William E. Price

William E. Price, 83, of Birdsboro, PA, passed away on Saturday January 21, 2023, at Amity Place in Douglassville, PA. He was born in Fall River, MA, the son of the late Rev. Edward and Ruth (Fichter) Price. He was the loving husband of Janice M. (Bernhardt) Price.

Bill was a School Bus Salesman for 40yrs. last working for Rohrer Bus Sales in Duncannon, PA. He also volunteered for the Birdsboro Fire Co. serving in the Fire Police. He enjoyed playing golf in his younger years.

Surviving Bill, along with his wife, Janice are: son: William H. Price, husband of Mary Anne of Exeter Twp., PA; sister: Ruth Gifford of Little Compton, RI; granddaughter: Julie Price, fiancé of David Carr; great grandchild: Rhys; and nephew: Kenneth Schwarz of Newport, RI.

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 or Grane Hospice, BrightSpring Hospice Foundation, 805 N. Whittington Parkway Louisville, KY 40222.

Clara L. (Care) Carter

   Clara L. (Care) Carter, 103, formerly of Birdsboro, PA, passed away on Wednesday January 18, 2023 at the Mifflin Center in Shillington, PA. She was born in Birdsboro, PA, the daughter of the late Charles L. and Marie (Geiger) Care. She was the widow of Robert F. Carter who passed away in 1989.

Clara spent most of her life as a homemaker taking care of her family and children. She was a very proud mother, grandmother & great grandmother, always taking pride in all of their accomplishments.  She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Birdsboro.

She is survived by her daughter: Roberta L. Kennedy; 2 grandchildren: Matthew Kennedy, husband of Teresa and Gavin Kennedy, husband of Kristine; and 5 great grandchildren: Hannah, Emma, Matthew, Jr., Hayden, and Finnegan.

She was predeceased by her brother: Frederick Care and sister: Betty Kline.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00AM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor Birdsboro, PA 19508. There will be a visitation prior to the service at church from 10:30AM – 11:00AM. Burial will be in Birdsboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at the above address.

John Konowal, Jr.

   John Konowal Jr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 95. John was born in Stowe, PA, he was the son of the late John, Sr. and Mary (Pipchick) Konowal. He was the widower of Betty J. (Salvati) Konowal.

John served in the Navy Seabees, building airports in Tsingtao, China and the Manila, Philippines. After his service, he worked at Firestone Tire and Rubber for 30 years in Pottstown, PA. In his spare time, John owned and operated his own tile and linoleum business for 10 years. In the late 60’s John was also a dedicated member of the Exeter Township auxiliary police department for eight years.
John had a passion for the outdoors, and he was very active. He loved hiking and completed three 50-mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail. He and his family moved to Green Tree Acres in Exeter Twp. in 1956, where they lived for almost 60 years. In his later years, John resided in Berks Leisure Living in Leesport, PA.
John had many interests, including archery, drawing, and painting. He was also an avid bowler for many years. He was a member of the Pottstown Knights of Columbus and St. Catherine’s church in Mount Penn.
He is survived by his 2 children: Gregory Konowal, husband of Debra and Marsha McGowan, wife of Sean; sister: Helen Krawchuck; 4 grandchildren: Ryan and Peter McGowan and Natalie and Nicholas Konowal; and 2 great grandchildren: Jacob and Margot McGowan. John will be deeply missed by all who knew him and his memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11:00AM. There will be a visitation from 10:30am-11:00am prior to the service. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception RC Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keystone Wounded Warriors, PO Box 307 Shoemakersville, PA 19555.

Wilbur S. Bilger

 

 

Wilbur S. Bilger, 75 formerly of Elverson, PA, died on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at Lancaster Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster, PA.

Born October 11, 1947 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Fred S. Bilger and the late Adda Mae (Dieffenbach) Bilger.

He was employed by the former Lincoln Knitting Mills.

He was predeceased by sisters, Susan R. Bilger and Judith A. Bilger.

Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Elverson, PA

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

Robert “Bob” Eugene Glass

Robert “Bob” Eugene Glass, 82 of Morgantown, Pennsylvania died on Friday, January 13, 2023, at home.

Born January 31, 1940 in Robeson Twp., Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late James Clair Glass and the late Helen E. (Kline) Glass. He was the husband of Doris (Warmkessel) Glass.

He was the owner of Glass Upholstery.

He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church, Morgantown, PA and Howell Lodge # 405 F & AM.

Surviving along with his wife are sons, Robert E. Glass, Jr. of Kenhorst, PA and Craig A. Glass of Morgantown, PA, daughter, Julie A. Glass of Morgantown, PA, sister, Helen Hartman of Sinking Spring, PA; 5 grandchildren, Tiffany, Landon, Jadon, Emily and Jesse.

Bob was predeceased by 7 siblings.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Harmony United Methodist Church, 740 Harmony Road, Morgantown, Pennsylvania, with the funeral service at 11:00 AM.

Interment will be in Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery, Morgantown, PA, with a Masonic Service at 11:45 AM.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Harmony United Methodist Church. PO Box 141, Morgantown, PA 19543.

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

Thomas D. Runfola

Thomas D. Runfola, 77, of Douglassville, PA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in the comfort of his home.

He was born on Staten Island, NY, the Son of the late Sylvio and Adeline (Bianco) Runfola, and brother to two sisters, Pam and Jacquie.

Tom served our country in the United States Air Force, earning his stripes as a Sergeant.  During that time, he met the love of his life, his wife Yvonne, who passed away on December 7, 2022.  After leaving the Air Force, he made a career of working for Burroughs/Unisys Corporation.  He was a member of the Ocean County NJ Fraternal Order of Police Pistol and Rifle Club, where he competed and spent time with friends.  He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, and deeply loved his Church and Catholic faith.

Anyone who knew Tom knew of his passion for all things automotive.  He grew up working in his father Sylvio’s garage, where his talents and passion grew into a lifelong love and hobby.  He was an incredible wealth of knowledge, and he shared that knowledge throughout his life with family and friends alike.

Tom loved his family above all, and was a dedicated husband and Dad, always doing whatever it took to ensure that his family was provided for all throughout his life.  He will be missed, though we know he is here with us, and now reunited with Yvonne, Elizabeth, Sylvio, and Adeline.

Tom’s children include Son, Monte Runfola and wife, Leslie, of Charlotte, NC. Granddaughter Sara and husband Jarrod, with Great-Grandson Noah James.  Grandson Joshua Thomas with Great-Grandson Gabriel Thomas.

Son, Thomas R. Runfola and wife, Elizabeth, of East Coventry, PA.  Grandchildren Emma Elisabeth and Thomas Sylvio.

Daughter, Elizabeth A. Runfola, who passed away in March, 2019.

A Catholic Mass will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:30am at the Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church, 905 Chestnut St. Douglassville, PA 19518.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Inurnment will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00am in Immaculate Conception R.C. Cemetery.

Lydia M. (Drupp) Cooper

Lydia M. (Drupp) Cooper, 93, of West Lawn, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Columbia Cottages in Wyomissing, PA. She was born in Berkshire Heights, PA, the daughter of the late Harry L. and Annie Marie (Romig) Drupp. She was the widow of Clinton T. Cooper, Sr.

Lydia worked as a cook for the Gov. Mifflin School District, as well as, Devereux Foundation in Glenmoore, PA. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and gardening, in her younger years, she bred Dachshunds.  She loved spending time with all of her grandchildren.

Lydia is survived by her 3 sons: Clinton T. Cooper, Jr., husband of Lynda, Gary Cooper, husband of Ginny, and Ronald Cooper; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Carrie Bromhead, Shirley Drupp, and Harriet Drupp.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11:00AM. A viewing will be held from 10:00AM-11:00AM on Friday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Churchtown United Methodist Church Cemetery in Churchtown, PA.

The family would like to thank Columbia Cottage and Caring Hospice for their exceptional care for their mother.

Marie B. (Delaney) Miner

Marie B. (Delaney) Miner, 91, formerly of Douglassville, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Complete Care at Berkshire. She was born in Norristown, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph Delaney and the late Hannah (Fisher) Gallegher.

Marie worked as a Secretary for Valley Forge Army Hospital and Pennhurst State Hospital. She enjoyed reading, watching the Philadelphia Phillies, cats, and dogs, and loved to attend Berks Encore.

Marie is survived her daughter: Joanne B. Marisseau, wife of Heath of Seaford, DE; sister: Ann Peck of Laurel, MD; and granddaughter: Jennifer Wismer, wife of Anastasia Wismer of Milton, DE; 4 great grandchildren; and niece: Deborah Peck-Carberry.

She was predeceased by her son: Daniel G. Miner and 2 brothers: Joseph and Jack Delaney.

Services will be determined at a later date.

Gladys E. Richards

Gladys E. Richards, 76, of Warwick Twp., Chester Co., PA. She was born in Elverson, PA, the daughter of the late Norris C. and Sarah K. (Hartenstein) Richards.

Gladys worked as a general handyman, specializing in painting and wallpapering. She also worked at a veterinarian office. She loved animals, especially cats and horses. Gladys enjoyed woodworking and working with her hands.

Gladys is survived by 3 nieces: Tracy Cairns, Donna Serafini, and Nicole Henderson; and 3 nephews: Norris Richards, III, Scott Serafini, and Robert Richards.

She was predeceased by her 2 brothers: Norris C. Richards, Jr. and Robert L. Richards; and 2 sisters: Greta B. Richards and Jeannette K. Serafini; and a nephew: Mark Serafini.

A Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 10:00AM at Pine Swamp Cemetery, 401 Pine Swamp Rd. Elverson, PA 19520.

Miriam E. (Hadley) Fletcher

 Miriam E. (Hadley) Fletcher, 100, was called home to her Lord and Savior on January 3, 2023. She was born in Baumstown, PA on August 12, 1922, to the late Samuel and Bessie (Freyberger) Hadley. Miriam was the widow of Blaine F. Fletcher, who predeceased her in 2002.

She attended Baumstown School, and graduated from Birdsboro High School in 1940. Over the years, Miriam worked at Luden’s Candy Factory, and later, as a cook at Lorane School for Exeter Twp. School District. She also worked as a manager for Servomation Services in the cafeterias at Bell Telephone in Reading, PA, and at Rockwell Foundry in Wyomissing, PA. She retired in 1982.

Miriam was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Birdsboro, PA, and also a member of the Baumstown Sunday School. She was a member of the Baumstown Seniors and the Birdsboro Seniors where she had many friends.

Miriam was an avid reader and loved to play games, especially Parchesi and UNO. She loved going to Graham Lake, Ontario, on family vacations. She also loved traveling in her motor home, with her husband, dog, and other family members across America. She even traveled to Europe, with her son, Daniel.

Surviving Miriam are 2 sons: Daniel and Michael, and wife Barbara, all of Birdsboro. There are 3 grandchildren: Amy, Christopher, and Lauren; and 4 great grandchildren: Ryan, Ethan, Michael, and Amelia.

She was predeceased by her daughter: Dale C. Tobolski, and her siblings: George, Hazel, Dora, Gladys, Samuel Jr., and Herbert.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 at11:00AM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA 19508. A visitation will be from 10:30AM-11:00AM at the church before the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Berks Co. 58 Kennel Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508 or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at the above address.