Robert Earl Shaw

*****Services have been cancelled for Robert Shaw on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022*****

Robert Earl Shaw, 82, of Morgantown, Caernarvon Twp., PA passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the Reading Hospital. Born in Cedarville, OH, he was the son of the late Jesse L. and Elsie L. (Howell) Shaw. He was the husband of Blanche E. (Ink) Shaw of Morgantown, PA.

Robert worked at the Grace Mines in Morgantown until they closed in the 1970s. He then worked for Bethlehem Steel in Steelton, PA until retirement. In his younger years he enjoyed woodworking and mushrooming. He loved watching sports on TV and playing cards.

Surviving Robert, along with his wife Blanche, are sons: James Shaw, husband of Sue of Chester Co., PA and Jeffrey Shaw, husband of Brenda of Birdsboro, PA; stepdaughter: Lisa J. Miller, wife of Scott of Belleville, PA; brother: Donald Shaw of Jamestown, OH; sister: Mary Smith of Xenia, OH; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

Gary Dale Care

Gary Dale Care, 75 of Reading, Pennsylvania died on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Penn State Health-St. Joseph in Bern Twp., Berks Co., PA.

Born January 3, 1947 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Harold Care and the late Jennette (Meeser) Care. He was the husband of Margaret J. (Crosby) Care.

Gary was a member of St. Mark’s Church, he enjoyed all sports, sports collectables and traveling.

He retired from Sears in Reading, PA.

Gary was a 1964 graduate of Daniel Boone High School and remained a huge supporter of Blazer athletics throughout his life. He was inducted in the Daniel Boone Hall of Fame in 2018.

He served in the Army from 1966 until 1967. He was a Veteran of Vietnam.

Surviving along with his wife is daughter, Ashley E. wife of Justin Frantz of West Reading, PA; stepdaughter Katrina Souvigny, wife of Mark, of Phoenixville; 3 grandchildren, Augustus L. Secrest, Aaron T. Secrest and Dante Bender.

He was predeceased by his stepson Brian Bender.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 AM with the Rev. James T. Farnsworth officiating. Interment will be in Birdsboro Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – Food Ministries, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA 19508 or Baseballtown Charities, PO Box 15050, Reading, PA 19605.

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

Dorothy Eleanor (Martin) Huber

Dorothy Eleanor (Martin) Huber, 94 of Birdsboro, PA died on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Berkshire Center in Reading, PA. Born January 16, 1928 in Shanesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. Martin and the late Ethel A. (Flodmand) Martin. She was the widow of Oscar Huber .

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and former Sunday School teacher.

Surviving are son, Thomas M. husband of Jane Huber of Charlotte, NC, sister, Ethel wife of William Hughes  of Birdsboro, PA; 5 grandchildren: Peter Huber, husband of Laura, Emily Gearheart, wife of John, Ryan Huber, Tyler Huber, and Lauren Huber;

2 great grandchildren: Philip and Abel Huber; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by 1 son: Jason

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Monday, September 19, 2022, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM with the Rev. James T. Farnsworth officiating.  Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Gibraltar, PA.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor,  Birdsboro, PA 19508.

Barbara A. (Hohl) Nester

Barbara A. Nester (Hohl), 81, of Douglassville, Union Twp., PA passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022, surrounded by her family. Born in Reading, PA she the daughter of the late James R. and Bessie I. (Kulp) Hohl. She was the loving wife for 57 years of Paul James Nester. Barbara worked at Gudebrods, where she met her husband, Baumstown Flag Plant, St. Michael’s Church, and babysat her grandchildren after retirement. Barbara loved animals, making beautiful floral wreaths, watching the Philadelphia Phillies, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her sister Margaret Myers. Surviving Barbara are two daughters: Lori Pennypacker, wife of George, and Debra Millard, wife of Jeffrey; 4 grandchildren: Heather Setley, wife of Jon, Eric Millard, husband of Ashley, and Brittany Millard, companion of Buddy Dunlap, Brandon Pennypacker, husband of Tracy, and fur baby Ty; and 7 great grandchildren: Hailey, Hayden, Bentley, Aidan, Bryce, Morgan, and Joshua. Barbara is predeceased by her parents, James and Bessie, husband, Paul, and siblings Gladys, Janice, and Harold. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. A special thank you to Bayada Hospice of Boyertown. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to ARL of Berks County, 58 Kennel Road Birdsboro, PA 19508 or to Bayada Hospice, 1 W. Philadelphia Avenue, 4th floor, Boyertown, PA 19512.

Russell H. Bechtel, Jr.

Russell H. Bechtel, Jr., 75 of Mohnton, Robeson Twp., PA passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at home. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Russell H. and Marian G. (Brown) Bechtel. He was the widower of Kathleen (Swartley) Bechtel. Russell was the companion of Jeannette High of Robeson Twp., PA for 8 years.

Russell worked and retired after 30 years as a machine operator for Dana Corp. in Pottstown, PA. He enjoyed drag racing and hunting.

Surviving Russell are: son: Russell H. Bechtel, III of Robeson Twp., PA; daughter: Erin V. Thimm, wife of Paul Jr. of Robeson Twp., PA; brother: Dennis Hartenstine of Birdsboro, PA; 2 sisters: Joni Johnson of Ft. Myers, FL, Jean Cambria of Flying Hills, PA; 5 grandchildren: Kaitlin, Adaline, Lillian, Cylas, and Brystan.

He is predeceased by a sister: Joyce Sweigert.

A viewing will be held on Thursday evening, September 15, 2022 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A graveside service will be on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 11:30am at Schwarzwald Cemetery, 75 Church Lane Reading, PA 19606.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, may be made to Racers for Christ

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Mary Kathleen Kennedy

Mary Kathleen Kennedy 63, of Birdsboro PA, passed away peacefully Thursday September 8, 2022, in the comfort of her home.

Born in Jamaica NY, she was predeceased by her loving parents, John J Kennedy and Gertrude E (Engh) Kennedy.

Mary worked as a field engineer over 40 years for various corporations.

She enjoyed playing and restoring guitars, fishing, reading, metal detecting, visiting NY churches for worship and adoration. Mary was a prolific writer and storyteller.

She is survived by four brothers, Richard W Reber (Lucille) of Hollywood FL, James M Kennedy (Susan) of Manorville NY, Matthew L Kennedy of Pottstown PA, and John J Kennedy (Brenda), of Palm Springs FL. and 2 sisters, Melanie A Riegel (Dave) of Birdsboro PA, and Patricia L Steel (Daniel) of Charlotte NC.

Mary is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 6 grand nieces and nephews.

Dogs were her favorite people. Mary loved and cared for too many to list. You know who you are.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church, 905 Chestnut St. Douglassville, PA 19518 on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be held prior to mass at the church from 10:00 AM to 11:00AM.

In lieu of flowers donations to your local animal rescue league would bring her most joy.

Debra W. (Weaver) Khateeb

Debra W. (Weaver) Khateeb, age 63 of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The daughter of Blaine R. Weaver and the late Joan A. (Myers) Weaver of Birdsboro, PA, Debra was born June 29, 1959 in West Reading, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Daniel Boone High School Class of 1977 and received a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University.

Prior to retiring in 2021 she served as a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer for Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA where she helped to direct several fundraising initiatives for the health organization.

She was known to all who had the honor to meet her as the kindest and most gracious person. Debra is survived by her father Blaine; son, Saeed Khateeb and his fiancée, Laura Belfiore of Bernardsville, NJ; daughter and her husband, Nadine and Shane Schaeffer of Reinholds, PA; daughter Dina Khateeb and her partner Patrick Ginn of Birdsboro, PA; and three beautiful grandsons; Hudson Khateeb, Jaxon and Jacob Schaeffer.

A memorial gathering celebrating Debra’s life will take place in late September for friends and family.

Helen L. (Ruoss) Fries

Helen L. (Ruoss) Fries, 83, formerly of Morgantown, PA passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Mifflin Center in Shillington, PA. Born in Churchtown, Lancaster Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. and the late Sara M. (DeHaven) Ruoss.
Helen was employed and retired from Zerbe Sisters Nursing Home in Narvon, PA, where she was a Dietary Manager. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, crafting, and trips to the beach. She graduated from Caernarvon High School in 1957.
Surviving Helen is daughter: Teresa L. (Riegner) Allison, and 2 grandchildren: Phillip Ruoss Allison and Sharon Rose Allison.
She was predeceased by her son: Gregory Fries; sister: Arlene Devine; and her partner of 34 years: G. Stanley Messner.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA.

Alexander E. Kriner

Alexander E. Kriner, 27, of Douglassville, Amity Twp., PA passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022. Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was the son of Edward N. Kriner of Amity Twp., PA and Melissa A. (Davis) Kriner of Amity Twp., PA.
Alex was employed by DEKA Batteries- East Penn Manufacturing and Back on Track. He was a member of the Boyertown Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, music (guitar, vinyl’s, concerts), hiking and DIY antique restorations.
Surviving Alex are: father: Edward N. Kriner, companion of Kimberly Vroman; mother: Melissa A. (Davis) Kriner; 2 brothers: James and Nicholas Kriner.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Monocacy Hill Conservation Association, PO Box 3 Douglassville, PA 19518 or online at

Arrangements by Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA.

K. Elizabeth (Davis) Purcell

K. Elizabeth (Davis) Purcell,85, loving widow of the late John (Jack) D. Purcell passed away Monday August 29, 2022, surrounded by the love of all the hearts she had nurtured in her family.

Born April 10,1937 in Phoenixville PA, she was the daughter of the late William G Davis and Kathleen (Kelly) Davis.

Liz was the Purcell Family caretaker and Matriarch since her marriage May 21,1960. She along with Jack raised four children.. John D. Purcell Jr., married to Amy (Sanseverino) Purcell; William A Purcell married to Mindy (Olock) Purcell; Kathleen  Pantone , married to John A Pantone; and Patricia A Conway, married to Raymond J Conway.

Liz was a cherished friend and Nanny to 11 Grandchildren, in order; Emily (Purcell) West, married to Ian West; Kelly Purcell; Molly (Pantone) Mondoc, married to Tyler Mondoc; Allison (Pantone) Demberger, married to Colton Demberger; Claire Conway; Jack Pantone; Kasey Purcell; Libby Conway; John D. Purcell 3rd; Mere Conway; and Big  Bill Purcell. She was the Great grandmother to Ella Jane West and future Great Grandson, Baby Mondoc.

Liz was devoted to her family and was their greatest supporter.  Lizzy attended all of her grandchildren’s events with great pride and joy. Their joy was her joy. She was always there to laugh, hug, chat and love the entire Purcell Crew.

Liz enjoyed her gardens, and taking care of her property, and the properties of everyone else’s.

No job was too big for her to tackle. She was a dog lover, especially her dogs, Gertie, Sadie and Roxy.

She loved being with her neighbors, helping them,talking,walking and feeding them.

Liz has many dear friends and people who will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Hopwell Love Food Bank. And hug a friend, bake a zucchini bread, or have a chat with a loved one in her honor.

The Purcell Family would like to share their appreciation to the entire staff of St. Joes Hospital, 1 North for their compassion and care of our beloved Mom. With special thanks to Amanda from Compassus Hospice, Margaret McCoy and Dr Francis Quigley at St Joe’s.

Services will be private. Arrangements by Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA.