Ashvin Chudgar

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Ashvin Jayantilal Chud-gar, 72, of Spring Twp., died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Reading Hospital. His death followed a six-week struggle to recover from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. His passing was sudden and peaceful, and the prayers of many helped him on his way.

Ashvin was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on May 16, 1939, the first son of the late Jayantilal and Nirmala (Mehta) Chud-gar. He came to the United States in 1961 to study textile engineering at North Carolina State University, where he received a master's degree. He took his second master's in business administration from Fresno State University.

After his education, he came to Pennsylvania to work in research and development in the Textile Machine Works division of Rockwell International. Shortly after moving to Reading in 1967, Ashvin attended an evening mixer at the YMCA, where he met Ginny Moll, daughter of the late Conrad and Roze (Cas-ner) Moll. After a prayer-filled and thoughtful courtship, Ashvin and Ginny were married in the chapel at Alvernia College on June 1, 1968. They were married for 43 years, until his death temporarily parted them.

Ashvin is survived by Ginny and two sons, Justin, husband of Leslie Zane, in Weed, CA, and Neil, of Saint Paul, MN; by his brothers, Kiran, of Louisville, KY, and Amit, of Birmingham, AL; by three nieces and three nephews; and by many loving and beloved friends.

Throughout his professional career, Ashvin contributed to the textile industry in Berks County. After leaving Rockwell, he worked in other textile concerns until he founded his own company, Keystone Hosiery Mills, Inc., of Reading. Many will remember him for the unparalleled excellence of the socks his factory produced.

After Keystone Hosiery closed, Ashvin turned his attention to photography, a longstanding passion. He was permanently attentive to beauty, finding loveliness in unsuspected places. He often turned his camera to record the patterns of color and light in the centers of flowers. His photographs have been exhibited widely across Berks County, and their beauty endures at http://www.ashvinphotos.

com. These images show how he viewed the world. It would please him if you took a moment to enjoy them.

According to Ashvin's wishes, his traditional Hindu cremation service will be private. Though he disliked funerals, Ashvin loved to entertain, so his family will be hosting a memorial open-house instead of a viewing. On Saturday, Feb. 18, between 1 and 4 p.m., those who loved him are invited to visit his home in Spring Township. There will be light refreshments, displays of Ashvin's photographs, hugs, tears, smiles, and many happy memories.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Akshaya Patra Foundation USA, a program that provides school lunches to children in India,; or to Mentors for Berks Youth, 106 W Lancaster Avenue, Reading, PA 19607, To offer the family online condolences, please visit us at


Published in Reading Eagle on Feb. 15, 2012