Ronald H. Derr

Ronald H. Derr, 78 formerly of Geigertown, PA, died on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Newport Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Christiana, Pennsylvania.

Born August 2, 1944 in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Harold Derr and Elizabeth (Dyre) Derr. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Witman) Derr.

He retired from National Freight in 2009.

Ronald was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling and sports.

Surviving are son, Casey W. husband of Larry Jimenez of Willow Street, PA, daughter, Heidi wife of David Schollenberger of Camden Wyoming, DE, brother, Lee Derr; 3 grandchildren, Ashley McKenna, Jonathan and Jordan Schollenberger.

A Memorial service will be at 11:30 AM on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, 2499 Zerbe Road Narvon, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Beverly K. Wenrich officiating.

Interment will be in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, Geigertown, PA.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. James Lutheran Church PO Box 5, Geigertown, PA 19523 or Alzheimer’s Association pay by phone (215) 561-2919

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

Michael Leonard Millard

Michael Leonard Millard, 60 of Amity Twp., Berks Co. PA died on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at home. Born July 7, 1962 in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Leonard Michael Millard and Jean Gertrude (Hartman) Reppert of Hamburg, PA. He was the husband of Martha Hopkinson (Wagoner) Millard.
He had been employed by Foot Locker, Gap Inc., CNA, XO and Verizon. Michael enjoyed fantasy baseball and football, reading, movies, gardening, and cats.
Surviving along with his wife and mother are sons, Clayton Millard at home and Westley Millard at home, grandmother, Mildred Hartman of Boyertown, PA, brother – Jerry Yetzer, Bethel, PA.
A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at Dengler Funeral Home located at 144 N. Spruce Street, Birdsboro, PA.
Memorial contributions may be sent to NAMI Berks County PA, 640 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19605.

Walter “Buddy” F. Harris, Jr.

Walter “Buddy” F. Harris, Jr., 73 of Philadelphia, PA peacefully passed away Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. Buddy was born in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Walter “Bucky” and Lorraine (Morrow) Harris. He was the husband of Cathy A. (Capone) Harris.

Buddy graduated from Roxborough High School and attended college at Philadelphia Textile. He was the owner of the former Cannon’s Cold Cuts in Roxborough. Buddy had multiple athletic achievements. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, winner of the Philadelphia High School Basketball Markward Club Award, and a member of the former Philadelphia Textile College Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid sports fan, loved taking walks, hyped winter weather forecasts, never missed the game show, Jeopardy and had an incredible mind for trivia such as 60’s music or sports stats.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife, Cathy and his 4 sons: Walter F. Harris, III (Katrina), Brent Harris (Tara), Bradley Harris (Lauren), Jonathan Harris (Stephanie); daughter: Ashley Murray (Michael); sister: Marianne Harrison (Keith); and 6 grandchildren: Michael, Kyle, Will, Daniel, Joan, and Laurie; as well as cousins, nephews and nieces.

He is predeceased by his brother: Billy Harris.

To honor Buddy’s life, a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM at East Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St. Philadelphia, PA 19129. A visitation to greet Buddy’s family and friends will be 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturday morning at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: East Falls Presbyterian Church at the above address.

Eleaner June (Grimes) Geyer

Eleanor June (Grimes) Geyer, 93, of Birdsboro, PA passed away on Monday, October 31, 2022, in the comfort of her home. Born in Marion, OH, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Hazel (Addis) Grimes. She was the wife of Thomas P. Geyer.

Eleanor worked as a sewer for the Valley Forge Flag Co. for many years in Birdsboro, PA. She was an active member of the former Alice Focht Memorial United Methodist Church in Birdsboro. She was involved in vacation bible school, Christmas bazaars and many other church activities.

Surviving Eleanor, along with her husband, Thomas are: daughter: Nancy L. Diefenderfer, wife of Eugene of Wernersville, PA; son: Thomas F. Geyer, husband of Lois of Conestoga, PA; 5 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter: Marjorie Ann Oxenford; grandson: Kevin Diefenderfer; and a brother and sister.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 7, 2022 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1136 Geigertown Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508 at 10:00AM. The family will receive family and friends after the service.

Francis Matteoda

Francis Matteoda, 79, of Birdsboro, PA passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at Encompass Health Rehab in Cumru Twp. Born in Weed, CA, he was the son of the late Spirito and Jane (Boralis) Matteoda. He was the husband of Ann B. (Asch) Matteoda.
Francis worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Dunsmuur, CA as a Detective. After moving to PA, he worked and retired from the PA Turnpike with the road crew. He worked for Philips Brothers Electric with the shop crew for decades. All of the people at Philips Brothers were very important to him. He served in the US Army in the Korean Conflict. Francis was a workaholic and in his free time he enjoyed building birdhouses. He was a member of Immaculate Conception BVM RC Church in Douglassville, PA, but he attended Frieden’s Bible Chapel in Robeson Twp.
Surviving Francis, along with his wife Ann are: 2 sons: Christopher Matteoda, husband of Jackie of Coatesville, PA and Mark Matteoda of Mohnton, PA; 2 step-daughters: Debbie Matteoda of New Holland, PA and Elizabeth McMullen of Birdsboro, PA; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a step-son: Robert Haring.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. 144 N. Spruce St. Birdsboro, PA 19508 at 11:30AM. A viewing will be at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00AM – 11:30AM at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Frieden’s Bible Chapel Cemetery in Robeson Twp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Frieden’s Bible Chapel, 1260 White Bear Rd. Birdsboro, PA 19508.
Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, PA is in charge of arrangements.

Debra Susan (Bliesath) Gilbreath

 

Debra Susan (Bliesath) Gilbreath, 67 of Mt. Penn, PA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at home.

Born September 4, 1955 in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Jack Daniel Bliesath and Thelma Marie (Schwegmann) Elder of Shillington, PA. She was the widow of the late Gary L. Gilbreath.

Debbie worked many places in her lifetime, prior to becoming disabled. Her most rewarding job was being the private duty nurse for her brother Rocky. Debbie was a bartender at Gingers Pub, Birdsboro Fire Company, Off Track Wagering, as well as East End Social Club, for several years before going back to get her college degree. She proudly graduated from Alvernia College with a BS in Computer Science. Her last position was working as a retail makeup artist, making others feel special; that was her gift. Debbie’s passion was people, and making them smile. She lived life to the fullest, and wore her heart on her sleeve, but beware she was a warrior if you hurt someone she loved. She was beautiful inside and out. She shined bright in any room and if you met her once she made sure you would never forget her. Debbie lived life without regrets. If you were her friend, you were her friend for life. She was the mom or “cool nana” to all of Tiffany’s and Dalton’s friends. She was the epitome of the word caregiver and the most giving person anyone knew. Debbie lived for her family, never missed an event to watch her grandson play sports. Above all she always found a way to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Surviving is her only daughter and best friend, Tiffany Anne Mohr, wife of John “Whitey” of Douglassville, PA, brother, Jack S Bliesath, husband of Patricia of Mertztown, PA, sister, Lori A. Davis, wife of Robert of Willow Street, PA; 1 grandchild, Dalton who she loved more than life itself. She was predeceased by brother, Robert “Rocky” Bliesath.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce Street, Birdsboro, PA, with a Time of Remembrance to begin at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Keystone Warriors-Hidden Heroes, 16 E Noble Ave. Shoemakersville, PA 19555.

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

Laura Ellen (Reiff) Nissley

 

Laura Ellen (Reiff) Nissley, 76 of Robeson Twp., Berks Co., PA, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Reading Hospital.

Born September 26, 1946 in Robeson Twp., Berks Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles Reiff and the late Mary Ellen (Noll) Reiff. She was the widow of Cletus Albert Nissley.

She retired from Agere Systems.

Laura was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gibraltar, PA. and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351.

Laura enjoyed all outdoor activities, fishing, oil painting, canning food and gardening.

Surviving are daughter, Susan M. wife of Robert J. Ronis of Fogelsville, PA, brother, Timothy C. Reiff of Bigfork, MT, sister, Judith Miller of Birdsboro, PA; 2 grandchildren, Sophia and Nathaniel Ronis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brother, William A. Reiff.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce Street, Birdsboro, PA., with the memorial service to follow at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Dan Schaefer officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Road Birdsboro, PA 19508.

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

Rudolf Wilhelm Woitas

 

Rudolf Wilhelm Woitas, 90 of Elverson, Pennsylvania died on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Born May 25, 1932 in Zawisze, Poland, he was the son of the late Karl Woitas and Anna (Coscol) Woitas. He was the widower of Elizabeth Ann (Kelly) Woitas.

He retired from Boeing as a mechanical engineer.

He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.

Surviving are 1 son, Karl R. Woitas, husband of Keely of Elizabethtown, PA, 4 daughters, Kathryn Urie, wife of Don of Ft. Myers, FL, Elizabeth Ferguson, widow of Jack of Glen Mills, PA, Christine Kiely, wife of John of Elverson, PA, Susanne Girard, wife of Robert of Pottstown, PA, brothers, Gerhard and Sebald , sisters, Erika and Edith, 20 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, 4 ½ Great great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by brother, Günther, sisters, Hiltrud and Ingeborg.

A Memorial service will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Brick Lane Community Church, 52 S. Brick Lane, Elverson, PA. The family will receive friends and relatives from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Ebenezer Bible Chapel Cemetery, Warwick Twp, Chester Co., PA.

In lieu of flowers, Please make all donations to Joniandfriends.org

The family invites you to a luncheon following the service at the church.

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

Donald James Wickizer, Sr.

Donald James Wickizer, Sr., 80 of Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania died on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Berkshire Center in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Born June 27, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late Edward James Wickizer and the late June (Dickinson) Wickizer. He was the husband of Beverly Louise (Henry) Wickizer.

He attended St. James Lutheran Church, Geigertown, PA

Donald retired from the Carpenters Local 1595 Philadelphia and vicinity.

Surviving along with his wife are daughters, Cory Beth wife of Jeremy Scott of Lancaster, SC and Diane Jill Beaton of Reading, PA; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by son, Donald James Wickizer, Jr., sisters, Joy Ludwig and Jill Moser.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

Justine Nicole Twardowski

Justine Nicole Twardowski, 27, of Birdsboro, PA, died on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at River Bridge Road and Benjamin Franklin Highway E. Amity Twp., PA. Justine was loved by many and loved many in return. She brought sunshine into our lives and brightened the room with her energy and laugh. Justine was a warrior. When life knocked her down, she came back stronger. Her struggles are over, but ours are just beginning.

Born August 28, 1995, in West Reading, PA, she was the daughter of Kevin John Twardowski, significant other Randee Geary, and Tamara D. (Wismer) Twardowski, significant other Tony Corley.

She was a member of Mountain View Chapel, APA, TAP, Birdsboro VFW, Birdsboro Fire Company, and St. Gabe’s Stowe.

Surviving along with her parents are maternal grandparents, Newell and Donna Wismer of Willow Street, PA, brothers, Josh Leinbach of Blandon, PA, and Jeffrey Smith of Delaware County, PA, and significant other, Ryan Fretz. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Adrienne and John Salaneck, Lisa and Kirk Twardowski, and her beloved dog, Romeo. There are many step-siblings, cousins, great-aunts and uncles who will miss her as well.

She was predeceased by sister Julianna Twardowski and paternal grandparents – Edward “Ski” Twardowski and Bonnie Cornely.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2022, at Dengler Funeral Home, 144 N. Spruce Street, Birdsboro, PA. and Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at Mountain View Chapel, 68 Old Douglass Dr., Douglassville, PA, with the funeral service to begin at 10:30 AM.

Interment will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Fleetwood, PA.

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