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Carl A. Barnes, 77, passed away August 11. He is survived by sisters: Sara E. Barnes of Detroit, MI, and Anna Barnes Rice of Hartford, CT; brothers: Allen R. Barnes and Colin Kelly Barnes of Atlanta, GA.; Curtis E. Barnes of Houston, TX; Malcolm L. Barnes of Washington, DC; and neices and nephews.

Eddie R. Berger, 70, Wernersville and Dagsboro, DE passed away August 8 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Vought) Berger; a daughter, Tammy Berger Yacobowsky; and her husband, Paul of Sinking Spring; a son, Heath Berger and his wife, Crystal (Keith) Berger of Robesonia; granddaughters: Grace and Hope Yacobowsky and Payton Berger.

Daniel M. Bower, 89, of Muhlenberg Township, passed away August 9 in his home. He was the husband of Betty Jane (Hartman) Bower. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Diane I. Greenawalt, wife of the late James L. Greenawalt of Naperville, Illinois; and Beverly A. Heath of Oley Township; grandchildren: Megan M. Heath, companion of Victor Colon-Soto; Heather A. Heath; Amy S. Greenawalt and Andrew T. Greenawalt, great-grandchildren, Victor M. Colon and Xander F. Colon; sisters, Dorothy Sorg of Boyertown and Mabel Potteiger of Reading.

Todd A. Brown, 51, passed away August 10 in his Wyomissing residence. He is survived by his brother, Timothy, husband of Peggy Brown and his nephew, Frederick Brown.

Julio R. Centeno, 66, of West Reading, passed away August 11 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Julio was the widower of the late Angela A. Rodriguez. Surviving are his wife, Lois J. (Oberholtzer) Moyer and his son, Douglas Centeno; grandchildren: Christian, Daniel and Bella Moyer; sisters: Christina Vega, Isabel Rios, Sonia Rios, Sara Paris and Lucia Paris; brothers: Jesus Rios, Eliezer Rios, Manuel Rios and Juan Ramos Paris; daughters: Rose, Adria, Emma and Misty; grandchildren: Cory, Chris, Steve, Justin and Zachary; great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces.

Ranjit Kumar Chatterjee, 77, passed away on August 9 in Reading Hospital. He was married to Christine F. (Lindinger) Chatterjee of Exeter Twp. Survivors include: a daughter, Anita C., wife of Brian McBride of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Mathew McBride and Sean McBride of Phoenix, Arizona; and brothers and sisters.

Constance Beatrice Ciccone, 90, of Birdsboro, passed away Aug. 6,at the Mifflin Center. She was the wife of the late Anthony Frederick Ciccone. Surviving are sons, Scott W. Ciccone of Birdsboro and Daniel A. Ciccone of Birdsboro; daughter, Cynthia A. Cuccaro of Birdsboro; brothers, Eric Middleton of the UK and Bernard Middleton of the UK; sisters, Brenda Trickof the UK and Thelma Harris of the UK; grandchildren: Andrea Ciccone; Casey, wife of Aalap Sabnis; and Alexandra Cuccaro, and great-grandchild, Daken Sabnis.

Mary L. (Care) Clark, 89, of Birdsboro,  passed away August 7 in her residence. She was married to the late George C. Clark. Surviving are sons: Richard W., husband of Nettie P. Clark of Union Twp., Berks County; and Robert E., husband of Kathleen M. Clark of Birdsboro; sister, Marguerite Westley of Birdsboro; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Robert D. Cooling, 84, passed away August 8 in ManorCare Health Services, Muhlenberg Township. He was the husband of the late Frances E. (Mell) Cooling. Surviving are his son, Ronald D. Cooling, fiancé of Suzanne M. Murphy with whom he last resided and his daughters, Cheryl K. Wagner, wife of Christopher G. Wagner of Exeter Township and Bonnie L. Alberts, wife of Joel R. Alberts of Ruscombmanor Township; grandchildren: Lindsey, Jesse and Lauren and his great grandson, Isaiah.

Richard E. Cratil, 83, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away August 11 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Mr. Cratil predeceased by his wife Joan (McDevitt) Cratil. Surviving are children, Richelle A. (Cratil), wife of Jeffrey W. Jones of Lewisburg; and John R., husband of Cathy Cratil of Oley Twp.; grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Ralph D. "Donnie" DeLong, 90, of Kenhorst, passed away August 7 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Shirley M. (Davis) DeLong. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his niece, Jennifer DeLong Smith, wife of D. Glen Smith, Dagsboro, DE; and goddaughter, Sandra (Hill) Tradewell, wife of William Tradewell, Powder Spring, GA.

Francis J. Drobnick, 90, passed away August 9 in Kutztown Manor. Francis was predceased by his wife, Doris A. (Mitchell) Drobnick. He is survived by his children: Norma K. and her husband, Thomas Mosley, of Hamburg; Francis, husband of Maureen Drobnick, and Paul, husband of Dorothy Drobnick, all of Australia; and Thelma A., wife of Gary Archer. His sister, Laura Paff, a resident of Berks Heim, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Philip L. "Peanuts" Englehart, 83, of Laureldale, passed away Thursday, August 7 in his home. He was the widower of Esther M. (Heimbach) Englehart. Survivors include his children: Nancy L. Walter of Cary, NC; David A. Englehart, husband of Cheryl P. (Worley) of Shillington; and Donald A. Englehart, husband of Janice S. (Hughes) of Elgin, SC; grandchildren: Adam D. Englehart of Philadelphia, and Gregg A. Walter, husband of Maria, of Temple; stepgrandson, Joseph L. Craig; and great-granddaughter, Giselle; longtime friend and caregiver, Gladys.

Gloria Anna English, 85, passed away August 9 in ManorCare Sinking Spring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley James English. Surviving are children, Stanley J. Jr., husband of Lori A. English, Sinking Spring; and Corrine Santoro, Gilbert, AZ; grandchildren: Stanley J. English III; Nicole English; and Doriana Santoro.

Robert D. Evans Sr., 77, of Wernersville, passed away August 9 at the Hershey Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. (Heck) Evans; children: Robert D. Evans Jr., husband of Deby, Reading; Cindy L., wife of Lee Michalowski, Sinking Spring; and Rick D. Evans, husband of Liz, Robesonia;  grandsons, Josh and Shea; a brother, George Evans; and a half sister, Janice Evans.

Paul J. Farrier, 81, of Temple, passed away on August 5 at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Janice.

Mary L. Ferrara, 68, of West Lawn, passed away August 13 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading. Mary was the widow of Stephen Ferrara. Surviving are her daughter, Stephanie M. Ferrara, wife of Luis Delgado, of West Lawn; and son, Todd, husband of Lisa Matz, of Reading; sister, Patti Strunk, Temple; brother, Richard Strunk, Robesonia; grandchildren: Ava Delgado, Troy and Tony Matz, Ashley Corbett and Jennifer Becker.

Judith A. Fischetti, 72, of Wyomissing, passed away August 5 at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was the wife of Anthony P. Fischetti. Surviving are children: Terry A. Fischetti, husband of Cindy of Bernville; Deborah A. Steslow, wife of Michael G. of Bernville; Michael P. Fischetti, husband of Michele of Wyomissing; Andrea T. (Toni) Benninghoff, wife of Richard J., Coatesville; and Joseph A. Fischetti of Wyomissing; grandchildren: Tobias Knechtle, Matthew Steslow, Alex Steslow, Nicholas Fischetti, Natalie Fischetti, Isabelle Benninghoff and Addison Benninghoff; great-grandchildren: Channing Knechtle, Bentley Knechtle and Lance Steslow.

Margaret J. Fiscus, 87, passed away August 10 at the Kutztown Manor. She is survived by a son, Tommy L. Fiscus, husband of Maryann, Wernersville; a daughter, Ruth A., wife of Loren Lindabury, Great Falls, MT; a sister, Mary Yeiser, Myerstown; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Caroline Fleischood, 83, passed away August 9. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Fleischood. Survivors include sons, Kevin Fleischood and wife, Brenda; Scott Fleischood; brothers, Joseph Moyer and John Moyer; sister, Theresa Lash and grandchildren.

Doris M. (Seidel) Focht, 81, passed away on August 7 in Manor Care Nursing Home in Laureldale. She was married to Russel J. Focht of Laureldale. Survivors include: a son, Jeffrey F., husband of Julie Focht of Shillington; grandchildren: Neil, Tracey, Tonya, Amanda, Joe and Jamie; and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy (Medvetz) Gentile, 92, passed away on August 6 at home in Shillington. Survivors include: son, Robert J. Gentile of Shillington; daughters: Jennifer A., wife of Kevin Berger of Mohrsville; Justine, wife of Ron Cummings of Putman Valley, NY; and Cathy Tsavaris of Philadelphia; stepson, Joseph Gentile Jr. of Mohnton; grandchildren: Cassy S. Bruckart of Sinking Spring; Bailey Berger of Mohrsville; Heather and Jonathan Cummings of New York; and Vicky Sollenberger of Mohnton; great-grandchildren, Grant and Chloe Cummings; brothers, James, husband of Helene Medvetz of Shepton, PA; and Paul Medvetz of Ringtown; sisters, Margaret Wilcko of Drums, PA; and Theresa Riccuti of Drums, PA.

Leonard R. Grube, 92, formerly of Reading, passed away August 7 in Berkshire Center. He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Ohnmacht) Grube. Survivors include a daughter, Judith A. (Grube) Baer, wife of Carl L. Baer Sr., Fleetwood; grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and son-in-law, Charles Woolever, West Lawn.

Amy Lynn Haring, 45, of Birdsboro, passed away August 10 in her residence. She was the wife of Thomas L. Haring and a daughter of Peter and Phyllis (Artz) Knerr of Union Township. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children: Thomas L. Haring Jr. of Eugene, Oregon, and Austin M. Haring and Peyton A. Haring, both at home; a brother, Brent M. Knerr of Douglassville.

June E. (Ludwig) Keiser Harker, 99, of Wyomissing, passed away August 8 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the widow of Charles Harker. Surviving are  son, Leroy Keiser of Chicago; daughters, Kay, widow of Edward Haup of Flying Hills, and Ilona Simon of Gilbertsville; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and  great-great-grandchildren; brother, Gary Ludwig of Temple, and sisters, Gloria Renninger of Douglassville and Dorcas Zilles of Wyomissing.

William P. Harris, 64, of Fredericksburg, passed away August 6 at his residence. He was the husband of Loretta (Weaver) Harris. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons: Greg, Nathan, Jeremy, and Matthew Harris; grandchildren; a sister, Kathy Schaeffer; and a brother, John Harris.

Maynard Jay Hartranft, 73, of Newmanstown, passed away August 12  in his home. He was the husband of Doris E. Hernley Hartranft. Surviving in addition to his wife are children: Jerry Lee Hartranft and wife, Carolyn of Newmanstown; Terry Lynn Hartranft and companion, Kelly, of Robesonia; Diane Moyer and husband, Scott, of Robesonia; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde Hartranft of Lebanon; sisters, Nancy Frederick of Schoeneck; Marteen Andrews and husband, Richard, of Myerstown.

Joanne M. (Walters) Herb, 58, passed away August 12 in Kutztown Manor. She was the wife of Ricky L. Herb. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Shane M., husband of Andrea Herb, and Christopher L. Herb, all of Spring Township; siblings: Robert, husband of Cynthia Walters, Spring Township; Bruce Walters, Stouchburg; Barry, husband of Claudia Walters, Spring Township; and Linda, wife of Donald Stehman, Bern Township; grandchildren: Kylie, Madison, Caden, Brady and Chase Herb.

Margaret A. Himmelberger, 84, of Reading passed away July 29 in St. Joseph's Medical Center, Bern Township. Margaret is survived by her sisters, Lydia Himmelberger and Charlotte Dietrich; and brother, George Himmelberger.

Norene M. Hoffman, 89, of Wyomissing, passed away August 5 at Columbia Cottage. She was the widow of Daniel B. Hoffman. Surviving are nieces: Doris Boyer, Vienna, Va.; Jennifer Murray, Centerville, Va.; Katherine Arnold, NYC, NY; cousins, William Fake and Shirley Platt.

Jan L. Houck, 57, of Boyertown passed away in her residence August 3. She was a daughter of Betty M. (Ziegler) Graham of Boyertown and the late Robert L. Graham. Also surviving is her sister, Kay Haas Bechtel.

Marlene Ann (Malady) Hummel, 80, of Exeter Township, passed away August 7 in St. Joseph Hospital. She was the wife of Gordon "Mick" Hummel. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Dale E., husband of Christine Hummel of Sinking Spring; and her daughters: Karen L., wife of Jeffrey Schenck of Temple; Lori J. Hummel of Reading; Cheryl A. Egbert, fiancée of Michael Merriam of Bernville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anthony H. Kehs Jr., 62, of Lower Heidelberg Township, passed away  August 7 at his residence. He was the husband of Catherine A. (nee Douglass) Kehs. In addition to his wife, Catherine, he is survived by a daughter, Erika L., wife of Lance Tarnoski of Muhlenberg Twp.; and a son, Hunter D. Kehs of Lower Heidelberg Twp.; sisters: Pamela J. Cianciosi of Reading; Linda Goss of Temple; Melanie Kehs of Laureldale; Sharon Basch of Boston, MA; a brother, Gary Kehs of Centerport, and grandchildren, Jaxon and Gavin Tarnoski.

James E. Kilduff, 91, of Spring Township, passed away August 9 in his home. He was the husband of Sarah C. (Weaver) Kilduff. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kilduff is survived by his daughter, Christine M. Shuey, wife of Dale N. Shuey of Sinking Spring, and his grandson, Alexander J. Shuey; sisters: Rose Derby of Bel Air, Maryland; Teresa Swift of Baltimore, Maryland; Frances Justice of Columbia, Maryland; brothers, Joseph Kilduff of Edgewood, Maryland, and Thomas Kilduff of Bel Air, Maryland.

Pauline LaRue (Leister) Kline, 91, widow of the late Willard Kline, passed away August 10 in Chestnut Knoll, Boyertown. She is survived by her children: Janice Berky, Pamela Morris, Tyrone Kline, Valerie Malmberg, Perry Kline, and a brother, Donald Leister.

Van E. Kline, 83, Spring Township, passed away Aug. 13 in ManorCare Sinking Spring. Surviving are his wife, Anna (Hafer) Kline; and sisters, Jeanette Speck and Joan Gardner.

Edward J. Loomis, 87, of Claymont, DE, passed away August 12 in Phoebe Berks. He was the husband of Eleanor J. (Wojciechowski) Loomis. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters: Nancy E., wife of Kurt Freiberger, Austin, TX; Barbara J. MacRae, Scranton; and Theresa, wife of Daniel Cafoncelli, Shillington; siblings, Donald C., husband of Patricia Loomis, Mohnton; and Mary E., wife of J. Patrick Prendergast, Whiting, NJ; grandchildren: Laura C. MacRae, David C. MacRae Jr., Stephanie L. Cafoncelli, Douglass J. Cafoncelli and Rebecca E. Freiberger, and great-grandchildren, David C. MacRae III and Brandon S. MacRae.

Carl R. Martin Jr., 65, of Mohnton, passed away August 11. He was the husband of Donna M. (Moore) Martin. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Carl, married to Heather Martin of La Vernia, Texas, and Carla, married to Shawn Spatz of Exeter;  grandchildren: Caitlyn, Logan, Carter, and Abigail; brothers: Larry, Allen, and Jim; and sisters: Patsy, Connie, and Debbie.

Robert "Bob" Barry Newkirk, 78, of Reading, passed away in the Reading Hospital August 8. He was the husband of the late Bernice F. (Mellot) Newkirk. Surviving are sons: Robert "Bobby" B. Donmoyer of Reading, Scott A. Donmoyer of Shillington, and Gary L. Newkirk of Shillington; a daughter, Donna Lynne (Donmoyer) Phillips and her husband, Samuel C. of West Lawn; grandsons, Samuel C. II and Robert J. Phillips at home in West Lawn; a brother, Richard Newkirk and his wife, Linda, of Reading; and a sister, Judith (Newkirk) Miller of Reading.

Dr. Mauro J. Paolini, 84, passed away August 2 at The Highlands of Wyomissing. He is survived by Nelda Ann (Harting) Paolini; children: Michael J. (Rebecca), Sinking Spring; David A., Wyomissing; Matthew J. (LeeAnn), Wyomissing; and Steven M. (Marion), New York, NY; grandchildren: Christopher, Evan, Benjamin, Lucy and Elise; great-grandchildren: Hailey and Lillian; and siblings: Philomena, Robert and Richard.

Stanley F. Pottiger Jr., 79, passed away August 12 in his Reading residence.He was the husband of the late Mary Jane (Lord) Pottiger. He is survived by his children: Donald S., husband of Jennifer Pottiger, Reading; Glenn R. Pottiger Sr., Reading; Ronald A. Pottiger, husband of Stephanie Bromleigh, Boyertown; and Arlene M., wife of Lewis Moyer, Sinking Spring; sister, Joan Yoder, Muhlenberg Township; grandchildren: Ashley, Lindsey, Glenn Jr., Camille, Olivia; and great-grandchildren: Saige, Ezme, and Madelyn.

Patricia Yohe (Broome) Reber, 75, died August 7 in her Laureldale Borough residence. She was the wife of Larry Stephen Reber. Also surviving is her son, John C. Schwambach Jr., husband of Catherine L. Schwambach of Seabrook, TX; and her stepsons, Bryan S. Reber, fiancé of Wanda Kulp of Mohnton and Bradley S. Reber of Shillington; her grandson, Joshua J. Schwambach, and a step-granddaughter, Shalene Reeves, and her sons; nieces, Cathy Jacobs and Sue Broome, and nephews, Mike Broome and David Fischer and his daughter.

Naomi A. Rehr, 98, of Reading, passed away August 12 in St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the widow of the late William C. Rehr. Surviving are daughters: Madeline Kaiser of Birdsboro; Nancy, wife of Edward Levandowski of Pottstown; and Sandy, wife of James Kolson of Bethel; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cassia (Kehl) Renninger, 88, companion of Robert Haring, passed away August 8 in her residence. Surviving is a daughter, Ruth Ann; sons, Walter, Douglas, Gary and Kevin Willman; sister, Dorothy Gieger; and a twin brother, Albert Kehl.

James W. Roberts, 71, passed away August 6 in his home in Birdsboro. James was married to Elizabeth (Palmer) Roberts. Surviving James are his sons, William and Steven Roberts;  daughters, Karen Arter and Kathleen Swavely; brothers, Ronald and Calvin Roberts.

Rose Sarachek, 95, formerly of Reading, passed away August 8 at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. She is survived by her brother, Morris Sarachek; her nieces and nephews: Debra Kornblatt, Judson and Seth Fink, Judy Kargher, Elliot Shear, Lisa Petkun, and Dorian Brown, and decades of children who called her "their favorite teacher."

Jeffrey A. Seidel, 58, of Bern Twp., passed away August 12 in his residence. Jeff is survived by his brother, Scott A. Seidel, and his wife, Cay E. Seidel, Temple; nephew, Scott A. Seidel Jr. and his companion, Lyndsey Seelig; and her daughter, Kennedy Seelig.

Sally Ann Shober passed away August 2. She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Shober. Surviving are her children: Jacquelyn L. Grim, Cynthia L. Kane, William L. Shober (Susan), Scott L. Shober; grandchildren: Michael L. Grim (Jamie), Jennifer L. Birch (Fletcher), Kelly Mcgavin, Matthew Shober, Sarah B. Kane, Kelsey L. Shober, Katie Shober, Samantha Sarancini; great-gradsons, Brady and Braxson; sisters and brother: Elizabeth Miller (Norman), Marylyn Dobson, Ida Mae Papoutsis, Harvey D. Houck (Sandra); sisters-in-law: Marie F. Shober, Patricia Shober and Gloria Houck.

Terry R. Stoudt, 61, of Womelsdorf, passed away at her residence on August 8. She was the daughter of Nancy J. (Moyer) and Robert D. Stoudt of Oley. Surviving with her parents, Nancy and Robert, are  sisters, Debbie Seyler and Angie Cross.

Betty J. (Redcay) Ulrich, 82, of Robesonia, passed away August 11 at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Elmer H. Ulrich. Surviving are daughters: Sharlene A. Williams, Patricia L. Yoder, and Karen K., wife of Garry Degler, all of Robesonia; grandchildren: Kathryn L. Yoder, Robesonia; Christine M., wife of Matthew R. Yoh II, Robesonia; Andrew P. Degler, husband of Marci L., Sinking Spring; and Joshua A. Yoder, Robesonia; great-grandchildren, Eric M. Yoh and Kerrington C. Degler; and sisters, Joyce Burkhart, Robesonia, and Barbara Schermick, Wernersville.

Judith A. Weiss, 72, of Reading, passed away August 9 in Denver Health & Rehab Center. She is survived by brothers, Charles F., husband of Karen Weiss and John H., husband of C. Sandra Weiss; nephew, Andrew, husband of Akiko Weiss; niece, Alison, wife of James Stull; great-niece and great-nephews; her long-time companion, Jean Bertolet Price and his children and grandchildren.

Duane W. Woolworth, 77, of Exeter Township, passed away August 12 at the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Joan L. (Huber) Woolworth. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Sharon L. Sweigert, fiancée of Mark Ray, Leesport; his son, William H. Woolworth, Reading; his brother, Robert L. Woolworth, Rehoboth, DE, and his grandchildren: Amanda, Jennifer and Benjamin.

Arlene M. Young, 78, of Leesport, passed away August 10 at the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Young. Surviving are daughters, Sharon K., wife of Dennis Chelius; and Vivian L., wife of Timothy Updegrove; sons, Darrell K. Young, husband of Carol Young; and Roger M. Young, husband of Denise Young; brothers, Paul A. Speece and John W. Speece; and grandchildren.