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March 31, 2010
Daniel Robert Schanley, age 80

Daniel Robert Schanley, 80, husband of the late Darlene J. Schanley who died July 22, 2009, and married to for 52 years, passed away on Tuesday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Woodchoppertown and a lifelong resident of Boyertown, he was the son of the late Claude and Hannah (MacIlvee) Schanley.

Dan had many jobs though the years. The early years included truck driving and bartending, until he settled into a career with DANA in Reading where he started out as a crane operator and eventually retired as a union rep in August of 1992 after 29 years of service. He was a proud US Army Korean War veteran. Dan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Douglassville, a lifetime member of the VFW, SOAR of the United Steelworkers, the Pike Twp. Sportsman’s Association, and the American Legion, Charles B. Yerger Post. His favorite hobby was to follow his grandchildren around to all of their sporting and musical events. He didn’t miss a single softball game and few basketball games during his granddaughter, Adrienne’s, playing days at Gettysburg College. He loved taking his boat out near the Indian River Inlet to fish with his grandsons, Matt and Brett. He coached a Daniel Boone Youth Softball team for 8 years, and the team won the Championship in his final season in 1998. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is survived by his daughter Bonnie, wife of Timothy Simmons of Douglassville; three adoring grandchildren, Adrienne Simmons of Douglassville, Matthew Simmons of Alexandria, VA, and Brett Simmons of Douglassville (at home); brothers Claude Schanley, husband of Fern, of Boyertown, and Carl Schanley, husband of Diane, of Boyertown; sisters Dorothy Miller of Boyertown, Florence Styer, wife of Elmer, of Frederick, and Miriam Werstler, wife of Earl, of Boyertown; 10 nieces and 4 nephews.  Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by sisters Ida Eberhart and Anna Weand.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11:00AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville with Rev. Gregory W. Frey officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dan’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville, PA 19518.

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John Wentzel

Apr-1 9:43pm

To Dan's Family and Friend,<br /> Dan helped me out for many years as a young union representative. I have many great memories of Dan and Darlene camping on their favorite slot machine in Atlantic City. I wish I could join you at the services. I will be thinking of him and pray that God takes care of them both.<br /> <br /> Deepest Regrets,<br /> <br /> John Wentzel<br /> <br />


March 31, 2010
Carvil Steven “POP” Mason III, Beloved husband, father & grandfather

Carvil Steven “POP” Mason III, age 81, husband of Elizabeth M. (Dix) Mason, of Walnut Woods, Boyertown, and formerly of Coventry Terrace, Parkerford, Pa., went to be with his lord Tuesday morning in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Carvil Steven Mason Jr., and Mary (Cech) Mason.
He served in the U.S. Army, WW II, and spent time in Germany and Italy. While in the Army his love of sports allowed him to travel European Bases playing baseball and basketball.

POP worked at the former Mrs. Smith Pie Co., in Pottstown, for over 20 years, where he was both the General and National Sales Manager. Most recently he was a working partner with BCS Mason Marketing, in Boyertown.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Pottstown, where he served as a Deacon for many years, along with teaching Sunday School and serving on many other committees in the church over the years. He at one time was a minor league baseball player and loved the game.  He was extremely supportive of his grandsons, and particularly enjoyed watching them play baseball and football, in addition to being very supportive of the Boyertown High School and American Legion baseball programs. He was also an avid Phillies and Eagles fan and would watch every game with his wife Liz.  POP was also an avid baseball card collector, and enjoyed camping with his family.

Surviving with his wife of 59 years, who without question, he loved and adored, are two sons; C. Steven Mason IV, husband of Debra, of Boyertown, and Marc S.Mason husband of Donna M., of Mohnton Pa. Also surviving are two grandsons; Steven D. Mason and Corey S. Mason husband of Erin, along with four great grandsons; Quinn, Cole, Cash, and Brandon Mason. He was predeceased by a daughter; Stephanie V. Mason, and a grandson; Brandon S. Mason, along with siblings Dorothy, Marie, and George.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, with the Rev. Dr. Marvin Marsh, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Visitation will be Saturday from 12 Noon to 12:45 PM, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: The Jason M. Benyo/Brandon S. Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund, (which benefits an American Legion Baseball Player’s continuing education), c/o Nat’l Penn Bank, Phila. & Reading Ave’s, Boyertown Pa.  19512.

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Glenn and Margaret Miller Ellicott City Maryland

Apr-2 12:05am

Our sincerest sympathy to Betty, Steven, and Marc. It's not possible to think about Steve without smiling and remembering how easy he was to engage in conversation. A truly interesting man and relative that we'll often talk about fondly. Peace be with you all.<br />

Steven Mason

Apr-2 7:47am

I love you pop. I know you are walking with Brandon and it comforts me. Lord take care of this great man.

Art and Janie Campbell family

Apr-2 1:26pm

Dear Liz & Family,<br /> <br /> We don't need to tell you what a genuinely sweet gentleman Steve was. His was a precious, precious soul & you've been blessed to call him husband and father. We've been blessed to call him our brother in Christ and friend. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be sorely missed here but I can picture the fun and zest for joy he and Frank Geiger are spreading around an already happy Heaven. Liz, our new address is 1215 Logan Street in Pottstown, same phone # 610 326-7192 and I included my e-mail address so when you feel ready, let me know where you are and maybe we could get together. Love In Christ, Janie

Louise Petrillo

Apr-5 9:10am

Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.


March 30, 2010
Mary R. Moyer, 92, of Gilbertsville

Mary R. (Rhoads) Moyer, 92, wife of the late Titus R. Moyer, of Gilbertsville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Gilbertsville, she was the daughter of the late Lymon B. and Mary S. (Lutz) Rhoads.

Mary was a long time member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in New Berlinville where she was very active in many church functions. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. Mary loved to make quilts and shared them with her family and friends.

Surviving are children Verna A. Johnson of Boyertown, Marian M. Kriebel of Bechtelsville, and Linwood L. Moyer, husband of Teresa, of Bally; sisters Beulah Shabach and Katie Wright; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her daughter Delores F. Moyer, sisters Florence, Stella, and Eva and brothers Cyrus, Willard, and Paul

A funeral service will be held on Friday, 3:00PM at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 611 Swamp Creek Road, New Berlinville with Rev. Matthew Heckman officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at the church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, PO Box 434, 611 Swamp Creek Road, New Berlinville, PA 19545.

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Carol Moyer Wisniewski

Mar-31 3:24pm

Heart felt condolences to the family of Aunt Mary. I will not be able to attend the services as I will be out of town.


March 30, 2010
William G. Carpenter, of Gilbertsville

William G. Carpenter, husband of Sue (Foore) for 52 years, of Gilbertsville, Douglass Twp., passed away on Sunday at home with his family by his side. He fought a lengthy battle with cancer and refused to submit to its effects until his final breath. Known affectionately as “Big Bill”, he made quite an impression on all who came into contact with him.

Surviving with his wife are children Gary & Debra Carpenter of Barto, Cindy Carpenter of Boyertown, Dawn Gamler of Boyertown, Brian and Judy Carpenter of Green Lane, and Susan & Ray Beaver of Boyertown; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Colleen Gumbert, step-mother Veora Carpenter, and son in law Craig Gamler.

Born in Seibert, CO, he was the son of the late Rev.  William A. and Evea M. (Bates) Carpenter. Bill spent his early childhood in Klamath Falls, Oregon before his family moved to Huntingdon County, Pa. when he was 12 years old. Bill married Sue, his high school sweetheart, entered the construction industry upon graduation and moved thru out PA while helping construct the interstate highway system. Always putting their family first, they settled in the Boyertown area when their children reached school age.

Big Bill’s hard work and dedication culminated in over 30 years ownership of Drum Construction and M & M Stone, both of Telford, along with numerous mining and construction related companies. Big Bill was always proud of his team and the impact that he had on the lives of those he worked with. He was a pioneer in the milling and pavement recycling segments of the construction industry.

Bill was an active member of New Hanover United Methodist Church and served as building committee chairman during the construction of the Sanctuary addition. He was a dedicated attendee of the 8:00 service and rarely missed a Sunday.

A member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club for over 35 years, he served in numerous positions of this organization to which he was dearly devoted. He was a proud member during a time in which the Rotary Club contributed so greatly to the community. He faithfully attended the weekly meetings until his fight with cancer prevented him from doing so.

Bill was an avid pilot and loved sharing the joy of flight with his family and close friends. Bill was also an enthusiastic hunter, greatly cherishing the trips with his family. He was especially fond of hosting family cook outs and other events, with his annual trout rodeo being his favorite.

Big Bill or “Pops” as all his grandchildren called him will be greatly missed. His love and dedication to his family is without equal. His wife, children, and grandchildren always came first. He always made sure that his family was taken care of, even at personal expense.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday April 3, 11:00AM at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville with Rev. David Lewis and Rev. Gil Vining officiating.  Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:45AM at the church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to New Hanover Methodist Church PDF, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 or TriCounty Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Blvd, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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Karen Gamler Soffa

Mar-31 1:33pm

I am so sorry for the loss of a great man in your life. I know he will be greatly missed. I am sure that he is sitting and talking with Craig right now. They will both be looking down and watching out for all of us. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Elin Michael Perate

Mar-31 2:50pm

Dearest Sue and Family - It was our pleasure to share the church row with you and Bill for the few years we got to see him. It did not take much to know he was a good, loyal, loving family man and I am sure a good friend as well. Our only regret is not having gotten to know Bill better and to have seen only the last few years of his strength and faith. We will always be in that row for you Sue. Our sincerest sympathy and prayers.

Lou Lil Maccarella

Apr-2 7:08pm

It is with a very heavy heart that I found out about Big Bill's passing.To say he was agreat friend does not complete<br /> my thoughts.Bill was caring about my bout wth cancer,and I often think about our good time at cards after Rotary.Bill thanks for all the great memories,and may GOD bless all your family at this tough time.<br /> Your friends Lou & Lil


March 30, 2010
Eloise C. Workman, age 82, of Frederick

Eloise C. (Cook) Workman, age 82, of Frederick, formerly of King of Prussia, Park Forest, IL., Johnstown, & Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, in Allentown.  She shared 54 years of marriage to the late James L. Workman.

She was born in Pittsburgh to the late Glover N. & Louise (Wood) Cook & graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and The Pennsylvania State University.  She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and worked as a State of Pennsylvania social worker, a grade school teacher, and a full time mom.

She enjoyed visiting with her family & friends & traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, and just recently traversed the Panama Canal.  She instilled her love of history and dogs in her children.

She is survived by four children; James Clark Workman (Ilse) of Prospect Heights, Illinois, Bruce L. Workman (Wari) of Burlington, Iowa, Jay L. Workman (Pat) of San Rafael, California, Anne L. Workman of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Kerstin A. Workman, James N. Workman, Jason K. Workman, and Jacqueline W. Workman.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park, Pa. 

A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, April 1, at Frederick Mennonite Community, 2849 Big Road, Frederick, Pa., 19435-0498, phone 610-754-7878.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to The Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 19 E. Ridge Pike, PO Box 222, Conshohocken, Pa., 19428-0222 or at www.montgomerycountyspca.org.

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Peg Elliott

Mar-31 9:23pm

To the family of Eloise Workman,<br /> I am a member of the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church and wish to send my sincere sympathy to the family. I visited Eloise in her home and the last time I was there, she had just made some banana bread and we enjoyed it with a cup of tea. I enjoyed her friendship, she will be missed. Sorry, I am unable to be with you on Thursday. Blessings to all,<br /> Peg Elliott


March 29, 2010
Robert L. Zimmers, of Boyertown

Robert L. Zimmers, age 77, of Boyertown, passed away on March 27, 2010, at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pa. .  He was born on August 12, 1932, in Easton, Pa., the son of the late Mildred (Shoemaker) Zimmer & the late Henry P. Zimmer, & he was the husband of the late Marie (Langston) Zimmers.

Mr. Zimmers was the owner & operator of Zimmers Camera Store inside Zerns Market for 52 years, & a member of the Unity Church of Reading.  He was also a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, having served as an Army Intelligence Officer.

He is survived by his children, Tracey Morsek ( wife of Kevin ) of Des Moines, Iowa., Kevin Zimmers ( husband of Robin ) of New Berlinville,  JB Zimmers ( husband of Kari ) of Solon, Ohio,  Kyle Zimmers, of  Boyertown,  his 9 grandchildren, & his companion, Lillian Valentine, of Pottstown.

Relatives & friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Thursday, starting at 10:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, Pa., 19525, & to his Visitation on Thursday from 9-10:30 AM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery in Pottstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop # 533, c/o 945 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, Pa., 19512.

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Michael Weinstein

Mar-30 10:36am

Bob, You will be missed greatly. A fellow photographer and purveyor of fine photographica, Michael

Janet Reichelderfer

Mar-30 7:56pm

To all the family of Bob, my deepest condolences. I share your sadness. My husband Jack was good friends with Bob and Jack passed away on March 7th. Both great men passed close to each other. I like to think they are now both in heaven talking about cameras and enjoying each other company.

Janet Reichelderfer

Mar-30 7:58pm

To all the family of Bob, my deepest condolences. I share your sadness. My husband Jack was good friends with Bob and Jack passed away on March 7th. Both great men passed close to each other. I like to think they are now both in heaven talking about cameras and enjoying each other company.

janet Reichelderfer

Mar-30 8:02pm

I am sorry for you loss. My husband Jack was good friends with Bob. Jack passed this March 7th. Two great men now in heaven keeping each other company.

Garnet C Nye Jr

Mar-31 10:53am

IN DEEPEST SYMPATHY. GC NYE JR,SCOUTING ALUMNUS

BOB GERBER

Mar-31 5:39pm

I am saddened to hear about my dear friend of 50 plus years passing,,,,,,such a pleasent,wonderful person,,,,,I will miss him dearly,always,,best