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December 28, 2010
George J. Ondo, 84, of Pottstown

George J. Ondo, 84, husband of 57 years to Dolores L. (Andrejansky) Ondo, of Pottstown, passed away on Monday at Pennsburg Manor in Pennsburg. Born in Budkovic, Slovakia, he was a son of the late Mary (Fedor) Ondo, and the late George Ondo.

He had been employed for 44 years at the Doehler-Jarvis Company of Pottstown prior to his retirement a few years ago. George was a long time member of Saint Columbkill Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown where he was an usher for Saturday evening Mass and Holy Days. He was a proud Army Veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion for over fifty years, and also a member of the U.A.W. Local #1056 for many years. George will always be remembered as a proud father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, George is also survived by his son; George G. Ondo, husband of Susan, of Pottstown, his daughters; Denise M. Shoup, wife of Robert, of Pottstown, Candace L. Holzman, wife of Daniel, of Gilbertsville, his grandchildren; Kristy, Kevin, Gregory, Alex, Ryan, Brent, his sisters; Ann Washko, Helen Ondo, his brothers; Stephen Ondo, and Joseph Ondo. In addition to his parents, George was also preceded in death by his sisters; the late Agnes Ondo, and the late Mary Andre.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 7:00 PM at Saint Columbkill R.C. Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, with Rev. Fr. Martin Kerns officiating, and to his Visitation on Thursday evening from 6:00-6:45 PM at the Church. Burial with Military Honors will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 AM at Saint Aloysius Catholic New Cemetery, Pottstown.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to The Iona Fund in care of Saint Columbkill R.C. Church at the above address.

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Rev Harold Hand

Dec-28 6:19pm

Chris and I are sorry for your loss and will keep your in our prayers!

Karen Finkbiner

Dec-29 5:45pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you George, Susan, Kristy, and Gregory at this difficult time. <br /> Karen, Ralph, Ralph and Cameron Finkbiner.

RScott

Jan-8 6:44pm

To the family of Mr. Ondo:<br /> <br /> I send my sincerest condolences. It is always difficult when we lose a loved one, and I pray you have peace. It helps to learn that Is 25:8 tells us God will swallow up death forever and he will wipe away all tears from death and mourning and pain (Rev 21:4). Draw strength and comfort from knowing that our loved ones who are in God's memory will awaken from the sleep of death to enjoy all the good things He has in store for those who love Him.

Dolores Augustine

Jan-21 3:11pm

I am truly happy for George to be at peace now, but I will miss seeing you, Dolores & Helen, at the home. I appreciate your friendship & kindness to us on our visits there. We all help each other to get through these tough times. Wishing you God's comfort in the days ahead. Dolores (daughter of Dolores)


December 28, 2010
Janet E. Bauman, 76, of Boyertown

Janet E. (Weiss) Bauman, 76, wife of the late Laverne L. Bauman, of Boyertown, passed away on Friday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown. Born in Boyertown, she was a daughter of the late Esther (Showalter) Weiss and the late Leroy Weiss.

She had been employed for 42 years at the Wagner Electric Company, formerly known as the Tung-Sol Electric Company. Janet was a lifelong member of Colebrookdale Chapel in Boyertown, and she enjoyed knitting, cross stitching, and reading.

Janet is survived by her sister; Dorothy Mecherly, of Boyertown, and various relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, with Pastor Raymond Leslie officiating, and to her Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery Niantic in Niantic.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Colebrookdale Chapel, 2108 Farmington Avenue, Boyertown, Pa., 19512.

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Brenda

Jan-4 8:15pm

to Dorothy and sister-in-laws my deepest sympathy goes out to you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you, sorry i missed Janets service i'm sure she is at peace now, sincerely,Brenda Norman


December 28, 2010
George H. “Jake” Dunn, Jr., 79, of Pottstown

George H. “Jake” Dunn, Jr., 79, husband of 60 years to Beatrice E. (Porter) Dunn of Pottstown, passed away on Thursday at Manor Care Pottstown. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of the late Carrie (Moyer) Dunn, and the late George H. Dunn, Sr.

He was a United States Army Veteran who served in Korea, and he was employed for many years in the electrical construction industry, and a member of I.B.E.W. Local # 126 for more than 30 years. George enjoyed working in his garden, fishing, fixing things for family and friends, dirt track racing, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Becky Leinbach, of Pottstown, George H. Dunn, III, of Pottstown, Larry Dunn, husband of Kim, of Mohnton, four grandchildren, one sister, and two brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Thursday at 10:30 AM at Coventryville United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Ridge Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465, with Pastor Blaine Wenger officiating, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the church. Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date.

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Smitty Beth

Dec-28 7:04pm

We were sorry to hear of Jake's passing and hope your family can continue on remembering the good times.

Karen Finkbiner

Dec-29 5:48pm

Beatie, Becky, George and Larry.. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. It's so hard to think of our Franklin Drive street without Bummie and now Jake. Take care...<br /> Karen, Ralph, Ralph and Cameron

Cyndi Bitler Dunsworth

Jan-14 10:57am

I am so sorry for your loss, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My sincere sympathies, Cyndi


December 23, 2010
Julia C. Detlefsen, 100, of Pottstown

Julia C. (Konikiewicz) Detlefsen, 100, wife of the late Herman Detlefsen, of Pottstown, passed away on Tuesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Helen (Uryhn) Konikiewicz and the late Michael Konikiewicz.

Julie went to work as a seamstress at age thirteen, having to lend financial support to her widowed mother and family, as did her brothers and sisters. She worked hard in many garment sweatshops in N.J., becoming a Union Shop Steward. She stopped working to raise her family, and then afterward to help care for her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for the care she gave her family, the wonderful clothes and Halloween costumes she sewed for all, her love of cooking, generosity, and her great sense of humor. She will be missed by all. Julie was born on November 15, 1910, the year Halley’s Comet came closest to the earth, and departed this life on December 21, 2010, on the Winter Solstice during a Lunar Eclipse. She enjoyed a life well lived.

Those left to cherish Julie’s memory include her daughter; Martha Murphy, wife of Paul, daughter-in-law; Lorraine Detlefsen, grandchildren; Cheryl Clapper, Brian Detlefsen, husband of Jennifer, Paul Detlefsen, David Murphy, husband of Jenn, Steven Murphy, husband of Krista, Danielle McGuire, wife of Dave, great-grandchildren; Paul Jason, William, Kaitlyn, Gabrielle, and Emily Detlefsen, Aidan and Brian Murphy, Grant Clapper and Kyleigh McGuire, her sister; Helen Geraldi, nieces; Carolyn Stumpf and Donna Konkowitz, and god daughter; Bobbi Serpico. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her son William, her sisters; Antoinette, Eva, and Sophie, her brothers; Stanley, Walter, and Frank, sister-in-law; Bertha, niece Lorraine, nephew Michael, and many good friends.

Funeral services will be held at a later date by her family.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to either TriCounty Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Boulevard, Suite # 201, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, or to the charity of your choice.

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December 23, 2010
Joy L. Alderfer, age 69, beloved wife

Joy L. (Emery) Alderfer, age 69, wife of Edwin S. Alderfer, of Kauffman Rd., Lower Pottsgrove Twp., died Wednesday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born in Birdsboro Pa. she was the daughter of the late J. Winfield and Hazel (Haslett) Emery.
She had worked at G.M.A.C. in Reading for a number of years and then later for the Pottstown School District business office.

She was a past member of both the PMMC  North Auxillary and Brookside Country Club. She enjoyed playing golf but also greatly enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends.

Surviving with her husband of 50 years is a step-son; Edwin R. Alderfer, of Upper Pottsgrove Twp., and a brother; Raymond Emery of Birdsboro.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral services on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010, at 10:30 AM, at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin St. Pottstown, with the Rev. Dr. Donald B. Eisenhauer, officiating. Entombment will be in the Highland Memorial Park Mausoleum, Pottstown.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:15 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Salvation Army, 137 King St., Pottstown, Pa. 19464.

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JoeAnn Babe Hillegass

Dec-24 6:11am

What an appropriate name she had. "Joy" She was truly a joy to friends, co-workers & anyone she met. We never heard her say a negative thing about anyone and certainly loved her "Eddie". Ed, you're in our thoughts & prayers.


December 20, 2010
Carolyn F. Snyder, 63, of New Berlinville

Carolyn F. (Ludy) Snyder, 63, of New Berlinville, passed away on Friday at home with her family by her side.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Tessie (Selfinger) Ludy.

Carolyn was a member of Faith Chapel Christian Assembly in Birdsboro. She enjoyed crocheting and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Ernie L. Herbst Jr., husband of Denise, of Boyertown, Terry C. Herbst, husband of Kerry, of Boyertown, Jeremy C. Snyder, husband of Wendy, of Fleetwood, and Cheryl L. Eidle, wife of Glenn, of New Berlinville; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Dennis and David W. Ludy.

Services and interment are private. Memorial contributions may be made in Carolyn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 ATTN: Joan Gehris

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John Byrd

Dec-21 4:06pm

I am so sorry for your loss our life is enhanced by the love ones we share life with so a loss does effect us may we continue to look to the God of comfort and hold fast to his hope of a resurrection John 5:28,29

Janice Freimann

Dec-22 7:36am

Carol loved her family and was proud of her dogs. Carol is with God now - Rest In Peace

Barbara Inhof Speelhoffer

Dec-22 12:47pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that she will be missed. I am thinking of you and your family right now. She is at peace now.

Jessica V Shabrach

Dec-27 1:18pm

Jeremy- I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I wish strength and peace to you and your siblings during this difficult time. -jvs


December 16, 2010
Mary P. Littlefield, 93, formerly of Pottstown

Mary P. (Pifer) Littlefield, 93, wife of the late Myron G. “Mike” Littlefield, Jr., formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Tuesday at Hawthorne Home in Reading. Born in Bridgeport, Nova Scotia, she was a daughter of the late Alice (Stouffer) Pifer, and the late Reverend George B. Pifer.

She was a homemaker and a long time member of Saint James Lutheran Church of Pottstown.

Mary is survived by her son; Eric G. Littlefield, of Baltimore, Md., and her sister; Madeline Feist, of Pittsburgh. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother; the late George Pifer, and her sisters; the late Ruth Boettger, the late Josephine Bleakley, and the late Henrietta Van Vorst.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Saturday at 10:00 AM at Saint James Lutheran Church, 1101 High Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to her Visitation on Saturday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at the church. Burial will be held privately by her family at Augustus Lutheran Church Cemetery, Trappe.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Saint James Lutheran Church at the above address.

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Margaret Jenkins

Apr-28 7:25pm

Dear Eric, I have just found this obituary on the internet and read with sadness the news of your Mother's death. I have truly mourned the loss of communication with Mary - the friendship of so many years is precious. I tried several times to reach you, hoping for news, but I believe found only an unlisted number. <br /> <br /> Your Mother and Father were my cherished friends, living on in my memory. How well I remember your birth and adoption, coinciding with the date of my marriage to Harold, your Father's friend since 3 years of age. You were the absolute joy of your parents' lives, and as close as you were I know that their loss has been a great sorrow for you.<br /> <br /> God bless you. I would love to stay in touch if you would send your address. Meanwhile, my heartfelt sympathy.<br /> <br /> Margaret Jenkins<br /> [email protected]<br /> 816-943-0017


December 15, 2010
Robert P. Price, 82, of Gilbertsville

Robert P. Price, age 82, husband of Elizabeth C. (Browning) Price, and the late Gloria A. (Yohey) Price, of Maple St., Gilbertsville died Tuesday at his residence.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. he was the son of the late Walter E. and Loretta (O’Neill) Price.

He was a 1945 graduate of Pottstown High School, and just out of high school he joined the U.S. Marines during WW II. Mr. Price at one time worked as a policeman for the Lansdowne, Pa. police department, and later worked as a custodian for the Pottstown School District. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, New Berlinville, and also the Lansdowne Fire Co. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Betty and also enjoyed meeting with his classmates of Pottstown High School Class of 1945 over lunch on a regular basis. Bob was also an avid Phila. Phillies and Eagles fan.

Surviving with his wife is a son; Scott P. Price, husband of Vicki, of Berwick Pa., along with two brothers; Walter W. Price, of Tinton Falls, N.J., and James H. Price, of Pottstown, and a sister; Pamely Hudleson, of Perkiomenville. Also surviving is a grandson; Mark Price.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 611 Swamp Creek Rd., New Berlinville Pa., with the Rev. Robb Faller, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Andrew Church Cemetery, New Berlinville. Visitation will be from 11 to 11:45 AM Saturday at the church.

Contributions may be made in his memory to: St. Andrew U.M. Church, 611 Swamp Creek Rd., New Berlinville, Pa. 19545.

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Peggy Lane O Dell

Dec-15 8:03pm

Mike was a friend from many years ago, elementary and high school days back in Gettysburg. He was a wonderful friend then and I know a great guy in later life. My sympathy to all of his family. Sincerely, Peggy Lane O'Dell

Cissy Frasch David

Dec-15 8:32pm

Wonderful memories from Gettysburg circa 1971. My thoughts go out to Mike's family and friends.


December 14, 2010
Michael A. Orndorff, 57, loving husband & father

Michael A. Orndorff, 57, husband of Marianne L. (Boyer) Orndorff, of South Coventry Twp., Pottstown, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday after being diagnosed with lung cancer in September.  He was surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Gettysburg, he was the son of Madeline C. (Plunkert) Orndorff and the late John B. Orndorff Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, his sons Jacob and Benjamin Orndorff, and his brothers John Jr. and Bryan Orndorff.

Mike graduated from Long Island University in NY with a BS in Biology. He was a prominent businessman and owner of PACMA Inc. of Hershey, Pa. He loved architecture, design and was a hands-on guy when it came to remodeling his own homes. Before he was known as ‘Captain Mike’, he established himself as an avid outdoorsman, enjoying golf, archery hunting, and fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 20th, at St. Peters United Church of Christ, 1920 Ridge Road, Pottstown (Knauertown) with Rev. Nichols officiating. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s name to Tri County Home Health & Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown, PA 19468.

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Lenny and Julie Chesal

Dec-15 9:54am

We will miss our friend and neighbor - he is loved. We need to learn a lesson from his passing - to live every day to the fullest and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. Here's to you my friend! Thanks for the memories. Our sincerest condolences to Marianne, Jacob, and Ben. We love you guys.

Joan Boyer Bertrando Family

Dec-15 10:17am

We will miss our brother-in-law, Michael, so very much. His beautiful smile was always a welcome sight and I'm sure he is sharing that smile with everyone in Heaven right now. I know he is visiting with his own father, and with my father and mother. It's nice to think of them enjoying each other's company again. Maybe they are playing Scrabble or a couple of hands of Poker. That is what I like to imagine and it makes me smile a little bit. We loved Michael and will miss him dearly. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with Marianne, Jacob, Ben and the rest of his family. We send our love out to all of you.

JO CALABRETTA

Dec-15 11:10am

I only got to know Mike & Marianne the last couple of years when they began building their house in Florida across from my condo. Their warmth & sincere friendliness quickly found a special place in my heart. No words can express how saddened I am to hear of Mike's passing. To Marianne, Jake & Ben: Although it's difficult,try to think of the happiness you shared with Mike. Please know that my prayers & thoughts are with you. May Mike rest in peace. Jo Calabretta

Margaret Burcham and family

Dec-15 11:58am

We aend our love to Matts and family.

Maryann and Wayne King

Dec-15 12:43pm

We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He will always be remembered for his warmth and friendly personality. He was such a talented individual, and we will miss his smile and friendship.

Connie Curt Pennington

Dec-15 12:56pm

Wishing you God's peace, and may time accomplish what no words can do.

Al Wysocki

Dec-15 1:06pm

Marianne -- my most sincere condolences on your loss. I am sorry I only got to meet Michael once, but had a wonderful talk with him. So cheerful and outgoing. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Al W.

Elsie Hufford

Dec-15 1:37pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. God Bless you.

Mariann Murphy

Dec-15 10:28pm

Dear Mariann and Boys,<br /> <br /> So saddened to hear of Michael passing. My prayers are with you and your family.<br />

Susan Trombley

Dec-15 10:58pm

In this time of sorrow and heart break may you find comfort knowing Mike is at peace. My heart goes out to Marianne and sons which is a small consolation. We had most enjoyable times on the golf course and visits in Florida especially viewing the new home. I want you to know I am always here for you. Love, Sue

R J Electric and ACA Security

Dec-16 10:42am

We only knew Mike Orndorff for a short time while he was building his new home in Florida. But in that time we found Mike to be an honest,kind and gentle man. Our sincere condolences to his family. God Bless, Andy & Andy Jr.

Dwight Sanderson

Dec-16 12:49pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. Mike and I were classmates at Gettysburg High School. So young! Speaks of all of our vulnerability

mary ann gardner

Dec-17 9:54am

you don't know me.i am cousin of john sr new him and matts well so sorry for all of you he was so very young may god bless all of you mary ann

Bill and Barbara Tobin

Dec-17 10:16am

He is gone too soon. May he rest in peace.

Joe and Monica Redington

Dec-17 3:00pm

Dear Marianne and family, we were so sorry to hear about Mike.We found him truly a pleasure to be with and we will certainly miss his company playing golf and at social events in Boca. Our hearts go out to you. May he be with God today and forevermore.

Dan Niejadlik MD

Dec-17 5:28pm

A moment of silence was held by our Golf Lesgue when we learned of the untimely death of a close friend. <br /> Mike was admired by all as being a genuine person with all the Qualities one could want in a friend.<br /> May he find the same love in heaven as he found on earth.<br /> Dan

Sue Eckert Klunk

Dec-18 9:34am

To Mike's family: I am so sorry to read of your loss. Mike was a good classmate and friend from the class of '71. He was full of fun and I will always remember his great smile.

Jean Joseph Polka

Dec-18 3:16pm

Michael will remain with us always. His celebration of life fills our hearts and souls. We will continue toasting his life during Happy Hour across the Intercostal Waterway nightly, and watch for his greeting in return.

Ralph and Debbie Muller

Dec-19 1:57pm

We will you Michael, our dear friend and all the great times we've had together. May you rest in peace in God's hands.<br /> We love you.

Duke and Rita Fitzcharles

Dec-22 10:45am

Dear Marianne, It is with great sorrow that I receive this news.Rita and I were so looking forward to seeing you two at Fells point this Sept.This has been all so sudden for us.I will be forever grateful to Mike for taking such wonderful care of you, a dear friend I always had a special place for.Thank you Mike. I'm so glad Rita and I got to meet you.To night you and your family will be in our prayers. Love, Duke and Rita

Donna Wagner

Jan-2 1:06pm

Marianne, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Michael. I only met him briefly and he seemed like such a warm and genuine person. My sincere and deepest sympathies to you and your family.


December 14, 2010
James Anthony Fleming, 10 months

James Anthony Fleming, age 10 months, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving parents on December 12, 2010, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Anthony was born on February 8, 2010, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was the beloved son of Lt. Colonel Kimberly Carla (McIntosh) Fleming, U.S.A.F., and Captain James David Fleming,U.S.M.C., of Sneads Ferry, N.C. Anthony was the answer to their prayers, and they will miss him dearly. During his time here, Anthony touched many lives, and was loved deeply by family and friends. Anthony enjoyed listening to his parents sing to him, using his red kettle bell, and being held.

In addition to his parents, Anthony is also survived by his maternal grandparents; Kathryn & Larry Loan, Billy & Jane McIntosh, all of Salisbury, N.C., his paternal grandparents; Patricia & David Petz,IV, of Lansdowne, Larry & Lisa Fleming, of Media, his paternal great-grandmother; Anne Spence, of Southwest Philadelphia, and his aunts and uncles.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Anthony’s Mass of the Angels on Friday, December 17, 2010, at 7:30 PM at Holy Cross R.C. Church, Bishop Avenue & Springfield Road, Springfield, Pa., 19064, with Reverend Father Daniel E. Mackle officiating, and to his Visitation on Friday evening from 5:30-7:15 PM at the church. Burial will be held privately on Saturday, December 18, 2010, at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.

The family has respectfully requested that all flowers be omitted, and that memorial contributions in Anthony’s name be made to the American Red Cross National Headquarters, 2025 E Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006, and Anthony’s family would also like to encourage everyone to give blood.

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Christina Barone

Dec-15 8:31am

I am so sorry for the lost of your beautiful baby boy, I read about in the paper. Just know he's in a bettrr place and one day will be reunited. I can't imagine how it feels to lose your child, but I definitely keep him in my prayers. I will give blood next opportunity given to me in honor of little James. Again, I am so sorry, God bless.

C Morgan

Dec-17 4:04pm

I send my deepest condolences to the family at this most difficult time.The Bible call death a enemy. No matter how hard we try to out run it,it keeps getting closer. We have a rescuer and he is more powerful than our enemy and he promise to rescuer us from this enemy 1 Corinthian 15:26. God promise that our love ones will live again Isaiah 26:19 .They will be brought back to life right here on earth John 5:28. God's purpose is that whole earth be made into a paradise. So our love ones will not raised to life in a world fill with war,crime and sickness,even death will be no more Revelation 21:4. Our love ones will have a opportunity to live forever on this earth in peaceful and happy conditions.The Bible have many accounts of dead loves being ressurreced to life again to show us what Jesus will do on a large scale with the help of his heavemly father Almighty God Jehovah.Jehovah will give Jesus the power to raise our love ones who fell to sleep in death.I hope that in time your family will find comfort in knowing that Almighty God cares for you 2 Corinthians 1: 3,4 doing this time of sorrow.

Susan DeLoria

Aug-5 10:27pm

Dear Parents, I am so sorry to read about little James. We lost our daughter last year she was 8 and we received a book "Good Grief" written by Granger Westberg from a couple in Houston Texas who lost their two daughters and I was trying to research them and I came across this obituary. It just strikes you when see a childs name. I can only say I am so very sorry. Aloha and peace be with you.

Steve Eberle

Nov-11 10:24pm

So sad! Praying for you and your family! Email me at sae0 at Mac dot com.


December 14, 2010
Aden R. Meyers Jr., 71, of New Berlinville

Aden R. “Smokey” Meyers, 71, husband of Diane (Zern) Meyers, of New Berlinville, passed away on Wednesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Aden and Florence (Kiess) Meyers.

Aden was a 1957 graduate of Allentown High School, a US Navy Veteran serving aboard the USS Pawcatuck, an electrician with IBEW Local #375 and a member of Greenleaf Lodge 0561 F & A.M. of Pennsylvania. He loved to travel in his motor home with his wife and was an avid street rod and antique car builder. Aden was also captain of his own charter fishing boat in Delaware where he enjoyed deep sea and sport fishing.

Surviving along with his wife of 19 years are his sons Richard Meyers, husband of Denise, and James Meyers, husband of Laurie, both of Bethlehem; daughter Donna Whitehead of Center Valley and Linda Hummel of Waterford, MI, step sons Thomas Wade, husband of Danielle, of Barto and David Wade of New Berlinville; brother Richard Meyers of Allentown; sisters Pauline Derby of Emmaus, Joan Goldman of Allentown and Catherine McCulloch of Catasauqua; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Dorothy Sayre.

Services and interment are private.

Memorial contributions may be made in Aden’s name to The Salvation Army of Boyertown, 409 S. Reading Ave, PO Box 245, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Betsy Jay Miller Beth s aunt

Dec-14 5:48pm

Diane, <br /> I know you lost your best friend. We were shocked when we read the paper. Too young! You and Aden made a great couple. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely,

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Dec-17 3:20pm

I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

Skeeter Kemmerer

Dec-19 9:44am

Dear Diane and family,Iwas saddened to here about Smokey's death.I worked on a lot of jobs with him and we always had a good time.He was a good Union Brother of Local #375.I shall surely miss him.You and your family are in our prayers.Sincerely,Skeeter and Diane Kemmerer


December 9, 2010
Paul Chrin, 68, formerly of Pottstown

Paul Chrin, 68, husband of the late Edna (Jenkins) Chrin, of Arlington, Va., and formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. Born in Minersville, Pa., he was a son of the late Anna (Stasicky) Chrin and the late John Chrin.

He is survived by his children; Paula Chrin Dibley and John Chrin, his step-children; Vance Kincade and Candice Landis, his step-grandchildren; Katarina Kincade, Christopher Landis, and Peyton Landis, and his siblings; Andrew Cremo, and Frances Cremo.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Liturgy on Thursday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery, Pottstown.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 3701 Pender Drive, #400, Fairfax, Va., 22030, or to Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 301 Cherry Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464.

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Cheryl Kramer Kuszyk

Dec-21 3:26pm

Paula-<br /> Lindsey told me of your father's passing...We are all so sorry and send heart-felt sympathies your way. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. XO 'Lindsey's Mother'


December 9, 2010
C. Eugene Marks Sr., 72, of Royersford

C. Eugene Marks Sr., “Gene”, 72, husband of Carol A. (Stryker) Marks, of Royersford, passed away on Wednesday at Paoli Hospital.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Clair and Dorothy (Kissinger) Marks.

Gene was a member of Christ’s Church of the Valley in Royersford He was also a member of Rolling Thunder and an honorary member of the VFW. He was a truck driver for Rahns Construction for over 30 years and recently worked at Wegmans in Collegeville. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his son Clair Eugene Marks Jr, his daughter Kim Marie Tessier, grandchildren Danielle and Dylon Marks and Ryan Raymond, his brothers Phil and Danny Marks and step-daughters Jessica Kott and Sherri Nickel.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford with Pastor Brian Jones officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00Am to 10:30AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to the American Heart Association, 625 W. Ridge Pike, Building A, Suite 100, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

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Bud Sandy Stahler

Dec-10 3:25pm

So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.


December 7, 2010
Mary C.K. Gehman

Mary Clemens Kulp Gehman, 99, of Crow Hill above Bally, wife of the late Abraham B. Gehman, passed away on Sunday at her home with her family by her side.

Born near Kulpsville, she was the daughter of the late Elias W. and Elizabeth Rachel (Clemens) Kulp.

Mary was a life long Mennonite and attended Bally Mennonite Church. She was a homemaker who loved nature and gardening; a people person who loved to visit family and friends. She treasured life and inspired others to do the same. Faith and family were her passions.

She is survived by her children: Dr. Linford Gehman, Bergton, VA; Abraham K., Bally; Rhoda, Bally; Johanna, Barto; James, Pikeville; Ada, Barto; Merrill, Green Lane; Harley, Bird Creek, Alaska and Dwight, Barto; a sister, Ruth Nafziger, Bally; 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her son Ronald Gehman, Potter County, PA and 2 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 9th, 11:00AM at Bally Mennonite Church, Rt. 100, Bally with Pastor Klaudia Smucker officiating. Burial will follow in Old Bally Mennonite Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at the church.

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Denny Messer

Dec-8 11:57am

Hi Dwight,<br /> Sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a good woman. Please give my condolences to you family.<br /> Sincerely,<br /> Denny Messer<br /> 1840 Cliffview Court<br /> Oshkosh, WI<br /> 920.235.7236

grace gordon Yoder

Dec-9 12:54am

I guess it's a blessing for your mom but I am sorry I didn't keep in contact with her (and you) during the time she was around. I loved her dearly. She will always be very special to me. May God bring peace and joy in the midst of grief. I know it's been a long time. Your mom is very whole now. May God bless all of you richly and keep you all close. I love you and hope to make the funeral but don't know if it will be possible at this late date.


December 7, 2010
Carl T. Davis, Jr., 76, of Amityville

Carl T. Davis, Jr., 76, husband of 53 years to Esther J. (Cook) Davis of Amityville, passed away on Sunday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Phoenixville, he was a son of the late Eva (Kemble) Wentzel and the late Carl T. Davis, Sr.

He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served his country proudly aboard the USS Yorktown. Carl was a former employee of the Firestone Company of Pottstown for 25 years, and later on worked for PJM Interconnection LLC of Norristown for many years prior to his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Frontier Archery Club. He was also a member of the Stichter Masonic Lodge #254 of Pottstown and the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Consistry of Reading, and a member of the Amity Fire Company. Carl was also a long time member of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Amityville. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, and going to the Pocono Mountains.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his daughter; Karen L. Grebowsky, wife of David of Chester, MD., his siblings; Betty Klick, wife of George of Douglassville, John Davis, husband of JoAnne of Birdsboro, his grandchildren; Jessica, Justin, Joshua, Lisa, and his beloved dogs; Belle and Dasher. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his son; the late Brian L. Davis, husband of Joan, and his brother, the late James K. Davis.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM and on Friday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1312 Old Swede Road, Douglassville, Pa., 19518.

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Darlene Kristina Boss

Dec-8 10:28am

We meet a lot of people in our lives...but you've made an impact with your love, kindness, humor, and caring of those around you. We will care you with us always.

Darlene Kristina Boss

Dec-8 2:15pm

Every now and then you meet a person that makes an impact on you. We will always remember your humor, kindness and love that you shared with us. You will be missed but not forgotten.


December 7, 2010
Josephine M. Recupito, 92, loving mother and grandmother

Josephine M. (Foltz) Recupito, 92, of Parkhouse Providence Pointe Nursing Home, passed away quietly on Sunday.

Born in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Madge (Dornblaser) Foltz.
Josephine was a graduate of Washington County Hospital School of Nursing in Hagertstown, MD in 1938. She was a member of Paramount Brethren In Christ Church in Hagerstown, MD where she was the hospitality chairman for 5 years. She liked to play cards and bingo, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Newman, wife of Kenneth, of Perkiomenville, and son Kenneth Krouse, husband of Esther, of Tempe, AZ; her sisters Maddie Foltz and Connie Kimmel, wife of Robert, both of Hagerstown, MD; 6 grandchildren Michael Allen, husband of Elaine, Marci Thurston, wife of Mark, Matthew Allen, Jennifer Garrison wife of Christopher, Peter and Andre Krouse; 6 great grandchildren Nicole Allen, fiancé of Ron Hallman, Ryan Allen, Emmi  and Luke Thurston and Bonner and Emma Garrison; 2 great great grandchildren Michael Joseph Allen and Lyric Hallman; and her devoted friend Ray Bradley. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her son Joseph Krouse; sisters Phyllis Schmidt, Doris Breitweiser and Norma Fuller.

Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Josephine’s name to Montgomery Home Care and Hospice, 25 W. Fornance Street, Norristown, PA 19401.

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Peg Gross

Dec-8 7:12am

Jo was my neighbor upstairs for several years. May God bless her and her family. <br /> With my deepest sympathy to all of you,<br /> Peg Gross

Tina Angle

Dec-8 8:10am

Dear family,<br /> Please accept my condolences. Jo was such a delightful person. I know she will be missed. I'll always remember her apartment on Potomac Ave.; it was perfect. Jo always looked toward the future, a great inspiration. Thinking of you.<br /> Tina Samios Angle

Bill Henski

Dec-14 10:09am

Jo was a fine lady and good friend. May her soul rest in peace.<br /> <br /> -Hershey Kisses<br /> Bill Hinski


December 6, 2010
Alice W. Rhoads, 98, of Barto

Alice W. (Simmons) Rhoads, 98, of Barto, wife of the late John R. Rhoads, passed away on Saturday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Salford Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Mary (Wagner) Simmons and the late David Simmons.

She had been employed for many years as a seamstress at the former Eberly & Stoudt clothing manufacturing company in Obelisk, and later on by the Collegeville Flag Company. Alice was a long time member of the New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville and was the oldest member of the church’s congregation. She had also served on the Altar Guild at church for many years and helped make candy for the annual fundraising event at the church. Alice was a member of A.A.R.P., and she enjoyed playing cards and word search.

Alice is survived by her son; Charles D. Rhoads, husband of Lois, of Barto,  two grandchildren; C. David Rhoads, Jr., husband of Lori, of  Barto, Mary Alice Mack, wife of James, of Pennsburg, three great-grandchildren; Kristy Gress, wife of Greg, AnnMarie Mack & Cynthia Mack, three great-great-grandchildren; Kasey, Morgan, and Hailey Gress. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her siblings; Mary Benfield, Elmer Simmons, Emma Schultz, Alvin Simmons, Fietta Moyer, David Simmons, and John Simmons. Alice was lovingly referred to as “Grams” by her family and extended family members for many years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday at 11:00 AM at New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to her Visitation on Friday morning from 9:45-10:45 AM at the Church. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Memorial Fund contributions in her name can be made to the New Hanover Lutheran Church at the above address.

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Tom and Lisa Martz

Dec-6 5:47pm

Are thoughts and prayers are with you. If the weather holds up the Bradford county gang will be down.

Ritza Sejour

Dec-7 12:14pm

December 7, 2010<br /> <br /> Dear Family of Mrs. Alice W. Rhoads,<br /> <br /> I want to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of Mrs. Alice W. Rhoads that had died. Whenever we lose a loved one, it is always a sad time in our lives.<br /> I have found comfort and hope in this particular Bible scripture, “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…” John 5:28, 29.<br /> I have also found comfort in the words from the Bible book of Isaiah 26:19 “Your love ones will live. A corpse of mine they will rise up. Awake and cry out joyfully, you residents in the dust. For your dew is as the dew of mallows, and the earth itself will let even those impotent in death drop in birth.”<br /> Almighty God has not only the power but also the desire to resurrect persons whom he chooses.<br /> I pray that you and your family will draw close to God in prayer, and the Bible promises that, He himself will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22<br /> <br /> With Deepest Sympathy,<br /> Ritza Sejour <br /> <br />

John Byrd

Dec-7 3:49pm

it is sad to lose a love one in death regardless of how long they have lived but keep in mind what Jesus said at John 5: 28,29 about the resrrection he said all that means "Grams" also til then our prayers are with you


December 3, 2010
Michael J. Dolny, 60, of Gilbertsville

Michael J. Dolny, 60, of Gilbertsville, passed away on Thursday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Phoenixville, he was a son of the late Caroline M. (Famous) Plavcan and the late Michael Plavcan.

He was a graduate of Boyertown High School and had been employed for many years in the food service industry prior to his illness. Michael enjoyed NASCAR, bowling, spending time at the Gilbertsville Fire Company, and also spending time with his family. He was a Disc Jockey for many years going under the name of “D.J. Frog”.

Michael is survived by his brothers; Francis L. Dolny, husband of Lucy, of Topton, David P. Plavcan, husband of Andrea, of Oley, Victor G. Plavcan, husband of Lisa, of Bluffton, S.C., his companion; Joanne Reynolds, of Pottstown, and his nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to his Visitation on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories Cemetery, Limerick. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Gilbertsville Fire Company, 1456 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525.

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dee hampton

Dec-6 2:57pm

TO THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL DOLNY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. DON'T EVER FORGET THE GOOD MEMORIES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

FayeLeed

Dec-7 1:39pm

so sorry for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you.


November 29, 2010
Jane E. Crowe, 70, of Boyertown

Jane E. (Yerger) Crowe, 70, wife of the late Jerol A. Crowe, Sr., of Boyertown, passed away on Monday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Lillian N. (Schlotterer) Yerger and the late Walter A. Yerger.

She was a 1958 graduate of Boyertown High School and she also attended the Dorothy Thomas School of Retailing in Philadelphia. Jane had been employed as a crafter in the quilting industry, and she was also a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Boyertown. She had also been on the Boyertown Borough Planning Commission., and she enjoyed participating in the annual Belsnickel Craft Show.

Jane is survived by her children; Jerol “Jay” A. Crowe, Jr., husband of Lorie, of Barto, Jennifer I. Forke, wife of Samuel, of Boyertown, Jessica A. Smith, of Glenallen, Alaska, her sister; Illeen Carr, of Garland, TX., and her six grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Graveside Funeral Service on Saturday at 9:00 AM at Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown with Reverend John G. Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Avenue, Boyertown, Pa., 19512.

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Patricia Spaide

Nov-30 8:11am

To the family of Jane Crowe, I was so sorry to hear of Jane's passing. She was a wonderful woman and I very much enjoyed the many years I worked with her on the Boyertown Planning Commission. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness.

kmurphy

Nov-30 9:01am

Dear crowe family,<br /> It was a pleasure to care for you're loved one at manatawny manor. Jane was a lovely lady who will be missed. On behalf of 11-7 shift we send our condolences at this difficult time.


November 26, 2010
Thomas Flack, 57, of Limerick

Thomas Flack, 57, of Limerick, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at his home.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Eileen T. (Cassidy) Flack and the late Henry A. Flack.

Along with his mother he is survived by his brothers Kenny and Paul Flack, his sister Eileen Steinhauer and long time companion Brenda Neafcy.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 10:00AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta RC Church, 1228 Main Street, Linfield, with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 8:30AM to 10:00AM at the church. Burial is private and will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memories contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Building Fund, PO Box 229, Limerick, PA 19468.

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Hanna Hartman

Nov-26 11:53am

I would like to express my condolences to the family, especially Eileen and Paul.

POLLY GOOD

Nov-26 11:31pm

To the family of Thomas Flack<br /> From long time friends.... <br /> We all have fond memories and we are saddened by this loss. many fun times were had by all!<br /> <br /> Much time has past...but please know that we are here for you. Memories are what keep us going. Never forget the good times.<br /> Brenda...we are here for you!<br /> Polly Good 410-337-6843<br /> Candi Walck 610-405-5600<br /> Gary Faust<br /> <br /> We are here for you...please call . xoxoxoxo

Polly Good Candi Walck Gary Faust

Nov-27 12:33am

To the family of Thomas Flack:<br /> <br /> From long time friends,<br /> <br /> We all have fond memories,<br /> <br /> and we are saddened by this loss.<br /> <br /> Many fun times were had by all!<br /> <br /> Much time has past...<br /> <br /> But please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.<br /> <br /> Memories are what keep us continuing.<br /> <br /> And never forget the good times.<br /> <br /> BRENDA.....<br /> <br /> <br /> We are all here for you...<br /> <br /> Please contact me, Polly or Candi, if you would like to talk.<br /> <br /> With our deepest regrets and we do love you and your family.<br /> <br /> (Polly 410 337 6843)<br /> [email protected]<br /> <br /> (Candi 610 960 5550)<br /> <br /> With all due respect,<br /> <br /> XXOO<br /> <br /> POLLY AND CANDI AND GARY

Jay Shirley Challingsworth

Nov-27 12:03pm

Dear Dick,<br /> We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We hope you are bearing up under the sadness and both extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and the rest of the family. We are sorry we cannot be at the funeral and hope you will understand. We will try to call you or stop down later.

Joan Neafcy and Loretta Zvarick

Nov-28 10:54pm

Thoughts and Prayers are with you and yours Dick trusting that the Lord will be with you as you bear this sorrow.

Donna Reynolds Pollard

Jun-14 6:47pm

Dear Flack family, I did a google search for Tom on a whim this evening and was saddened to find this obituary. (Tom and I dated for a while in 1971, 72.) I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you, as I know that less than 3 years is certainly not long enough to recover from such a loss. I think of Tom from time to time with a smile, as he was a really lovely person.<br /> Donna Reynolds Pollard


November 26, 2010
Frances F. Bickel, 95, loving mother

Frances (Fahringer) Bickel, 95, of Pottstown, wife of the late Harry Hunsburger Bickel, passed away on Wednesday at Coventry Manor.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Frank W. and Amelia (Kase) Fahringer.

Frances was a member of Coventry Church of the Brethren, NORCO Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #44 in Linfield and a 4-H Club leader for more than 20 years in Chester Co.

She is survived by her children Helen Turner, wife of Lee, Concordville, Ann Yocom, wife of James, Bozeman, MT, Kenneth Bickel, husband of Bonnie, Pottstown, Barbara McNally, wife of Mark, Phoenixville, Harry L. Bickel, husband of Beth, Airville, and Brenda McFadden, Pottstown; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her daughter Phyllis Bickel, sisters Helen Johnson and Lulu Rinehart and her brother Jerry Fahringer.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10:30 AM at Coventry Church of the Brethren, 946 Keen Road, Pottstown with Rev. Sandford J. Christophel (Coventry Church of the Brethren) and Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz (St. Vincent UCC) officiating.  Burial will follow at East Coventry Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frances’ name to the Coventry Church of the Brethren, 946 Keen Road, Pottstown, PA 19465 or Care Alternatives Hospice, 501 Office Center Dr., Suite 285, Ft. Washington, PA 19034.

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Hanna Hartman

Nov-26 11:44am

I have known Frances for quite a few years and found er to be a<br /> feisty and gregarious lady.<br />

Don Wickward

Nov-26 2:30pm

Kenny, Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your mother. Remember the times we had down on the elk river. Sorry for your loss.<br /> Don Wickward

Robert and Carol Ashworth

Nov-27 11:10am

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Although we haven't seen her recently we have fond memories of weekends in Delaware with your both parents. Sincerely, Carol and Bob

Jim and Jane

Nov-29 5:29pm

Dear Cousins,<br /> Aunt Frannie was loved by our family. She was always cheerful and made us and our children feel special. What a joy it was to have her so near and for all these years. She will be missed but she lived a Good Life. Sympathy to all of the Bickel family. Love, Jim & Jane

Rich and Sandie Steele

Nov-29 8:09pm

So very sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet and caring lady.

Joe and Linda Wood

Nov-30 1:12pm

We extend sympathy to you all during this time of family celebrations. Your mother was a great friend to so many of us, encouraging us, and loving us. It is a joy to know that she is also celebrating the season with our Savior in Glory, and sharing in His richness and fullness for all eternity. May God bless and keep you all.

tina essick

Nov-30 9:36pm

I wanted to extend my sympathies to your family in your loss of your Mother. I got to know your family better when I was involved in the 4-H sewing club which met at your home.


November 18, 2010
Miriam F. Ellis, 96, of Pottstown

Miriam F. (Fry) Ellis, 96, wife of the late George F. Ellis, of Pottstown, passed away on Wednesday at Chestnut Knoll in Boyertown. Born in Parkerford, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Rosa (Savage) Fry, and the late Clarence Fry.

She had been employed for over fifty years at the U.S. Axle Company in Pottstown prior to her retirement. Miriam was also a long time active member of Zion’s United Church of Christ in Pottstown; where she had served as a Deacon, Church Elder, and Sunday School Teacher, and on many various church committees over the years. She was also an officer of the Church Women United Organization of Pottstown. Miriam also enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Miriam is survived by her children; Rosa Sechrist, wife of John, of Rochester, N.Y., Ronald Ellis, husband of the late Rose Mary, of Sassamansville, Julie Rhoads, wife of Dusty, of Boyertown, her sister; Geraldine Klink, of Pottstown, her brother; Herbert Fry, of Berwyn, eleven grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Peter Goguts officiating, at Zion’s United Church of Christ, Hanover & Chestnut Streets, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to her Visitation on Saturday morning from 10:00-10:45 AM at the church. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown.

Memorial contributions in Miriam’s name can be made to Zion’s United Church of Christ at the above address.

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mike and diane shunk

Nov-19 10:29am

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. You are in our prayers<br /> <br /> Love Mike and Diane


November 18, 2010
Mary M. Ravis, 90, of Pottstown

Mary M. (Dadurka) Ravis, 90, wife of the late Theodore T. Ravis, of Pottstown, passed away on Wednesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Shamokin, she was a daughter of the late Anna (Raggish) Dadurka and the late Albert Dadurka.

In addition to being a homemaker, she had also been employed for many years as a seamstress in the garment manufacturing industry. Mary was also a parishioner of Saint Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Pottstown, and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her sons; James T. Ravis, husband of Kathy, of Dover, DE., Daniel R. Ravis, husband of Dee, of Pottstown, her sister; Ann Malinoski, of Scranton, her brother; Edward Dadurka, of Shamokin, her grandsons; Nathan Ravis, Daniel T. Ravis, and her great-granddaughter, Sadie Lynn Ravis.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:00 AM at Saint Aloysius R.C. Church, 214 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to her Visitation on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:15 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464. Burial will be in Saint Aloysius R.C. New Cemetery, Pottstown.

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November 16, 2010
Katherine M. Bryson, 89, beloved mother

Katherine M. (Harple) Bryson, age 89, widow of Clark D. Bryson, of E. Coventry Twp, died Saturday in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. She was formerly of Coatesville Pa.

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Bertha (Irwin) Harple. She was a 1939 graduate of Coatesville High School and also a graduate of Grace Bible Institute in Coatesville, of which she was very proud.

She had worked at the former Wyeth Laboratories in West Chester for many years, retiring in 1986.
She was a member of the former First Baptist Church, Coatesville, and had attended the First Baptist Church in Pottstown.  Katherine enjoyed and was very proud of the trip she took to the Holy Lands.

Surviving are three daughters; Mary Ann wife of Rodger Hanthorne of West Chester, April J. McIntyre of Thorndale Pa., and Susan M. wife of Robert J. Kelly of Pottstown. Also surviving are three grandchildren; George McIntyre, Krista Young, and Erin Kelly, along with two great grandsons; Chase and Brayden Young. She was pre-deceased by two brothers and five sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral services on Wednesday at 10:30 AM, at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, with the Rev. Dr. Marvin Marsh, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville Pa. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM, at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made in her memory to: Alzheimer’s Assoc., 399 Market St., Suite 102, Phila. Pa. 19106, and or the CSPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19380.

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Joan Saller

Nov-16 9:39pm

Dear Maryann and Family,<br /> I am very sorry for your loss.<br /> I know you will miss her terribly.<br /> Deepest Sympathy,<br /> Joan, Rich & Family


November 10, 2010
Dominic N. Scomo, 55, beloved husband and father

Dominic N. “Donnie” Scomo, 55, of Limerick, formerly of the Norristown and Bridgeport area, beloved husband of Sandra J. (Giangiulio) Scomo, passed away suddenly on Monday at his home.

Born in Norristown, he was the son of the late Charles and Lena (Cianci) Scomo.

Donnie was an avid sports fan who loved going to games with his family. He also enjoyed fishing.  He was a great father and loving husband and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Along with his wife he is survived by his son Ryan M. Scomo, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his canine companions Sonny and Kelly.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford.  Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the funeral home.

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Nov-11 8:54am

God bless you Donnie ,Ryan Your Father will be with you for evere , I still think of mine , he also passed at the same age.<br /> <br /> Mr. Yorgey

Bunny heffelfelfinger Yorgey

Nov-11 12:39pm

Sandy and Ryan my family and I are very sorry for loss we will keep you in our prayers!

Sandy Mason

Nov-11 1:23pm

Dear Ryan & Sandra,I would like to extend my deepest sympathy & prayers to you at this most difficult time. My thoughts & prayers are w/you both. May God comfort you & keep you close.<br /> In love & sympathy,<br /> Sandy Mason


November 9, 2010
Gilbert R. Carlson, Esq., 54, of Gilbertsville

Gilbert ‘Gil’ R. Carlson, Esq. of Gilbertsville, PA, 54, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 6, 2010, with his family by his side.

Gil earned his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 1977, his M.S. from St. Joseph’s University in 1996, and his J.D., cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2001.  In law school, Gil was recognized as a Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow and served as a law clerk for former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Joseph T. Walsh. Gil also served for 21 years as an officer, sergeant and patrol commander for the Whitpain Township Police Department.  During his tenure, Sgt. Carlson helped implement a motorcycle patrol and assisted in the organization of the Montgomery County Salvation Army Law Enforcement Holiday Food Drive and the Blue Bell United States Cycling Federation Charity Bike Race.  He also served as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army in Norristown, PA.  After retiring from the police force, Gil served as an Associate in the Corporate Department of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, Malvern, PA, prior to serving for the past six years as senior transactional counsel for IKON Office Solutions and Ricoh Americas, Malvern, PA.

Survived by his wife Donna M. Carlson; children David A. Carlson, SSGT/USMC and his wife D. Ashley Carlson of Bluffton, SC, Alyssa M. Carlson of Norristown, PA , and Samantha Sekula of Gilbertsville, PA; grandchildren Gavin A. Carlson and Mason L. Carlson of Bluffton, SC; mother Eva-Maria C. Carlson of Lower Gwynedd, PA, and father Robert E. Carlson, MD of Key West, FL; sisters Christine A. DeWitt of Johnson City, TN, and Lorin Carlson-Healy of Hastings, NY, and extended family and friends.

Gil will be remembered fondly for his love of family and friends, and passion for fast cars, motorcycles, martinis and cigars.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation on Tuesday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue 5th Floor Norwalk, CT 06851, (203) 229-0464, www.themmrf.org.

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Claire Bynum

Nov-9 3:18pm

My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I had the privilege of working with your Husband/Father for the past several years at IKON. Gil was a wonderful man who I had the utmost respect and admiration for. He always spoke so highly of his family. I will miss Gil tremendously and will treasure my memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Kelly Daugherty AVP IN KY

Nov-10 8:30am

Gil will be fondly remembered by our entire team in Indiana and Kentucky. He was a good friend and associate. I learned so much from Gil over the past 6 years as we worked together and kidded each other a lot.It was only fitting his Eagles beat my Colts on Sunday. My heartfelt condolances go out to the entire family. He was a wonderful man and I count it a blessing to have known him. Kelly Daugherty Area Vice President Indiana/Kentucky

Trish Bonczek

Nov-11 3:05pm

My prayers and thoughts go out to Gil's family. I knew Gil from my earlier days of working as Disp 112 at the 911 Center. I was very shocked to hear of his passing.

Karen Hnizdor

Nov-11 4:05pm

Carlson Family,<br /> <br /> I know your hearts are extremely heavy and at the moment I know there are no words I can say to ease your pain of losing Gil. He was truly a sweet, kind person and spoke so highly of his family to me.<br /> <br /> Please know you all will be in my prayers & thoughts. <br /> <br /> With Deep Sympathy,<br /> <br /> Karen Hnizdor<br /> Sr. Executive Assistant to<br /> Area VP, Craig Fouts<br /> IKON - Greater Chicago Area <br /> <br />

John Kramer Towamencin Twp Ret

Nov-12 10:30am

Godspeed Brother. You have served your community and will be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Marthe Reynolds

Nov-12 12:53pm

Donna and Family, I was so glad to have met Gil at Devon last year. He was a big, handsome man! My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. <br /> <br /> Marthe xxxxooooo

Stefanie London

Nov-12 2:38pm

My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with your father/husband while he was in-house counsel at IKON while I was in house counsel for a customer of Ikon. He represented Ikon with intelligence and practicality. He was a wonderful lawyer, with a great sense of humor. He often spoke of his family with great love and pride. I had the privilege of meeting him when he made a business trip to St. Louis. I am grateful that I worked with Gil but I am most grateful that I got to know a Gil as the wonderful human being he was. Over the last year he continued to show his strength and humor and it humbled me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God be with you.

Karen Clarkson

Nov-18 1:09am

Dear Donna, David, Alyssa, and Samantha, <br /> My sincerest sympathies to you and your family. I had the pleasure of working with Gil and he was such a force wrapped inside a teddy bear. I will miss working with him but will always treasure the memories of his advice, his pushing me to be tougher with my customers and his laughter. He will be truly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. <br /> Fondly,<br /> Karen<br /> <br />

Eric Laurilla

Dec-28 7:05pm

I am truly sorry for your loss.


November 8, 2010
Catherine L. Friend, 83, loving mother & grandmother

Catherine L. “Kay” (Harvey) Friend, 83, of Florida, formerly of Pottstown, wife of the late John A. Friend Sr., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Ft. Myers, FL surrounded by her family.

Born in Piney Twp., PA, she was the daughter of the late Max and Helen (Hellman) Harvey.
Catherine’s life was her family. She was a loving housewife and mother and will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her sons Robert J. Friend of Pottstown, Larry G. Friend, husband of Judith, of Pottstown, and Ronald D. Friend of AR.; daughters Linda L., wife of Stanley Savage, of FL., and Vickie L., wife of James Bauer, of Pottstown; grandchildren Ryan, Scott, Adam, Troy, Kylie, Matt, Jessica, David, Christopher and Michael; 9 great grandchildren and a special niece Barb. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her son John A. Friend Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 22, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 22 from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Catherine’s name to the American Cancer Society, c/o National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464  ATTN: Joan Gehris

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Nov-10 7:38am

My deepest sympathy to Linda Savage on the passing of her dear Mother from your old friend & classmate Cheryl (Koropka) Chiarello. I can still picture your Mothers Beautiful face at your house on New St.Love & Prayers, Cheryl

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Nov-10 2:16pm

My deepest sympathy to Linda Savage on the recent passing of your mother.From an old school friend & neighbor. Karen (Dinnocenti) Yergey .

The Puc Family

Nov-20 3:54pm

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. From the Puc Family.

Andy and Kim Yonkovitch

Nov-21 10:56pm

Our deepest sympathy to the Kay Friend Family.<br /> <br /> Andy and Kim Yonkovitch


November 8, 2010
Esther May Van Evera, 94, of Boyertown

Esther May Gabel Dorse Van Evera, 94, wife of the late Elliott L. Van Evera, of Boyertown, passed away on Wednesday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown. Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Mary Groff Gabel Deaves, and the late Diller Gabel.

She had been employed as a secretary for 16 years at the former Bally Case & Cooler Company of Bally prior to her retirement. Esther was a member of the Morning Star Fellowship Church of Bechtelsville, where she was a Sunday School Teacher who also headed the emergency prayer chain. Esther was also a member of the End Time Hand Maidens Ministry, and a sister of the Sons of Thunder Street Ministry in Pottstown. She was also a member of the Boyertown Multi-Service Center. Esther was licensed as an Evangelist in 1961 with a Theology Degree through Elim Tabernacle.

Esther is survived by her children; Stephen J. Dorse, III, husband of  Donna in Beaumont,CA., Warren L. Van Evera, Sr., husband of Debbie, in  Anmoore, WV., Judith A. Lenhardt, widow of Joseph, in LaVerne, CA., Timothy J. Van Evera, husband of Colleen, in Boyertown, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband and parents, Esther was also preceded in death by her brother, Warren Gabel, and her sister, Clara Gross.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Morning Star Fellowship Church, 100 Limekiln Road, Bechtelsville, Pa., 19505, and to her Visitation on Thursday morning from 10:00-10:45 AM at the Church. Burial will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Morning Star Fellowship Church at the above address.

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Jim Kline

Nov-27 1:03pm

Stephen,<br /> I'm sorry to hear about your mother.<br /> Jim


November 3, 2010
Herbert E. Booker, Jr., 84, of Oley

Herbert E. Booker, Jr., 84, husband of 62 years to Sylvia M. (Mooney) Booker of Oley, passed away on Tuesday at his residence. Born in Frazer, he was a son of the late Elizabeth (Rennard) Booker and the late Herbert E. Booker, Sr.

He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, and had been employed for over thirty years by the former Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation. Herbert was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Masons. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, camping, bluegrass music, and most of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his son; Skip Booker, husband of Betsy, of Elverson, his daughter, Storie Paige Connors, wife of Greg, of Oley, his brother, Charles Booker, of West Chester, his grandchildren; Janet, Nicholas, Jessica, Douglas, Chase, and his great-grandchildren; Kylie, and December. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter; the late Tracey Booker.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to his Visitation on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 Reed Street, Suite # 200, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147.

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Barbara Rosoff

Nov-4 7:09pm

You know my heart aches for all. I will see you Saturday.


November 3, 2010
Ralph J. “Jim” Hartzell, Jr., 72, of Douglassville

Ralph J. “Jim” Hartzell, Jr., 72, husband of 48 years to Ann L. (Hoffman) Hartzell of Douglassville, passed away peacefully on Monday at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of Marian (Hepp) Hartzell and the late Ralph J. Hartzell, Sr.

He is survived by a brother, Ronald J. Hartzell, of Harrisburg.  In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his brother, the late Kenneth Hartzell; and his sister, the late Rosemarie Weiss.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran during the Viet-Nam War and an active member of Shenkel United Church of Christ in Pottstown. He was a proud alumnus of  Penn State University.  He was also a member of the Elks Lodge # 814 B.P.O.E of Pottstown and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum of Reading.  He liked spending time with his family, and especially enjoyed long drives with his wife in his red convertible.

In addition to his wife, mother, and brother, he is also survived by his children:  Charlotte “Becky”, wife of Gregory Hampton of Douglassville; Robert Hartzell, husband of Kerri, of Birdsboro; Elizabeth, wife of Russ McClain of Elkins, WV.  He is the proud grandfather of  Sarah, Rachel, Kaitlyn, and Brett. He will be missed by his beloved English Bulldog, Max. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday at 11:30 AM at Shenkel United Church of Christ, Shenkel & Unionville Roads, Pottstown, Pa., 19465, and to his Visitation on Friday morning from 10:30-11:15 AM at the Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Shenkel United Church of Christ at the above address, or to the National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown Street, Suite # 2D, Watertown, MA., 02472, for which his family will be participating in the “Race For Hope” benefit fundraiser event this coming Sunday in Philadelphia.

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Elia H Doberstein

Nov-3 12:22pm

To the family, words can not express how we feel about your loss. Please be confident that people are near and able to help anytime/anywhere. Your families are loved, admired, and respected. The family unity is an example to those who are in contact with you. <br /> Stay true to each other and comfort will come. Ask others for help, we are willing. May you have the warm memories of the past and include them in the future. Blessing to ALL!

Stacey Minotto

Nov-3 7:08pm

Annie <br /> May you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.<br /> <br /> Stacey at Berks

RONALD R SOULIERE MSGT USAF RET

Nov-4 9:27pm

I WAS ONE OF THOSE RADAR MEN IN STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND WITH RALPH BUT AT PLATTSBURG AND LINCOLN NEBRASKA.... WE EVEN DID A TDY TO BRIZE NORTON ENGLAND.... AS I MENTIONED TO BECKY HE WAS A REAL GOOD MAN... IN MY BOOK THATS THE TOP OF THE LIST... HE HAD A REAL GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND EVEN MARKED HIS FIELD JACKET WITH THE INFORMAL EIGHTBALL MARKING OUR A$&E SQUADRON RECEIVED FOR LESS THAN STELLAR ACHIEVEMENTS.... THANK GOD THAT THE COMMANDER NEVER SAW IT... BUT RALPH WORE IT PROUDLY... WE EARNED THAT AWARD HE COMMENTED.. IN LATER YEARS WE WERE REUNITED DUE TO A SHOP REUNION IN DAYTON OHIO... I PERSONALLY WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT THAT YOUNG MAN THAT I RECALLED NOW LOOKED LIKE A LOT OF US... TIME IS A GREAT EQUALIZER..HIS SENSE OF HUMOR WAS STILL THE SAME.. HAD THE LOVE OF CARS TO THE END ANOTHER GOOD TRAIT... WELL RALPH I WILL MISS YOU TOO... HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER ON THE OTHER SIDE CERTAINLY HOPE SO<br /> PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY AT THIS TIME ARE INCLUDED<br /> RON S


November 1, 2010
Sara K. (Albright) Hicks, 91, beloved mother and grandmother

Sara Kathryn (Pennypacker Albright) Hicks, 91, of East Coventry Twp., wife of the late William H. Albright Jr. who passed away in 1987 and C. Kimball Hicks who passed away in 2003, passed away on Friday with her family by her side at Frederick Mennonite Community.

Born in Parkerford, she was the daughter of the late J. Earl and Mary (Styer) Pennypacker.

Penny grew up on her parent’s farm on Old Schuylkill Road in Parkerford. She attended East Coventry Consolidated School and graduated from Spring City High School in 1936. She went on to graduate from the Bible Institute of PA in Philadelphia in 1938 and received her RN in 1941 from Lankenau School of Nursing. After receiving her RN, she worked for Lankenau Hospital from 1941 to 1944. Sara joined the Navy in 1944 where she served Flight Duty as Lt. J.G. from 1944-1946. She served in the South Pacific, being stationed in both Hawaii and Guam and then later in Maryland. Her flight duty included picking up injured military from the Philippines and other South Pacific locations and when they were stabilized enough to travel returning them to the closest hospital to where they resided in the U.S.   Penny traveled many thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean and the US during this time. After returning home from the Navy, she worked at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in private duty positions from 1946 to 1949, and then became an at home mom in 1949. She re-entered the work place at PMMC from 1956 to 1981 working on the floors, then in later years working in the ER. She retired in 1981. She resided one block from her family farm in Parkerford from 1953 until she moved to the Frederick Mennonite Community in 2009. Sara loved her home and her garden and was an accomplished artist. She was a member of the Spring City Women’s Club and active in the Parkerford Church of the Brethren. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross Bloodmobiles in the area. 

She is survived by her daughter Marybeth (Albright) Supplee, husband of Leon, of Schwenksville; her brother Paul H. Pennypacker M.D., husband of Lucy, of CA.; grandchildren Deborah (Kuklentz) Shanley, wife of Steven and their children Courtney and Scott; Robert Kuklentz, husband of Marybeth and their children Katelin and Eric; and Christopher Kuklentz, husband of Jennifer, and their children Madison, Olivia and Alexandra; nieces Bonnie, Donna, Barbara, Robin, Linda, and Penny and nephew Thomas. Also surviving is former son-in-law, Allan R. Kuklentz. Along with her husbands and parents, she is predeceased by her sister E. Virginia Pennypacker High.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 10:00AM at Parkerford Church of the Brethren, 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, with Pastor Josh Bytwerk officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park with Military Honors. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Saturday from 9:00AM to 9:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sara’s name to The ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA  19002 or Frederick Mennonite Community, Attn: Rev. Brad Mellon, P.O. Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435-0498.

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Dearest Mary Beth

Nov-2 8:10pm

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother Sarah. Please know that you are in our prayers and our loving thoughts are with you and your family.<br /> Our Love, Michael & Karen

Louise Griffiths and Joseph Rutter

Nov-4 11:06am

Dear Marybeth and Family,<br /> Joe and I both have fond memories of you, your Dad and Penny when you lived in Mrs. Rutter's apartment on Mt. Zion Ave. I still have that "first school day" picture your dad took outside the apartment door. "Penny" was a sweet lady and I often saw her with Jane Bowman here at St. Matthew's chuch and eating out with Jane and Sara at restaurants. God Bless you and your family!<br /> <br /> Louise Rutter Griffiths <br />

Regina Bilynsky

Nov-4 2:56pm

To Deb and family: My condolences and prayers are with you. The heart holds wonderful memories. May those memories give you and your family peace.<br /> Regina Bilynksy


October 31, 2010
Gloria L. Malitzski, 77, of Pottstown

Gloria L. (Fizz) Malitzski, 77, of Pottstown, wife of the late George D. Batman Sr. and Robert Malitzski, passed away on Thursday at her home.

Born in Kenilworth, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Bertha M. (Gauger) Fizz.
Gloria was a member of the New Apostolic Church in Limerick. She enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles. She was a loving mother and loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

Surviving is her son George D. Batman D.M. of Pottstown; granddaughter Kim Trotter, wife of Joseph Trotter Jr., of Gilbertsville, Kelly Batman, fiancé of Brad Gibson, of Pottstown, and Becky and Tammy Rubright both of Pottstown; and great grandchildren Aaron, Alexis, Evan, Alivia, Maria and Brad Jr. Along with her husbands and parents, she is predeceased by her daughters Linda Rubright and Karen Gehris and grandson Tony Gehris.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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George Batman D M

Nov-2 5:06pm

Mom was the best loving mother, friend, and fan, I could ever ask for. She helped to shape my life and career. A lending and heart to anyone who knew her. Truly a compliment to our world. I know she will be helping out in the new one!!! Love was my mom.


October 30, 2010
Ruth M. Unruh, 86, beloved mother & grandmother

Ruth Marian (Reitnauer) Unruh, 86, of Pottstown, wife of the late Robert W. Unruh Sr., passed away on Thursday at home.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Agnes (Quinter) Reitnauer.
Ruth was a member of First Baptist Church in Pottstown and the Ladies Auxillary of the VFW Post 411 in Birdsboro.  She worked for the Acme supermarket in Pottstown for 40 years before retiring.  Ruth along with her husband Robert were owners of the “Hershey Store” on Charlotte St. in Pottstown where they sold ice cream and toys.  She was a loving mother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons Robert W. Unruh Jr., husband of Carol, of Elverson and Richard M. Unruh, husband of Nancy, of Douglassville.; her brother John Forrest Reitnauer; her sister Jeanette Bauer; 4 grandsons, Scott William Unruh, Robert William Unruh III, husband of Seanna, Robin Casey Unruh, husband of Danielle, Steven Dwayne Unruh, husband of Jessica and 3 great grandsons and 2 great granddaughters.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Dr. Marvin Marsh officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the funeral home.

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Shirley and Ruthie Shaffer

Nov-1 11:53am

Rickie and family, to let you know that you are being thought of in a special way. We lost our mother this month also.. Since Ruth and Mom were good friends, I am sure they are watching down on us.. They are out of pain .. Their love is still with us.. We love you.. Prayers, love and thoughts are with you and yours..<br /> <br /> Shirley Shaffer Fries<br /> Ruthie Shaffer Rambo


October 29, 2010
Jesse Buchsbaum, 17, beloved son and brother

Jesse  Buchsbaum, 17, of Boyertown, passed away on Monday, Oct. 25 at home.

Born in 1993, he was the beloved son of Charles “Bud” and Louise C. (Beltramo) Buchsbaum of Boyertown, Pa.

Jesse attended Boyertown High School. He attended Vo-Tech where he first started out in architecture, but changed to culinary arts. He was good with his hands and enjoyed building models of all types with his father. He was a kind and caring young man who was friendly and helpful to everyone.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his sister Samantha Louise Buchsbaum and his cat Spot.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 11:00 AM at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Burial will follow in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Pa. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help with the funeral costs to National Penn Bank, P.O.Box 547, Boyertown, Pa., 19512 under the “Jesse Fund”.

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Alice Fronheiser

Oct-29 9:33pm

Dear Louise and Bud,<br /> I was extremely saddened to learn of your son's death. What a true tragedy for someone so young! My thoughts and prayers are with you. In deepest sympathy,<br /> Alice (Baskin) Fronheiser (PMMC lab)

a stranger who cares

Oct-30 7:32am

Words will never express my sympathy for the loss of your young son. Please know that there are people you have never met praying for you in this time of need.

Jean Christman

Oct-30 8:58am

My heart goes out to your family at this very sad time. Im so sorry to hear about your sons passing. I did not know him but I know Sam and she is one of the sweetest girls I ever met.I am praying for your family.

Denise Stadler

Oct-30 9:03am

Dear Mr. and Mrs Buchsbaum and Samantha,<br /> <br /> I'm so sorry for the loss of your son and brother Jessie. Please know that you are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Hold on to the wonderful memories that you have of him because those things can never be taken away from you.<br />

Heather

Oct-30 7:24pm

I am so sorry for you loss. Jesse was a great kid and I will never forget him. I will always remember his smiling face and how he was willing to do anything for anyone. He was so willing to learn everything no matter how much effort he had to put in to it, he never gave up. His laughter was also contagious. Please know that your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Mrs G

Oct-31 11:45am

My sincere sympathy to all of you. If you remember I had Jesse for speech when he was at BES. He was a kind soul. Your loss is Heaven's gain -- take comfort.

A saddend parent

Oct-31 2:19pm

My family is so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort from our Lord in this difficult time.

Amanda

Oct-31 4:30pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. I am honored to have met him and his smile brightend everyones day no matter what we were going through. He was probably the nicest guy i have ever met. Your family is in my prayers :] stay strong

Shawn Farrigan

Nov-1 7:57am

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jesse or the Buchsbaum family,, but my heart breaks for them. May God continue to give you the strength you need to make it through this time of sadness and sorrow. Your family and Jesse's friends now have an Angel watching from above.

A mother

Nov-1 8:25am

I know you don't know me but I have children and as a parent this is something no parent should ever have to do. Jesse is with the lord and May you find peace and comfort knowing that he is with him. My family will be praying for yours. Just know that you have more people that care about you in this community than you know. My deepest sympathy...<br />

Cherie

Nov-1 9:49am

We extend our thoughts and prayers to you. This is something no family should have to go through. Please know that Jesse's smile touched many people you may never know. May the good memories you have made with Jesse carry through this difficult time. A parent who cares.

Cynthia Rice

Nov-1 11:31am

I've never had the privilege of meeting you fine people but my heart aches for you today. I am so very saddened by Jesse's passing. He looked like he had the sweetest heart. Please accept my condolences on your tragic loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gayle Fontaine

Nov-1 6:17pm

I work at the church and was extremely touched to see the entire community coming forward to comfort you today. <br /> May you be surrounded by the love of your family and friends today and always.

Diane M Yusko also Hilary Anthony and Tony

Nov-2 4:28pm

Dear Louise and Bud, I want to extend my deepest condolences to your family,I cannot imagine what pain you are going through. My mom died when I was 17,But ther is no pain like loosing a CHILD. I was one of many who worked in the cafeteria, I worked there for 6 years,It was like loosing one of my own kids.I served many over the years and got close to them. My daughter knew Jesse they were in the same grade. If you need to talk you have my e-mail.Again I am so sorry for your loss. Please know his pain is gone and he is with GOD. ALL OUR lOVE And Prayers go out to you all. Love the Yusko's

Lori Chernesky

Nov-2 6:55pm

Jesse was a very, very nice boy and I'm shocked and saddened by his death. I worked with him last year at the high school. My prayers are with you.


October 27, 2010
Phyllis C. Ohlinger, beloved mother

Phyllis C. (Trumbauer) Ohlinger, age 86, of Parkhouse Providence Pointe, Royersford, and formerly of Gilbertsville, died Monday at Parkhouse.

Born in Quakertown, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary (Naudascher) Trumbauer.

Mrs. Ohlinger was primarily a homemaker and was an active member of several Christian churches throughout her life. She loved music and sang in many church and other choirs.  She enjoyed the piano and played chimes and bells with senior groups.

Surviving are five sons; Stanley G. McClennen III, Gilbertsville, William H. McClennen (Shelley), of Salt Lake City, Utah, John H. McClennen (Donna), of Fort Mill S.C., Russell C. McClennen, of Salinas CA., and Thomas D. McClennen of Audubon. Also surviving are two brothers; William and Kenneth Trumbauer, both of Quakertown, along with a sister; Gladys Trumbauer, also of Quakertown, 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Mrs. Ohlinger was previously married to Stanley G. McClennen Jr., and was pre-deceased by a daughter; Joan P. McClennen, and four brothers and four sisters.

The family appreciates the compassionate care given by the staff at Parkhouse and Vitas Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 93 Maugers Mill Rd., Pottstown, Pa., on Saturday October 30, 2010, at 11 AM, with Bishop Brett Duersch, officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Saturday at the church. The burial only will be private.

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Oct-28 10:06am

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, I will be keeping all of the family in my prayers.<br /> Love, Sarah

Donna McClennen

Nov-1 3:46pm

So sorry that I was not able to join the family in celebrating Mom's life and sharing in your loss. My own mother died several months ago and my Dad two years ago. I understand the grief but also the comfort that comes from knowing Jesus and His Word. <br /> <br /> I think the things that I most remember about Mom was her robust laugh, that twinkle in her eyes, and her willingness to help others. <br /> <br /> I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend together in 2004 when Mom and Joan came to visit our family in South Carolina. I choose to remember Mom and Joan as they were then. We had so much fun at Jennifer's baby shower and doing the wave at one of Joel's baseball games. Mom was so funny yelling at Joel who was pitching. She sat right by the fence and kept yelling "that's the way to fire that ball in there, Joel." She loved baseball, life, and people! <br /> <br /> I am thankful for God's promise in I Thessalonians 4:13-18:<br /> <br /> The Hope of the Resurrection<br /> <br /> 13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[a] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[b] 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died[c] will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.<br /> <br /> I will be praying for God to comfort all of us as Mom will be missed. I am thankful that Mom is with God as we all look forward to being reunited again one day with her and those believers that have preceded us in death. Love, Donna (John's wife)<br /> <br /> <br />


October 27, 2010
Edward Berkle, beloved husband and father

Edward Berkle, 73, of Royersford, formerly of Roxborough, passed on Monday, Oct. 25. Survived by loving wife of 47 years, Barbara A. (McLaughlin) Berkle; children Scott (Elaine), Brian (Jenni) and Leigh Montgomery (Scott); sister Betty Jane Kennedy; and grandchildren Adam, Dana, Jessica, Zack, Reese, Brian, and Jack.

Funeral service on Friday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford with Msgr. James Foley officiating. Visitation on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30AM at funeral home. Burial to follow in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Montgomery Co. SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, PO Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222.

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Chuck Cathy Ryan Chase Montgomery

Oct-27 3:04pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Although no words can really help to ease the pain, please know that you all are very close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. With deepest love and sympathy -

Carolyn Wiker

Oct-28 7:21pm

Scott and family,<br /> Deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.

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Oct-30 7:16pm

Scott,I saw the obit for you dad, on my e inqiure. My condolences to you and your family. I know you and your dad were very close which had to make very proud. Take care of your mom. Hope everthing else is going well. 2618 Jerry


October 25, 2010
Cortes

Ariana Luz, on October, 24, 2010 at the age of 18.5 weeks gestation went to be with our Lord God in Heaven.

She was the beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miguel and Cheryl (Mazzola) Cortes and sister to Jordyn and Cristian, all of Collegeville, PA; loving granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pedro and Nora Cortes of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ and Robert and Dorothea Mazzola of Tucson, AZ; Beloved niece of Braulio, Tannia, Gary, Robert, Kzarin; Loving cousin to Shaynah and Braulio Cortes; and a beloved relative of many extended family in NY, AZ, NJ, OH, and Puerto Rico.

A private family service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30. Condolences may be sent to her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations in Ariana’s honor to the National Down Syndrome Society, www.ndss.org.

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Kim Reuben Spence

Oct-26 8:54am

We are thinking of you and praying for you and yours.<br /> <br /> Peace

D D

Oct-26 11:30am

I would like to express my condolences to you and your family for your loss. May you find comfort in the words of our Lord Jesus in John 5:28,29, "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out....to a resurrection of life." Other Scriptures that support this hope, John 11:23-25, Revelation 21:4. I hope these verses provide you and your family some comfort, feel free to contact me.


October 25, 2010
Gilbert S. Hoopes, 66, of Pottstown

Gilbert S. Hoopes, 66, of Pottstown, passed away on Saturday in Douglassville. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Doris (Stroud) Hoopes and the late Edward Hoopes.

He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Viet-Nam War who was also the recipient of a Purple Heart Medal, and he had attended Owen J. Roberts High School prior to his enlistment in the Marine Corps. Gilbert enjoyed fishing, collecting and restoring antiques, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.

Gilbert is survived by his sons; Gilbert R. Hoopes, husband of Kathryn, of North Coventry, Robert A. Hoopes, husband of Lora, of Fayston, VT., his daughters; Dawn Lederer, wife of Jeffrey, of East Coventry, Suzanne R. O’Neill, wife of James, of East Vincent, his grandchildren; Gretchen, Kristian, DePrise, Aiden, Jesse, Mia. He is also survived by his brother; Ralston Hoopes, of Pottstown, his sisters; Karen Cadwalader and Lisa Rauch, both of W. Va., his step-mother; Lorna Hoopes-Hardt, of Gladwynne, and his cat, Sammy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery; Newtown, Pa. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center, 1 Veterans Drive, Spring City, Pa., 19475.

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Rebecca Cohen Clayter

Oct-25 4:34pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hoping your memories will bring you laughter and comfort in the days ahead. He was very proud of all of you!!

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Oct-26 9:49pm

Dear Gil and family,<br /> <br /> my condolences on the passing of your father.<br /> <br /> sincerely,<br /> Deb Merroth-Ahola

Megan Noah Pam and Jon Kirkbride

Oct-27 9:20am

Our thoughts and prayers go with you during this trying time.


October 22, 2010
Dennis L. Reitnauer, 55, of Schwenksville

Dennis L. Reitnauer, 55, of Schwenksville, passed away on Monday at his residence. Born in Pottstown, Pa., he was a son of the late Edna (Shade) Reitnauer and the late Carl Reitnauer.

He had been employed for many years as an installer in the fire sprinkler industry prior to his illness. Dennis also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Dennis is survived by his daughters; Terri Robbins and Heather Reitnauer, his sisters; Patricia A. Richard, Mary E. Reitnauer, Penny L. Gaugler, Jessica L. Reitnauer and his five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Dennis was also preceded in death by his brothers; the late Robert F. Reitnauer, and the late Carl W. Reitnauer.

Funeral services will be held at a later date by his family.

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October 20, 2010
Warren F. Meck, beloved husband

Warren F. Meck, age 91, husband of Rita A. (Stengel) Meck, of Hoffmansville Rd., Bechtelsville, died Monday at Manor Care in Pottstown.

Born in Congo, he was the son of the late Thomas and Annie (Fry) Meck.

Mr. Meck worked many years for Boyertown Packaging, retiring in 1989.  Prior to that he was a self employed builder in the Boyertown area.

He was a member of the Bally Fire Co. and the Sassamansville Fire Co.  Warren loved carpentry, from building houses to small items for his family and friends.  He also enjoyed any time he could spend on his John Deere tractor for any reason at all.

Surviving with his wife of 56 years are two daughters; Corrine M., wife of Ronald G. Bartholomew of Boyertown, and Teresa M., fiancé of Ken Sotter of Barto, along with three grandchildren; Shane G. Erb, Valerie S. Herb and Andrew S. Herb.  Also surviving are three sisters; Mabel Good of Boyertown, Martha Fleisch of DE, and Mary Walters of Barto.  Warren is also survived by his three granddogs.  He was pre-deceased by four brothers and three sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Memorial Mass that will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 610 Pine St., Bally, with Monsignor Edward J. Coyle officiating.  Friends may call on November 3, 2010 from 10:00 to 10:30 AM at the church.  Burial will be in Most Blessed Sacrament Church Cemetery, Bally.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 610 Pine St., Bally, PA 19503.

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October 20, 2010
Katherine Sharon, 86, of Pottstown

Katherine (Evich) Sharon, 86, wife of the late Edward H. Sharon, formerly of Queen Street in Pottstown, passed away on Tuesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born on Pleasantville Road, Fagleysville, she was the daughter of the late Eva (Kaminiec) and Daniel Evich, and the step-daughter of the late Walsay Gordeychuck. Her parents were early members of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Pottstown, and she attended a one room schoolhouse on Swamp Pike.

During the war she made parachutes at Quality Knit in Stowe, and she later worked at In-Alin dress factory at Walnut & York Streets. After the factory closed, she worked in the receiving department of Bradlees Department Store. Katherine loved Polish music, and she made a trip to Poland to visit members of her family. She spoke five languages and enjoyed speaking them. Katherine also enjoyed cooking Polish foods, canning, and baking. She was one of the original members of the Johnny Haas Polka Dance Club, and she also enjoyed cats.

Katherine is survived by a son; William D. Sharon, of Pottstown, a daughter; Mary Ann Elliott ,wife of Dennis C. Elliott of Upper Pottsgrove, a granddaughter; Kimberly Acido ,wife of James of Boyertown, a great-grandson; Ethan E. Acito, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter; Elaine Kay Sharon, and her sister; Anna Fiala.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday, at 2:00 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to her Visitation on Friday afternoon from 1:00-1:45 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Katherine’s name to the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Mervine & Juniper Streets, Pottstown, Pa., 19464.

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Michelle Borzick

Oct-21 12:33pm

Sometimes what may seem to be our darkest hours are the brightest for those that go on before us. May your hearts find peace in the fact that she her soul is shining brighter and feeling much better.

Mr Mrs Willie Thorpe Jr Family

Oct-21 7:31pm

To: Bill & Family<br /> <br /> We like to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of need.

Dave and Sandy Walsh

Oct-21 8:39pm

Bill,<br /> Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. We know that you and yours have many wonderful memories.

Jan Miller Patti Query

Oct-22 4:42pm

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family of Katherine Sharon.


October 19, 2010
Sharon L. Hine, 64, loving mother and grandmother

Sharon L. “Chip” Hine, 64, of Pottstown, companion of the late Ronald Cassalvera, passed away on Sunday at Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Birchrunville, she was the daughter of the late Violet (Linderman) Hine.

She is survived by her children Rick McGinley, husband of Ann, of Reading, Dana Stoudt, wife of Randall, of MI., and John Brehm, husband of Tammy, of Douglassville; her brothers John Hine of Pottstown, Clarence Miller of WO, and Kenneth Miller of Pottstown. Also surviving are her grandchildren Ryan, Frankie, Morgan, Jordan, Brittany, Alysa, Randi, BethAnn, John T. and Connor and great grandchildren James and Lucas. Along with her mother and companion she is predeceased by her brother Henry Hine and sister Kathleen Vasu.

Sharon loved playing cards, especially pinnacle. She enjoyed boating and going out for breakfast with her friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother that enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Jack Mason officiating.  Burial will follow in Grove Methodist Cemetery, West Chester. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

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Alysa Stoudt

Oct-20 8:42am

Nanny you are an amazing person! I love you so much. It is not going to be the same when we come for a visit. I love you and will miss you forever!!!!RIP

Joanne

Oct-24 1:47am

Its a shock to see your life end but I know you are up in heaven with Ronnie. RIP and Eric and I will miss you lots! Thank you for being you!

Eliz Davis Hanebury

Aug-10 2:59pm

I was so shocked to see that Chip had passed, she was part of my live since she was around 8 and Kathy and I got to know each other. Deepest sympathy to Dana and Rick and the rest of the family


October 19, 2010
Daniel E. Lucas, 58, of Reading & formerly of Pottstown

Daniel E. Lucas, 58, husband of Tracy L. (Edwards) Lucas of Reading, and formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at his residence. Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Eleanor B. (Wholahan) Sabol and the late David E. Lucas.

He was a graduate of Pottsgrove High School, and had been employed for many years in the concrete industry. Daniel was involved with the Cub Scouts of America Pack #155, and he enjoyed church activities.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is also survived by his children; Courtney Onderson, Matthew Lucas, Tyler Lucas, Nicole Lucas, his grandson; James Watts,Jr., his mother’s husband; Stephen E. Sabol, and his mother-in-law; Sondra Noll. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his son; the late James Watts.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday evening starting at 7:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Friday evening from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be private. The family has respectfully requested that all flowers be omitted, and that anyone desiring to do so may make a memorial donation directly to the family for his children’s education.

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Linette

Oct-20 11:57am

I am writing to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. <br /> Although this can be a very hard and challenging time for you and your family, I would like to share an encouraging message from the Bible, about the resurrection hope. The Bible makes this promise: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up." Isa. 26:19. <br /> The resurrections in the Bible are proof of what Jesus will do on a large scale under the Kingdom of Jehovah God. Take comfort in knowing that you have an opportunity extended to you so that you may see your loved one again in Jehovah's new system of things. If you would welcome a visit so as to learn more about this and/or any other subject, please feel free to contact the nearest Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in your area or visit WWW.WATCHTOWER.ORG. <br /> You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

John Pilon

Jan-1 5:03am

I knew Dan back in the 90's. At the time I concedered him one of my best friends. I learned alot from Dan, nothing more than his philosophy of "flying straight" Dan to me was larger than life and I guess he always will be.


October 18, 2010
Genevieve D. Tascione, 88, loving mother and grandmother

Genevieve D. (Eschbach) Tascione, 88, wife of the late Joseph E. Tascione Jr., of Pottstown, passed away on Friday, Oct. 15 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born and raised in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary (Harp) Eschbach.

Genevieve was a loving mother and enjoyed spending time with her family, especial her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Aloysius R.C. Church in Pottstown where she was active in their Senior Center, a charter member of Ringing Hill Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Knight of Columbus Auxiliary, Fr. Bally Council #1192, in Stowe and past treasurer of the Sydney Pollock House Tenants Association.
Genevieve graduated from Pottstown High School in 1940, was a huge Phillies fan and enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casinos in Atlantic City.

Surviving are her sons Joseph E. Tascione III, husband of Patricia, of Pottstown, Barry D. Tascione, husband of Cindy, of Millersville and daughter Sharon, wife of John Platchek, of Pottstown, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her sister Catherine Hauseman and brothers Leonard and Elmer Eschbach.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, 10:00AM AT St. Aloysius R.C. Church, 223 Beech Street, Pottstown with Fr. Joseph L. Maloney officiating. Burial will follow in ST. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 8:00AM to 9:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Genevieve’s name to the American Cancer Society, c/o National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464: Attn Joan Gehris

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Leonard Magliocchetti

Oct-24 7:36am

Hello Joe, I recieved an e-mail from Judy Teasdale, and was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I am sure you have many fond memories. God Bless Lenny


October 13, 2010
Felicia “Dolly” Shaffer, 92, beloved mother

Felicia “Dolly” (Nuzzo) Shaffer, 92, of Spring City, formerly of Amity Manor, Douglassville, wife of the late Myron Shaffer, passed away on Monday, Oct. 11 at home with her family around her.
Born and raised in Pottstown, she was the loving daughter of the late Sebastian and Sylvia (Valente)Nuzzo.

Mrs. Shaffer worked for Pennhurst State School for 14 years before retiring. Prior to working, she was a homemaker who was a loving stay at home mom to her four children. She was an avid reader and loved doing her crossword puzzles and cryptoquotes. She was also a former member of St. Aloysius RC Church, Pottstown.

She is survived by her daughters Shirley , wife of Frank Fries, of Shallotte, NC and Ruth, wife of Randy Miller, of Spring City; sons Myron Shaffer, husband of Susan, of Douglassville and Robert Shaffer, husband of Tammy, of Lampasas, TX; 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson Billy Kretzer, her brothers Arthur and Dominick Nuzzo and her sister Celeste Van Horn.

Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family.

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Linda Montrose Lyle

Oct-14 5:54pm

Ruthie, Robert, Myron and Shirley,<br /> I am so sorry to hear about Dolly. I have so many great memories of Dolly and being a part of your life.<br /> Take care and be strong.<br /> Always, Linda

bill scheetz

Oct-19 9:48am

hello i know you most likely dont know me but my name is bill scheetz i read dollys obituary in the mercury sorry to see she passed i do not remember dolly or myron shaffer but just to make you aware i am arthur scheetzs son ,son of ruth shaffer boughter,i suppose ruth and myron were brother sister i dont know alot about the family lineage but am finding out more just wanted you to know i said a prayer for dolly and that although we dont know each other i was thinking of you please respond if you feel up to it just wanted like i said to make you aware who i was and that iseen the obituary in the paper


October 13, 2010
Francis J. Carter, 80, of Elverson

Francis J. Carter, 80, husband of 45 years to Ruth S. (Mitchell) Carter of Elverson, passed away on Friday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown. Born in Saint Albans, Vermont, he was a son of the late Mary A. (Mc Lea) Carter and the late Earl L. Carter.

He was a United States Army Veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars who after being honorably discharged from the military had worked for many years as a security guard in the industrial field, and also most recently at the Weis Supermarket in Pottstown prior to his illness. He was also a member of the Bethesda Baptist Church of Pottstown for over 20 years.

In addition to his wife he is also survived by his sons; Eric Carter, of Elverson, Philip Carter (husband of Cheryl) of Parker Ford, his sister; Jane Carter, of Venice, FL., his grandchildren; Joseph, Jessica, Amanda, and many other loving relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 10:30 AM at Bethesda Baptist Church, 2140 Harmonyville Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery, Pottstown. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Manatawny Manor, 30 Old Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465.

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October 11, 2010
Isabelle D. Wanner, beloved mother

Isabelle Rose (DeNicco) Wanner, age 79, wife of the late Donald L. Wanner, of, North Coventry Twp., died Saturday at her daughter’s home in Collegeville.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late August and Julia (Malescio) DeNicco.

Isabelle worked at the Phoenixville Hospital for 20 years before retiring in 2006. She was a member of St. Thomas More R.C. Church, Pottstown.

Isabelle travelled extensively and loved spending time at the shore. She was an enthusiastic Philadelphia sports fan.  Her other interests included hiking, fitness, tending to her flower gardens and spending time with her children, grandchildren and large extended family.

Surviving are a daughter; Judy W. wife of Christopher Bader of Collegeville, and two sons; Timothy R. Wanner, of Schwenksville, and Thomas D. Wanner, of Collegeville. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Brian T. Wanner, Kristin E. Wanner, Allison R. Bader, and Charlotte A. Bader. In addition she is survived by three sisters; Theresa Cocci, of N. Coventry Twp., Diane Meade, of Pottstown, and Shirley Muscatello of N. Coventry Twp., along with two brothers; Dr. Anthony DeNicco, and Dr. August DeNicco, both of Pottstown. She was pre-deceased by a sister; Marie Liberatori.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, at St. Eleanor R.C. Church, 647 Locust St., Collegeville Pa.  Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, North Coventry Twp.  Visitation will be from 9:00  AM to 10:15 AM on Friday at the church.

Contributions may be made in her name to: American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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Daina

Oct-12 3:13am

My condolences to the Wanner Family, <br /> <br /> During this time of great sorrow, may it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. I too know the pain of losing someone dear. Even though our hearts are broken, rest assure that our Grand Creator cares about you personally (1 Peter 5:7) and can help you through this difficult time. <br /> Revelation 21:4 speaks of a time soon when God will do away with death forever. There will be no more sorrow, heartache, or pain. May your happy memories and sure scriptural hope comfort your hearts during this painful time.<br />

Victor Margaret Jacketti

Oct-12 6:12am

Our Sincere Condolence to the Family.

Adam

Oct-13 2:24pm

My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Sandi Liberatori

Oct-14 2:51pm

In sadness and sympathy to my cousins, Love, Niece Sandi.<br /> I'll miss Aunt Isabelle. I enjoyed our Sunday visits over the last two years of my Mom's life. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. She always had kind words for my children. She was very supportive of my Mom throughout her illness and we appreciated that. We will miss her and remember her always.

LuAnn

Oct-15 8:07am

My deepest sympathy to my Wanner cousins. Missing Aunt Isabelle. I am thinking of my favorite Native American Proverb when thinking of Aunt Isabelle..."There is no death, only a change of worlds". Aunt Isabelle is in another world with her beloved husband, Uncle Donald,her sister, Marie, her parents and great niece, Mary Elizabeth;enjoying hot milk sponge cake with Jesus and Mary.


October 11, 2010
Daune A. Capobianchi, 53, beloved daughter

Daune A. “Cappi” Capobianchi, 53, of Perkiomenville, formerly of Philadelphia and Roslyn, PA, passed away on Thursday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center after a battle with cancer.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Bruno “Al” and Kathryn (McLaughlin) Capobianchi.

Daune was a 1975 graduate of Abington High School and attended Montgomery County Community College. She worked as a Director of Operations for Stretch Devices/Newman Roller Frames, in Philadelphia for 21 years. Daune was formerly a leader and camp site director for the Greater Philadelphia Girl Scout Council for many years. She volunteered each Labor Day Weekend at Camp Sunrise where she worked with children with cancer.  Daune was also an avid Texas Hold’ em player.

Along with her parents, she is survived by her brothers Michael J. Capobianchi, husband of Mary Frances "Mances" of Harleysville and Scott Capobianchi of Upper Darby; sister Monica Capobianchi of Perkasie; nieces Maria Pursel, Kathryn Capobianchi and Renzi Dager; nephews Michael and David Capobianchi and Matthew Dager; great nephew Nicholas Capobianchi and great niece Eve Maria Lutz; close and long time dear friend of Victoria Barshis.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, 10:00 AM at The Church of St. Mary, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, PA, with Rev. Charles J. McElroy officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, PA. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Daune’s name to The Daune A. Capobianchi Memorial Fund, 144 Strawberry Lane, Perkasie, PA 18944.

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Christine M Kennedy

Oct-11 12:28pm

Kathy and Al I want to express my sincere condolances to you and your extended family. This death coming so close to the death of Dayna (Kenny's daughter) from cancer brings to mind that life is so precious and can be taken away from us at any time.<br /> I will call you at a later date to talk with you in person but right now it would be just too hard for the both of us.<br /> My prayers are with Duane and despite how hard it is I am glad that she is now at peace.<br /> Love<br /> Chris

GLORIA JEAN AND SONNY

Oct-13 1:33pm

DEAR DAUNE... SO SORRY WE NEVER GOT TOGETHER... SONNY AND I BOTH ENJOYED YOUR COMPANY... AND OF COURSE YOUR STRAIGHT FORWARDNESS....WILL REMEMBER ALWAYS... <br /> DEAR KATHY AND AL OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU....<br /> SINCERELY WITH HEARTFELT FONDNESS.... SONNY AND GLORIA JEAN


October 11, 2010
Leah B. Willow, 98, formerly of Pottstown

Leah B. (Gerhardt) Willow, age 98, wife of the late Harvey C. Willow, formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Royersford, where she had been a resident for the last 15 years. She was born on May 9, 1912, in Shamokin, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Esther (Wilson) Gerhardt and the late George Gerhardt.

She was a long time resident of Pottstown, having moved there in 1953, and along with her late husband opened and operated Willow’s Wayside Furniture Company in Sanatoga from 1953 until their retirement. Leah is lovingly remembered by her family as a caring and hard working devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and also by her many friends for her fun loving nature.

Leah is survived by her son; Gary Willow, her daughter; LeAnn Hunsicker, her grandchildren; Gary Willow, Jr., and Kelly Reavis, one great-grandchild, and one great-great-grandchild.

A private Graveside Funeral Service is planned at Northumberland Memorial Park in Sunbury, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Parkhouse Providence Pointe Residents Fund, 1600 Black Rock Road, Royersford, Pa.

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Leah Willow

Oct-12 12:31pm

LeAnn,Ron,Kelly :<br /> Sorry to hear about your mother,<br /> please except our condolences<br /> to you and your family...<br /> Love<br /> Dawn & Doug


October 7, 2010
Robert W. “Walt” Doyle, 48, of Schwenksville

Robert W. “Walt” Doyle, 48, husband of Melinda M. (Melton) Doyle of Schwenksville, and formerly of Delaware County, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Born in Darby, Pa., he was the son of the late Anna (Quinn) Doyle, and the late Walter Doyle.

He was a 1981 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, and a graduate of Widener University. Prior to his recent illness he had been employed as a Sales Manager for the Nilfisk-Advance Corporation. In his spare time Mr. Doyle enjoyed working out, summers at the beach, and most importantly of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his daughters; Shannon F. Doyle, and Kelly A. Doyle, both at home, his sisters; Barbara Breznicky and Janet Gibbons, and his In-Laws; Irene and Ken Melton.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 8, 2010, starting at 11:30 AM at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Walnut Street & Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, and to his Visitation on Friday morning from 8:30-10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468. Burial will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories Cemetery, Limerick, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be made to The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, 1100 Industrial Road #1, San Carlos, CA. 94070.

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Rita Bathke Wilson

Oct-7 1:40pm

My sincerest sympathy goes out to Bob’s family at this time of great loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I had the wonderful fortune of working with Bob at Nilfisk-Advance and have great memories of him. He enjoyed life. Every time I think of Bob it brings a smile to my face. May your memories of Bob give you strength.

David Hamel

Oct-7 6:40pm

I had many fun times working with Bob over the years at Nilfisk-Advance. I had the pleasure of going on a goal makers trip with Bob and his wonderful wife melina. What a great time we had. Seeing Bob at the national sales meeting this year was even more special. All my thoughts and prays are with Bob and his family. What a wonderful freind.

Jack and Jane Webster

Oct-8 2:20am

Melinda, please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers for you and your family. I enjoyed Bob and the years we spent together at Advance. He will be missed

Sara Thurston

Oct-8 10:53am

Melinda, Shannon, and Kelly - please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Your dad was one of the greatest guys I worked with at Advance. He was always so sincere and genuine, and happy! He loved to give me updates on how you were doing. He loved to talk about his family. Bob was a really great person - and he will be deeply missed. Sara

Stan Radomski Family

Oct-8 2:29pm

Melinda and Family:<br /> <br /> I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. <br /> <br /> Stan Radomski

The Cunningham Family

Oct-9 10:29am

We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We truly feel blessed to have known<br /> Rob and are praying that the love and memories will give you and the girls some comfort at this time.


October 7, 2010
Oliver J. Hynes, 93, of Boyertown

Oliver J. Hynes, 93, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Walnut Woods in Boyertown where he was a resident. He was born to Richard and Frances (Brown) Hynes on July 23, 1917 in their home on Skippack Pike in Whitpain Township.   He was the seventh of 12 children. During his life Mr. Hynes worked as a dairy farmer and the owner/operator of an abattoir for over 25 years. He and his family lived in Worcester Township where he and his wife, Georgene (Harvey), raised their four children, L. Georgina (Brunner), Kathleen J. (Ross), Karl O. Hynes, Sr. DC, and Richard L. Hynes.  Mr. and Mrs. Hynes re-located to Limerick in 1992 and finally, in 2005, to Walnut Woods.

Mr. Hynes was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout most of his life. His pride and joy was his extensive gun collection. He was president of the Paradise Valley Hunting Club for many years and remained active with his hunting companions until a fall when he was 88 laid him up. One of his cohorts, Dick Vermeil, offers these sentiments which were echoed by many of his fellow hunters:
“I lost a really good friend this past week. Ollie and I started hunting together about 25 years ago, so I believe I knew him well enough to call him a very close friend. What a great person. Great integrity, a very compassionate, authentic human being who was a great example to me as to how to live life to the fullest without ever being selfish. I often said Ollie would be a great profile to emulate in regard to being a super grandfather. I'm going to miss our get-togethers out there in Boyertown. Whenever I drove away from one of our meals together, I left knowing I just shared a couple of hours with a Special Person that I felt very fortunate to be able to call a very good friend!! God Bless Oliver Hynes.  Sincerely, Dick Vermeil.”

Mr. Hynes was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Georgene, in 2008 and his daughter, L. Georgina, in 1992. He is survived by daughter, Kathleen, sons Karl and Richard, sisters, Gertrude Hazard and Helen (?), 6 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, October 8, 2010, starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to his Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Friday at 2:15 PM at The Cemetery of Washington Memorial Chapel, which is located within the bounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

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Bill Stella Wallace

Oct-7 1:30pm

We will always be grateful for his humor,advice and inspiration. It was a joy to be with Uncle Ollie at Aunt Gert's birthday party. It will be a memory never to be forgotten. He will always have a special place in our hearts and will be sorely missed.<br /> <br /> With love and prayers Bill & Stella Wallace


September 27, 2010
Frances E. Feeney, 84, of Etters, Pa.

Frances E. (Staret) Feeney, 84, wife of the late Robert C. Feeney of Etters, Pa., passed away on September 25, 2010, at Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Royersford, Pa. Born in Philadelphia; she was a daughter of the late Jennie (Shumoski) Staret and the late Walter Staret.

She was a lifelong nurse and a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War who served at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and then went on to work in hospitals, emergency rooms, and intensive care units all over the United States. Fran loved to read and she was passionate about political news radio. Nobody was home if the radio was off. She was also an avid flower and vegetable gardener and had a miraculous green thumb. In her retirement she took up golf and she and her late husband had many great golf outings. We will miss our parents.

Fran is survived by her daughters; Maureen Mc Laughlin (wife of the late Raymond) of Burdett, N.Y., Eileen Jeffery (wife of Tim) of Dallas, TX., Irene Bailey (wife of Keith) of Englewood, CO., Siobhan Beckstrom of Oregon, Bridget Newmiller (wife of Dave) of Royersford, her grandchildren; Ian, Devin, Colin, Kiel, Nate, Wade, Austin, Dean, Rose, Evan, and her brother; Walter Staret, of Collegeville. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her grandson, the late Miles, and her sister, the late Victoria Staret.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, and to her Funeral Service on Thursday morning at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 1:30 PM at Tri-County Memorial Gardens; Lewisberry, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Alzheimers’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite # 102, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106, or online at www.alz.org.

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Elaine Morenko Meinsler

Sep-28 10:44am

I am so sorry to see the sad news about your Mother. I am a childhood friend of Maureen and Eileen. I would love to hear from you.<br /> Elaine (Morenko) Meinsler<br /> 300 Idle Rd<br /> Marysville PA 17053 <br /> or email<br /> With my deepest sympathy for your loss.<br /> Elaine

Karen Grable

Sep-29 7:56pm

My sincere sympathy on the passing of Fran. I worked with Fran many years ago when we were both on a traveling team of nurses for the Commonwealth of PA. Fran had a great sense of humor which I always enjoyed. She took her job seriously, but she didn't take herself too seriously. She always spoke so warmly of her husband, children and grandchildren. I remember that she had just started playing golf so she could enjoy it when she retired. That motivated me to do the same. I got golf clubs for my 61st birthday!! I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for Fran. May she rest in peace.


September 23, 2010
SAMUEL W. “BUD” COSTA, Jr., 83, OF PERKIOMENVILLE

Samuel W. “Bud” Costa, Jr., 83, husband for 57 years to Julia J. (Love) Costa of Perkiomenville, passed away on Wednesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with his family by his side.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Clarice (Davis) Costa and the late Samuel Costa.

He was a former employee for 35 years of the Federal Mogul Company before his retirement in 1993, and had previously worked at the Valley Forge Military Hospital during World War II. Bud was a United States National Guard Veteran, and a life member of the New Hanover Fire Company, and a former Cub Scout Master of Troop # 291 of Sassamansville. He enjoyed collecting out-of-state license plates, and making wind chimes and bird houses. The thing Bud enjoyed most in life however was spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Marge Wommer (wife of Alan) of Frederick, Samuel W. Costa, III (husband of Linda) of Bechtelsville, his two grandchildren; Samuel W. Costa, IV, Sara E. Costa, and his brother, Lawrence Costa of Trappe. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers; the late Joseph L. Costa, and the late John Costa.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Tuesday, starting at 11:00 AM at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville, Pa., 19505, with Pastor John Brown and Pastor Derrick Whitmore officiating, and to his Visitation on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:45 AM at the Church. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Church at the above address, or to the New Hanover Fire Company, 2154 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525.

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LGS Nuclear Security

Sep-24 8:14am

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Carol Costa Barish

Sep-24 1:26pm

Aunt Judy,<br /> <br /> So sad to hear about Uncle Bud's passing, I have been thinking of all of you and wish I could be there. I have many fond childhood memories of all our family get togethers. Please know I am thinking about all of you at this sad time.

Karen Rodriguez

Sep-26 10:12am

Sam was a delightful man and I'm happy to have had the pleasure of working with him each day. May you find comfort in knowing his suffering has ended. My thoughts are with you Mrs. Costa and all of your family. Karen

Mary Kent

Sep-26 3:44pm

Marge and family,<br /> I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.<br /> Mary

Henry and Chris Lempergel

Sep-26 7:32pm

We are so sorry to hear about Bud. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We had enyoyable times with you and Bud in Virginia. He will be missed.<br /> <br /> Love Henry and Chris

SUSAN YOUNG

Sep-27 2:15pm

So sorry to hear about Uncle Bud's passing. Though I am not a family member, I always enjoyed calling him Uncle Bud and loved family time with him and Aunt Judy talking about their beloved border collies. Many happy memories of visits at nephew Joe Costas home. Uncle Bud was a kind and gentle man. My prayers are with your family.


September 21, 2010
LEVARN H. NESTER, 86, OF GILBERTSVILLE

Levarn H. Nester, 86, husband of the late Ann R. (Mykitiak) Nester of Gilbertsville passed away on Monday, September 20, 2010, at Elmcroft Assisted Living Center in Reading.

Born in Washington Township, Pa., he was a son of the late Sallie (Herb) Nester and the late Daniel Nester.

He was an employee for 40 years of the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Company and the former Occidental Petroleum Company, both of Pottstown. Levarn was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a school bus driver for 10 years for the Boyertown School District. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church of Boyertown. He was a life member of New Hanover Fire Company where he served as a volunteer fire policeman. He was a life member at Sassamansville Fire Company, New Berlinville Fire Company, Bechtelsville Fire Company, Gilbertsville Fire Company, and was a member of Pike Township Sportsmen’s Association. One of his proudest accomplishments was the fact that along with his late wife and family he had built his home literally from the ground up over the years.

Levarn is survived by a son; Glenn A. Nester (husband of Gale) of Pottstown, and their children; Lynne and Bryan, and their granddaughters; Geraldine and Ava Lynne, a daughter; Bonnie K. Stoltz (wife of Frank) of Reading, and their children; Sarah and Joseph, a daughter; Deborah A. Peters (wife of Jeffrey) of Northampton, and their children; Jacob and Hannah, a son; Randy L. Nester of Boyertown, and his daughter, Amanda. He is also survived by his sister; Rebecca N. Fry, of Boyertown. In addition to his wife, Levarn was also preceded in death by his son, the late Dennis Nester.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday, September 25, 2010, starting at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, with Pastor Jeff Odgren officiating, and to his Visitation on Saturday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at the church. Burial will follow in Hill Church Cemetery, Pike Township.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 330 S. 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Phila., Pa., 19107.

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Anita Turner and Glenn John

Sep-22 10:56am

Condolances to all of you, especially Randy whom we knew the best. Levarn was the nicest man and a credit to the community.

Mary Whitsett

Sep-22 3:41pm

Deb- my condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with all of you during this very sad time. Mary Whitsett


September 21, 2010
Michael A. Zoccola, 63, loved life

Michael A. “MAZ” or “Big Mike” Zoccola, 63, husband of Beverly Holbert, of Royersford, passed away suddenly on Monday at Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Anthony F. and Margaret M. (Loughery) Zoccola.

Michael was an Army veteran and a member of the Lansdale American Legion Post 206. He worked for the former Jefferson Smurfit Corp. for 35years and recently worked part time for Trans Net as a bus driver for 3 years. He enjoyed watching the Phillies and the Eagles. Michael loved life and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Along with Beverly, he is survived by his step-children Michele Benek, Michael Holbert, and Melanie Jackson; his brothers James J., Anthony F. and Joseph Zoccola, his sister Margaret Eckhart and grandchildren Lauren and Michael Holbert, and Scott and Kyle Benek.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 12:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, with Deacon Dennis Bingham officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11:00AM to 12:15PM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312.

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Roxanne Felts Aerobic Rhythmics

Sep-23 8:39pm

Beverly,<br /> We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. <br /> Roxanne Felts and the Limerick Elementary Class

carmen+vicki legutko

Sep-25 7:40am

we are very sorry to hear about mike he was a very good person to work with and was very well liked by all he will be missed very much


September 20, 2010
Clarence H. “Larry” Wolfe, 86, of Elizabethtown
Clarence H. “Larry” Wolfe, 86, of the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown, originally of Boyertown, husband of Winifred H. (Lightfoot) Wolfe, passed away Sunday.

Born in Boyertown, he was the son of the late John H. and Elsie (Spotts) Wolfe.

Clarence was a WWII Army Aircorp Veteran. He was a member of the Free & Accepted Mason (F&AM) Lodge #741 Boyertown and the Rajah Temple Shrine in Reading. He was a life member of Keystone Fire Co. in Boyertown where he was a pumper driver, also a member of the Friendship Hook & Ladder in Boyertown, Gilbertsville Fire Co. and Liberty Fire Co. in New Berlinville.
He was employed by the former Tung-Sol Co. in Boyertown for 26 years as a maintenance manager and then at Exide Battery in Connecticut as an engineer for 7 years until he retired in 2002.  After his retirement, he drove school van for Boyertown Area School District for several years. Clarence was also a member of Boy Scout Troop #503, formerly #3, in Boyertown.

Surviving with his wife are daughters Karin J. Pell, wife of Christopher, of Boyertown and Lorna K. Wolfe of Asheville, NC.; brother Raymond E. Wolfe, husband of Mildred, of Boyertown and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters Mary K. Fryer and Ruth E. Sork.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville with Rev. Dennis Christie officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.  A Masonic memorial service will be held at 10:45AM.
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Greg Amy Brookshire

Sep-21 6:29pm

Lorna, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

Jenny Bailey

Sep-22 1:06am

My thoughts and prayers are with Lorna and her family during this time of sorrow. I used to attend church with Lorna and sing in the choir with her. May God grant you comfort during this time.

Patti and Chris Randall

Sep-22 1:12pm

Lorna, you and your family are in our hearts and thoughts.

Kristi Daroci

Sep-22 11:29pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!<br /> <br /> The Daroci/Colon family


September 20, 2010
Russel Ernest Nagel, 85, of Boyertown

Russel Ernest Nagel, 85, husband of Aloma G. Nagel, of Gilbertsville, passed away on Sunday at his residence.

 
Born in Greshville, he was the son of the late Alice (Conrad) Nagel.

 

Russel was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown where he was a member of the Golden Age Club. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for 20 years, retiring in 2008, the Military Affiliate Radio System for 20 years helping out soldiers during the Gulf War and the Reading Radio Club. Russel was also a member of the Boyertown Lions Club, the Spring Street Senior Center and the Boyertown Dance Club.

 

Along with his wife of 38 years, he is survived by daughters Sharon Reigner, wife of Richard, of Stowe, Linda Follweiler, wife of Jay, of Pottstown, Cecelia Schmoyer of Topton; step daughters Susan Schaeffer, wife of David, of Boyertown and Cheryl Davis of Boyertown; step son Nicholas Perich, husband of Melissa, of Pottstown; and half brother Barry Endy, husband of Barbara, of Washington 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Along with his mother he is predeceased by his first wife Cecelia Helen Weis, his adopted father James Nagel and grandson Thomas Schmoyer.

 

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, 11:00AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church ,

45 N. Reading Ave.
, Boyertown, with Rev. John G. Pearson officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the church. Burial will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Russel’s name to the Boyertown Area Multi Service Food Pantry, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown, P A19512 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, 45 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512 .

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

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Leslie Simon

Sep-21 7:33am

Russel was a kind and sweet man, We were blessed to have had him here at Manatawny Manor. Please take care Mrs. Nagel, we are all thinking of you.


September 14, 2010
Cheryl Ann Lattanze, 52, of Limerick

Cheryl Ann (Buddy) Lattanze, 52, of Limerick, passed away on Monday, Sept. 13 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of William John Jr. and Maryanne (Eliff) Buddy of King of Prussia.

Cheryl attended St. Augustine’s Grade School in Bridgeport and graduated in 1976 from Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown.  She worked as a cake decorator at the Jeffersonville Genuardi’s. Cheryl enjoyed cooking and loved her family. She will be sadly missed.

Along with her parents, she is survived by her daughter Jennifer Kirkpatrick, wife of Thomas, of Limerick; sons Michael Lattanze Jr., husband of Elizabeth, of Limerick, and Jason Lattanze of Limerick; sisters Noreen Watson, wife of Robert, of Collegeville and Mary Lynn Burns, wife of Michael, of West Norriton  and brother William John Buddy III, husband of Christine, of Collegeville. Also surviving are granddaughters Brianna, Aubrey and Brigid.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 10:30AM at St. Eleanor RC Church, 647 Locust Street, Collegeville with Msgr. James Foley officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made in Cheryl’s name to American Cancer Society, c/o National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 ATTN: Joan Gehris.

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Angelo Peggy Iacovino

Sep-15 8:37am

We will miss our loving niece who has been very brave during her illness, she is now at peace and we will always remember her smiling face.<br /> Aunt Peg & Uncle Angelo

Keith Lucy Biscotti Bean

Sep-15 10:16am

MaryAnn & Jack, Noreen, Jack, and MaryLynn, & Cheryl's children: I am so so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our prayers during this very difficult time. You have always had such a loving family, please take comfort in each other. God Bless you all. <br /> Much love, Lucy and Keith

Sue Yagel

Sep-15 10:58am

Jennifer, Tom and family,<br /> So sorry to hear the news of your loss. Please know my thoughts and good wishes are with you during this difficult time and please don't hesitate to ask me for anything you might need and I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Jacquie Dan Nace

Sep-15 12:21pm

Aunt MaryAnne, Uncle Jack, Jennifer, Michael, Jason, Noreen, Jack & Mary Lynn,<br /> We are so sorry about Cheryl. There is nothing we can say to ease your pain, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. <br /> Cheryl was such a kind and sweet person and she will be missed.<br /> Love,<br /> Jacquie & Dan

Patty Stephanie Mathias

Sep-15 2:43pm

Dear Aunt Maryanne, Uncle Jack, Noreen, Jack, Marylynn, Jennifer, Mike and Jason & family, I can't even put into words how sorry I am. My heart goes out to all of you. My cousin Cheryl was the sweetest and caring person that I knew. I have to add she was the bravest person as well. Just so you know I will always be here for you all and if you ever need anything just let me know.

Carol

Sep-15 3:01pm

Maryanne & Jackie,<br /> My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. <br /> <br /> Carol & Bud Delaney

Eileen And Brian Singer

Sep-15 6:28pm

Aunt Maryann, Uncle Jack, Noreen,Jack, Marylynn and families <br /> Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. This is a wonderful poem.<br /> <br /> You can shed tears that she is gone,<br /> Or you can smile because she has lived.<br /> <br /> You can shed tears that she is gone,<br /> Or you can smile because she has lived.<br /> <br /> You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,<br /> <br /> Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.<br /> <br /> Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,<br /> <br /> Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.<br /> <br /> You can remember her and only that she is gone,<br /> <br /> Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.<br /> <br /> You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,<br /> <br /> Or you can be what she would want: <br /> Smile, open your eyes, love and go on

Anne Collins

Sep-15 7:22pm

Jason, Mike & Liz,<br /> I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I will pray for the repose of your mom's soul and I will keep your entire family in my daily prayers. <br /> Sincerely,<br /> Anne Collins (Nick & Steve's mom)

Robin and Pat Moyer and Scott

Sep-15 8:06pm

Jennifer, Mike and Jason, We were sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Robin and I remember all the good times that we shared at all those hockey games. I am sure she will be missed. May God Bless you all.

alisa

Sep-15 8:36pm

Jen, Mike, Jason and Family:<br /> My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will miss her dearly.<br /> Love, The Moyers

Anthony Carol Testa

Sep-16 9:35pm

Mike, Jason and Family: We are so saddened to hear of Cheryl's passing. You have our deepest of sympathy.

Michele Mayer

Sep-17 10:13am

Elizabeth & Mike, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Michele

Central Presbyterian Church

Sep-20 11:56am

I picked up "leftover" baked goods on Fri. & Sat. at Genuardi Jeffersonville storeand Cheryl was always so nice to everyone and concerned when one of us was ill. Our church had her on our prayer list Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.<br /> <br /> Gail Scott


September 14, 2010
Ralph I. Kreider, 87, loving father & grandfather

Ralph I. Kreider, 87, husband of the late Marie A. (Doyle) Kreider, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Willow Ridge Nursing Center in Hatboro.

Ralph was a WWII United States Marine Corps Veteran obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He was Commandant for the Boyertown Detachment of the Marine Corps League and an Officer at the Boyertown American Legion. In addition, he was a chairman for the local Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, a lifetime member of the Pottstown Elks #814 and longtime President of the Coaches Athletic Club (A.C.) in Pottstown. Ralph enjoyed traveling and loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons William Kreider, husband of Cheryl, and Jess D. Kreider; and grandchildren Ryan Doyle, Brandon William, and Allison Marie Kreider.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 – phone 610-323-4440. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to the Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Hospice Program at: CKHS Foundation Office, One Medical Center Boulevard, Upland, PA 19013.

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Brian Henry

Sep-16 6:19pm

Dear Jess, Bill and families, I am not sure if you will remember me, but I served in the Boyertown Detachment of the Marine Corps League with your father. I lost touch with Ralph over the past number of years, I was shocked when I learned of his passing. Your father helped me alot in the MCL and I loved him as a brother Marine. I pray that the Peace and Mercy of God are with you and your families at this time. God bless you. Brian Henry

Craig Ingha

Sep-17 12:36pm

As a long time friend and fellow MCL member, I salute Ralph. He was a good a loyal friend and Marine Brother.<br /> <br /> My condolances and prayers are extended to Ralph's family. I regret that my schedule does not allow me to participate in his final parade.<br />

Judy and Howie Bedell

Sep-17 2:24pm

Bill and Jess--We were sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Howie's father passed away a couple of weeks ago. We know exactly how you are feeling at this time. May you have fond memories to comfort you during the days to come. Sincerely, The Bedell Family


September 13, 2010
Darlene Kay Wade, 56, of Pottstown

Darlene Kay (Valentine) Wade, 56, wife of 36 years to Robert A. Wade, Sr., of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Dorothy (Wentzel) Valentine and Charles Valentine.

She was a 1974 graduate of Pottsgrove High School and had been employed in the Food Service department of the Pottstown School District for 8 years before her recent retirement. Darlene was a very active member of Hopewell Community Church of Pottstown where she spent many happy hours. In her spare time Darlene enjoyed singing and listening to music, playing games and cards with her family, cross stitching, doing crossword puzzles, and most importantly of all, spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband and her father, Darlene is survived by her children; Robert A. Wade, Jr. (husband of Gloria) of Stowe, Jessica Goss (wife of Daryl) of Stowe, Victoria Wade of Pottstown, her grandchildren; Zakkery,Autumn,Emily, Kloe, and her many siblings; Janice Freimann, Carol Vanderslice, Janet Maldonado, Charles Valentine, Jr., Bonnie Lukehart (wife of the late Randal E. Lukehart, Sr.), Donald Valentine, Evelyn Uphold, Joseph Valentine, Guy Bartholomew, Viola Bartholomew, Kathy Bauer, Leroy Bartholomew, and Minerva Hanley. She is also survived by many other numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Darlene was also preceded in death by her niece, the late Jennifer Lukehart, and her sibling, the late Lee Bartholomew.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 11:00 AM at Hopewell Community Church, Route 100 & North State Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, with Pastor Bruce Levengood officiating, and to her Visitation on Thursday Morning from 9:30-10:45 AM at the Church. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery, Pottstown.

Memorial contributions in Darlene’s name can be made to the Hopewell Community Church at the above address.

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Denise Faust

Sep-14 11:52am

Just wanted to let Robert and Gloria know how sorry I was to hear about their loss. I will keep you both in my prayers.

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Sep-14 12:30pm

Dear Bob, Bobby, Jess and Tori,<br /> I was shocked to hear of this tragic news. I send you my deepest sympathies and pray our God wraps his arms around you and your family and gives you comfort. Hold on the wonderful memories dear Dar has given all us with her gentle and kind spirit. I know many hearts are breaking with you. With love, Sharon Leibensperger and family.

Christine Brightbill Woodman

Sep-14 4:29pm

Charlie and Family,<br /> I was saddened to hear the passing of Darlene. I will keep you all in my prayers.<br /> My Deepest Sympathy,<br /> Christine Brightbill Woodman

DORIS ROUSSEY

Sep-16 9:50am

MY AALL OF YOUDEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU.DARIENE AND MY DAUGHTER WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER. DARENE WAS A GOOD DFRIEND FOR ROBIN. SHE WAS ROBIN FLOYD.SHE LIVED DOWN THE STREET FROM YOU ON SPRUCE ST.SHE THOUGHT SO MUCH OF DARENE. SHE WILL BE SADLY MISSED. LOVE DORIS ROUSSEY. ROBIN'S MOTHER

Jean Comrey Shoup

Sep-22 10:38am

I was very sorry to hear that Darlene passed away. My sister and I went to school with her. Although I have not had contact in many, many years, I remember her as a very nice person. I am very sorry for your loss.


September 10, 2010
Lester H. Yorgey, 68, loving father and brother

Lester H. Yorgey, 68, of Perkiomenville, passed away suddenly on Thursday at his son’s residence in Yardley, PA.

Born in Norristown, he was the son of the late Jacob F. and Rose A. (Dellangelo) Yorgey.

Lester was a US Army veteran. He was a member of the Polish Club in Spring City and was a frequent Turf Club visitor (expert handicapper). Most important, he was a loving and caring father that will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his sons Josh, Christian and Lester A. Yorgey; brothers Jake, Sal, Herb and Bruce Yorgey; sisters Joanne Deago, Rose Hafler, Ellen Eubank and Paulette Rapp; and grandchildren Desiree and Zachary Yorgey. Along with his parents he is predeceased by his sister Catherine Villanova and his trusty canine friend Leslie.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lester’s name to Foundation for a Smokefree America, PO Box 492028, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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September 10, 2010
Carl David “Big Dave” Sells, 59, of Spring City

Carl David “Big Dave” Sells, age 59, husband of Karen A. (Leszkowicz) Sells of Spring City passed away on Wednesday at Phoenixville Hospital with his family by his side, after a long, courageous, and valiant battle against cancer that he fought with both strength and dignity.

Born in Niskayuna, New York, he was the son of the late Virginia M. (Murray) Sells and the late Carl H. Sells.

Dave had been employed for many years as a service advisor in the automotive industry, and was also an entertainer and musician for years with many different local bands, with the “Straight Shooter Band” being his most recent one. He was also a member of the “Udder Gang Car Club” and he was very instrumental in organizing and participating in their annual “Helping Hands Benefit Car Show” fundraiser benefit.  Dave was also a very active participant for many years in the “Relay for Life” annual event. In his spare time he enjoyed drag racing, hot rodding, and NASCAR.  He cared deeply for animals; especially his cats, and he loved to travel. Dave was a truly generous and loving man throughout his entire lifetime that enjoyed giving to others in need of a helping hand. The thing Dave enjoyed the most however was spending time with his family and friends and making people laugh.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his sons; Michael Jenkins of Spring City, Chris Jenkins of Pottstown, and many loving friends and extended family members.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, starting at 10:30 AM at Saint Joseph R.C. Church, 3640 Schuylkill Road, Spring City, Pa., 19475, and to his Visitation on Monday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM and again on Tuesday morning from 8:45-9:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468. Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date. Memorial contributions in Dave’s name can be made to the Phoenixville Hospital Cancer Center, 140 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, Pa., 19460.

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Julia Bechtol Paster

Sep-10 9:26pm

I'm so sorry to hear this. Rest in comfort of knowing the suffering is over for him. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Warren Louise Shaner

Sep-11 3:25am

Dave was a loving, wonderful guy. He will never be forgotten. Love and prayers to Dave's family, Karen, Mike and Chris.<br /> <br /> Love, Warren & Louise

Judy

Sep-11 9:11am

While we are mourning at the loss of Dave, others are celebrating & rejoicing to meet him at Heaven's gate. We will miss his presence but he will never stray far from our memory and heart. Remember Karen that you are loved & we will always be there for you. Love, Larry, Judy, Tina & your little Emmie

Anne Dougherty Keim

Sep-12 7:03pm

Karen, you may not remember me but I used to be married to your Uncle Jake and I am Cindie and Jerry's mom. I was so sorry to read of your loss. It sounds as if your husband was an awesome man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chuck Debbie Frock

Sep-13 9:43am

Dear Karen,Chris and Mike:<br /> Our deepest regards and sympathy for your loss. Dave was a special person and we will always remember him from being the service manager at Cowan Chevorlet in Limerick.<br /> He had such a "GREAT" PERSONALITY".<br /> God Bless you and yours our prayers and thoughts will be with you.<br /> Best Regards,<br /> Chuck & Debbie Frock

Peggi Hallowell

Sep-13 11:00am

Karen,<br /> So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.<br /> Peggi Hallowell

Lin Cassidy

Sep-14 1:13pm

Dear Karen - I am sorry for your loss. Sending you my deepest sympathy, empathy, and prayers. God Bless. Lin


September 9, 2010
William Alan Hohl, 91, of North Coventry

William Alan Hohl, 91, husband for 63 years to Doris M. (Rawn) Hohl of North Coventry, passed away on Saturday morning surrounded by his loving family. Born in Douglassville, he was a son of the late Therza (Rinker) Hohl, and the late William F. Hohl.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific, and he was employed as a tool & die maker for over 30 years by the Doehler-Jarvis Company prior to his retirement. He was also a Mason with over 50 years of service and was a member of the Stichter Masonic Lodge #254, and he was also an officer of the High 12 Masonic Organization. Mr. Hohl was also a former member of the Owen J. Roberts School Board, and a lifelong member of the Cedarville United Methodist Church where he was very active in many of the church leadership positions. He was also a past committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop #95, and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting, bird watching, and hot air ballooning. Mr. Hohl was also a passionate gardener who also loved spending time with his family, and he will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Linda H. Giannini, of Murrieta, CA, Susan H. Pecarich (wife of Andrew) of North Coventry, Mary Lou Gundersen (wife of Gordon) of North Potomac, MD., David A. Hohl (husband of Jo Ann) of North Coventry, his grandchildren; Mark Gundersen, Brian Gundersen, Lisa Mast, Bill Hohl, Jamie Giannini, Lauren Pecarich, Kristina Pecarich, and his brothers; W. Frank Hohl, of North Coventry, H. Eugene Hohl, of East Coventry, and Reverend Richard Hohl, of Iowa. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his infant son, the late William Alan Hohl, Jr., and his brother, the late Raymond R. Hohl.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 10:00 AM at Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465, and to his Visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM, and again on Thursday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at the Church.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Cedarville United Methodist Church at the above address.

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September 8, 2010
William A. Sheeler, Sr., 87, formerly of Knauertown

William A. Sheeler, Sr., 87, husband of the late Dorothy Mae (Henning) Sheeler, a lifetime resident of Knauertown, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2010, at Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Royersford. Born in Elverson, Pa., he was a son of the late Ada (Wells) Sheeler and the late Howard A. Sheeler.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, and he was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in St. Peters, Pa. William was also a life member of the George Amole American Legion Post # 47 of Pottstown, and he had also been a former troop leader of the Boy Scouts of America. He had also performed for many years as a drummer and singer with the Jumpin Jacks and the Bob Petro Quartet bands.

William is survived by his daughter; Lorna Lea Baird (wife of James III) of Pottstown, his son; William A. Sheeler, Jr. (husband of Kimberly) of Sassamansville, and his grandchildren; Shannon Baird, Dr. James Baird, IV, Rebekah Sheeler, Breanna Sheeler, and William Sheeler.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Saturday, September 11, 2010, starting at 1:00 PM at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 2203 Harmonyville Road, St. Peters, Pa., 19470. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Parkhouse Providence Pointe Resident fund, 1600 Black Rock Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468.

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Mastrangelo Family

Sep-9 8:17am

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. The world has lost a great man. May he rest in peace. <br /> <br /> ~The Mastrangelo's

Jack Kochu

Sep-9 8:30am

Bill and Lorna, God Bless You both and your families. Keep near the memories of your time together with your dad.<br /> Jack Kochu

Pam Smith

Sep-9 12:03pm

My sincerest sympathies on the passing of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. Your family is in my prayers.

Robin Anderson

Sep-9 7:24pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Olock

Sep-9 8:08pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to you all! I was saddend to hear about Wimps passing, sadly previous committments will prevent me from beig there. I will be thinking of you guys!

alice and bob amey

Sep-10 10:17am

bill sheeler was my uncle by marriage to my aunt dot and we lost a.dot in feb. and now our u.bill. we loved him dearly and will miss his sense of humor as well as his stories! always a story..... most important is his love for dot and my cousins,lorn and cork and his grandkids. uncle bill, aunt Dot: i'll miss you always but, loved you both dearly and now you are together again and w/ my mama and daddy. luv, alda<br /> xoxo

Joanne

Sep-23 12:43am

i had the privilege of meting both Mr and Mrs. Sheeler later in their life .. i truly wish i would have met them sooner, they were a great couple. so full of fun and life .It was great fun to hear his stories and to see her reaction to them . they wil truly be missed by many .

Terry Shumate

May-12 4:57pm

uncle Bill will sorely missed by his old troop members I considered him very special


September 7, 2010
Pauline E. Weller, 82, of Gilbertsville

Pauline E. (Miller) Weller, 82, wife for 59 years to Herman H. Weller of Gilbertsville, passed away on Friday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in New Berlinville, she was a daughter of the late Myrtle (Rhoads) Miller and the late Norman C. Miller.

Besides being a homemaker for many years, Pauline had also been employed for over 30 years at the Boyertown Packaging Company before her retirement. She was also a member of the Pikeville Sportsmen’s Association and she was very devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she enjoyed spending time with them. Pauline will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.

In addition to her husband; Pauline is also survived by her daughter, Laurie Smith (wife of Jeffrey) of Gilbertsville, her grandchildren; Robert Weller, Brandi Stalnecker, Peter Smith, Ryan Smith, her great-grandchildren; Tommy Stalnecker, Jaden Weller, and her siblings; Shirley Ziegenfuse, of Gilbertsville, Melvin Miller, of Bally, Marion Miller, of Bechtelsville, Gloria Conrad, of Boyertown. In addition to her parents, Pauline was also preceded in death by her son; the late Barry Weller, her great-grandson; the late Jayce Weller, and her brother; the late Herman Miller.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Wednesday morning, starting at 10:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to her Visitation on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM, and again on Wednesday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Huff’s Union Church, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, Pa., 18011.

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george and linda schrieber

Sep-7 5:22pm

our hearts go out to you at this time of need


August 31, 2010
John J. Amtsfield, of Boyertown

John J. Amtsfield, age 60, husband of Linda K. (Cohick) Amtsfield of Boyertown, passed away on Sunday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Carole (Kelley) Amtsfield and the late John Joseph Amtsfield.

He had been employed for many years by the U.S. Postal Service as a Rural Letter Carrier in Pa. and N.J., where he also served as a State Union Steward in both of those states. John was an avid genealogist who also enjoyed watching all of the Philadelphia sports teams. He was also a member of several counties historical societies.

In addition to his wife, John is also survived by his children; Joel Amtsfield (husband of Karen) of Phoenix, AZ., Sean Amtsfield (husband of Corinne) of Reading, Adrienne Dellinger of N.J., Seth Dellinger of Erie, his 7 grandchildren, and 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held privately by his family at a later date. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

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Mark V Menafro

Aug-31 2:38pm

Having known John for about 20 years I can honestly say I am a better person because of him. Go in peace John, the world has lost a bit more character with your passing. Linda, My wife and I wish you happiness, joy and gods love. I have yet to meet anyone like John. Only the fondest of memories remain.

Connie Tichnell

Sep-2 7:51am

Linda and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. John is at peace now and out of pain. GOD always knows best. Trust HIM for the right answer. GOD give you comfort.

Pat Hatt

Sep-5 9:23am

My deepest condolences to John's family. I learned a lot about the rural carrier craft because of John and always found answers to questions. He was a fighter for rural carrier rights and made a big difference in many rural carriers lives. We will miss you, John. Rest in Peace.

Carol Halverson

Sep-5 4:00pm

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a bulldog for rural rights. I so admired him. He was one of my heroes!!

Gary

Sep-6 10:08am

I enjoyed his comments on Rootsweb. I am in Oregon and I feel sad.

Anne Sloan

Sep-6 12:10pm

Rest in peace John. Many of us will remember the helping hand you were always so ready to offer.

Mike Borneman

Sep-7 11:21am

Linda-<br /> Please accept my heart-felt condolences on your loss. We have all lost a fine man and a staunch unionist. May he rest in peace.

Edith Englund

Sep-12 7:54am

I am very sad to hear of your loss and I send you my prayers. I didn't know him personally but knew of him through his work with the rural letter carriers assoc. and he was probably, one of my only mentors, although he never knew it. He wrote with such intelligence, knowledge and passion that I'd have to prop myself up in my chair proudly when I read what he wrote. I will miss him very much.<br /> Edie

Siler Emma McCarty

Sep-18 5:43pm

Linda,<br /> We were so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was certainly a passionate advocate for rural carrier rights and his contributions to our craft will not soon be forgotten.

Bob McNulty

Oct-2 2:14pm

I only found out that i was related to John about a week after he died. His work as a geneologist will benefit me greatly. I am related to John via his Steinruck/Hanselman/Gresh/Handwerk lines. I would so much have enjoyed talking with him. I am very sorry that he has passed away! His family is in my prayers.<br /> Bob McNulty, philadelphia


August 30, 2010
Helen C. Christman, 91, of Pottstown

Helen C. (Harp) Christman, 91, wife for 73 years of Robert L. Christman, Sr., of Pottstown passed away on Sunday at Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Royersford. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Agnes E. (Fox) Harp and the late George Harp.

She was a homemaker who was an avid bowler and bowled for many years in the Senior Bowling League at Jay Lanes, and she was also a member of the Pottstown Senior Center.

In addition to her husband, Helen is also survived by her children; Robert L. Christman, Jr., of Pottstown, Barbra J. (Salata) Gerlach, of Birdsboro, Kenneth L. Christman (husband of Kathleen) of Pottstown, Ronald A. Christman, of Red Bluff, CA., Nancy L. Sumpter (wife of Franklin), of Hemingway, S.C., Helen A. Levengood (wife of Bruce) of Pottstown, her sister; Sara J. Decker, of Pottstown, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her grandson, Raymond Salata, Jr., 1 sister, and 6 brothers.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 11:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, with Pastor Bruce Levengood and Pastor Bryan Levengood officiating, and to her Visitation on Thursday morning from 10:30-11:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading. 
Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Hopewell Community Church, 1130 Commerce Drive, Pottstown, Pa., 19464

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Mare Ricci Hartman

Aug-31 8:08am

My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time. May God Bless. Love Mare

Richard Margie Deets

Aug-31 8:17pm

To the Christman family, We are so sorry to read of your mothers passing. Just losing my father recently, I know what you are going through. Again our deepest sympathy. Richard % Margie Deets

Betty McDonough

Sep-1 8:18am

Barb& family your in my thoughts & prayers.I can`t be there due to work, however my heart will be.I know she was a great Mom

Laura Pope Griffith

Sep-3 9:40am

Dear Barbra Jean & Family,<br /> So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Our families spent alot of time togather when I was groing up.I know how much love she had in her heart.


August 30, 2010
Stanley R. Werstler, 87, of Boyertown

Stanley R. Werstler, 87, husband for 64 years of Virginia (Benfield) Werstler of Boyertown, passed away on Thursday at Manor Care Pottstown. Born in Upper Hanover, Pa., he was a son of the late Hannah Wentzel and a step-son of the late Frank B. Landis.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Prisoner of War who had also been listed as Missing in Action at one time, and he was awarded a Purple Heart in addition to other military decorations. Stanley was a lifetime member of Saint Paul’s Church in Stowe, and also a member of the V.F.W., Pikeville Sportsmen’s Club, Sanatoga Fire Company, Seniors Coalition, and Pine Forge Sportsmen’s Club. He was also employed in the textile industry and had been employed for 44 years by the former E.V. Hunter Corporation in Stowe, which later became the Yocom Knitting Company from which he retired in 1983. Stanley was happiest while working outdoors planting seeds, farming, and tending to his cattle.

In addition to his wife, Stanley is also survived by his daughter, Virginia Bealer (wife of Rich) of Boyertown, his granddaughters; Karen Laboy (wife of Wil) of Boyertown, Jennifer Bealer, of Boyertown, his sisters; Ella Bertoti, of Pottstown, Ethel Keim, of Douglassville, and his great-granddaughters; Lexi and Kaylee Laboy, whom he adored. In addition to his parents, Stanley was also preceded in death by his daughter, the late Cynthia Werstler.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Visitation on Tuesday from 9:30-10:45 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Funeral Service on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown.

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Bruce Sandy Moser and Aunt Ellen

Aug-30 6:22pm

Ginny,Rick and family,<br /> Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time, take care.


August 23, 2010
Mary I. McGinniss, 86

Mary I. (nee Smith) Mc Ginniss, 86, on August 16, 2010, of Pottstown & formerly of Norwood. Beloved wife of the late George F. McGinniss & loving mother of Mary Anne Paolucci (Steven) & Regina Bitner (Mark).

She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren & she was preceded in death by all her brothers & sisters.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 20, 2010, starting at 10:30 AM at Saint Joseph R.C. Church, 3640 Schuylkill Road, Spring City, Pa., 19475, & to her Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the church. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.

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August 23, 2010
Tony Ferraro, 76, of Pottstown

Tony Ferraro, 76, husband of Lorraine M. (Lasky) Ferraro, of Pottstown, formerly of Old Forge, passed away on Sunday, at Sanatoga Center Nursing Home.

Born in Duryea, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Ciliberto) Ferraro.

Tony was a 1952 graduate of Old Forge High School. He was a US Navy Korean War Veteran and a member of the VFW Post 7155 in Trappe. Tony was also an avid bowler.

Surviving with his wife of 54 years is their son Glenn S. Ferraro, companion of Kristyn L. Wanish, of Douglassville; grandchildren Nicole, Anthony, Nicholas, and Olivia Ferraro and Adrian Ferraro – Varvoutis; great grandchildren Kailey and Angele Ferraro and son in law Dean Varvoutis. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his daughter Kim Ferraro.

Service and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tony’s name to National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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Pat Duthie

Aug-24 3:42pm

We will miss you Tony and you will never know how many lives you touched over the years. Rest in peace my friend we all loved you and your wonderful smile.


August 23, 2010
Herbert C. Bauman Jr., 80, of Boyertown

Herbert C. “Herbie” Bauman Jr., 80, husband of Doris E. (Snoke) Bauman, passed away after a battle with cancer on Saturday at home with his family by his side.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Herbert C. Sr. and Anna (Vanderslice) Bauman.
Herbert retired in1992 from DANA Corp. after 18 years of employment. He also enjoyed going to the casinos in Delaware.

Along with his wife of 58 years, he is survived by his sons John L. Bauman, husband of Rose, and Larry “Whitey” Bauman; daughters Linda Costa, wife of Samuel III, and Debra Zimmers; sisters Peggy Loeper, wife of Lou, Lorretta Savarese and Shirley Warmuth; half brother Bill Frederick; grandchildren Christina Gehris, Tabitha Patrick, John A. Bauman, Samuel Costa IV, Sara Costa, Kyle C. Zimmers and Logan M. Zimmers. Also surviving are 2 great grandchildren Carlee Rivera and John DeMichael. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters Janet Richart and Joan Worlington.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. John Friedlund officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Amityville. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Herbert’s name to Trinity EC Church, 250 Swinehart Road, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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August 23, 2010
Shane M. Artim, 46, loving son and brother

Shane M. Artim, 46, of Washington, DC, formerly of Pottstown, passed away suddenly on Aug. 10 at his residence.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of John M. and Joanne M. (Ricci) Artim of Ormond Beach, Fl.

Shane was 1982 graduate of Pottsgrove High School and graduated in 1987 from Temple University with a BS in Political Science. Shane was an award-winning journalist. He covered federal and state transportation issues for many years. An East Capitol Hill resident, Shane was active in District transportation issues through his Advisory Neighborhood Commission. He was a huge Temple Owl fan being very active in the Temple Alumni Association and always known for roasting pork shoulder for tailgating. He will be sadly missed by his family and all of his Temple alumni.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his brother Craig A. Artim of Philadelphia, his maternal grandmother Josephine Ricci and a large and caring family.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with a memorial service to start at 11:00AM. Rev. Alan Okon Jr officiating. Burial will follow in ST. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can me made in Shane’s name to Frances Hollingsworth, Asst. Dean of Development & Alumni Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, 1228 Anderson Hall, 1114 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

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Joe Ann Mohr Osisek

Aug-23 10:15am

Joanne, John & family...our hearts go out to all of you, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ann & Joe

Barbara Wheeler Grofe

Aug-23 10:53am

I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your much loved son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.<br /> <br /> Barbara Wheeler-Grofe

Charlie Lessig

Aug-23 6:38pm

John and family. I received a note via e-mail from Jack Rudy on the death of your son. Please accept my condolences.<br /> <br /> Charlie Lessig

Mujeeb Basha

Aug-23 6:57pm

Sincerest condolences to the family of Shane Artim, may he rest in peace.<br /> <br /> I will fondly remember the enlightening conversations with Shane while working together (at AASHTO).<br /> <br /> I will always remember Shane as a sincere, kind-hearted and giving man, who went out of his way to please others, even if it meant at his own expense. Surely, the qualities of a saintly gentleman.

Diane Herb Rutherford

Aug-23 11:54pm

To the Artim family, you have my deepest condolences. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. May Shane rest in peace.

Ken and Linda Farrington

Aug-24 7:47am

John and JoAnne, We were so saddened to see of Shane's passing. Our prayers are with you.<br /> Sincerely,<br /> Ken and Linda Farrington

Monica Worth

Aug-24 12:38pm

I was very surprised to hear of Shane's passing. I worked with him in Washington from time to time and recall in particular that he volunteered to shoulder much of the writing for an ambitious project by a group of his transportation peers a few years ago. He also did a little freelance work for my company at one point. I'm terribly sorry for your loss and hope that you will be comforted at this time by the care of those who knew Shane.

The Krayeskis Joe Joanne

Aug-24 1:47pm

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOU BOTH. MAY YOUR SON REST IN PEACE. J@J KRAYESKI

Joe Silvano

Aug-24 6:59pm

Artim family, I was shocked and distraught to learn of Shane's sudden death. He was one of my best friends throughout high school and my early adult years. He also served as my best man at my wedding. We will all miss and remember Shane's wit and creativity. I am so glad I had a chance to share a part of my life with him. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend his services but will keep him close in my thoughts.

John Coccia

Aug-24 9:32pm

Joanne and Family - Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. - The Coccia Family

The Hartline s

Aug-25 12:48pm

Dear John, Joann and family,<br /> Sending our sincere sympathy's. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,Rich,Bonnie, Russ and Sara

Pete Maryann Dewald

Aug-25 7:28pm

We send our condolences & Prayers

Andy Scott

Aug-25 11:31pm

To Shane’s family,<br /> I was saddened to learn of Shane’s death today, as were others who knew him in Southern Maryland. While I cannot attend his services tomorrow morning, I wanted to let you know how he touched some of the people here. In the mid-90s, Shane and I worked as reporters at the Maryland Independent newspaper, in Charles County. Working for a community newspaper can sometimes seem a thankless job – with story quotas, little time to devote to reporting, and having to deal with an endless parade of personalities outside and inside the newsroom. Shane made the job more enjoyable for his coworkers with his wry observations from the back corner of the newsroom and his banter in the lunch room. Still, I think he treated the subjects of his stories and the scores of people he interviewed with respect and care – whether it was a county government official or a high school sports athlete. He would recall some of the people he wrote about years later with admiration, like a local waterman he profiled. Judging from the fondness he spoke of his newspaper reporting days in Ocean City, I’m sure he touched as many people there, too.<br /> <br /> Shane will be missed by many friends here in Maryland and D.C. Wish we could fire up a Weber one more time for a bbq...<br /> <br /> Please accept my deepest sympathies. <br />

Norm Cindy Jespersen

Aug-26 7:51am

Dear John and JoAnne. We are so, so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Try to find peace in knowing that your son has left a world of the dying and entered a world of the living. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Norm and Cindy

Jim Jane Frederick

Aug-26 1:08pm

Dear John and Joanne,<br /> Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our prayers. Jim & Jane

Dennis Leh Jr

Aug-26 1:40pm

My families thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that you will find comfort with your extended family during this season. <br /> Love Dennis and Dey<br />

Michael Derchak

Aug-28 7:22pm

Shane:<br /> <br /> Our Lord takes the good ones early. RIP.

Lou Giglio

Sep-5 7:33pm

I know all the DC comics that knew Shane would send their condolences. He was a true gentleman. He always supported other comics by coming out to see them. His wit will be missed by all. While it isn't much, we are dedicating a show to his memory this coming Thursday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shane and his family

Denise Brown

Sep-8 2:19pm

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the parents and brother of Shane Artim. It is especially hard to cope with the loss of a child and sibling. The Bible promises us that God will sustain us at times like this. - Psalm 55:22. I encourage all of you to draw close to Him at this most difficult time. May you have confidence in the promise of the resurrection and the hope of Psalm 37:29 where it says, "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it."<br /> <br /> Respectfully submitted,<br /> Denise Brown<br /> [email protected]<br />

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Sep-15 12:33pm

Mr.& Mrs. Artim & Craig: I'm deeply sorry. I will always remember Shane with a smile. He was a great person...warm, smart, unique in the best way and, of course, very funny. I always admired him. I hope you find peace during this difficult time and, rest assured, his spirit will forever remain. Sincerely, Jim Brett & The Entire Brett Family

Michael Pulaski

Sep-24 10:16am

Artim family,<br /> I had the pleasure of growing up with Shane from an early age at Pottsgrove.... and while we lost contact during our adult years - I'm certain that he remained the fun loving, genuine person that I remember. I pray that the lord has already granted Shane everlasting peace and I pray that he grants you the strength that you need during this difficult time.<br /> May God bless you all.<br /> Mike


August 23, 2010
Anthony S. Kaszycki Jr., 68, of Gilbertsville

Anthony S. “Sonny” Kaszycki, 68, husband of Carol A. (Kline) Kaszycki, of Gilbertsville, formerly of Trumbauersville, passed away on Thursday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Brandonville, he was the son of the late Anthony S. Sr and Regina A. (Czech) Kaszycki.

Tony was a 1961 graduate of Quakertown Community High School. He was a member of St. Philip Neri RC Church in Pennsburg and the former owner and operator of Trumbauersville Home Bakery. He was a member of Trumbauersville Fire Co., the Quakertown Knights of Columbus, and a life member of the North Penn Gun Club and Betterment Club. Tony enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing and cherished his 1987 Corvette.

Along with his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his daughters Terri Loughrey, Debbie Tulone, and Karen Pypniowski; sisters Jeannie Crompton and Anna Marie Fainor; grandchildren Elise and Emilie Loughrey, Gavin Tulone and Haley and Jayden Pypniowski; step grandchildren Brandon and Johnathan Alizio and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the St. Philip Neri RC Church, 1325 Klinerd Road, Pennsburg followed by a mass of Christian burial with Rev. Robert A. Roncase officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pennsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anthony’s name to the American Diabetes Assoc., 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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Jennifer Steiner Walker

Aug-25 4:47pm

I grew up and graduated with Karen and lived across from the Trumbauersville Bakery and have many fond memories of Mr. Kaszycki. He always knew your name and had a smile on his face. My condolences to the families of his children and his dear wife Carol. He will be missed!


August 19, 2010
Donald H. Craik, 92, of Gilbertsville

Donald H. Craik, 92, husband for 62 years of the late Betty Jane (Blair) Craik, of Gilbertsville, passed away on Tuesday at his home.

Born in Ferndale, PA and formerly of Midland, PA, he was the son of the late Harry Walter and Mary (Bast) Craik.

Don was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Midland. He was a WWII Army veteran who obtained the rank of Master Sergeant in the 2726th Engineer Light Equipment Co. He won the American Theater Medal, EAMA Theater Ribbon with 2 bronze stars, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the WW II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Lions Club, a Master Mason, and a member of the American Water Works Assoc., receiving the Golden Drop award. Don worked for the Midland Municipal Authority as a manger for many years.

He is survived by his daughters Dr. Rebecca Lynn Craik,  partner of Dr. Mark Haskins, Ms. Suzan Elizabeth Craik, wife of Mr. Jeffrey Kling; son Dr. Charles Scott Craik, husband of Dr. Nancy Sambol, and grandchildren Veronica Blair Craik and Nathan Samuel Craik.

Funeral services and interment are private.

The family requests that all gifts in memory of Don be sent to the Dan Aaron Stay Fit Clinic, Arcadia University 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

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Carrie and Susan Callihan Conley

Aug-20 2:57pm

Dear Craik Family - So sorry to hear about your father. Mom and I remember him fondly. Both your parents were good people.

Dan Diane Kennedy

Aug-20 10:29pm

Becky, Suzie & Charlie<br /> <br /> The world lost one of the most wonderful, unique, special, intelligent, entertaining individuals when Uncle Don passed. We are so honored to have had him as part of our family and we will treasure all the memories he has given us throughout our lives. We really enjoyed the visit we had with him earlier this spring.<br /> <br /> Our thoughts, our sympathy and our love are with all of you and your families during this time.<br /> <br /> Love ya,<br /> Dan, Diane, Danny and Michael

Rick Sodders

Aug-21 10:28am

Beck,Suz,Char,<br /> I am so very,very sorry about your loss,Don was the best friend I ever or will ever have.<br /> I could tell by his actions after the loss of your Mom,he wasn't going to be around long.<br /> I know he's happy now being with Mom.<br /> Good luck and God Bless u all.<br /> If your ever in this area again,please stop in and say hello.<br /> May God Bless and keep u all.<br /> Rick

Lee Young

Aug-24 8:57am

I got to know all of the Craik children (mostly Charlie) while attending Lincoln High in Midland. <br /> <br /> They were quality kids and obviously a reflection of their parents. <br /> <br /> My condolences to all of the children on this loss.<br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Young, Mechanicsburg, Pa<br />


August 16, 2010
Francis J. “Frank” Devlin, 89, of Boyertown

Francis J. “Frank” Devlin, 89, husband of the late Mary Devlin and Miriam E. (Schutt) Devlin, passed away on Sunday at Chestnut Knoll Nursing Home in Boyertown.

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late Francis and Bertha (Maxton) Devlin.

Frank was a WW II Army Air Corp. Veteran and a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises and was an avid woodworker. Frank was also known for taking care of his family and friends if they needed.

He is survived by his sister Esther Carl of Spring City; step-sons David Schutt, husband of Barbara, of Boyertown and Thomas Schutt, husband of Darlene, of Bechtelsville. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, a great great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville with Rev. Joseph Dietz officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to the Chestnut Knoll Activities Fund, 120 W. 5th Street, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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August 16, 2010
Kathy J. Kummerer, 47, of Royersford

Kathy J. (Watson) Kummerer, 47, wife of Michael R. Kummerer of Royersford, passed away on Friday. Born in Huntingdon, Pa., she was a daughter of John Watson and the late Anna (Metzgar) Watson.

She was a graduate of Bermudian Springs High School in York Springs, Pa., and had been employed for many years in the property management industry. Kathy was very devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.

In addition to her husband and father, Kathy is also survived by her daughter, Sausha Heller (companion of Nathan Parke) of Spring City, her son, Austin Kummerer of Royersford, her grandsons; Cory, Kaleb, Aiden, and her siblings; John Watson, of East Berlin, and Karen Gilreath, of Waynesboro.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Thursday, starting at 7:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, and to her Visitation on Thursday evening from 6:00-7:15 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be held privately by her family in Limerick Garden of Memories Cemetery.

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Joyce Watson

Aug-19 7:09pm

Dear Sausha,<br /> I am so sorry I can't be there with you now to give you a HUGE hug! I miss you and think of you often. I am also sorry that this message is sent to you at this time. <br /> Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.<br /> Love to you,<br /> Aunt Joyce,<br /> Johnny and Jason Watson

Bonnie Tuturice

Aug-19 7:23pm

our thoughts and prayers are with you

Grandma Connie

Sep-9 8:18pm

Dear Sausha,<br /> We're so sorry to hear of your loss. We just heard today. Your deep inside our hearts. We love and miss you very much. Remember what I told you so long ago, put your left hand around your right shoulder, and put your right hand around your left shoulder and squeeze. That's Grandma Connie giving you a hug. We're here for you whenever or if ever you want us.<br /> Love you always.


August 11, 2010
Jennie (Genevieve) Brennan, age 84, of Pottstown

Jennie (Jasiewicz) Brennan, age 84, of Linden Apts., Grace St., passed away peacefully on Monday August 9, 2010, after a brief illness and hospitalization at her “home away from home” in Michigan.  She was surrounded by her family.   Jennie is survived by her children and grandchildren. She was a loving mother to James & Cindy Brennan of Douglassville, and Susan & Joe Giacalone of White Lake, Michigan. Being a grandmother was her most joyous accomplishment.   She was a devoted grandmother to Joseph, Michael and Sophia Giacalone of White Lake, MI.   She was an active participant in her grandchildren’s activities and an honorary grandmother to their friends and teammates, and always put her family before herself.

Jennie is also survived by 3 brothers & their wives, Thomas (Mildred) Yasewicz (Bow, NH) Theodore (Marie) Jasiewicz (Westborough, MA) and Edward (Hazel)  Jasiewicz (Boylston MA), sister- in- law Dolly (Dick) Sheehan (Hatboro, PA) and brother-in-law Jack Morgan (Sun City, CA).   Jennie took great pride in her role as the matriarch of her large extended family of 10 brothers & sisters, and over 80 nieces and nephews.  Her consistent acts of kindness and compassion were felt by all who knew her.   Her gift of delicious Polish cooking was amazing.  She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. 

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Josephine Jasiewicz, her husband, James J. Brennan, Sr., four sisters & their husbands,  Blanche Feeney (Thomas) , Wanda Dando (Thomas), Elizabeth Stankiewicz (Charlie)  Kay Gromalski (Bill), two  brothers and their wives,  Zigmont (Leona) and Charles (Olga) Jasiewicz, sisters- in -law Mary Jankovic (John), Betty Welnick and Peg Morgan, and her dear nieces & their husbands.  Jean Foley (Thomas) and Kathy Gromalski Cooper (John).  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10:00 AM at Saint Aloysius R.C. Church, 214 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Pottstown. Friends may also call on Sunday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM and Monday morning from 8:30-9:15 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464.

Memorial donations may be made in honor of Jennie Brennan to St John the Baptist Polish National Catholic Church, 414 West Oak St, Frackville, Pa.,   17931.  The Jasiewicz family was part of the founding membership of this small parish and her family would like to continue to support this deserving parish in Jennie’s memory.

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Suzanne NeVertts Davison

Aug-12 12:29am

If this is the Jennie Jasiewicz<br /> that I knew from Frackville,I<br /> send my deepest sympsthy to the<br /> entire Jasiewicz and Brennan<br /> family. Although I have not seen<br /> Jennie for longer than I can re-<br /> member, it was the Jasiewicz<br /> family that took care of me as<br /> a baby while my family went to<br /> New Orleans while my Father was<br /> in the Army during WW11. I re-<br /> member Ted along with Jennie.<br /> I would love to hear from you if<br /> this is the family who I knew<br /> and was so wonderful to my<br /> family and me.

Joanna Good Sheffer

Aug-12 10:36am

I met Jenny when I worked at Robinson Clay Products company. I don't know if you remember but I attended Jimmy's wedding with Ardell Tanner. Jenny was so nice to my son when I'd run into her at the laundramat that her called her Grandmom. My sympathy to you and your family.

Beth Lang Cozzone

Aug-12 3:25pm

Suzie and family -<br /> I am so sorry to hear of the loss of our much loved Momma B. She was so good to all of us throughout the years and she will be sorely missed.<br /> If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. You're in my prayers and thoughts.<br /> Love -<br /> Beth


August 10, 2010
Russell David Troop, 43, of Elverson and formerly of Pottstown

Russell David Troop, age 43, of Elverson and formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at his residence. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Gladys W. (Wade) Troop and John C. Troop.

David had attended Owen J. Roberts High School and he had been employed for many years as a chef at various restaurants along the east coast. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, David is also survived by his brothers; J. Daniel Troop (husband of Lisa) of Elgin, S.C., H. Douglass Troop of Douglassville, Pa., his nieces and nephews, and his companion, Adrienne Bere and her children.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 10:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:00-9:45 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s U.C.C. Cemetery, Knauertown, Pa.

Memorial contributions in David’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

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Shelly Hunt Davidson

Aug-10 12:10pm

My sympathies to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dawn Bob Richard

Aug-10 1:51pm

My sympathies to the family. May<br /> you be blessed with friends who<br /> care and memories that comfort.<br /> Our prayers are with you.<br /> <br />

Gladys and John Troop

Aug-12 11:00am

Gladys and John<br /> So very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Please accept our very deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your whole family<br /> Love<br /> Lottie and Jake

Sandra Mull

Aug-12 10:39pm

I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I was the school nurse at Warwick Elementary School when David attended there. I saw him quite frequently. David made me a soap carving and I saved it for many years after I retired. May he rest in peace.

Kelly Rhoads Boyette

Sep-9 8:11am

David and I had gone to school together and I knew him from the time we were very young (3rd grade as I recall). I live out of state now and just saw this posting. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you.


August 9, 2010
Teresa C. “Mimi” LaCoy, 67, of Bowmansville

Teresa C. “Mimi” (Zwack) LaCoy, 67, wife of Frank J. LaCoy Jr., of Bowmansville, passed away on Saturday, August 7th at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Albany, NY, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Teresa (Schoonmaker) Zwack.

Mimi was a member of St. Thomas More RC Church in Pottstown. She worked as a receptionist at her daughter’s hair salon, Michelle’s Hair Designs in Boyertown. She enjoyed camping and being outdoors. Her family was the most important thing to her as was her dog Rascal. She touched everyone’s life she came in contact with. She was an enormously giving person.

Along with her husband of 49 years, she is survived by her son John J. LaCoy, husband of Christine; daughters Maribeth LaCoy and Michelle Cimino, wife of Louis; sister Joan Olsin; grandchildren Matthew Thompson, Nathaniel DeCarlo, Lauren Cimino and great grandson Austin Thompson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, with Rev. Scott Staub officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00PM to 2:30PM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Teresa’s name to the Relay for Life of Boyertown, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA  19605.

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Clara and Wayne Matesig

Aug-10 11:25am

We are so sorry for your loss. She was a genuinely good person. Her light will be missed. <br /> Sincerely Wayne and Clara and Misty

shelly davidson

Aug-10 12:09pm

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marlene Sowek Family

Aug-10 3:39pm

Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time. Love & hugs to all of you.

Theresa Bell Family

Aug-10 3:42pm

Sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

Judi Weaver

Aug-10 5:36pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family on the loss of such a happy, friendly person.

Peg John Burns

Aug-10 8:06pm

Our deepest syampathies to Teresa's family. We are sorry for your loss<br /> Sinderely,<br /> John and Peg Burns

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Aug-11 5:42am

Pat and Jake Foltz<br /> We are are so sorry for your loss, we will miss her and all the energy she had.<br /> Sincerely Pat and Jake

Becky Armbruster

Aug-11 7:40pm

Teresa always had a smile when walking into the store and always stopped to chat with people she came to know.<br /> Frank...you will be in my prayers along with your family.<br /> May God comfort you all during this time. You are thought of!

pat olley

Aug-12 8:41am

michelle and family<br /> I was so saddened by the passing of Mimi. She so added to the family atmosphere at Michelle's. I will miss hearing her voice confirming my appointments. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of you.

Erika and Mark Benkovic

Aug-12 10:10am

Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom. I hope in this time of sadness you can find some comfort in your memories of the happy times you spent with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Suzie Neiman

Aug-12 10:46am

Michelle.....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this heartbraking time..I pray for strength for all. God Bless ..

Sheri Bell Exeter Walmart

Aug-12 8:57pm

My deepest condolences to her husband Frank and the family. I knew her briefly when she would come shopping with Frank.But I could tell she was a wonderful,kind, sweet woman. She always would bake cupcakes and other things for the parties at Walmart. Thoughts and prayers to all of her family and friends.

DJ and Alexis Evans

Aug-12 9:26pm

Frank & Family, We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Teresa. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Rebecca Bauman

Aug-14 3:07pm

Frank and family--our prayers are with you at this must difficult time. Will be praying for you.


August 9, 2010
Marie Irene "May" Smith, 86, of Phoenixville

Marie Irene "May" Smith, 86, wife of the late Leon Smith, formerly of S. Pleasentview Road in Sanatoga, passed away on Saturday at Golden Living Nursing Home in Phoenixville.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late George and Blanche (Goraj) Sovizal.

Marie was a member of the Linfield UCC Church and the Pottstown Area Senior Citizens. She worked at the Bleach & Dye Works in Spring City, EMI and Stanley Tool, retiring in 1978.

She is survived by her sons Danny Smith, of Aurora, IL and Victor "Edgie" Smith, grandchildren Lawrence and Alyson Smith and nieces Tina Hines and Nancy Ewing. She is predeceased by her brothers Benjamin and Matthew Sovizal.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 2:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Ruth Chartier officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 1:30PM to 2:30PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marie’s name to Linfield UCC, 25 Reformed Road, Linfield, PA 19468.

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August 9, 2010
Erin Joan Reinert, 50, of Stowe

Erin Joan (Halloran) Reinert, 50, wife of David A. Reinert, of Stowe, formerly of the Reading area, passed away on Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Havertown after complications from a long battle with pneumonia.

Born in Norristown on Oct. 25, 1959, she was the daughter of Shirley E. (Whitnack) Halloran of Salladasburg and the late John E. Halloran.

Erin was trained as a nurse practitioner and was last employed by Northwestern Human Services for the Autistic in the Pottstown area. She was an avid Phila. Phillies and Eagles fan and enjoyed Nascar racing. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Club and the West End Fire Co.  Erin was a 1977 graduate of Exeter High School.

Surviving with her husband of 12 years are daughters Amy Fick, wife of Bryan of West Lawn, PA, Megan Faust of Douglassville, Brenda Faust of Phoenix, AZ, step-daughter Kim Reidnauer, wife of Jake of Stowe and grandchildren Megan, Dylan and Rylea Fick, and Jocelyn and Kara Jane Reidnauer. Also surviving are siblings Eric Halloran of Shelbourne Falls, MA, Chris Halloran of Oxford, NJ, Carol Halloran and Andrea Halloran of Los Angeles, CA. Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Erin’s name to the National Autism Association, 1330 W. Schatz Lane, Nixa, MO 65714

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Cindy Tobin

Aug-10 9:09am

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW

Jack Mary Lesh

Aug-10 5:06pm

Kim,Jake & Family, Sending Our Sincere Sympathy to you and your family.

Robert Dorothy Reinert

Aug-11 9:43am

OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS WILL BE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.

Deborah Mike Rowland

Aug-11 7:59pm

Our prayers & thoughts go out to you & your family in this time of sorrow.

Cathy Flint

Aug-13 8:27pm

Dear David,<br /> very Sorry about your loss.Thinking about you and hope you know I care.Fondly your sister Cathy


August 9, 2010
Eugene J. Orandosh, 76, of Pottstown

Eugene J. Orandosh, 76, of Pottstown, passed away on Saturday at Manor Care Pottstown.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late John P. and Florence (Shaner) Orandosh.

Eugene was a member of the Pike Twp. Sportsman’s Club. He was also a former softball player in the late 1960’s.

He is survived by his sisters Geraldine Kocon of Pottstown, Patty Mauger, wife of Robert, of Pottstown, Virginia Balogh, wife of John, of Orlando, FL and Nancy Airey, wife of Arthur, of Pottstown; brother Jim Orandosh, husband of Gisela (Ebel), of Pottstown, daughter Tara Griffith, wife of Albert, of Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA and son John P. Orandosh of Philadelphia. Also surviving are 2 grand children and 3 great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Joyce and Brother Jack.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, 11AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Pastor Kevin Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity RC Church Cemetery, Stowe. Visitation will be from 10AM to 11AM at the funeral home

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Gary and Sandy Schaeffer

Aug-11 7:44am

Dear John,<br /> Thank you for talking to me yesterday at your fathers' home. He will truly be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers this difficult day.


August 9, 2010
Joanne T. Hessler, 58, of Pottstown

Joanne T. (Taormina) Hessler, 58, wife of Glenn Hessler, of Pottstown, formerly of Norristown, passed away on Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence (Mignogna) Taormina.

Joanne attended First Baptist Church in Pottstown. She enjoyed spending time at their cabin in the mountains.

Along with her husband of 33 years, she is survived by her daughter Cherie L. Hessler, her son John M. Hessler and her sisters Kathleen Kurz, wife of James, and Nancy Walk. She is also survived by several nieces and a nephew. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her step father Lee Hessler.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Marvin Marsh officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne’s name to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016.

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Linda Orlando

Aug-9 12:00pm

Glenn, Cherri and John:<br /> Please know that you are in our prayers at this trying time. If there is anything Tom and I could do, please let us know

Bill Binczak

Aug-9 8:02pm

We are so sorry for your loss and wish you all the strength in the world to get thru it.<br /> The Binczak Family (Bill Jr., Stella,Doni, Nick, Stacey & Billy III)

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Aug-10 1:11pm

POTTSTOWN AREA SENIORS CENTER SENDS YOU OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES IN THE LOSS OF JOANNE. WE PRAY GOD GIVES YOU COMFORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

Amy Ryan

Aug-10 1:14pm

Glenn, Cherri, John and family: We are sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time. They Ryans (Amy, Darryl, Emily, Shawn)

Rich and Lori Kummerer

Aug-17 11:44am

Glenn,Sherry,and John,<br /> we are so sorry to hear about your mother/wife. She was such a nice women and will be greatly missed. I am sure God has great plans for her and now she is at peace. If there is anything use need please let us know.<br /> <br />

Linda Weiler Powell

Sep-2 7:36am

Glenn, I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't come home to P'town on a regualr basis but I do keep up with some of the news, this was sad for me to read of Joanne's passing. I know first hand of loosing a spouse and there are really no words anyone can say. God Bless and I'll keep you in my prayers. Love, Linda


August 9, 2010
Claude W. Conrad, 90, of Schwenksville

Claude W. Conrad, 90, husband of the late Dorothy (Kolb) Conrad, of Schwenksville, passed away on Thursday August 5th at The Colonnade of Schwenksville.

Born in Rahns, PA, he was the son of the late Calvin and Mamie (Bean) Conrad. Claude was a member of the Heidelberg UCC Church of Schwenksville.  He worked for Frank M. Weaver & Co. of Lansdale Fabricators of Steel for 39 years.  Claude served in WW II as a Rader Crew Chief obtaining the rank of Sergeant with the US Air Corps and then with the 5th Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was a life member of the American Legion Warren Royer Post 234 in Souderton, PA and the Patriotic Order Sons of America Camp 387 of Schwenksville.

He is survived by his daughter Claudia C. Price, wife of Jerry L. Price; sister Sara Cooper, brother Kenneth Conrad, husband of Jean; grandchildren Rachael Barkley, wife of Thomas, Jerry L. Price Jr., and Wendy Blanchard, wife of Brandon, & Chris, Megan, Cheryl and Maureen Lewis; and great grandchildren Brooke, Brentton and Bradlee Barkley, Robert and Jacob Blanchard, and Blake and Kylie White. Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his daughter Cindy C. Lewis, wife of William Lewis, and sister Anne Taggart.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday August 12th, 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford with Rev. Debra Timmins officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 11th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM and on Thursday, August 12th from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Claude’s name to the American Heart Association, 625 W Ridge Pike, Ste A100, Conshohocken, PA 19428 or The American Cancer Society, c/o National Penn Bank, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 ATTN: Joan Gehris.

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Nancy Larry Hunsicker

Aug-9 10:52pm

Uncle Claude was a great person. He will always be held dear in our hearts. Our love goes out to all of the family and friends that loved him.

Dawn Doug Wunder

Aug-10 9:13am

Claudia,Rachael & Family:<br /> Sorry for your loss, of your father and grandfather, he was a lovely man.<br /> Please except our deepest<br /> sympathy to you and your family.<br /> <br /> Doug & Dawn Wunder


August 9, 2010
Eugene H. Keim, 73, of Boyertown

Eugene H.”Gene” Keim, 73, husband of Dolores E. (Mennecke) Keim, of Boyertown, passed away on Thursday at Sanatoga Center Nursing Home.

Born in Gablesville, PA he was the son of the late Paul W. and Sara E. (Haas) Keim.

Gene was a 1955 graduate of Boyertown Area High School and a US Army Veteran. He was a retired Waterworks Superintendent from the borough of Boyertown. Gene was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd UCC Church in Boyertown. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener.

Surviving with his wife of 39 years are sisters Elaine H. Spencer of Oley and Ruth Ann Ritter of Boyertown, step-daughter Linda Mauck, wife of Richard, of Harrisburg, step-son Bruce Underkoffler, husband of Susanne of Vienna, VA, , grandchildren Lindsay, Richard, Joseph, Christian and Katie. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Richard H. Keim.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc, 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertville with Rev. Dennis Christie officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718  or the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC Church, 35 West Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Brian Henry

Aug-9 4:32pm

To Gene's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Gene at the Boyertown Water Plant, he was pleasure to work with and was significant in my decision to continue my career in water and wastewater treatment. I pray that the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ will comfort you in your time of grieving. I am glad God gave me the opportunity to meet and know Gene. God Bless Brian Henry


August 4, 2010
Richard F. Pell, Sr., Patternmaker, Woodworker

Richard F. Pell, Sr., 84, husband of Catherine L. “Kitty” (Elliott) Pell, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Mahanoy City on Aug. 21, 1925, he was the son of the late William F. and Ida Bertha (Coombe) Pell.

Richard was a 1943 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. It was the time of the Second World War and he was drafted into the Army on his 18th birthday. After basic training he was sent overseas with the 84th Division Reconnaissance directly to serve on the Seigfreid Line in Germany and subsequently into the Battle of the Bulge during which time he was a gunner in the turret of an armored tank. He was also trained as a radioman and served as an interpreter on the Germany/Russian border at the end of the war. He received a number of medals for his service during WWII. He returned to Pottstown to employment at Stanley G. Flagg Co. where he was offered the opportunity to train as a wood patternmaker.  He retired in 1987 after 45 years. Acquiring his own shop as the years passed, he became a skilled wood worker on the side making cabinets for community contractors. Not only was woodworking his job, it was also his passion. He was particularly proud of the 7 foot tall Paschal Candlestick with hand carvings, which he designed and made for Grace Lutheran Church along with pew candlesticks and other wood items as needed there. He also sang with the Reading Leiderkranz and the choir of Grace Lutheran Church in his earlier years.

Along with his wife of 61 years, he is survived by sons Richard F. Jr. & wife Audrey of Columbia, MD and Christopher E. & wife Karin of Boyertown and daughter Deborah K. wife of James Brile of Upper Pottsgrove; grandchildren Kristi Ann wife of Albert Daroci of Pottstown, Rob Moyer & wife Joanna of Limerick, Roxanne, wife of Lonnie Nikirk of Illinois, Brian Pell of Columbia, MD, R. Scott Pell of Ellicott City, MD, Jennifer, wife of Brian Cope of Wyomissing; great grandchildren Gabryella Colon, Aaric & Daeton Daroci, Nicholas & Matthew Moyer and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother William Pell & his wife Rita and sister Ida St. Clair Urban.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 11:00AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown with Rev. Paul Xander officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30AM to 11:00AM at the church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. 660 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Denny Messer

Aug-5 1:37pm

Sorry to hear about your Mom. With deepest sympathy. Prayers for all the family.<br /> <br />

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Aug-5 3:00pm

Richard was a very pleasant and fun guy and our office enjoyed visits by him and his wife "Miss Kitty". We shall miss him!!!

Linda Orlando

Aug-5 4:03pm

Tom and I want to let you know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are unable to make the service on Saturday due to a prior committment. We will be thinking of all of you at this time.

Dennis and Cathy Daisy

Aug-6 9:28am

Our sincerest condolences.<br /> Just as God gives us our loved ones and does not lose them in giving, so we do not lose them in returning them to Him..for Life is Eternal, Love is Immortal, and Death is just a Horizon beyond whch we cannot see with our narrow earthly vision. <br /> My your mememories help sustain you through this difficult time. <br /> Love, Dennis and Cathy

Penny Pierson

Aug-6 12:17pm

Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your dad. Your wonderful memories will help him to live on in your heart.

Mark Memmo Penny Pierson

Aug-6 1:48pm

Very sorry to hear of the families loss.<br /> <br /> It seems that Richard had a long and full life and thankfully has a strong legacy surviving him.<br /> <br /> Our prayers are with you at this time of loss.<br />


August 2, 2010
Geraldine M. Bealer, 81, of Boyertown

Geraldine M. (Mohler) Bealer, 81, wife of the late Richard H. Bealer, Sr., of Boyertown, passed away on Saturday at Manor Care Pottstown. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Elizabeth (Brunner) Mohler and the late Allen Mohler, Sr.

She was a 1947 graduate of Pottstown High School.  Geraldine was also the co-founder along with her late husband of the Richard H. Bealer Excavating Company of Boyertown, and also served as a former president of the company.

Geraldine is survived by her sons; Richard H. Bealer, Jr. (husband of Ginny), Gary A. Bealer (husband of Gloria), Jeffrey Bealer (husband of Sara), Glenn T. Bealer (husband of Linda) all of Boyertown, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings; Shirley Bealer, of Pottstown, Ellen Erb, of Boyertown, and Allen Mohler, Jr., of Arizona. In addition to her late husband, she was also preceded in death by her children; the late Sharon L. Bealer, the late Brian K. Bealer (husband of Diane) of Boyertown, and her granddaughter, the late Melissa Hafer.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday, starting at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to her Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-10:45 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Pottstown.

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Sam Cindy Boughter

Aug-3 10:37am

Sorry to hear of your loss, our deepest sympathy to your family.

Donna Selinsky Erb and Richie

Aug-3 11:48am

I am so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It is never easy when you lose a parent. Love you all.

Blaine and Dana Stauffer

Aug-3 6:19pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother, grandmother and beloved member of your family. I hope in this time of sadness you can find some comfort in your memories of the happy times you spent with her.

Andrew Carol Doug Heather Bruce Melanie Tyler Kylie Andy Rose Andrew Maryanna Hansley

Aug-3 7:54pm

Sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy. Our love and prayers for all the family.

Glenn and Judy Boyer and sons David Eric and Glenn jr

Aug-4 3:28pm

Very sorry to here about your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time. We love you all very much.

Bruce and Sandy Moser and Family and Aunt Ellen

Aug-4 6:10pm

We would like to let all of you know how very sorry we are for your loss. Aunt Gerry will be greatly missed. Hopefully knowing she is with your dad, Brian, Sharon and Melissa with a big beautiful smile on her face and watching over all of you, will help ease your pain alittle. Please take care, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.<br /> Love, <br /> Bruce and Sandy Moser and family and Aunt Ellen

Jeffrey and Deborah Logic

Aug-6 8:28am

To The Bealer Familys<br /> We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Your mom was a very cheerful, kind, and wonderful woman.She will be greatly missed.<br /> Your family is in our thoughts and prays. God bless and keep you all.


July 28, 2010
Terry John Senley, 74, of Limerick

Terry John Senley, 74, husband of Beverly (Harrold) Senley of 49 years, of Limerick, formerly of East McKeesport and North Huntingdon, passed away suddenly on Monday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Wilmerding, PA, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Orange) Senley.

Terry worked for US Steel Research in Monroeville, PA for 27 years and Westinghouse Nuclear in Madison, PA for 15 years.

Surviving with his wife is son Jeff Senley of Phoenixville and sister Maureen Senley of East McKeesport.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terry’s name to Trappe Fire Co #1 – Division of EMS, 20 W 5th Ave, Trappe, PA 19426.

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Rossana Izaguirre

Jul-29 8:24am

Hello Jeff, <br /> Very sorry about your loss, my deepest sympathy for you and your mother. May God rest his soul in peace.

Evie Bisanti

Jul-29 9:37am

My deepest sympathies Bev to you and Jeff.


July 28, 2010
Robert James Berry, 86, Zerns Farmer Market Vendor

Robert James Berry, 86, husband for 55 years of Wilma J. (Corns) Berry of Gilbertsville, and formerly of King of Prussia, passed away on Monday at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina.

He and his wife operated “Wilma’s Thrift Shop” in the Zerns Farmer Market for many years, and he had also been previously employed as a Typesetter for both the TV Guide and the former Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper publications. He was also a member of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf for many years.

In addition to his wife he is also survived by his children; Barbara Dunn, of Gilbertsville, James Berry, of Colebrookdale, and his two granddaughters; Brandy Courtney and Jennica Courtney.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Friday, starting at 12:00 Noon at New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, and to his Visitation on Friday morning from 11-11:45 AM at the Church. Burial will follow in New Hanover Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to New Hanover Lutheran Church at the above address.

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The Ohlsons

Jul-28 2:13pm

Barb,<br /> We were so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your mom during this difficult time.<br /> Warmly,<br /> Tom and Cathy Ohlson

David Brenda Corns

Jul-29 1:41pm

Remembering all the good times that we shared, and looking forward to seeing him again. Where we will never feel pain or sorrow again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this time of great sorrow! We love you all very much! David & Brenda

Heil Family country goose zerns market

Jul-30 6:48am

Our deepest condolences to you and your family at this sad time all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.He was a good man and will be missed.


July 27, 2010
John N. Ohanesian, 64 of Watervliet, N.Y.

John N. Ohanesian, 64, died early Tuesday morning July 27, 2010 at Sanatoga Center, Lower Pottsgrove, PA. Born in Troy, N.Y. on November 20, 1945, he was the son of the late Nicholas O. Ohanesian and Mary A. Ohanesian of Watervliet, New York.

John was a 1964 graduate of Watervliet High School, attended Delhi College in Delhi, N.Y and served in the U.S. Air Force. John loved baseball, bowling, fishing and hunting. John worked for 32 years for Key Bank in Albany, N.Y. and 4 years at WordTech in Pottstown, PA. He was a member of St. Peters Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, N.Y.

John Ohanesian is survived by his sister Rosemary A. Rivest, of Orem UT, and his brother Charles E. Ohanesian of Pottstown PA.

A viewing will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday evening July 29, 2010 at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 North Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Peters Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, P.O. Box 196, Watervliet, New York, 12189.

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Tonimarie Garcia

Jul-28 11:05am

Charles and Barbara...We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful man and we all loved him dearly. No matter what obstacle John faced , he did it cheerfully, always smiling and laughing despite adversity. He was an inspiration. We were so blessed to have him in our lives. He shared many holidays and special moments with us and for that we are truly grateful. My dad especially loved Johnny and often said he was like a son to him. Hopefully they are togther again talking about fishing and remebering the good times they shared.

Jeff Anderson

Jul-28 1:06pm

Dear Chuck,<br /> I am very saddened to learn of John's untimely passing. He was a very fine gentleman. I well remember so many years ago living next door to your family. Please accept my deepest sympathies.<br /> <br /> Jeff Anderson<br /> Cleveland, Ohio

Edward Collins

Jul-28 4:52pm

John was a good friend who will be missed. John was a caring person who was always willing to help. God Bless John

Cliff Doescher

Jul-29 8:40am

I was saddened to hear of your loss of John. I know that this must leave a void in your life--but also some wonderful memories. My thoughts are with you.

Bev Price

Jul-29 4:29pm

Barb & Charles - I got back to work today and learned of "Johnny O" passing. I was priviledged to have known him at the Center. My sympathy to you and peace be with you all.

Jane Alan

Jul-29 5:39pm

Hello Charlie & Barb,<br /> So very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.


July 23, 2010
Diane Q. Hozyash, 57, of Boyertown

Diane Q. (Quigley) Hozyash, 57, wife of Robert J. Hozyash for 28 years, of Boyertown, passed away on Wednesday at Reading Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Born in Camden, NJ, she was the daughter of Martha (Beiler) Quigley and the late Joseph Quigley.
Diane was a 1970 graduate of Spring-Ford H.S. and a 1973 graduate of the Montgomery Hospital School of Nursing. She then continued on to graduate in 1976 from the Montgomery Hospital School of Anesthesia. She worked as a nurse-anesthetist for 33 years and last worked for Delaware Valley Anesthesia. Diane loved animals, gardening and spending time at the shore. She was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed.

Along with her husband and mother, she is survived by her daughters Krista A. and Erin C. Hozyash; her sisters Lynn Ellis, wife of Thomas, Joan Strehle, wife of George, Susan Quigley, Elaine Hofmann, Carol Royce, wife of William and Ann Quigley; and her brother Michael Quigley.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2PM to 4PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville. Services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s name to either the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604 or Boyertown Area Multi-Service Emergency Food Program, 200 W. Spring Street, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Jul-26 8:54am

My wife Debbie and I would like to express our most sincere sympathies to Diane' family. We remember Diane as a very positive, vibrant, and happy person. We very much enjoyed seeing her at class reunions and talking about days gone by She will be greatly missed.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> Walt & Deb Gadzicki

Marilyn Zimmerman Tweed

Jul-26 10:39am

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Diane as pretty, smart as a whip, and a lover of life, and a beautiful big smile all the time. I was hoping to see her at our 40 th class reunion. We are all richer for having her touch our lives. Marilyn Zimmerman Tweed

Joan Rhoads Kalavik

Jul-27 7:32pm

Another family member taken too soon. I am so sorry for your loss,Bobby. God Bless and keep you and your girls.

Becky Kleinfelter

Aug-3 3:46pm

My sympathy to the family. I knew Diane when she worked at the Good Sam. Hosp. in Lebanon<br /> I'm sure you will miss her greatly. Hold on to all your wonderful memories. She always made me laugh.

sandy leonard

Aug-6 2:18pm

Diane always put her family first. Sorry to hear of your loss. May God keep your family in his palm during this difficult time.

RJ Miller

Sep-19 10:41pm

I am so sorry to hear of Diane's passing. We were good friends when she moved to Oaks and through her early nursing career. She was a great friend...smart, funny and a great friend. My thoughts are with her husband Bob and children. She is in our thoughts and greatly missed. RJ Miller


July 21, 2010
Jack A. Schaeffer, 50, former Norco Fire Company Chief

Jack A. Schaeffer, 50, husband of Catherine M. (Moyer) Schaeffer of Pottstown passed away on Tuesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with his loving family and friends by his side. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Jean (Pollock) Schaeffer and Linwood Schaeffer.

He was a thirty year member of the Norco Fire Company and spent the last seven years as its Chief.  Jack was also an employee for over thirty years of Pottstown Trap Rock Quarries, a member of the Pottstown Quoit Club, and a member of the Cedarville United Methodist Church of Pottstown.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Jack will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is also survived by his children; Ian Schaeffer, Colton Schaeffer, and Amanda Stetler, all of Pottstown, his siblings; Gary Schaeffer (husband of Linda), Kenny Schaeffer, Linda Richter (wife of Randy), Jill Yonkovitch (wife of Tom) all of Pottstown, and his many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Tuesday, starting at 11:30 AM at Cedarville United Methodist Church, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465, and to his Visitation on Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:15 AM at the Church.

Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, Pa. Memorial contributions for his children’s education can be made to the family in care of the Norco Fire Company, 144 West Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465.

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Leroy Baldwin

Jul-23 9:55am

Jack was a friend for many years. I remember when he first started in the fire service. Jack became a great leader. He will be missed by a lot of people in Norco Fire Company and by his family. May GOD give you guidence and bless in this time of grieving. I will also keep you all in my prayers.

Kristen

Jul-24 2:19am

It was a pleasure to know you, Jack. My condolances go out to his family.

Doris Ash

Jul-24 3:10pm

Our sympathy to Jacks' family, especially Linda/Randy, sorry we can't make the viewing as Jim is recovering from triple by-pass & is home bound for a mo.during therapy,starting this past Thur. Deepest sympathy to all, Doris & Jim Ash!

KATHY KLINE

Jul-24 10:42pm

All ours prayers and sympathy are with Kathy and family at this difficult time. We were both priveleged to work with Jack, me in the ems field with Goodwill Ambulance and Robert as an Assistant Chief at Monarch Fire Co.GOD BLESS Robert&Kathy Kline

Scott and Bridgett Thomas

Jul-25 5:12pm

We send your family and loved ones our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jack. My husband, Scott (room 520 bed 1)was in Pottstown hospital weekend of July 4 and is very sad to hear this news. We wish you only the best at this hard time.

Margee Kulp

Jul-27 8:31am

My thoughts and prayers go out to Chief Schaeffer's family, especially to Ian and Colton. I thank Chief Schaeffer for taking the time to come to the schools and teach all the children how to stay safe incase of a fire. The students were always so happy when the Chief came to visit!TCSSBGGB

Kevin Hoffman

Jul-27 5:06pm

I have known Jack for many years through the fire company service. As a newspaper photographer for the Mercury, Jack and I have crossed paths on many occasions both night and day. Jack was always good to me 'on the scene' and I will always be thankful to him for that. He will be greatly missed by his fellow firefighting family. He was truly a wonderful man and I am proud to say that he was my friend as well. I was honored to be a special part of his funeral today. Rest in Peace my friend. My sincerest of condolences to all of his family.

Becky Marvel

Jul-28 3:26pm

My sincere sympathies to the NOrco Family and the Schaeffer Family May you all keep the great memories in your heart

Sandy porchik Quinter

Jul-29 10:53am

My heart and prayers go to the Jack Schaeffer Family at this time. I ran with Norco Fire Company for many years and knew Jack. I am sorry to hear he has gone home to be with the Lord. Jack will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him or came across his path.


July 13, 2010
Christopher A. Fizz, 45, of Pennsburg

Christopher A. Fizz, 45, of Pennsburg, companion of Brenda Smith, passed away on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Walter E. and Patricia (Rightnour) Fizz.

Christopher was a member of Keystone Fire Company in Boyertown and Gilbertsville Fire Company. He loved bowling, enjoyed playing bingo, was an avid fan of Jeff Gordon, the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, and the Chicago Bears.

Surviving with his parents are sons Richard and Brandon Fizz of Spring City, daughter Rebecca of New York, sisters Lisa R. Capp, wife of Alfred, of East Greenville and Beverly A. Nonnemaker, wife of Scott, of Exeter. Also surviving are 7 nieces and nephews and 1 great nephew.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, 10:30Am at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville is Rev. Donna Schofield-Dolle officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christopher’s name to Lehigh Valley Hospital Development Dept., Cancer Fund, PO Box 689, Allentown, PA 18105-1556.

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George and Janis Chabak

Jul-15 12:35pm

Dear Walt and Pat,<br /> So very sorry to hear about Chris. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorry.<br /> I John 4: 7-11


July 13, 2010
Richard N. Deets, Sr., 92, of Pottstown

Richard N. Deets, Sr., 92, husband of the late Ethlyne M. (Davis) Deets of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Gertrude O. (Deets) Reed.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WorldWar II, and had been employed for over 25 years as a welder at the former Phoenix Steel Company in Phoenixville before retiring in 1980. Richard was also a member of the Salem United Methodist Church of Pottstown, and a life member of the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814 B.P.O.E. who also served on the lodge council chapter consistory, and a member of the American Legion Post #47 of Pottstown. In addition, he was also a member of the Stichter Masonic Lodge #254 of Pottstown, and the Rajah Shriners Temple of Reading, and he also enjoyed golfing.

Richard is survived by his children; Richard N. Deets, Jr., of Surfside Beach, S.C., Robert Wallace, of Coatesville, Cheryl Killinger, of Lancaster County, David Price, of Bowers Beach, De., and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his one great-great-grandson. He was also preceded in death by his daughters; the late Sandra Houck, the late Joan Bernhart, & his companion, Hilda E. Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Northwood Cemetery, Downingtown, Pa.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad Street, Phila., Pa., 19140-4131 (attention donations)

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Richard L Trythall PER

Jul-13 10:17am

To the family , my condolence's When I was exhaulted ruler at the Elks, Dick was always the first to help, a great guy & hard worker.In moving from Pottstown area 10 years ago to Murrells Inlet, SC I lost contact with many of my older friends, Sure didn't realize Dick was 16 years older then me as he was always so active. In reading his OB on the computer from the Mercury it was nice to see contributions to Shriners Hospital as I'm very active as a member of the Shriners here In Mt Pleasant SC. Dick Jr. I 'll always remember your Father & Gabby working together on any project that needed attention.A great guy that will be missed.<br /> Dick Trythall


July 7, 2010
GEORGE ADDISON MILLER, AGE 86, OF SANATOGA
George Addison Miller, 86, husband of 67 years of Mary R. (Ryan) Miller of Sanatoga, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010, at his residence. Born in Collingdale, Pa., he was the son of the late Pauline (Geisert) Miller and the late George Adam Miller.

He was a United Sates Army Veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged with service decorations. George was a retired Executive Manager of Volkswagen of America Corporation with over thirty years of service. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and devoted family man.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Marianne Lewis, of Elverson, Pa., George J. Miller, of Downingtown, Pa., Gail Hoynash (wife of Pete) of Perkiomenville, Pa., Christine Swem (wife of Tom) of Duxbury, Ma., his grandchildren;
Heather, Melissa, Seth, Michael, Samantha, Julia, Madeleine, and his great-grandchildren; Andrew, Steven, Kendyl. In addition to his parents, George was also preceded in death by his late sister, Florence De Vito.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 10, 2010, starting at 10:30 AM at St. Peter R.C. Church, 2835 Manor Road, W. Brandywine, Pa., 19320, and to his Visitation on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, PO Box 14625, Reading, Pa., 19612.

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Mr Mrs Arthur V Jenkins Jr

Jul-9 4:07pm

We want to send Codolences to all of The Miller Family. To my Aunt Mary stay strong and we are praying for you and We know that Uncle George is in Heaven with my Mom and the rest of your Sisters having a ball. So sorry we can not make it as Art can not ride for loong distances with out stopping every half an hour to let the blood cirulate in his legs. Take care and Love To All. <br /> Your Neice & Cousin<br /> <br /> Jackie & Art

Jacqueline E Jenkins

Jul-9 4:29pm

What a Great Uncle George was always cheerful and thoughtful of others and there feeling.I was very Lucky to have such a loving and giving Uncle George. He will be sadly missed. But I know he is in Heaven & at Peace

Lisa Crooks Lewis

Jul-20 5:00pm

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I fondly remember Mr. Miller when I use to come to your house to play with Marianne when we were younger. Hearing he was such a kind and loving man, I am sure he is enjoying being in the presence of our God and Savior. My deepest sympathies to the Miller family. Love, Lisa


July 7, 2010
RAYMOND A. FREEDMAN, AGE 78, OF BOYERTOWN

Raymond A. Freedman, age 78, husband of Faye L. (Merkel) Freedman of Boyertown, passed away on Saturday at his residence. Born in Pittman, Pa., he was a son of the late Gertrude A. (Lesher) Freedman and the late Allen M. Freedman.

He was a graduate of Patton Masonic Homes School of Elizabethtown, Pa., and was employed for 40 years at the Firestone/Occidental Chemical Corporation. Raymond was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 254 of Pottstown, the Scottish Rite Masons of        Reading, and the Pikeville Sportsmen’s Association.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Michael R. Freedman (husband of Deborah) of Barto, Crystal Grater (wife of Edward) of Barto, his two grandsons; M. Troy Freedman and Travis Ryan Freedman, two great-granddaughters, and his brothers; Lloyd Freedman, of Southampton, Pa., Felix Freedman, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.,  and Robert Morbauch, of Millsboro, Delaware.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Thursday, starting at 12:00 Noon at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville, Pa., 19518, and to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 11-11:45 AM at the Church.  Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to either Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church at the above address or to the Reading Hospital Chemotherapy Center, 6th Avenue and Spruce Street, W. Reading, Pa., 19612.

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Jul-8 8:01pm

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July 7, 2010
Raymond D. Boone, age 20, loved life
Raymond D. Boone, age 20, son of Fay E. (Geib) Boone of Pottstown, and the late Charles L. Boone Sr., of Queen St., Pottstown died Monday at his residence.

Ray was born in Reading. He graduated from Pottstown High School in 2009.
He worked at the Hill School in Pottstown in addition to the Sand Trap Resturant & Bar in Limerick..
He truly enjoyed life and had many friends who loved him. Ray also loved all types of sports and was great at skate boarding.

Surviving with his mother is his dedicated and loving sister; Amy E. Boone of Pottstown, along with two brothers; Charles L. Boone Jr., of Stowe and Doulgass E. Boone of Pottstown. Also surviving is a niece; Hannah Boone, and a nephew; Juan Figueroa, in addition to a number of close friends including the Orfield family.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Saturday at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 711 N. Franklin St. Pottstown, with Pastor Charles Cedeno, officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 8 to 9:45 AM, at the funeral home. The burial only, will be private.
Contributions may be made in his memory to assist with the various expenses to: c/o Amy E. Boone, 1752 Temple Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.

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Rose Orfield

Jul-8 8:15am

Family I send my love, I feel your pain. Ray Ray is one of our own. <br />

Paige Patton

Jul-8 9:27am

Im very sorry to hear about Ray.. Ive known him since I was younger.. He will be missed he was a great person.

Dee Kelly

Jul-8 10:08am

So sorry for your loss! My son, Josh was friends with Ray as we lived on Queen Street and they went to high school together. Ray was a nice happy guy and he will be missed!

Cindy J Boyer

Jul-8 11:11am

Dear loving family of Ray,<br /> I'm very sorry to read of your sad loss, and I want to extend my deepest, heartfelt sympathy. I hope these verses will bring you some comfort.<br /> Acts 24:15 promise "there is going to be a resurrection." Until then your beloved Ray is as if asleep; just as Jesus said of his friend Lazarus when he died. - (John 11:11-15)Jesus then raised Lazarus from that sleep of death back to life. - (John 11:34-44) Jesus also resurrected a young man, the only son of a widow - Luke 7:11-17 and a 12 year old girl - Luke 8:40-56. This shows he has the power to resurrect our loved ones in the future!<br /> And when tragedies happen of "time and unforeseen occurrence that befall" - (Ecclesiastes 9:11b) families, God's not to blame as we see in James 1:13 “When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.”<br /> 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speak of God as ‘the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulation” and 1Peter 5:7 lets us know that we can “throw all our anxiety upon (God), because he cares.” The time is coming when the heartbreaking tragedies that we experience now, won't even be called to mind as Isaiah 65:17b reads: "the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart." - sad things we experience now won't even be remembered when the earth is restored to peaceful, beautiful, paradise conditions as Psalms 37:9-11, 29 help us to appreciate. Even the animals will be tame - Isaiah 11:6-9. These verses give us much to look forward too! <br /> Then Revelation 21:4 will be fulfilled: “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine --a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! Then the prayer for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven will be fully realized! -Matthew 6:9, 10<br /> Take care, and I hope that your cherished memories will comfort and sustain you and that these verses will help too.<br /> Sincerely,<br /> Cindy Boyer <br />

Jessica Moser

Jul-8 12:16pm

My dearest family, I send my love with each and everyone of you. Raymond will be missed and loved for eternity and will never be forgotten. Please let me know if you need anything.

jackie evans

Jul-8 1:21pm

just wanted to show sympathy for all ray rays family and good friends. i am so sorry about your loss. he will be missed very much

Rev Franklin Gilliam

Jul-8 7:03pm

I would like to express my deepest inner pain for the lost of a truly loving and honorable youngman. As his pastor at New Life Raymond was a dedicated youth to God's truth and discipleship. He is greatly loved and missed- he was not the average youth!!!

Donna Hausman

Jul-8 9:54pm

Dear Amy, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers as well as all the others at Wegman's. If there is anything we can do to help please let us know. We think of you often.We extend our deepest condolences. <br /> Donna Hausman & Wegman's Deli & Catering

Amy Madgin

Jul-9 12:09pm

Amy,<br /> <br /> My deepest sympathies are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your brother. I know how much you cared for him. We are all thinking of you at Cephalon, and hope that in this time of sorrow, you can think of happier and brighter times you shared with Ray. Please take your time to grieve, but know you can always reach out for support. Everyone loves and cares for you. Best wishes, the other Amy

Janice Basch

Jul-9 2:03pm

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Ray Ray. He was an amazing young man. I am fortunate and grateful I was able to know him and he will be missed.


July 7, 2010
Ronald Hugh Smith, 47, of Gilbertsville

Ronald Hugh Smith “Old Ron”, 47, of Gilbertsville passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia with his loving family surrounding him and praying with him at his bedside.   
He was the son of Robert and Kathleen Smith of Gilbertsville.  He was the Father of Ronnie Lee Smith (husband to Sarah) and the Grandfather to Mykel Smith.

Ronald is survived by his brother Bob (husband to Michelle), sister Kathy (wife to Dean Landis), brother Chris (husband to Janette), sister Jennifer (wife to Chad Bond), sister Melody, and sister Kimberly (wife to Bryan Uba).  He was abundantly blessed with many loving Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  All of Ron’s Grandparents have passed away before him.  He came from a very large family that loved him dearly and was faithful to him all of his days.

In Ron’s younger years he loved having fun with motorcycles and snowmobiles.  He had a great love for animals.  He loved and enjoyed driving around the country in a tractor trailer truck for many different companies.  He would say his best days were those behind the wheel heading down the road.  He was a loving Son, Brother, Father, Uncle and Nephew to so many and he will forever be loved but never forgotten.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 10:30AM at Bible Fellowship Church of Royersford, 431 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, 19468 with Rev. Jacob J. Susek Jr officiating. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Family and friends will be welcomed from 9:30AM to 10:15AM on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Royersford Bible Fellowship Church at the above address or to the charity of your choice in loving memory of Ron Smith.

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Sandy Widger

Jul-8 8:45am

To the Smith Family,<br /> I am so sad to hear this news! I went to school with Ron at Chapel Christian Academy. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time in your lives. Keep his memory alive in your hearts and he will always be with you. RIP Ron.

Amy Navarro

Jul-9 8:29pm

Hello Smith family, so sorry to hear about Ronnie. He was always so nice to me when I'd come over to visit Kim, Melody and Jen. And I still remember him coming up on the snowmobile to give me rides when I was little. May God bless you now and always. My thoughts and prayers are with you Love, Amy


July 6, 2010
SHIRLEY PAGE KEMP, 80, FORMERLY OF TRAPPE

Shirley Page (Jones) Kemp, age 80, wife for 52 years of the late Karl R. Kemp, a resident of Nettles Island in Jensen Beach, Florida, and formerly of Trappe, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at the home of one of her daughters in Trappe.  She was born on November 6, 1929, at the Germantown Womens Hospital in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Helen (Foster) Jones and the late Theodore C. Jones.

She was a 1947 graduate of Abington High School and a 1951 graduate of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Shirley was united in marriage on November 24, 1951, to Karl R. Kemp in Jenkintown.  During the Korean War she was employed stateside in Key West, Florida. Shirley was employed at the former Montgomery County Geriatric Rehabilitation Center as the assistant director of nursing, retiring in 1990.

Shirley was affiliated with the Trappe Historical Society as a visitor tour guide, the Tall Cedars Ladies Auxiliary, and the Perkiomen Valley School Board and she also ran with the Trappe Ambulance as a nurse in the 1970’s. While residing in the Stuart, Florida area, she was a member of the bocce club, the womens club, the nurses club of Nettles Island and she enjoyed line dancing and golfing. Shirley had many close friends in Nettles Island with whom she enjoyed many trips and good times. She enjoyed volunteering and was a hard worker. In her spare time she enjoyed puzzles, books, traveling and a good political debate. Shirley had a great sense of humor and lived life to it’s fullest. She donated to many charities and enjoyed chauffering her friends in Florida.

She is survived by her 5 daughters; Valerie Chrisman (wife of Joseph) of Sanatoga, Janice Heimer (wife of Donald) of Gilbertsville, Sheryl Millard (wife of Barry) of Royersford, Cynthia Cartacki (wife of Alan) of Trappe, Sandra Nice (wife of Brad) of Trappe, her 12 grandchildren; Stephanie Chrisman, Bradley Chrisman, Gregg Heimer, Adam Heimer, Brent Heimer, Amanda Di Gangi, Karly Sloan, Tracy Sloan, A.J. Cartacki, Krista Cartacki, Richard Nice, Brandy Nice, her brother, Theodore Jones (husband of Bonnie) of New Jersey, her sister-in-law, Karen Piper, of New Smyrna, Florida, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, starting at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, and to her Visitation on Wednesday morning from
10-10:45 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be held privately by her family at a later date in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick, Pa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Stuart Nursing and Restorative Care Center “Butterfly Garden Fund”, 1500 Palm Beach Road, Stuart, Florida, 34994, the Trappe Historical Society, PO Box 26708, Collegeville, Pa., 19426, or the Vitas Hospice, 13 Independence Court, Folcroft, Pa., 19032.

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Judy Chrusch

Jul-6 9:18am

Dear Val, Joe and Family, Kenny and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and want you to know we are thinking of you.<br /> <br /> Val we're so sorry. I remember your mother, she was a very sweet woman and I also remember those days we use to hang out.<br /> <br /> Please know you are in our prayers and again we send our condolences.<br /> <br /> Love & prayers,<br /> <br /> Judy & Ken Chrusch

Ed Kelley

Jul-7 9:39am

Dear Janice and Family, I am sorry for your lose and remember that time will heal all wounds. Sincerely, Eddie

Marilyn Molloy

Jul-7 9:21pm

My sincere symphathy to all the family. Shirley was a wonderful friend in FL. A person who helped everyone and was involved in all the activities of Nettles Island. She will be missed in our Coffee Club gettogethers.

Donna Benedict

Jul-13 1:55pm

We retired to Nettles Island for the winters in 2002. I met Shirley at Marilyn's coffee hours. She was one of my favorite friends and busy always. I missed seeing her this past season and will continue to miss her.


July 2, 2010
Elizabeth R. Geiger, 70, of Pottstown

Elizabeth R. “Betty” (Tomko) Geiger, 70, wife of John R. Geiger of 49 years, of Pottstown, passed away on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Born in St. Clair, she was the daughter of the late George and Rose (Matta) Tomko.

Betty was a graduate of Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville and a member of the former Holy Trinity RC Church in Pottstown. She worked for over 30 years at Recticon in Pottstown.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her daughter Dina B. Geiger of Fleetwood and brother Phillip Tomko of Hershey.

Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth’s name to the Cancer Center at Phoenixville Hospital, 824 Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 ATTN: Susan Lorah.

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Scott Christina Shillinger

Jul-3 10:15am

Jack & Dina, <br /> <br /> We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the both of you.

Doreen McGlocklin

Jul-3 1:34pm

Jack and Dina I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was a great person and she will be deeply missed. I will cherish all the times we spent together

Holly Craig old neighbors from 5th Street

Jul-3 8:36pm

Dear Jack and Dina,<br /> We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. May God give you the strength to get through this very rough time in your life. Betty will be dearly missed by Craig and I.

Walt Donna Cleaver

Jul-4 12:29pm

We were sadden to read of Betty's death. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you and Dina. May your memories of Betty bring you comfort.

Debbie Kulp Whitehawk Batchelor

Jul-4 4:03pm

Mr. Geiger and Dina: Betty and I worked together for a few years at Rockwell. What a wonderful, fun and genuine Lady. I hope you will find peace and solice in the fact that Betty is now at Peace. May the Good Lord Bless you! You will be in my prayers. Debbie

Gina Dmiterchik Epps Family

Jul-4 9:55pm

Jack and Dina... we are so sorry for your loss. You are part of the family we made and cherish in Pottstown. Betty will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...

Ken Ruth Good Tina Savage

Jul-5 10:19am

Jack & Dina:<br /> We are so sorry for the loss of Betty. We did not know she was ill and were surprised to read her death notice in the Mercury.<br /> Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May God bless you in this time of need.

Rose Matta

Jul-23 3:32pm

Jack & Dina, I was so saddened to hear of Betty's passing. I know she had been battling cancer for a while but from her last card to me, I was hopeful all would turn out okay. She always seemed to have a great spirit when we exchanged greetings. My deepest sympathy are with you both. She was my cousin; I was named after her Mother Rose who was my Dad's sister! You are in my prayers for your comfort during this difficult time.

Linda Koppenhaver

Jul-23 6:47pm

Geiger family.I was very sorry to hear of Betty's passing. I worked with her at Recticon and she was a terrific lady. I knew some members of Betty's family from growing up in the Pottsville area also so we had a lot to chat about. So sorry she's gone.

Dan Smith

Feb-14 7:30pm

Hey all.<br /> Dan Smith from the old Recticon.<br /> I was looking for contact info for Betty, and found out about her passing.<br /> She ws a really nice person to me, back through the old hard times.<br /> Had to relocate to Houston due to my own similar times.<br /> I loved her. She was like one of my moms back when my own got sick, etc.<br /> Love to all in Ptown area.<br /> Dan


July 1, 2010
Colleen M. Huber, 40, of Boyertown

Colleen M. (McMenamin) Huber, age 40, wife of Paul W. Huber of Boyertown, passed away on Thursday at Wissahickon Hospice in Philadelphia.  Born in Norristown, she was a daughter of Mary (Fulton) McMenamin & the Late William R. McMenamin.

She was employed as a Data Analyst at Planalytics, Inc. of Berwyn, Pa., & formerly of Wayne, Pa.  Colleen enjoyed reading, country music, & spending time at the beach.

In addition to her husband & mother, Colleen is also survived by her son, Thomas W. Huber, her siblings; Donna (Steve) Garner, William McMenamin, Jr., James McMenamin, Jane (Jim) Shafer, Suzanne (Jack) Meenen & many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, & cousins.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Tuesday, starting at 12:00 Noon at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, & to her Visitation on Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:45 AM at the church.  Burial will be held privately by her family at a later date. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for her son’s education be made directly to her sister, Donna Garner.

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John Carty

Jul-2 5:52am

Colleen’s passing will leave a void in all of our lives but she will be in our hearts forever. She was not only a close friend to me but a family member to all of us at work. I used to pass her cubicle after she left thinking she would be there listening to country music. She always told me, "You have to listen to the Words.” She loved her family more than life itself and she always put them before her own comfort and wishes. I’ll never forget her and Thomas decorating my work area for my 50th birthday. Her faith in people and God was stronger than anyone I’ve known in my life time.

Mr and Mrs Jene Fitzgerald

Jul-3 11:21pm

To all the McMenamin family. We are stunned and saddened to here of Colleen's passing. It just seems like yesterday,that they were kids on our porch on Wayne Ave. Kim and Stacia also send their sincere sympthy. May God keep her in his arms. God Bless all of you.

Sharon Alexander

Jul-5 2:55pm

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of Colleen. My family and I were glad to have known her for a brief time during the months of illness, transplant and treatnment at HUPenn.<br /> <br /> Colleen was such a fighter. She was brave and cheerful. Mary stayed by her side and was an inspiration to me as I needed to do the same for Bob for many months. <br /> I pray Colleen is at peace with our Lord and many other brave souls who fought long and hard against cancer and it's debilitating effects. May their struggles help bring about the cure that is so sorely needed for generations to come. And may Colleen's spirit and determination be an inspiration to all to make the most of each and every day in her honor.


June 28, 2010
Harry R. Moore, 82, of Stowe

Harry R. Moore, 82, of Stowe, was called home to be with God on June 25, 2010. Born in Montgomeryville, PA, he was the son of William H. and Sallie (Heavner) Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Robert and John (Bumps), son Harry Dean and grandson Jonathan. He was the husband of Arlene (Mann) Moore of Stowe. He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church of Pottstown.

Harry served as a Cpl. in the U.S. Army and was in charge of the military garage, while serving in Germany, at the end of WWII. He also served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic, working mainly on HELLCAT fighter planes.

Several of Harry’s jobs included working in factories, serving in the Pottstown Auxiliary Police and being a Supervisor for Burns Security. His most recent job, before retiring, was a truck driver for Mrs. Smith Pies. Once he retired, Harry enjoyed delivering flowers for Moores Flowers located in the Coventry Mall in Pottstown.

Harry had earned the title "Mayor of Anthony Wayne Drive" by being the first one to welcome all new neighbors. He was very active in the community by helping the children with their bikes, mowing lawns and shoveling snow for neighbors or whoever needed help. He also enjoyed driving around the neighborhood on his riding mower seeing the neighbors and keeping an eye on things.                                                                                                                        Along with his loving wife of 59 years, Arlene, are three sons, Gary and his wife Donna (Johnson) of Birdsboro, Ronald and his wife Wendy (Nuss) of Emmaus and Thomas Sr. and his wife Christine (Winters) of Layton, Utah. He also had two daughters, Terri wife of Carl Stoltz of Phoenixville and Sharon companion of Jim Reitnauer of Stowe. Residing with them was a daughter in law Bonnie Wieand. Also surviving are a brother Howard of Chalfont and a sister Margaret Cressman of Hawaii. Harry was also blessed with 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. John Smolik officiating. Burial will follow in Pottstown Cemetery West, Pottstown. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry’s name to ST. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 564 Glasgow Street, Stowe, PA 19464.

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goldie maggio

Jun-29 1:51pm

TO THE FAMILY, YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN YOUR LOSS. <br /> SINCERELY, GOLDIE


June 28, 2010
Albert J. Fox, 84, of Pottstown

Albert J. Fox, 84, husband of Rose M. (Maguire) Fox of 58 years, of Pottstown, passed away on Friday, June 25th.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Francis and Grace (Gould) Fox.

Albert was a member of ST. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown. During his college years, he rowed and ran cross country for LaSalle College. Albert also rowed for the Malta Boat Club. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and worked for the Philadelphia Asbestos Local 14.

Surviving with his wife is son Albert J. Fox, husband of Ellen J., of King of Prussia; daughter Bernadette Sheller, wife of Curt, of Pottstown; grandchildren

Amy C. Sheller and Jim Herman, Albert J. Fox III, Kelly C. Sheller-Thompson, wife of Travis, Timothy Blair, Carrie Thornton, wife of Jeremy, Katie Shook, wife of Chad; and great-grandsons T.J. Thompson, Justin & Joshua Thornton, and Sean & Gavin Shook. 

Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his son Christopher J. Fox.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 10:30AM at ST. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, with Fr. Martin F. Kern officiating. Burial will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:30AM to 10:15AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albert’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45350-0301.

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POTTSTOWN AREA SENIORS CENTER

Jul-27 12:36pm

WE EXTEND TO YOU OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. ALBERT WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS. MAY GOD GIVE YOU ALL COMFORT

Bern Sheller

Jul-24 5:58pm

I miss you everyday and you are always in my thoughts.I can still hear you guiding me.Thank you for the life you gave me.<br />


June 28, 2010
Marilyn Ruth Becker, 75, of Pottstown

Marilyn Ruth Becker, 75, beloved wife of Thomas Becker, of Pottstown and Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, passed away into God’s Glory at home on Monday evening June 21.  She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of the late Ruth and Sherman Merkel, attended St. Louis schools and was a graduate of Washington University (St. Louis) with a degree in Music Education and English.

Marilyn is grandparent of Alicia, Jeremy and Ryan Cairns of Spring City, PA; Bradley (Chicago) and Jessica Jeanblanc (St. Louis); of Taylor and Jonathan Becker, (Ephrata, PA) and Daniel Becker (Portland, OR).  Marilyn is survived by husband Thomas Becker of Pottstown, brother John Merkel of Virginia, and children David Becker of St. Louis, Barbara Cairns of Spring City, PA, Stephen Becker of Ephrata, PA, and Paul Becker of Stowe, PA.

Marilyn conducted a widespread music ministry playing piano for adult and junior choirs at Drexel Hill Baptist Church, Bethany Presbyterian Church Drexel Hill, and First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown as current member.  She was secretary of the Church of the Good Shepherd, privately tutored hundreds of young people teaching them piano and making them part of her life and was substitute pianist in churches throughout suburban Philadelphia.  Her amazing memory encouraged skills in people networking and relationships.  We will always love you and remember you for your selfless giving to friends and family alike.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown, PA 19464 on Saturday July 24 at 10:30am for friends and relatives.  Burial in the Peace Garden beside the church will take place at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Marilyn’s name may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E. High St., Pottstown, PA or the First Presbyterian Church at the address above.

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Stephanie Kaune Haffer

Jun-30 12:43am

Dear Tom. David Barbara,Stephen and Paul. So sorry to read of your Mother and wife's death. She was a true friend and always call me when came to St. Louis so we could get together<br /> Love Stevie Herman and Katherine

Paula Lawley

Jul-2 10:49am

My sincere condolensces for your loss. Marilyn was a dear friend and I will miss her greatly. She was always there for me when I needed to have someone play the piano for me to sing. She always had a smile and never held a grudge even if she was mad at you. What a comfort to know that we will see her again.

Dolores Haubner

Jul-3 8:41am

My sincere condolences for your loss.Marilyn reached out to everyone around her with a big smile on her face and in her heart. She honored me with her piano playing at my husband's funeral mass. She will truly be missed.


June 28, 2010
Stephen J. Lachman, 58, of Limerick

Stephen J. “Steve” Lachman, 58, of Limerick, PA passed away on Sunday, June 20, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center after a sudden illness.  Steve was born in West Chester and was the son of Gertrude I. (Charles) Lachman and the late James C. Lachman.  After graduating from Lincoln Prep in Philadelphia, Steve worked at LNP, Volkswagen Atlantic, and Downingtown Steel Products.  He apprenticed in the electrical field with Whiteman Electric where he worked for 6 years.  He later joined Fromm Electric in Reading, eventually directing their industrial automation division.  Upon leaving Fromm, Steve formed Tully Integration which he owned until his retirement in 1998.

Steve’s love of nature led to a lifelong passion for conservation.  He was a member of Trout Unlimited and volunteered much time with their Tulpehocken Chapter.  He also volunteered at the Olivet Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Reading. 

Fly fishing was Steve’s greatest passion and he never lost the thrill of a day on the stream.  He was exceptionally skilled and a joy to watch as he became one with his Orvis Brook Trout and gently presented a fly he had tied to the ever-wary trout on the Tully, Yellow Breeches, Letort, Clark’s Creek, Rapidan or many another stream from here to Colorado.

Music was his other lifelong passion.  His natural talent showed when he played his Tele, his Martin or his Stratocaster.   He formed and played in a number of bands including The Teen Beats, The Patriots, Hopeopaley, Joshua Tree, Crazy Heart and The Secret.   We loved to say that Steve taught Eric everything he knows! 

Steve’s compassion and kindness led him to become a joint caretaker for his sister-in-law Louise during her 2-year battle with cancer.  Despite his own considerable health challenges, he and Lynn cared for her on a daily basis in their home until her death 3 months ago.

Steve loved cooking, gardening, reading, Formula 1 races, travel, movies, baseball, motorcycles, World War II history, his computer and Blackberry, his cat Marble, and his family and friends.  He had an insatiable curiosity, a quick intelligence and a unique sense of fun.  He was honest, genuine, proud, talented and ever the gentleman.  He was a child of the ‘60’s.  His sense of adventure made him an awesome companion on road trips and in life. 

Steve is survived by his partner of 15 years, Lynn Schaaf Angelo; his daughter Kelly Brayman and her husband Julian; his daughter Meghan Macomber and her husband Patrick; his son Timothy Lachman; and his stepson Philip Angelo.  Additionally he is survived by his uncle Randall Charles, his uncle Don Couch, his many cousins and their families, his sisters and brothers-in-law in the Schaaf and Whiteman families, his many nieces, nephews and friends, and his first wife. 

Please join us at a memorial service and picnic celebration in Steve’s honor on Sunday, July 4th at 1:00PM at Wildberry Farm, 228 Tollhouse Road, Boyertown, PA.  For information or directions, contact [email protected].

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate donations to the Stephen J Lachman Memorial Fund c/o Local 380 IBEW Credit Union, 3900 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA  19426.  Donations will support improvements on Steve’s favorite streams.

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Art Mauger

Jun-29 9:34am

to "Tyke" Gertrude Lachman. I used to work with you at Sweda Int'l, in Lionville, in the mid 70's or early 80's. From the bottom of my soul, my deepest sympathy to ALL the family on passing of Steve. He packed a lot of living for a person twice his age. I trust he is with our Lord & savior.<br /> My best to you.

Allan Harrington

Jun-29 2:59pm

When Steve and I were kids we played together in a band called the Teen Beats. We got along great and I always thought that Steve was a nice guy. I lost touch with him over the years, but it sounds like he matured into an exceptional fellow. It's funny but in addition to playing guitar I also have a great love of fly fishing. I had a lot in common with him. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I'm sure he will be sorely missed. My condolences to all. God Bless

Jean Haines

Jul-2 9:07pm

I only knew Steve a short time, but he was indeed a gentleman and had so many fine qualities. Lynn, if you wrote his obituary you certainly did a fine job. He was everything and more.<br /> My condolences to you and his family.

Mike Saulino

Jul-7 7:05pm

I will remember Steve as a kind and gentle soul - a gentleman of the highest order. My sympathies to Lynn and Gertrude


June 24, 2010
Helen Gray, 71, of Royersford

Helen (Smith) Gray, 71, wife of Alexander Gray, of Royersford, passed away on Tuesday, June 22nd at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen (McDonald) Smith.

Helen was an avid gardener and loved to cook. She also enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.  She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and very proud of her Scottish heritage.

Along with her husband of 52 years, she is survived by her son Kenneth Gray, husband of Elena, of Royersford; daughter Frances Corliss, wife of Stephen, of Schwenksville; brother William Smith; sisters Margaret Kinton and Wilma Fleming; grandchildren Janea and Kenneth Jr. Gray and Jessica and Sandra Peale; and great grandson Jacob.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 1, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 1 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004.

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Randi McCue

Jun-24 10:46pm

In the arms of the angels......<br /> <br /> I know your heart is breaking. I'm so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in the knowledge that she's at peace.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Tom Barb Lightcap

Jun-25 9:45am

You are in our hearts & prayers. It is hardest on the ones left behind. Know that she is at peace and will always be with you in spirit.

Terence P Roche

Jun-28 9:40am

Please accept my condolences for your loss. The majesty that is your hearts will always prevail as a lasting reminder, and to memorialize Helen Gray forever.

Paula Paul Cowan The Village Travelers Red Hat Group

Jun-29 12:19pm

We are so sorry for your loss. The lives she touched are better for having known her. Helen, who was very preciouos to you and to many others, will always be remembered as a special gift to this world.

Greg Anastasia Totolos

Jun-30 9:02am

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.


June 24, 2010
James J. Shaffer, 76, of Limerick

James J. Shaffer, 76, Husband of Rose Marie (Walsh) Shaffer of Limerick, passed away on Monday at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown. Born in Bridgeport, Pa., he was a son of the late Maryann (Mc Gee) Shaffer & the late Frank Shaffer.

Mr. Shaffer was a veteran of the United States Army who served two years as a Military Policeman at the Officers Training School in Oberammergau, Germany from 1954 to 1956.  He was also employed for 24 years at the former Allentown Portland Cement Company, & later on as a Sexton at both St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Norristown & Corpus Christi R.C. Church in Lansdale. Mr. Shaffer was also very instrumental in establishing various fund raising activities at both St. Patrick’s & Corpus Christi Churches that funded student’s education & activities.  Jim loved his wife, children, grandchildren & sisters, especially his favorite sister, Sally.  He loved anything Irish & played his Irish Music often.  Jim had an extensive collection of lighthouses, Santas, & snowmen, & Christmas was his favorite holiday. He enjoyed working in the garden & buying new & exotic plants.  His favorite vacation spot was Wildwood, New Jersey.

In addition to his Wife, he is also survived by his children; Barbara Ann La Tour,Wife of Paul of Pottstown, Mary Ann Rosar, of Douglassville, James F. Shaffer,Husband of Marybeth of Kingston, New York, Daniel F. Shaffer,Husband of Mishel, of Glenmoore, Pa., his grandchildren; Elyse La Tour, Lauren Rosar, Michael La Tour, Benjamin Shaffer, Abby Shaffer, Madison Shaffer, Bailey Shaffer & his Sisters; Patricia Courtney, Helen Shaffer & Sally Shaffer.  Mr. Shaffer was also preceded in death by his Sister, the late Mary Jane O’Donnell.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Friday at 11:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, & to his Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-11:15 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date.  Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Montgomery Home Care & Hospice, 25 W. Fornace Street, Norristown, Pa., 19401.

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Philip McKenna Jr

Jun-24 8:22pm

Mrs Shaffer, Jim and all the Shaffers, we are very sorry for your loss. Your Dad (husband) was a very good man - always looking out for me when we were growing up. I have to thank him for the Summer jobs at St Pats - from stripping wood at the church - to pulling weeds off the cemetery fence - and of course cutting the grass. <br /> <br /> I am sorry I will not be able to make the Memorial Service on Friday as I am committed to business in upstate NY.<br /> <br /> Phil & Ellen McKenna<br />

Renie Miller

Jun-24 9:32pm

Rose Marie and Mary Ann, I just want to extend my Sincere Sympathy<br /> to you and your family, also Claire Gelet she use to work at<br /> R&I years ago and we met you at<br /> Kohls a couple of years ago, and<br /> you both look so good. So take care our prayers are with you.

Patricia Houchins Durdeen

Jun-25 4:09am

Rest In Peace Uncle Jim. Our condolences to Aunt Toot and the Family. <br /> <br />

Lisa Pope Pottstown Pulmonary Rehab

Jun-25 10:02am

Rose Marie,<br /> We just saw the obits and were so saddened to see that Jim had passed. We wanted to send you our deepest condolences. Jim was always such a pleasant patient for us. Such a generous and kind man, we are just so sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed getting to know him in the time he rehabbed with us and missed him when he left. We will all be thinking of you and your family.<br /> <br /> Your friends at the PMMC Pulmonary Rehab

Della O Donnell Matzik

Jun-25 8:56pm

To the Shaffer family, I am very sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I was a part of your family but I fondly remember 'Uncle Jim' and the way he always made me feel welcome at the Sunday 'SCAT' games we played at Nanny's. He will be missed.


June 21, 2010
Donald Hoffman, Twin Ponds Founder

Donald M. Hoffman, age 86, husband of the late Shirley V. (Keyser) Hoffman, of Gilbertsville Rd., Gilbertsville, died Saturday in PMMC. Mr. Hoffman also resided at the Frederick Mennonite Community for the past six months.

Born in Gilbertsville he was the son of the late Guy B. and Mildred R. (Smith) Hoffman.

Donald and his late wife Shirley, founded and operated Twin Ponds Golf Club. Twin Ponds opened for business 47 years ago on June 20, 1963.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Boyertown. He also was a member of the Boyertown Masonic Lodge #741, Pottstown Elks Lodge #814 B.P.O.E. where he was honored in 1989 as the “Elk of the Year”. Donald also enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling over the years. His love of people and the enjoyment he received by helping them thru out his life is what made him so successful at operating Twin Ponds Golf club for so many years.

Surviving are two daughters; Marcia A. wife of H. Richard Slade, of Upper Pottsgrove Twp., and Sheila K. wife of William M. Walsh, of Gilbertsville, and a son in-law; Ron Boyles. In addition he is survived by four grandchildren; Ben B. husband of Amy Boyles, Kris B. husband of Colleen Boyles, Jessica M. wife of Russell Korne, and Luke A. Walsh, and three great grandchildren; Emily C. Korne, Dillon J. Boyles, and Jackson C. Korne, and another great grandchild soon to be born. Also surviving is a sister in-law; Theresa Kollar, of Boyertown, and two nieces. 

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Phila. Ave. Gilbertsville. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be on Thursday from 8 to 10:15 AM, at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of your choice.

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carol ciabattoni

Jun-22 9:31am

my late husband worked at twin ponds and loved to golf there.<br /> donald was a very good friend to him. he wibe missed.

Raymond Debbie Scheifley

Jun-22 11:22am

Sheila and family<br /> We are very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. I didn't know your parents, but Katie & Bill spoke very highly of them. They can all be together now. Take care.

Betty Lane and David Henshey

Jun-22 4:44pm

Our deepest love and sympathy to you both. Lane,David and I were so saddened to hear about your Dad. We have so many happy memories of him and our fun times at Twin Ponds.God Bless you and your families.

Rosemarie Schrump Family

Jun-27 1:07pm

My late Husband Harry Schrump started playing golf at Twin Ponds since 1964 and played there every week till his passing in 2003. Harry had the deepest respect for Donald & Shirley.They were very down too earth people. My deepest condolences to the family


June 18, 2010
Donna J. McCarthy,64, of Bechtelsville

Donna J. (Yerger) McCarthy, age 64, wife of Robert L. Mc Carthy of Bechtelsville, passed away on Tuesday at Phoenixville Hospital.  Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Catherine (Gulden) Yerger & the late Gerald Yerger.

She was a graduate of Pottstown High School & really enjoyed spending time with her family. Donna had also been a long time employee of Kutztown University. 

In addition to her husband she is also survived by her children; Robert P. McCarthy of Douglassville, Melanie Olsen (wife of Scott) of Reading, Melisa Costa (wife of Ned) of Audubon, her grandchildren; Emily, Olivia, Bradley, Anna-Claire & her siblings; Sandra Heimbach of New Hanover, Kay Mc Allister of Pottstown, & Jerry Yerger of Pottstown.

Funeral Services will be held privately by her family. Arrangements by Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525.

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Janet Gilmer

Jun-18 9:23am

Bob and family.......I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers .<br /> Janet Gilmer

Rob Oliver

Jun-19 10:33am

Bob and family I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bret Berg

Jun-19 12:45pm

I am deeply saddened to hear of a very close friend has passed. I will miss her laughter and her friendship. To Bob and Kay; I hope you know how much I feel for your loss. My prayers are with you and Donna.<br /> <br /> Bret Berg

Kathy Pruitt Dougherty

Jul-19 8:00am

I am so sorry to hear she has passed. I have so many great memories of her when practially lived at your house. My prayers are with you guys.

POTTSTOWN AREA SENIORS CENTER

Jul-27 12:40pm

WE EXTEND TO YOU OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. DONNA WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS. WE PARY GOD GIVES YOU COMFORT.


June 18, 2010
Edward O. McWilliams, III, 32, of Pottstown

Edward O. McWilliams, 32, of Pottstown, passed away on Sunday at the University Of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.  Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Gail Anne (Hammel) McWilliams & Edward O. McWilliams, Jr.

He was a 1997 graduate of Boyertown High School who liked camping, 4 wheeling, music, & white water rafting.  Mr. Mc Williams enjoyed spending time with his family and his true love in life was raising his two daughters.

In addition to his parents Edward is also survived by his 2 daughters; Jurnee Mc Williams of Boyertown & Haylee Mc Williams of New Jersey, his sisters; Tonya Meitzler (wife of Steve) of Bally, Pa., & Carrie Mc Williams of York, Pa., & his grandmother, Betty A. Leeck of Royersford.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday starting at 12:00 Noon at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, Pa., 19468, & to his Visitation on Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:45 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date.  The family has requested that all flowers be omitted & that memorial contributions for his daughters’ education be made directly to the family.

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Butch Cushman

Jun-19 10:33am

Ed & Gail sometimes the Lord does things we don't like but there is a reason behind it but don't ever leave go till your ready Eddie will be missed and my prayers are for you to get you through it Love You Butch

Natalie Ludy DeTurk

Jun-19 3:21pm

Dear Ed, Gail, Tonya, Carrie, Steve, Jurnee & the rest of the family,<br /> <br /> Brandon just told me yesterday that Eddie past away. I am very sorry for your loss. To the girls...it's not easy losing a sibling. You are supposed to go through life together. His fight is over. He may rest in peace now. Share your memories with your neices to keep their Daddy alive to them. <br /> <br /> Best Wishes to all of you during this sad, sad time.<br /> <br /> Love,<br /> Natalie<br /> (Stevie's Ex-wife)


June 16, 2010
James H. Kuser, 73, of Boyertown

James H. Kuser, 73, husband for 54 years of Virginia B. (Bortz) Kuser of Boyertown passed away on Monday at Reading Hospital.  Born in Boyertown, he was the son of the late Mabel (Hess) Kuser & the late Samuel Kuser.

Mr. Kuser was a 52 year member of the Earl Township Fire Company where he served as its President from 2002-2005, Assistant Chief from 1964-2001, & as a Trustee from 1964-2001.  He worked for 36 years as an employee of C.S. Garber and Boyertown Supply Inc. before retiring in 2001.  In addition he also worked at the Earl Township Park for many years.  Mr. Kuser also enjoyed hunting & he was a member of the Pike Township Sportsmen’s Association & Relief Fund.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children; Cindy L. Schoenly of Gilbertsville, James S. Kuser of Temple, Pa., & Kevin L. Kuser (Fiance’ of Stacy Faust) of Boyertown, 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, & his sisters; Lydia Junger of Barto, & Virginia Schwenk of New Berlinville.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, the late Helen Angstadt, & his brothers; the late Lloyd Kuser, the late Samuel Kuser, the late Raymond Kuser, & the late Charles Kuser.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, & to his Visitation on Friday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Hill Church Cemetery, Boyertown.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Earl Township Fire Company, 1340 Ironstone Drive, Boyertown, Pa., 19512.

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Lori Paul Lyons

Jun-17 11:54am

Kevin & Stacy & Family,<br /> Sorry to hear about your loss. If there is anything we could do, please let us know.<br /> We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Michele Rich Connie Ann Italo

Jun-17 12:44pm

Hi, Jim-<br /> We're thinking about you in this difficult time. Looking forward to having you back with us when you are ready. Our condolences to you and your family. Take care.<br /> <br />

Lori DeFrain

Jun-30 1:49pm

I just wanted to express my deepest sorrow for your loss. It's been a long time since I've seen anyone in your family, but when I heard the news, it was almost as if I'd lost a member of my own family. Our families have known each other for so many years, and it never is easy to know that another has been called home. My best wishes to all, you are in my prayers.


June 15, 2010
Alex S. Uba, 32, beloved husband and son

Alex S. Uba, 32, husband of Theresa R. (Barney) Uba, of Pottstown, passed away Sunday at his residence.

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of Stanley A. and Mary A. (Edmondson) Uba.

Alex was a member of the IBEW Local 380 and the Pottstown Elks. He enjoyed camping with Terry, movie trivia with his family during holiday gathering, and is an Eagle Scout. His biggest passion was golfing. Alex was a former altar boy at St. Thomas More RC Church.

Along with his wife and parents, he is survived by his sister Melissa M. Uba; his maternal grandmother, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:30PM to 8:00PM and on Saturday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alex’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

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ken jane simon

Jun-15 11:19am

So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.p

Tom MaryKay Sjostrom

Jun-15 11:23am

Terri we love you and you are in our hearts and prayers. Stan, Mary, and Missy - we are so sorry for your loss and pray for you all in these sad times. Please know that we are here for you all. With our love Tom and Marykay

George and Pat Rantz

Jun-15 3:04pm

It is with great sadness that my wife and I have learned of the passing of Alex. Pat and I had the privilege of having Alex in our elementary classrooms. Our sincerest sympathy goes to his family. You are all in our prayers. George Rantz

Joe and Carol Hojnacki

Jun-15 4:36pm

Stan, Mary, Melissa and Terry.<br /> Our prayers are with you all durning this time. <br /> May you find Peace in knowing that the Lord is with you all<br />

Rachel Marty Perez

Jun-16 8:00am

Terri - I am so sorry to hear of Alex's passing. If there is anything you need please let me know. Thinking of you during this time. Send lots of love & prayers to you and the entire family!!

The Murray Family

Jun-16 9:59pm

Dear Terri and Family, We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you.<br /> <br /> Love, Linda, John, Jen

Tom and Theresa Weidamoyer

Jun-17 7:12pm

Dearest Stan, Mary, Melissa and Terry, we were deeply sadden to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God grant you strength and peace during this time of need. Don't hesitate to call if you need anything and or just want to talk. We are good listeners. All our love.

R Cole

Jun-17 9:11pm

Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories and in each other. May you find hope in the words at Acts 24:15, "and I have hope toward God, which hoe these [men] themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Resurrection is a standing up again, a coming to life. It is what the Lord did for his friend Lazarus.(John 11:43-44) The hope of seeing Mr.Alex again. May this hope also bring you comfort.

Kathy Cronin

Jun-18 8:22am

Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are for your son and his wife and youand all your family. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Take care.

Jack Hardesty family

Jun-24 11:29pm

Mary and Stan, we know how you feel since we lost our son in April. No words will comfort you, trust in God - he will get you through it and recall the memories you've all made. He will always be in your heart. God bless.

Jeff Lewis

Apr-7 2:26pm

I wish I'd kept up better with everyone from back home, but I just found out about Alex. I can only say how sorry I am to all of you.


June 14, 2010
Michael J. Drabiszczak, 37, of Gilbertsville

Michael J. Drabiszczak, 37, of Gilbertsville, passed away on Sunday at Phoenixville Hospital after a lengthy illness.  Born in Pottstown he was the son of Georgette (Bush) Drabiszczak of Gilbertsville & Michael Drabiszczak of Phoenixville.

He was a 1990 graduate of Boyertown High School & had been employed for over 20 years by C&D Caterers in Earlville.  Michael was a member of the Morning Star Fellowship Church in Bechtelsville, & he was also a very talented artist. He loved music, poetry, reading & spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents Michael is also survived by his sister Jennifer Wood (wife of John) of Gilbertsville, his grandmother, Mary Drabiszczak of Phoenixville, his nieces; Janna & Jessa, his nephews; Jason & Jordan, & many loving aunts, uncles, cousins & friends.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday starting at 11:00 AM at Morning Star Fellowship Church, 100 Limekiln Road, Bechtelsville, Pa., 19505, & to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30 – 10:45 AM at the church.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Pottstown.  Memorial contributions in Michael’s name can be made to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Renal Care Center, 1600 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pa., 19464.

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Suzie Neiman

Jun-15 6:27am

My thoughts and prayers and much love are with you. We loved Mikey so much and will miss him so. I love you sister!

friends from midas service center

Jun-15 6:53am

Michael,we will miss your happy smile. You were always kind, and generous. Mike you never let anyone know the pain you were in. You will be truly missed by your friends at Midas. Thank you for feeding us for years. .

Ron Chris Lambert

Jun-15 7:21am

Jett & Jen,<br /> So sorry to hear of your loss.<br /> Please know that we are there for you.<br /> He was an amazing young man.<br /> Love,<br /> Chris & Ron

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Jun-15 7:51am

michael always had a beautiful smile, and never showed the pain he was living with. god bless.

UHWBLP

Jun-15 8:50am

Michael we will miss your beautiful smile and sunny disposition. We will all miss your visits, you are a good meal from you. Your friends from Midas, God Bless

Jo Dykie

Jun-15 9:52am

We miss our dear nephew Mikey so much. Our faith and the unconditional love our family holds will help us in the days ahead. Rest in Peace Mikey!

The Gresh Family

Jun-15 11:10am

We knew Michael for many years growing up in our neighborhood in Gilbertsville. Many times he visited us being a friend of our family. We lost contact and recently were connected on facebook. Although the years pass by us, Michael was always a young man who stood out, with such courage, and never complaing. This is due to the fact of having a loving family that he was supported by. Now he rests in the arms of the Lord and he will be missed. One day we will see him again. Love to you all and our prayers are with you all.

Craig Knapp

Jun-15 4:47pm

A great man,and a great friend. I will miss you terribly,but am very thankful for the time we had. There is so much of you in me. I hear your words come out of my mouth so often. you were honest and true (so rare in this world). I love you bro! you will be in my heart and mind, daily, for the rest of my life.

Dale Rishel

Jun-15 6:12pm

Mary,Stan,Missy and Terri So very sorry to hear the news about Alex. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We are only a phone call away. Dale, David, Jess,& Liz Rishel

Mom Sissy

Jun-15 7:19pm

Our dearest Mikey, you worked so hard in this body and suffered greatly. Our only comfort is knowing that now you're not.<br /> <br /> We feel you everywhere. Your contagious smile is in the sun, your hugs are in the rustling leaves and you speak to us in the breeze.<br /> <br /> Fly free, our sweet Mikey. We love you forever.

Jim Grim

Jun-15 8:09pm

I'm sorry to hear about Michael's passing. I didn't have the opportunity to know him. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

Philip E Repko

Jun-16 9:34am

Please accept my condloences. I knew Mike back when he was a long-haired, smart-alecky kid in my English class at Boyertown. Yes, he was a little rough around the edges, and I liked him. I remember well when I challenged him and his peers to write a poem, and Michael's excellent work was accepted by the literary magazine "Accent." I remember fellow students being surprised to encounter a poem by Mike. They hadn't expected to see the verbal talent, though they knew about the visual arts ability.<br /> My thoughts and prayer go out to all of you. I will carry pleasant memories.

sharon rizzetto JUGSY

Jun-16 9:54pm

mikey waS SUCH A DEAR AND KIND SOUL ANYBODY THAT EVER WAS BLESSED WITH THE CHANCE TO KNOW HIM WOULD CERTAINLY AGREE HE WAS AN ANGEL HERE ON EARTH SUCH A KINDRED SPIRIT NO ONE COULD EVER TAKE HIS PLACE I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM NOR WILL ANYBODY ELSE RIP MIKEY

Stephen J Biddy

Jun-16 11:44pm

To Mikey's family and loved one I am very saddened by the loss of my very dear friend Mikey!I will miss him forever.He was a big part of helping me through some of the very toughest times of my life.He has touched the heart and soul of every person he has ever met or got to know.To his family i am very sorry for your loss.He was a very inspiring person.Hewill be remembered for his positive outlook on life and his endless act's of kindness.<br /> To Mikey ;I love you and i know we will get together again.

Mary Ellen Foulds

Jun-17 8:59pm

God Bless your family in this hard time..mike would always give a wave whenever i would stop by my daughter's a few doors down...Mike was always sweet to the liitle ones when they were out to play...He will be missed by his neighbors thats for sure!!!!!

Greg and Sherry Shupp

Jun-17 10:30pm

Mikey, was a joy and blessing that we were honored to know. I was so happy to reconnect with him on facebook after losing touch when we moved to Florida. I will always remember his smile, love for life, wonderful personality, sweet voice, his love for Elvis and peanut butter cups. I know that he is free and has been welcomed home by the Lord above. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with not only Georgette and Jen, but all the family and friends who mourn the loss of a beloved friend and family member.<br /> Love Sherry, Greg and Jasmine Shupp

Cindy

Jul-25 4:39pm

I missed you dearly and think of you constant-love you buddy


June 14, 2010
Elizabeth A. Stercula, 82, loving mother

Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Emery) Stercula, 82, wife of the late Joseph R. Stercula, of Spring City, passed away on Sunday at Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Paul W. and Anna (Malin) Emery.

Betty retired from Acme Supermarket after 33 years, working in both the Spring City and Phoenixville stores. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds especially knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by her daughters Pat Cappelletti of Spring City and Joanne Strait of Boyertown; grandchildren Beth Cappelletti, David Cappelletti, Michele Loke, Anna Marie Wanamaker, and Joseph Stercula and great grandchildren Alexandra Loke, Andrew Loke and Madelyn Loke. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her son Robert J. Stercula; sisters Nancy Moyer and Peggy Havrilak and son in laws James R. Cappelletti and Brad Strait.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road. Entombment will be in Limerick Garden of Memories, Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:15Am at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Visiting Nurses Assoc., of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Patricia Staniszewski

Jun-15 10:09am

Pat and Family,<br /> Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Our sympathies to all of you,<br /> Love,<br /> Pat and Greg<br /> Glendale, AZ

Dick and Donna Gillespie

Jun-16 8:42pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Betty was such a wonderful woman and opened her home and heart to us. We will never forget her.

The Murray Family

Jun-16 9:53pm

Dear Terry and Family, We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.


June 14, 2010
Glenwood “Glen” F. Fronheiser, 94, Formerly of Gilbertsville

Glenwood “Glen” F. Fronheiser, age 94, husband for 69 years of the late Catharine H. (Hollowbush) Fronheiser & formerly of Gilbertsville, passed away on Sunday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown.  Born in Bechtelsville, Pa., he was a son of the late Sallie (Weller) Fronheiser & the late Howard Fronheiser.

He was a self-employed service station owner for many years, & he also worked for many years as a terminal freight manager for both the Aetna & Daniels Steel Companies & he was a former superintendent of maintainence at the Swan Oil company in Sassamansville. 

Mr. Fronheiser is survived by his daughters; Jeanette F. Mitch (wife of Robert) of Boyertown, R. Dorris F. Curcio (wife of Joseph) of Linwood, N.J., & Cindy Loretta F. Moser of Gilbertsville.  In addition to his daughters he is also survived by his 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren & 1 great-great-grandchild.  He was also preceded in death by his 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 1 granddaughter, & 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday starting at 12:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, & to his Visitation on Thursday  from 12-12:30 PM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories Cemetery, Limerick, Pa.

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Jun-15 7:19am

we were school mates in Gilbertsville. Shirley Wolfgang is the name you would know me by. So sorry for the loss of your father.I live in North Carolina ,now. We will have our family reunion July 17th and 18th at Boyertown Community park it would be nice to see you and your sister again, Take care and God Bless

Jeanette Stauffer

Jun-16 7:28am

Dorris, So sorry to hear about your father. Suzanne told me and then I looked it up in the Pottstown paper.My thoughts are with you.<br /> Jeanette


June 14, 2010
Margaret M. (O’Connor) Fischer, 71

Margaret M. (nee O’Connor) Fischer, 71, on June 13, 2010. Formerly of the Lawndale section of Phila.

Beloved wife of Charles J. Fischer. Loving mother of Vickie Abernethy (Dennis), Chuck Fischer (Angela) & Mike Fischer (Heather).  She is also survived by her sisters; Barbara Handlin & Patricia Gregorski, & her 8 grandchildren.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, June 17, 2010, starting at 11:00 AM at Saint Columbkill R.C. Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, Pa., 19512, & to her visitation on Thursday morning from 9:30 – 10:45 AM at the church.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown, Pa.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the American Lung Association, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, Pa., 18017.

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June 14, 2010
Shirley Drake, 88, of Pottstown

Shirley (Hampton) Drake, 88, of Pottstown, wife of the late Stanley Drake, went to be with her Lord on Friday, June, 11, 2010.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Pearl (Mauger) Hampton. She has been a resident of the Golden Pond Assisted Living Home in Macon, GA for the past few years. Shirley was a member of Zion’s UCC Church in Pottstown and the Order of the Amaranth.

Surviving is her son John R. LaPish, Jr. , husband of Judy, grandsons Michael Frankenfield, John Christian LaPish, Benjamin Hampton LaPish, and granddaughter Elizabeth Aimee LaPish.  Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her daughter Linda (LaPish) Frankenfield.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with a graveside service following at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown. Rev. Rebecca Brenner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion’s UCC Church, 209 Chestnut Street Pottstown, PA, 19464.

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June 9, 2010
Marcia Lee Favinger, 63, loving wife and mother

Marcia (Kurtz) Favinger, loving wife of Ron for 42 years, of Sanatoga, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 8 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. 

She was born in Biloxi MS on September 27, 1946 to Mary (Moore) Kurtz of Pottstown and the late John Kurtz.

Marcia was a 1964 graduate of Pottsgrove High School, where she was drum majorette, an avid basketball player and homecoming queen.  She continued her education at Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing, launching her career as a well loved nurse for 42 years.  She started her career as office nurse to Dr. George Longacre and in 1981 became the nurse of her dreams in Labor and Delivery at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Marcia’s loving and giving spirit not only touched the lives of all her family and friends, but also the lives of each and every patient she cared for.    Doctors, co-workers, patients and administration loved her enthusiastic, energizing and sincere approach to nursing, winning her recognition, respect and awards for the person/nurse she was meant to be.

Along with her husband and mother, she is survived by her three daughters, Major Jennifer Martinez of Saint Louis, Jill Gillette, wife of Glen, of Sanatoga, and Diane Mower, wife of Brian, of Douglassville. She is also survived by her sister Diane Simmoneau, wife of Thomas, of Spring City, brother John Kurtz, husband to Cindi, of Bristow, VA, mother in law Sally Favinger, of Sanatoga and brother in law Paul Favinger, of Sanatoga, as well as her 7 loving grandchildren. She will be missed by all.

A memorial service for Marcia will be held at First Baptist Church, King and Charlotte Sts. in Pottstown, Saturday, June 12 at 9:30 am.  Friends and family may call from 8:00-9:15 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Lehigh Valley Health Network, NICU, Developmental Department, 1247 South Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 200, Allentown, PA, 18130.

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Lori Johnston

Jun-9 5:22pm

I am so sorry to hear such sad news! Marcia helped deliver my second son in 2001. Sending my love and prayers to my dear old friend Jen and her sisters Jill and Diane. I wish I could be there for you right now!

Karen Marquette

Jun-9 6:34pm

Jen,<br /> So sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts. I hope you and your family are well.<br />

Katy

Jun-10 8:30am

Jill and family- we are so sorry for your loss. This was so sudden and such a shock. Please know we are praying for you during this difficult time and are here for you and your family for anything you may need. Love the Potpinko's

Marianne Cutillo Scott

Jun-10 11:39am

Ron and family, You have my deepest condolences. Marcia was one of the best people I have ever known. She was a genuine woman who made anyone in her presence feel like family. Please know that you will be in my prayers.<br /> God keep you at this time and always. Marianne

Janice Vasko

Jun-10 2:46pm

Jill, Glen & family,<br /> I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please try to remember the good times and may those memories carry you through these difficult times. You are in my thoughts.<br /> Sincerely,<br /> Janice

Barry Torrente

Jun-10 4:49pm

What a significant individual Marcia was. She will remain in my memory as a burst of positive energy, kindness, and a truly genuine person. Marcia will be greatly missed, my sincere condolances to her family.

Jayne Padgett

Jun-10 5:14pm

Please accept my sincere condolences in this sorrowful time. Marcia will be sorely missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

remy conicelli

Jun-10 7:14pm

Diane and famly so sorry to hear of your loss will miss her calls into the hospital and the chats we had Heaven just got another angel she was great person always funny and very nice may you find comfort in your memories of her

kristen butler

Jun-10 11:14pm

im so sorry for your loss,your mom was a very amazing and caring person who helped bring my son and among the rest of my families childern into the world and she always remembered me as the girl with the red head kid.you and your family will be in my prayers and remember all the wonderful things and memories.if you need anything let me know.im sorry i won't be able to be there for the service but i will keep u and family in our prayers

Denny Daisy

Jun-10 11:15pm

Ron and family, <br /> So very shocked and saddened to hear of your tragic loss. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Sally Simmons

Jun-11 10:16am

I am so sorry for your loss!!! Marcia helped to deliver all three of my daughters. I think I would have lost the one if it weren't for Marcia's caring and knowledge. My prayers and deepest sympathy goes out to your family. Marcia will be sadly missed in our community.

Bill Meyers

Jun-11 11:57am

I'm shocked and saddened at the news. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Larry and Lydia

Jun-11 12:23pm

To our east coast family, our thoughts are with you. We will always remember Marcia's warmth, humor, and genuine compassion for others. Our hearts ache with you. May many wonderful memories of the good times help comfort you. We send much love.

Mindy Clark

Jun-11 12:36pm

Dear Diane and family,<br /> <br /> I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. She was a wonderful woman. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.<br /> <br />

Sylva SMith

Jun-11 3:30pm

In 1963 I was a freshman at Pottsgrove and she was a popular senior, who took the time to be kind to me at my new school. She made such a lasting impression that 46 years later, I remember, and am very saddened by this news. She was certainly one of a kind. An exceptional woman!

Jennifer Wilkin

Jun-11 9:22pm

As I look around Labor and Delivery, it is impossible not to hear Marcia's laughter and feel her infuence. She taught most of the Labor and Delivery nurses in our unit, myself included. Whenever I'm working, I find myself remember snippets of her advice and wisdom. I hear her telling me not only how to do things but why we should do it that way. Thank you for letting us have her for all those years. I miss her.

Brenda and Mike Shirey

Jun-12 7:53am

Jill, We are so sorry to hear that your Mother has passed away. We were hoping and praying she would get through this. Our thoughts are with you today! Love Brenda

Andrea Pezzimenti

Jun-12 8:18am

Ron,<br /> You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Marcia and my mom (Barb Galloway) were very dear friends. I am sure they are already having laughs together up in heaven.

Brad Magnuson

Jun-12 11:38am

marcia marcia marcia, at least that is one of the ways in which i will remember you. you took great care of my girlfriend, Kristen Butler as we were preparing for the arrival of our son. i remember being nervous, and you calmed me down, said it would be ok. you came and got me after they wheeled kristen down, my heart was pounding. you had me sit, said "don't move until i come get you." then you came out a few moments later, said "ok, daddy, let's go", and i could tell you were smiling under the mask. i will always remember you, and will never forget your compassion, and enthusiasm. you will truly be missed. god bless you, and we will see you again someday. godspeed, my friend, godspeed!

Don Cheryl Detweiler

Jun-13 6:58pm

Ron & Family,<br /> We are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. We didn't hear about Marcia's death until Sat. so sorry we couldn't make it to her service. Know that you are in our thoughts. Cheryl & Don

Amber Glenn

Jun-14 6:55am

Jen, Jill, and Diane-<br /> I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God watch over and keep you in his care as you lovingly remember your Mother and all the love she showered you with. Your parents did a tremendous job raising three successful women. How proud she must be. Keep the Faith and seek comfort in one another.<br /> God Bless You

Elaine Testa Hogan

Jun-14 2:49pm

Ron: Please accept my heartfelt and sincere condolences at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dave and Pat Poley

Jun-14 8:47pm

Ron and family, Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May your cherished memories be a comfort to you in the coming days.

Jennifer Howe Heller

Jun-14 11:20pm

Jenn, Jill, and Diane<br /> So sorry for your loss. Mom helped deliver my second child. She was so proud of all of her girls. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jane Kazelis Kriebel

Jun-22 8:38pm

So very sorry to hear the news about Marcia. She was always full of life and fun. I was a classmate and friend at Jefferson. My condolences to her entire family.

Marha Splinter DeBoard

Jun-26 1:53pm

I am so sorry to hear about Marcia's passing. I remember Marcia when she and her family lived next to my uncle on Hilltop Rd. We all would play together and we had so much fun then. I also remember her when she worked for Dr. Longaker. I'm sorry that this condolence is late but I just found out from my cousin today from Pottstown. I know that Marcia will truly missed.


June 8, 2010
Rose M. Spangenberg, 83, of Pottstown

Rose M. (Lewiski) Spangenberg, 83, of Pottstown, wife of the late Albert Spangenberg, passed away on Monday at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Linfield, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Potoshnich) Lewiski.
Rose was a member of the former ST. Peter’s RC Church in Pottstown for many years.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce A. Kozlowski, wife of Michael, of Columbus, OH; son Michael J. Zipay, husband of Michelle, of Pottstown; sisters Sophie Zaremba, Ann Trojan and Josephine Kutterbach; 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her son Ronald E. Zipay, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, 11:00AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta RC Church, Linfield Campus, 1228 Main Street, Linfield with Fr. Paul Brandt officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00AM to 10:45AM at the church. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park.

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

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Dave Chapman

Jun-9 6:36pm

Dear Mike & Family, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of Rose. I share and will pray in your time of loss. Respectfully your Friend, Dave Chapman

Ingeburg Albrecht

Jun-16 9:09pm

Dear joyce and Michael,<br /> I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Rose was such a kind and warm hearted person. She kept everyone in line at the lab and <br /> certainly put a smile on everyones face. Her compassion for others made her a pleasure to have in my department. I was blessed to have known her. God bless, Inky

POTTSTOWN AREA SENIORS CENTER

Jul-27 12:43pm

WE EXTEND TO YOUR OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES IN THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. ROSE WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS. WE PRAY GOD GIVES YOU COMFORT.


June 7, 2010
Kathryn Newhard, 89, of Pottstown

Kathryn (Miller) Newhard, 89, of Pottstown, wife of the late Arthur B. Newhard Jr., passed away on Sunday at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Frick’s Lock, she was the daughter of the late Warren E. and Mabel V.  (Rhoads) Miller.
Kathryn was a member of First Baptist Church in Pottstown where she was active in the Senior Citizens group. She was also a former member of Ringing Hill Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her daughters Bonnie, wife of Larry Metzler, of Titusville, FL and Kitty Kemble of Middletown; 2 granddaughters, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by 4 brothers.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 15th, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Marvin Marsh and Rev. Judy Miller officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 15th from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park.

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June 7, 2010
Dorothy E. Mourar, 86, loving mother and grandmother

Dorothy E. (Harp) Mourar, 86, wife of the late Edward W. Mourar, of Pottstown, passed away on Thursday at Manatawny Manor.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Ralph H. and Edna B. (Achatz) Harp.
Dorothy was a 1942 graduate of Pottstown High School. She worked as a dispatcher for many years at the former Harp's Taxi Co. in Pottstown.

She is survived by her daughters Linda, wife of Robert Tomascik, of Boyertown and Pamela, wife of Brian D. Rathgeb, of Mohrsville; grandchildren David Sperat Jr., Melissa Taylor, wife of Mark, Melinda Keck, wife of Donald, and Barry Sperat, husband of Amy; and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will welcome friends on Monday, June 7th from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. The service and interment will be private and at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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June 7, 2010
Elaine S. Haas, 83, loving mother and grandmother

Elaine S. "Nana" (Felt) Haas, 83, of Ohio, wife of the late George F. Haas Jr., passed away on Friday, June 4 at St. Lukes Hospital in Maumee, OH.

Born in Rossford, OH and formerly of Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Edna (Morgan) Felt.

Elaine was a member of Trinity EC Church in Boyertown and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving is her son James Haas, husband of Margaret (Hurly); daughter Janet McMenamin, wife of Terence; and grandchildren Michael Haas and Christa (McMenamin) Smith and Patricia McMenamin. Along with her husband and parents she is predeceased by her brothers Donald and Alan Felt.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 10:00AM at Trinity EC Church, 250 Swinehart Road, Boyertown. Visitation will be from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine's name to Trinity EC Church, 250 Swinehart Road, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Kristin and Brian Felt

Jun-11 8:13pm

Jim~ We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


June 4, 2010
Joan D. Rafferty, 71, of Glen Mills & formerly of Drexel Hill

Joan D. (Fimple) Rafferty, 71, of Glen Mills and former long time resident of Drexel Hill, wife of the late William J. Rafferty, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, June 2, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Philadelphia on May 23, 1939, & raised in the Cardington section of Upper Darby, she was the daughter of the late William Gordon and Marie (Layden) Fimple.

Mrs. Rafferty was a 1958 graduate of West Catholic High School for Girls in West Philadelphia.  She was employed by Verizon & retired as a manager after 35 years of service.  She was a long time parishioner of Saint Dorothy’s R.C. Church in Drexel Hill where she was very active in many of the church’s organizations. Mrs. Rafferty was an officer in the Telephone Pioneers organization, and was very active with the Meals on Wheels Program.  She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and knitting, but most of all loved to travel.  She will always be remembered as a person who loved to host family& friends especially during the holiday season. She was a very devoted and loyal friend and was loved by many.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret De Cenzi, of Glen Mills; her brothers William Fimple of Lake Tahoe, NV., Jack Fimple (Betty) of Windsor, CA., & Joseph Fimple (Marjorie) of Kittery, ME.; children, Sandra Pilatti (Mark) of Elk Grove, CA., William J. Rafferty, Jr. (Catherine) of Gilbertsville, Pa. & Kevin T. Rafferty (Connie) of Boca Raton, Fl.; 10 grandchildren, many nieces & nephews; & her companion Frank Murphy.  Mrs. Rafferty was also preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Fimple, & her sister Marie Ronayne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 7th, 10:30AM at Saint Dorothy R.C. Church, Township Line & Burmont Roads, Drexel Hill. Visitation on Monday from 9:15AM  to 10:15 AM at the church.  Interment will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mrs. Rafferty’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, Pa., 19605 or Taylor Hospice, PO Box 147, Ridley Park, PA 19078.

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Pat Roger McGroarty

Jun-5 7:49am

Our prayers are with Frank and Joan's family. She will definitely be missed at the Windsor. <br /> <br /> "Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal. Love leaves a memory, no one can steal".<br /> <br /> Even though our time with Joan was short, we have lots of memories to cherish. Rest in peace dear friend; your suffering is over.<br /> <br /> Pat & Roger #233


June 2, 2010
Mary P. Gentili, 81, loving mother

Mary P. (Healy) “Pat” Gentili, 81, of Royersford, wife of the late Nunzio Marino and Sylvio M. Gentili, passed away on Tuesday, June 1 at her residence.

Born in Bradford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Cora (Healy) Healy.

Mary was a 1946 graduate of St. Bernard High School in Bradford and a 1950 graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where she received her BA in Education. She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Royersford.

She is survived by her children Karen L. Toby, wife of Charles J., Mark F. Gentili, husband of Jamie, Catherine G. Bucci, wife of James, Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Gentili, Dr. Theresa M. Weidenbaugh, wife of Jay, and Patricia M. Gentili; brother Francis Healy, husband of Suzanne; sister Catherine Healy; and grandchildren Julie and Jennifer Toby, Matthew and Stefanie Gentili, and Joseph Bucci. Along with her husbands and parents, she is predeceased by her sister Denise Thiel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 4th, 1:30PM at Sacred Heart RC Church, 828 Walnut Street, Royersford, with Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Gentili officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at the church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary Patricia’s name to Sacred Heart RC Church, 828 Walnut Street, Royersford, PA 19468.

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Tina Shoemaker

Jun-3 7:10am

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Emmy

Jun-3 8:39am

God Bless you Mrs. Gentili. You were such a graceful person and we will remember you often.<br /> <br /> Your little friend, Emmy

Rita Daly Hogan

Jun-3 10:47am

Dear Family,<br /> <br /> I send my deepest sympathy to all of you. I remember Pat- she was a beautiful, loving girl who lived a beautiful life. My husband Dan and I thought so much of Patty. I am now living back in Bradford after many years in Cape Cod. God Bless all of you.<br /> <br /> Rita (Daly) Hogan<br /> 11 Orchard Place<br /> Bradford, PA 16701<br /> (814) 368-7306<br />

The Janicki Family

Jun-3 12:50pm

Please accept our condolences.<br /> God Bless your family and may he comfort you at this time.<br /> Nancy and Carl Janicki, Rev Carl Janicki Jr., Girvin, Nancy Jane and Zenon

MaryAnn O Neil

Jun-3 2:44pm

Dear Father Gentili & family,<br /> <br /> May it be of some comfort to you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.<br /> Our sincere condolences,<br /> The O'Neil Family (OLG)<br /> <br />

Ron Ann Smith

Jun-4 11:07am

Christmas night won't be the same without Mrs. G's smile. She'll live long in our memories.

Steve and Fran Nagy

Jun-4 11:45am

We would like to extend our deep and sincere sympathy to the entire Gentili Family.

Matt Kramer

Jun-5 2:17pm

To the gentili family, i mourn your loss as well, your mother was such a blessing, and all her children are a blessing as well. God's love is with you

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Jun-5 4:46pm

My PRAYERS go out to the family,GODSPEED! I never knew your MOM personaly but I am sure she was a, sweetheart? She raised a good family! It is never easy! PEACE be with you all. CHRIS ANSPACH


June 2, 2010
Carole L. Edwards, 67, of Pottstown

Carole L. (Landis) Edwards, 67, of Pottstown, passed away suddenly on Monday at her residence.

Born in Pottstown, she was the daughter of the late Alex C. and Madeline J. (Babb) Landis.

Carole loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed going to shore at Summer Point, Ocean City, NJ.

Surviving are her sons Greg S. and Brad E. Wanish, both of Pottstown, daughter in law Susan M. Wanish of Pottstown and grandchildren Alyssa M., Nathan A., and Evan M. Wanish.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Visitation will be from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park.

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Kristy Swinehart Swinehart Family

Jun-3 12:02pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our deepest sympathy is with you as well! <br /> <br />

April Longaker

Jun-3 7:49pm

I'm so sorry to hear of Carole's passing. Carole was a class mate, school friend and I was an attendant in her wedding. Again, so sorry to hear this news.<br /> <br /> April Longaker


May 27, 2010
Richard A. Sematis, 63, loving husband, father and grandfather

Richard A. “Rich” Sematis, 63, husband of Carol J. (Mock) Sematis for 31 years, of Boyertown, passed away at home after a battle with cancer.

Born in Phoenixville, and raised in Stowe, he was the son of the late Henry and Eva (Weiss) Sematis.
Rich loved to go fishing and enjoyed spending time at the casinos. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown.

Along with his wife he is survived by his son Jeffrey Graham, daughter Jennifer Peterman, granddaughter Shelby Walter, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and Shannon Sematis. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 half-sister.

Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to TriCounty Home Health & Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Suite 201, Pottstown, PA 19464

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May-31 9:06am

Carol,<br /> So sorry to hear about your husband.<br /> Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family.<br /> <br /> Christine (Schwebel) Lambert

Edith Reidler Grace Slusser

May-31 6:43pm

Mary Jane, We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your brother. Sincerely, Edith (Reidler) Mitchell & Grace (Slusser) Fellin

R Cole

May-31 8:58pm

My deepest sympathy. To lose your mate of 31 years surely adds to the pain of death. May you look forward to the fulfillment of Isaiah 33:24, "And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people that are dwelling in [the land] will be those pardoned for their error." Comfort one another and let others help you get through the difficult times ahead.

Pat Jack Hoover

Jun-2 9:50pm

Carol, So very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. We've been out of touch for a while, but have thought of you often. If you ever would like to talk, our number is 814-839-9931. Take care and God Bless all of you. Our prayers are with you.

Marian Daye Terry

Jun-4 9:44am

Carol,you don't know me, but I grew up with Richard on Howard Street in Stowe, We had lots of fun together as kids. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. God's Blessings to you and your family


May 25, 2010
Jonathan David Walsh, loving son and brother

Jonathan David Walsh, 32, of Gilbertsville, passed away suddenly on Monday at Temple Hospital.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Michael Walsh Sr. and Claudia (Cooney) Walsh-Loesch.

Jon was a 1997 graduate of Boyertown High School. He was a talented young man who loved to play guitar and write songs. He was an avid reader, possessed an artistic nature, was a former Scrabble Champion and an accomplished writer who had a short story published. Jon was also a cat lover.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his brother Michael Walsh Jr., husband of Melissa, of Gilbertsville, sister Meghan Rini, wife of Dr. Joseph Rini, of Pfafftown, NC, and maternal grandfather David J. Cooney of Gilbertsville. He is predeceased by his maternal grandmother Florence Cooney.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Visitation will be from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jon’s name to Montgomery County SPCA, 1059 Sweisford Road, Perkiomenville, PA .

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Tanya Shea

May-26 9:31am

Claudia and Nick--<br /> <br /> I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jon. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. There is comfort knowing that he is at peace now.

Tarah Pilcicki Reiff

May-26 12:33pm

I am so sorry to hear about Jon. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


May 24, 2010
Earl J. Goodolf, 69, loving father, brother and grandfather

Earl J. “Sonny” Goodolf, 69, husband of the late Mary E. (Derby) Goodolf, of Mount Pleasant, SC, formerly of Boyertown, passed away on Sunday, May 16th at home.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Earl L. Goodolf and Margaret (Heffner) Hartman.

Earl was a US Navy veteran serving from 1958 to 1961 where he was stationed on the USS Forrestal. He was a member of the Pottstown YMCA and former member of ST. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown and the American Legion. He loved to play golf and baseball and enjoyed walking and running.

He is survived by his son Mark Varady of Stowe, daughter Roxanne Brown of Pottstown, brothers Barry Goodolf of Reading, Dale Hartman of Pottstown, Jim “Rick” Hartman of Lancaster, sisters Joanne Hartman-Granofsy of Albright, WV and Gloria Fontana of Pottstown; grandchildren Matthew and Kris Goodolf, Alyssa and Mike Brown and DJ and Jason Gilbert; 1 great granddaughter and special friend KC, his pet Yorkie. Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his son Earl J. Goodolf Jr., and step-daughter Diane Gilbert.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown with Rev. Joanne Hartman-Granofsky officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Earl’s name to Catagnus Funeral Home, 711 N Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 to help with funeral expenses.

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Michelle Moyer

May-25 9:03am

My deepest sympathy goes out to Roxanne and her family.I will always remember Earl's great wit and wonderful smile.I feel truely blessed to have known him and will miss him dearly.

Keisha Baird

May-26 11:25am

In memory of a wonderful neighbor and great friend who will be truly missed. May we meet once again in our eternal home of peace and happiness.

Angie

May-28 9:18pm

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your father Roxanne. My thoughts are with you and your family.<br /> When it hurts to look back and you are scared to go forward, just look beside you and your best friends will be there for you.(Author Unknown)


May 24, 2010
Elwood “Woody” R. Adams, age 76, of Bechtelsville

Elwood “Woody” R. Adams, age 76, husband for 55 years of Geraldine D. (Weller) Adams of Bechtelsville, passed away on Thursday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Reading, Pa., he was a son of the late Margaret (Jackson) Adams & the late Elwood R. Adams.
      
Woody was employed with over 40 years of service by the former Stanley G. Flagg Company of Stowe, & he was also a U.S. Army Veteran.  He was a life member of both the Keystone Fire Company of Bechtelsville & the Keystone Fire Company of Boyertown & he was an avid Boyertown sports fan.  Woody was also a long time member of Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Douglassville.  He will always be remembered as a loving family man who loved life & lived it to the fullest extent.
       
In addition to his wife, Woody is also survived by his daughters; Sarah G. Grove (wife of Joseph) of Bechtelsville, Deb E. Willman (wife of Rick) of Millsboro, Del., his son, Joseph R. Adams (husband of Carol) of Bechtelsville, 6 grandchildren, & 3 great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, the late June Gatto.
      
Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 11:00 AM at Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, RD 2, Route 422, Douglassville, Pa., 19518, & to his Visitation on Thursday morning from 10-10:45 AM at the church.  Burial will be held privately by his family at a later date. 

Memorial donations in Woody’s name can be made to either Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church or to the American Cancer Society of Berks County, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, Pa., 19605.

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Gene Barb Pell

May-24 10:19am

Dear Family, We are greatly saddened by your loss. Woody was a good man and loved my many people. We will miss him. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know. Love and Hugs.

Becky grove

May-24 9:20pm

To Geraldine,Mick,Joe,Deb,Grand/Great Children,<br /> <br /> I'm very sorry for your loss. Woody was a great man,he knew me(Becky) and my family for years. He was always happy and talked about his family very much. He will be missed deeply.<br /> <br /> If you need anything we(My sister(Linda and myself(Becky) are here for you.<br /> <br /> All Our Love,<br /> Becky,Linda and Children

Brian Henry

May-25 8:59pm

Dear Joe and Carol, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will continue to pray for your family for comfort and peace. God Bless. Brian and Nancy Henry

LoriAnn Bauer

May-26 8:36am

I've been a volunteer at Bear Stadium for 2 years & I've never met a kinder man than Woody. I always looked forward to seeing him at the stadium, he will be sadly missed.

Jade DiClemente

May-26 11:19am

To Woody's Family and Friends- I am very sorry for your loss. I've only known Woody for about one year. He was always kind and supportive. What a sense of humor! I will never forget his, humor, helpfulness and kind words. He was an amazing human being. Woody - you will be greatly missed. Jade

Rich Burkett

May-26 11:50am

Woody was a great friend of so many people. I was blessed to be his friend for many years. He will be missed by all who knew him. I am sorry for your family's loss.

MATT MORTON

May-26 12:52pm

I got to know Woody as a coach and AD from another school. There couldn't have been a better representative for Boyertown than Woody. He was there with a kind word or joke. Putting other before himself. It didn't matter if the teams were losing or winning he was always there it pat the players and coaches on the back and give them encouragement to keep going. He followed and supported the other Pac-10 teams in districts and states. There was nothing personal, no hidden agenda or purpose in his following. He loved high athletics and the Boyertown teams. He will truly be missed.

A J Bohn

May-27 9:43am

Dear Family,<br /> My thoughts and prayers go out too you. Woody was a great man. I always looked forward too talking to him at the baseball games, either Legion or Gabelsville games. What a kind soul! Again my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! He will be sadly missed.


May 24, 2010
Vera B. Ganovsky, 93, a dear Mother, of Gilbertsville

Vera B. (Kazmirchuk) Ganovsky, age 93, wife of the late Peter P. Ganovsky, of Gilbertsville passed away of natural causes on Thursday at her residence. Born in Phila., Pa., she was a daughter of the late Marina & Steven Kazmirchuk.
      
She was a homemaker who had also previously worked as a grinder for the Dana Corporation in Pottstown for 33 years until retiring in 1976, & before that she also worked at the former Kitty Clothes in Red Hill.  Vera was a member of the New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville who served on the Altar Guild & sang in the church choir, & she loved & enjoyed Japanese Gardening.
Vera loved the expression “behind every good man is a woman”, this was our mother, behind “Big Pete”, & that’s the way she loved it.  She was not a club joiner, her club was her home & family that gave her total fulfillment & joy.  She was a homemaker extraordinaire& her gracious & kind spirit came through in her all of her life.  Mother leaves our family with loving & joyous memories that will sustain us & we are thankful for the true blessing of her as our dear Mother.
      
Vera is survived by her son, Robert L. Ganovsky (husband of Carol) of Royersford, her daughter, Roberta M. Ganovsky, of Gilbertsville, her grandson, John Paul Ganovsky of Pittsburgh, & her 3 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her sister, the late Anna Haraczka, & her brother, the late Alex Kazmirchuk.
      
Relatives & friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Monday at 11:00 AM at New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, & to her Visitation on Monday morning from 10-10:45 AM in the church.  Burial will follow in New Hanover Lutheran Church Cemetery. 

Memorial donations in her name can be made to the New Hanover Lutheran Church.

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May 24, 2010
Hiram W. Springer, III, of Sassamansville

Hiram W. Springer, III, 84, husband for 59 years of Gladys V. (Bauman) of  Sassamansville passed away on Thursday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center-Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Born in Spring City, Pa., he was a son of the late Rose (Jefferies) Springer & the late Edward Y. Springer.

He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II who was a recipient of a Bronze Star & a Good Conduct Medal.  Hiram attended Spring City High School prior to enlisting in the Army & the Pa. Institute School of Electricity in Phila. after he was discharged from the military.  He was employed for many years as a repairman in the appliance industry.  Hiram was a captain with the Sassamansville Fire Police Unit & had served with them for 44 years, & in 1984 he received the outstanding award for the 7th District.  He was also a school crossing guard for the Boyertown School District & also worked as a security guard at the Boyertown High School football games.  Hiram was also a Troop Leader of the Sassamansville Boy Scouts of America Troop # 291, & had also served Sassamansville as its Street Lights Chairman. He had also previously attended Spring City Methodist Church where he sang in the choir, & was a current member of the Limerick Chapel.

In addition to his wife, Hiram is also survived by his sons, Hiram W. Springer, IV, & Gary L. Springer, both of Sassamansville.  He was preceded in death by his son, the late Jeff Springer, his sister, the late Catherine Walters, & his brother, the late George “Bucky” Walters.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, & to his Visitation on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Sassamansville.

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Denise Cheshire

Jun-8 7:31am

Denise Cheshire (Northern Ireland)<br /> Denise and family wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the entire family circle<br /> on the loss of dear Catherine and Hiram they will always hold fond memories in our hearts Catherine and Hiram were cousins of my late Mother Amy Rigley and the familys always stayed in touch and had the priviledge of visting them in their homes in Philadelphia and aharing good times together our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Sincerely Cousin Denise


May 20, 2010
Katherine Mary Sands, 27, of Pottstown

Katherine M. “Katie” Sands, 27, of Pottstown, passed away suddenly on May 17, 2010 at home.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Mike L. and Joan M. (Finucan) Sands.

Katie graduated from St. Pius X and attended Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in Lancaster, PA.

She was a talented artist who enjoyed family get togethers, music and was a lover of nature and animals.

Surviving with her parents are brothers Jeff Grainer, husband of Niki and Aaron Sands, husband of Lisa; sisters Holly Gantert and Patti Sands; and fiancé Jay Esbensen. Also surviving are nephews Georgie, Mikey, and Billy and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and her beloved pet Smokey.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 10:30AM at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Linfield Campus, 1228 Main Street, Linfield, with Father Paul Brandt officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:15AM at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Katie’s name to: The Perkiomen Trail Coalition, PO Box 23, Schwenksville, PA 19473.

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Theresa Fabian

May-21 8:25am

Mike, Joan and family,<br /> I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.<br /> <br /> Theresa

Matthew Christy

May-21 8:33am

Katie, you were a good friend. Thank you for making me feel comfortable at Pius. Rest in Peace.

Judy

May-21 8:44am

Dear Joan, Mike and Family,<br /> <br /> We just returned home from vacation and was glancing at the paper. We are so very sorry to hear about Katie. Our deepest and most sincere sympathies go out to you and your entire famliy.<br /> <br /> I don't know what else to say otherthan how very sorry we are.<br /> <br /> Joan if there is anything at all we can do for you please let us know.<br /> <br /> Love & prayers,<br /> Judy & Ken Chrusch

Bonnie Pugliese

May-21 9:19pm

Dear Mike, Joan, and Family, <br /> I know it must be very difficult for you at this time. I pray that God gives you and your family the faith and strength to hold on.

Kathy Kulp

May-22 7:31am

I am so, so sorry to hear about Katie's untimely death. I remember her from teaching her at St.Pete's. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Joyce Babin

May-23 2:22pm

I was deeply saddened when Angie told me about the loss of Katie. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca gwendolynns

May-24 9:47am

I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you and your family.

Bob Lisa Ross

May-26 3:12pm

Mike and Family,<br /> <br /> We want to express our sorrow for the loss of your daughter. You all will be in our prayers.


May 19, 2010
Ruth Y. Torok, 95, of Pottstown

Ruth Y. Torok, 95, of Pottstown, wife of the late Ralph Torok, passed away on Saturday at Sanatoga Center.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late J. Edward and Clara (Fasig) Yeager.
Ruth was a member of Harvest Fellowship of Colebrookdale in Boyertown and of the Christian Women’s Association in Pottstown where she was a former officer. She worked at the former Schoffer’s Bakery as a manger for 15 years.

She is survived by her sons Ronald L. Torok, husband of Susan F., of Wyomissing and Terry R. Torok, husband of Donna J., of Harrisburg; sister Florence Schumacher of Pottstown; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Earl and Charles Ream and Edward Yeager.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5th, 11:00AM at Harvest Fellowship of Colebrookdale, 584 Colebrookdale Rd, Boyertown, with Pastor Barry Parsons officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, June 5th from 10:00Am to 11:00AM at the church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s name to Harvest Fellowship of Colebrookdale, 584 Colebrookdale Road, Boyertown, PA 19512.

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Gloria and Bruce Springer and Family

Jun-2 9:10am

To Aunt Ruthie's family, I will always have such happy memories of my much younger days with Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Ralph. All our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. Love Gloria and Bruce


May 17, 2010
Gary Lee Gamler, age 49, of Boyertown

Gary Lee Gamler, 49, of Boyertown, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital after facing a brief yet aggressive struggle with recurrent melanoma cancer.  Gary is survived by his wife and best friend Mary B. (Mercer) Gamler and his step-children, Derek K. Rosenberry, a second year student of ceramics at Alfred University, and Kali K. Rosenberry, a senior at Boyertown High School and accepted at Penn State University Main Campus, whom he loved, adored, and was ever so proud of.

Gary was born in Pottstown, Pa., on October 21, 1960 to the late Arline G. (Gehris) Gamler & the late Clarence M. Gamler.  He was predeceased by his oldest brother Bruce, and is survived by his brothers; Al, husband of Linda, Glen, husband of Heidi, and Todd, husband of Ursula.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Stephanie, Tiffany, Rachael, Alex, Chad, and Ryan, his sister-in-law, Ginny Gamler, and special friend of the family, Betty Rhoads.  Memories of Gary will also be cherished by his in-laws; Robert and Kathleen Seidel, and David “Butch” and Diane Mercer, as well as his brother-in-law, Robert L. Seidel, Jr.

Graduating from Boyertown High School in 1978, he began a career in auto parts sales with the last fourteen years at Boyertown Automotive (NAPA).  Gary was also enjoying a new career in real estate, beginning six years ago at Herb Real Estate in Gilbertsville and for the last seventeen months as a member of the Keller Williams Realty Group family in Limerick.  His real estate career has led to acknowledgement through obtaining his ABR distinction and participation as a Montgomery County Association of Realtors board member, and ALC-Keller Williams board member, and a member of this year’s Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Group.  Both of these careers have proven to be great passions in Gary’s life, providing him with much fulfillment, fond memories, and valued friendships. 

Gary grew up celebrating fellowship and God at New Hanover Lutheran Church in New Hanover, Pa.  Gary’s loyalty could always be found each Friday and Saturday night  for an undetermined amount of years as a pit crew member for the Jeff Strunk race team, and in more recent years as a devoted fan.  His passion and love for the game of golf led him to membership at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, and the wonderful friends that will always be cherished.  Many words, such as gentle, loving, caring, and loyal can be used to describe Gary, but none can reflect the patience, dedication, and understanding that he put forth to each and every person that came into his life.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Friday, May 28, 2010, at 11:00 AM from Morning Star Fellowship, 100 Limekiln Road, Bechtelsville, Pa., 19505, & to his visitation on Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:45 AM at Morning Star Fellowship.  Memorial contributions in Gary’s memory for his children’s education can be made directly to his family. Arrangements by Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525.

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Brian and Stacy Stauffer

May-18 11:47am

Mary,<br /> <br /> Stacy and I were so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. It's hard to imagine how much you and your family must be hurting. I send you our love, sympathy and prayers.<br /> <br /> When it hurts to look back and you are scared to go forward, just look beside you and your best friends will be there for you.<br />

Jean Scott Christman

May-19 7:06am

Mary, Our hearts are broken just like yours. Gary was a big part of lives - best friends-Scotts racing partner- or trips to the shore and our cabin together-all the Holidays we spent together-all the home improvement projects they worked together on.The list goes on- But we have all the great memories that we shared with him that we will never forget. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him dearly.We are here for you and your family. We love you !

Sandi Moyer

May-19 8:26am

No more pain and suffering, my deepest sympathy for your loss and know the memories of Gary will help you through this. I am Stephanie's mother and knew Gary when he was very young. He was always great with the girls. He will be missed by everyone I am sure.

Mindy Haring and Kathy Reinert Pottstown Herb Real Estate

May-19 8:52am

Mary and Family,<br /> <br /> I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.<br /> <br /> Mindy Haring

Natalie Rogers

May-19 2:52pm

Dear Mary,<br /> I just started getting the Mercury again and was shocked to see the obit for Gary. How sad! Mom just passed away on April 19th after a long battle with cancer. She would have been so sad as she really loved you and Gary! Enjoyed getting your newsletters, knowing you still thought of her fondly.<br /> Take care, Natalie

Paul Yoder

May-19 2:56pm

I was sad when I heard of Gary's illness from Dave & Kim and now again on learning of his passing. We had some classes together in school and he was a friend. I don't know you Mary but I offer my condolences for your loss.

Kelly Pusak

May-19 3:46pm

Mary,<br /> I am sorry to hear about you loss. One memory I can share is the day I sat next to you at the Keller Williams Meeting, and Gary gave u a flower and said thanks for being there, and being my best friend, and helping me with the real-estate business!

Randy and Tammy Benfield

May-19 3:49pm

Mary and Family: Our deepest sympathy are with you and your family. Randy and I remember when he was diagnosed years ago and how he always remained positive throughout the situation. To hear that the cancer returned and he bacame ill so suddenly was very difficult to comprehend. We will always have fond memories when he would visit the auto shop and sit there just to chat with Randy. He will be sadly missed and we will always cherish the moments we shared with Gary. All our love!

Margaret Merritt

May-21 12:41pm

Dear Mary:<br /> My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Gary. I am sad that your life together has ended too soon.<br /> <br /> I was deeply saddened by his passing so soon after we spoke at the Chamber dinner. I am glad that I was able to get to know him briefly and regret that I will not know him better. He led a fulfilling life.<br /> <br /> Please take comfort in the prayers and thoughts of family, friends and colleagues.<br /> <br /> God Bless!<br /> Margaret Merritt

Christina

May-22 1:36am

Mary and Family,<br /> <br /> I was so sad to hear of Gary's passing. Although I only knew him briefly, It was a pleasure to know him.<br /> <br /> My thoughts a prayers go to you and your family in this time of grief.<br />

Rich Heffner

May-23 3:58am

Very sorry to hear about Gary,He was one of the guys from the old neighborhood,I grew up with him and was a fellow Pitstop alum. lot's of good memories will still be with me and many others that were his friends.again very shocked and sorry to here the news.

Diane and Mike Shunk

May-23 7:14pm

Mary........ we were so sorry to read about Gary's passing, He was such a great guy with a great laugh. <br /> Send our sympathy to your children and always know we are just a phone call away. Love to you.<br /> Diane and MIke Shunk

mike merkel

May-28 9:34am

mary gary will be missed very much my heart is with you as allways your dear fried mike

Monica Shanley

Jun-8 9:36pm

Dear Mary,<br /> I just recently heard of your tragic loss. I was very shocked and saddened since I was not aware of Gary's illness either. My heart goes out to you and your children in this very difficult time. I didn't know Gary well, but I always remember the warm smile on his face when I would run into the both of you. I am sorry that I missed his memorial service and the chance to give you my sympathy and support in person. Holding you up in prayer...love, Monica