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Stanley J. “Skip” Szurgot

Stanley J. “Skip” Szurgot, 75, formerly of Mount Penn and most currently of Exeter Township, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Berkshire Center.  He was the husband of Christine V. (Gdowik) Szurgot.  Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Stanley J. and Mary C. (Reuth) Szurgot.  He attended Reading Catholic High School and was a member of St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.  Skip was a United States Air Force Veteran.  He was a life member of both the Basketball Old Timers and Neversink Rod and Gun Club, a volunteer fireman for Mt. Penn Fire Company, a PIAA Basketball Referee for nine years and a CYO Basketball Coach for St. Catherine’s for 13 years and an auxiliary member of the F.O.P.  Skip was employed by Firestone in Pottstown for 20+ years and was then a Pennsylvania State Constable for the Boro of Mount Penn and he retired from Cambridge-Lee as a Safety Administrator.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children:  Donna M. Duffy of Hamburg, Stephen M. Szurgot husband of Marie of Mt. Penn, Lynn M. wife of Patrick Rothermel of Wyomissing and Robert A. Szurgot husband of Tricia of Wyomissing; Grandchildren:  Nicholas, Ashley and Zachary Duffy, Jessica and Joshua Szurgot, Olivia and Ian Rothermel and Jack Szurgot.  He was pre-deceased by his brother Ronald Szurgot.  Visitation with the family will be held from 9:00-10:00 A.M. on Monday, February 16, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in St. Catharine of Siena Chapel 2427 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St.Peters’ R.C.C. Basketball Program 322 S. 5th Street Reading, PA 19602.  For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

Glenn W. Witters

Glenn W.  Witters, 81, of Lower Alsace Township, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in his residence. Born in Stony Creek, he was a son of the late William D., Jr. and Ruth E. (Grabert) Witters.  Glenn was a United States Army Veteran and was pattern maker for Acme for many years.  He is survived by: Two Sisters:  Corrine R. Witters of Mt. Penn and Vivian A. Seidel of Reading and many nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Burial will be Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

John R. Gerhard

John R. Gerhard, 56, of Oley, passed away on Saturday February 7, 2015 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of Gloria Y. (Acuna) Gerhard.

Born in Allentown, PA he was a son of the late Richard Gerhard and Hildergarde (Rapp) Breidenbach of Oley. John was an auto mechanic for all of his life.  He is survived by one son Shane, one daughter Amber, one step son Julian and three step-grandchildren: Benjamin, Isabel and Emilia. He is also survived by two brothers Samuel and David.  Friends may call from 10:00 AM- 11:00am with services beginning at 11:00 am on Friday, February 13 in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn.  Inurnment in Schwarzwald Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to One Run Together (http://oneruntogether.org) 135 Schoolhouse Lane Coatesville, PA 19320 or the Bethany Children’s Home 1863 Bethany Rd. Womelsdorf, PA 19567.  Please put “Helping Hands” in the memo section of your check. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Kathleen J. Deibert

Kathleen J. Deibert, 61, of Exeter Township, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 in her residence.  She was the wife of Dr. David C. Deibert.  Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late James E., Sr. and Florence W. (Wainwright) Mabon.  Kathleen was a graduate of SUNY-(State University of New York) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and was a member of Pennside Presbyterian Church.   She was involved in many different boards and organizations throughout the Exeter School District.  Kathleen loved the beach, especially Cape May, rainbows, fireworks, gardening and always had a home improvement project and a list for everything.  In addition to her husband, Kathleen is survived by:  One Son:  Adam Vaccarella of Denver, CO; Two Daughters:  Amanda Deibert of Burkina Faso and Reading and Aimee Deibert of Exeter Township; Two Brothers:  Dr. James E. Mabon, Jr. husband of Aline of Muncy and William F. Mabon, husband of Ellie of Doylestown; One Sister:  Cynthia A. wife of Gene Koch; her dogs Lola and Kitzel and a cat Dobbie.  Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00-11:00 A.M. with memorial services following at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Pennside Presbyterian Church 253 N. 25th Street Reading, PA 19606.  Interment private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kathleen to the non-profit organization KIVA which provides micro loans to third world entrepreneurs at www.KIVA.org.   Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mt. Penn in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Donna L. Shurr

Donna L.  Shurr, 62, formerly of Reading, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in her residence.  Born in Exeter Township, she was a daughter of the late Clair W., Sr. and Cora B. (Endy) Shurr.  Donna was a clerk for AAA Reading-Berks for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by:  One Sister:  Linda L. widow of Donald W. High Sr. of Amity Township.  She was pre-deceased by her sisters: Virginia and Carolyn A. Shurr and her brothers:  Thomas A., Martin L., Sr., Richard and Clair W.,Jr.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Schwarzwald Cemetery-Jacksonwald. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schwarzwald Cemetery Association 707 N. 25th Street Apt. B-2 Reading, PA 19606. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. Mt. Penn in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

 

Eleanor F. Urban

Eleanor F. Willingmyre Urban, 97, our loving mother, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Mifflin Court Assisted Living.  She was the widow of Richard Willingmyre who passed away in 1972 and Charles W. Urban who passed away in 1984.  Born in Burlington, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Samuel W. and Sarah S. (Buchner) Pursell.  Eleanor was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She is survived by One Son:  Richard J. Willingmyre of Punta Gorda, FL; One Daughter:  Janet W. wife of William I. Haney of Morgantown; Five Grandchildren and Ten Great-Grandchildren.  She was pre-deceased by a grandson, two sisters and one brother.  Visitation with the family will be held from 2:00-3:00 P.M. with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, February 7, 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 Bethany E.L. Church 1375 Friedensburg Road Reading, PA 19606.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Mary E. Kennedy

Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, 94, of Exeter Township, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Berkshire Center.  She was the widow of Thomas Kennedy, who passed away January 17, 1999.   Born in St. Lawrence, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Bertha (Brumbach) Levan.  Mary was a graduate of Reading High School and Albright College with a Bachelor of Science Degree..  She then worked as a chemist for Beryllium Corporation during WWII, where she met her future husband.  Mary later earned her teaching certificate from Kutztown University in Library Science and was a librarian in the Reading School District for over 20 years.  She served as a Campfire Girls leader in St. Lawrence and was a charter member of Community United Church of Christ in St. Lawrence.

Mary is survived by:  Two Sons: John T., husband of Marcia, and Kevin S., husband of Sally, both of Exeter Township; Three Daughters:  Barbara L. widow of Paul Tobler, of Leesburg, VA, Kathleen K., wife of David Wilkinson, of Mt. Airy, MD, and Gwen L., wife of Kurt Zaspel, III, of Pittsburgh; Sixteen Grandchildren and Eight Great-Grandchildren.  She was pre-deceased by her two brothers, Kenneth and David Levan.  Services and Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League P.O. Box 69 Mohnton, PA 19540.  For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Barbara E. May

Barbara E. May, 63, formerly of Mount Penn, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center after complications from a lengthy illness. She was born September 25, 1951 in Berlin, Germany, a daughter of the late Walter May and Alberta (Hood) May of Mount Penn.  Barbara was a graduate of Tulpehocken High School, Penn State University with a degree in Law Enforcement and York College with a degree in Nursing.  She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist of Philadelphia.  She was the first female police officer to serve on the Penn State Police Department in State College and was lastly employed by Einstein Medical Center as a records management auditor.  In addition to her mother, Barbara is survived by her siblings Patricia wife of Richard Bittle of Muhlenberg, William (Hoppy) May husband of Jane (Angstat) May of Sinnemahoning, PA, Valerie (Itsy) Kozlowski wife of Andy Kozlowski of Mount Penn; Nieces and Nephews Cathy (Reed) Humphreys, Jamie Williams, Susan (Kozlowski) Tomaszewski, Trisha (Kozlowski) Hicks, Samantha May and great-niece Kayla Wadsley and a great-nephew Michael Tomaszewski.  Visitation with the family will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. with a service beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 3401 Civic Center Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104. For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Vivian A. Hoffman

Vivian A. Hoffman, 67, of Mount Penn, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015 in her residence.  She was the widow of Thomas W.  Hoffman who passed away in 1996.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Lester and Lois A. (Wagner) Sanderson.

Vivian was a graduate of Reading High School and was a member of Trinity U.C.C. in Mount Penn and was also a member of the Mt. Penn Seniors.  She was previously employed by the Berks County Prison Society, Carpet Mart and lastly was the secretary for Trinity U.C.C. until her retirement. Vivian is survived by:  One Daughter:  Tina L. Boas with whom she resided; Three Grandchildren:  Ashley, Brittany and William; One Half Brother:  Bill Sanderson and Two Half Sisters:  Cindy Schreiter and Leslie Salzman

Visitation with the family will be held from 12:30-1:30 P.M.with memorial services following at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Trinity U.C.C. 2449 Cumberland Ave. Mt. Penn.  Inurnment in Berks County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.  Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Reading, PA 19606 is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com

Fotios Arnidis

Fotios Arnidis, of Reiffton, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.  He was the husband of Angeline A. (Crimaldi) Arnidis.  Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Constantine and Marianthi (Fotiou) Arnidis.  Fotios was a graduate of Reading High School and was a member of St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.-Mount Penn.  Fotios was a gifted artist and sign painter having worked for Roy Klein and William Klein Sign Co’s.  He loved dancing with his wife at Northmont and enjoyed the stock car races with his daughters at the Reading Fairgrounds. Fotios was a devoted Husband and loving Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.  The family is grateful for the care Fotios received from The Reading Hospital MICU, Exeter Ambulance, Fire Dept and Police Dept.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by: Three Daughters:  Mary R. Harris of Mt. Penn, Angela M. Breneman of Reiffton and Helene Arnidis Hoffman wife of Mark A. of Wernersville Grandsons: Michael D. Harris, Jr. husband of Cynthia, Dennis R. Trupp fiancé of Lori Lydon and Noah I. Breneman and Seven Great-Grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by his sisters Niki Kousoulides and Helen Psaros and a brother James Arnidis.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Ave. Mt. Penn on Friday, February 6, 2015 with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catharine of Siena Chapel, 2427 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606.  Entombment in 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