Ronald E. Troxel

Ronald E.  Troxel, 73, of Reading, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in ManorCare Health Services-Laureldale.

Born in Stony Creek Mills, he was a son of the late Calvin E. and Edna E. (Phillips) Troxel.

Ronald was a member of Zion-Spies Lutheran Church-Alsace Township.  He was employed as a degreaser for Williams Metal Finishing in Sinking Spring for 11 years.

Ronald is survived by:  One Brother:  Randall husband of Cindre Troxel of Oley and One Brother-In-Law Edward Drost of Frederick, PA.  He was pre-deceased by a brother Raymond Troxel and a sister Carolyn Drost.

Services private at the convenience of the family.   Inurnment in Spies-Zion Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit


Marjorie L. Wagner


Marjorie Elmira (Lebo) Wagner passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.   Marjorie was born on December 27, 1919, in Reading. She lived with her family, including her father, Paul R. Lebo (deceased), her

mother, Elizabeth A. (Wertz) Lebo (deceased), and her sister Laura E. Wentzel (deceased) at the

family home, initially at 219 South 17th Street, and subsequently 218 S. 16th Street, in Reading.

Marjorie graduated from Reading Senior High School in 1937, and Albright College in 1941,

(cum laude with AB degree), and took graduate level education courses from Pennsylvania State

University. After graduation, Marjorie began teaching Latin and English at Wyalusing

Consolidated School and then continuing in 1943 at Shillington High School.

In 1944, Marjorie joined the American Red Cross. After training at American University in

Washington, D.C., in December 1944 Marjorie departed Seattle aboard the Matsenia, bound for

Hawaii where she was assigned to the 147th U.S. Army General Hospital in Honolulu. In May

1945 she was assigned to the 5th Convalescent Army Hospital in Guam. In August 1945 she was

then assigned to the U.S. Navy Air Evacuation Unit at NAB Agana, Guam, where she

participated in the medical relief program for POWs being evacuated from Japan. Next, in May

1946, she was assigned to Club Service at the canteen on Kwajalein Island, and later in Saipan,

where she served to assist personnel related to atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. She ended her

Red Cross service and returned to the States in September 1946. Marjorie’s role in the Red Cross

was a life-long source of great personal pride.

On September 4, 1948 Marjorie married William A. Wagner (deceased), and gained a step-son,

William Philip Wagner (of Burlington VT and New Smyrna Beach, FL). In 1949 the family moved

to 1050 Friedensburg Road in Stony Creek Mills. On February 4, 1950 her son Christopher Scott

Wagner, of Barrie VT, was born.

In September 1958 Marjorie began teaching Latin at Muhlenberg District High School,

continuing until June 1983 when she retired. In September 2008 she moved to the Highlands in


Marjorie was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Pi Delta Sigma sorority

at Albright, the Historical society of Berks County, and the Reading Museum.

Survivors include her son Christopher and wife Lynda, her step-son Philip and wife Barbara, two

step-grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, two nephews, two great nieces, one great

nephew, four great-great nephews, and two great-great nieces.

Marjorie was a wonderfully loving, warm and cheerful person, with an exceptional capacity for

caring for family and friends. She will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, Marjorie wishes that any contributions be given to Bethany Evangelical

Lutheran church, 1375 Friedensburg Road, Stony Creek or to Hospice of the Berks County

Visiting Nurses Association.

Friends are welcome to attend graveside services at Laureldale Cemetery, 4631 Pottsville Pike,

Reading, PA 19605 at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 1, 2014.  For online condolences please visit

Larry D. Bowman

Larry D. Bowman, 71, of Mount Penn, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Reading Hospital.  He was the husband of Barbara A. (Conrad) Bowman.  Born in Reading, he was the son of the late John F. and Myrle R. (Wieder) Bowman.  He was a graduate of Reading High School in 1960 and Berks Poly-Technical College, now Penn State University with an Associate Degree in Engineering.  Larry was a member of Trinity U.C.C. Mount Penn and also served in the Army Reserves in the 365th from 1964-1971.  He was an avid Penn State fan.   Larry worked in the drafting division of Textile Machine Works and then for Carpenter Technology for 35 years, lastly as an assistant drafting supervisor.  After retirement, he took Auto-CAD classes at Penn State and then worked for RPA Associates for several years.  In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by:  One Daughter:  Kathy L. Bowman of Bern Township; Two Brothers:  Robert A. Bowman husband of Judith of McCormick, SC and Ronald L. Bowman husband of Jacqueline L of Spring Township and One Sister:  Carol A. Bowman of Reading. Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 A.M. with services following at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn.  Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park Reiffton.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity U.C.C. 2449 Cumberland Ave. Reading, PA 19606.  For online condolences please visit


Ruth M. (Behm) Matthews Bennett

Ruth M. (Behm) Matthews Bennett, 84, of Exeter Township, passed away in her residence on November 24, 2014.  She was the wife of Kenneth E. Bennett.  She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Joseph Matthews.  Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Hilda (Rapp) Behm.  Ruth was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and was a member of Zion (Spies) Lutheran Church-Alsace Township, where she was very involved with all of the church groups and activities.  She was employed at the Coventry Mall Bingo, was a former waitress/hostess for Charcoal Chef in Reiffton, was a sales associate for Hickory Farms for 15 years and lastly worked in the dentist office of Dr. Alston in Pottstown.  In addition to her husband Ruth is survived by:  One Daughter:  Madeline wife of Del Weilacher of Birdsboro; Two Grandchildren: Erin wife of Michael Lichty and Kristin wife of Steve Frantz; Two Great-Grandchildren:  Camryn and Elijah;  Step-Children:  Kenneth R. Bennett husband of Lois of Pottstown, Patricia wife of Dan Deguzman of Harrisburg, Dustin Bennett husband of Robin of St. Lawrence and Donald Messner husband of Linda of New Columbia, PA; Step-Grandchildren:  Kelly and Brian Deguzman, Weston, Dahl, Aaron and Austin Bennett, Tonia wife of William Herz and Brad Weilacher husband of Tammy.  She is also survived by: Two Brothers:  John P. and Philip Behm and Two Sisters:  Martha Goodwin and Sheila Riccardi and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a sister:  Grace Strunk.  Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 A.M. with services following at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn.  Entombment in Forest Hills Memorial Park.  Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to Grane Hospice Group 1012 W. 9th Ave. King of Prussia, PA 19406.  For online condolences please visit


Phyllis W. Gilbert

Phyllis Wiest Gilbert, 76, wife of the late Dr. Edward R. Gilbert, of Reiffton passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.  Phyllis was born in Reading to the late Dr. Philip R. and Carolyn Flatt Wiest.  She was a graduate of Reading High School and received a BS in Chemistry from Wilson College.  Phyllis was a faithful and dedicated member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Reading where she was a former President of Church Council.  She was also the former President of Junior League of Reading, the Judge of Election for Exeter Township for many years and was inducted into the Exeter High School Academic Hall of Fame for her development of the Exeter Volunteer Program.  Phyllis loved to travel and had been all over the world reaching six of the seven continents.  Whether it was with friends or family, she was always prepared for a new adventure, camcorder in hand.  Though Phyllis loved to travel, she lived for her family.  She did her best to always attend every sporting event, play, concert and family function.  Phyllis is survived by two daughters: Ruth G., wife of Rick Schwartz of Southold, NY, Carolyn G., wife of Philip Mayo of Sinking Spring and two sons: Philip E., husband of Lori Gilbert of Exeter and John W., husband of Maxine Gilbert of Stinson Beach, CA.  She is the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren.  She is also survived by one brother Philip, husband of Tracy Wiest of Annandale, VA, and one sister Betsy, wife of Jeff Power of Wyomissing.  Phyllis is predeceased by one brother, George H., husband of Elinor K. Wiest.  Friends may call on Sunday, November 23 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Lutz Funeral Home Inc, 2100 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606.  A Service will be held on Monday, November 24th at 11:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 521 Walnut Street, Reading, PA 19601. Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John’s Lutheran Church at the above address, Heartland Hospice, 4 Park Plaza, Wyomissing, PA 19610 or The American Cancer Society, 498 E. Bellevue Ave, Reading, PA 19605.  For online condolences please visit

Paul E. Reeser

Paul E.  Reeser, 80, formerly of Reading and Ormond Beach, FL passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Masonic Village-Elizabethtown.  He was the widower of Jeanne M. (Perkins) Reeser who passed away September 5, 2014.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Paul E., Sr. and Lilyan (Flatt) Reeser.  He was a graduate of Mount Penn High School and was the past master of the Isaac Hiester Lodge #660 and member of consistory and the Shrine.  Paul was an avid baseball fan having been the former announcer for the Reading Indians.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach, FL.   Paul was the owner/operator of Wm. O. Flatt Printing Co .and was employed by Berks County serving as tipstaff for Judge Thomas Eshelman; retiring in 1994.  After retirement, he became active in Florida on state level of AARP.  He is survived by:  Two Daughters:  Rev. Vicki L. Reeser of York and Melanie L. wife of Robert Bechtel of Reading; Grandchildren:  Daniel Wagner, Chris and Jonathon Bechtel and One Great-Grandchild: Annabelle Bechtel.  Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in West Lawn United Methodist Church 15 Woodside Ave. Reading, PA 19609.    Interment private in Laureldale Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Inc.  35 S. Dwight Street West Lawn, PA 19609.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences please visit

Deborah A. Spollen

Deborah A. Spollen, 44, of Mount Penn, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  She was the wife of Daniel B. Spollen.

Born in Brookhaven, PA she was a daughter of William J. Clardy husband of Nancy of Elverson and the late Barbara A. (Wressig) Clardy.

Deborah was a graduate of O’Hara High School and attended West Chester and Temple Universities studying social work.  She was a member of St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.  She was active in volunteer work and contributed to the good of the community.  Deborah was employed as an in home healthcare assistant. She was a devoted mother and wife.  In addition to her husband, father and step-mother, Deborah is survived by:  One Son Trevor Spollen and One Daughter Danielle Spollen both at home and One Sister:  Kimberly A. wife of Steve Muntzenberger.  Services and Interment private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit


Miriam B. Rissmiller

Miriam B. Rissmiller, 80, of Stonersville, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014 in the Reading Hospital.   She was born April 3, 1934 in Stonersville, a daughter of the late Edwin and Rhea L. (Quinter) Rissmiller.  Miriam was a waitress at the Stonersville Hotel.  She also waitressed at the Earlville Hotel, which her family owned.  She is  survived by her sister Geraldine I. Huhn of Lake Worth, FL; 2 nieces and 3 nephews, 5 great nephews and 1 great niece.  She is also survived by 2 great- great nieces and one great- great nephew.  Miriam was pre-deceased by her brother Neil E. Rissmiller and 1 great nephew.  Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Schwarzwald Cemetery, Jacksonwald. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit

Nicholas “Nick” Michael Cutsumbis

Nicholas “Nick” Michael Cutsumbis, age 57, beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at his residence in Norton, OH.

Born in Columbus, OH he was a son of the late Michael Nicholas Cutsumbis and Janet (Dickson) Llewllyn of Marietta, OH.

Nick received a degree in drafting and design from Hocking Technical College and worked for FirstEnergy Corporation in the I.T. and Project Management Departments for the last 26 years,

Nick devoted large amounts of time to his community. He was an active parent in the Boy Scouts of America in the Annville-Cleona, PA area for over 12 years, serving as Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and on various boards and councils.

Nick loved spending time outdoors, hiking and biking, in Ohio’s beautiful metro park system. His fun-loving personality, along with his smile and laughter, will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Nick is survived by his wife, Jamison Jayne Manning of Norton, OH; son, N. Alexander Cutsumbis of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Meghan Nichole Cutsumbis of Frisco, TX; brother, Peter Matthew Cutsumbis of Birmingham, AL; sister, Ann Laurel Michele Akbari of Nashville, TN; stepsons, Eric Vincent and Evan James Arms of Reading, PA; granddaughter Avery Rose Arms; nieces, Alexa Akbari, Savannah Cutsumbis and nephew Brandon Cutsumbis.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00-11:00 A.M. followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA 19606.  Burial will be at Spies-Zion Cemetery, Alsace Township, PA.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Choose the Starzl Transplantation Institute and STI Liver Cancer Center.

For online condolences, please visit

Richard David Levin

Richard D. Levin, 66, of Muhlenberg Township, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center.  He was born in Harrisburg, the son of the late Samuel M. and Katherine (Safnauer) Levin.  He is survived by his loving wife Nancy (Bellman) Levin and a daughter, Jennifer Anne Levin who lives in Hermosa Beach, CA.  He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law Sandra L. Ulrich, Randall R. Ulrich of Leesport and a nephew Gene R. Ulrich of Sinking Spring and his only surviving cousin Phil Abel.  A sister, Corinne Cranford, of Colonial Park passed away in 2012.  Richard graduated from William Penn High School in 1966 and the University of Central Missouri in 1974 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration.  Prior to his education, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves and retired from there in 1996.  Richard spent 30 years as a Pennsylvania Probation and Parole Agent retiring in 2006 and went on to become the Manager of Operations at ADDAPT Inc. in Reading, retiring from there in 2012.  Richard loved to travel, fly fish and cross country skiing.  He was a member of the Flying Dutchman Ski Club in Reading.  All arrangements and services are private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Oncology Department 2494 Bernville Road Suite #G04 Reading, PA 19605.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences please visit