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Geiss, Earl - Harrisburg  
Earl Geiss, age 90, passed away on June 28, 2015 at the Jewish Home, Harrisburg, PA. Survived by his wife, Catherine; brother, Roy; son, Gregory; daughter, Alexis Lang; and granddaughter, Michelle. A memorial gathering will be held at the Jewish Home on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10 a.m. His patience and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit us at GeigleFuneralHome.com or on Facebook.
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 1, 2015
George, Frances - Reading  
Frances George, 97, of Reading passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Manor Care, Laureldale, where she resided for the past six years. Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Jennie (Kokonis) George. Frances left high school to work at Berkshire Knitting Mills to help support the family. She never married and remained with her parents until they passed away. She continued to work at Berkshire Knitting Mills until her retirement. She rose to the level of instructor and trained many young people in various phases of hosiery manufacturing. In that capacity, she traveled throughout the United States and Canada. In 1962, she lived in Kyoto, Japan for a year when Berkshire opened a factory there. She was a lifetime member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. She was a member of the St. Xenia Chapter of Philoptochos. She served as President of the Daughters of Penelope Proteus Chapter #197. She loved spending time with her family and lived for many years with her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Donald Bankes. She loved beautiful things and mailed many treasures to her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews from Japan. She was also a faithful correspondent, sending many cards to family and friends. She never failed to celebrate an occasion through her lovely cards. She maintained fluency in her first language, Greek, by conversing with her sisters and friends from church. She expanded her Greek vocabulary by spending hours looking up words in her English/Greek dictionary. She is predeceased by four of her siblings: Helen (George) Bankes, Lillian (George) Lasky, Mary (George) Karetas and John George. She is also predeceased by her beloved niece, Jennifer (Karetas) Mowbray. She is survived by a brother, Theodore George and sister, Margaret (George) Wesner. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Frances was a loving and kind daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and Godmother. She will be missed by her two Goddaughters, Sharon (Bankes) Whitman, wife of Dean and Joann (Lasky) Ruchlewicz, wife of Walter. Services will be Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. A viewing will be held in the church from 10 to 11 a.m., immediately followed by the funeral service. Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading. Arrangements are entrusted with Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, Reading. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 5, 2015
Gerhardt, Judie (Beadle) - East Greenville  
Judie L. (Beadle) Gerhardt, 46, wife of Robert "Bob" J. Gerhardt, of Zionsville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Born in Pottstown, PA, she was one of three daughters of Jon S. and Judie L. (Lichtenwalner) Beadle, of Palm. Judie was a graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School and Empire Beauty School. She was the co-owner of P.J.'s Salon in Green Lane for 18 years. Judie was a member of V.F.W. #5954 in Red Hill and a member of the Upper Perkiomen Business and Professional Women's Club. She loved traveling, gardening and going to the beach and mountains. Surviving, along with her husband of 28 years, is a daughter, Hunter Gerhardt of Zionsville; sisters, Jestine, wife of Tom Troutman of Boyertown, and Jan, wife of John Yellets of Fogelsville; nieces and nephews: Alexa and Gavin Troutman, Dawson Hamershock and Avery Yellets. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA. Offer sympathy to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com . Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Hunter Gerhardt Educational Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 628 Gravel Pike, East Greenville, PA 18041.
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 3, 2015
Grace, Ruth (Nester) - Pottstown  
Mrs. Ruth E. Grace, 86, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. A native of Kutztown, PA and a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. with a service following on Tuesday, July 7, at Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, 726 High Street, Pottstown, PA. Burial will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories. Mrs. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Grace; son, Barry Seidel; mother, Hilda Nester; father, Thomas Nester; and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived her daughter, Sue Kraft and husband, Earl; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Seidel; three grandchildren: Barry Seidel and wife, Karen; Bryan Seidel and wife, Rebecca; and Danielle Penza and husband, Neil; four great-grandchildren: Brad, Grant, Lauren and Blake; and sister, Bernice DeBeck. Pallbearers will be Barry Seidel, Bryan Seidel, Jerry Grace and John Benkoski. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Aloysius Church in memory of Ruth Grace. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Sue Surran and Joan Frock for their friendship and concern for Ruth.
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 3, 2015
Gramata, Gregory - Shillington  
Gregory D. Gramata, 65, of West Lawn, passed away July 4, 2015, in the Reading Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Weikel) Gramata, whom he married on October 11, 1986. Born in Coaldale, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Roshay) Gramata. He was a 1967 graduate of Pottstown High School and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for many years in the steel industry and most recently owned Coach's Beer & Soda in Reading until retiring in 2012. Greg last worked part time for Colonial Fitness in Sinking Spring. He was a member of St. John Baptist de LaSalle RC Church, Shillington. He was a Fourth Degree Knight with Pius IX Assembly. Greg also belonged to Spartaco Club, Reading, West End Fire Co., Stowe and was an active member of the Skyline Drive Corvette Club of Reading. Greg's interests were Corvette trips, cars and College sports. His passion all of his life was Notre Dame Football. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Gochal, wife of Barry Weikel, and his beloved granddaughters, Haley and Hannah Gochal. There are also two daughters, Mindy Mays and Jackie Bowers, and 6 other grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters: Carol, wife of Robert Stong, Roswell, GA; AnnMarie, wife of Michael Dolan, Wescosville; and Dolores, wife of Timothy Holleran, Gilbertsville. He is also survived by his brother, Michael D. Gramata, Reading; and 2 nephews and 5 nieces. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. from St. John Baptist de LaSalle RC Church, 420 Holland Street, Shillington. Rev. Richard Clement, celebrant. Interment with military honors in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Viewing from Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington on Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m. Please remember Greg by making donations to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109.
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Published in Reading Eagle from July 7 to July 8, 2015
Grim, Linda (Krick) - Hamburg  
Linda Elizabeth (Krick) Grim, 60, of Perry Township, Hamburg, passed away on Sunday, June 28th at 10:58 a.m., in Reading Hospital, due to injuries sustained in a car accident on June 22nd, 2015. She was the wife of Dean Alan Grim of Hamburg, PA. They were married on October 9, 1976, and celebrated 38 years of marriage. Born in Reading, PA on March 15, 1955, she was the daughter of the late David Edwin Krick and Betty Grace (Hoster) Krick of Laurel Nursing Center, Hamburg, PA. She was a faithful member of the Hamburg Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was employed at CNA Insurance Company of Reading, and recently was self-employed in the cleaning industry. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by one daughter, Angela Marie (Grim) Wolf of Hamburg, PA; one brother, Raymond David Krick of Reading, PA; one sister, Cheryl Ann Krick of Hamburg, PA; and one granddaughter, Katia Elizabeth Wolf of Hamburg, PA. She was much loved by all her family and friends and will be greatly missed. On July 11th, 2015, a memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 540 Hunter Liggett Drive, Shoemakersville, PA 19555. To console the family you are welcome to come from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with services following at 4 p.m.. The talk will be given by Brother Richard Yoder of the Hamburg Congregation. Arrangements are being handled by Jeffrey L. Grim of Hamburg, PA. In lieu of flowers or gifts, an account has been set up to help with medical expenses at www.GoFundMe.com/xxkybd5 .
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Published in Reading Eagle on July 2, 2015
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