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John R. "Jack" Bertolet Sr.

John R. "Jack" Bertolet Sr. Obituary

Our family lost our legend. John R. "Jack" Bertolet Sr., 90, of Bernville, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 11, at Tower Health Reading Hospital.

Jack was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor J. (Taylor), and his second wife, Barbara A. (Krammes).

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Joseph and Miriam (Thornburg) Bertolet. Jack was a graduate of Glen-Nor High School and the former owner of J. Bertolet Inc., Orwigsburg.

In 1964, Jack achieved his American dream when he built a Volkswagen franchise in Orwigsburg. Over his 56 years of ownership, he enjoyed the customers, the employees, the friends he made and the wonderful times they shared. When it was time for him to pass the business on to his sons, Jack Jr. and Blayne, he still spent most days in his office offering daily witticisms.

Jack's philosophy on life was to surround yourself with great people and better friends. He cherished his neighbors and the weekends they spent around his picnic table reminiscing about the memories they made and the good times they shared. At the holidays, he loved to fill his home with warmth, cheer, great food, family and friends.

His greatest legacy will be the one he left to his six children, their spouses, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and that was his gift of unconditional love. We will cherish his memory and miss him dearly.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Ann; brother, Harry Jo; sister, Star Lee.

Jack is survived by his loving children, Debbie, wife of Ben Scaturro, of New Jersey, Jack Jr., husband of Karen, of Exeter Township, Dianne, wife of Steve Schmehl, of Palmyra, Cindy, wife of Jim Schrier, of Virginia, and Blayne, husband of Taran, of Exeter Township. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township. Lutz Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021
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