John J. Bortzel

John J. Bortzel

AGE: 82 • Lewes

John J. Bortzel, 82, of Lewes, DE, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Deede Hospital in Lewes. John was born in Reading, on January 25, 1931, a son of the late Geneva (Weiss) and Frederick Bortzel. He was the husband of Emma (Keim) Bortzel. John was employed as an insurance salesman. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. John was a member of American Legion Post 28, Millsboro, DE, and he was a talented artist and musician.

John is survived by two daughters, Renee Shewalter, of West Lawn, Denise Sweigart, of Reading; and a son, Michael J. Bortzel of Lancaster; two step sons, Robert E. Keim, of Atglen, PA, Ross E. Keim, of Minneapolis, MN. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Services from the Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 1501 N. 11th St., Reading, PA, at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 10th. Friends are invited to call Friday 9:00-10:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment at Laureldale Cemetery, Muhlenberg Township. Family request donations to , 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA, 18017-2100. Friends and family may sign online register at

Funeral Home

Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services
1501 North 11th Street Reading, PA 19604
(610) 372-1624

Published in The News Journal on Jan. 8, 2014