Cecilia Marie Kocher

Cecilia Marie Kocher, 38, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on, June 28, 2020. Born in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of Brenda J. (DePaola) wife of Frank Cole of Birdsboro, PA.

Cecilia enjoyed sewing, crafting, singing, and writing poetry.

She is survived by 3 sons: William Welliver of Birdsboro, PA, Alexander Welliver of Douglassville, PA and Vito Welliver of Douglassville, PA; brother: Joshua Kocher of Birdsboro, PA; sister: Angelina Kocher of Douglassville, PA; step-sister: Amanda Cole of Reading, PA; aunt: Sharon DePaola of Shillington, PA; grandmother: Geraldine DePaola of Shillington, PA; aunt: Elizabeth M. Strickler; aunt: Cynthia L. Pearsall; aunt: Frances A. Wright; aunt: Robin L. Kocher; niece: Naomi Amwake; nephew: Joseph Amwake; and caregiver: Carlton Bennett of Philadelphia, PA.

She is predeceased by her father: Curtis L. Kocher, Jr.; grandfather: Frank DePaola, Jr. And grandmother: Clara M. Robb

A viewing will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home following the viewing at 3:30pm. Don’t forget your mask.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 to help the family with funeral expenses.

Harry Paul Painter,

Harry Paul Painter, 97 of Birdsboro, PA died on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at home.

Born November 25, 1922 in Birdsboro, PA, he was the son of the late Harry Melvin Painter and the late Emma (Myers) Painter. He was the husband of the late Betty Jane (Martin) Painter, who died Feb. 12, 2017. They were married on May 8, 1948 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Birdsboro.

He graduated from Birdsboro High School, class of 1941 and was instrumental in organizing many class reunions. An avid athlete, he was a member of the basketball and track and field teams. His one-mile relay team won first in the Pennsylvania state championship in 1940 and won second place in 1941.

Paul is a World War II veteran. He served in the Army, 169th Infantry in New Guinea, Northern Solomons, and Luzon and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Purple Heart. He was assigned as a guard for Eleanor Roosevelt when she visited the troops in the Philippine Islands.

He and his father were contractors, building many schools and homes in the Birdsboro and Berks/Chester County areas. He retired in 1984 from his business Harry M. Painter and Son. He was Birdsboro Justice of the Peace in the early 1970’s.

Paul sang in the choir over 80 years at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Birdsboro, PA. He was heavily involved on the Property Committee when the current church was built in 1961. He also enjoyed baking many cakes and desserts with his wife, Betty for various church functions.

He was a member of Birdsboro Lions Club, a 74-year member of Masonic Union Lodge #479 and a founding member of the Birdsboro Jaycees.

Surviving is son, Mark L. Painter of Royersford, PA, daughter, Cynthia J. Painter of Lancaster, PA, sister, Margaret Johnson of Emmaus, PA; 2 grandchildren, Kyle husband of Jenna Painter of Oxford, PA, Molly wife of Christian Schappel of Rising Sun, MD and 5 great grandchildren, Carter, Carson, Juliet, Emmet, & Emery.

He was predeceased by sister, Elizabeth Peifer and grandson, Chad A. Painter

A drive through viewing will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, PA.

Public Graveside Services by Union Lodge #479 F & AM and Rev. James T. Farnsworth and Interment in Birdsboro Cemetery on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Contributions may be made to Union Lodge #479 F and AM, 201 Washington Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508 or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church –“Digital Outreach Campaign” (for new audio & video equipment), 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA 19508

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.

Graveside service and Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, PA on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Ann (Angelis) Schlott

Ann (Angelis) Schlott, 92 of Ruscombmanor Twp., Berks Co., PA, died on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at home.

Born August 27, 1927 in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Morris Angelis and Rose (Forte) Angelis. She was the wife of the late Bruce H. Schlott, who died on February 20, 2001.

She was employed by the Kelray Knitting Mills, West Reading from 1941 to 1966.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church, Douglassville, PA.

Surviving are son, Steven M. Bair of Bernville, PA, daughters, Cynthia A. Schlott of Fleetwood, PA and Tami M. wife of Richard Rice of Fleetwood, PA; 3 granddaughters.

Entombment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale, PA.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Jean E. (Yeager) Pilkerton

Jean E. (Yeager) Pilkerton, 69, of Reading, PA, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020, after an extraordinarily strong fight. She was the daughter of the late James W. and Grace C. (Schmeck) Yeager.

Jean enjoyed watercolor painting, reading, vacationing at the beach­—and most importantly, spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Jean is survived by her daughter Melissa L. Fix, wife of Richard W. Fix of Gibraltar; significant other and longtime companion, Robert A. Murphy of Reading; sisters Ruth Holthaus of Dallas, PA, Sharon Sutter of Reading, Deborah Morales of Reading, and Jamie Moore of Fleetwood; and granddaughters, Kendra Grace and Margaret Jean Fix, of whom she was very proud.

The family would like to thank Jean’s team of medical professionals that provided her with phenomenal care over the years, especially in her last moments.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lower Alsace Volunteer Ambulance Association, 750 N. 25th St. Reading, PA 19606 or the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, 58 Kennel Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508.

Eric “Rick” “Hoffy” F. Hoffman

Eric “Rick” “Hoffy” F. Hoffman, 71, of Birdsboro, Exeter Twp., PA, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in the comfort of his home. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Alvin Harold and Marguerite “Rita” (Delaquito) Hoffman. He was the loving husband of JoAnn M. (Harner) Hoffman

Rick worked as an installer and repairman for the former Conestoga Telephone Co. in Birdsboro, PA. He was a member of the Local I.B.E.W. 1349, enjoyed fishing and going to casinos and car shows. Rick also had a passion for cars, especially his ’55 Chevy and Willys Street Rod.

Surviving Rick, along with his wife, JoAnn are, 1son: Eric T. Hoffman, husband of Mallory of Exeter Twp., PA; 3 daughters: Erin M. Lichty, wife of Michael of Terre Hill, PA, Kristin A. Frantz, wife of Steven of Exeter Twp., PA, and Stephanie M. Ganovsky, wife of Ryan of Exeter Twp., PA; 1 sister: Melanie A. Morroney, wife of Joseph of Exeter Twp., PA; and 4 grandchildren: Camryn M. Reppert, Elijah J. Lichty, Zoey C. Hoffman, and Spencer A. Hoffman.

There will be a graveside service at Birdsboro Cemetery, 1018 E. Main St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N 11th St, Reading, PA 19604.

Chad David Hill

Chad David “Boog” Hill, 22 of Birdsboro, PA, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the Reading Hospital. Born in Norristown, PA, he was the son of David D. and Ann Marie (Person) Hill of Birdsboro, PA.

Chad enjoyed working on cars and spending time with his son.

Chad is survived by, along with his parents, a son: Hunter Wyatt, brother: Andrew Person and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services will be held at the family’s convenience.

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

James Philip Jacobs

James Philip Jacobs, 83 of Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his residence.

Born June 19, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Walter Jacobs and the late Irene (Brevitz) Jacobs. He married his beautiful wife Margaret Virginia (Wahl) Jacobs on May 15, 1956.

He retired from the former Videotek, Pottstown, PA.

James was a member of Neversink Gun Club and has received 7 patents. James received his private pilot’s license in 1971 and commercial pilot’s license in 1972.

Surviving along with his wife are son, John Andrew husband of Nanette Jacobs of Exeter Twp., PA, daughter, Barbara Phyllis Jacobs of Phoenixville, PA, brother, Walter D. Jacobs of Hoffman Estates, IL, half brother, Robert Jacobs of Algonquin, IL; 1 granddaughter, Johannah Elizabeth Jacobs and 2 Grandchildren of the heart, Ronin Engle and John Gregor.

Services will be held at the family’s convenience.

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

Jordan Allen Leinbach

Jordan Allen Leinbach, 37 of Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at home. Born October 29, 1982 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late George Rothenberger Leinbach and the late Michelle Darlene (Allen) Leinbach.

He is survived by his grandmother, Joan V. (Drumheller) Allen with whom he resided, 2 aunts, Jane Leinbach of York, PA,  Nancy Leinbach of St. Lawrence, PA, 1 uncle, George H. Allen, Jr. husband of Debbie and his great aunt, Debra wife of Tom Brauner of Palm, PA

Services will be held at the family’s convenience.

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

Jordan Allen Leinbach

Jordan Allen Leinbach, 37 of Exeter Twp., Berks Co., PA, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at home.

Born October 29, 1982 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late George Rothenberger Leinbach and the late Michelle Darlene (Allen) Leinbach.

He is survived by his grandmother, Joan V. (Drumheller) Allen with whom he resided, 2 aunts, Jane Leinbach of York, PA, Nancy Leinbach of St. Lawrence, PA, 1 uncle, George H. Allen, Jr. husband of Debbie and his great aunt, Debra wife of Tom Brauner of Palm, PA

Services will be held at the family’s convenience.