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Gerald A. Adams, 51, of Reading, passed away August 11 in Spruce Manor, West Reading. He is survived by his brother, Harold G. Adams, Macungie; his sister, Susan E. Rollman, Reading; his niece, Amanda Rollman; and his nephew, Zachary Rollman.

Karen Armstrong, 67, a long-time resident of Helsinki, Finland, passed away May 29. Armstrong is survived by daughters, Delia and Annika, along with their father.

Jesse R. Bechtel, 90, formerly of Oley, passed away August 19 in Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Catherine (Eshbach) Bechtel. Surviving in addition to his wife are his children: Elaine, wife of Larry Shirk of Lancaster; David, husband of Janis Bechtel of Stroudsburg; Glenn, husband of Sharon Bechtel of Oley; and Bruce, husband of Debra Bechtel of Boyertown; sisters, Mary Schueck of Barto and Sarah Forsythe of Harleysville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Neale C. Bechtel, 79, of Temple, Alsace Twp., passed away June 6. He was the husband of Joan (Garl) Bechtel. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bechtel is survived by his daughter, Tammy (Bechtel) Lillis, wife of Jeffrey Lillis of Reading; his grandson, Justin A. Lillis of Reading; his sister, Gayle (Bechtel) Fusner; and several nieces and nephews.

Clifford Henry Beidler Sr., 74, of Penn Township, passed away August 10 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Cleo Ardelle (Hoffman) Beidler. Clifford is also survived by a son, Clifford H. Beidler Jr.

George Bernhard, 88, passed away August 10 at home in Robeson Township. He was the husband of the late Antoinette M. (Giangiulio) Bernhard. George is survived by children: George A. Bernhard, husband of Laura, Celeste Ann D'Annunzio, wife of Steven, David L. Bernhard, husband of Debi, Richard A. Bernhard, husband of Holly, and Jean B. McCarney, wife of James; grandchildren: David James, Taylor Bernhard, Scott Steven, Laura Celeste, Megan Antoinette, Samantha Elizabeth, Alexander William, Gunard Anthony, and Tucker Wesley.

Gladys J. Boyer, 83, of Fleetwood, passed away August 15 in the Berks Heim. Gladys is survived by brother, Harry K. Boyer, Wellsville, NY; sister, Fern A. (Boyer) Brown, Temple; nieces and nephews; and her friend and caregiver, Shirley E. Eddinger, Blandon.

Stella "Steffie" (Washney) Bretz, 91, of Laureldale, passed away in ManorCare- Laureldale on August 18. She was the wife of the late, Herbert J. Bretz. Surviving are children, James H. Bretz and his wife, Kathy L. (Casper) of Adamstown and Emily E. (Bretz) Sweigart and her husband, Dale of Reading; grandchildren: Kimberly and her husband, David; Jeffrey; Matthew; Christopher; Brandon; Shanalyn and her husband, Charles; Allison and her husband, Terry; Alyssa and Deanna; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Madelyn; her brother, Michael Sema; sisters: Rose Keiffer, Sister Stephanie Sema and Catherine Kostyk; daughter-in-law, Sandra (Bretz) Goss and her husband, Les and grandson, Ian.

Joan C. Brough, 87, of Reading, passed away August 18 at Mifflin Health Care Center. She was the widow of Allen Brough. Joan is survived by a daughter, Sally A. Brough, of Reading; a son, Richard A. Brough, of Reading; granddaughter, Rachael Hartleib and grandson-Derick Hartleib.

Helen Anne (Bartholomew) Carey, 83, formerly of Douglassville, passed away on August 19 at the Berks Heim. Helen was the wife of G. Charles Carey. Surviving along with her husband are son, Richard C., husband of Stacy Carey, Reiffton; daughter, Bonnie C., wife of Edward Kosmerl Jr., Exeter Twp.;  brother, Harold J. Bartholomew, West Wyomissing; sister, Ruth Mae Carey, Edison, NJ; granddaughter, Dr. Kristin M. Kosmerl, Exeter Twp.

Socorro Ortiz Cruz Jr., 49, of Reading passed away in St. Joseph Hospital on August 7. Surviving is a daughter, Wanda Ortiz Morales.

Beverly W. Daniels, 70, of Mt. Penn, passed away August 18 in her home. She was the wife of Sherwood E. Daniels. In addition to her husband she is survived by her daughters, Stephanie E. Daniels of Brooklyn, New York and Rebecca L. Slaymaker, wife of Matthew H. Slaymaker of Clinton, Iowa; sister, Susan W. Henry, wife of Darrell Henry of Wellsboro, PA.

Paul R. Demkovic, 74, of Wernersville, passed away Aug. 18 at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Bonnie L. (Mauldin) Demkovic. In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer L., wife of Brendan P. O'Brien, Bethlehem; grandchildren, Reghan R. and Keegan P. O'Brien, Bethlehem; sisters: Pearl Booth, Cisco, TX; Florence Maurer, Milford, DE; Virginia Clevenger, Gibraltar; and Francis Savage, Sinking Spring.

Galen B. Drybred, 68, formerly of West Lawn, passed away Aug. 16, at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home. Surviving are his sister, Sharon Strong and husband, Robert of Annville and nephews, Michael Strong of Mechanicsburg and Robert Strong of Rugby, ND.

Kathy Mae (Cleaver) Duffey, 66, of Naples, FL, passed away at Naples Community Hospital on August 13. She is survived by her  brothers, Wellington and Randall, and her beloved children, Shawn, Todd, and her daughter, Torrin; grandchildren: Emily, Griffin, and Caroline.

Helen L. Dumont, 101, of Leesport, passed away August 15 in the Laurel Center, Hamburg. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest J. Dumont. Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Aidan J. Dunion, 4, of Douglassville, Amity Twp., passed away on August 14 in his home. He was the son of  Patrick F. Dunion and Tara A. (O'Neill) Dunion. Also surviving are his brother, Ryan and sister, Caitlin of Douglassville, his grandparents: Frank Dunion of Birdsboro, Debra (Thaler) Gilroy of Erie, and Thomas O'Neill Jr. and Margaret (Gault) O'Neill of Douglassville.

James C. Ebert Sr., 73, of West Lawn passed away in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Pamela J. (Clugston) Ebert. In addition to his wife survivors include: sons, James C. Ebert Jr., husband of Charlene of Larksville, PA and Kevin M. Ebert, husband of Maria of Center Valley, Pa; daughters, Shelly L., wife of Patrick Woznak of Winchester, VA and Kimberly A., wife of Jose Viruet of Kenhorst, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Terry English, 61, of Blandon passed away August 13 after an accident in Alsace, PA. He is survived by his wife, Jeannine (Carroll); his mother, Arlie and sister, Gail of Mooresburg, TN; and a large extended family with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

James V. Gallagher Sr., 80, of Sinking Spring, passed away August 19 in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Marjorie A. (Hallowell) Gallagher. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children: Colleen A., wife of William Hodnik, Wyomissing; James V. Jr., husband of Laureen, Sinking Spring and Kelly M., wife of Stephen Young, Morgantown; one sister, Catherine, wife of Alfred Walter and seven grandchildren: Kate, Meaghan, Molly, Shannon, James IV, Hannah, and Stephen.

George E. Geise, 67, a resident of Exeter Twp., passed away August 15 at home. He was the husband of Terri (Theresa) Burchill Geise. In addition to his wife, George is survived by his children: Timothy Geise, husband of Deborah of Troy, PA; Max Geise, husband of Richelle of Champaign, IL; and Alex Geise, husband of Luz of Sinking Spring; Lenny Shoemaker and numerous foster sons; grandchildren: Timothy Geise Jr., Stephen Geise, Nicholas Jimenez, Eric Geise, Angie Davies, Jen Martin, Chrissy Burke and Randy Mieczkowski; great-grandchild, Colton Geise; siblings: Betsy Geise of York, Earl J. Geise of Boursville,WV and Robert Geise of Oxnard, CA, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Denton E. "Bench" Gerhart, 86, of Kenhorst, passed away August 14 in Mifflin Court, Shillington. He was the husband of Emma Geraldine (Hoppman) Gerhart. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Scott E., husband of Cindy Gerhart, Oley, Mitchell A., husband of Sandy Gerhart, Mohnton, grandchildren, Kyle A. husband of Holly Gerhart, St. Charles, IL, Morgan S. Gerhart, Luddenham, Australia and great-grandchildren, Avery J. and Reed A. Gerhart, St. Charles, IL.

James R. Getz Sr., 73, of Exeter, passed away August 13. He was the husband of Rochelle (Rhine) Getz. Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Justine Gaskin of Huntingdon, TN; a son, James Jr., married to Sarah (Mallery) Getz of Philadelphia; grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Laverne C. Good, 85, of Alsace Township, passed away August 16 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading. He was the husband of Jane E. Good. Laverne is survived by a daughter, Debra, wife of Eric Lint, of Alsace Township; sons, Rick, husband of Rose Good, also of Alsace Township; and Kevin Good, of Bernville; a sister, Gloria Smith, of Allentown and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Agnes Guthier, 92, of Reading, passed away August 7 in The Berkshire Center. She was married to the late Bernard E. Guthier. Surviving is her son, Dennis Guthier.

Maynard Jay Hartranft, 73, of Newmanstown, passed away August 12, 2014 in his home. He was the husband of Doris E. Hernley Hartranft. Surviving in addition to his wife are children: Jerry Lee Hartranft and wife, Carolyn of Newmanstown; Terry Lynn Hartranft and companion, Kelly, of Robesonia; Diane Moyer and husband, Scott, of Robesonia; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde Hartranft of Lebanon; sisters, Nancy Frederick of Schoeneck; Marteen Andrews and husband, Richard, of Myerstown.

Wert R. Henne, 87, of Fleetwood, passed away August 13 at Kindred Wyomissing Health and Rehab. He was the widower of Marie I. (Bailey) Henne. Survivors include his sons, Nelson T. Henne, husband of Debbie of Reading and Joe Henne, husband of Jackie of Ocala, FL; and twin daughters, Sandra M., wife of Rodney Wentzel of Temple and Susan M., wife of Donald Noll of Temple; grandchildren: Michael, Lorraine, Michele, Marsha, James, and Heather; great-grandchildren; and great-great-granddaughters.

Lynne A. Hurst, 75, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away August 10 in Manor Care Health Services in Laureldale. She was married to Rodney J. Hurst. Surviving with her husband, Rodney are children, Deborah L., wife of Eric Biegler of Muhlenberg Twp. and Michael R. Hurst of Clanton, Alabama; grandchildren: Marc and Andrew Biegler, Michael Hurst, and Heather Riojas; great-grandchildren: Lukas, Gavin, Paul, David, Caitlin, and Aaron; sister, Jill, wife of Brian Young of West Wyomissing.

Joseph Iezzi, 92, of Cumru Twp., passed away August 16 at his residence. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie (Michels) Iezzi. Survivors include daughters: Marie Ganster, wife of Frederick; Josephine Pfeifer, wife of Rory; and Diane Auchter, wife of Gregory. Grandchildren: Frederick, Darrick (Nicole), Janel (Daniel), Justin (Stephanie), Stephanie (Jared), Lindsey (Andrew) and Geoffrey (Laura). Great-grandchildren: Griffin, Reese, James, Scarlett, Boden, Graham, Chase, Cole, Emma, Charles, and Adeline. Sister, Adeline Ruskiewicz.

Germaine "Gerry" Kline, 74, passed away August 16. Surviving are: Larry Kline (son), Margie Kline; Terri Kline-Wixon (daughter), Ray Wixon; Tracy Stanley (daughter); grandchildren: Carly, Tyler, Brian, and Emily; great-grandson, Adrien.

Edward S. Kopes, 84, of Lower Heidelberg Twp., passed away August 14 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Kathryn B. (Ballas) Kopes. Surviving in addition to his wife, Kathryn, are daughters: Cindy (Kopes) Ciarlone, wife of Jack Ciarlone, Fleetwood; Kathy (Kopes) Simcox, wife of Randy Simcox, Sinking Spring; Lisa (Kopes) Lerro, wife of Paul Lerro, Orlando, FL; Patty (Kopes) Jajich, wife of Joe Jajich, Harrisburg; grandchildren: Samantha and Cody Simcox, Chris and Brian Lerro, Katlyn and Jay Jajich.

John C. Leeds, 83, passed away on August 9 in Boyertown. He was the husband of Marie (Kunjasic) Leeds. He is survived by his wife, Marie and children, Bonnie Michael, John Leeds, and Victoria Lyon.

C. John Levan, "Jess," 81, of Temple, passed away on August 14 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Doris L. (Sweigert) Levan. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are  sons, Jeffrey C. Levan and his wife Keri, Clayton, North Carolina; and Steven J. Levan, New York City; grandchildren, Kyle and Madison Levan; and sister, Joan (Levan) Hoge, Sun City West, Arizona.

Jane D. Light, 88, of South Heidelberg Twp., passed away August 12 in her residence. She was the wife of Paul H. Light. Surviving, in addition to her husband, Paul, is a daughter, Joyce A. (Light) Hill, wife of John W. Hill, South Heidelberg Twp.; son, David P. Light, husband of Kathleen Light, Reading; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Stephen M. Lightcap, 45, of Lower Alsace Twp., Reading, passed away August 19 in St. Joseph Hospital Bern Twp. He was the husband of Joanne C. (LaRose) Lightcap and the son of Patricia McMullen of Reading and the late Conrad J. Lightcap. Surviving in addition to his mother and wife are sons, Jacob M. Lightcap, and Joshua V. Lightcap both of Reading; stepdaughters, Tania M. Dill, Chantilly, VA; Alicia A. Guldin, Reading; Cassie Cox, Chantilly, VA; stepson, Matthew Shirey, Reading; sisters: Liz, wife of Rick Evans, Robesonia; Bonnie, wife of Gary Schaffer, Reading; Constance, wife of Kenny Jackson, Shamokin; brother, Conrad J. Lightcap Jr., Reading; grandchildren: Alex, Sebastian, Delilah Dill, Samantha Guldin.

Jack I. Machemer, 90, of Wernersville, passed away August 10 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of the late Grace E. (Soder) Machemer. Surviving are his siblings: Henry W., James H., Thomas L. and Russell H. Machemer, Caroline V. Kuntzman, Elizabeth M. Levan and Edna E. Lubas.

William James Maguire Jr., 71, of Holiday, Florida passed away August 3 in the Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Florida. Jim is survived by his brother, John Maguire and his wife, Kathy of Newmanstown, nephews, Sean Maguire and wife, Diane of Fleetwood, Ryan Maguire and his fiancée, Alex Kitchick of Lititz; his step-mother, Mary Maguire, widow of William Maguire of Shillington and his step-sister, Michelle Borelli of Shillington.

Timothy W. Manderewicz, 65, of Exeter, passed away on August 19 in Golden Living Center. He is survived by his wife, Jennie (Damato) Mander-ewicz; his son, Timothy Manderewicz Jr.; his sister, Sally Clemens and grandsons.

Marie Louise (Stover) Maurer, 85, of Wyomissing, passed away August 18 in the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Maurer. Marie is survived by her daughter, Karen L. Maurer, Wyomissing; her brother, Robert, husband of Mary Lou Stover, Reading; her sisters: Madeline Loeper, Reading; Joan, wife of Jack Peiffer, Galena, OH; and Catherine Simon, Sun Lake, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

Gene Robert McKently, 83, passed away August 19 in Keystone Villa, Maidencreek Township. He was the husband of the late June (Wolford) McKently. Surviving are his children, Kirk G., husband of Betty J. McKently of Pricetown and Kim L., wife of Donald L. Mummert of Fleetwood; his sister, Esther Cleaver of Wyomissing; his grandchildren: Jenny L. Guzewski, Andrew J. Mummert, Michael M. McKently and Meeka M. McKently and  great-grandchildren, Jared D. Garcia and G. David Garcia.

Richard L. Miller, 80, of Reading, passed away in his residence August 18. He was the husband of Mabel A. (Koller) Miller. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Michael B. Miller and his wife, Jennifer, Hamburg; and Rickie L. Miller, Reading; daughters: Maria Lynn Koller, Tampa, Florida; Laurie A., wife of Carlos Gonzales, Reading; Tina M., wife of Willliam Mercado, Leesport; and Lisa D., wife of Carlos Mercado Sr., Reading; grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.; brother, Horace Miller, Hamburg.

Gwendolyn Lee "Bunny" Myers, 68, formerly of West Lawn, passed away in Citrus Springs, FL, on August 7. Survivors include her husband, Larry Myers of Citrus Springs, FL; sisters, Deborah Karr of Reading and Barbara Mumau of Indiana, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

David R. Neaves, 65, of Naples, FL., passed away August 15 in his Wyomissing residence. He was the husband of Linda (Knauer) Neaves. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Ben and Joe; two step-sons, Chris Moyer and Brad Moyer; daughter, Anna and grandchildren.

Maria E. Perez, 68, passed away August 18 in Reading Hospital. She is survived by daughters, Tracy Ruiz and Michelle Perez, a son, Victor Perez all of Reading; and grandchildren.

Patricia A. Pullano, 78, of Kenhorst, passed away August 20 in the Reading Hospital. She was the wife of Anthony Pullano. Surviving in addition to her husband are daughters, Lisa A., wife of Phillip R. Botsford, Mohnton; Linda A. Nigrelli, fiancé of Dennis Karish, Oley; sister, Judith, wife of Bud Bensinger, West Reading and granddaughters: Gina L., Christina and Tricia F. Nigrelli.

W. James Rank, 82, of Reading passed away in Manor Care, Laureldale. He was the widower of Helen J. (Schiefer) Rank. James is survived by a daughter, Anne Rank, wife of Thomas Dalton of St. Lawrence and a son, John S. Rank of Laureldale; grandchildren: Matthew R. Smith, Valerie, Samantha, and Nicole Dalton, and Jason Rank; great-grandchild, Isabella Rank.

Sheila A. Rosenzweig, 83, of Wyomissing, passed away August 9 at The Highlands of Wyomissing. She was the wife of Dr. Leonard Rosenzweig. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Seth, husband of Barbara, of Wyomissing and Andrew, of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren: Dana, Michael, Jessica and Jillian.

Peter T. Sebastian, 91, of Reading, passed away on August 19 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Mildred (Gieringer) Sebastian. Survivors include his children: Thomas V. Sebastian, husband of Janis (Miller) of Reading; Richard M. Sebastian, husband of Marcia of Okatie, SC; and Peter R. Sebastian, husband of Elizabeth (Clarke) of Ocean Pines, MD; grandchildren: Scott, Patrick, Kelly, Gina, Nicole, Vince, Pete, Richard, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren: Emily, Alex, Scott, Ava, and Peter; brother, Nicholas Sebastian of Merritt Island, FL and sister, Helen Wenstrup, wife of Jim of Granite Falls, NC.

Helen (Cherkos) Stauffer  passed away August 14. She was the wife of the late Roy F. Stauffer. Helen's surviving family includes her daughters and their families as well as Roy's sons and their families: daughter, Helen A., wife of James Hartman, Mohnton, with grandson, Bradley and his wife, Tamara, Tampa, FL and granddaughter, Lesley, New York, NY; daughter, Lee A. Applegate, Indian Hills, CO; daughter, Kathy L. Burkert, Reading, with grandson, Paul and his wife, Christina, Temple, and granddaughter, Kelly, wife of Paul Nebroskie with great-granddaughter, Aubrey Paige, Jacksonville, NC; daughter, Sandra L. Applegate, Indian Hills, CO; son, Mark R. Stauffer and his wife, Bonnie, Mohnton, with granddaughter, Aimee and her husband, Shane Stone with great-grandson, Caydon and great-granddaughter, Kylee, Westfield, PA; granddaughter, Lauren and her husband, Charles Bowman, Philadelphia; grandson, Matthew Stauffer, Reading; and granddaughter, Hannah Stauffer, Mohnton; son, Lee A. Stauffer and his wife, Tina, Mohnton, with granddaughter, Leia, wife of Jesse Suliveres Jr. with great-grandson, Urijah, Reading; and granddaughter, Leisha, wife of Dave Ravel, Sinking Spring; her sister, Dolores J. Stark, Mercerville, NJ.

Rebecca A. (Noll) Strauss, 68, of Bethel, passed away August 15 in her residence. She was the wife of Gerald Strauss. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Kristi B., wife of LeRoy H. Gettle, Newmanstown; a son, Kevin G. Strauss, husband of Krystal R., Bethel; and grandchildren.

Sylvia Sulman, 97, passed away August 13 in Mifflin Center. She was the wife of the late Alfred Sulman. Mrs. Sulman is survived by her son, Bernard I. Sulman, husband of Rosemarie Sulman of Uncasville, Connecticut; and her daughter, Renee F. Natale, wife of Joseph G. Natale of Reading; grandchildren: Felicia Owens; Cristina Natale; Vincent Natale, husband of Nicole Natale; Jeffrey Sulman, husband of Janeva Sulman; Gregory Sulman, husband of Amy Sulman; and Beth Arnott, wife of Eric Arnott; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.

Tammy Wagner, 50, of Reading passed away in the Reading Hospital. Surviving are her daughter, Tara Morrison; grandchildren and her companion, David Soto.

Philip Adrian Waller, 71, formerly of  Reading, passed away August 11 in The Reading Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jane Marie (Dawson) Waller; his children: Andre Waller, Gloria Waller, Carol Turlington, Narsi Waller, and step-daughter, Wanda Waller; siblings: Peter Lynn Waller, Kermit Waller, Larry Waller, Verna Jackson, and Hazel Williams; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Raymond "Ray" Lee White, passed away at home on August 12. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma (Stubbs) White. Surviving are children: Holly Glimp, Austin, TX; Ramon Alston, Atlanta, GA; Raymond L. White Jr., husband of Ebony White, Richmond, VA.; John F. Hyson, Harrisburg, PA; Stephanie (Hyson), wife of Duncan M. MacPhail, Thetford, VT; and Andrea M. Hyson, San Francisco, CA. He is survived by his siblings, Terri White, Buffalo, NY and Sharon (White), wife of Tony Ferguson, Buffalo, NY; grandchildren: Christian, Arramys, Ozrielle, Tatum, Sadie, Sophie, Anthony, Raquisha, Emani, Shumonte, Naomi, Pemma, and Alisdair; and great-grandchildren; his nephew, Malik Clark, husband of Myisha Morton-Clark, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Catherine Zunzer, 100, of Reading, passed away August 15 in St. Joseph Hospital. Catherine is survived by her niece, Helen Stephens Howlett, wife of George, Seymour, WI; great-nephew, Matthew Stephen Christian Howlett, Green Bay, WI; cousins: Robert Zunzer, Jupiter, FL, Carl, Wil, Switzerland and Charles Neidert; and Guardian Angels: Betty and Ed Levandowski and Melanie Neidert Yost.