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Richard J. Niemi, 63, of Gilbertsville, husband of Barbara D. (Thomas) Niemi, passed away on Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY, he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Elizabeth J. (Christ) Niemi.

Richard owned Big Richard’s Sandwich Shop at the Quakertown Farmers Market for 19 years and worked for Little Richard’s Enterprises for more then 40 years. He enjoyed watching the Phillies, Flyers and Eagles and was an avid NASCAR fan too.

Surviving with his wife of 40 years is their daughter Melissa D. Weidner, wife of Jeffrey, of East Greenville; son Richard T. Niemi, husband of Tina of Tower City; grandchildren Alex and Jamie Weidner and Sarah, Julia, Ethan, Caleb, and Tyler Niemi; and niece April Trent of NY. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Thomas Niemi.

Services and interment are private.

Memorial donations may be made in Richard’s name to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422

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