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September 15, 2014
Shirley (Wright) Fiorentino, 72, of Schwenksville

Shirley (Wright) Fiorentino, 72, of Schwenksville, wife of the late Louis, passed away on Friday, September 12, at her residence.  Born and raised in Norristown, she was the daughter of late Arthur and Ann (Greenwalt) Wright.  

Shirley leaves behind her mother, Ida (Ciccarelli) Wright, sons Lou (Robin) of Limerick; Michael of Limerick, and Joseph (Robbie) of Delray Beach, FL.  She also leaves behind sisters Sandy Leary, Sue Pecoraio, Julie Hertzog; brothers Art, Robert, and Bill Wright; grandchildren Tiffany Fiorentino, Ashli (Justin) Frost, Amanda Fiorentino, Myka Fiorentino, Alyssa Fiorentino, Dakota Fiorentino and Nikolas Fiorentino.  She also leaves behind five great grandchildren. 

Shirley worked at Theist Temple Day Care as a cook.   She also worked for over 25 years in the dry cleaning business.  After her retirement, she was a Senior Companion for many years providing companionship to older adults that were homebound.  She loved to read, play bingo, listen to country music and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. 

A funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Burial will follow in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

View obituaries or send condolences at www.catagnusfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Team Skylar, c/o Citizens Bank,  429 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468 or any Citizens Bank location.  

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September 9, 2014
Cynthia Miller-Stein, of Limerick

Cynthia (Cindy) Miller-Stein lost her battle with a disease she fought most of her life, professionally as a Pharmaceutical Researcher, and in our community deeply involved with Relay for Life raising funds and awareness binding family, friends and co-workers to fighting the disease with her.  Finally, Cindy lost her own personal battle with colon cancer on Saturday, September 6th at home surrounded by family and friends.

A devoted and loving wife for 27 years to husband Joseph (Joe) Stein and mother to sons Andrew and Daniel (girlfriend Grace Sloane) and dogs Flyer and Lexi.  Cindy was one of seven children, a daughter of the late Albert Miller, survived by her mother, Catherine Miller, and siblings Cathy, Al, Sean, Mary, Terry and Nancy. 

Cindy grew up in Philadelphia attending Little Flower High School before her family moved to Pottstown where she graduated from St. Pius X.  She was actively involved in the school play; clubs, the bowling team and graduated at the top of her class.  She continued her education achieving a Bachelor and Masters Degree and various professional accolades and accreditations.   She had a very successful career and was well respected by her peers for her longtime work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cindy loved and cherished her family and was the glue that brought everyone together, whether it was holiday or birthday celebrations hosted at Joe and Cindy’s home, family apple picking or hiking adventures.   She was an avid baker and no matter what the occasion, you could count on Cindy to always have on hand some of her delicious homemade treats ready for visiting guests or to bring with her on any occasion.  For Cindy, home was truly where the heart is and she welcomed many into her home creating wonderful memories for all to cherish.

In addition to family, Cindy had a strong spiritual faith and was an active member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church.  She was involved with the Women’s Group, taught CCD and was a Eucharistic Minister.   She was also active in her community, serving as team captain for the Cancer Buster Relay for Life team, which she started in 2009.   With Cindy’s leadership and talents, we were one of the Pottstown Relay’s highest producing teams raising more than $20K for cancer in 2014.

Cindy had a zest for life with her true passions being family, work, faith and community.  She spent the last 52 years living her life to the fullest as a family matriarch, an active member of the Church, travelling the world, and cultivating relationships with friends, co-workers, and members of the community. She was a very special person who touched the lives of many.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 11, 11:00AM at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, 256 Swamp Pike, Limerick with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and on Thursday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers or in addition to, please consider a donation to the Relay for Life, Cancer Buster Team.  Please make checks payable to American Cancer Society, c/o Theresa Donnelly, 2330 Chestnut Hill Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.

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Deborah Miller Kisch

Sep-9 4:06pm

Joe and family so sorry for your loss. Cindy was such a loving caring person. Touched so many of us in so manny different ways. Those of us that knew her were blessed. My deepest sympathy. Love Deb

Keith Allen

Sep-10 3:02pm

Joe:<br /> <br /> Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From all your friends in Elkton.<br /> <br /> Keith


September 9, 2014
Mary Z. Shanta, 93, formerly of Pottstown

Mary Z. Shanta, 93, of Birdsboro, formerly of Pottstown, wife of the late John Shanta Jr., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Berkshire Center, Reading.

Born in Stowe, she was the daughter of the late George and Ahafia (Pinchorak).

Mary was a member of ST. John’s Byzantine Church where she was a member of the Ladies Club. She was co-owner of Frankie & Johnnies in Pottstown. She was a member of Pikeville Sportsmen Club and former member of the Stowe Lioness Club and the West End Auxiliary.

Surviving is daughter Tina Furdyna, wife of Stanley, of Birdsboro; sister Roz Zezenski; grandchildren Benjamin Furdyna and Sonia Delaquito, wife of Christopher; great grandchildren Landon Furdyna and Evelyn and Gordon Delaquito; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband she is predeceased by brothers John, Peter, Stephen, Michael and Paul Zezenski.

A funeral service will be Friday, Sept. 12, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Fr. Nicholas DeProspero officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to ST. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 301 Cherry Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Barbara Hipszer

Sep-11 11:37am

Sharing in the loss of your mother, Mary. She was always so generous to Emma and me, entertaining us with a delicious breakfast. May she rest in peace. Love, Barbara Hipszer


September 8, 2014
James V. “Big Jim” DiCindio, 93

James V. “Big Jim” DiCindio, 93, of Boyertown, husband of the late Carmela M. (Iezzi) DiCindio, passed away Friday September 5, 2014 at Berkshire Center.

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late James Vincent and Gioninna (Iezzi) DiCindio.

James served in the United States Army during WWII, and was a member of St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown. He owned and operated Iezzi’s Tavern in Boyertown, where he was affectionately known as “Big Daddy” and “Big Jim”. James exuded class and was a very selfless man who was loved by many friends and family for his generosity and endless stories. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving are two sons James N. and Joseph M. DiCindio; one granddaughter Carissa DiCindio wife of Patrick Yaggy; one great grandson Graham Yaggy; one brother William DiCindio; and one sister Gilda Booth.

Along with his wife and parents, James was predeceased by his two brothers Michael and Dominic DiCindio, one sister Grace DiCindio, and one grandson Jimmy DiCindio.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Columbkill Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512, with Fr. Marty Kern officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held Tuesday September 9, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 PM 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 James’ memory to The Jimmy DiCindio, Jenny Gilbert, Leslie Saponsky Key Club Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Fund, Payable to: Berks County Community Foundation, 237 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601, and/or to Moment of Peace Adventures, PO Box 775, Oley, PA 19547, www.momentofpeaceadventures.com

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Marcy Bridegam Steffy

Sep-8 10:07am

Joey & Jim,<br /> Our thoughts and prayers are with family. Your parents were always there for me in the most difficult of times with a word of wisdom. Their love and kindness towards me and my family will always be remembered. <br /> Love,<br /> Marcy

MARY AND JIM CAMPBELL

Sep-8 2:05pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

John and Suzie frain

Sep-8 9:33pm

Sorry to hear about your father. He was. A great man.

Mike Dorothy Borchelt

Sep-10 10:12am

We share your sorrow, and want you to know that the entire Borchelt Family has made a contribution to the Key Club Scholarship Fund on your behalf. Peace.

Carmine James Borelli Chuck

Sep-11 3:24pm

Dear Joey and Families:<br /> My prayers and thoughts are with you in the lost of your loved one, your dad, James. My prayer is that God will keep you and yours' "In the Palms of His Hands" and give you the peace and comfort in knowing that we will all be together again in His Realm. Once again my prayers and sincere sympathy. Carmine James Borelli (Chuck)


September 4, 2014
Denis M. Moyer, Sr., 76, of Spring City

Denis M. Moyer, Sr., 76, of Spring City, formerly of Boyertown, husband of Mary Ann (Kleman) Moyer, passed away Tuesday September 2, 2014 at Southeastern Veterans Center.

Born in Drums, he was the son of the late Walter, Sr. and Agnes Viola (Wenner) Moyer.

Denis served in the United States Navy on the USS Pillsbury from 1955-1959. He was a member of Boyertown Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company and Pikeville Sportsman Club, former member of First Baptist Church of Allentown, and currently a member of Trinity E.C. Church in Boyertown. He was the former owner of the Rockville Park Tavern in Boyertown for eighteen years until he retired in 1991. Denis also owned Moyer’s Flying A Service Station in Pottstown, and drove delivery truck for 7 Up. He loved to go clamming at Tuckahoe Acres in DE, where he was known as the “Clam Man”.

Surviving along with his wife is one son Denis M. Moyer, Jr. of Oley; two daughters Paige Neiman of Oley, and Belinda Moyer of Royersford; one step-daughter Elizabeth Kleman of Boyertown; five grandchildren Julienne, Denis III, Nash, Jacob, and Evan; two great grandchildren Diamante and Kadence; one brother Walter Moyer, Jr. of Denver; four sisters Molly Ruhl of Bechtelsville, Diane Schanley of Boyertown, Karen Moser of Oley, and JoAnn Pollock of Oley; and one aunt Ethel Fine of Drums.

A memorial service will be celebrated Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Trinity E.C. Church, 250 Swinehart Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512, with Pastors John Friedlund and Steve Jones officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:00-10:45 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 Denis’s memory to Southeastern Veterans Home, 1 Veteran Dr., Spring City, PA 19475, Attn: April Harley/ welfare fund.

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Wendy Speilman

Sep-5 8:04pm

Mary, So sorry to hear that Dennis passed. Our thoughts and prays are with you. Love Wendy & Frank


September 3, 2014
Walter G. DePrefontaine, 87, of Elizabethtown

Walter G. DePrefontaine, 87, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Pottstown, husband of the late Nancy L. (Heimbach) DePrefontaine, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at his residence.

Born in Punxsutawney, he was the son of the late Rev. C. LeRoy and Ruth G. (George) DePrefontaine.

Walter served in the United States Army. He was a 65 year member of First Presbyterian Church in Pottstown, where he served as a deacon and elder for numerous years. He was a 35 year member of the choir and taught Sunday school. Walter was a member of Stichter Lodge No. 254, Master Mason Member since 1970, and held appointed officer positions for numerous years. He was a Pottstown Royal Arch Chapter No. 271 Past High Priest in 1983; Palestine Council No. 8 Royal & Select Master Masons of PA Past Thrice Illustrious Master in 1985; Nativity Commandery No. 71, Past Commander in 1977, Past Division Commander Division No. 3 KT of PA, Knight Templar Cross of Honor, Knight Commander of the Temple, Illustrious Knight of the Triangle, Eminent Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of PA; Line Officers & Past Commanders Assoc. of Division No. 3 KT of PA; Life Member Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor; Member of the Grand Commanders Club, Knights Templar Eye Foundation; Life Member of the Lehigh Val
ley Joshua Assoc.; Life Member of Council of Anointed Kings; Life Member of Penn Council No. 13 - Knight Masons of the USA; Philadelphia Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; PA York Rite College No. 11; Honorary Member of the Grand Cross of Color, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Served on Committee for State Convention at Penn State for 2 years; Spring-Ford High Twelve Club No. 652 - Secretary for 10 years; Masonic Village High Twelve Club No. 629; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Gallicantu Tabernacle No. LXXV; Schuylkill Chapter No. 338 Order of Eastern Star; Pottstown Court No. 113 - Order of the Amaranth Inc., Past Royal Patron, Past Deputy Grand Royal Patron of PA; and a Life Member of the Pottstown Quoit Club of South Pottstown.


Walter was employed by the following establishments: SEPCO Corp. in Pottstown, Lansdale Tube in Spring City & Lansdale, ACME Markets in Philadelphia, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Pottstown, Gross School Bus Service in Bechtelsville, Owen J. Roberts School District, Great Valley School District, Phoenixville School District, Northeast York School District, and Upper Merion Area School District in King of Prussia, where he retired in December of 1992.

Surviving are three daughters Robin D. Gruber wife of Timothy A. of Pottstown, Michele D. Witmyer wife of Rev. Robert A. of Fleetwood, and Becki D. Dolhanczyk wife of Jay of Douglassville; two sons Walter G. DePrefontaine, Jr. husband of Leslie of Pottstown, and Kevin T. DePrefontaine husband of Tina of Lancaster; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and one brother C. LeRoy DePrefontaine, Jr. of Douglassville.

A funeral service will be celebrated Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM followed by a Masonic Knights Templar Service at 11:15 AM at the church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s memory to First Presbyterian Church at the address above or to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, One Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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September 3, 2014
M. Bruce Fegley, Sr., 94, of Boyertown

M. Bruce Fegley, Sr., 94, of Boyertown, widower of Phyllis K. Fegley, passed away on Sunday, August 31 at the Berkshire Center in Exeter.

Born in Birdsboro on May 21, 1920 and raised in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Mahlon and Sarah (Feiring) Fegley. Bruce was a 1938 graduate of Pottstown High School and was the operator of Bruce Fegley’s Esso Service Center (formerly Buckwalter & Shaw), High & Adams Street, in Pottstown. During the 1973-74 oil crisis, he rationed gas to his customers but always made sure the local doctors and the Goodwill Ambulance had all the gas they needed.  After selling his service station he worked at Hatfield & Shaner, Pottstown for several years before retiring.

Bruce married Phyllis E. Knaster in December 1949 and they lived at Moyer Road, Pottstown for 50 years where they raised their family until moving to Boyertown in 2005. Bruce was a loving father and a great family provider. He was a member of St Johns UCC, Price St., in Pottstown for many years.

Bruce was a proud veteran and served on the destroyer escort USS Jordan (DE-204) from its commissioning until the end of World War II. He was a Yeoman first class.

Surviving are his son Bruce Fegley, Jr., and wife Katharina Lodders-Fegley, of St. Louis, MO, his daughter Patricia Berger and husband Joel Berger, Gilbertsville, PA, his grandson Ryan Berger and wife Julie Berger, Lehigh Acres, FL, and ten nieces & nephews. Along with his parents, Bruce was pre-deceased by his wife Phyllis K. Fegley, Boyertown, and his brother Charles E. Fegley, Pottstown.

A graveside funeral service will be held Monday September 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bruce’s memory to The Salvation Army of Pottstown, 137 King St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Bruce Fegley Jr

Sep-3 7:29pm

Our father passed 11 weeks after our mother. Our parents gave my sister & I a very good home, took care of us as kids, put both of us through college, gave my sister a good wedding, helped my wife & I set up our house and provided love and advice to us all their lives. I miss our parents deeply.

Donna Duvall

Sep-6 7:48am

Uncle Bruce loved to share stories of his time with the Navy. He was so proud of his country and his children. My dad's best friend and sister, Aunt Phyllis was always a sweet hostess to us when we visited all the many times to Pennsylvania. They are loved. They will be missed.


September 2, 2014
Betty M. Bardman, 90, of Pottstown

Betty M. Bardman, 90, of Pottstown, wife of the late Ira F. Bardman, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30 at her home.

Born in Red Hill, she was the daughter of the late Robert G. and Eva (Gebert) Faut.

Betty was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pottstown where she was active in Sunday School, Brownies, the Choir, bell choir, ELCA, sacristan and liturgical dance.

She worked as a crossing guard at Farmington Ave. and 8th street during the 1950's and 60's. She graduated from East Greenville High school in 1942. Betty was an avid bowler, bowling for more then 60 years in the Reading and Pottstown area and winning many awards and holding many offices. Betty was also a member of the Reading Bowling Hall of Fame. She bowled a perfect 300 at age 56 and many 700 series. Betty is noted in the Nat’l Bowling Record Book as a mother having a son & daughter also rolling 300 games. She worked as a bowling instructor at Jay Lanes for 17 years, teaching dozens if not 100’s of children and adults in Pottstown how to bowl.  Almost everyone in the bowling community knew Betty. She volunteered for the local AARP chapter, and HEARTH. She was a Meals On Wheels driver for over 20 years and was a Pottstown Cluster Volunteer. Betty also played tennis weekly up into her 80's. She also enjoyed needlework, playing cards, and taking care of her granddaughters.

Surviving is daughter JoAnn Bardman of Pottstown; son Dennis R. Bardman of Glen Burnie, MD; sisters Jean Faut of Rock Hill, SC and Mary Lou Wentling, wife of Otto, of The Villages, FL; and grandchildren Laura, wife of Bryan Hirschmann, of Aberdeen, MD and Meghan of Charlotte, NC.; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Roger, LeRoy, and Linford Faut.

A funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 with Rev. Paul Beck officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's name to Grace Lutheran Church at the above address or Meals on Wheels of Pottstown1976 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Melissa DeStefano

Sep-2 9:37pm

Betty & Ira made the best neighbors for a newlywed couple. They welcomed us into their backyard & allowed us to become part of their family. I will never forget the times on the front porch listening to Ira's old time country music (he allowed young Adriana to play DJ), hours of playing cards with Betty (& JoAnn), watching their beautiful granddaughters grow into gorgeous women, & just watching tennis or football with them. I will miss you Betty, but my memories are forever!!

Carin Cy Ecker Melissa s parents

Sep-2 9:52pm

Betty was always such a joy to be around. We were so very thankful that Melissa and Guy had such wonderful neighbors. Had many great talks with Betty and Ira during the time they were neighbors. She will be missed. Her love will pour down from Heaven on all of her loved ones!

Dennis

Sep-3 1:06pm

Thank you for everything you have done for me.<br /> <br /> I'll miss you greatly.<br /> <br /> Love,<br /> Den

Sharon Hish Harp

Sep-4 6:35pm

I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family in the loss of your mother. I will not be attending the viewing because I am recovering from foot surgery and also because we have had 16 deaths last year within our family and I have not been feeling very well lately. I would like to remember the way your mother used to be. I also have a brother who is on disability and lives with me and my husband. I was remarried on December 24th, 2009 to Larry Harp. I don't know if you remember him or not. I am really sorry for your loss but at this time I am not up to another funeral. I feel your sorrow and my prayers will be with you and your family. I feel your loss because all of my elderly people have passed on. It gets harder and harder as you get older when you read the obituaries in the paper. I will be thinking of you on Saturday. I am sorry I cannot be there but may the Lord comfort you in your loss. Take care. Sharon (Hish) Harp

Sheila Philip

Sep-5 3:34pm

So very sorry for your loss. I will keep Betty and her family in my prayers. Now she'll be a guardian angel for those she loved.


September 1, 2014
Harold R. Moyer, 90, of Pottstown

Harold R. “Car 1” Moyer, 90, of Pottstown, husband of Mary E. (Clayberger) Moyer, passed away on Sunday, Aug 31 at Manor Care, Pottstown.

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

Harold was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sassamansville and a member of Stichter Lodge F & AM #254 in Pottstown.  He was Chief of North End Fire Co. from 1958 to 1977. In 1977 he retired from Firestone Tire Company and was appointed Boro Chief of Pottstown Fire Co till 1992.
Surviving is son Dennis H. Moyer of Boyertown; grandchildren Aaron S. Moyer and Jennifer Rollman, wife of Matt; and great grandchildren Elizabeth Moyer and Riley Rollman. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by daughter in law Brenda J. Moyer and Brother Robert Moyer.

Funeral services and interment are private at the wishes of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harold’s name to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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August 29, 2014
Diane H. Moser, 66, of Pottstown

Diane H. (Morall) Moser, 66, of Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove Twp., wife of William C. Moser Jr., Passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28 at her home.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Amanda M. (McMenamin) Morall.

Diane was an active member at Hope Community Church in Gilbertsville where she was a member of their Women’s Ministry. She also helped with VBS, in the nursery, and making meals. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Surviving with her husband of 47 years is daughter Kimberly Ernst; sons William R. Moser, husband of Danielle, and Bradley Moser, husband of Molly, all of Pottstown; sister Patricia Herzog of Limerick; and grandchildren Nicholas Ernst and Jacob and Noah Moser.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 10:00AM at Hope Community Church, 2731 North Charlotte Street, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 with Rev. Ryan Kiefer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s name to Hope Community Church Benevolent Fund at the above address.

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Dee Barndt

Sep-2 10:09am

Kim, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Prayers to you & your family during this difficult time.


August 22, 2014
Margo Lynn Williams, 59

Margo Lynn “Ro-Ro” Williams, 59, of Walkersville, MD, formerly of Pottstown, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Joan (Reichert) Williams.

Margo was an extremely hard worker who started out with nothing and turned it into a successful career in publishing within the engineering field. She was an extremely devout mother, grandmother, and sister who will be sadly missed.

Surviving is one son Matthew J. Rexrode husband of Julie; two grandchildren Danielle and Ryan Rexrode; two sisters Jody Bauer wife of John, and Donna Nailon; one brother Steven Williams; and seven nieces.

A memorial service will be celebrated Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Obelisk, 3206 Big Rd.,Zieglerville, PA 19492, with Pastor Paul E. Chapman officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM at the church.

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Brooks Troup

Aug-22 11:07pm

Margo was a pleasure to work with and will really be missed. I knew Margo for over 30 years and one time I changed a projects cost code structure that made her time recording easier. When I told her she blurted out "I want to have your baby" I said Let's just start with lunch. For years every time I saw her I just said" Lunch" and she would crack up laughing. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Never forget the fond memories.

Marta Johnston

Aug-25 10:14am

I am deeply saddened by the death of Margo... I've known her for almost 14 years at Bechtel and never knew what to expect in conversations with her. I will miss her! My sincere condolences to Matt, his family, and all of Margo's family! May she rest in peace!

Tina

Aug-25 11:42am

I worked with Margo in Frederick. She was an awesome person who always made me laugh with her great sense of humor. My prayers to her family and friends that they find comfort.

Diane Cole

Aug-25 11:46am

Margo will be sadly missed by all of the people she worked with over the years but she will always be remembered as a dedicated worker and a friend.

Teresa Baines

Aug-26 11:34am

I knew Margo for many years at Bechtel and was shocked and saddened to hear of her untimely passing. She was such a force, spontaneous and full of energy, just an awesome person. Already the office seems too quiet and a much different place without her. While I never knew anyone who worked harder at her profession or was more dedicated, Margo was far from "all business." We became accustomed to hearing her laugh ring out across the office, followed by the laughter of those she cracked up with her trademark humor. Margo will be greatly missed by her many friends and colleagues at Bechtel and remembered fondly, with lots of smiles. My deepest condolences to Margo’s son, grandchildren, and entire family. May you one day find healing and peace.

Charlene Craver

Aug-26 12:06pm

Margo and I were friends for a long time. We worked more than one job together - North Carolina being one of the best. Even tho we didn't see each other as much as we'd have liked - our friendship stayed strong. She will always be remembered in my heart as one of the most loving people. My love and prayers to her family.

Ruthanne Evans

Aug-27 10:17am

I knew Margo for many years at Bechtel. She was one of those people who leave an indelible impression and I admired her greatly for her sense of humor, dedication, and honesty. She will truly be missed and remembered fondly by everyone who knew her. Her family and friends have my deepest condolences.


August 15, 2014
Lacey R. “La La” Duran, 26, of Royersford

Lacey R. “La La” Duran, 26, of Royersford, formerly of Devon, passed away on August 13, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Pueblo, CO, she was the daughter of Timothy E. Duran and Kimberly and Richard (Santos) DeSimone.

Lacey was a member of Nicherin Buddhist of the SGI. She enjoyed music and going to concerts. She was also a very talented artist. Lacey also loved her animals.

Surviving with her parents are sisters Aubrey Himmel, wife of Hugh, and Kinsey Duran; maternal grandmother Angelina R. Santos; paternal grandparents Edward Duran and Mary Gallegos and step grandmother Dorothy Duran; godparents Lorretta and Joseph Garcia; nephew Brayden Himmel; and step-brothers Anthony and Domenic DeSimone. She is predeceased by her maternal grandfather Eutimio R. Santos, and great aunts Anita, Betty and Rita Santos.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday August 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, 256 Swamp Pike, Schwenksville, PA 19473, with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating.

Donations may be made in Lacey’s name to Montgomery County SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, PO Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222.

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john and DIane Torres and family

Aug-15 8:50pm

God bless your family during this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take comfort knowing that Lacey is in heaven with God. She has eternal peace and happiness. One day she will be reunited with her family.

Trish

Aug-19 2:18pm

Rest in Peace Lacey...


August 12, 2014
Gregory F. Yagodzinski, 62, of Upper Pottsgrove Twp.

Gregory F. Yagodzinski, 62, of Pottstown, Upper Pottsgrove Twp., husband of Linda D. (Merkel) Yagodzinski, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Born in Shamokin, he was the son of Phyllis M. (Yagodzinski) Yackaboskie of Pottstown and the late Francis Yagodzinski.

Gregory enjoyed playing bass guitar and golfing. He loved spending time with his grandchildren who affectionately called him “poppy”

Surviving with his wife is son John M. Lanko Jr. of Pottstown; daughter Beth A. Mullen, wife of Chris, of Pottstown and grandchildren Lauren A. and Zachary T. Mullen.

A funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 16, 2:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30PM to 2:15PM at the funeral home. Burial is private.

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Melissa DeStefano

Sep-2 9:32pm

I am so sorry to read this Linda. I no longer get the newspaper so I would not have seen this, except for scrolling down after reading my previous neighbor's obituary. It must be hard, but I hope you are at peace.

Carin Ecker Melissa DeStefano s Mom

Sep-3 5:21pm

Linda, I'm so very sorry to hear about Greg and so is Cy. How sad. We are still living in MI but have our place up for sale. Cy wants to moved back to Pottstown. I pray for you and your family. I hope you get this and respond via email. Hugs to you, sweet friend!!


August 11, 2014
Robert H. McKinney, Jr., Age 89, of Pottstown

Robert H.  McKinney, Jr. passed away on August 11, 2014, just a few days shy of his 90th birthday.  He was a legend in Pottstown.  Few people have done as much for this town as he has done. 

Bob was born in his parent’s modest home in Barrington, NJ in 1924. He graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1941, and after attending Drexel University night school for a short time, Bob decided to serve his country by enlisting in the Marine Corps, serving honorably during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.  Upon his return in 1946, he worked while returning to Drexel University to earn his B. S.  It was during his time at Drexel that he connected with his life-long partner and wife, Doris, who survives him, also from Haddon Heights. They were married in 1947, while Doris worked at RCA in Camden, and Bob completed his undergraduate studies.  Bob later attended the Fels Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, for his Masters of Government Administration.  After serving as Borough Manager/Engineer in Downingtown, PA, Bob came to Pottstown in 1956 as Borough Manager.  His attraction to local government was driven by his intense interest in engineering-involved municipal work.

Bob knew since High School that he wanted to be an engineer.  During his tenure in Pottstown as Borough Manager, he was involved in numerous municipal and community endeavors, including the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Tri-County Chamber of Commerce; The Hill School; Boy Scouts of America; Republican National Committee; Brookside Country Club, Trees Incorporated; The First Presbyterian Church and Montgomery County Industrial and Economic Development Committees, to name a few. He personally arranged for many political note worthies to visit Pottstown, including Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.  He was a member of the Pottstown Elks, American Legion, the Pennsylvania Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was Commandant of the Manatawny Detachment of the United States Marine Corps,

He left public service after 10 years as Pottstown’s Borough Manager, to join Spring City Knitting Company as Executive Vice President from 1966-1971.  During this time, Bob was also Executive Director of the Pottstown Firebirds, the semi-pro football farm team to the Philadelphia Eagles.   In 1971 he formed his own Engineering Firm, McKinney Associates, focusing on design, construction and Inspection of commercial buildings, bridges, land development and sub Divisions. Bob also served during this time as President and Owner of McKinney-Xerox Copy Center, and President of Wastex Industries. McKinney’s growing business interests led him to purchase the New York Plaza Building, formerly the New York Store, to house his expanding businesses.

Bob was an avid golfer, serving as President and Board Member of Brookside Country Club during his 58 years in Pottstown. He has to his credit two Holes in One and one rare Double Eagle on a par 5 hole at Brookside.  He represented Brookside for many years playing in the Bermuda Goodwill International Tournament. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris J. Titzck of Haddon Heights, N.J.; his two daughters, Deborah McKinney Mott, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and Linda McKinney Felldin of Wyckoff, NJ; and three grandchildren, Lindsay A. Felldin, of Manhattan Beach, CA;  Erin L. Felldin of Wyckoff N.J., and Adam R. Mott of Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 15 at 3pm at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St, Pottstown.  Interment is private.  A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Bob’s name be made to:   Eastern Christian Children’s’ Retreat, 700 Mountain Avenue, Wyckoff, N.J. (www.eccretreat.org)or Alzheimer’s Association c/o Delaware Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.  (www.alz.org)

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Steve Liz DeFrain

Aug-12 1:23pm

Mr McKinney will be greatly missed. We enjoyed his visits at the Cafe. <br /> So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. <br /> Pastors Steve and Liz DeFrain<br /> Morning Star Fellowship Church

john byrd

Aug-12 1:50pm

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 />

Robert Claude Poole

Aug-14 5:58pm

“Doris, we are thinking of you during these sad times and ask you to extend our condolences to Linda, Debbie and their families.”<br />


August 11, 2014
Mildred D. (Reifsnyder) Moyer, 90, of Frederick

Mildred D. (Reifsnyder) Moyer, 90, of Frederick, formerly of Gilbertsville, wife of the late LeRoy B. Moyer, passed away Friday Aug. 8, 2014 at Frederick Living.

Born in Yellow House, she was the daughter of the late William and Annie Jane (Dierolf) Reifsnyder.

Mildred was a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Boyertown. She loved to spend time visiting with family and friends and music. Mildred was a dog lover and enjoyed playing Parcheesi.

Surviving is one son Kerry L. Moyer and wife Lugene of Hatfield; one daughter Sylvia J. Moyer of Schwenksville; and two grandchildren Griffin K. Moyer of Hatfield, and Lindsay K. Moyer of Superior, CO.

Including her husband and parents, Mildred was predeceased by her brother Warren D. Reifsnyder and her sister Marie D. Hoch.

A funeral service will be celebrated Friday August 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held Friday from 9:30-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mildred’s memory to Good Shepherd U.C.C., 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, Pa., 19512.

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