Elwood “Woody” D. Moyer

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Elwood “Woody” D. Moyer, 74, of Reading, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at home. Born in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of late John and Emma (Moyer) Geunes.

Woody graduated from Twin Valley HS, Class of ’66 and attended Spring Garden Institute Automotive Training Center. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. and served our country in the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He retired as an Auto Mechanic, last working for C.E. Levan Excavating.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA and VFW Post 6150 and a former member of the Flying Dutchmen Ski Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, RVing, cars, and drag racing his ’57 Chevy “Dingo” at The Grove. He also loved hanging at the river with his extended family in the summer and getting into trouble with his Plow Church buddies in his younger years.

Surviving Woody, is his son: Kyle P. Moyer of Wyomissing, PA; daughter: Renée A. Moyer, significant other Michael W. Mervine of Reading, PA; 3 half-brothers: Ronald, Larry, and Barry Geunes; ex-wife: Colleen (McCoy) Oliviero; and his nieces and nephews.

A Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2023 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd. Newtown, PA 18940 at 1:30PM. Departure from Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 will be 11:30AM. If driving separately, please plan to arrive at the cemetery at 1:00PM.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday following the graveside service at 4:00PM at Sleepy Hollow Athletic Club, 482 Westley Rd. Mohnton, PA 19540.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Berks Co. in memory of his beloved Mika, 58 Kennel Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508 or Keystone Warriors, P.O. Box 307 Shoemakersville, PA 19555.

William P. Grill

William P. Grill, 88 of Earl Twp., Boyertown, PA passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bally, PA, he was the son of the late William S. and the late Helen M. (Stulpin) Grill. He was the husband of Barbara Jean (Miller) Grill.

Surviving along with his wife, are: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters, 5 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his sister and nephew.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:00pm at The Biker Church, 482 Englesville Rd. Boyertown, PA 19512. Burial 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.

Paul I. Swisher

Paul I. Swisher, 92 of Birdsboro, PA passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at home.
Born in Birdsboro, PA, he was the son of the late Maurice Swisher and late Thelma (Yergey) Swisher Beidler. Paul and Theresa (DaDamio) were married on September 20, 1952.

Paul was a member of Immaculate Conception RC Church, the Birdsboro Sportsman Club, Birdsboro VFW.

Paul served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.

He had been employed by EG Brooke Foundry, a State Farm Insurance agent, and retired as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service.

Paul enjoyed gardening, golf, hunting and fishing.

Surviving along with his wife are daughters, Stephanie Austin, Stacey wife of Michael Mixell and Sondra wife of William Chalupa, sister, Nancy Rimby, grandchildren, Nicole Pagan, Stephen Austin, Julie Austin, Andrew Schickram, Devin Schickram, Elizabeth Johnston, Emily Oropollo, Samantha Chalupa, Kristin Chalupa, Matthew Chalupa, 8 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by daughter Cynthia Schickram, brothers, Lewis, Richard, Kenneth and sister Mary Marcella Clark.

A viewing will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception RC Church, 905 Chestnut St., (Union Twp.) Douglassville, PA with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM.

The burial will be in Immaculate Conception RC Church Cemetery in Union Twp., Berks Co., PA.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception RC Church or the charity of your choice.
Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements.

Janet E. (Levengood) McMullen

   Janet E. (Levengood) McMullen, 81 of Geigertown, PA passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 in her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pottstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Earl E. and the late Mary A. (Gross) Levengood. She was the widow of Frederick P. McMullen.

Janet was a 1st grade teacher at Amity Elementary School in the Daniel Boone School District for 35 years. She also was owner of the former McMullen’s Greenhouse. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Geigertown, PA. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Surviving Janet is her daughter: Mary E. Frazier, wife of Robert; brother: Donald Levengood; 2 sisters: Jean Wolf and Judy Trout; 4 grandchildren: Sarah Hanna, wife of Tommy, Richard, Dylan, and Haley Frazier; and 5 great grandchildren: Yasmin, Isabella, Alexander, Bentlee, and Alicia.

A viewing will be held on Friday evening, May 19, 2023 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A funeral service will be Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:30am at the funeral home, with a viewing from 10:00am-10:30am prior to the service. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery in Geigertown, PA.

Colonel Glenn Lee Wagner, USMC (ret)

Colonel Glenn Lee Wagner, USMC (ret), 69, Wyomissing, reported for his final deployment on May 6, 2023.  He was the husband of Dawn E. (Moyer) Wagner and son of Sara R. (Weller) Wagner and the late Fernley R. Wagner Jr.

Col. Wagner was born on July 13, 1953 at the former Valley Forge Military Hospital, Phoenixville.  He was a 1971 graduate of Boyertown Area Senior High School, on the cross country and track teams, setting several records.  In 2016 he was inducted into the Berks County Sports Hall of Fame.

Col. Wagner began his service to the Corps in 1971 when he enlisted and served at Cherry Point, NC.  In 1976 Sgt. Wagner left the Corps and enrolled at Pennsylvania State University.  In 1979 upon graduation, he was commissioned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Col. Wagner served in many leadership and staff roles during his career in the Marine Corps. This included deployments to Okinawa, Beirut, Operations DESERT STORM and DESERT SHIELD.  His first role was as a platoon commander with 1st Tracked Vehicle Battalion (Bn) in Okinawa. After his return to the states, he was a Platoon Commander with 2nd Amphibian Assault (AA) Bn at Camp Lejeune and was subsequently selected as the Aide-de-Camp to the Asst. Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division. Col. Wagner then served as a platoon commander with 2nd Reconnaissance Bn. After Career Level School, he returned to 2nd AA Bn, where he served as Commanding Officer A Company, He was then assigned to Manpower at Headquarters Marine Corps and then to the National Military Command Center, Joint Staff. His next assignment was Commanding Officer of the 3rd AABn, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. After Top Level School, Col. Wagner became the Head of Enlisted Assignments, Headquarters Marine Corps, Quantico, VA. He subsequently was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Headquarters Bn, and Base Commander, Camp Smedley Butler, Okinawa, Japan. Returning to the States, he was selected as the NROTC Commanding Officer/Professor of Naval Science, Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania prior to retiring in 2008.

Upon retirement, he kept busy with a variety of home projects, both his and family members.  He volunteered at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles and served on the board.  Col. Wagner also drove school buses for Quigley Bus Service.  He enjoyed the elementary students and would often share stories.

His quick wit and funny story telling, discussion of books, philosophy and life events will be in our memories and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, mother, daughter Stacy (James) Wagner Leach.  He is survived by siblings, Jay (Yvonne), Lynn Burkett, Dawn (Keith) Leister, Craig (Andrea) and Jill Stahre.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews, brothers in arms, Marine Corps family and his close childhood friends.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1749 S. Main Street, Bechtelsville, PA. Visitation will start at 10:00 and service to follow at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Marine Corps Foundation, 1775 Semper Fidelis Way, Triangle, VA. 22172.  marineheritage.org  or to Marine Corps Association, 715 Broadway St., Quantico, VA. 22134. mca@mca-marines.org

Joan E. (Walley) Johnson

   Joan E. (Walley) Johnson, 87 of Birdsboro, PA passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at the Reading Hospital. Born in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Daniel G. and the late Laraine C. (Kulp) Walley. She was the widow of Robert “Joe” Johnson who passed away in 2022.

Joan spent most of her life as a homemaker, raising and taking care of her family. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, spending time with her grandchildren, and drives to Lancaster County.

Surviving Joan are 1 son: Todd Johnson, husband of Valerie; 3 daughters: Cindy Reppert, wife of Bill, Sheri Graeff, wife of Bob, Amy Machmer; 2 brothers: Lee and Barry Walley; 7 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 6 step-great grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 114 Bird St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 or Mission Trip Birdsboro & Beyond, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, PA 19508 or online at www.missiontripbirdsboro.org/donate

Curtis Lee Brown, Sr.

Curtis Lee Brown, Sr., 87 of Seyfert, PA died on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at the Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA.

Born October 30, 1935 in Seyfert, Robeson Twp., PA, he was the son of the late Francis James Brown and the late Geneva Elizabeth (Kerper) Brown. He would have celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary on April 29, 2023 to his wife Evelyn Louise (Quinter) Brown.

He retired from Birdsboro Steel in 1991.

Surviving along with his wife are son, Curtis Lee Brown, Jr. of Seyfert, PA, daughter, Debra L. wife of Dennis Brown of Reiffton, PA, brother, Robert Brown of Robeson Twp., Berks Co., PA, sisters, Janice Kockel of Birdsboro, PA and Marlene Weikel of West Lawn , PA; 6 grand children; 14 great grand children; best friend, Dick Fix and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brother, James Brown.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM on Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce Street, Birdsboro, PA with the funeral service at 1:30 PM with the Pastor Bruce H. Kreisher officiating.

Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Gibraltar, PA.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508 or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Ronald R. Haas

Ronald R. Haas, better known as Ron, Ronnie or by his nickname, Carrot, 73, of Birdsboro, Robeson Twp., PA passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in his home. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Charles F. Haas and stepmom Jane (Clevinger) Haas, and mother Beatrice McElroy.

Ron was born to be a family man who loved to run the road as a truck driver. Ron worked over 15 years for Terre Hill Concrete Products and over 20 years for Giorgio Foods. He enjoyed his family, his friends, telling elaborate stories, hilarious jokes, his dog Sofie and former dog Abby, fishing, boating, dirt racing and much more, including his trusty recliner.

Surviving Ron is his ex-wife and best friend: Deborah Gehring; daughter: Melissa Robbins, wife of Noah; son: Shaun Haas, husband of Desi; brother: Dennis Mieczkowski; 3 sisters: Cindy Fultz, Kimberly Haas, and Cheryl (Charlie) Price; 3 grandchildren: Benjamin and Maxwell Robbins, and Nora Haas; and beloved Shih Tzu, Sofie.

He was predeceased by 2 brothers: David and Gary Mieczkowski.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 4:00pm. A viewing will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc at the above address to assist the family with covering funeral expenses.

Daniel L. Hitchcock

Daniel L. Hitchcock, 67, of Phoenixville, PA, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Niskayuna, NY, he was the son of the late Donald E. and Jane L. (Whitmyre) Hitchcock.

Daniel worked as a Train Engineer for the former Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad. He was very passionate about steam engines and trains, which lead to his enjoyment in his life-long career in railroading. He was a member of the Friendship Fire House in Phoenixville.

Surviving Daniel is his sister: Lynn A. Scherzer, wife of David; brother: James M. Hitchcock, husband of Kathy; nephews: James and Jonathan Hitchcock and Andrew Scherzer; and niece: Katie Hafer.

He was predeceased by a brother: William Hitchcock.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2:00pm at Morris Cemetery, 428 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Myrna Dianne (Epler) Mohl

Myrna Dianne (Epler) Mohl, 80, of Huntington Beach, CA passed away on Monday, April 10, 2023. Born in Lancaster, PA, she was the daughter of Franklin M. and the late Mabel A. (Kline) Epler. She was the wife of Jack L. Mohl, Sr.

In 1968, her family moved to Huntington Beach and raised her growing family. She was a professional cake decorator and very creative with arts and crafts and made personal birthday and holiday cards for family. She loved to FaceTime with “ALL’ of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving Dianne, along with her husband, Jack are: 4 children: Wendy D. Mohl Kevin L. Mohl, Daneé M. Mohl, and Jack L. Mohl, Jr.; 1 sister: Marcia Wampler; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister: Dawn Epler.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 11:00am-12:00 noon at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508. A graveside service will follow at St. John’s Cemetery (Gibraltar), 57 St. John’s Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508.