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Obituaries

Grace L. Adams, 83, passed away December 28 in Berks Heim. Surviving are children, Dennis P. (Roseann) Rentschler of St. Lawrence, and Barbara M. (Ronald) Adams of West Reading; brother, Nathan (Barbara) Fetter of Oley, sister, Ruth (Ronald) Gross of The Villages, FL; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bernard Richard Amos, 79, of Mohrsville, passed away December 31 in the Reading Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Ann (Kroenig) Amos; sons, Bernard R. Amos, Jr. of Oley, Joseph F. Amos of Wyomissing; grandchildren, Roxanne, Craig and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Blake, Hailey and Jordyn; and nephews.

Nancy L. Arael, 69, of Wyomissing, passed away December 27 in her residence. Surviving are son, Michael J. Sirak, Wyomissing; sister, Rosaria Hansell, Ashville, NC; and grandsons, Ethan and Jake.

Esther Minerva (Howard) Berndt, 82, passed away December 29 in her Exeter Twp. residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Rea William Berndt. Surviving are children, Dennis W. (Donna J.) Berndt of Exeter Twp., Carolann (Jeffrey A.) Chubb of Ruscombmanor Twp., Ruthann L. (Carey F.) Gouldey of Pipersville, Bucks Co., and Diane L. (Stan) Strunk, of Pike Twp.; siblings, Leroy E. Howard of Oley Twp., and Shirley J. Heydt of Douglas Twp.; grandchildren, Derrick, Dustin, Deana, Alicia, Travis, Lauren, Ashley, Brent and Nicole; and her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Colten, Devin, Averi, Kaelynn, Madison, Garrett, Aliyah, Markis, O’mari, Jared, Cole, Rebecca, Mikayla and Maxton.

Marie F. (Angstadt) Brown, 89, formerly of Laureldale, passed away December 30 in the Fair Acres Nursing Home, Lima. She was the widow of Clayton C. Brown. Surviving are daughter, Cynthia L. (David R. Jr.)  Hartline of Parkside, PA; and grandchildren, Justin, Jonathan, and Douglas.

Charles Lewis Burford, 89, of Reading, passed away December 23 in the Reading Hospital. He was formerly married to Jane Burford. Charles is survived by children, Mark C. Burford, Kerry T. Burford, both of Reading, Jennifer J. Mann of Alexandria, VA, George L. Burford of Atlanta, GA, and John P. Burford of Temple, TX; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Rosemarie B. Coldren, 83, passed away December 31. Her husband, James R. Coldren, preceded her in death. Rosemarie is survived by son, Richard Faller of Altoona; daughters, Cheryl (David) Ellingsworth and Linda (Robert) Remp, both of Reading; grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Stephanie, Zachery, Ashley, Lindsey and Bobby; great-grandchildren; sister, Fern Noll; and brothers, Ralph Smith and William Smith.

Richard A. Correll, 93, of Keystone Villa at Blandon, passed away December 31 in Reading Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Alvera N. (Digiustili) Correll; daughter, Susan E. Correll-Smith, Lincoln Park; former son-in-law, Gerald Smith; and granddaughters, Erin (Troy) Fisher, and Megan Smith.

Peter A. Cossitor, Jr., 48, of Robeson Twp., passed away December 31 in his residence. He was the husband of Kristina D. “KiKi” (Zientek) Cossitor, and the son of Peter A. Cossitor, Sr. of Exeter Twp. and the late Wanda L. (Greenway) Cossitor. Also surviving are children, Kate L. Cossitor and Cross P. Cossitor; brother, Richard D. Cossitor of Ocean City, NJ; niece, Hannah; nephew, Austin; brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey B. and Emily A. Zientek; and father- and mother-in-law, Barry T. and Stephanie M. Zientek.

Rose (Rozansky) David, 85, of Topsfield, MA, formerly of Reading, passed away December 31. She was wife of the late Alex David and the mother of Alex A. David and Teresa and Robert Kalinowsky. Rose is survived by grandchildren, Jodi, Mike, Joel, Christina, Marc; sister-in-law, Helen David; nieces and nephews.

Ronald Cope Dunkelberger, 80, of Exeter Twp., passed away December 28 in Berkshire Center. He was the husband of Donna D. (DeTurk) Dunkelberger. Ron is also survived by son, David C. (Moria) of Exeter Twp.; grandchildren, Rachel and Sara; sisters, Ann (John) Mazzo of Wyomissing, and Kay Loney of Frazer, PA; nieces and nephews.

Caroline Exas, 92, passed away January 1 in Country Meadows. She was the widow of John P. Exas. Caroline is survived by children, Elaine E. (Gerald) Ermentrout, Allentown, and Dean J. (Bernice) Exas, Plymouth, MA; sister, Irene Apsokardu, Womelsdorf; grandchildren, Ryan (Lani), Gregory (Jennifer), Julie (Joseph), Callie (Tim), Adam (Maggie), Christopher; and great-grandchildren.

James E. Fasig, Jr., 59, of Coatesville, passed away December 27. He was the son of James E. Fasig, Sr. and Josephine L. (Guido) Fasig. James is also survived by son, Jason Micheal Allen Fasig of Reading; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Curry Bohn of Reading; sisters, Mary L. Ninfo, Bernadette M. Pina; brothers, Jeffrey L. Fasig, Martin L. Fasig and Tony C. Fasig; grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Stanley E. Gensemer, 83, passed away December 26 in his Heritage Place, Muhlenberg Twp. residence. He was the husband of Dolores M (Nowinski) Gensemer. Stanley is also survived by son, Stephen of Hershey; daughter, Karen Kimball of Mohnton; and grandchildren, Allison, Sara, Katherine and Andrew.

Bette L. Gilmer, 80, formerly of Reading and Lebanon, passed away December 31 at Lawrence County Manor, Mount Vernon, MO. She was predeceased by her husband, John H. Gilmer, Sr. Bette is survived by daughters, Phyllis, (Ray) Soliday of Lebanon, and Marcia May of Aurora, MO; stepsons, John H. (Sandra) Gilmer, Jr. of Wyomissing, Keith (Sheila) Gilmer of Bethel, and Kevin (Linda) Gilmer of Leesport; grandchildren; stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Judith A. Greene, 73, of Reading, passed away January 2. She was the wife of the late Donald C. Greene. Judith is survived by son, Christopher O. Greene of Reading; sisters; brother; and grandchildren.

Michael S. Guzanowski, 78, of Marion Twp., passed away December 23 in Manor Care Sinking Spring. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Drouin) Guzanowski. Michael is survived by sons, Jeffrey S. Guzanowski and Brian M. Guzanowski; and grandson, Zachary.

Sandra Ann Harding, 74, formerly of Fleetwood, passed away January 3 in Manor Care Health Services, Laureldale. She was the wife of the late Jacob B. Harding, Jr. Sandra is survived by daughters, Lisa M. (Kevin) Straub and Kelly A. (Oscar R.) Morales, both of Reading; grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Sophia and Gracie; brother, Charles George, Jr. of Mt. Joy; and sister, Patsy (George) Clouse of Fern Park, FL.

Morton E. Heim, 92, of Spring Twp., passed away December 26 in his residence. He was the husband of the late LaRue L. Heim. Morton is survived by daughters, Merry Heim of Philadelphia, Michelle (Westley C.) Richards of Sinking Spring, Ellen F. Heim of Leesport; and grandson, Rory R. Heim-Rilat.

Mary M. Hemmig, 93, of Reading, passed away December 28 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was the widow of William F. Hemmig. Mary is survived by daughter, Joan E. (John R.) Yetzer of Bernville; son, William S. Hemmig of Stockton, NJ; nieces and nephews.

John “Jack” Frederick Huesman, 75, of Wayne, NJ, passed away December 23 in his home. He is survived by children, Rick Huesman, Temple, Jeffrey (Christine) Huesman, Temple, Christopher (Julia) Huesman, Stonington, CT, Elizabeth (Bruce) Reid, Bedminster, NJ; his longtime companion, Gail Smith and her son, Harry Smith III of Wayne, NJ; grandchildren, Ian, Noah, Lauren, Leigh, Ashley, Olivia, Lucas; and great-grandson, Gianni.

Dorothy I. James, 95, of Reading, passed away January 2 in the Berks Heim. She was the widow of Donald M. James. Dorothy is survived by daughter, Nancy James Gazonas of Harleysville; and nephew.

Josephine M. “Peña” (Nigrelli) Janiszewski, 90, passed away January 1 in her Wyomissing residence. She was the widow of Frank E. Janiszewski. Peña is survived by children, Frank A. (Sharon) Janiszewski, and David A. (Cynthia) Janiszewski, both of Sinking Spring, and Georgene A. Zielinski, Exton; sisters, Carmela Nigrelli, Minnie Perate, Marie Stallone, Pauline Oros and Rose Potojecki; grandchildren, Andrew, Amy, Jessica, Kathleen, Megan; and great-grandchildren, Kendal, Kaitlyn, Madalynn, Kaley, Ava and Ashlyn.

Arnold R. Klein, 85, of Wyomissing, passed away December 30 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Urbanavage) Klein. Arnold is survived by daughters, Denise (James) Mitchell, Stevens, PA, and Melissa (Creton) Kalfoglou, Morris Plains, NJ; son-in-law, Brian Schmanske, Mclean, VA; brother, Earl (Marion) Klein, Tamaqua; grandchildren, Kaitlan, Chelsea, Haley, Jameson, Nathalie, Nicole and Alexander; nieces and nephews.

Walter J. “Sonny” Kozlowski, 78, of Reading, passed away December 29 at Berks Heim. He is survived by children, Maria M. (Christopher) Salvatore, Philadelphia, Jackie D. (Jeffrey) Antolic, Reading, Michael C. (Susan Kozlowski, and Patricia E. Tzetzo, both of Berlin, CT; brother, Joseph (Joyce) Kozlowski, Muhlenberg Twp.; grandchildren, Brooke, Kelly, Kristen, Kaitlyn, Alexandra and David; nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Patricia M. Kozlowski.

Anne F. (Milshaw) Kretzman, 100, formerly of Birdsboro, passed away December 30 at the Mifflin Center in Shillington. She was the widow of John J. Kretzman. Surviving are son, Ronald J. Kretzman of Reading; daughter, Barbara (Thomas) Kalwaic of Reading; brother, Paul Milshaw of Exeter Twp.; sister, Mary Moore of Caenarvon Twp.; grandchildren, Ron Jr., Karl, Christopher and Erin; and great-grandchildren.

Brian D. Lutz, 73, of Lower Alsace Twp., passed away December 24. He was the fiancé of Maria Wermelin of Saltsjobaden, Sweden. Brian is also survived by daughters, Delia V.A. Lutz of Lower Alsace Twp., and Annika I.A. Lutz, (Adam M. Cubbler) of Philadelphia; sister, Nancy J. (William) Stanton, and their daughter, Miranda, of Lobachsville; and Maria’s children, Karolina, Erik and Johanna.

Ardella M. Massey, 95, of Sinking Spring, passed away December 30 at Topton Lutheran Home, Topton. She was the widow of Harry I. Massey.Ardella is survived by daughter, Bonnie L. (Robert J.) Klopp of Robesonia; grandchildren, Ronald (Pauline), Mindy, Timothy (Lori) and Melissa (Chris); great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Shirley L. (Scott) McMullen, 76, of Exeter Twp., passed away December 28 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Reading. She was the wife of Merrill McMullen. Shirley is also survived by daughters, Denise Yeagley of Reading, and Tracey (Joseph) Zeglen of Shillington; stepsons, Merrill (Tina) McMullen, Jr. of Exeter Twp., Scott McMullen of Alsace Twp., and Matthew (Stephanie) McMullen of Lansdale; sister, Judith (William) Witmer of The Villages, FL; and grandchildren, Hilary, Matthew, Christopher, Lindsay, Colton, Elexis, and Cody.

Mary L. “Dolly” (Camilli) Moll, 90, of Maidencreek Twp., formerly of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away January 1 in the Reading Hospital. She was married to the late William R. Moll. Survivors include children, Janice M. Eickhoff of Reading, and Lucy A. (John) Hennessey of Muhlenberg Twp.; grandchildren, Jennifer (John), Melissa (Michael), Daniel (Heather), and Michael (Michelle); great-grandchildren, Ethan, Braden, Ryleigh, Blake and Brynn; brother, Albert Camilli; and sister, Eleanor Medaglia.

Wanda G. (Czechowski) Morrison, 69, passed away December 28 in the Mifflin Center. She was the widow of Barry R. Morrison, and a daughter of Gladys A. (Schell) Czechowski, of Cumru Twp., and the late John L. Czechowski. Wanda is also survived by daughter, Karen L. (Jeffrey L.)Degler of Spring Twp.; and grandchildren, Kyle and Kira.

Lucille I. Ohlinger, 78, of Centerport, passed away December 28 in her residence. Surviving are nephews, George, Gerald, Edward and Brian; and nieces, Marilyn, Carolyn, Janice, Christine, Shirley, Mary, Grace, Diane and Kathy.

Reda (Merkel) Oxenford, 92, of Leesport, passed away December 31 at Berks Heim Nursing Home, Leesport. She is survived by daughters, Nancy L. (Dewey) Johnson, Exeter Twp., Sandra L. Hoffman, Reading, JoAnn (Terry B.) Dowling, Cumru Twp.; sisters, Betty (Albert) Benyo, Boyertown, Faye Freedman, Boyertown, Gloria Walt, Limerick; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchild.

Alan Maier Peifer, 53, passed away December 28. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Ewing) Peifer; daughters, Emma Dease and Janet Forrester; brothers, Brian and Andrew; sisters-in-law, Linnae (Wuenschel) and Maria Bogdanova; nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews; mother-in-law, Peggy Ewing; and siblings-in-law, Mally Lloyd, Anny Ewing, Katherine Ragsdale and Larry McCauley.

Walter Herman Pfrommer, 81, of Richmond Twp., passed away January 4 in Penn State Health St. Joseph. He is survived by his partner, Sue D. Noll; daughters, Daphne (James) Bauer of Fleetwood, and Tara (Bill) Roth of Catasauqua; brother, William Pfrommer of Florida; sister, Mary Cooper of West Lawn; grandchildren, Chad, Eric, Alec, Chace, and Hunter; and great-grandchildren, Tommy and Lucas.

Joyce G. Phile, 77, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away January 2 in her home. She was the wife of Ronald G. Phile, Sr. Joyce is survived by sons, Ronald G. (Sandra) Phile, Jr. and Kevin H. Phile; grandchildren, Ronald III, and Stephany (Scot); and great-grandchildren.

Lillian S. (Breidegam) Pletz, 89, formerly of Glenside and Bethel, passed away December 30 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading. Most recently, Lillian, was a guest at the Grandview Manor, Fleetwood. Surviving are sons, Kenneth R. (Cheryl) Pletz of Australia, and Warren W. (Luisa M.) Pletz of Bernville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Breidegam of Reading, and Frank Breidegam of Exeter Twp.; and sisters, Shirley Barry of Wernersville, and Jackie Eshbach of Fleetwood.

Patricia L. Reed, 69, of Laureldale, passed away January 2 in the Wyomissing Health and Rehab Center. Surviving are sons, Jared (Rebecca) Schlenker, West Lawn, Jason (Jamie) Schlenker, Perry Twp.; grandchildren, Kaley and Moses; and sisters.

Kevin Ray Reese, 39, of Shillington, formerly of Somerset, passed away along with his wife, Kimberly Ann (Sleasman) Reese December 30. He is survived by his father, Dwain (Janet) Reese of Somerset; sister, Christina (Kurtis) Frampton of Boswell; siblings, Shad (Amanda) Reese of Somerset, Brad (Rebecca) Airesman of Berlin, Amanda Cales of Altoona, Brett Airesman of Berlin; mother-in-law, Mary Felker of Garrett; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kimberly Ann Reese, 43, of Shillington, formerly of Meyersdale, passed away along with her husband, Kevin Reese, December 30. She is survived by her mother of Garrett; maternal grandfather, Lee Laughman of Newville; brothers, Jerry (April) Sleasman of Berlin, Tim (Kim) Sleasman of Kimmelton, and Jay Sleasman of Meyersdale; nieces and nephews, Mallory, Alex, Toby, Matthew, John, Leo, Jay Jr. and Kristin; aunts and uncles.

Donald Reith, of Reading, passed away December 27 in Spruce Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, West Reading. He is survived by brothers, Karl Reith, Hamburg, and Robert Michael, Laureldale.

Dennis J. Reitnauer, 69, of Douglassville, passed away December 30 in Douglassville. He was the husband of Joan M. (Lock) Reitnauer. Also surviving are son, Jason S. Reitnauer, Boyertown; daughter, Greta A. (Jeff)Yanos, Birdsboro; and brother, Donald L. (Josie) Reitnauer.

Juana J. Rivera, 79, passed away January 3 in her Reading residence. She was the wife of Reyes Nieves-Figueroa. Juana is survived by son, Valentin Rivera; daughters, Celeste Mercado, Iris Rivera, Gladys Rivera, Reyita Nieves, Jasmine Williams and Jenet Rivera; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Janice Carico Scarff, formerly of Reading, passed away in Massachusetts January 1. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip L. Scarff Jr. Surviving are son, Philip L. Scarff III (Megha Joshi); granddaughters, Rasika, Asavari and Geetanjali; and daughter, Carol (Tom) Hawkins.

Marjorie Schwank, passed away December 28. She was the widow of Eugene. Surviving are granddaughters, Kim (Alex), Kari (Nuno); and great-grandchildren, Mia, Erik, Karl and Diogo.

Adam G. “Jr.” Schwenk, Jr., 64, of Douglassville, passed away January 1. He was the husband of Marsha J. Schwenk. Adam is survived by children, April Schwenk, Heath and Brandon Winter; siblings, Shirley Royer, Evelyn Isett, Barry and Connie Schwenk, Judith Greiss, Linda Karuse, Frances Knapp, Carol Sherman, Debbie Rawle.

Christopher Daniel Snyder, 45, of Pottstown, passed away January 3 in his residence. He was a son of Arthur T. and Carolee A. (Myers) Snyder of Wyomissing. Christopher is also survived by daughter, Gretchen Rose Snyder, at home; brother, James T. Snyder, Shillington; sisters, Cynthia L. (Edward) Tipsword, Reading, and Lori A. Snyder, Scranton; and half-sisters, Lisa A. Stein, Reading; and Sharon K. Kudlacek, Urbana, IL.

Laurence L. R. Spotts, 81, of Cumru Twp., passed away December 29 at Mifflin Center. He is survived by his wife, Beverly J. (White) Spotts; children, Steven L. (Sandy L.) Spotts of Mohrsville, Jeffrey L. (Marlene N.) Spotts of Spring Twp., Michael L. (Kathleen M.) Spotts of Oley, and Michele L. (Joseph W.) Strain of Shillington; grandchildren, Bryan, Bradley, April, Andrew, Madison, Joseph, Michael, and Nicholas; and sister, Shirley M. Kemp.

Alice D. Stefanowicz, 89, formerly of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away December 30 in Oneonta, NY. She was a daughter of Stasia (Prescavage) and the late Joseph Patcella, and the widow of Stanley Stefanowicz. Alice is also survived by daughters, Maureen Kissam of Mt. Penn, and Maria Buckley of Oneonta, NY; grandchildren; brother, Joseph Patcella of Lehighton; and sister, Ann Massey of Pennsauken, NJ.

Gary L. Stewart, 66, of Birdsboro, Exeter Twp., passed away January 2 in his residence. He was the husband of Sylvia I. (Brown) Stewart, and the son of Elsie M. (Hutchinson) Stewart of Connellsville, PA, and the late William E. Stewart. Also surviving are daughters, Sherry L. (Roger) Knight, Connellsville, PA, Kelly R. (Robert) Haas, Birdsboro, Kimberly S. (David) Freed, Oley; brothers, William E. Stewart II of Uniontown, PA, Robert Stewart, Terry Stewart and Jeffrey Stewart, all of Connellsville, PA, Dennis Stewart, Normalville, PA; sister, Sandy Mardis, Lancaster; grandchildren, Robert, Heather, Justin, Shawn, Christopher, Jody and Chad; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Eddie, Brantley, Cody, Caleb, Corey and Cyle.

Clarence W. Sweigard, 70, of Shillington, passed away December 28 at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading. He is survived by aunts, Esther Keiser and Catherine Lauck, both of Shillington; and cousins, James Lauck, Edward Keihl and Marilyn Loos.

Cynthia Ann Tirpak, 59, of Exeter Twp., Birdsboro, passed away January 2. She was the daughter of William Levan and the late Loretta (Grossman) Pieczonka. Cynthia is also survived by her husband, William Tirpak; sons, Ricky and Brian Saunders, and William Tirpak, Jr.; brothers, Jacob and Robert Levan, and Thomas Wesosolski; sister, Kellie Diaz-Reyes; grandsons, Jared and Jordan; granddaughters, Alex, Carley, Jessica, and Makayla; and great-grandson, Raymond.

George J. Toontas, 96, of Shillington, passed away January 3 at Berks Heim. He is survived by nieces and nephews, Debby (Thomas) Urban, West Reading, Diane Toontas (Steven Stinsky), Reading, Steve (Nancy) Marmarou, Temple, John Pietrobone, West Reading, and George (Gloria) Bratiotis, Sparks, NV; sister-in-law, Virginia Toontas, Edmonds, OK; great-nieces and -nephews.

Bonibel “Bonnie” Wenger, 78, of Wernersville, passed away December 30 at Phoebe Berks. She was the wife of Norman R. Wenger. Bonnie is also survived by son, Troy R. (Gabrielle) Wenger of Wyomissing; and granddaughters.

Frances E. (Sweigert) Witwer, 97, of The Villages, FL, and Berks Co., passed away January 1 at Tel Hai in Honey Brook. She was the widow of Kenneth E. Werner and Harvey W. Witwer. Surviving are son, Bradley K. (Elaine) Werner of Gray, ME; grandchildren, Timothy, Mary, Michael, Janika, and Todd; and great-grandchildren.

Steven John Yeager, 28, of Spring Twp., passed away December 24 in Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia. He was a son of Thomas J. and Susan N. (Heffner) Yeager of Spring Twp. Steven is also survived by brother, Gregory T. Yeager of Shillington.

Hazel May Zerbe, 94, of Reading, passed away December 20 in the Reading Hospital. Her husband, Carl Zerbe, preceded her in death. Hazel is survived by daughters, Vivian D. (Steven) Potter, Glendale, AZ, and Patricia Bernasconi, Upper Darby; stepson, Jeffrey Zerbe, Reading; stepdaughter, Carolyn M. (Barry) Kemp, Exeter Twp.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.