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Victor M. Andino, 67, of Sinking Spring, passed away October 5 at his residence. Victor is survived by sons: Daniel, husband of Nicole Andino, of Sinking Spring; Tony Andino, of Chester, PA; Victor Andino, of Reading; also by grandchildren.

David L. Bausher, 68, passed away October 5 in Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife, Sandra A. (Zwoyer) Bausher; daughters, Rebecca A. (Bausher) Moyer–Strausser, wife of John Strausser of Topton; and Margaret A. (Bausher) Zilinski, wife of Michael J. Zilinski of Oley; grandchildren: Nathan, Spencer, Cora and Becca. Also surviving is a sister, Darlene M. (Bausher), wife of Terry Heinly of Jacksonville, Florida; and nieces and nephews.

Joseph Bernstein, 41, of Sinking Spring, passed away on September 30 in the Reading Hospital. He was a son of Morris and Florence Bernstein.

Wayne E. Bortz, 96, of Cumru Township, passed away October 8 in Reading Hospital. Wayne is survived by children: W. Scott, Wyomissing; Craig, Steubenville, OH; Susan Carr, Reading; Nancy Aulenbach, Fleetwood; Robert, Exeter Township; Daniel, Reading; Michael, Denver, CO; Theresa Stork, Bernville; and Justin, Reading. Also surviving are grandchildren: Eric, Annie, Peter, Nancy, David, Valerie, Jessica, Sarah, Amy, Angela, David, Patrick, Skye, Briana, Alex, Genea, April, Houstan, Haley, Ethan, and Jack; and great-grandchildren: Juniper, Melody, Cain, Jude, Mazie, Piper, Quinn, Aydan, Archer, Michael, Alex, Mary Jane, Lila, Elijah, Galy, Evan, and Ella.

Glenn A. Bossler, 65, of Kenhorst, passed away October 6 at his residence. He is survived by a brother, Robert L. Bossler, Cumru Twp.

Robert Lawrence Dahl, 76, of Florence, passed away on September 30 at McLeod Hospice House. Surviving are his wife, Donna Belcher Dahl; son, Allen P. (Leslie) Dahl of Orwigsburg, PA; and daughter, Michele Krize of Florence, SC; granddaughter, Erika Krize of Florence and her father, Michael Krize, of Reading; and grandsons, Jonathan Dahl and Jeffrey Dillman, both of Orwigsburg; sister, Jean D. Edwards of Fairfax, VA; and brothers, Thomas E. Dahl of Milton, DE, and John Schutrick of Pittsburgh.

Paul J. ("Snook") Gensemer Sr., 79, of Shillington, passed away on October 4. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy J. Gensemer. Survivors include his children: Janelle L. Biffel, wife of William G. of Sinking Spring; Paul J. Gensemer Jr., husband of Suzanne of Wernersville; and Troy D. Gensemer of Shillington; grandchildren: Billy, Brandon, Kelsey, Ashley, Amber, Morgan, McKenzie, and Anthony; sisters: Helen Long, companion of Barry Klusewitz of Exeter and Joanne Higgins, wife of Phil of Delaware; brother-in-law, Douglass Wieder, husband of Bonnie of Montrose Manor.

R. Lee Guinther, 67, of Boyertown, passed away October 4 at Coatesville VA Medical Center. He was the son of Esther (DeTurck) Guinther of Delaware and the late Russell M. Guinther. Surviving in addition to his mother are sister, Linda Moser of Milton, DE; niece, Sandra, wife of Mike Wieber; nephew, Mark Moser, husband of Heather and their children, Jack and Luke.

Marilyn J. Hartline, 83, wife of Jacob W. Hartline of Boyertown, passed away in her residence on September 13. Also surviving are children: Michael A., husband of Joanne G. Hartline of Gilbertsville; Cindy R., widow of Harold "Harv" Hartman of Boyertown; Bradley J., husband of Stephanie K. Hartline of Cumru Twp.; and Eric T., husband of Mary Pat Hartline of Havertown; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grace E. Heckman, 94, passed away at Phoebe Berks Health Center on October 7. Grace is survived by a sister, Edith Mengel Plymyer, widow of E. Jay Plymyer, Baltimore, MD; daughters, Donna Stapleton, wife of Darwin H. Stapleton, recently of Quincy MA; and Janis Wagner, wife of William R. Wagner, West Lawn; grandchildren: Scott A. Wagner, husband of Heather Dunkelberger Wagner, and Steven W. Wagner, husband of Jamie Locke Wagner; Alice M. Sweet, wife of Kyle J. Sweet; and Elizabeth R. Stapleton; and great-grandchildren: Noah Wagner, son of Scott, Zachary Sweet and Zane Sweet, sons of Alice, and Brayden Wagner and Kylie Wagner, children of Steven, and nephews, David A. Plymyer and James Plymyer and a niece, Ann Plymyer Schenkel.

Kathleen M. "Kay" Hilzinger, 91, formerly of Reading, passed away on October 2 in her daughter's residence. She was the widow of Charles J. Hilzinger. Kay is survived by daughters, Debbie Steffy-Pyke, wife of James of Charlotte, NC; and Charlotte M., wife of Dr. Gary P. Lengel, with whom she resided; grandchildren and brother, Robert Richards, of Ohio.

Grace Emiline Hurley, 88, formerly of Laureldale, passed away October 8 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township. She was the wife of the late Richard Allen Hurley. Surviving are children: Richard A. Jr., husband of Carol Hurley of Potter County; LeRoy M., husband of Jane Hurley of Leesport and Regina L., wife of Gary E. Rothenberger of Laureldale. Other survivors include sister, Mary Barz of Denver, PA; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thelma I. (Myers) Johnson, 90 years, of Douglassville passed away on October 5 at home. She was the wife of the late Russell W. "Duss" Johnson. Surviving are: son, Dewey L. Johnson, husband of Nancy L. of Reading;  daughters, Sandra M., wife of Robert A. Davis of Birdsboro; Deborah L., wife of John E. Doaty, III of Birdsboro; brother, Craig G. Myers, husband of Ann of Wernersville; sister, Deanna, wife of Norman Lutz of Spring Twp.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Brandon L. Lonaberger, 24, of Birdsboro, passed away October 2. He was the son of George R. Lonaberger of Magnolia, DE, and Dana L. (Fry) Lonaberger of Sinking Spring. Surviving in addition to his parents is son, Brayden L. Lonaberger, Exeter Twp.; sister, Kelsey L. Lonaberger, Sinking Spring; brother, Derrick G. Lonaberger, Sinking Spring; brother, Steven Schaffer, Sinking Spring; step-sister, Alexia J. Ratajack, DE; step-sister, Erica Canela Mason, Wales; and stepmother, Cindy Sanchez, Magnolia, DE. Other survivors include maternal grandmother, Carmella Reitnauer, wife of Frank Reitnauer, Laurel, DE.

Maxine S. Lyle, 80, of Shrewsbury, NJ passed away on October 5. Maxine is survived by her son, James D. Lindemuth Jr., wife of Leah Stackpole Lindemuth of New York City and Kimberly L. Nicastri, wife of Tom of Larchmont, NY; granddaughters: Olivia and Annie Nicastri and Caroline and Grace Lindemuth.

Edward F. McLaughlin, 92, formerly of Lower Alsace Township, passed away on October 2 in Hearthstone at Amity. He was the widower of Edna I. (Seyler) McLaughlin. He is survived by son, Edward N., widower of Emilie McLaughlin of Greer, SC; and daughter, Karin M., wife of James K. Coxson of Douglassville; grandchildren, Jennifer Heavener and Allison Jacobs; and great-grandchildren.

Jane J. (Ruppert) Michael, 84, of Gibraltar, PA, passed away on October 4 at the Berkshire Center, Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA. Jane was the wife of Rufus K. Michael. Also surviving aare son, Cory, husband of Brenda Michael of Birdsboro; daughters, Nancy, wife of Chris Messner of Birdsboro, and Lori Michael at home; brothers, Forrest "Butch" Ruppert of Leroy, MI, and Barry Ruppert of Reading; sisters: Lucy Lambert of Blandon,; Gail Williams of Brandon, FL; Linda Chase of Wrightsville; Doris Bubb of Strausstown; grandchildren: Todd, Ross, Courtney and Lauren; and great-grandchildren, Goclynn and Paisley.

Dora J. Miller passed away October 2. She was the widow of Richard E. Miller. Surviving are children, Dawn Miller-Wert and Kerry E. Miller; grandchildren: Jordan T. Miller, Ryan D. Miller; Angela R. Miller and Keri E. Wert; future grandson-in-law, Hector Marinez, and great-grandson, Elias A. Marinez; cousins, Joanna Cirulli and James Sparagana Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Marsha Ann Moyer, 69, of Wyomissing, passed away October 3. She was the wife of James Allen Moyer. She is survived by sons: Brian V. Moyer and his wife, Tammy, of Temple; Dr. Christopher P. Moyer and his wife, Kim, of Enola; Matthew J. Moyer and his wife, Michelle, of Douglassville; and Nicholas A. Moyer and his fianceé, Dana Fisher, of Wyomissing; grandchildren, Arianna and Aidan; and  brother, Alan E. Celmer and his wife, Pam, of Reading.

Dennis A. Mullarkey Sr., 68, of Reading, passed away October 2 in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Laura E. (Cheeseman) Mullarkey. Dennis is survived by son, Dennis A. Mullarkey; and sister, Ellen Clementis.

Barbara J. Raifsnider, 73, of Exeter Township, passed away October 1 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the wife of Thomas H. Raifsnider. Also surviving are daughters, Tammy L., wife of James D. Oswald of Lower Alsace Township, and Tina L., wife of Brett A. Fulton of Mertztown; grandchildren: Emily Oswald, Griffin and Ben Fulton; and brother, Raymond Pott Jr.

Jeffrey T. Ranck, 54, of Fleetwood, passed away September 30 in the Reading Hospital. He is the son of Thomas W. and Hazel R. (Ripka) Ranck of Wyomissing. Also surviving, is fiancée, Nancy J. Commings; sisters: Lisa, wife of Michael Condos, Sinking Spring; Michelle, wife of John Franklin, Muhlenberg Twp.; Kelly, wife of David Spangler, Mohrsville; nieces Nichole, Laura, Megan and Erin; and nephew, Ian.

Evelyn M. Romich, 78, formerly of Mount Penn, passed away October 5 in Columbia Cottage–Wyomissing. She is survived by her cousin-in-law, Mrs. Henry Conrad and their daughters. Evelyn is also survived by her close friend of many years, Priscilla Klusewitz and her friend, Christopher Spang.

Robert P. Ruzicka passed away October 3. He is survived by children: Paul and his wife, Sandra, of Reading; Jayne and her partner, Larry Gaddy, of Deltona, FL; Robert Ruzicka II of Palmerton; Kathryn and her companion, Kim Butz, of Macungie; and David and his companion, Annette Cortese, of Palmerton. Also surviving are grandchildren: John, Jamie, Heather, Michael, Soleil, Alyssa, Jordan, Paxton, Storme, Shania, Izabelle, Mara, Brandon, Erika and Jade; great-grandchildren, and his dear cousin, Lillian (Ruzicka) Keer of Coaldale, PA.

Matthew Owen Schaefer, 62, passed away September 30 in his Muhlenberg Township residence. Surviving are his son, Chad B. Schaefer, at home; brothers, Forrest C. Schaefer of Holton, MO, and Michael W. Schaefer of Mission, KS; sisters, Lynda A. Schaefer of Temple and Paula L. Schaefer of Muhlenberg Twp.; nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his former spouse, Aleta L.H. Schaefer of Reading.

Mary Ruth (Cyphers) Shirey, age 78, of Douglassville passed away on October 6 at her home. She was the wife of the late Daniel Irvin Shirey. Surviving are sons: Ernest E. Shirey and his wife, Mary Ann of Douglassville; Eugene W. Shirey and his wife, Debra of Douglassville; Joseph D. Shirey of Reading; Stephen J. Shirey of Douglassville; Benjamin L. Shirey and his wife, Laurie of Douglassville; Andrew M. Shirey of Douglassville; Chester P. Shirey of Douglassville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Grace Leonard of Carmichael, PA.

Jerre Bretz Smith Sr., 73, of Lower Heidelberg Township, passed away October 4 in the Phoebe Berks Health Care Center. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Mae (Eckenroth) Smith. Jerre is survived by children, Jerre "Brett" Jr., husband of Teya B. (Smith) Smith of Sanford, NC; and Michelle Anne (Smith), wife of Richard A. Reaser of Lower Heidelberg Township. Also grandchildren: Lauren Ann Smith, Brandon M. Reaser and Austin M. Reaser.

Dorothy Elizabeth "Bitsy" Stevenson, 80, passed away October 2 at Reading Hospital, near her residence in Oley, PA. Bitsy was predeceased by her husband, Peter B. Stevenson. Surviving are children: Leslie T. Stevenson, Kimberly R.S. Conte and Peter B. Stevenson III; sister, Rita Rae Boyne Van Beuren; brother, Patrick T. Boyne; grandchildren: Cassondra Leng, John R. Conte III and David B. Conte, and great-grandchildren to Logan Jake Palmer.

Kenneth Albert Stoudt Sr., 85, of Reading, passed away in the Reading Hospital on October 2. Surviving are children: Susan Brearley of Poughkeepsie, NY; Valarie Maus and her companion, Kenneth Sparr of Reading; Lynda Stoudt of Sinking Spring; Kenneth Stoudt Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Morrisville; and Paul Stoudt of Reading; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mildred M. Strunk, 88, formerly of Kenhorst, passed away October 2 in West Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, TN. She was the wife of the late Clayton Lester Strunk. She is survived by brother, Clarence L. (Al) Matz, husband of JoAnn (Eshbach) L. Matz of Knoxville, TN, and nephews, Steven Howard Matz, husband of Jeanine Matz and Edward Michael Matz; great-nephews: Tyler Daniel Hoffis, Riley Harold Matz, Ian Brooks Fegley; and great-niece, Lea Kensley Matz.

Donald E. Styer, 80, Exeter Twp., passed away October 4 at St. Joseph Medical Center. Donald was the widower of Jacqueline L. (Gress) Styer. He is survived by daughter, Karin M. Sterner of Myrtle Beach, SC; sons: Kevin M. Styer of Mohnton; Kent M. Styer of Reading; Kyle M. Styer of Shillington; stepsons, Steven Sockel and Dale Sockel, both of Reading; grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his fiancee', Sharon Gery.

Anna Kathleen “Granny” Sullivan, 82, passed away October 1 in Manor Care, West Reading. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Sullivan Sr. Anna is survived by children, Richard, husband of Sherry Sullivan, Booton, NJ; and Theresa Prempeh, Reading; brother, Larry Ohlinger, Columbus, OH; grandchildren: Siobhan Norfleet, Aisha Khan, Mariam Khan and Shabana Khan; and great-grandchildren.

Ernestine L. Watkins, 53, of Reading, passed away October 5 in the Reading Hospital. She was a daughter of Homer Keller of Philadelphia and the late Lillian (Harris) Keller. She is survived by her partner, Michelle Duncan, with whom she resided. Also surviving is her daughter, Jumoke Thomas of Reading and her son, Sylvester Thomas Jr. of Philadlephia; grandchildren: Jamoka, Jeneica, Luis Jr., Lajada and Kylee; great-grandchildren: Zeymir, Nacir, Zayvean and Jaezania; brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jane S. (Wentzel) Weber, 91, formerly of Wyomissing, passed away October 5 at the Reading Hospital. She was the widow of David P. Weber. Surviving are sons, David S. Weber of Exton, and Robert S. Weber of Boonton, N.J.

Clara B. Wertz, 94, passed away October 8 in her West Reading residence. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Edward Wertz. Clara is survived by children, William E., husband of Patricia A. Wertz, Reading and Kathleen M. Tranquillo, West Reading; siblings, Leon Mierzejewski, Douglassville and Patricia Mierzejewski, Shillington; sister-in-law, Nancy Mierczejewski, Wyomissing; grandchildren: Michael Wertz, Jeffrey Wertz, Marci Zambito, Brad Tranquillo and David Tranquillo and great-grandchildren: Drew Wertz, Colin Wertz, Haley Zambito, Kevin Zambito, Chase Tranquillo, Isabel Tranquillo and Ollie Tranquillo.

Charles R. Wessner Jr., 72, of Penn Twp., passed away in his residence on October 6. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Coover) Wessner. Surviving in addition to his wife are brothers, William Wessner, Kenhorst, and Ronald Wessner, Bern Twp.

Michael S. Yanulus Sr., 79, formerly of the Heights section of the city, passed October 4 in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Marie Y. Calderoni and her husband, Anthony of West Lawn; Helen A. Yanulus and her companion, Joseph Blannard of Tannersville; grandchildren: Elena, Tony and Emma Calderoni.

Erhard A. Zwingert, 90, of Country Meadows in Wyomissing passed away October 8. He was predeceased by his wife, Rosina (Zenz) Zwingert. Erhard is survived by children, Erich A. Zwingert, husband of Kathy, Hendersonville, N.C. and Helga (Zwingert) Bensing, wife of Andrew of Reading; and grandchildren: Jonathan Bensing, Danyelle Bensing, Gerik Bensing, Peter Zwingert and Kaitlin (Zwingert) Powali.