Oliver John Pribanick

Oliver John Pribanick, 87 of Birdsboro, PA died on Friday, March 27, 2020, at home.

Born December 9, 1932 in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of the late Frank Mitchell Pribanick and Frances Ann (Krisco) Pribanick.

He was retired from Berks Products.

Oliver enjoyed listing to county music.

He served in the US Army from 1953 until 1955. He was a Veteran of the Korea Conflict.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church, Union Township, Berks County, PA.

Surviving are son, William Frank husband of Louise Pribanick of Myrtle Beach, SC, daughter, Ella Marie Pribanick at home; 4 grandchildren, David, Chris, Traci and Scott; 7 great grandchild, Corey, Katie, Ashley, Barret, Kathryn, Mykal and Addy; 1 great grandson, Phoenix.

Interment will be private in Immaculate Conception R. C. Cemetery, Douglassville, PA.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677.

John Louis D ’Augustine, Jr.

John Louis D ’Augustine, Jr., 85 of Birdsboro, PA died on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Reading Hospital.

Born February 5, 1935 in Birdsboro, PA, he was the son of the late John L. D’Augustine, Sr. and Freida (Weinhold) Tucci.

He was employed by Dana Corp. Prior to that he was employed by Bethlehem Steel Grace Mines, Morgantown, PA.

John was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Birdsboro Sportsmen’s Club, Long Run Hunting Camp, South Birdsboro Archery Rod and Gun Club; he also attended the Pennsylvania Military College.

Surviving are sons, John L. D’Augustine, III of Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, Scott T. D’Augustine at home and 3 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by brother, Richard D’Augustine.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Animal Rescue League 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Russell E. McVaugh, Sr.

Russell E. McVaugh Sr., 89 of Robeson Twp., Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, In the comfort of his home. Born in Seyfert, PA, he was the son of the late Walter W. McVaugh and the late Lillian R. (Ludwig) McVaugh. He was the widower of Mary E. (Davis) McVaugh.

Russell worked as a miner for 30 yrs. retiring in 1985 for Bethlehem Steel. He was a member of Robeson Lutheran Church; Gibraltar, Morgantown, and Brecknock Fire Cos., and Green Hills Sportsmen’s Club. In his free time he enjoyed completing word searches.

Surviving Russell are, daughter: Barbara A., wife of Richard Kurtz of Elverson, PA, brother: Melvin H. McVaugh; 2 sisters: Sandra Horning of Bowmansville, PA and Linda Nosal of Ephrata, PA; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son: Russell E. McVaugh, Jr., 2 brothers: Walter Jr. and Nelson McVaugh; 2 sisters: Nancy Givens and Patricia Klopp; and a grandson John.

There will be a graveside service held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10:30AM at Robeson Cemetery, 3520 Plow Rd. Mohnton, PA 19540.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton, PA 19540.

Jaime L. (Franckowiak) Shank

Jaime L. (Franckowiak) Shank, 38 of Birdsboro, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at the Reading Hospital. Born in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the Gene E. Franckowiak of Mohnton, PA and Cathy J. Moore of Geigertown, PA. She was the wife of Robert W. Shank of Geigertown, PA.

In her free time Jaime enjoyed riding motorcycles.

Surviving Jaime are: 1 son: Giovanni W. Shank at home; 1 daughter: Mixie M. Shank at home; and grandmother: Dorothy Franckowiak of Birdsboro, PA.

She was predeceased by 1 son: Dante Drago, grandparents: William and JoAnn (Davis) Moore and grandfather: Eugene Franckowiak.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berks Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508.

Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements.

Miriam Dorothy Blank

Miriam Dorothy Blank, 98 of Birdsboro, PA died on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at home.

Born December 16, 1921 in Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late Howard Bechtel and Sarah (Schmehl) Bechtel.

She was the widower of Charles Blank who died Oct. 27, 2013.

Miriam loved dogs and always had one most of her life, she also made Hook Rugs.

Surviving are sons, Barry C. Blank of Birdsboro, PA, Robert O. Blank of Birdsboro, PA and David A. Blank, Sr. of Birdsboro, PA, daughter, Sharon A. Blank of Cumru Twp., PA, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren.

She was predeceased by son, Dennis W. Blank.

Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, PA.

Funeral services information will be posted sometime in the future.

Anna Mae (Gauger) Wean

Anna Mae (Gauger) Wean, 88 of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania died on Monday, March 16, 2020, at Keystone Villa at Douglassville. Born Royersford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph D. Gauger and the late Reba Mae (Latshaw) Gauger. She was the widow of Robert E. Wean.

She was employed by the former Pottstown Textile Co. for 40 years, for 1945-1985. Anna last worked in the cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch in the Daniel Boone High School. She loved going to the beaches in Delaware and is a member of Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving Anna are, daughter, Sandra L. wife of Gary Hemminger of Douglassville, PA, and son, Robert E.  Wean of Fort Lauderdale, FL; 4 grandchildren: Shawn Hemminger, husband of Megan, Kelly Packer, wife of Robert, Melissa Juergens, wife of Drew, and Nathaniel Wean, husband of Kim; 6 great grandchildren: Jonah, Sarah Mae, Marty, Amelia, Ronan, and Ava.

She was predeceased by 1 brother: Donald Gauger and 1 sister: Bette Bianchini.

There will be a graveside service held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00AM at Birdsboro Cemetery, 1018 E. Main St. Birdsboro, PA 19508.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene, 715 E. 3rd St., Birdsboro, PA 19508.

WILLIAM J. MOORE

WILLIAM J. MOORE, 103, formerly of Brecknock Twp., passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 29th in Country Meadows of Wyomissing, surrounded by family. Born in Brecknock Twp., he was the son of the late George L. & Carrie (Seifrit) Moore and was the husband of the late Grace I. (Grubb) Moore, who died on December 8, 2011.
Raised on the family dairy farm and only knowing Pennsylvania Dutch when starting school, Bill not only learned English, but also came home and taught it to his parents. Bill graduated from Shillington High School in 1933 and also obtained a degree in Engineering from Penn State by attending night classes at Reading High School.
Bill served in the Army 38th Combat Engineers Regiment from March, 1941 to Sept., 1945, during WWII. Bill enjoyed sharing the story of this regiment constructing the 6,000 ft. runway on Ascension Island in 60 days, which enabled American planes to land and refuel on their way to Africa to fight the German Army there. He also served in the Belgian Congo and England. His regiment landed on Utah Beach on D-2 and continued moving inland, repairing roadways to enable the delivery of supplies to our troops.
Bill returned to dairy farming after his discharge from the Army and, on October 20, 1945, he married Grace Grubb, the girl he knew since childhood and the woman who wrote him many letters while he was in the Army which Bill said “kept him going”. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage and Bill missed her every day.
After retiring, he & Grace toured every state in the USA in their motorhome and also enjoyed many trips to other countries with friends. They especially liked spending the winter months in Florida “snowbirding” with other camping friends. Bill was especially proud to have been able to take Grace to see Normandy Beach and Ascension Island.
A lifetime member of Robeson Lutheran Church, he served on church council and various committees and especially enjoyed singing in the choir. As a child, he had taken music lessons at Wittich’s Music Store in Reading and learned to play the banjo and guitar. Up until a few weeks prior to his death, Bill still enjoyed playing his guitar at Country Meadows. He was also a life member of Alleghenyville Grange (now part of the Gouglersville Grange), Birdsboro VFW Post 411, the Hay Creek Valley Historical Society, the Robeson Robins, and the Mohnton Community Seniors. Bill enjoyed photography and took many photos, slides, and videos of family and places he and Grace visited. He also enjoyed woodworking and had taken woodworking classes at Wilson High School where he gained the knowledge he used to make storm windows for his whole house, which he also built himself. In later years, his hobby was making bird houses which he gave as gifts to his family members.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Lucille Freeman, wife of Donald Freeman, Brecknock Twp. and Kathleen Hess, wife of Eric Hess, Spring Township, his brother, Carl Moore, Brecknock Twp, four granddaughters, Kimberly Fall, wife of Dr. Stephen Fall, Boise, ID, Amy Kunkel, wife of Glenn Kunkel, Brecknock Twp, Dr. Amanda Hess, Emmaus, and Madeline Hess, York, six great-granddaughters Meghan & Laura Fall, Anya Zadlo, and Skye, Sydney, and Kayla Kunkel, and his nieces and nephews. Bill was also predeceased by his sister, Elsie.
Bill’s family would like to thank the staff at Country Meadows of Wyomissing for their support and wonderful care of Bill for 4 years. He enjoyed the group activities and especially liked all the musical programs, attending Sunday afternoon church services, and sitting out on the Building 1 patio on nice summer days. In his last years, while battling dementia, he always maintained his positive attitude, sense of humor, smile, and love for his family. The family also thanks Grane Hospice for their comforting care of Bill during the last few weeks of his life.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton, PA 19540 (Plowville), on Saturday, March 14th at 10:30 AM. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to the start of the service. Interment will be held in the Robeson Lutheran Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robeson Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton, PA 19540.
Dengler Funeral Home, Inc, Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements.

June Marie (Franckowiak) Collison

June Marie (Franckowiak) Collison, 86 of Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Berkshire Center.

Born in Mt. Penn, PA on August 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Stanley & Catherine (Reber) Franckowiak.

June was the widow of Harold W. Collison who died March 4, 1989.

She was a member of Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, Jacksonwald, PA

June is survived by3 daughters, Carol R., wife of Gregory J. Pomian of Exeter Twp., Cheryl L., wife of Scott D. Schwenk-Muhlenberg Twp., Kathleen C., wife of Eric D. Webb of Mt. Penn, 1 brother, Jack husband of Cheryl Franckowiak, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister Mary Steinle and one granddaughter.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc., 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, PA on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with the funeral service at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, PA.

Memorial contributions can be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Cheryl Christine (Kulp) Fick

Cheryl Christine (Kulp) Fick, 70 of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania died on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the Reading Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born August 6, 1949 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Earl Henry Kulp and Louise May (Bodine) Kulp. She was the wife of Thomas John Fick.

She was a member of the former Calvary Evangelical Church, Birdsboro, PA.

Cheryl enjoyed volunteering for various groups and helping others, three of the groups are Hopewell Love, INC, Meals on Wheels and the local community food bank.

Surviving along with her husband are 3 daughters, Tara wife of Douglas Ottenberg of Camp Hill, PA, Angelia L. wife of Wesley Beers of Philadelphia, PA, Katie A. wife of Matthew Buckno of Nazareth, PA and 6 grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Cheryl.

Debra J. (Angstadt) Gazdik

Debra J. (Angstadt) Gazdik, 65 of Shillington, PA passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in the comfort of her home. Born in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Raymond D. Angstadt and Ruth S. (Davidheiser) Bitting of Kulptown, PA. She was the wife of Richard J. Gazdik.

Debbie worked as a micro-chip tester for Agere, formerly Western Electric. She loved antiquing, jewelry, the arts, and music. Debbie was especially fond of her dog Layla.

Surviving Debbie, along with her husband, Richard, and mother, Ruth, are: 2 step-daughters: Michelle L. Gazdik of West Chester, PA and Megan E. Christie, wife of Adrian of New South Wales, Australia; 2 sisters: Kim D. Angstadt of Douglassville, PA, and Beth A. Angstadt of Douglassville, PA; and 2 grandchildren: Katinka and Rocco.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1337 Geigertown Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508 on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00AM. A visitation will be held from 9:30AM-11:00AM at the church before the service on Friday. Inurnment will be held in St. James Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 5 Geigertown, PA 19523.