Irving B. Young

Irving B. Young, 82 of Reading passed away April 9th, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center . He was the husband of Ruth E. (Enders) Homan Young. Born August 10, 1931, in Reading, he was a son of the late Irving B. Sr. and Helen (Stein) Young. Irving was a Navy Veteran and served on the USS Salem during the Korean War. He was a volunteer fireman and marched in parades for the former Hampden Fire Company. He was the Owner and Operator of Northeastern Upholstery for 44 years. His occupation was upholstery, but his calling was fishing. Irv especially loved fishing at the Indian River Inlet. He enjoyed selling his furniture and treasures in the spring and fall at Shupp’s Grove, country music, dancing and watching old TV shows. “Pop” always had a funny story to make you smile and was blessed with the gift of gab. He had many created-with-love nicknames for family members and friends. Family was everything to him and we all adored him. He will be missed more than our words can ever express. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, David A. Homan husband of Deborah of Leesport, his daughter, Stephanie I.Sweigart (Homan Ohlinger) wife of Dean A. of Mohrsville, a brother Richard A. Young of Florida, a daughter-in-law Terre A. Homan, Leesport, widow of Stephen E. Homan. Also, 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many other extended family members. Irv was pre deceased by: his parents, his brother Robert Stein, daughter, Laurie L. Sweitzer, March 28 2003, son Stephen E. Homan, May 1, 2003 and grandson, Bryan C. Homan, May 8, 2008. Friends may call on Tuesday April 15 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100Perkiomen Ave. Service will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday April 15. Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the memorial fund of St. Thomas United Church of Christ 851 N. 11th St. Reading PA 19604. For online condolences, please

Virginia L. DeHart

Virginia L. DeHart, 87, formerly of Pennside, passed away Monday, April 7th, 2014 in her residence at Berkshire Commons. She was the widow of Robert E. DeHart, Sr. who passed away October 26, 1986. Born in St. Lawrence, she was a daughter of the late Martin D. Miller and Bertha A. (Schell) Miller. Virginia was a member of Schwarzwald U.C.C. and was active with Arrowhead Golf Course and bowling at Bowl-A-Rama. She is survived by: One Son: Robert E DeHart, Jr. husband of Carol A. of Barrington, RI; Two Grandchildren: Jonathan R. DeHart and Elizabeth W. Carter and Five Great-Grandchildren. Services and Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice 4 Park Plaza Wyomissing, PA 19610.
Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements.
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Ethan W. Tuckey

Ethan W. Tuckey 15, of Leola passed away April 6th, 2014 in Hospice And Community Care in Lancaster PA. Born in Lancaster he was a son of Peter R. and Cindy L. (Bitterman) Tuckey. He and his family attend Calvary Church in Lancaster . Ethan is survived by: one brother Drew P. and one sister Laurel E. Tuckey. A graveside service will be held on Thursday April 10 at 1:00 pmat Friedens Bible Chapel Cemetery 1260 White Bear Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A memorial service will then be held later that day at 4:00 pm at Calvary Church 1051 Landis Valley Rd Lancaster PA 17601. Friends may call from 3-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bair Foundation 1801 Oberlin Rd. Middletown, PA 17057. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please

Heinz F. Naumann

Heinz F. Naumann, 78, of Alsace Township, passed away on Sunday, April 6 in the Reading Hospital. He was the husband of nearly 55 years of Marlene E. (Arnold) Naumann who predeceased him on November 9, 2013. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Kurt F. and Hilda D. (Mueller) Naumann. Heinz was a member of the Mount Penn High School Class of 1953, graduating as valedictorian. He was employed for 33 years as a Chief Master Sergeant in the budget and accounting division of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Middletown, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed being outdoors, traveling, especially to Germany, caring for his cats and reading. He was a loving caregiver to his wife during the course of her illness. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa M. Naumann, of Alsace Township and his sister and brother-in-law, Lana and Carl Pentz, also of Alsace Towns hip. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Harry K. Naumann. Services will be private with interment in Spies-Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Berks County 1801 N. 11th Street Reading, PA 19604. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Penn, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences please visit


Paul Howard Leinbach, 92, passed away April 6, 2014 in his home. Paul was born June 5, 1921 in West Reading. He was the son of the late Josiah W. and Mabel H. (Enoch) Leinbach.
Paul’s wife Theresa (Dackweiler) passed away May 23, 2000 with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.
His survivors include sons: John T. Leinbach, husband of Kathy of Oley and Jeffrey P. Leinbach, husband of Christine M. of St. Lawrence. Daughters: Leslie A. Leinbach of St. Lawrence, Lynn A. Leinbach of St. Lawrence, Elizabeth A. Metz, wife of Ted Lewandowski of Lower Alsace Twp. and Allison A. Leinbach of St. Lawrence.
Sister: Erma A., widow of Richard Swope of Mt. Penn, Sister in law: Beverly Leinbach of Lower Alsace Twp., Grandchildren: Peter S. Metz husband of Gillian Conaghan of St. Lawrence, Jesse T. Leinbach of Wyomissing, Lara R. Leinbach of St. Lawrence, Joseph N. Leinbach, fiance of Lindsey Anderson of Washington, DC, Justin P. Leinbach of St. Lawrence and Heath Lahr, husband of Jill of Pennsburg, PA. Paul is also survived by his loving friend and companion, Gini Meyer.
He was Pre-deceased by his brother John C. Leinbach.
Paul graduated Mt. Penn High School in 1939 and Albright College in 1943 where he was a member of the basketball and football team and received a B.S. in Chemistry. He served in WWII in the China Burma India Theatre as a member of the Malarial Survey Batallion.
Paul was a partner in J.W. Leinbach Hardware, which was founded by Paul’s father Josiah W. in 1921. Leinbach Hardware was a staple of the Mt. Penn community for many years and Paul was a friendly face in the store even after retiring at age 75. Paul, known to many as “Ducky,” dedicated his free time to serving others. He was very active in the Lions Club. He was a Charter Member of the Antietam Valley Lions Club, Past District Governor, board member of Beacon Lodge, board member of the Lions Eyebank of Delaware Valley, and member of Bing Miller Charitable Trust. He served on many state committees. He was the recipient of numerous honors and distinguished awards over his 62 years of service in the Lions Organization.
Over the course of his life, he served on the boards of Berks Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Covenant Home Care Friends of Hospice, Antietam Valley Recreation and Community
Center, Exeter Township Recreation Board, and Exeter Township School Authority. Paul was an elected member of St. Lawrence Borough Council and a member of the Reading Berks Basketball Old-Timers. He was a member of American Legion Post, POSofA Washington Camp #230, Independent Order of Odd Fellows 141, St. John’s Lodge Number 435, F. & A.M., and Shriner. Paul was a
member of Mt. Penn Senior Citizens and Trinity United Church of Christ, Mt. Penn.
Funeral services will be held on Monday April 14th at 11:00 am in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mt. Penn. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 3-5:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be in Spies-Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley - 401 N. 3rd St., Phila., PA 19123 or
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Georgine C. Keller

Georgine C. Keller 76 of Oley passed away April 4th, in her Residence. She has shared 36 years of marriage with Barry L. Keller. Born in Reading she was a daughter of the late George and Catherine (Bady) Ebert . Georgine was a nurses aide for several years. She was a former den mother, life member of Alsace Manor Fire CO and loved building doll houses.
In addition to her husband survivors include sons Jack A. Neff, Jr. husband of Nannette, Thomas G. Neff husband of Penny and Robert J. Neff husband of Ronda. Daughter Janet E. wife of Tony Pena and a step daughter Michele wife of Bill Bauer. 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Brother James Ebert husband of Pamela. Services Private.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Marie D. Palaferro

Marie D. Palaferro , 86 years formerly of Mt. Penn passed April 4th in the Berkshire Center, Exeter Twp. Born in Reading she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Minnie D. (Consentino) Oliver.
Marie grew up in a close knit Sicilian American family and was among the culture and community
of the early Italian Americans who lived in the area of 7th and Bingaman Sts. in Reading. Her early life
was centered around tradition, family, neighbors and her local community in Reading.Her first employer
was a hosiery manufacturer where she worked in the factory. Marie Palaferro attended Southern Junior High School and Reading High School.
A devoted Roman Catholic, she attended Holy Rosary church while living in the city, it was during this time
she met and married Daniel A. Palaferro, Sr. their wedding reception was noted to have more than 1,000 attendees.
They had three children: Daniel A., Jr. husband of Joyce of Denver, Pa, Dean J. husband of Linda of Scottsdale, AZ and Judy Palaferro of Brooklyn, NY.
After moving to Mt. Penn, she attended St. Catherine of Siena and became a dedicated and hard working
fixture at their fund raising bazaars and community events for decades. A generous and thoughtful
neighbor she lived many years on Woodvale Avenue where she was employed at Zipf Candies and later the
Mount Penn school district serving lunches.
A devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and niece, Marie was famous for her christmas cookies and italian
specialties. She was dedicated to tradition and family. Marie is survived by her children, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am in St. Catharine of Siena Chapel, 2427 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, PA. Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery.
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Joseph A. Yerger

Joseph A. Yerger, 38 of Shillington passed away April 1st, 2014 in Reading Hospital & Medical Center. He was the fiancee of Ashley Miccicke. Born in Reading he was a son of David A. Yerger and Deborah L. (Moyer) wife of David Henne all of Reading. Joe was fabricator for Reading Truck for over 20 years. He is survived by two sons Kyle D. and Seth A. Yerger and two daughters Tori R. Yerger wife of Robert Rismiller and Amanda Wessner and one granddaughter all of Reading. Joe was also survived by two brothers Donny and Anthony as well as three sisters Kayla, Vanessa, and Brittany. Friends may call on Tuesday April 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at Lutz Funeral Home 2100 Perkiomen Ave Mt. Penn. A service will then be held on Wednesday April 9th at 11:00 am. at Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Interment in Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Joseph A. Yerger Memorial Fund and can be sent to Susquehanna Bank 800 Kenhorst Plaza Shillington PA 19607 P.O. Box 738. For online condolences, please

Eric P Lando

Eric P Lando, 49 of Reading passed away April 1st, 2014 in his residence. He was the husband of Jennifer L. Orth. Born in Reading he was a son of the late Morris P. and Nancy C. (Sanders) Lando. Eric is survived by two daughters Brittany Lando of Hazelton and Erica Lando of Hamburg and one granddaughter Gracie. Services and Interment are private. For online condolences, please

Patricia L. Metzler

Patricia L. Metzler, 66, of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Lancaster, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Stokes) Metzler. Patricia was a 1965 graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School and Reading Area Community College with an Associates Degree in Nursing. She was a member of St. Thomas U.C.C. Reading and was most recently a member of Crossway Church-Mohnton and participated with the Bible Study. Patricia was an Operating Room Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 35 years until retiring. She is survived by one Son: Brian R. Metzler, husband of Jeanine of Sinking Spring, one Granddaughter: Emma Ann Metzler and three Sisters: Linda L. Metzler, Debra S. Metzler, both of Blandon and Jeanne M. Metzler of Shenandoah. She was pre-deceased by one Brother, Ronald J. Metzler and on e Sister, Roberta J. Metzler. The family will receive friends and relativesfrom 10:00-11:00 A.M. with services beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mt. Penn. Interment in Good Shepherd Cemetery-Tuckerton. For online condolences, please