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Bruce "Bud" C. Bechtel, 79, of Exeter Twp., passed away September 12 at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Bixler) Bechtel. Also surviving are his daughters, Cynthia, wife of Bruce Kreisher, Exeter Twp. and Diane, wife of Arthur Hoshauer, Exeter Twp.; brothers, Ronald Bechtel-Desert, Hot Springs, CA and Gary Bechtel, Fairfield; grandchildren: Jennifer, Lisa, Jill, Kristin and Jamie; great-grandchildren: Marissa, Ilana, Juwan, Samantha and Brian.

Theodore Belluch, 80, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away September 13 in the Topton Lutheran Home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Bolcavage) Belluch. He is also survived by sons, Theodore K. Belluch of Muhlenberg Twp. and Kenneth S., husband of Kimberly Belluch of Shillington; daughter, Kathleen A.B., wife of Michael Kovach of Wyomissing; brother, John Beluch of Spottswood, NJ; sister, Mary Beluch of Frackville; and grandchildren.

Janet L. Berg, 80, of Blandon, passed away September 15 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Twp. Surviving are daughter, Tracy Berg of Blandon; granddaughter, Amanda W. Berg of Shoemakersville; great-grandson, Zion M. Weber; and sister, Roberta Dettling, widow of Conrad of Spring Twp.

Ellen M. Bitting, 67, of Blandon, passed away September 13 in the Reading Hospital. She was the wife of Donald J. Bitting. Ellen is also survived by mother, Emily (Chaulk) Cormier Grant of Oakville, Canada; children: Leann S. Curtis, Harrisburg; Jill M. Curtis, Mt. Penn and Jared P. Bitting, husband of Rebecca L. Bitting of Macungie; grandchildren: Zachary Martin, Nathan Wolfskill, Martin Wolfskill, Emily Wolfskill, Toby Curtis, Kenneth Reinstein Jr., Ashley Reinstein and Logan Bitting; and great-granddaughter, Bailey Martin.

Betty M. Bloom, 84, formerly of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away September 14 in Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. Betty is survived by daughters, Joan B., wife of David Webb, Catasauqua; and Jill A., wife of Howard Trout, Wyomissing;  brothers, David Taylor, Wilmington, DE; and Rev. Daniel Taylor, Laurel, DE; her sisters: Shirley Bortner, York,; Esther Ebersole, Inverness, FL; Eunice Wooten, Union Bridge, MD; Miriam Schmidt, Oxford; and Dorcas Folmer, Stockton, CA; grandchildren: Sherry, Edward, Starr, Allison, and Ashley; great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by her former husband, Paul Bloom.

John C. Bradley, 66, of Birdsboro, passed away September 17 in his residence. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Anstadt) Bradley. He is also survived by children, J. Ryan Bradley, husband of Kathleen (Griffin) Bradley, Kansas City, MO and Dr. Sara M. Bradley, wife of Jeffrey Grieb, New York City; sisters, Ann, wife of Chris Dutton, Shelburne, VT, Margaret, wife of Duane Erwin, Asheville, NC, and Virginia Bradley, wife of Chris Malcomson, Philadelphia; and grandchildren, Kate Bradley, Jack Bradley and Max Grieb.

Linda G. Brightbill, 64, of Alsace Twp., passed away September 9 at her residence. She was the widow of Curtis A. Brightbill and is survived by aunts, numerous cousins and friends.

Debra "Debbie" Ann Buono, 55, of Reading, passed away September 14. She is survived by her mother, Miriam (Speck) Buono; brother, Joseph Buono and his wife, Kristina of Fleetwood; half-brother, Michael Roland of Shillington; nieces, Breanna and Micheala Roland; aunt, Bessie Schell and uncle, Joseph Buono.

Carmelo "Charlie" Cambria, 95, of Reading, passed away at his residence on September 15. Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Jennie (Boncoddo) Cambria. He is survived by children: Carmen M. Cambria, widower of Kathleen of Dayton, OH; Michael J. Cambria, husband of Linda of Cumru Twp.; Frank Cambria of Reading; Rocco Cambria, husband of Janet of New Cumberland; Joseph C. Cambria, husband of Veronica of Mohnton; James T. Cambria, husband of Dawn of Alsace Twp.; and Sandra Korejwo, wife of Stephen of Reading; grandchildren; great-grandchildren.

Ralph R. Chapin III, of Birdsboro, passed away September 14 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia (Ziegler) Chapin. Ralph is also survived by siblings, Carol Chapin Antedomenico, Danbury, CT and William S. Chapin, Somerset, NJ; nieces, Grace Antedomenico and Elizabeth Antedomenico; and nephews, Justin Chapin and Kevin Chapin.

Albert L. Chisholm, Sr., 85, of Reading, passed away September 13 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center. He was the husband of Roumal S. (Vanlandingham) Chisholm, of Reading. Albert is survived by son, Albert L. Allison, of Reading; daughter, Lealer C. Jenkins, companion of Stephen K. Hill, of Reading and step-son, Juan, husband of Patricia Vandlandingham, of Reading; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Virginia Lee Covach-Bruno, 45, passed away September 14 at her residence in Reading. She was the wife of Stephen S. Bruno. "Lee" is also survived by her father, William S. Covach Sr.; brothers, William S. Covach Jr. and wife, Brenda (Saint Clair); Paul H. Covach and wife, Nancy (Shillington), and sisters: Karen M. Brinser and husband, Roger (Lindenhurst, IL); Ashley M. Gipprich and husband, Richard (Wyomissing); and Cathy L. Covach-Hale (Schuylkill Haven); nieces and nephews.

Charles R. Creed, 88, of the Villa at St. Elizabeth, passed away September 10. He is survived by sons: Scott D. Creed, Dale J. Creed, Douglas C. Creed, and his daughter, Sandy J. Creed.

Ray A. DeLong, 50, of Birdsboro passed away September 11 in Golden Living Center. He is survived by sisters, Linda A. Strain and Rosanna A. Marguard.

Ruth H. (Ohlinger) Deppen, 87, formerly of Wernersville, passed away September 13 at Mifflin Care Center, Shillington. She was the wife of the late Lloyd E. Deppen Sr.  She is survived by daughter, Bonita R., wife of Kenneth Reiner, Williamstown; son, Ronald M. Deppen, husband of Janice, Schuylkill County; grandchildren, Jenny and Gayle; and great-grandchildren.

Basilio Michael Diaz-Cruz Jr., 57, of Reading, passed away September 11 in his residence. He is survived by daughters, sons, and stepchildren: Octavia, wife of William Ward Jr. of Georgia, B. Michael Diaz-Cruz III of Reading; Glenn Kingree-Key of Reading; Jeremy Key of Reading; Alicia, wife of Mark Blessing of Reading; Tremayne Diaz-Cruz of Reading; and Elijah Diaz-Cruz of Reading; brothers and sisters: Antonio Diaz-Cruz, Allentown; Pablo Diaz-Cruz, Philadelphia; Luciano Diaz-Cruz, Reading; Jon Diaz-Cruz, husband of Tanya, Mohrsville; Myron Diaz-Cruz, Reading; Dorian Diaz-Cruz, husband of Bonnita, Reading; Ramona Diaz-Cruz, Reading; Kristan Diaz-Cruz, Reading; Jerome Diaz-Cruz, Reading; Jon-Ann, wife of Wayne Duncan, Reading; and Trinidad Diaz-Cruz, Reading.

Peter Dolinsky, Sr., 91, of Reading, passed away September 9 in Reading Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria M. (Dastra) Dolinsky. He is survived by sons, Michael P. Sr., husband of Paulette Dolinsky of Reading and Peter Dolinsky Jr. of Reading; sisters, Rose Reider of Allentown and Ann Tacyn of Reading; grandchildren, Michael P. Dolinsky Jr. and Matthew M., husband of Annamaria Dolinsky; and great-grandchildren.

Jean Marie (Bube) Eberly, 80, of Wernersville, passed away September 12 at home. She is survived by husband Ivan L. Eberly, Wernersville; sons: Allan L., husband of Theresa (Spitler) Eberly of Sinking Spring, Scott L. Eberly, Wernersville, Lynn S., husband of Jodi (Reber) Eberly, of Robesonia; daughters: Cindy J. (Eberly) Boyer of Reading, Karen M. (Eberly), wife of Bryan Simon, Reading, Audrey A. (Eberly), wife of Dean Bashore, Robesonia, Janet L. (Eberly) Tittle, wife of John Tittle, Johnstown,. grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Grace (Bube) Eberly; brothers, Fred, Frank Bube.

Mildred Elizabeth Fehr, 99, of Sinking Spring passed away September 8 in Mifflin Center. She was the wife of the late Carl M. Fehr.

Demetrious McNeal Gaines, 33, of Reading, passed away September 2. He is survived by father, Charles Gaines, mother, Tonia McNeal and brother, Jamil Gaines; grandparents, Alvandor and Cora McNeal, uncles, aunts, cousins and niece.

Angeline (Halkias) Graham, 88, formerly of Reading, passed away September 15. She was predeceased by her husband, Evangello N. Graham. Angeline is survived by children: Anastasia N. Kazarian of East Falmouth, MA; Nicholas Graham of Reading; Peter T. Graham of New Haven, CT; Kallie Kauffman of Newville; James M. Graham of Reading; and Jo-Anne Shellhamer of East Petersburg; sister, Georgia Lallas of Eugene, OR; grandchildren: George H. Kazarian Jr; Christopher M. Kazarian; Barry Graham; Matthew Snyder; Stephanie Snyder; Nicholas Graham; Angela Griffith; Stephen Shellhamer; Angela Shellhamer; great-grandchildren: Evan, Alex, Kylie, Anastasia, Madeline, and Henry; nieces and nephews.

Wilda Alice (Strong) Gratz, 86, of Sinking Spring, passed away September 9. She was the widow of Jack Gratz. Wilda is survived by children: Bruce Gratz and his wife, Anne of Massachusetts, Wayne Gratz and his wife, Kyra of Florida, and Kevin Gratz of Douglasville; grandson, Sabin Gratz and his wife, Melissa of Vermont; sister, Barbara Field, nephew, John Field and niece, Janice Field, and sister-in-law, Donna Shulke, all of Florida.

Margaret Claire Guistwite, 83, of Womelsdorf, passed away September 10. She was the wife of the late Arthur K. Guistwite, Sr. Surviving are sons: David, husband of Elizabeth Guistwite, Reading; Arthur K., Jr., husband of Michelle Guistwite, Newmanstown; daughter, Eileen M. Tobias, Shillington; sister, Dorothy Reed, Greenfields; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carole Harner, 72, of Temple, passed away September 17 at her residence. She was the wife of Raymond Harner of Temple. She is also survived by her brothers, Larry E., husband of Judith Readinger, of Douglassville and Terry L., husband of Gloria Readinger, of Bernville; grandson, Dennis W., husband of Taylor Lutz, of Bethlehem; nieces and nephews.

Marilyn J. Hartline, 83, of Boyertown, passed away September 13. She is survived by her husband, Jacob W. Hartline; 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.

Francis J. "Frank" Henrich, 75, passed away September 13 in Chestnut Knoll, Boyertown. He was the husband of Karen L. (Weinman) Henrich, Exeter Twp. Frank is also survived by son, Edward, husband of Natalie Henrich, Oakland, CA; daughter, Patricia Henrich, Philadelphia; step-children: David, husband of Colleen Moyer, Spring Twp.; Kristie, wife of Matthew Douglas, Austin, TX; and Jamie Moyer, Norristown; siblings, Harry Henrich; and Barbara, wife of Gerald Voelker; grandchildren: Emily, Cole, and Lucy Henrich; and step-grandchildren: Danielle and David Moyer.

Gloria L. Hetrich, 84, of Spring Twp., passed away September 14 in her home. She was the wife of the late Harold A. Hetrich. Gloria is survived by sons, James P. Hetrich, husband of Diane M. Hetrich of Leesport; William A. Hetrich, husband of Jeannie Ann Hetrich of West Lawn; daughter, Kathleen H. Galbraith, wife of Michael J. Galbraith of Mechanicsburg; grandchildren: Jami, Jessica, Daniel, Zachary, Jacob, Connor and Johanna; great-grandchildren: Samantha, Harlee, Ashlee and Cameron; brother, William W. Long of Middletown and sister, Virginia L. Hamilton of Hershey.

Helen A. Hill, 82, of Cumru Twp., passed away September 14 at Mifflin Center. She is survived by husband, Robert L. Hill; son, Robert D. Hill; and several cousins.

Jack W. Hill, 61, of West Lawn, passed away September 15 at the Reading Hospital. He is survived by mother, Margaret E. (Mohn) Hill of West Lawn; son, Nuku V. Hill of West Lawn; brothers, Gregory M., husband of Lisa Jon Hill of Laureldale; and Douglas J. Hill; survived by uncles: William Mohn of Brecknock Twp., Solomon Mohn of Spring Twp., and Larry Mohn of New Hampshire.

Gayle Hirneisen, 49, of Reading, passed away September 13 in her residence. She was the wife of Kenneth Hirneisen. She is survived by sons, Mark Schmidtendorff and Christopher McLaughlin; daughter, Amanda Heckman; sisters, Anna Dalton, Nikki Lantz; brother, Russell Schmidtendorff.

William M. Hohl, 63, of Birdsboro, passed away September 13 at home. Surviving family members, in addition to his wife, Mona, are sons, William M., husband of Teresa Hohl Jr.; Adam F. and his companion, Amber Thompson; Donald H Hohl; brothers, John, husband of Sue Hohl; David, husband of Nancy Hohl; Samuel and his fiancee, Deanna; sister, Linda, wife of Ken Christman; and grandchildren.

Donald J. Hoppman, 82, of Spring Twp., passed away September 15 at Manor Care in Sinking Spring. He is survived by his wife, Marlene S. (Sapna) Hoppman. He is also survived by daughter, Celeste J. Hudock, Missouri; grandson, Nathan Hudock, Orlando, FL; brothers, Daniel L. Hoppman Jr., South Heidelberg Twp.; and Jon R. Hoppman, Heidelberg Twp.; sisters, Geraldine Gerhart, Kenhorst; and Ruth Ann Moyer, Robesonia.

Marion "Mick" Karwoski, 90, of Reading, passed away September 10 in Reading Hospital. His wife, Elizabeth M. (Mazurkiewicz) Karwoski, preceded him in death. He is survived by daughter, Patricia K. Cinfici of Reading; sister, Stella Blatt of Bern Twp.; granddaughter, Francesca A. Cinfici; nephew, Frank, husband of Faye Blatt; grandniece and great-grandnieces.

Joseph M. Lapczenski, 74, passed away on September 14 in St. Joseph Medical Center. Survivors include: daughter, Ann Marie Brown of Corvallis, Montana; son, Joseph Lapczenski of Rotterdam, New York; and close friends, Jolene Dunn and Chad D. Evans, both of Reading.

Carl D. Mengel, 95, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away September 13 in Berks Heim. He was the husband of Helen M. (Hollenbach) Mengel. Also surviving are sons, Jay A. Mengel, husband of Lois DeMarco, Russell, PA; Kenneth R. Mengel, husband of Kathleen Mengel, Linglestown; grandchildren: William J. Mengel, Jayme A. Creamer, Brooke K. Mengel, Erin C. Mengel and great-grandchildren.

Josephine L. Miller, 92, formerly of Wernersville, passed away September 1. She was the wife of Richard C. Miller. Josephine is survived by son, Brock Adams; daughter, Shawn Krum; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Cruz Morales, 98, of Reading, passed away September 14 in Reading Hospital. She is survived by sons, Miguel and Eliseo Navedo; daughters: Luz Gonzalez, Ramona Vega, Tina Morales, Luz Maldonado, Aida Navedo, and Mariluz Navedo; brothers, Pedro and Fernando Morales, and sister, Carmen Morales.

James E. "Jim" Oberlin, 79, formerly of Reading, passed away August 14. He is survived by wife, Geri, nee Ansbach; twin sister, Janet Mohn; nephew, Ronald Mohn of Shillington; niece, Suzanne Mohn of Nevada; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Seward of Reading; brother-in-law, Robert Ansbach and his wife, Helen, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; other nieces and nephews.

Paula A. Patton, 73, of Exeter Twp. passed away September 15 in Reading Hospital. She was the wife of Richard R. Patton. Survivors also include son, Derek M. Patton, husband of Mary M. Matetich-Patton of Exeter; daughter, Robin L. Patton of Nashville, TN; grandchildren: Joel Matetich, Nathan Patton and Karleigh Patton; great-grandchild, Sawyer Matetich; brother, Joseph Spadafora, husband of Barbara; and sister, Rose Marie Homan, both of California.

Ruth N. Reichart, 85, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away September 13 in her residence. She was the widow of Kenneth R. Reichart. She is survived by daughter, Karen Alston; brothers, Charles F. Ely and Joseph P. Ely Jr.; sister, Gertrude E. Spyker; grandchildren: Jolene, Letty and Bobby; and great-grandchildren, Cody and Wesley.

Edward H. Reilly, 80, formerly of Reading, passed away September 13. He was the husband of Dorothy Mae (Doresky) Reilly. Ed is also survived by son, Joe; daughter, Kay and her husband, Robert Prussman, all of Reading; brother, John Reilly and sister, Patricia Fry, all of Danville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Steven P. Rightmyer, 45, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away September 16 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He was the husband of Virginia P. "Ginny" (Pochuski) Rightmyer. He is also survived by parents, Carolyn A. Miles, Muhlenberg Twp.; and Rodney E. Rightmyer, husband of Jan Hahn-Rightmyer, Muhlenberg Twp.; son, Cory Steven Rightmyer, at home; and brother, Mark E. Rightmyer, Reading.

Kenneth H. "Buster" Schmale, 70, of Reading, passed away September 13 at his residence. He is survived by wife, Carolyn A. (Jackowski) Schmale; son, Robert, husband of Jill Schmale of Exeter Twp.; sisters, Linda (Schmale), husband of Kenneth Eyrich of Muhlenberg Twp. and Louise (Schmale), widow of Richard Dease of Mohnton; nieces and nephew.

Martin T. Schneider, 93, of Reading, passed away September 11 in Elmcroft Senior Living. He is survived by his companion, Frantiska Tomko. His wife, Dorothy L. Schneider preceded him in death. Martin is also survived by daughter, Karen B. Valentine and her husband, Randy Traini of Exeter Twp.; brother, Herbert Schneider of Hampden Heights, and grandson, Aaron Valentine.

Melvin R. Schurr, 91, of Douglassville, Union Twp., passed away September 16. He was the husband of Hilda (Bower) Schurr. Also surviving are son, David A., husband of Karen Schurr of Green Hills; and a daughter, Lisa C. Gresh of Exeter Twp.; sisters, Jeanne Rohrbach of Douglassville, and Alma Millard of Topton; grandson, Robert A. Schurr.

Dorothy J. Seifarth, 72, passed away September 13 in ManorCare Sinking Spring. Her husband, Wayne A. Seifarth, preceded her in death. Dorothy is survived by children, Amy D. Seifarth, wife of Aaron J. Smee, Ephrata; and Timothy A., husband of Katrina K. Seifarth, Ephrata; siblings, Edward, husband of Jane Arndt, Macungie; and Marie, wife of Donald Rothenberger, Reading; and grandsons: Milo, Cypress, and Ezra.

Donald L. Shade, 81, of Reading, passed away September 13 in St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the widower of Dorothy L. (Faust) Shade. He is survived by daughter, Kathy A., wife of Daniel Lorah of Stony Creek Mills; grandchildren, William Frymoyer and Jennifer Thomas-DeBooth and great-grandchildren; brother, Milton Shade of Leesport and sister, Shirley Kauffman of State College.

Dorothy L. Shirk, 85, of Cumru Twp., passed away September 16 in Golden Living Center, Exeter Twp. Her husband, Donald E. Shirk, preceded her in death. She is survived by sons, Michael J. and wife, Barbara Shirk of Sinking Spring, and David W. and wife, Tina of Mohnton; sisters, Joan P. Yarnall and Susan M. King, both of Ephrata and brother, Wynn S. Herbine of Womelsdorf.

Eleanor Frances Shirk, 90, of Kenhorst, passed away September 11 in her residence. She was the wife of the late Charles Edward Shirk Jr. Eleanor is survived by sister, Loretta J. Coldren, Kenhorst; nephews: Edward A. Coldren, Mt. Joy, Dennis E. Coldren, Shillington, Randall E. Schultz, Pottstown; nieces: Frances C. Schultz, Maryland, Patricia S. Lehr, Sinking Spring, Kathy J. Fick, Boyertown and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Charles Teague, 86, passed away September 9 in his Reading residence. His wife, Nora (Shally) Teague, preceded him in death. Charles is survived by sons, Michael P. Teague and Charles J. Teague, both of Lancaster; siblings, James T., husband of Bridgette Teague, Rockland County, NY; and Lizzie, wife of Gusty Donnelly, Dungannon, Ireland.

Alexis Nogueras Torres, 44, passed away September 8. He is survived by child, Alexandra Nogueras; parents, Conrado Nongueras and Iris Torres Nogueras; sister; brothers.

Fern L. (Hartman) Weller, 86, of Montrose Manor, passed away September, 9 at the Reading Hospital. She was the widow of Richard F. Weller. Surviving are children: Barbara A. Morris of West Lawn, widow of William D. Morris; Karen L. Weller of Kenhorst; Cheryl L., wife of Anthony J. DeFazio of Sinking Spring; Gayle M., wife of Bruce L. Skipper of Mohnton; and Brian R. Weller of Shillington; grandchildren: Nicole and Alyssa DeFazio; Justin Skipper; Christopher, Zachary, and Michelle Weller; great-grandchildren; and brother, Carl, husband of Betty Hartman of Andrews, N.C.

Thomas E. Wilhelm, 80, of Exeter Twp., passed away September 16 at Golden Living Center, Exeter Twp. He was married to Gloria (Miller) Wilhelm. He is survived by daughter, Diane L., wife of Robert Hoffman, of Morgantown; daughter, Dorene R., wife of Brian Dragan, of Fleetwood; daughter, Denise L., wife of John Patton, of Greer, SC; sister, Mary Sheets, of Swansea, IL; grandchildren: Ryan Hoffman; Devon, wife of Brandon Roland; Nathan and Jenna Hurchalla; Shelby Dragan; and Morgan, Isabel and Olivia Patton; great-granddaughters; nieces and nephew.

Harold Ray Yerger, 82 of Wernersville, passed away September 16 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Jean R. (Moll) Yerger. Harold is also survived by children: Susan R., widow of David F. Weisser; Allen S., husband of Lori A. Yerger; and Douglas K. Yerger.

Anna R. (Mayer) Yoder, 86, of Ontelaunee Twp., passed away September 16 at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center. She was the widow of Raymond M. Yoder. Surviving are children: Karen A., widow of Charles T. Seyler, of Muhlenberg Twp.; and Lisa J., wife of J. Jeffrey Klansek, of Lititz; grandchildren: Jared and Jessica Seyler, and Aaron, Hannah, and Danielle Klansek; and brother, William D. Mayer, husband of Jane (Geesey), of Molltown.