Kathryn E. (Silknitter) Dayton

Kathryn E. (Silknitter) Dayton, 97 of Elverson, Robeson Twp., ,PA passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Berks Heim. Born in Elverson, PA she was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Ethel P. (Hartenstine) Silknitter. She was the widow of John F. Dayton, Sr., who passed away on 4/12/2015.  They were married on March 30, 1946 when John returned home from WWII and were married for 69 years.

Kathryn loved playing bingo and crochet. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Geigertown, PA.

Surviving Kathryn is son: John F. Dayton, Jr., husband of Deborah of Elverson, PA; daughter: Cynthia K. Hartman, wife of Larry G. of Elverson, PA; 4 grandchildren: Michael, Michele, John III, & Kimberly; and 2 great grandchildren: Hannah and Emily.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:00AM at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1337 Geigertown Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A visitation will be from 10:30AM-11:00AM at the church, prior to the service. Burial will be in St. James Church Cemetery.

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

Shirley M. (Gassert) Boughter

Shirley M. (Gassert) Boughter, 84 of Caenarvon Twp., Berks Co. ,PA passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in the comfort of her son’s home. Born in Myerstown, PA she was the daughter of the late Charles Lester and Esther Gassert. She was the wife of Warren A. Boughter for 65 years.

Shirley worked various jobs including Sales at London Fog, Talbot Mills, and Caenarvon Elementary School. She enjoyed bowling and loved going to casinos. She loved watching her grandchildren play sports and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers and Eagles fan.

Surviving Shirley, along with her husband Warren are: 2 sons: Kevin D. Boughter of Elverson, PA and Jamie A. Boughter, husband of Julie A. of Honey Brook, PA; 4 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother: Charles “Chuck” Gassert

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ephrata Community Health Foundation at WellSpan Philanthropy Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1281 Lebanon, PA 17042-9933.

Leon Deemer

Leon Deemer, 83, of Warwick Twp., Chester Co. PA died on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Phoenixville Hospital.

Born August 16, 1938 in Berwick, PA, he was the son of the late Leon Deemer and the late Celia (Cooper) Adams. He was the husband of Elaine Kay (Clossen) Deemer.

He was employed by Conrail and upon retirement opened the Spirit of ‘76 Antique, Wine and Beer Supplies. He loved gardening and crafting beer and wine for friends and family.

Surviving along with his wife of 64 years are son, Keith Deemer (Debby) of Elverson, PA, daughter, Kris Galdi (Hal) of Pottstown, PA, and six grandchildren, Jamie Manus, Belinda Deemer, Justin Deemer, Madison Galdi, Trent Galdi and Nicolas Galdi.

He was predeceased by his twin sisters, June Artley and Jane McCreary.

A celebration of Leon’s life will be held June 11th beginning at 11:00am at the family residence.

Captain Michael Anthony Cossa (USAF, Ret)

Captain Michael Anthony Cossa (USAF, Ret) passed into God’s hands at 8:00 P.M. on April 30, 2022 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Richmond VA. He was the son of Anthony and Carole (Slysz) Cossa, Douglassville PA and the husband of Jennifer (Drum) Cossa, Hartly DE. Michael was 53 years old, born on January 10, 1969 in Philadelphia PA. He graduated from Randolph Air Force Base High School in San Antonio TX in 1987 and was the class valedictorian. On graduation from the United States Air Force Academy as a Distinguished Graduate in 1991, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Afterward, he attended pilot training and began flying Air Force missions as a heavy-cargo C-141 pilot. He co-piloted the 2nd U.S. military plane that flew into Hanoi to retrieve many of our fallen military comrades-in-arms and return their remains to the United States. Michael was medically retired from the Air Force in 1997 due to brain cancer, which he fought valiantly for almost 27 years, finally losing his battle this year. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, his father and mother, Anthony and Carole, his brother, Kevin (Denise), his niece, Caitlin Cossa, of Tigard OR. Michael is also survived by a sister, Denise Liscum (Kenneth) and  their three sons, Alex, Nate, and Ben, Lewisburg PA, as well as an uncle and aunt, Steven and Joanne (Cossa) Paskoski, Solon ME. Surviving, as well, are three brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Michael Drum and Wendy (Drum) Countiss (Robby), Knoxville TN, Mark Weyand (Sandra), Parker CO, and Alisa (Allen) Arms (Kerry), Savannah GA. Michael has three surviving 1st cousins, Kymberly (Sustek) Miller, Paul Sustek, and Jennifer (Staffieri) Palmer, all residing in New Jersey. A great uncle and aunt, Richard and Elizabeth Cavalieri of Philadelphia and other great aunts, as well as numerous 2nd and 3rd cousins, located throughout the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions also survive. He was predeceased in death by his grandparents, Anthony and Josephine (Cavalieri) Cossa and S. Edward and Mary (Slowik) Slysz all of Philadelphia, his parental in-laws, Louis and Ann (Smith) Drum of Tennessee, and an uncle, Ronald Slysz of Philadelphia. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Immaculate Conception BVM Catholic Church, 905 Chestnut Street, Douglassville PA 19518 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 10:30AM. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 9:30AM-10:30AM prior to mass at the church. Burial will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County PA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Michael’s memory to Tunnels-to-Towers (T2T.org), Wounded Warrior Foundation WWF.org, Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org) or Immaculate Conception RCC, Douglassville PA.

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Marjorie I. (Marshall) Hughes

Marjorie I. (Marshall) Hughes, 99 of Birdsboro, Robeson Twp., PA passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Amity Place in Douglassville, PA. Born in Middletown, RI on September 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Bessie (Horton) Marshall. She was the widow of Joseph W. Hughes.
Marjorie’s memory will be treasured by her children: Richard L. Hughes, husband of Peggy G. of Petersburg, WV; Terrance J. Hughes, husband of Sharon K. of Grayson, GA; JoAnn M. Hurley, wife of Donald M. of Robeson Twp., PA. Also by six grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren, and four step-great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by four brothers: Roland, Redford, Robert Jr., Richard; and two sisters: Mary and Kathleen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berks County Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA, 19508 (berksarl.org) in Marjorie’s name. Services will be held private at the convenience of the family.
Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements.

M. John Kiefer

M. John Kiefer, 79 of Mohnton, Robeson Twp., PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Reading Hospital. He was born in Geigertown, PA, the son of the late Marvin J. and the late Elizabeth (Helfrich) Kiefer. He was the loving, devoted husband of Beverly E. (Keller) Kiefer.

John “worked” for Met-Ed for 31 years and retired as a repairman.  While at work, he could often be spotted wandering the hallways and smoking a pipe.  John was generally quiet and reserved in nature, yet people were attracted to him like a magnet.  His wife Beverly apparently got bamboozled in 1963 when they met on a blind date, and the two have been together ever since.  John was known for his sharp-witted, yet usually dry sense of humor.  And yes, he often spoke without a filter.  Our apologies to anyone who he offended over the years.

John had an uncanny ability to instantly identify classic cars by year, make and model.  A Mopar man by heart, he often reminisced about the hijinks that would ensue while he was behind the wheel of his beloved 1963 Plymouth Belvedere.  In his younger days, John went small game hunting with his Beagles.  And even though he often wouldn’t fire a shot, he found much pleasure in just watching his cherished Beagles in action.  He had an eclectic love of music – amongst his favorite artists were Meat Loaf, Leon Redbone, and PDQ Bach.  He also enjoyed watching sporting events (especially PSU Football), Star Trek (TOS), Svengoolie, and for some reason – the Weather Channel.  He had hopes to one day cross paths with Ann-Margret and leave his wife for good, but that never happened.

John’s final day with us consisted of trimming a Forsythia, successfully repairing some electronic equipment, and taking his Dodge truck for its weekly joy ride.  He frowned upon vehicles which did not have a clutch pedal.  And as usual, we’re sure that any rubber that he left on the asphalt that day was because “the road was hot”.

Surviving John, along with his wife, Beverly are, son: John Poul Kiefer, whose middle name has caused confusion since birth.  Despite this, in his son’s eyes – John was regarded as the smartest person on the planet and a bona fide hero.  He was a #1 Dad and husband and will truly be missed.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

Bruce P. Kostrey

Bruce P. Kostrey, 77 of Exeter Twp., PA passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Reading Hospital. He was born in Brisbane, Australia, the son of the late Paul and Ethel Edna (Rock) Kostrey. He was the loving husband of Carolyn L. (Graham) Kostrey.

Bruce worked in trucking as a Transportation Supervisor for ACME and SuperValu. He was known to be very patriotic, especially on holidays. He enjoyed spending time with family and going to the Breakfast Hut with his Exeter HS Class of 63 once a month. Bruce was always available and helped everyone. He was a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, he has one lasting message: “Dallas Sucks!”

Surviving Bruce, along with his wife Carolyn are: daughter: Melissa L. Kostrey of Exeter Twp., PA; 1 sister: Dawn Vagnoni, wife of Barry of Exeter Twp., PA; 1 half-brother: Roy Edgar Jones of Toowamba, AUS; niece: Chevelle Klee; nephew: Barry P. Vagnoni, and many great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandson: Dominic Julius Marshall.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10:30am at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 9:00am to 10:30am at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Reiffton, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Keystone Wounded Warriors, PO Box 475 Blandon, PA 19510.

James F. Dilliplaine

James F. Dilliplaine, 80 of Douglassville, Union Twp., PA passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in the comfort of his home. He was born in Boyertown, PA, the son of the late Frederick and the late Lydia (Baus) Dilliplaine. He was the loving husband of Betty M. (Ladner) Dilliplaine.

James owned and operated his own small business, Dilliplaine Floor Covering for many years. He enjoyed hunting in his free time. James was a member of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, American Legion Post 626, VFW Post 411, Birdsboro and Pikeville Sportsmen’s Clubs.

Surviving James, along with his wife, Betty are his children: Diana A. Caldwell, wife of Robert H. of Exeter Twp., PA, David M. Dilliplaine, husband of Kelly of Union Twp., PA, Dawn M. Nettles, widow of Keith of Phoenixville, PA; 1 brother: Eugene Dilliplaine of Cheyenne, WY; and 1 sister Marian Wunderlich of Douglassville, PA; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; and 1 step grandson.

He was predeceased by a sister: Thelma Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home, prior to the service on Monday.

Jeane M. Harvey

Jeane M. Harvey, 63 of Douglassville, Amity Twp., PA passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the Pottstown Hospital surrounded by her loved ones after many years battling the multiple stages of MS and perpetual illnesses. Jeane was known as a fighter. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late George F. and the late Elizabeth (Foley) Harvey.

Jeane was a member of the Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church in Douglassville, PA.

Surviving Jeane are 1 son: Richard F. Grala of Boyertown, PA; 2 daughters: Jennifer M. Souder, wife of Michael of Birdsboro, PA; Elizabeth A. McDonald, wife of Steven of Chester Springs, PA; 1 sister: Mary Ellen Frederick, wife of Ted Frederick; 1 sister-in-law: Barbara Harvey; and 3 grandchildren: Devon and Ryan Souder and Nola McDonald.

She was predeceased by her brother: Willard Harvey and sister: Karen Geib.Services will be held private at the convenience of the family.

Ronald E. Westley

Ronald E. Westley, 59 of Birdsboro, PA passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Reading Hospital. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the Robert Westley and Marguerite (Care) Westley, with whom his resided.

Ronald was employed as a Floorman for Beacon Container in Birdsboro for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, walking, and the outdoors.

Surviving Ronald, along with his mother are: daughter: Danielle M. Istenes-Westley; son: Derek E. Westley; companion: Connie Istenes; brother: Bobby Westley; 3 sisters: Barbara Wahl, Joyce Detweiler, Ruth Westley, and 5 grandchildren: Rylee, Mattie, Collin, Janelle, and Autumn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.