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Eva D. Allen, 107, formerly a resident at Country Meadows, passed away October 13 at Mifflin Center. She was the widow of Stanley B. Waid.  Eva is survived by a son, Retired Navy Captain, Stanley Bevan Waid Jr., husband of Cora Waid, of Temecula, CA. Also surviving are granddaughter, Tamara Wagonis; great-grandsons, Austin and Zachary Wagonis; and niece, Barbara Connor of Shilington.

Mark Allen, 85, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away October 11 in the Reading Hospital. He was married to Sharon (Saari) Allen. Also surviving is a grandchild, Lucas Allen, living in Montgomery County.

Barry S. Beidler, 72, of Mt. Penn, passed away October 13 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Korytkowski) Beidler.

Benedetta (Tarulli) Bitetto, 102, formerly of Wyomissing, passed away August 5 in Manor Care, Sinking Spring. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincenzo Bitetto. Benedetta is survived by children, Dr. Nicola, husband of Lorraine Bitetto, Wyomissing; and Anna, widow of Anthony Elefterion, Brooklyn, NY; her step-brother, Rocco, husband of Lena Tarulli, Clifton, NJ; and grandchildren: Michael Bitetto, Nicholas Bitetto, Joseph Bitetto, Elainie Elefterion and Benedetta, wife of Raymond Elefterion.

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, Gene A., April, Houstan, Hailey, Ethan, and Jack; and great-grandchildren: Juniper, Melody, Cain, Jude, Mazie, Piper, Quinn, Aydan, Archer, Michael, Alex, Mary Jane, Lila, Elijah, Gaby, Evan, Ella.

Helen E. Camilli, 88, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away October 8 in Manor Care Health Services in Laureldale. She was married to the late Perry J. Camilli. Surviving is daughter, Denise A. Ohlinger, wife of Michael of Muhlenberg Twp.; grandchildren: Ryan and Trisha Lewars and Courtney Ohlinger; and great-grandchildren, Damien Miller and Ava Lewars.

Henry J. Christ Sr., 96, of Shillington, passed away October 11 at ManorCare in Sinking Spring. He was the husband of Margaret (Zulick) Christ. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Graceann Christ, widow of Henry J. Christ Jr.; grandchildren: Kellie Cirulli and Erik Christ, both of Blandon; and great-grandchildren: Katalia Cirulli and Austin and Brianna Christ.

Mary E. Cober, of the Highlands at Wyomissing, passed away on October 10. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas G. Cober. Mary is survived by her daughter, Carol C. Reid and son-in-law, William R. Reid III of Spring Township; grandchildren: Kimberly B. Cannon of Chicago, IL; Paige B. Nolte, M.D. of Palmyra, VA; Kristen Tremble Christian of Boston, MA and Josh Tremble of Wyomissing; great-grandchildren: Jacob, Benjamin and Amalia Cannon, Ariana and Tessa Nolte, Ella, Emilie and Edward Christian and Katherine Tremble.

Dixie (Troutman) Elbert, 60, passed away in her home in Jupiter, FL, on September 13. She is survived by her husband, George Elbert II; daughter, Sara Mae, Bovina, NY; and son, George (Trey) Elbert III Jupiter, FL. Also surviving are sister, Donna (Troutman) Butzer, wife of Leonard Butzer, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and brother, David L. Troutman, Lake Worth, FL.

George E. Fessler Jr., 81, formerly of Riverview Park, passed away October 11 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was married to Rosemary D. (Schuler) Fessler. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children, Michael G. Fessler, husband of Denise, of Lancaster, and Cynthia M. (Fessler) Clapperton of Wyomissing; grandchildren: Matthew and Megan Fessler, Andrea and Alexa Clapperton, and Allison Frick; and great-grandchild, Dylan Fessler.

Heidi M. Fugate, 49, of Flying Hills, and formerly of Shelby, Ohio, passed away October 11 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. She was the wife of Chip Fugate, and daughter of Kathryn M. (Stoller) Oesch, of Shelby, and the late John Oesch. Also surviving are son, Jason A. Fugate; and siblings: Michael Oesch, Cheryl Schumacher, Sally Westcott, Cindy Walp, Sara Jones, Nancy Dorinsky, Mary Cartwright, Judy Witt, Lori McCartney, Betsy Oesch, Tammy Grauer, Amy Murray, Traci Sonon, John Oesch, and Kristy Cauley.

John R. Geisler, 68, of Reading, passed away October 8 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He was the husband of Gloria A. (Adams) Geisler. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, John R. Geisler Jr., Ontario, Canada; and Samantha J., wife of Jaime Kostic, Reading; and grandchildren, Nathan, Payton, and Lukas Kostic.

Barbara Ann (Lutz) Gingrich, 83, of Exeter Twp., passed away October 11 at the Mifflin Center in Shillington. She was the wife of John W. Gingrich. Also surviving is daughter, Karen, wife of Donald L. Dosch of Springfield, VA; son, John Carter, husband of Missy Gingrich of Okinawa, Japan; grandchildren: Rebecca Anne Dosch of Waterloo, Belgium; Abigail Marie, wife of Soheil Shirzadi of McLean, VA; Katherine E. Gingrich of Knoxville, TN; and SSgt John McD. Gingrich of Al Udaed AB, Qatar; great-grandchildren, Mason and Natalie Shirzadi of McLean, VA; sisters, Shirley Mae Miller of Leesport, widow of George S. Miller, and Leslie L., wife of Donald K. Hatt of Gouglersville.

Erma Margaret Good, 79, of Robesonia, passed away October 11in the Reading Hospital. She was the widow of Richard J. Good.

Michael Patrick Grant, 46, of Birdsboro, passed away October 5 at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center. Surviving is his mother, Mary Lou Grant of Exeter Twp. and brother, Andrew Shaeffer of Exeter Twp.; Uncle LeRoy and Aunt Kay Louise Sweigart of Exeter Twp.; and cousins, Brian Sweigart of Womelsdorf and Beth Morgan of Reiffton.

George E. Grubb, 92, formerly of Flying Hills, passed away on October 9 at the Zerbe Sister Nursing Center,  Lancaster Co. George was the husband of the late Gladys L. (Evans) Grubb. He is survived by son Robert L. Grubb, widower of Mary (Moore) of Narvon, PA; daughter Diane L. Baker, wife of John E. of Cassville, PA; sister, Elsie Evans of Cumru Twp.; grandchildren, Robert Jr., Jason, and J. Isaac; and great-grandchildren, Sadie and Hattie.

Barbara A. Grumbling, 74, of Spring Township, passed away October 12 in the Reading Hospital. She was the wife of the late Ronald H. Grumbling. Surviving are daughters, Kelly L., wife of Mitch Engle, Boynton Beach, FL and Jodi A., wife of Scott Navitsky, Shrewsbury, NJ; grandchildren: Mindy, Shawn, Jack, Stephen and Brian; and great-grandchildren: Liam, Gabriel, Riley and Addison.

Rev. John F. Henry, S.J., 91, passed away on October 12 at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville.

Daniel Yoder Hoppes, 90, of Oley, passed away October 12 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He was the husband of Minerva S. (Reimert) Hoppes. Also surviving are children: Richard M., husband of Carole Reimert, Lenhartsville; Robert S., husband of Michelle Bickham, Reading; Donald S. Bickham, Fleetwood; and Patricia E., wife of Harold Kehl Jr., Lenhartsville; sister-in-law, Anna May Hoppes, Oley; nieces and nephew: Sharon Hoppes, Hagerstown, MD; Kimberly A. Hoppes, NYC; Andrew Hoppes, Wayne; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Eugene H. Hussey, 85, formerly of Temple, passed away October 8 in Manor Care, West Reading. He was married to the late Anda D. (Dimze) Hussey.

Catherine E. Katzaman, 94, formerly of Reading, passed away October 12, in Berks Heim, Bern Township. She was the widow of Leroy E. Katzaman. Catherine is survived by daughters, Susan M., wife of Dale Schlottman; Brenda L., wife of Howard Delp; and son, Richard, husband of Donna Katzaman; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter.

Susan K. Keller, 47, of Exeter Township, passed away October 12 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the wife of Thomas H. Keller Jr., and daughter of Carol A. (Ritz) Shurilla and the late John R. Shurilla Jr. Also surviving are sons: Zachary J. Palmer and Joshua J. Palmer, both of Reading; Travis J. Palmer of Hamburg; daughter, Samantha B. Palmer of Reading; and stepson, Thomas H. Keller III of Reading; grandchildren: Danika, Johnathan, Dallas; and brother, Timothy B., husband of Cheryl Shurilla of Reading.

John M. Klopp Jr., 86, of Cumru Twp., passed away October 12 at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Gloria Jean Spadafora-Klopp. Surviving in addition to his wife is stepson, Butch Schmehl of Shamong, N.J.; stepdaughter, Debbie Ellis of Fleetwood; grandsons: Zachary M. Spadafora of West Lawn; Eric Schmehl of Shamong, N.J.; and Andrew Schmehl of York; granddaughter, Kaylin M. Spadafora of Reading; sister, June Lenhart of Laureldale.

Lance H. Laity, 66, of Leesport, passed away October 10 in Maidencreek Twp. He was the husband of Gayle A. (Gianpaolo) Laity. Also surviving are sons: Jeffrey A. Laity, Leesport; Gary R., husband of Amber L. (Rambo) Laity, West Reading; and Kenneth J., husband of Amanda L. (Gibson) Laity, Shillington; grandchildren: Michael R. Laity, Sarah K. Laity, Payton J. Laity, and Tara L. Gouldey; brothers, John H., husband of Sally Laity, Temple, and Larry A. Laity, Temple.

Digna De Jesus Melendez, 77, passed away on October 8 in St. Joseph Medical Center. Surviving are daughters, Carmen and Maria Soto; and son, Jose Hernandez.

Bradley Davis Miller, 68, of Wyomissing, passed away October 2 in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Wyomissing. He was the husband of Sharon C. (Clemenson) Miller. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Christopher Bradley Clemenson Miller, Breckenridge, CO; sister, Barbara Dale O'Leary, FL; niece and nephews.

Paul F. Miller Jr., 65, of Reinholds, passed away October 13 at home. He was the former husband of Tracy (Beamesderfer) Miller. Paul is survived by daughters, Heather L. and Alysha R. Miller, both of Reinholds; brothers, Michael David, husband of Tammy Miller of Lenhartsville, and David Michael, husband of Holly Miller of Mohnton; and sisters, Vickie, wife of Charles Lavigna of Sinking Spring, and Diane, wife of Robert Adams of Womelsdorf.

William V. Miller, 92, of Sinking Spring, passed away October 4 at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. William is survived by his children: Mteteaji Mlimwengu (Kinyofu) of Brooklyn, NY; Dwight K. Miller (Susie) of Boston, MA; Dexter G. Miller of Boston, MA; and Gary C. Miller of Reading; grandchildren: Terrance Yancey of Boston, MA; Hasan Yancey of Raleigh, NC; Charles Ellison of Chicago, IL; Corey Steele of Reading; Lisa Steele of Reading; Sara Miller of Boston, MA; Mtambuzi Mlimwengu of Brooklyn, NY; Kiwelewa Mlimwengu of Brooklyn, NY; Dexter J. Miller of Boston, MA; William J. Miller of Boston, MA; and Patrice A. Miller of Boston, MA; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Carmen Delia (Torres) Mora, 79, passed away in her Laureldale residence. She was the wife of Harry Basilio Mora. Also surviving are siblings, Delin Torres, Ida Kana, and Jorge Torres; and grandchildren.

Mary E. Morris, 78, of Spring Township, passed away October 13 in ManorCare Health Services, Spring Township. She was the wife of the late William R. Morris. Mary is survived by sons: Arthur W. Morris, husband of Bellina Morris of Wyomissing; David L. Morris; Robert J. Morris of Wyomissing and her daughter, Shelia M. Morris; grandchildren: Amber L. Putt; Adam T. Morris; Colby A. Morris; and great-grandchildren: Asher Putt; Madelyn Putt; Lucas Morris and Ava Morris.

Albert T. Moser, 84, of Lower Alsace Twp. passed away October 13 in his residence. He was the husband of Helen M. (Sfingas) Moser. In addition to his wife, Albert is survived by children: Jeffrey D. Moser, husband of Ann of N. Augusta, SC; David S. Moser of San Diego, CA; Alison T., wife of Michael J. Wolf of Oley; and Allen C. Moser, husband of Sandra J. of Gilbertsville; grandchildren: Justin, Carly, Lauren, Morgan, Sam, Zach and Gabe; and sister, Ada Harris of Reading.

Salvatore R. "Sam" Perrotto, 81, of West Reading, passed away October 10 in Manor at Market Square. He was the husband of Josephine (Fonte) Perrotto. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Joseph M. Perrotto, Shoemakersville, and David S. Perrotto, Muhlenberg Township; grandchildren, Jennifer, wife of Joel Wagaman, and Steve, husband of Krysten Perrotto; and great-grandson, Benjamen Wagaman.

John Y. Prinzinger, 96, passed away October 14 in Berkshire Center. He was the widower of Catherine G. Prinzinger. John is survived by daughters: Anna Mae, wife of Kenneth Shelton, Douglassville; Mary Ellen, wife of Fred Hoffert, Douglassville; Barbara, wife of Rob Wade, Boyertown; and Patti, wife of Kenny Erjavec, Douglassville; brother, J. Russell Prinzinger, of North Richland, TX; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Jeanette M. Reedy passed away October 7. She was the wife of the late Norman Reedy. Surviving is daughterSandy Futterknecht (Jim); grandchild ren Haley Grevelding (Craig) and Ashley Mahoney (Scott) and great-grandchildren Ava and Luke Grevelding.

Abimael Ayala Rivera, 28, passed away on October 12 in Reading Hospital. He was the son of Ismael Ayala Perez and Maria E. Parrilla. Also surviving are son, Christian Ayala; daughter, Ah'marie Ayala; and sister, Lizbeth Colon.

Isaac J. Rodriguez, infant boy, of Reading, passed away October 11, in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was the son of Julian Rodriguez and Michelle Quiles. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Jose Rodriguez and Catherine Leon; and maternal grandparents, Juan Quiles and Angelia Ramos.

LeRoy A. Schaffer, 88, of West Lawn, passed away October 11 in his daughter's Robesonia residence. He was the widower of L. Mae (Fenstermaker) Schaffer. LeRoy is survived by his children: Karey L., husband of Marjorie Schaffer, West Lawn; Craig D., husband of Kelley Schaffer, Altoona; and Marlene M., wife of James Price, Robesonia; siblings: Charles W. Jr., husband of Gloria Schaffer, Allentown; Margaret Urland, Emmaus; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Henry B. Schannauer, 74, of Reinholds, passed away on October 10 at Ephrata Community Hospital. He was  the husband of the late Janet F. (Fry) Schannauer. Henry is survived by brothers: LeRoy, husband of Betty Schannauer of Sinking Spring, Donald, husband of Nancy Schannauer of Newport, PA, and Irvin, husband of Margaret Schannauer of Denver; sisters: Ella Shirk of Lancaster, Shirley, wife of John Showalter of Denver, and Anna Adams of Ephrata; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert L. Skipper, 83, Reading, passed away October 11 at St. Joseph's Medical Center. He is survived by longtime companion, Jenette Firek of Reading; his children: Todd F. of Reading; Jon M., husband of Deborah (Mistek) of Lebanon; Rachel A. Skipper of Reading; and Brenda S., wife of Thomas Kurst of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Charles E. Smith, 92, of Spring Twp. passed away October 11 in ManorCare, Sinking Spring. He was predeceased by his wife, June M. (Reed) Smith. Charles is survived by daughter, Judy (Gil), Sinking Spring and his estranged son and family; grandchildren, Jeff (Tori) Gehr and Troy (Lisa) Gehr; and great-grandchildren: Gavin, Mina, Tyler and Alexis.

Michael "Mick" Joseph Smith, 62, of Reading, passed away October 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bitler Smith; son, Matthew Smith and his wife, Ashley of Exeter Township; daughters, Amy Bortz and her husband, Steve of Heidelberg Township; Jillian Lynch and her husband, Adam of Exeter Township; brothers, Timothy Smith, Steve Smith and his wife, Allison of Reading, and Jeffrey Smith and his wife, Michelle of North Carolina; and grandchildren: Capri, Bradley, Benjamin, Addison.

Heber Augustus "Skip" Snyder, Jr., 77, passed away October 12 in his Muhlenberg Township residence. He was the husband of Ann Louise (Dawson) Snyder. Surviving in addition to his wife are children: Heber A. Snyder III of Mohnton; Ann L. Fisher of Shillington; Timothy L. Snyder of Tilden Township; Todd E. Snyder of Hamburg; Stephanie L. Snyder of Reading; Scott A. Snyder of Reading and Christopher M. Snyder of Hamburg; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters and brothers.

Ralph E. Stine, age 82, of Exeter Township, passed away October 10 at his home. In addition to his wife Helen, he is survived by son, Jeffrey L. Showers of Newmanstown; daughters, Sheryl Heidenthal of Union Hall, VA; Misty Werich of Reading; and grandchildren.

Gregory D. Sweetak, 66, husband of Janet R. Sweetak of Douglassville, passed away October 10.

Violet H. (Taylor) Terlitzky, 67, of Reading, passed away in Spruce Manor on October 15. She was the wife of the late Jerome Terlitzky. Violet is survived by a son, Joseph D. Kocher Jr. of Mahanoy; a daughter, Irene L. (Kocher) Davis of Reading; grandsons: Miles G., Isaiah J., Gabriel V. Davis of Reading; brothers: Adam Engle of Reading; Thomas and Mark Engle, both of Bellefonte; and Martin Engle of Florida; sisters: Whanyttna Burkey and Irene L. Krepps, both of Honeybrook, Carol L. Bedeian of Ephrata and Glenna J. Heinzman of Coatesville; and aunt, Ella Pelter of Reading.

Sophie A. Trygar, 98, of Reading, passed away October 13 in the Mifflin Center. She was the widow of Paul P. Trygar. Sophie is survived by sons, Frank Trygar of Reading and Paul Trygar of Shillington; daughter, Christine Kuzio of Reading; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

June A. Wilson, age 62, years, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away October 13 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading. She was the wife of Charles G. Wilson. Also surviving are daughter, Angela M., wife of Kenneth Sheldon, of York; daughter, Tina M., wife of Frank Salvi, of Reading; daughter, Bobbie Jo Tshudy, of Mt. Joy; sister, Jean wife of Robert Hinkle, of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Mae, wife of Michael Kalbach, of Bernville; sister, Brenda Heckman, of Bernville; and brother, Peter, husband of Debra Hoffman, of Jonestown; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Herbert Russell Yoder, 77, passed away October 11 in his Muhlenberg Township home. He was the husband of Joan Reba (Snyder) Yoder. In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughters, Brenda, wife of Thomas Landis, Oley; and Cindy, wife of Timothy Clauser, Reading; brother, Frank Yoder, Oley; grandchildren, Michael Landis and Amanda Landis; and nieces and nephews.