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Gerald Evans

Jul 13, 1934 - Oct 07, 2023

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Topton, PA

Gerald D. Evans "Jerry", 89, passed away on October 7, 2023 at The Lutheran Home at Topton. He was the husband of Margaret S. Evans. They shared 63 wonderful years together.Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Thelma E. Edwards, adopted son of grandparents Thomas J. Evans, and Jennie M. Evans, with Russell C. Kunkel and Doris J. Kunkel continuing parental care upon the death of Thomas and Jennie Evans. Gerald graduated from Reading High School in 1952. He was drafted and served in t...Read More

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David L. Schnader

Apr 10, 1938 - Jan 29, 2024

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Topton, PA

David L. Schnader, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2024, at the age of 85 in Topton, Pennsylvania. Born on April 10, 1938, in Reading, PA, David lived a life marked by dedication to his family, his students, and his community. David was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Ellis) Schnader, with whom he shared a lifetime of love and memories. Together, they raised a family that included their children, Kathleen Yankowski, Amy (Ray) Triand, Laura (Doug) Everette, Donna (Mike) Murray, and Steve (Alice) King. He took great joy in his role as a grandfather to Jason, Kyle, Ayla, Kurt, Anthony, Brian, Jonathan, Geran, Edan, Brandon, Joshua, Andrew, and Matthew, and was a proud great-grandfather to Sophia, Christopher, and Kassie. David was also a respected father-in-law to Wendy King. His legacy continues through the lives of his family, who cherished him deeply. Preceding him in death were his son, Chris King, and siblings, Lydian Dillard and Nile Schnader, who now welcome him with open arms. A proud graduate of Governor Mifflin High School's class of 1956, David furthered his education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his degree in 1961. His passion for education led him to a fulfilling career as a school teacher, where he influenced countless lives with his wisdom and kindness. David was a man of faith and fellowship, an active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mohnton. His commitment to service shone brightly through his involvement with the Mohnton Boy Scouts Troup #264, where he mentored young lives with patience and dedication. David also served his community as a lifetime member of the Cedar Top Fire Company, standing as a testament to his unwavering spirit of service. As we bid farewell to David L. Schnader, we celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy of love, and the countless memories he leaves behind. His life was a beautiful tapestry woven with love, dedication, and service, and his memory will forever be etched in the hearts of his loved ones. David's journey on earth has concluded, but his spirit continues to light the way for those he touched. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. A Memorial Service, to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mohnton, will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 5, Mohnton, PA 19540. To to the family or in memory of David L. Schnader, please

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Alice Sarah Arndt

Nov 20, 1926 - Jan 23, 2024

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Topton, PA

Alice Sarah (Stauffer) Arndt, wife of the late Aurel M Arndt Sr., passed away on January 23, 2024, at the Lutheran Home at Topton. She entered Eternity beside Jesus, welcomed by loved ones, with greetings of “Wie Bischt” resounding through Heaven. Born November 20, 1926, the second child of Jesse and Lillie (Stahl) Stauffer’s 6 children, Alice grew up near Hosensack, PA. She graduated the 8th grade from the local one room schoolhouse and immediately went to work at the Palm Glove Factory.Alice and Aurel married January 29, 1949, and settled in Powder Valley, where they raised their children, Aurel and Nadine. Alice worked in the Emmaus High School library in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Known for her pumpkin cake rolls, fasnachts and other delicious creations, no one ever went hungry in her presence. Faith, family, and friends were of utmost importance to Alice. She tirelessly served at Salem United Methodist Church (Zionsville) and played an active role in Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society. Her unparalleled fundraising helped to preserve local and family history for future generations. Never one to sit still, she was always on the go with a friendly greeting and kind words to share with everyone she met along the way. As Alice’s mind and body began to fail her, the love she had for Jesus remained. Singing hymns brought light and joy, even in her final days.Alice created a legacy of selfless love, volunteering and deep faith.Schlofe Gute, rest well dear Alice, until we meet again. She is survived by:Children: Aurel Arndt Jr. and recently deceased wife Jane, Nadine Schmoyer and her husband Jim.Grandchildren: Jenny (Arndt) Frei, Sarah (Arndt) Rau, Tommy Arndt, Susannah (Arndt) Detwiler, Allyson (Shaffer) Nelson, Jesse Shaffer, Eric Schmoyer, Kim (Schmoyer) MacIver, 14 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great Great-Granddaughters, 3 Siblings: Russell Stauffer, Norma Flexer, Miriam Flexer, and many nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by husband, Aurel Arndt Sr. and sisters, Blanche Stauffer and Merle LehThe family wishes to thank the Memory Care Breidegam Center at Lutheran Home at Topton and Bayada Hospice Care for Alice’s care.Family and Friends are invited to celebrate Alice’s life with a calling hour from Noon to 1 p.m. and a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service, all at Salem United Methodist Church, 6440 Powder Valley Rd, Zionsville, PA 18092 on Saturday February 3, 2024. A reception will immediately follow the service at the St. Peter’s Union Church Social Hall. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Church, the Benevolent Care Fund at the Lutheran Home at Topton or a charity of your choice. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Alice Sarah Arndt, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Alice Sarah Arndt

Nov 20, 1926 - Jan 23, 2024

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Topton, PA

Alice Sarah (Stauffer) Arndt, wife of the late Aurel M Arndt Sr., passed away on January 23, 2024, at the Lutheran Home at Topton. She entered Eternity beside Jesus, welcomed by loved ones, with greetings of “Wie Bischt” resounding through Heaven. Born November 20, 1926, the second child of Jesse and Lillie (Stahl) Stauffer’s 6 children, Alice grew up near Hosensack, PA. She graduated the 8th grade from the local one room schoolhouse and immediately went to work at the Palm Glove Factory.Alice and Aurel married January 29, 1949, and settled in Powder Valley, where they raised their children, Aurel and Nadine. Alice worked in the Emmaus High School library in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Known for her pumpkin cake rolls, fasnachts and other delicious creations, no one ever went hungry in her presence. Faith, family, and friends were of utmost importance to Alice. She tirelessly served at Salem United Methodist Church (Zionsville) and played an active role in Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society. Her unparalleled fundraising helped to preserve local and family history for future generations. Never one to sit still, she was always on the go with a friendly greeting and kind words to share with everyone she met along the way. As Alice’s mind and body began to fail her, the love she had for Jesus remained. Singing hymns brought light and joy, even in her final days.Alice created a legacy of selfless love, volunteering and deep faith.Schlofe Gute, rest well dear Alice, until we meet again. She is survived by:Children: Aurel Arndt Jr. and recently deceased wife Jane, Nadine Schmoyer and her husband Jim.Grandchildren: Jenny (Arndt) Frei, Sarah (Arndt) Rau, Tommy Arndt, Susannah (Arndt) Detwiler, Allyson (Shaffer) Nelson, Jesse Shaffer, Eric Schmoyer, Kim (Schmoyer) MacIver, 14 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great Great-Granddaughters, 3 Siblings: Russell Stauffer, Norma Flexer, Miriam Flexer, and many nieces and nephews. Alice was predeceased by husband, Aurel Arndt Sr. and sisters, Blanche Stauffer and Merle LehThe family wishes to thank the Memory Care Breidegam Center at Lutheran Home at Topton and Bayada Hospice Care for Alice’s care.Family and Friends are invited to celebrate Alice’s life with a calling hour from Noon to 1 p.m. and a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service, all at Salem United Methodist Church, 6440 Powder Valley Rd, Zionsville, PA 18092 on Saturday February 3, 2024. A reception will immediately follow the service at the St. Peter’s Union Church Social Hall. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Church, the Benevolent Care Fund at the Lutheran Home at Topton or a charity of your choice. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Alice Sarah Arndt, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Mary Magdalane (Taubitz) Rehrer

Aug 05, 1950 - Jan 18, 2024

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Topton, PA

Mary Magdalane (Taubitz) Rehrer, 73, formerly of Spring Township, passed away January 18, 2024, at the Lutheran Home at Topton. Born in Reading, she was the youngest daughter of the late August and Elizabeth (Hartman) Taubitz. Mary was a 1968 graduate of Holy Name High School and a 1999 Summa cum Laude graduate of Alvernia University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She was employed as an Inside Sales Representative by Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials. Her Catholic Faith was an important part of her life, she was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Whitfield, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Mary frequently visited religious shrines with her friends. Mary enjoyed ballroom dancing with her long-time companion, George Pasko, traveling to historic and Native American sites, backpacking with her nephew, riding her horse, General, through the Berks countryside, enjoying regional foods and cooking and baking for her friends and neighbors. She is survived by her three sisters, Louise Kellenberger (George,) Frances Taubitz, and Theresa Musser (widow of Brent, Sr.,) her five nephews (Brent and Brian Musser, Timothy Peffley, Gregory, and Donald Kellenberger) and one niece (Andrea Cirranello.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, 2600 St. Albans Dr., Reading, PA 19609 with burial to follow at Gethsemane Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southwest Indian Foundation, 100 West Coal Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, or a charity of your choice. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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Michael Everett Kerr

Apr 24, 1965 - Jan 16, 2024

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Topton, PA

Michael Everett Kerr, 58, of Pikeville passed away on Tuesday January 16, 2024, in the Lutheran Home at Topton. Mike was born in Lansdale, PA, and was the son of the late William C. Kerr and Bette Kenison and brother of the late William C. Kerr, Jr. Mike attended Methacton High School and was an HVAC installation and repair technician by trade. He worked at several local businesses including Longacre Electric, Coventry Burner and Heating Services, Madsen Inc., and most recently, William R. Gift as the Service Manager. Mike served in the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War and enjoyed spending his vacations fishing from his boat or listening to the waves. He was an avid Eagles’ fan and loved watching them with his dogs, Bailey, Roger, and MJ. Mike is survived by his sister, Leah Kerr Demers of Oklahoma, nephew, Gavin Kerr, and niece, Margareth Elena Kerr. He is also survived by many dear cousins and friends who will miss his infectious laugh and witty sense of humor. A Celebration of Life is planned for the spring with the date to be announced soon. Arrangements will be conducted by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc. 111 North Reading Ave. Boyertown, PA 19512.

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William D. Jones, Jr.

Jan 21, 1933 - Jan 10, 2024

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Topton, PA

William D. Jones, Jr., "Bill", 90, of Maidencreek Twp., passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 in Lutheran Home at Topton surrounded by loved ones. He was the husband of Patricia A. "Pat" Kuchinos. They were married on February 26, 1983, and celebrated forty years of marriage. Born in Tamaqua, he was the son of the late William D. Jones and Emma I. (Kramer) Jones Herring. Bill was a 1951 graduate of Tamaqua High School and attended Penn State University. For forty-two years he worked as a design engineer for Air Products and Chemicals, retiring in 1999. Although he traveled extensively and visited 16 countries, he had a fondness for NYC (and the Yankees). He was an avid cyclist, logging over 15,000 miles on his beloved Peugeot bicycle and was a member of the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen. A talented painter, he created wonderful masterpieces for his family using watercolors, acrylics and oils. He was also an avid photographer, taking thousands of pictures throughout his life. Music was a dominant force in his life, and he listened to an eclectic mix of artists on a daily basis. He also enjoyed sports cars and Harley Davidsons. For 15 years, and with the support of his wife, Bill was instrumental in establishing the Victory Riders Motorcycle Ministry at Glad Tidings. They later attended the Bridge Church in Hamburg. Surviving in addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughters: Pamela J. Werner, wife of Mark, Hazleton; and Sherri I. Jones, Bethlehem; step-children: Hilary A. Clemons, wife of Kyle, Allentown; Linda Wheaton, Bobbie McGeehan, wife of Brian; and Daniel Wheaton, husband of Rande; one granddaughter: Jennifer Fox, wife of Jason; two great-grandchildren: Tori Fox; and Mercedes Kaminski, wife of James; two step-grandchildren: Alex Hernandez, wife of Roy; and Malakai Clemons; and one step-great-granddaughter: Reyna Hernandez. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport, is in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald Gerhart

Mar 08, 1948 - Dec 20, 2023

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Topton, PA

Ronald E. Gerhart, 75, of Breinigsville, formerly of Emmaus, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at The Lutheran Home at Topton. He and his wife, Donna L. (Kohl) Gerhart would have celebrated 25 years of marriage on April 2. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Oliver and Elsie (Schaller) Gerhart. Ron was a custodian for 20 years in the East Penn School District, working primarily at the Willow Lane building, until retiring in 2015. He previously was employed at Kraft Foods and was a graduate of Dieruff High School, Class of 1966. Ron enjoyed trap shooting at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club and was an avid bowler earlier in his life. Survivors: Wife; Daughter, Christine M. Westerman and her husband, Chad; and Grandson, Landry L. Westerman. He was preceded in death by Brothers, Charles and Thomas Gerhart. Services: 11 a. m. Thursday, December 28, 2023 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a. m. Thursday in the church. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke Association at www. stroke. org or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations at www. cff. org To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Ronald E. Gerhart, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Maria Beekman

Mar 22, 1938 - Dec 01, 2023

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Topton, PA

Maria (Foisel) Beekman, age 85, wife of the late C. Wayne Beekman of Fleetwood, PA, passed away on the morning of Friday, December 1, 2023, in the Lutheran Home at Topton. Born in Durrbach, Romania on March 22, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Maria (Thellmann) and Johann Foisel Sr. As a recently emigrated teen from Austria, Maria was a dancer in a Schuhplattler group at the Reading Liederkranz. She describes in a diary that she met a nice young man, Wayne Beekman, when he fixed her flat tire, 40 years before they were to reunite and marry. After settling in Kutztown, she became a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Kutztown, PA, and retired from Kutztown University where she was a custodian. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, especially for her family. Maria was adored by her grandchildren, known by all as "Oma. " Maria was an ardent Phillies fan, watching in the stands and at home on tv. Maria is survived by her children, Randy husband of Tracey Moyer of Shillington, Heidi wife of Rodney Mease of Kutztown, and Denise wife of Todd Schnaufer of Topton. Step-children, Valerie wife of Jack Sassaman of Boyertown, Rhonda wife of Kevin Ochs of Mohnton, and Calvin J. husband of Michele Beekman of Boyertown. 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive her. She is predeceased by her brothers, Johann Foisel, Martin Foisel, and Mike Foisel. A funeral service will be held at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home in Boyertown, PA on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 11 am. A viewing will be held prior at the funeral home from 10 am to 11 am. Burial will follow the service at Hill Church Cemetery in Boyertown, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Maria's honor to Oley Valley FFA C/O Calvin Beekman at 732 Franklin Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512. Online condolences can be made at at www. lwottfuneralhome. com.

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Elaine Gogluizza

Aug 18, 1947 - Nov 26, 2023

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Topton, PA

Elaine Jean Gogluizza, 76, of Muhlenberg Township passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at The Lutheran Home at Topton. Born in Reading, PA on August 18, 1947, she was a daughter to the late Angelo V. Gogluizza and Anna M. (Czarnecki) Gogluizza. For 10 years, Elaine worked in customer service at V&S Sandwiches. Previously working at Berkshire Knitting Mills. Elaine loved dogs, trips to the casino, online gambling and of course BINGO! Elaine's spirit will be carried on by her partner of 36 years Randy Gagliano; sister Dale Prince; sister Linda Straka; brother Joseph Gogluizza and brother Donald Gogluizza. Elaine also leaves behind many nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. In addition to her parents, Elaine was preceded in death by her brother Ernest Gogluizza; her sister Darlene Gogluizza and her sister Dora Gogluizza. A viewing for Elaine will be held Friday, December 8, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 391 W. Neversink Rd. , Reading, PA 19606. Services and burial will be private and at the discretion of Elaine's family. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. aumansinc. com for the Gogluizza family.

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Barbara Finley

Aug 01, 1941 - Nov 17, 2023

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Topton, PA

Barbara J. Finley, 82, formerly of Walnutport, passed away Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the wife of the late Edgar H. Finley, who passed away in 2005. Born in Slatington on August 1, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth E. (Brown) Zellner. Barbara worked for the former Paris Accessories, Walnutport, for 36 years. She also worked at Becky’s Drive In, Berlinsville for 44 years, where she was affectionately known as the "Hot Dog Lady. " In her younger years, Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s UCC, Indianland, and sang on the church choir. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Noel J. Zellner and wife Sharon of Lehighton, Edgar C. Finley and wife Linda of Palmerton; daughter: Lisa and husband Terry Smith of Walnutport; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters: Charlotte Fritzinger, Elizabeth Osborne, both of Northampton. She was predeceased by a grandson, Joseph Zellner, and a sister, Ruth Zellner. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second Street, Slatington. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9 to 11AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow the service at Indianland Cemetery, Cherryville. Contributions in Barbara’s memory can be made to Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, c/o the funeral home.

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