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Amber, Jean Ruth* - Pottstown  
JEAN RUTH AMBER OF DOUGLASSVILLE Jean Ruth Amber of Douglassville, PA formerly of Dallas, TX passed away at Keystone Villa on Monday, June 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband Wolf “Bill” H. Amber with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage. Jean was born September 2, 1924 in Dallas, TX. She was a daughter of the late Rudolph Hafter and Jenny (Fried) Hafter. She was a homemaker to her family. Jean was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Shriners Hospital. She was active in her temple in Dallas, TX and also the sisterhood of Congregation Mercy and Truth in Pottstown, PA. She is survived by her daughters, Gayle A. Wolf, wife of Jack F. Wolf of Pottstown, PA and Barbara Smith of Austin, TX; her sister, Charlotte Bernstein of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren, Levi and his wife Amy, Nathan and his wife Stacy Wolf, Isaac Smith, and Aaron and his wife Katie Smith; four great-grandchildren, Harrison Wolf, Alexis Wolf, Madeline Wolf, and Josephine Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made in honor of Jean to Congregation Mercy and Truth in Pottstown, PA or Caring Hospice in 400 Commerce Dr., Fort Washington, PA 19034. Services and Interment will be held in Dallas, TX at the convenience of the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016
Heater, Harry J.* - Pottstown  
HARRY J. HEATER, 87, OF SPRING CITY Harry J. Heater, 87, beloved husband of the late Helen Heater, of Spring City, died peacefully at home on Monday, June 27, 2016. Born in Port Jervis, NY, but living across the Delaware River on Heater’s Hill in Matamoras, PA, he was the son of James and Dorothy (Dunlop) Heater. Mr. Heater resided in Spring City, East Vincent Township since 1965. Raised in Matamoras, PA and then East Rutherford, NJ, he graduated from East Rutherford High School. Joining the U.S. Army in early 1945, he served in WW-II, the Korean War, and 2 Tours in Vietnam as an Airborne Combat Medic. SFC Heater was stationed at many installations throughout the country, and in Japan and Germany. After being assigned to the Valley Forge Army Hospital and retiring in 1969, Harry signed on as a Postman at the Spring City Post Office where he served his community until his retirement in 1990. Besides being involved in community youth sports, and being a regional legend on the area’s bowling lanes, he was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. Mr. Heater was a devoted father to his five children; James Harry, husband of Linda Heater of St. Peters, Sherrie Rupert of Spring City, Keith, husband of Delia of East Coventry, Dawn Heater of Spring City and April, wife of Rod Becker of North Coventry; Harry was also a “Pop” to his eight grandchildren Mark, Katie, Brett, James, Jessica, Rebecca, Kevin and Kyle. And he was a proud great-grandfather to Riot James and Logan William. Harry is survived by a sister, Linda Taormina of East Rutherford, NJ. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Helen (Bolton) Heater and his sister, Doris Graham. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 11:00a.m., at the Shalkop Grace & Strunk Funeral Home, 135 Bridge and Church Sts., Spring City, PA. Burial will follow immediately at the Limerick Garden of Memories. Viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening, July 5, 2016, at 6:30 – 8:00p.m. and also the morning prior to the ceremony, from 9:30-11:00a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Norchester Red Knights, 88 Glocker Way, Box 273, Pottstown, PA 19465. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Shalkop, Grace & Strunk Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.sgsfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016
Krasley, Harold R.* - Pottstown  
HAROLD R. KRASLEY JR., 96, OF ROYERSFORD Harold R. Krasley Jr., 96, of Royersford, PA passed away on June 27, 2016. He was born in Royersford, PA on June 20, 1920, and graduated from Royersford High School, Class of 1939. Harold served in the US Navy during World War, II on board the USS Anzio in the Pacific Theater. He worked as a machinist with Diamond Glass. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and woodworking. He was a son of the Late Harold R. and Marion (Greiner) Krasley, and beloved husband of the late Ethel (Darrah ) Krasley. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra (& Walter ) Hood, Spring City, PA; son, Larry (& Kathy ) Krasley, Warrington, PA; brother, Ray Krasley, Oxford, FL; sisters, Betty Weidenbaugh, Houston, TX, and Nancy Shepherd, Spring City, PA; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Along with his wife and parents he was preceded in by a brother, Paul “Bunny” Krasley, and three sisters Edith Weidenbaugh, Phyllis Murdock, and Marion Slaybaugh. His Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM from the Limerick Garden Of Memories 44 Swamp Pike, Limerick. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Parkhouse, 1600 Blackrock Road, Royersford, Pa 19468. Arrangements by Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home 224 West Main Street Trappe, PA 19426. (610) 489-7900 msrfh.com
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016
Krieger, William R.* - Pottstown  
WILLIAM R. KRIEGER, 83, OF PHOENIXVILLE William R. Krieger, 83, husband of the late Shirley J. (Young) Krieger, of Phoenixville, PA, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Born in Ringtown, PA, he was the son of the late John F. and Martha F. (Browne) Krieger. Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the T.J. Cope Company in Collegeville, PA. He was an active member in PMYC for almost 40 years, F& AM Phoenix Lodge No. 75, Polish Club and Slovak Club, VFW Post 1564 and Moose Lodge 1273 in Phoenixville. Surviving are a son, William J. and wife Kelly Krieger of Mt. Joy, PA, and two grandchildren, Alexander J. Krieger and Alana J. wife of Alex Greenawalt. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service in the Devlin Rosmos Kepp & Gatcha Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 517 S. Main Street at Fourth Avenue, Phoenixville, PA, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, PA. Relatives and Friends may call at the funeral home from on Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign War Post 1564, 200 Starr Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Condolences may be given at www.GatchaFuneral.com .
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016
Romig, Ronald Freeman* - Pottstown  
RONALD ‘RON’ FREEMAN ROMIG, 78, OF FLEETWOOD Ronald “Ron” Freeman Romig, 78, of Fleetwood, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Reading Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Jane (Fleming) Romig, who was his high school sweetheart and best friend for 63 years. Also, three daughters, Lisa Ann, wife of Robert Atkins of Millington, NJ, Lori Ann, wife of Neil Citrone of Pennington, NJ, and Robin Lynn, wife of Steven Brownell of Hainesport, NJ; a son, Charles Fleming Romig, husband of Laura (Neale) Romig of Centre Hall, PA; 13 grandchildren, Drew and Amy Atkins, Sydney, Haley, and Marley Citrone, Nicole, Madeline, Jessica, and Samuel Brownell, and Charles S., Kaitlyn, Jackson, and Elizabeth Romig; and one brother, Randall Freeman of Marietta, GA. Born in Boyertown, Pa, Oct. 24, 1937, he was the son of the late Charles Bean Romig of Boyertown and the late Minnie Mae (Freeman) Romig of Sinking Spring. He was a graduate of Boyertown High School, received his B.S. degree from Bloomsburg State University, and both his M.Ed. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Delaware. Dr. Romig taught for eight years in the public schools of PA and NJ before completing 32 years as a professor of Biology at West Chester University where he taught courses in Zoology, Environmental Science, and Entomology. He received professor emeritus recognition for his work at West Chester in 1999. Dr. Romig was a research consultant to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and a research cooperator for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Beneficial Insects Laboratory at Newark, DE. Dr. Romig served a term as corresponding secretary for the American Entomological Society. Dr. Romig’s research interests and published papers were primarily in the field of classical biological control of harmful insects by use of beneficial parasitic insects, and in studies of radio-isotopes in food chains of selected PA mammals. Dr. Romig was elected for two terms as chairperson of the Biology Department at West Chester before going on to serve as the University’s Director of Liberal Studies program. In retirement, Mr. Romig volunteered as a tour guide for the Berks County Heritage Center, as a docent at Reading Public Museum, as a member of the Oley Valley PA German Fersammling Raad, and as a leader of the Oley Valley Pa German Club. Other interests included playing banjo, writing, beekeeping, and cabinet making. He was a member of St. John-Hill UCC. Arrangements are by the Morrell Funeral Home Inc., ( www.MorrellFuneralHome.com ).
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016
Rose, Shirley T.* - Pottstown  
SHIRLEY T. ROSE Shirley T. Rose, 90, Boyertown, was called to her heavenly Father, on June 22, 2016. She resided at Kutztown Manor the previous 2 years. Shirley, wife of Doug Rose [deceased 2014] were married for 6.5 years. She was the daughter of the late John G. Trout and Verna [Clemmer] Trout. She was a graduate of Boyertown HS and a member of St. John’s E. Lutheran Church, Boyertown. Shirley is surviived by her daughter Susan J., wife of Andrew J. Varzally, Boyertown; two grandsons, Matthew Varzally [wife Nithya] of Prospect, Kentucky, and Jonathan Varzally [wife Rebekah] of Yardley Pa.; great-granddaughter Harper, and great-grandsons Sebastian and Graham of Prospect, Kentucky, She is also survived by two nieces and cousins. Shirley worked as an executive secretary for Kawecki- Bervlco Industries, then continued at Cabot corp. [formerly KBI] for a 30 year career retiring in the mid-1980s. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.. A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Shirley’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s E. Lutheran Church, Boyertown, in her name.
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Published in The Mercury on July 7, 2016
Russell, Arthur L.* - Pottstown  
ARTHUR L. RUSSELL, 73, OF ROYERSFORD Arthur L. Russell, 73, husband of Elizabeth E. (Kennedy) Russell, of Royersford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at home. Born on December 9, 1942 in Binghamton, NY, he was a son of the late Earl and Helen (Moore) Russell. Mr. Russell was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, and served in the United States Army. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Royersford, and a member of the Phoenixville Knights of Columbus Council 1374. He was the President of the Volunteer Chapter at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and served as a scout leader for a number of years. In addition to his wife, with whom he recently shared 50 years of marriage, Mr. Russell is survived by three children, Paul A., husband of Brandi Russell of Royersford, PA, Amy M., wife of Vincent Braccia of Horsham, PA, and Jonathan E. Russell of Arizona; four sisters, Shirley Fletcher, Carol Smith, Katherine van Gorder, and Ruth Wilson; six granddaughters, two grandsons, and two step-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Russell was preceded in death by two siblings, Phil Russell and Beverly Williams. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Street at Lewis Road, Royersford, PA 19468 on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM. Officiating will be Rev. Peter J. DiMaria. Burial will be held in the Fernwood Cemetery, Royersford. Friends will be received on Friday, July1, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, 600 Washington Street, Royersford, PA or at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, P.O. Box 67, Valley Forge, PA 19481. Condolences may be made by visiting www.RoyersfordFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The Mercury on June 30, 2016

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Eagle Jr., Leroy J.* - Pottstown  
LEROY J. EAGLE JR., 88, OF POTTSTOWN Leroy J. Eagle Jr., 88, of Pottstown, PA, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Manor Care Health Services, Pottstown. Born in Pottstown, PA, he was a son of the late Leroy Eagle Sr. and the late Margaret (Eschbach) Eagle. Leroy was a graduate of Pottstown High School. He was employed as a sewing machine mechanic for many years. He was president of the former Shamrocks, and would shoot dart in local leagues many years ago. Surviving is one son, Terry Eagle and his wife Linda, Spring City; nine grandchildren; nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by two sons, Gary and Randy, and one sister, Shirley Fiorini. Graveside services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 at Pottstown Cemetery - West, 371 N. Hanover St., Pottstown. Officiating will be Reverend Michael Sullivan. Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA. Our web site exists to serve the friends and family of the deceased. Go to http://www.schumacherandbenner.com to extend sympathies and access additional service details.
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Published in The Mercury on June 29, 2016
Gordon III, Robert C.* - Pottstown  
ROBERT C. GORDON III, 29, OF STOWE Robert C. Gordon III, 29, husband of Stephanie (Stair) Gordon of Big Sky Ranch, Stowe, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016. Born in Norristown, he was the son of Robert C. Jr. and Brenda (Zigmont) Gordon of Stowe. He was employed as a chef and was a 2004 graduate of St. Pius X High School and a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Surviving with his wife and parents are sons, Robbie S. Gordon and Rylie S. Gordon, and a sister, Angelique Gordon. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2 pm at the family residence 2 Big Sky Ranch, Stowe PA 19464. Arrangements by Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, Pottstown.
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Published in The Mercury on June 29, 2016
Parke, Scott* - Pottstown  
SCOTT PARKE, 58, OF ROYERSFORD Scott Parke, 58 died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Parkhouse at Providence Pointe. He was born in Phoenixville to the late Russell and the late Jane Parke. Scott graduated from Spring Ford High school and pursued a career with his hands. Scott was a hard worker. He worked as a welder for PA Insert for many years. He lived most of his life in the Spring City area. Scott is survived by his three children: Nathan, Stacie and Miranda; five grandchildren and two sisters: Debbie James and Patricia Dransfield. His sister, Judith Stoudt preceded him in death just last year. Friends of the family are invited to visit from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9 2016 at the Shalkop Grace & Strunk Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 135 Bridge Street, Spring City at 10:30 AM with hospice chaplain, Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn, of the Gentiva Hospice officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.sgsfuneralhome.com . All arrangements are being handled by Shalkop, Grace & Strunk FH.
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Published in The Mercury on June 29, 2016
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