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Obituaries

Francesco “Frank” Avanzato, 87, of Reading passed away January 20, in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Ilda (Gaspari) Avanzato. Frank is also survived by his children, Lori L. Arbitell of Phoenixville and Frank L. Avanzato of Flying Hills; and his grandsons, John Ryan Arbitell Jr. and Andrew Francesco Arbitell, along with their father, John R. Arbitell; brothers, Dominic Avanzato of Philadelphia and Joseph Avanzato of Reading.

Mary Elizabeth (Nangle) Baniszeski, 93, formerly of Fleetwood and Perry, Maine, passed away January 20, in ManorCare Health Services, Inc. She was the wife of the late Albert Anthony Baniszeski. Mary is survived by children: Larry A., husband of Shirley M. (Strause) Baniszeski, of Perry, Maine; Barry D., husband of Linda G. (Sterner) Baniszeski, of Meddybemps, Maine; Bruce E., husband of Janet M. (Bradley) Baniszeski, of Pembroke, Maine; Lee D., husband of Deborah A. (Sanders) Baniszeski, of Dover, PA; Karen J. (Baniszeski), wife of Dennis R. Gilbert, of Oley, PA; and Susan M. (Baniszeski), wife of Robert C. Hafer, of Sinking Spring, PA; grandchildren: Traci, Julie (2015), Scott, Jennifer (1996), Todd, Beth and Erin; great-grandchildren: Brandan, Jordan, Raygan, Ravan, Ryan, Corey, Andrew, Tj, Benjamin, Connor and Broderick; and great-great-grandson, Jacob.

Bernard Matthew “Bo” Brophy, 87, of Wernersville, passed away January 21, in Reading Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife, Leona (Jarsocrak) Brophy. He is survived by his children, Kathy Marie, wife of Daniel G. Ebersole, Denver, PA; and David Edward Brophy, Dublin, CA; brother, Edward, widow of Mary Brophy, Reading; grandchildren: Kevin, husband of Melissa Ebersole; Kristen, wife of Joel Broughton; and Kyle, husband of Christina Ebersole; and great-grandchildren: Jordan, Steven, Tessa, Seth and Kash Broughton, and Collin and Alison Ebersole;  His lady friend, Josephine “Josie” Gardecki, also survives him.

Walter Raymond Burns Sr., 91, of Spring Township, passed away January 19, at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia A. (née Hoffman) Burns. He is also survived by children: Walter R. Burns Jr., fiancé of Gloria, FL; Claire Jane, wife of Alfred Neri, Exeter Township; P. Mark Burns, fiancé of Jane, VA; and Dennis S. Burns, CA; sister-in-law, Janet, and husband, Randall Harbach, Womelsdorf; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Robert “Bob” Clark, husband of Margaret Clark, passed away January 23. He was predeceased by his wife, Judy Hawkins. Surviving are children: Robert Scott (Carolanne), Steven (Terri) and Susan (Tom), Kathy, Robert (Carolyn), Jeanne (Tom) and Scott (Eileen); grandchildren and great-grandchild.

John Cornelius Eck, 90, of Reading, passed away January 19, in The Reading Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna May Eck. Surviving is his son, Gary W., and his wife, Susan Eck, of Leesport; his daughter, Brenda L. Eck, of Reading; grandson, Zachary, and his fiancée, Tara; great-grandsons, Caleb and Geovanni; step-grandchildren, Matthew and Chelsea, and her fiancé, Adam; and step-great-grandchildren: Kayla, Jadyn, Case, Julian, Alix, Jordan and Jameson.

Cherie Y. Townsend Elias (Welch), 87, of Reading, passed away January 25 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center. The widow of Thomas S. Elias, she was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph C. Townsend. Cherie is survived by children: daughters, Sheri L. Wallmeier, wife of Manfred, of Reading, PA; and Judith A. Townsend, partner of Marianne Michelin, of Hendersonville, NC; and a son, Joseph P. Townsend, husband of Carmela, of West Reading, PA; grandchildren, Heidi C. Wallmeier, fiancée of Julie Streeter, of Atlanta, GA; and Kimberly A. Coleman, wife of Jason, of Reading, PA; and great-grandchildren, Isaac F. and Marin J. Coleman; step-sisters, Pat Arnao of Bluffton, SC, and Jolene Fountain of Woodstock, GA; step-daughters; and step-sons.

Martin J. Elliott, 67, of Reading, passed away January 20th in Reading Hospital. He was the companion to Jodie Mohn. Born in Reading. He is survived by his siblings: Linda, wife of Steven Barnett, Penny L. Elliott, Roxanne A. Elliott, Debra I. Gumby, Michelle D., wife of Michael Barnett, Robert J., husband of Louise Elliott, and Eugene H. Elliott.

Esther Mae (Hepner) Feltenberger, 86, of Laureldale, passed away January 23, in ManorCare Health Services. She was the wife of Theodore C. “Sonny” Feltenberger Jr. Surviving are her children: Bruce R., husband of Marilyn Feltenberger, of Laureldale; David L., husband of Cynthia B. (Wummer) Feltenberger, of Laureldale; and Diane S. (Feltenberger), wife of Patrick M. O’Brien, of Laureldale; four siblings: Kermit L. Hepner of Fleetwood; Hannah F. (Hepner) Boyer of Bernville; Shirley (Hepner) Gambler of Reading and Raydell (Hepner) Schittler of Laureldale; grandchildren, step-granddaughters, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Nelson E. Garcia, 57, of Reading, passed away January 20th, at his residence. A son of Aurora (DeLavega), of Reading, PA, and the late Nelson M. Garcia. Nelson is also survived by his son, Derek B. Garcia, of Poconos, PA; sisters, Barbara, wife of Hector Rios, of Reading, and Gina Garcia, of Kissimmee, Fl; and a brother, Osvaldo “Ozzy” Garcia, husband of Jinnette Garcia, of Reading.

Nancy Delores (Frey) Gehman, 85, of Reading, passed away in Berks Heim Nursing Home on January 20. She was the wife of the late Glenn M. Gehman. Surviving are children: D. Bruce Gehman and his wife, Cheryl, of Shillington; L. Dawn (Gehman) Frantz and her husband, Ray, of Schaefferstown; H. Chris (Gehman) Brown and her husband, Bobby, of Mohnton; and Nancy “Lorri” (Gehman) Stalnecker and her husband, John, of Sinking Spring; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Thelma Paul, of Ephrata; and her best friend, P.C. She is predeceased by her husband, Glenn.

Lillian Sarah (Faust) Graeff, 92, of West Reading, passed away at home on January 21. She was the wife of the late Stanley Franklin Graeff. Surviving are her children: Gary L. Graeff and his wife, Althea, of Bernville; Gary O. Faust and his wife, Lori, of Muhlenberg Twp.; Linda L. (Faust) Kretz of Wyomissing; Darlene (Graeff) Heffner and her husband, Carl, of East Greenville; and Sandra Graeff and her partner, Scott Hoffman, of West Reading; grandchildren: Rick Graeff; Jodie Hoppes and her husband, Michael; Melissa Yerger and her husband, Curtis; Michelle Kelly and her husband, Jeff; Michael Faust; and Andrew Faust; and a great-granddaughter, Maddy Grace Kelly; siblings: Claude I. Faust of West Reading; Edna (Faust) Himmelreich of Reading; and Dorothy Fisher and her husband, Charles, of Reading. Lillian is predeceased by her husband, Stanley.

Raymond Franklin Hiester Jr., 91, of Reading, passed away January 25, in Berkshire Center. He was predecased by his wife, Ida R. (Kalbach) Hiester. Surviving are his step-son, Francis J., and his wife, Patricia Underkofler, of Bernville; sister, Mary Leas, of Shillington; brothers: John Hiester, Charles Hiester and Richard Hiester, all of Reading; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and step-great-great-grandchild.

George F. Hinkson, 85, passed away January 23, in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Margaret L. (Long) Hinkson. George is also survived by his children, James W., husband of Sheila Hinkson, Middletown, and Kenneth V., husband of AnnMarie Hinkson, West Reading; a sister, Edith Day; grandchildren: Timothy Hinkson, Matthew Christman and Brian Christman; great-grandchildren: Violet Hinkson, Bella Christman, Nate Christman, Alex Christman, Ben Christman and Jase Christman; and a niece, Karen Drouin.

Carolyn Jimski, 85, formerly of Reading, passed away January 19th in Reading Hospital. She was the widow of the late Richard C. Jimski. She is survived by her daughters: Diane (Jimski), wife of Bruce Clemens, of Vermont; Laurie (Jimski), wife of George Christian, of Oley; Nancy (Jimski), wife of Kenneth Clemens, of Virginia; and Debra Jimski of Reading; grandchildren and great-granddaughter on the way.

Ruth E. Koehler, 86, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away January 22nd, in the Reading Hospital. Ruth was the wife of the late Kenneth Rothenberger; she was the companion of Jack Rothenberger, and she was the wife of Joseph Koehler. She is survived by her children: Tracy (Rothenberger) Reider, wife of Kevin, of Muhlenberg Twp.; Carol Peipher, widow of John Peipher, of Flying Hills; and Keith Rothenberger and wife, Connie, of Maidencreek Twp.; grandchildren: Amber Grosso, Amanda Reider, Shelley Kugi, Michael Bernardo and wife, Nicole, and Megan Rothenberger; great-grandchildren, Juliana and Michael Bernardo Jr.; siblings, Helen Becker of Laureldale and Joseph Stoudt of Temple.

Doris L. “Peg” Krall, 93, Reading, passed away January 22nd, at Mifflin Center. She was the widow of Philip W. Krall. Peg is survived by a daughter-in-law, Nancy Krall, granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Ethel Marie (Brown) Kurtz, 79, previously of Grill, PA, passed away January 26, at the Berks Heim Home. She was the widow of Jay G. Kurtz. Surviving are children: Michael J., husband of Helen Kurtz, of Brecknock Twp., Lancaster County; Linette M., wife of Neal Reed, of Sinking Spring; and Jacqueline A., wife of David Phillips, of Penn Twp.; grandchildren: Jay M. Kurtz, Tara Reed, Amanda Walters, Erin Walters and Morgan Reed; great-grandchild, Maeve O’Connor; and brother, Richard Haberacker of Pennsburg.

Joan A. Lane, 76, passed away January 18, at home, in Birdsboro. She was the wife of the late George G. Lane. She is survived by sons: Richard C., husband of Gina Groff, of Albuquerque, NM; Steven D., husband of Mary Ann Groff, of Shillington; and David S. Groff of Collegeville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, George (Larry) Davis, of Birdsboro; and sisters, Dorothy (Daniels) Davis, of Birdsboro, and Susan Marie (Davis) Cameron, of Fort Pierce, FL.

Barbara S. Lykens, 94, formerly of West Reading, passed away January 23, in Village Commons at Phoebe Berks Village. She was the wife of the late I. Russell Lykens. She is survived by her son, Jack R. Lykens, husband of Ann Lykens of Wernersville; along with her grandchildren, John C. Lykens, husband of Stacy Lykens of Wyalusing, PA and Julie Wert, wife of Brian Wert of Cumru Township; and her great-grandchildren: Emily, Alicia and Olivia Lykens; and Nathaniel and Joshua Wert.

Richard Douglas Manwiller, 60, formerly of Laureldale, passed away Jan. 20. He is survived by daughter, Stephanie (Manwiller), wife of Keith Eckstein, of Clark Summit, PA; and brothers: Russell R., husband of Beverly; Ronald E., husband of Elaine; Robert G.; and Royce L. Manwiller, husband of Carol; and several nieces and nephews.

Dominic J. Marshall, 24, of Reading, passed away January 19. He was a son to Jerome L. Marshall of Lancaster, PA, and Melissa L. Kostrey, at home. Also surviving Dominic are: grandparents: Bruce P. and Carolyn L. (Graham) Kostrey, at home, and Jerome S. and Vivian A. (Jones) Marshall, of Reading, PA; siblings, Janaya Marshall of Lancaster, PA, and Keira Marshall of Lancaster, PA; aunts and uncles: Damon S. and Gina Marshall and Desmond A. Marshall; and also great-aunts and great-uncles: Dawn and Barry Vagnoni and Richard and Joy Graham; numerous other great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Edward P. Mautz, 62, of Stony Creek, passed away January 22, in Penn State Health-St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Jeanne M. (Ehrgood) Mautz. Ed is also survived by sisters, Diana M., wife of Wayne Cochran, of Tampa, FL; and Donna K., wife of Richard Hinkle, of Mohrsville; brother, Maximillion G. Mautz of Oklahoma City, OK; and many nieces and nephews.

Myrtle M. Mengel, 97, passed away January 21 in the Phoebe Berks Health Care Center, Wernersville. She was the widow of Clayton J. Mengel. She is survived by her sons, Larry C., husband of Carol Mengel, of Sinking Spring, and Allen, husband of Kathy Mengel, of Lewistown; grandchildren: Michelle, Sharon, Jennifer, Kari and Christopher; great grandchildren.

Catherine M. (Rollman) Monroe, 97, formerly of Wernersville, passed away at Mercy Center Dallas, PA, on January 23. Catherine was preceded in death  by her husband, Edward F. Monroe Sr. Surviving are her son, Edward Jr. and his wife, Donna R. Monroe, Berwick, PA; granddaughters: Hayley A. Kuchta, Harveyville, PA; Jan M. Higgman, Lynden, WA; Devon R. Monroe, Monroeville, PA; brothers, Charles and Frank; and sisters: Hellen, Joan, Clair and Margaret.

Jane V. Nitto, 81, of Reading, passed away January 19, in Penn State Health-St. Joseph Hospital. She was the wife of Richard C. Nitto. Mrs. Nitto is also survived by her children: Richard C. Nitto Jr., husband of Colleen Nitto, of Commack, New York; David M. Nitto of Johnsonville, New York; and Diane M. Dixon, wife of Thomas Dixon, of Exeter Township; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Alfred Markland, of Florida.

Edna M. Novak, 95, of West Reading, passed away January 21st, at Manor Care Health Services, Sinking Spring. She was the widow of Michael Novak. She is survived by her daughter, Michele, wife of Gerald Toor, of West Reading, PA; and a sister, Dorothy Yurko, of Reading.

Justin M. Reber, 32, of Reading, passed away January 24, in his home. He was the son of Robert A. and Constance A. (Reber) Hertzog. He is also survived by his brother, Harry F. Reber of Scranton; his sister, Crystal L. Zuckerman, wife of Greg Zuckerman, of Lakeland, Florida; and his step-brothers, Robert A. Hertzog Jr., husband of Beth Hertzog, of Reading; Brian A. Hertzog of Reading; Stacey A. Hertzog of Reading; paternal grandmother, Patricia Hertzog, wife of the late Harry E. Hertzog, of Reading; maternal grandmother, Frances M. Blystone, wife of the late Haven Blystone of Hyde Park; and his maternal step-grandfather, Ronald R. Rowe, husband of Sandy Rowe, of Reading; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Franklin Leroy Rebholtz, 79, of Reading, passed away January 26, at Berks Heim. Surviving is his brother, George P. Rebholtz, of Manor at Market Square.

Larry E. Rentschler, 77, of Wernersville, passed away January 22, at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Linda L. (Eckert) Rentschler. He is also survived by a daughter, Barbara L. Rentschler, wife of David M. Duma, of Doylestown; sons, Timothy C. Rentschler, husband of Linda, of St. Louis, MO; and Thomas C. Rentschler and companion, Natalie J. Bartush, of Exeter Twp.; a brother, Donald R. Rentschler, of Philadelphia; and grandchildren: Rachel, Adam, Luke, Marc and Jack.

Robert E. Shockey II “Bob”, a.k.a “Wolfman,” age 67, son of Robert and Mary Shockey, passed away January 20, at Reading Hospital. Surviving are sons: Robert Shockey, Jason Shockey and Ryan Shockey; daughters: Savannah Davenport, Alexis Shockey and Anastasia Shockey; brothers: William Shockey, Joseph Shockey and Michael Shockey; sisters, Mary Kelly and Ann Lee; grandchildren: Anthony, Alexander, Julia and Jasmine Shockey; and the mothers of his children, Virginia Shockey and Michele Kelly.

Clyde N. Underkoffler, age 84, of Exeter Township, passed away January 20, in the Reading Hospital. Clyde is preceded in death by his wife, Helen M. (Roehrig) Underkoffler. Clyde is survived by his children: Nanette (Visner) Witmer, wife of John; Linda Mauck, wife of Richard; Bruce Underkoffler, husband of Susanne; brothers, Daniel Ritter, husband of Linda, and Norman Ritter Jr., husband of Betty; sisters-in-law: Maefern Houck, Arlene Rothenberger and Ruth Ann Ritter; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Kathleen Waldeck, 66 passed away Jan. 17. She was the daughter of Lorraine Waldeck and the late Elmer Waldeck. She was married to her late husband, Morris. Kathleen is also survived by her sister, Valorie; brother, Glen; Richard; Connie.

Barry M. Wentzel, 70, of South Heidelberg Twp., passed away January 22, at his residence. He was the husband of Kay F. (Fillman) Wentzel. He is survived by a daughter, Kathy L. Heinly; a son, Brian M. Wentzel; sisters, brothers, grandchildren.

Catherine L. “Kitty” Young, 85, of Muhlenberg Township, passed away January 22, in ManorCare Health Services, Spring Township. She was the wife of the late Charles C. Young. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Ruth Lorraine Zambito, 72, of Reading, passed away January 25, in Spruce Manor. She was preceded in deathby her husband, Richard C. Zambito. Surviving are her sons: Jeffrey L. and his wife, Maria Zambito; Keith A. and his wife, Elizabeth Zambito, of Reading; and Jamie L. and his wife, Marcia Zambito, of Mt. Penn; grandchildren, Haley Zambito and Kevin Zambito.

Richard Henry Zellers Sr., 96, of Stony Creek, passed away in the Reading Hospital on January 21. He was the husband of the late Ethel A. (Kauffman) Zellers Surviving is his daughter, JoAnn (Zellers) Long of Stony Creek; grandchildren: Terry M. Long Sr., James S. Long, Martin L. Zellers and Ashley L. Zellers; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.