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Gladys T. “Dolly” Fry

Gladys T. “Dolly” Fry, 76, of Alsace Township, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.  She was the widow of Preston H. “Slim” Fry who passed away November 4, 2000.  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Henry M. and Fern E. (Rabold) Schaeffer.  Dolly was a graduate of Mount Penn High School in 1956 and was a member of Zion-Spies Lutheran Church-Alsace Township.  She also served as the past president of the Lower Alsace Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, past president of the Penn Coachmen Association, and the trip coordinator for the Golden Seniors of Zion Spies Lutheran Church.  Dolly was the manager for M.J. Earl, Inc. and then the office manager for Hafer Equipment Petroleum for many years until her retirement.  She is survived by:  One Son:  Jeffrey S. Fry at home; One Sister:  Shirley M. wife of Randall W. Mohn, Sr. of Reading; Nephew: Randall W. Mohn, Jr. husband of Page Mohn of Birdsboro and One Grand-Nephew:  R.J. Mohn, III.  She was pre-deceased by her sister Mary Alice Schaeffer.  Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 with funeral services being held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Interment in Spies-Zion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 968 Postal Road Suite #110 Allentown, PA 18109.  For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

Russell R. “Dick” Bender, Jr.

Russell R. “Dick” Bender, Jr., 50, of Exeter Township, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 in St. Joseph Medical Center.  He was the husband of Deborah (Sallada) Bender.  Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Russell R. Bender, Sr. and Sebastiana M. “Sebie” (Vilardo) Bender companion of Doug Sands.  Dick was a graduate of Reading High School.  In addition to his wife and mother, Dick is survived by:  Two Daughters:  Kelly Wolf of Hamburg and Tiffany Bender of Reading; Three Step-Children; Four Grandchildren and Five Step-Grandchildren; Two Sisters:  Kathy A. wife of Daniel J. Ulrich, Jr. of Fleetwood and Susan M. (Bender) Kramlich with whom he resided and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation with the family will be held from 11:30-1:00 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Marian K. Cleres

 

Marian K. Cleres, 90, of West Lawn, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015 in her residence.  She was the loving wife of Philip L. Cleres with whom she celebrated 65 years of marriage.  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Anna (Deppen) Calm. Marian was a very devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church Mt. Penn. In addition to her husband, Marian is survived by two daughters; Sharon A., wife of James P. Hogan of Burke, VA and Diane L. Cleres of West Lawn, three grandchildren: Matthew, Kelly and David and one brother Paul Calm.  She was pre-deceased by a brother Donald Calm.   Interment private at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held and announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church 210 N. 25th Street Reading PA.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

Joyce Sweigert

Joyce Sweigert, 82, of Reading, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the Keystone Villa-Douglassville.  She was the wife of Lawrence R. Sweigert.  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Lester Dunkelberger and Marian (Hauser) Bechtel.  Joyce was a member of Schwarzwald Lutheran Church-Jacksonwald where she was very involved.  She worked as a secretary for Polymer Corp. and Morton Powder Castings for many years until her retirement.  Her family was everything to her.  In addition to her husband, Joyce is survived by:  Three Sons; Barrie L. Sweigert husband of Carol of Spring Township, Gregg L. Sweigert husband of Donna of Exeter Township and Glenn R. Sweigert of Mohrsville; One Daughter:  Anne J. wife of Dr. Jeffrey Hassel of Wyomissing; Ten Grandchildren and Three Great-Granddaughters; One Brother:  Russell H. Bechtel of Plowville and Two Sisters:  Jean Cambria of Shillington and Joan Johnson of Ft. Myers Beach, FL.  Visitation with the family will be held from 9:30-10:30 A.M. with funeral services beginning at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Schwarzwald Lutheran Church 250 Church Lane Road Reading, PA 19606.  Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Schwarzwald Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at the above stated address.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Linda M. Churico

Linda M. Churico, 71, of Reading, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township.  She was the wife of Jack Churico.  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of Kenneth and Elizabeth (Yeager) Eyrich.  She was a member of Exeter Bible Church.  Linda was employed by National Cleaners as a supervisor.  In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by:  Three sons:  Robert Foreman, Jr., Kenneth Foreman and Kurt Foreman; Two Daughters:  Tina Reinsmith and Kathleen Plummer; Eleven Grandchildren and Five Great-Grandchildren; Two Sisters:  Pamela Saraceni and Nancy Dragan; One Step-Son:  Jack Churico Jr. husband of Brenda and Four Step-Grandchildren.  Visitation with the family will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with services beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015  in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Interment private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 498 E. Bellevue Ave. Reading, PA 19605.  For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

Richard R. Furbeck

Richard Rutsen Furbeck, 73, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015 at the Berkshire Center in Exeter Township.  His family is extremely grateful to the loving and caring staff there.

Dick was born on April 10, 1941 in New Brunswick, N.J.  He was the son of the late Howard and Helen (Caneel) Furbeck.  He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Elaine (DePree) Furbeck whom he married on September 23, 1967.

He graduated Highland Park High School and attended Bob Jones University.  He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965.  During his working days, he was employed by Resco Electric Company in Asbury Park, NJ as their purchasing agent.  He then worked for William Morawe Incorporated in New York City and then for the Wall Township Board of Education as a Custodial Supervisor.

Dick was a past president of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Usher’s Association and an usher for 60 years.  He was also a volunteer firefighter for 49 years with the Stokes Fire Company in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and a member of the Ocean Grove fire police.  He was a very active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove, N.J.  Since his retirement he attended North Star United Methodist Church in Exeter Township, PA.

Dick coached his children’s youth sports team.  He loved to bowl and was on two leagues.  He played tennis while in the Army and liked to golf.  He loved spending time at the beach.

He was a caring and giving person who loved his family.  He is also survived by his daughter Carolyn J. Sweeton and son Richard J. Furbeck, son-in-law George Sweeton and daughter-in-law Amanda (Whittington) Furbeck.  Dick was a wonderful grandfather to Samuel, Jonathan, and Kayla Sweeton and Tatum, Noah, Charissa, Gabriel and Sabastian Furbeck.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and John Suter and nieces and nephews, Howard and Robert Furbeck and Patricia Costantino and David, Steven, and Kathryn Suter.

There will be a private family committal service in New Jersey at Monmouth Memorial Park and a memorial service at a later date in Ocean Grove, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association at 54 Pitman Ave. /P.O. Box 248 Ocean Grove, NJ 07756.

Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn, PA in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Arthur J. Howard

Arthur J. Howard, 95, of Oley, passed away on March 22, 2015 in his home.  He was pre-deceased by his wives, Hilda Adam and Beatrice Howard.  Born in Oley on March 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Harry and Cora (Kercher) Howard.  He was the owner/operator of AJ Howard Lumber mill for 45 years until retiring in 1987.  He is survived by his companion of 33 years, Margaret Monnier, and his daughter, Patricia A. wife of Richard W. Swoyer of Shoemakersville; granddaughter Diane M. wife of Scott Ringler; grandson Darren R. husband of Sharon Swoyer; two great-grandsons, Kenneth Becker and Jason Wright; three great-granddaughters, Kayla, Trisha and Keira Swoyer; and two step great-grandsons, Timothy and Jeffrey Ringler; and a great-great-grandson, Logan Wright.  He was pre-deceased by his siblings: Lloyd, Walter, Edna, Elmer, Paul, Harold, Miriam, Edwin, Mae, Jane and Reda.  Services will be held Friday, March 27, at 10:00 A.M. in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Viewing will be held on Thursday Evening, March 26 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the funeral home.  Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Boyertown.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508.  For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Frances Shearer

Frances Shearer, 92, formerly of West Lawn and Denver Colorado, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in her residence at the Keystone Villa at Fleetwood. She was the widow of Herbert Q. Shearer who passed away May 9, 2007.

She is survived by: Two Sons:  James A. and Richard E. Shearer;  Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren and One Sister:  Clementine Slif.  She is also survived by one Step-Son: William A. Shearer and one Step-Daughter:  Judith Ann (Shearer) Yost. Services are private.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

John L. Werner

John L.  Werner, 85, formerly of Pennside, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Berkshire Center, Exeter Township.  His first marriage was to the late Joan (Bouchat) who was the mother of his children Cathy wife of Rob Davis of New Jersey, Scott B. Werner of Reading and Brian J. Werner husband of Marybeth of Exeter Township. His second marriage was to the late June E. (Johnson) Werner, the mother of his children Marcia A. Werner partner of Carolyn Brooks of Shillington and David C. Werner husband of Lisa of Doylestown.

Born in Wyomissing, he was a son of the late Harry W. and Edna (Leinbach) Werner.

John was a graduate of Wyomissing High School and was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War.  He was employed by Willson Safety Products-Reading for 37 years.  John was also the past treasurer of the United Steel Workers Union #6137.

In addition to his children, John is also survived by Nine Grandchildren:  Ryan, Scott and Nick Werner, Melissa wife of Michael Webster, Jason, Rachel and Brianne Werner, Michael Jones husband of Allison  and Justin Jones husband of Nicole and Six Great-Grandchildren:  Hailey and Michael Webster, McKayla Werner, Trevor and Braden Jones and Makenzie Higgins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 9:30-10:30 A.M. with services beginning at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park.  Contributions may be made to the Alzehimer’s Association-Delaware Valley Chapter 399 Market Street Suite #102 Philadelphia, PA 19106.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

William J. Flamm, Sr.

William J.  Flamm, Sr., 92, formerly of  Lower Alsace Twp.,  passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Keystone Villa at Fleetwood.  He was the widower of Rose (Calabrese) Flamm who passed away October 8, 1999.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Paul A. and Margaret (Maurer) Flamm.

William was a United States Army veteran of World War II.  He was a member of St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C. Mount Penn.  William served as the past president of Reading-Berks Industrial Management Club, past president of the Glidden Retirees and was the past secretary/treasurer of Berks Materials Handling.  William was the Superintendent for the Warehouse & Shipping at Glidden Co. for 28 years retiring in 1984.  He is survived by Two Sons:  William J. Flamm, Jr. of Ruscombmanor Township and Michael C. Flamm of Coopersburg; Four Grandchildren; and One Brother:  Clifford Flamm of Crestwood. He was pre-deceased by his brothers: Paul A. Flamm, Jr. and Joseph Flamm and his sisters: Elizabeth Kantner and Geraldine Brobst.

Visitation with the family will be held from 9:00-10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 A.M. in St. Catharine of Siena Chapel 2427 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA 19606 Entombment will be Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C. at the above stated address.

For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com