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Fern Pondo

February 28, 1926 — November 21, 2023

Fern M. (Hess) Pondo, 97, born on February 28, 1926 in Oley, passed away November 21, 2023 at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mabel (Hilbert) Hess. Fern was the widow of Albert C. Pondo. She is survived by her son Louis, husband of Diane Pondo, daughter Lisa Bagdon, wife of Kelly Bagdon, three grandchildren, Heather Nowicki, wife of Adam Nowicki, Beth Hymes, wife of Josh Hymes, and Alexis Bagdon. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Brooke, Ben, Thomas, and Sara, her nieces Evie Thomas, wife of Bruce Thomas, and Kathi Boczar, partner of John Hagan, and many other nieces and nephews, whom she loved. Fern was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Fern was the co-owner of Al Pondo's Change of Pace Restaurant in St. Lawrence for 12 years, as well as the Pondorosa Inn near Wernersville. She retired from Palmer candy.

Fern was grateful for the care she received by all of her caregivers, especially Penda whose love and devotion she gave to Fern on her final days will never be forgotten.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am with a prayer service beginning at 10:30 am at Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Avenue Reading, PA 19606. Internment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery Chapel of St. George, 3139 Kutztown Road Reading, PA 19605. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Lutz Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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