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 16, 10:30AM at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 527 Hoffmansville Rd, Bechtelsville with Rev. John Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the church.

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February 9, 2015
Tammy Ferne Virginia (Swoyer) Diehl, age 36

Tammy Ferne Virginia (Swoyer) Diehl, age 36, resident of Perkiomenville, passed away at Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia Tuesday February 3, 2015.

Born April 2, 1978 in Pottstown, PA to Donald Swoyer, Sr. and Doreen (Imbody) Pasqueal, and is also survived by husband Paul Diehl, sons Austin Diehl, Travis Diehl, Aiden Diehl, brothers Donald Swoyer, Jr. wife of Donna, Michael Anthony, niece Emma Swoyer, nephew William Swoyer, and grandparents Daniel and Fern Imbody, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Walter and Rose Swoyer and uncle William Swoyer.

Tammy graduated from Boyertown Area High School, class of 1996, and held a license of cosmetology from Berks County Technical Institute.

Friends and relatives are invited to the viewing at 10:00 AM Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM, both at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 35 West Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA. Interment will follow at Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown immediately following the service.

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February 9, 2015
Clark Eugene Kreger II, age 42, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, died on Sunday, February 1, 2015

He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on January 11, 1973, to Bonnie (Kreger) Turner and Donald L. Kreger. He grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Clark graduated from Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA and Washington College in Maryland where he received a B.A. in history.

After college, Clark moved to Vail where he fell head over ski boots in love with Colorado. Clark began his banking career at Alpine Bank in Vail. He soon moved to Steamboat Springs where he continued his banking career with Alpine Bank. A kind, compassionate, and courageous man he developed a true passion for law enforcement while in Steamboat. For the last seven years, he proudly served as Patrol Deputy, Investigator, Sniper and SWAT team member at the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.  He loved to cook and spend time with both families.

Clark is survived by his wife, Denise English Kreger, and two step-children, Alexandra and Jack English, all of Steamboat Springs. He is also survived by his parents Richard and Bonnie Turner; his father, Donald L. Kreger; brother, Bryan; sister-in-law, Cheryl, brother; Donald; step-brothers Tim (Kristin) Turner, and Bob (Betty) Turner; step-sister Sue (Stan) Koribana; and six nieces and nephews, all of Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations and be made to the Yampa Valley Autism Program at www.yapavalleyautism.org in honor of Clark and Denise English Kreger or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral services were held in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, February 5.

A reception and memorial service will be held at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468 on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  Visitation will be from 12 to 1 at the funeral home and a service will follow.  His final resting place will be at Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA 19668.

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Lee Zaragoza

Feb-10 12:28am

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Clark was a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope that the good memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.<br /> Fondly,<br /> Lee and Dick

Jill Pundt

Feb-10 9:18am

I am so sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend the memorial service but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


February 4, 2015
Alfred A. Mummert Sr., 92, of Pottstown


Alfred A. Mummert Sr., 92, of Pottstown, South Coventry Twp., formerly of Springfield, Delaware County Twp., husband of Marion D (Davis) Mummert, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Jefferson Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John W. and Bessie (Griffith) Mummert.

Al was a member of the Elks, VFW, and American Legion in Punta Gorda FL and the Elks in Pottstown. He loved to dance with Marion and listen to her play the organ. Al enjoyed golfing and boating too. Al was a proud American who served in the Army during WWII. He was a big donator and was very instrumental in getting the WWII monument in Washington DC.

Surviving with his wife of 67 years is daughter Arlene Jeffries, wife of Keith, of Pottstown; sons Gregory Mummert, husband of Margaret, of Thornton and Alfred Mummert Jr., husband of Joyce, of Birdsboro; grandchildren Andrew Jeffries, husband of Holly, Jennifer Stewart, wife of William, Renee Jeffries, Donna Curry, wife of Warren, Matthew Mummert, Denise Santaliquito, wife of Rob, Michele Scott, wife of Ernie, and Victoria Mummert; and great grandchildren Jackson, Tyler, Madison, Noah, and William. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his 11 siblings.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Entombment will be in Limerick Garden of Memories Mausoleum. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM the funeral home.

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February 3, 2015
Margaretta R. “Peg” Lamb, 91, of Ocean City, NJ

Margaretta R. “Peg” (Reid) Lamb, 91, of Ocean City, NJ, formerly of Pottstown and Gilbertsville, wife of the late William F. Lamb Jr., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, NJ.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Raymond  B. and Helen (Wilson) Reid.

Peg was a music teacher in the Boyertown Area School District for 22 years, retiring in 1990.  During her teaching career, she also taught in the Pottstown School District, the Wyncroft School, and the Pottsgrove School District.  She was an active member In many educational and musical professional organizations. She was also a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Ocean City NJ.

Peg was one of the original members of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra that was founded by her late husband.  She performed with the symphony for 40 years.  Upon retiring from the Boyertown School District the Boyertown Area Choral Association was formed and she conducted this group until four years ago.  At the time of her death she was playing string bass with the John Walter Cape Community Band in Cape May, NJ.

During WWII, she was the director of Peggy Reid’s All Girl Orchestra, which performed on Hamid’s and Steele Piers in Atlantic City.

Surviving is daughter Kathy Lamb Williams, wife of James, of Royersford and son William Frederick Lamb SFC-Ret., of VA, sister Jane R. Pedersen, wife of Norman, of NJ; grandchildren Stephanie Strange of FL, wife of William Strange, Nicholas and Joshua Lamb of VA; and great grandchildren Taylor, Katherine and Will Strange.

A funeral service will be Sunday, Feb. 8, 4:00PM at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 E. High Street, Pottstown with Rev. Donna House officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00Pm to 3:45PM at the church. Entombment in Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum is private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to a memorial fund established in memory of Margaretta R. Lamb.  Checks are to be made payable to InFaith Community Foundation, and sent to 625 4th Ave. S., Ste. 1500, Minneapolis, MN  55415, with the fund name, The Boyertown Area Choral Association Margaretta R. Lamb Scholarship Fund, written in the note portion of the check.

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Jeffrey Clouser

Feb-3 2:32pm

I would like to express my deepest sympathies at this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the memories made during her lifetime. <br /> I was introduced to Peg by my elementary music teacher Liz Dietz. I was in 6th grade and asked to be one of the children in Peg's high school production of Fiddler on the Roof at Boyertown. What an experience. I still have the polaroids of me in my yarmulke. That time spent with Peg definitely had an influence on me to continue with music throughout the rest of my schooling at Boyertown and beyond. Although she was no longer at the high school once I started 10th grade, I did have the pleasure of working with her again when she conducted one of my Berks County Chorus Festivals.<br /> She inspired many and will be missed.<br />

Dean R Houck

Feb-4 8:20am

My condolences to Kathy, Fred, and the rest of the family. I have many fond memories of Peg as a performer, teacher, and music educator. She was a great influence on me choosing a career in Music Education.

Michael Fleisch

Feb-4 11:40am

Mrs Lamb had a positive influence on so many young lives through out the years. Heaven's music will be even sweeter because of her presence. God Bless

Janet Kohler Egolf

Feb-5 4:20pm

Sincerest sympathy, Kathy, upon hearing of your mother's passing.

Sabrina Wilhelm Gallagher

Feb-5 9:07pm

Peg was a fantastic, knowledgeable woman dedicated to two things: music and her family. She would drive hours each week to lead the BACA because she loved music and the people who made it. She was a consummate professional, even selecting music sometimes that she didn't personally like because they would work for a theme and for the group.<br /> <br /> Thank you Peg for your time, dedication, & knowledge. Thank you to Sue and the rest of her family for sharing her.

JOSEPH VITALE ROBERT GIRARDO

Feb-8 10:02am

I HAVE HAD MY HOUSE NEXT DOOR TO PEGGYS HOUSE SINCE 1968. MY PARTNER AND I WILL MISS HER DEARLY,<br /> SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST ENERGETIC PEOPLE I HAVE EVER<br /> HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING IN MY LIFE I HAVE BEEN RETIRED AND WE BOTH, ROBERT AND I INTERACTED WITH HER ALMOST DAYLY.SHE WAS ALWAY THE FIRST ONE TO TAKE CHARGE IF THE THE NEED AROSE, NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT<br /> ANYTHING AND WAS WAS HER DAUGHTER CARETAKER , SUSAN FOR MANY MANY YEARS , SHE WAS UP EVERY MORNING <br /> TENDED TO HER GARDEN, WENT TO SWIM EXERCISE ,<br /> ENTERTAINED WITH HER MUSIC FOR THE RETIREMENT HOME <br /> WROTE MUSIC FOR HER DAUGHTERS BAND , AND TOLD ROBERT WHAT HE WAS DOING WRONG WITH THE GARDEN,<br /> WE WOULD BRING HER TASTINGS OF ROBERT COOKING' AND BAKING.AND SHE WOULD AWAY SAY WITH A SMILE BLESSYOUR HEART, SHE TOOK CARE OF HER SISTER, JANE AS WELL ON A DAYLY BASES , WROVE TO FLORIDA, AND BACK THREE TIMES LAST YEAR WITH HER SISTER JANE TO VISIT HER GRAND DAUGHTER AND DAUGHTER SUSAN BEFORE HER PASSING, <br /> WE ARE VERY SAD AT HER PASSING BECAUSE WE ARE SELFISH<br /> AND WILL MISS HER TERRIBLY, BUT WE KNOW THAT THE PEARLY GATES WERE THOWN FULLY OPEN FOR HER ENTRANCE<br /> AND WE PRAY FOR HER ENDLESS HAPPINESS , AND KNOW<br /> THAT SHE WILL BE WATCHING OVER ALL THAT THOSE SHE LOVED AND HELD DEAR TO HER .FROM HER PLACE AMONG THE ANGELS<br /> MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY, <br /> JOSEPH VITALE<br /> ROBERT GIRARDO<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Irene Guerriero

Feb-13 8:47am

I was out of town and just read in the Mercury about Peg's passing. Peg and I played in the Pottstown Symphony together and then worked together as she was retiring from the Boyertown School District and I was replacing her. She was so generous sharing her talents and insights with me. It made my transition smooth. I was lucky to inherit a great string program from Peg. I greatly admired her dedication, enthusiasm and tenacity. It was clear that her students were always the most important part of her job. She was a role model and mentor for me. <br /> <br /> My condolences to the family. She will truly be missed.<br /> <br /> Irene


February 2, 2015
JoAnne Davis, 66, of Birdsboro

JoAnne (Garber) Davis, 66, of Birdsboro, Robeson Twp., wife of John Davis, passed away on Friday, Jan. 30 at her home.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Walter W. and Anna S. (Salvatti) Garber.

JoAnne was a 1966 graduate of Daniel Boon HS where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She worked at J.T. Dyer Quarry for 37 years, retiring in 2006. She was an avid Penn State fan where her and her husband had season tickets since 1981. She and her husband were members of the Nittany Lion Club, the Reading Country Club and the Clinton Country Club in Lock Haven. JoAnne enjoyed golf and tennis, loved to watch the deer that would come into their yard, and they enjoyed traveling around the country.

Surviving with her husband is her cousins Marion (Dettore) Hoffit, Mr. and Mrs Gene Seifrit, and Mr. & Mrs Harold Scheuring. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her step father Harold L. (Lawrence) Scheuring.

A funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 6, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

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Tom and Syd

Feb-4 10:42pm

Dear John<br /> So very sorry to hear about JoAnne, she was truely a special person and will be missed by many.<br /> <br /> Wish we could be there to support you at this time, but you are in our thoughts and prayers.<br /> <br /> Love Tom and Syd




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