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February 6, 2016
Michael A. McDorman, 42, of Birdsboro

Michael A. McDorman, 42, of Birdsboro, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4 2016.

Born in Pottstown he is the son of Linda M. (Sheha) Conklin and the late Roger L. McDorman.

Michael enjoyed hunting and doing tree work. Most important to him was his family life and daughter who he loved so much.

Surviving with his mother is his daughter Laurel M. McDorman and her mother Kathy McBride; his sister Tina M. Embody, wife of William S.; niece Carlee M. Embody; and step-father Patrick Conklin.

Service and interment are private.

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February 3, 2016
Richard S. Stahl, 81, of Bally

Richard S. Stahl, 81, of Bally

Richard S. Stahl, 81, of Bally, passed away Monday February 1, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with his loving wife and family by his side.

Born in Barto, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alma (Miller) Stahl.

He attended Upper Perkiomen High School and served in the US Army from 1954-1956. Richard worked as shipping supervisor at Bally Case and Cooler for 44 years. He loved many things, such as baseball, hunting, trips to the shore, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Richard was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Bally. He was a lifelong member of the Bally Goodwill Fire Company, where he served many years on the fair committee and assisted as a volunteer fire fighter, and ambulance driver. He was a member of the Bally Senior Center, the Bally Sportsman’s Assoc., and Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488.

Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Brooke) Stahl; children Richard Stahl husband of Peggy, Michael Stahl husband of Mary Anne, Ronald Stahl, Sharon Eidle wife of Roger, and Mark Stahl husband of Sandra; 9 grandchildren Jacob, Mallory, Sean, Joseph, Sara, Rachel, Craig, Michael, and Matthew; 2 great grandchildren Luke and Adalyn Jakoby. He is also survived by his special aunt Violet Nyman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday February 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 610 Pine St., Bally, PA 19503, with Msgr. Edward Coyle officiating. Interment will follow at Most Blessed Sacrament Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 237 Court St., Reading, PA 19601.

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Wil Kelsey

Feb-5 10:30am

We give our love and sincere condolences to the family on the recent passing of your dear patriarch, Richard Stahl. No matter how we prepare and accept, death is somethin we will never get used to for it brings terrible pain and heartbreak. rn Lovingly, our Lord Jesus Christ promised that very soon those who we have lost in death will soon be resurrected back on an earth without sickness, pain, or distressgo conditions. Jesus promised at John 5:28,29: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out". rn May the God of all comfort provide you with such during this period of the loss of your dear Richard.


February 3, 2016
Thomas J. Work, Jr., 74, of Gilbertsville

Thomas J. Work, Jr., 74, of Gilbertsville

Thomas J. Work, Jr., 74, of Gilbertsville, husband of Nancy (Good) Work, son of the late Thomas J. Sr. and Jane H. Work, went home to be with his Lord on his 74th birthday.

Thomas is a graduate of the 1960 class of Hatboro-Horsham High School, a 1966 graduate of Millersville University, and a 1977 graduate of West Chester University. A 1st Lt. at Fort Knox and in Vietnam, he served in the 1st Division of the US Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

Thomas worked as a social studies teacher in the Pottsgrove and Pottstown School Districts until his retirement in 1996. He also coached high school football for 40 years, most recently at Upper Perk High School. He was a member of Trinity E.C. Church, Boyertown and served as Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, and on the building committee.

He was a loving father to his children Thomas E. Work husband of Rebecca of Lansdale, and Tara J. (Work) Henschel wife of Nathan of Birdsboro. He was beloved by his five grandchildren Robert T. Work, Kathrena J. Work, Ava J. Henschel, Amanda G. Henschel, and Amelia A. Henschel. Thomas is also survived  by brothers John M. Work of West Chester, and Michael D. Work of Atlanta, GA; and his sister Lois J. Carburry of Gooding, ID.

Funeral services will be held Friday February 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Trinity E.C. Church, 250 Sweinhart Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Thomas’ memory www.worldrelief.org/donate

Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville is in charge of arrangements.

 

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February 3, 2016
Margaret “Peggy” Steinmetz, 88

Margaret “Peggy” Steinmetz, 88

Margaret “Peggy” (Field) Steinmetz, 88, of Exeter, formerly of Pottstown, wife of the late George Steinmetz, Jr., passed away Sunday January 31, 2016 at Berkshire Center.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Cleon and Anna (Burns) Templin.

Peggy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pottstown. She was an avid Phillies fan, collected buttons, and enjoyed knitting, sewing, baking, and flea marketing. Peggy was a loving wife and mother to her family, and will be dearly missed by those whose lives she touched.

Surviving are five daughters Sandra L. Padden, Susan Eddinger wife of John, Sheryl Jeske wife of Kenneth, Sylvia Gilbert wife of Jay, and Sharon Steinmetz, companion of Cliff Banks; two sons Steven Steinmetz, and Stanley Steinmetz husband of Kendi; fifteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband and parents, Peggy was predeceased by her sister L. Janet Hilton.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s memory to Meals On Wheels, 1976 E. High St., # 203, Pottstown, PA 19464.

 

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Linda Lozorak

Feb-3 10:12pm

Dear Sharon, thinking of you and your family . I was so sad to learn of the loss of your mother.

Carol Hansley

Feb-4 5:55pm

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With love, Carol

Georgeann Mace rohrbach

Feb-4 6:41pm

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.

Gary Strickler

Feb-5 7:01am

So sorry for the loss of your mother. I have fond memories of Mrs. Steinmetz growing up in the north end. She always treated me nicely and took time to say hi when I still lived there as a younger adult. What a nice women she was.


February 1, 2016
Merlyn G. Mutter, 78, of Gilbertsville

Merlyn G. Mutter, 78, of Gilbertsville, husband of the late Myrna L. (Miller) Mutter and partner to Gloria Gilbert, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29 at Pottstown Hospital.

Born in Frederick, he was the son of the late Linford and Elsie (Nester) Mutter.

Merlyn was an active member at ST. Paul Lutheran Church in Sassamansville where he was an usher, groundskeeper, and would volunteer in the kitchen or wherever the church needed. He was a member of F-Troop Hunting Camp in Columbia County, and The Teamsters Local 429, former Shop Steward. Merlyn was a US Army veteran, enjoyed camping, local auto racing and NASCAR. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Surviving are children Melinda Butler, Matthew Mutter, and Marnita Reimert; brother Carl Mutter; sister Sara Ann Schlessman; and grandchildren Andrew and Adam Butler, Louden Reimert and Meredith Mutter.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 4, 2:00PM at ST. Paul Lutheran Church, 1809 Hoffmansville Rd, Sassamansville, PA 19472. Burial will follow in St. Paul Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 12:30PM to 1:45PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merlyn’s name to ST. Paul Lutheran Church at the above address.

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john byrd

Feb-3 1:16pm

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.rnThe 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 for more hope for dead love ones go to WWW.jw.org rn

Ron Brickey

Feb-4 8:49am

Merlyn- Didn't know him but 3 years but he touched people with jokes and laughter! He was a great guy and I can still see his smile! He will be sadly missed. He was all about his family!!!!


February 1, 2016
Barbara L. Von Hohen, 84, of Pottstown

Barbara L. (Ziegler) Von Hohen, 84, of Pottstown, wife of the late Alfred C. Von Hohen, passed away at her daughters home on Friday Jan. 29.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Earl Ziegler and Alice (Clouser) Bailey.

Barbara was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stowe. She worked at the Pottstown Hospital for 15 years as a laundry worker. Barbara enjoyed being with her friends and spending time with her family.

Surviving are daughters Carol Vance, wife of Peter, of Royersford and Donna Smith, wife of Charles, of North Coventry Twp., grandchildren Ryan Dreibelbis, Janel Loughin, Jason Dreibelbis, Brent Smith and Michael Smith; and 2 great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by sons Dennis K. Von Hohen and Carl Lee Von Hohen.

A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 2, 11:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:30AM to 11:15AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the charity of ones choosing. 

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February 1, 2016
Adelma M. (Merz) Kuser, 103, of Boyertown

Adelma M. (Merz) Kuser, 103, of Boyertown, wife of the late Edward A. Pennington Jr and Edward G. Kuser, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Werner and Marie (Mehl) Merz.

Adelma was a member of Elka Park Church in New York. Elka park was started by the Liederkranz Society in 1889 and at the age of 4 months, Adelma lived there during the summer. She later met her late husband there and will be buried in the Elka Park Church cemetery on July 17, 2016 at 2:30 during the annual clam bake, one of Adelma’s favorite social gatherings.  She attended Hoboken Academy and went to school for 2 years studying art and design in Jersey City.

Surviving is her son Edward A. Pennington III, husband of Samantha J.; grandchildren Peggy Zalaga, Craig Kaplin, Raymond Kaplin, Said Zokhrouf and Imane Deininger; and step-daughters Patricia Kaplin, Betsy Shea, and Cindy Zokhrouf.

A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:00AM at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, PA 19512.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adelma’s name to the church.

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February 1, 2016
Dahn E. Crandall, 67, of Pottstown

Dahn E. Crandall, 67, of Pottstown, husband of Susan (Hinkle) Crandall, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Fairfax, VA he was the son of the late Dahn A. and Anna Mae (Mitchell) Crandall.

Dahn was a long time standing member of Cedarville United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir. He received his Master’s Degree in Marine Biology at Old Dominion University in VA and was last employed by PULSE Technologies in Quakertown. Dahn was an avid model train collector, a certified SCUBA diver, the captain of his bowling team at Limerick Lanes, and enjoyed history and sports.

Surviving with his wife of 10 years are daughters Lisa Davis and Beth Benfield and granddaughter Mia Davis. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Annette Crandall.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday Feb. 3, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave. Gilbertsville. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dahn’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

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February 1, 2016
Benjamin A. Pupek Jr., 78, of Douglassville

Benjamin A. Pupek Jr., 78, of Douglassville, husband of the late Margaret A. (Stewart) Pupek, passed away on Saturday Jan. 30 at Seasons Hospice.

Born in Swedesburg, he was the son of the late Benjamin A. Sr. and Sarah (Kobrynski) Pupek.

Surviving are sons Benjamin A. Pupek III, husband of Lynn K., James A. Pupek, significant other to Donna Mastrilli, Brian A. Pupek, husband of Lori L., and Scott A. Pupek; sister Marlene Hedrick; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Along with his wife and parents, he is pre-deceased by his brother Edward and sister Loretta Hoda.

Ben was a member of St. Philip Neri in Pennsburg. He was a self-taught chef who started working at 17 at St. David’s Country Club in Radnor and from 1961 to 1968 he was the head chef at The Black Angus Inn. Ben was also the founder and owner of The Seven Stars Inn from 1968 till 1987. He loved to do landscaping, enjoyed the mountains, hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with his family.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday Feb. 4, 11:00AM at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 1325 Klinerd Rd., Pennsburg. Burial will in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pennsburg. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb 3 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the church.

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Ron Dawn Mossie

Feb-2 7:39pm

We want to let the Family know that we are very sorry for your loss. My God be with you.

Wil Kelsey

Feb-3 10:38am

There is nothing more painful and heartbreaking than the death of a dear loved one. The pain of death and dying makes us all virtual prisoners with no escape. However, we are grateful that our Creator gives us a hope that death will be eliminated forever.rn At John 5:28,29, Jesus said that "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out." Yes, those whom we have lost in death will be brought back to life on a paradise earth and have the opportunity to live forever and never die again. They will also live in a world very different from the one we live in today - no war, no crime, no sickness.rnrn What a wonderful hope the Bible gives for those we have lost in death (like Mr. Pupek, Jr.). May the few words provide you with the hope and comfort God wants you to have during this time of bereavement.


January 22, 2016
Joyce E. Keller Shaner, 80

Joyce E. (Samsel) Keller Shaner, 80, of Pottstown, wife of the late George A. Shaner, passed away Tuesday January 19, 2016 at Manatawny Manor.

Born in North Coventry Twp., she was the daughter of the late Clifford L. and Elsie (Seders) Samsel.

Joyce was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed reading. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters Bonnie Yost wife of John of Pottstown, and Robin Buchanan wife of Frank of Perkiomenville; two sons Edward J. Keller, Jr. of Pottstown, and Clifford Keller husband of Barbara of Douglassville; seven grandchildren John, Brandon, Justine, Nicholas, Matthew, Joseph, and Amanda; eight great grandchildren; two sisters Shirley Bridegam, and Dolores Shinn; and one brother Clifford Samsel.

Along with her husband and parents, Joyce was predeceased by six sisters and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held Monday January 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with Rev. Scott Major officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Monday from 10:00-11:45 AM at the funeral home. 

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January 18, 2016
Cheryl Bailey, 66, Sunday School Teacher

Due to the impending weather, the day of the memorial service has been postponed till Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:00AM at Tri-County  Bible Church, 142 Buchert Rd., Gilbertsville, PA 19525

 

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, Cynthia “Cheryl” Bailey departed this life into GLORY to meet her Savior, Jesus!

Cheryl was the widow of Thomas C. Bailey Sr. Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Helen E. (Steffy-Minnick) Frymoyer and John P. Minnick. Along with her husband and parents, Cheryl was predeceased by her brother, John M. Brown, husband of Joan Ruth Brown.

Cheryl is survived by three sons, Thomas C. Bailey Jr., husband of Karen, of Douglassville; Brian M. Bailey, husband of Karen, of Hedgesville, WV; and Craig H. Bailey, husband of Joanne, of Pottstown; and four grand-children, Brandon M. Bailey, Morgan E. Bailey, Brittany M. Bailey, and Zachary L. Bailey. Survivors include one brother, her “Knight in Shining Armor” James L. Frymoyer, husband of Kelly, of Pottstown.

Her interment was at Highland Memorial Park on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Everyone, relatives, friends, and church families are invited to celebrate her home going and her life in Christ. Cheryl planned her own interment service and memorial service, including her “Heartfelt Message” to be read by Pastor Leroy Hallman. Her “Celebration of Life”, will be held at Tri-County Bible Church, 142 Buchert Rd., Gilbertsville. Pastor Leroy Hallman and Pastor Roland H. Anderson II will be the officiants. Pastor Anderson is pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Pottstown, located at 507 N. Adams St. Thomas C. Bailey Jr will be the Worship Leader and Larry Clemens will be Minister of Song. Katy Pomon will sing “Mary Did You Know.” Also, “The Lamb of God Dancers” and Neil Thomas from Second Baptist Church will have parts in the service. The Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 11:00AM.

Cheryl had a very special love for children of all ages, especially children who have challenges. She taught Sunday School for over 20 years, VBS, evening services and “AWANA” evening classes at Tri-County Bible Church in Gilbertsville. She taught Lower Pottsgrove Bible Club for Berean Bible Church and also participated in ministries of Rejoicing Spirits at both St. James Lutheran Church in Pottstown and New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville. After her brother, John M. Brown, passed into Glory, she and her niece, Charity Brown-Wynne, founded a new ministry at Manor Care in Pottstown, “John’s love for Jesus Ministry.”

Cheryl was employed as the manager of Trailways Bus Co. / Western Union from 1969 to 1990 as well as by Boscov’s from 1991-2007. Lastly, Cheryl was employed by Pottsgrove School District as a Para-educator from 2008-2015.

Cheryl’s exact wishes were to please refrain from sending flowers. Her request in lieu of flowers was to make donations in her name to Tri-County Bible Church, 142 Buchert Rd., Gilbertsville, PA 19525 or Second Baptist Church, 507 N. Adams St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

The family of Cheryl Bailey extends to all of you, their heartfelt thanks for sharing your love of Jesus with her through your Caring Bridge posts, driving her places for treatment and testing, visits to her house, cards of concern, and most of all, your prayers placed at “The Mighty Throne of Grace,” on her behalf, as she prayed these prayers back upon each one of you! These prayers sustained her during her extended battle with cancer, and enabled her to carry on “The Great Commission of Jesus Christ”, her Lord and Savior. God Bless you, each one!

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Wil Kelsey

Jan-19 12:37pm

May the God of all comfort continue to sustain the family and friends of Ms. Cheryl Bailey. In reading the obituary, it was certainly evident of her love and faith in the Christ and appreciation of her spiritual need.rn Though we never get used to death, Jesus certainly emphasized the hope that Christians would have for the resurrection of millions of those who have died back on earth. At John 5:28, 29, Jesus promised that "those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out to a resurrection of life". What a wonderful promise that Jehovah God, through his Son, will resurrect those loved ones we have lost in death and to welcome these back to life on a Paradise earth!rn May these few thoughts continue to encourage all those who have lost dear Ms. Bailey and hold out the prospect of seeing her once again on earth.

Jane Boughter

Jan-19 2:48pm

Jim,rnSorry I did not know about Cheryl's passing when I saw you at Ice House. She is now at peace and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of her family.

Cheri Law

Jan-30 7:17am

So sorry to hear of Your mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.rn


January 14, 2016
Robert E. Spring, 77, of Sassamansville

Due to the impending weather, the day of the memorial service has been postponed till Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 11:00AM. Visition will be Tuesday from 9:30AM to 11:00AM at the funeral home.

Robert E. Spring, 77, of Sassamansville, wife of Elaine Wentzel, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Elbridge, NY, and formerly of Gradyville, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elsie (Crosby) Spring.

Robert was a member of Good Shepherd UCC Church in Boyertown. He was a US Navy veteran who was a model for US Navy recruitment posters and Sunday Bulletin series. Robert worked for Gannett-Flemming in King of Prussia as a surveyor for more than 30 years. He was an avid street-rodder and enjoyed driving his ’32 Ford Roadster. He was a member of the NSRA and Goodguys. Robert enjoyed the outdoors, birdwatching, and was an avid fly fisherman who taught at the Orvis store in Media.  He was a member of Trout Unltd. and Ducks Unltd., both Bally and Boyertown Sportsman’s Clubs, the Single Action Shooting Society and a life member of the NRA.  

Surviving with his wife of 18 years is his brother William Spring; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents he is predeceased by his brother Richard Spring.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Jan.26, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to Good Shepherd UCC Church, 35 W. Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512

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tammy ray fazio

Jan-15 1:32pm

Elaine We r so sorry for your loss bob was a wonderful man,neighbor & friend. He will be missed very much we r here for anything u need bob the hood will never be the same with out you. We love and miss u rn

john byrd

Jan-19 10:39am

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.rnThe 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. rn


January 14, 2016
William S. Hipple, 88, of Pottstown

William S. Hipple, 88, of Pottstown, husband of the late Kathryn (Cornbrooks) Hipple, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Manor Care in Pottstown.

Born in Chester, he was the son of the late P. S. Hipple and Emily (Coe) Hipple.

William was a US Army veteran who served in WWII. In 1944 he signed with the Boston Braves as a first baseman. William worked at the former Washington National Ins. Co. in Pottstown for 39 years as an agent and district manager, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Coventryville United Methodist Church where he was a past president of Trustees, a chairperson of Pottstown Life Underwriters, and a township auditor of South Coventry Twp., Chester Co for 9 years. William was also a member of the F&AM Mt. Pickering Lodge #446, and the Scottish Rite Bodies 32 Degree AASR Valley of Reading.

Surviving are sons Thomas Hipple, husband of Elaine, of Harleysville and Eric Hipple, husband of Anita, of Harleysville; brother Paul Hipple of Lancaster; sister Margaret Koury of Willow Grove; and grandchildren Stacy Kless, wife of Ben, and Ryan Hipple, husband of Candace. Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his brother Edward Hipple.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Coventryville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

Memorial Donations may be made in William’s name to Coventryville United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465

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Robert A Miklich

Jan-19 7:03am

I am so sorry to hear the news about Tom's Father and wanted to send my condolences to the family. He was such an upbeat person and wonderful man and I am sure that he will be missed greatly by the family. I know that there are no word that can be said to comfort you at this time but I know that Toms father is with he wife at their new home together in glory in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.


January 12, 2016
Jeanne M. Davis, 68, of Pottstown

Jeanne Marie (Maute) Davis, 68, wife of R. Barry Davis, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2016 at home surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Pottstown, she was the oldest daughter of the late Laura D. (Hale) and George C. Maute.

A Pottstown High School graduate, Jeanne then graduated from Brylon Beauty School and quickly became a well-respected stylist and salon manager in local Pottstown salons.  She loved using her younger sisters and her daughters as models for all the latest styling trends of the 70’s and 80’s.  Jeanne was also known to provide cosmetology services to those who were homebound. 

Later Jeanne changed career paths and became a friendly face as a bank teller and customer service representative at Malvern Federal Savings Bank for over 15 years and then more recently at other local banks.

Jeanne was best known for her crafting skills.  She made clothes for her daughters when they were small.  She loved sewing, paper crafting, sculpting and painting.  Jeanne’s family and friends always looked forward to her homemade holiday gifts.

Along with her husband, Barry, Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Dianna (Russell) Favinger, and Holly (Anthony) DiGregorio; her grandchildren, Devon, Morgan, Matthew and Kate; three sisters, Alice (Tony) Derecola, Annette (John) Minnich, and Laura (Daniel) Yost; many nieces, nephews and her dogs, Hailey Rose and Oliver and cat, Pretty Girl.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Jeanne’s life on Saturday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc, 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory can be made to: Save A Yorkie Rescue, Inc.
2650 Shillington Road, Sinking Spring, PA 19608.

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Cherylene Shollenberger

Jan-18 1:12pm

Barry and I just learned of Jeannie's passing today. So sorry for your loss, Barry, and all the family. Losing a dear wife, grandma, sister,aunt and friend is always so difficult. We pray that Jeannie is at peace now and that all of you will be comforted by very fond memories.rnWith deepest sympathy,rnCherylene and Barry ShollenbergerL52


January 11, 2016
Harry L. Keller Jr., 69, of Pottstown

Harry L. Keller Jr., 69, of Pottstown, husband of Carol S. (Schoenly) Keller, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Harry L. and Bertha (Mauger) Keller.

Harry was a 1964 graduate of Pottstown High School and member of St. James Lutheran Church. He worked at DANA Corp. for 37 years, retiring in 2002 and was a US Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. Harry was also a member of the Lower Merion Rod and Gun Club where he was recently a board member and a member of the Boyertown Rod & Gun Club and the Pike Township Sportsman’s Association.  In his younger days he was a member of the Shamrocks Boys Club of Pottstown, played and coached on various baseball teams, and loved racing his Chevy Nova at Maple Grove Raceway. He was an avid hunter and fisherman his entire life.   During his later years, he enjoyed maintaining the property at Lower Marion Rod & Gun Club, helping with youth fishing contests in the area, and gardening at home.  His real joy came from being a proud “Poppop”.

Surviving with his wife of 45 years is daughter Dawn Detweiler, wife of Kirk; son Mark Keller, husband of Shelly Hennig-Keller; sister Linda Miller, wife of Calvin; granddaughters Courtney Keller and Mya Detweiler; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 15, 11:30AM at St. James Lutheran Church, 1101 High Street, Pottstown with Rev. Kay Bender Braun officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 14 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown and on Friday Jan. 15 from 10:30AM to 11:15AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry’s name to St. James Relay for Life, 1101 High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214

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Rick and Diane Saylor

Jan-13 8:22am

Carol, Linda and family,rnWe are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this most difficult time. rnWe will hold you in prayer.

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Jan-13 7:27pm

Sincere sympathy to entire family. Fondly remember the St. James baseball games. Will keep you all in our prayers.

Dennis Linda Gallino

Jan-14 10:39am

We were so very sorry to hear about Harry's passing. We remember being at your table at the 50th PHS 1964 Class Reunion last year at Sunnybrook along with the Miller's; it was a very enjoyable evening. Your family is in our prayers! In God's Love, Dennis & Linda Gallino




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