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Obituaries

Deborah K. Alford-Arnao, 59, passed away in her Temple residence May 15. She was the widow of Gene J. Arnao.

Grace J. (Schutter) Bachman, 95, of Mohnton, passed away July 7 at the Reading Hospital. She was the widow of Elwood Bachman. Grace is survived by son-in-law, Raymond C. Quinter, of Portland, OR; brother, John Schutter, of Adamstown; sister, Loretta Sterling, of Shillington; nieces and nephews.

Richard “Sweet” D. Bainbridge, 52, passed away July 5. He was the husband of Erika S. (Berringer) Bainbridge, and a son of Leroy Frye and Wanda Bainbridge. Sweet is also survived by brothers: Leonard L. (Betty Ann) Bainbridge, Kareem D. Bainbridge, Tracey McCleary, and Eric (Tressa) Jefferson, all of Reading; sisters, Kimberly L. Bainbridge and Schaleen T. Bainbridge, both of Reading; half-brother, Neely Frye, of Hershey; half-sisters, Gina Frye of Elkton, MD, Scotta Frye of Monmouth, NJ, and Ashley Frye of Harrisburg; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Berringer, of Reading; brothers-in-law, Steven Peterdi and Larry (Carla) Berringer, both of Reading; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Trice, of Reading, and Eva (Irvin) Williams, of North Carolina; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Joan L. Bonner, 85, of Reading, passed away July 11 in ManorCare Laureldale. She was predeceased by her husband, Elom J. Bonner. Joan is survived by sons, Jon E (Rachelle) Bonner, Hometown, PA; James J. (Judith) Bonner, Leesport; siblings: J. Ronald (Mary) Drosdak, Allentown, Robert (Carol) Drosdak, Nesquehoning, PA; and Romaine (Sylvester)Karnish, Lansford, PA; grandchildren, Jaime Teaff, Texa, Lindsey Bonner, Chicago; and great-grandchildren.

Joseph “Joe” T. Brady, Sr., 84, of Bern Twp., passed away July 9. He was the wife of Lucille (Yonchuk) Brady. Joe is also survived by son, Joseph (Lucyann) Brady, Jr.; daughters: Jane Brady, Maryann Brady-Marks and Linda Korpi, all of Reading; granddaughters; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Charles Cole “Charlie Cool” Branch, 57, of Reading, formerly of Tulsa, OK, passed away July 5. He was a son of Patricia (Martin) Branch and the late Robert “Bob” C. Branch. Also surviving are brother, Earnest “Ernie” E. Branch, of Reading; sisters: Kathy J. Davis, of Shawnee, OK, Cindy A. Branch, of Reading, Anita Branch, of Boynton Beach, FL, and Joan’a (Christopher) Loeb, of Reading; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Virginia Mae Bushyager, 85, passed away July 5 in Broad Mountain Nursing Home. She is survived by daughter, Amy (Kenny) McIlvee, of Boyertown; son, Sam (Diane) Bushyager, of Gilbertsville; son, Ross Bushyager, of Reading; daughter, Catherine (Darren) Robinson, of Texas; daughter, Barbara (James) Faith, of Ashland; son-in-law, Dean Christos, of Florida; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Concetta M. Canfora, 67, of Reading, passed away June 18 in Aruba. She was the wife of Joseph Elia DiNino, and the daughter of Abigail M. Canfora and the late Joseph Canfora. Concetta is also survived by brother, Joseph A. (Donna) Canfora, of Reading.

Florin Carjan, 66, of Robesonia, passed away July 12 at his home. He was the son of Maria (Radasanu) Carjan, Robesonia, and the late Mircea Carjan. Also surviving are his wife, Rodica (Mesinschi) Carjan; children: Amalia C. Kline, Robesonia; Maria M. Carjan, West Lawn; and Victor A. Carjan, Robesonia; and grandchildren: Amber N. Kline, Aiden J. Dojan and Isis M. Dojan.

Joan L. Darcourt, 82, of Shillington, passed away July 12 at Manor Care Sinking Spring. She is survived by her husband, Ernest L. Darcourt; daughters, Michele E. (Jan) Gauby, of Leesport, and Phyllis D. (Edward) Smith, of Sinking Spring; grandchildren: Danielle A. (Kyle S.) Moyer, of West Lawn; Bryan E. Smith, of Sinking Spring; Jessica L. Frank, of Muhlenberg Twp.; and Jeffery L. Gauby, of West Lawn; and great-grandchildren.

Stanley P. Deeds, 70, of Maidencreek Twp., passed away July 6 at the Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Karen A. (Yoder) Deeds. Also surviving are sons, Gary L. Deeds (Denise DeVries), of Huntington Beach, CA; and Michael L. (Lora) Deeds, of Topton; sisters: June Huey, Shirley Keller, Susan Deeds, Brenda Schroll and Sandy Traini; brothers, Donald Deeds and Daniel Deeds; and grandchildren: Shelly, Christopher, Madison and Mason.

Myrtle V. Dutt, 88, formerly of Reading and Whitehall, passed away July 6 in Mifflin Center, Shillington. She was the widow of Darvin L. Dutt. Myrtle is survived by sons, David A. (Cynthia) Dutt, of Irwin, PA; Jeffrey L. (Nancy) Dutt, of Whitehall, PA; granddaughters, Cassandra Dutt of Baltimore, MD, and Katherine Dutt, of State College, PA; and niece and nephew, Jeffrey and Michele Klinger, of Reading.

Marian J. Evans, 84, of Spring Twp., passed away July 9 in her residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Evans. Marian is survived by sons, Anthony and Gary Melerski of Spring Twp.; daughter, Victoria (Joe) Dantas, of Reading; grandchildren: Gina, Joey, Jordan, Justin and Jenna; sister, Joanne (Ronald) Miller, of Brecknock Twp.; niece, Rachel; and nephew, Joel.

Stasa Theresa “Tessie” (Zana) Fecera, 94, of Hearthstone at Amity, formerly of Birdsboro, passed away July 9 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center in West Reading. She was the wife of the late Herbert Fecera. Surviving are daughters: Carol A. (James A.) McGrath, of Birdsboro, Jean M. (Theodore) Salaneck, of Douglassville, and Deborah T. (Kevin M.)Murphy, of Birdsboro; brother, Theodore Zana of Reading; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ethel V. Freymoyer, 89, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away July 11 in her residence. She was the widow of Gerald P. Freymoyer Sr. Survivors include children: Gerald P. (Marianne) Freymoyer Jr., Ohio; Linda E. (Philip) Harris, Reading; Richard S. Freymoyer, Reading; Debra L. (Raymond) Ernst, Laureldale; Kimberly D. (odney) Ernst, Wyomissing Hills; Pamela D. Vogt, Reading; Timothy J. (Kimberly) Freymoyer, Bernville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Georgianna M. Goebel, 82, passed away July 11 in her Flying Hills residence. She was the wife of Charles V. Goebel. Georgianna is also survived by children, Anne (Harold M.) Bain, Palo Alto, CA, and Charles C. (Tracy) Goebel, Telford, A; daughter-in-law, Christina Goebel, Tiburon, CA; grandchildren: Augustine Beatrice Goebel, Olivia Goebel and Karla Goebel; and step-grandchildren, Jody and Brady Kaiser.

Betty E. Gontkovsky, 87, formerly of Laureldale, passed away July 7 in The Lutheran Home At Topton. She was the widow of Edward R. Gontkovsky. Survivors include children, Thomas E. (Kelly) Gontkovsky of Batesville, IN, and Elaine M. (Robert) Adams  of Fleetwood; grandchildren: Robert and Bret Adams, Bryan Gontkovsky and Andrea (Sam) Dobrozsi; great-grandchildren, Chase and Wesley Adams; and brother, Ray (Alma) Madenford, of Ontelaunee Twp.

Connie K. Hardman, 70, of Exeter Twp. and formerly of Sylvania, OH, passed away July 6 at the Berkshire Center in Reading. She is survived by daughters, Jennifer Rizzoli (Stephen Booth) of Middletown, DE, and Michelle (Michael) Bradley of Douglassville; sisters: Linda (Charles) Boothe, Kristine (Craig) VanVolkinburg, and Susan (Mike) Botticher, all of Michigan; and grandchildren, Sara Rizzoli and Olivia Booth.

Thomas Bradley Heckler, 64, passed away July 11 at Mifflin Center in Shillington. He is survived by his parents, Ammon and Elizabeth Heckler; brothers: Gerald, Richard and David Heckler; sister, Linda Calderon; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Donald F. Hetrich, 87, formerly of Wyomissing, passed away June 26 in Columbia Cottage. He was the husband of Doris M. (McDonald) Hetrich, a guest at Country Meadows. Survivors include sister, JoAnne S. Kozlowski, of Reading, and nephews.

Earl R. Hoffman, 91, of Exeter Twp., passed away July 7 in his residence. He was the husband of Mae (Wegman) Hoffman. Earl is also survived by brothers: Wilson, Roy and Charles, all of Barto, nieces and nephews.

JoAnne M. Hunsberger, 84, of Blandon, passed away July 5 at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Twp. She was the wife of the late James N. Hunsberger. Surviving are daughters, Wendy M. Wentzel, Exeter Twp.; Carol (Titus) Wentzel, Exeter Twp; grandson; and great-grandchildren.

Robert Owen Jepsen, 85, passed away June 24 Chestnut Knoll Assisted Living Center of Boyertown. He was the husband of Janet R. Jepsen. Robert is survived by children: Jesse Jepsen, Wyomissing; Carol (James) Walker, Franconia, NH; Christina (David) Maier, Sandy, OR; Andrew (Julie) Jepsen, Oconomowoc, WI; John (Marcia) Jepsen, Wyomissing; and Joanna Jepsen, Reno, NV; grandchildren: Ashley, Tyler, Peter, Caroline, Hannah, Jessie, Spencer, Auguste, Kaiulani, Lilinoe and Max; and great-grandchildren: Elsie, Ellery, Emery and Koa.

Thomas Michael Kennelley, 51, passed away July 8 in his Muhlenberg Twp. residence. He was the son of Robert M. Jr. and Judith R. Kennelley, of Muhlenberg Twp. Also surviving are sister, Valerie A. Kennelley; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Charles G. Kerper, 90, formerly of Flying Hills, passed away July 9 at The Highlands of Wyomissing. He was the husband of Barbara (Wehr) Kerper. Charlie is also survived by daughters, Holly (Sheldon) Meyer, Reading, and Melissa Kerper, Flying Hills; grandsons, Timothy (Valerie) Meyer, Mt. Rainier, MD, and Andrew (Betty) Meyer, Pittsburgh; great-grandchildren, Sienna and Dean Meyer; nieces and nephews.

Robert C. Kramer, 94, of Reading, passed away July 10 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Carol M (Bauknecht) Kramer. Also surviving are daughter, Karen L. Snyder, of Blandon; daughter-in-law, Gayle E. Kramer, of Douglassville; granddaughters: Elizabeth C., Emily C. and Lauren G. Kramer; and great-grandson, Grant E. Waldron.

Gerald J. Kulp, 81, of Fleetwood, passed away July 9 in his residence. He was the husband of Nancy A. (Hess) Kulp. Also surviving are sons, Terry S. Kulp of Walnuttown, and Rev. Gerald S. (Shirley) Kulp, of Allentown; and grandchildren: Joshua D. Kulp, Benjamin J. Kulp and Bethann Louise Kulp.

Brandon M. Lape, 23, of Denver, PA, and formerly of Sinking Spring, passed away July 12 at the Reading Hospital. He was the son of Michele L. (Gelsinger), wife of W. Thomas Deiterich, and the late Michael R. Lape. Brandon is also survived by  brother, Brent T. (Amber) Deiterich; maternal grandfather, Lester Gelsinger; paternal grandparents, Roy and Martha Lape and Wayne and Ruthann Deiterich.

Florence Mae Lied, 91, passed away July 8 in Wyomissing Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late John N. Lied. Florence is survived by sister, Margie E. Zerr, of Mohnton, and nephew, John (JoAnn) Snyder, of Reading, and other nieces and nephews.

William H. “Bill” MacKay, 77, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy L. (Ostrowski) MacKay. Also surviving are son, William H. MacKay Jr., Eagleville; stepson, John C. (Valerie) Marmo; granddaughters, Vita C. Marmo and Aria E. Marmo, all of Lower Alsace Twp.; brother, George D. (Patty A.) MacKay, Virginia Beach, VA; nephew, Daniel H. MacKay, Richmond, VA; nieces, Melanie M. Clay, Coeburn, VA, and Kelly E. Rogers, Kingsport, TN; and in-laws, Daniel S. (Helen M.) Ostrowski, of Reading.

Patricia A. Marks, 75, of Amity Twp., passed away July 8 in the Reading Hospital. Surviving are daughter, Kim Tessier; son, C. Eugene Marks; stepdaughter, Tonya Moyer; grandchildren; and stepgrandson.

Nancy L. McDermott, 87, of St. Lawrence, passed away July 5 in the Mifflin Center, Shillington. She was the wife of the late John T. McDermott. Nancy is survived by children: Mark McDermott, of Coopersburg; Carol (Grant) Newbury, of Hollywood, MD; Kathie McDermott (Thomas Gerbner), of Havertown; and Claudia McDermott, of Birdsboro; grandchildren: Xavier, Zach, Collin, Jake, Whitnee, Ashton, Dillon, Anthonee; and great-granddaughter, Raina.

Edith J. Mormile, 96, of Cumru Twp., passed away July 8 in Ephrata Community Hospital. She was the wife of the late Stephen V. Mormile. Surviving are daughter, Annette M. (Robert A.) Price, of Cumru Twp.; son, Robert (Linda) Mormile, of Virginia; grandchildren: Alexis, Austin, Aaron, Joselyn and Gabrielle; stepgrandchildren, Stephanie and James; and great-grandchildren.

Kathleen L. Morrow, 82, of Wernersville, passed away July 12 in the Reading Hospital. She is survived by children, Owen W. “Butch” Morrow of Gouglersville; Timothy R. (Nancy) Morrow, of Spring Twp.; and Jeanne A. (William) Hetrich, of West Lawn; brother, George (Pat) Sterner, of Mohnton; grandchildren: Michelle, Kristin, Jeremy, Justin, Brian, Kristine, Jennifer, Jessica, Daniel, Connor, Johanna; and great-grandchildren.

Emily J. Moyer, 94, formerly of Wernersville, passed away July 7 at Columbia Cottage, Wyomissing. Her husband, John Kenneth Moyer, preceded her in death. Emily is survived by great-granddaughters, Stephanie and Ashley Hostetter.

Melissa Kay (Messerknecht) Muth, 50, of Mohnton, passed away July 10 at home. She was the daughter of Linda (Osborne) Himmelberger of North East, MD, and the late Robert G. Himmelberger. Her husband, Shawn R. Muth, preceded her in death. Missy is survived by children, Nicholas C. Muth and Holly Jane Muth, both at home; brother, Bradley R. Himmelberger of Danielsville, PA; sister, Carrie N. (Joshua) Higgins, of North East, MD; her companion, Donald Price of Hamburg; aunt, Leslie J. Borzellino of Mohnton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Linda D. Perrotto, 57, of Reading, passed away July 7 in Penn State Health-St. Joseph Medical Center. She was a daughter of Patricia A. (Schildt) Perrotto of Austin, TX. Linda is also survived by sister, Lisa A. Perrotto-Edelmon, of Austin, TX; uncle, Donald N. Schildt, of Exeter; cousin, Denise Fried, of Bear Creek; and nieces, Sierra and Mariah.

Robert E. Rice, Sr., 72, of Wernersville, passed away July 7 in his residence. He was the husband of the late Sandra L. (Carter) Rice. Robert is survived by sons, Robert E. “Bob” Rice Jr. and Daniel A. Rice; daughter, Bonnie Lou Trego; stepdaughter, Tracey Breidegam; brother, David Rice; and grandchildren.

Erma Louise (Angstadt) Robertson, 92, of Exeter Twp., passed away July 10 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Twp. She was the wife of Charles A. Robertson. Erma is also survived by children: Robin G. Frey of Cumru Twp.; Larry W. (Margaret C.) Frey, of Cook Twp., Westmoreland Co.; and Christine L. (Carl A.) Landis, of Robeson Twp..; grandson, Michael W. Frey; and stepgrandchildren: Lorie A. Gioia, Emory S. Barkley and Matthew J. Barkley.

John J. Robinson, 89, passed away June 26. He was the widower of Florence (Harmon) Robinson. John is survived by brother, Charles A. Robinson, Brigantine, NJ.

Mary Ellen Rush, 84, formerly of Amity Twp., passed away July 13 in Manatawny Manor, Pottstown. She was the widow of Robert D. Rush. Mary is survived by daughters, Donna F. (Jacob C.) Rothermel, and Glenna M. (Donald A.) Albitz, both of Earl Twp.; sisters: Anna Mae Kline, of Kutztown; Doris Bowers, of Oley; and Ruth (Stanley) Marburger, of Oley; granddaughters, Christy Rothermel and Kelly (Bryan) Sullivan; and great-grandsons, Riley J. and Noah R. Sullivan.

Isidora Torres Santiago, 74, passed away July 6 in Penn Medicine Philadelphia. She is survived by daughters, Zoraida Gonzalez and Maria Colon; sons, Heriberto Colon and Edgardo Colon; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister; nieces and nephews.

Irvin Robert Seidel, 86, passed away July 10 in his Muhlenberg Twp. residence. He was the widower of Frances Ann (Lucas) Seidel. Surviving are daughters, Cindy L. Seidel, of Muhlenberg Twp., and Joanne M. (Daniel E. Dr.) Ricker, of Muhlenberg Twp.; and sister, Barbara Mills, of Laureldale.

Viola Mae (Wanshop) Seidel, 90, passed away July 8 in her Mohrsville, residence. Her husband, Robert D. Seidel, preceded her in death. Viola is survived by children: Tina L. Roland, of Shoemakersville; Eric C. (Eloise) Seidel, of Sinking Spring; Karen I. Keller, of Shoemakersville; Tracy R. (Shahram) Nemanim, of Jerusalem, Israel; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-granddaughter.

Michael L. Shadler, 59, of Birdsboro, passed away at home July 5. He was the husband of Buffy Shadler, and the son of Richard and Nancy (Foreman) Shadler, of Birdsboro. Also surviving are sisters, Sandy L. Kandwicz and Marsha Johnson; stepson, Jeffrey Myers; and stepfather, Herbert McMullen.

Mary M. Shermot, 92, passed away July 10 in the Berkshire Center. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Shermot. Mary is survived by son, Harris J. Shermot of Shillington; daughters, Karen Shermot Bickleman of Audubon, PA, and Jean Shermot Kitner of Mechanicsburg; sister, Josie Babsak of Kenhorst; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Jean E. Stodart, 84, of Sinking Spring, passed away July 8 at Reading Hospital. She was the widow of Francis B. Stodart. Jean is survived by children: Diane T. (James) Yarger; Marilyn L. (Donald) Faughner; Kevin F. Stodart; and Hugh C. Stodart, all of Sinking Spring; grandchildren, Courtney N. and Jacob T. Stodart; former daughter-in-law, Teresa Stodart, of Olanta, PA; nieces and nephews.

Damian A. Stump, 43, of Brecknock Twp., passed away July 4 in the Reading Hospital. He was a son of Carol A. (Lienti) Stump, of Brecknock Twp., and Thomas Stump. Damian is also survived by brothers: Christopher S. Stump, of Hamburg, Sheldon M. Stump, of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeffrey T. Stump, of Womelsdorf.

Margaret L. “Peggy” Unger, 67, of Exeter Twp., passed away July 9 in Penn State Health - St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the widow of Bruce F. Unger. Peggy is survived by daughter, Sherry Unger of Exeter; grandchildren, Megan A. and Tim N.; and sisters, Patricia Mantuano of Trenton, NJ, and Susan Kimble of Levittown.

Adamaris Gabriella Marie Velez, infant daughter of Timothy J. Kerns and Keishla M. Velez, passed away July 1 in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Pamela J. (Lutz) Watson, 59, of Maxatawny Twp., passed away July 7 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Brent A. Watson, and a daughter of Jacob A. Lutz, Sr., Harrinman, TN, and the late Shirley J. (Ogden) Lutz. Also surviving are stepfather, Kenneth A. Bleiler, Kutztown; and daughter, Shannon D. Weidner, Savannah, GA.

Gerald Lee Weil, 73, of Douglassville, passed away July 6 in the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He was the husband of Doris A. (Ludy) Weil. Surviving are children, Gerald W. (Donna K.), and Laura A. (Wayne H. Jr.) Sheha, both of Boyertown; brothers, William and David Weil; sisters: Ginny Christ, Mary Augustine, Judy Gambler and Diana Weil; grandchildren: Crystal, Kevin, Lisa; and great-grandchildren.

Lucinda Diane (Schaeffer) Weiler, 67, of Union Twp., Berks Co., passed away July 12 at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center in West Reading. She was the wife of Richard R. Weiler. Also surviving are sons: Christopher Scott Weiler of Furlong, PA; Chad Nathan (Meegan) Weiler, of Columbia, MD; Andrew Stephen (Rachel) Weiler, of Mt. Penn; and grandsons: Nathan F., Jack M. and Gavin N. Weiler.

Arlene M. Wert, 82, of Temple, passed away July 10 at the Keystone Villa at Fleetwood. She was the wife of the late Ralph D. Wert, Jr. Surviving are children: Cynthia A. (Joseph A.) Frymoyer, of Reading; Jeffrey R. (Dorothy G.) Wert, Sr., of Reading; and Michael D. (Robin L.) Wert, of Kutztown; grandchildren: Allison A. Frymoyer of Pittsburgh, Jeffrey R. Wert, Jr. of Reading, and Jaime L. Wert of Kutztown; great-grandson, Jack H. Wert; and brother, Kenneth (Renee) Eckert, of Fleetwood.