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December 31, 2017

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September 26, 2017

            William R. Solivan, 63, of Boyertown, formerly of the Upper Perkiomen Valley, passed away on September 21, 2017 in Lehigh Valley Hospice.

            Born in Allentown, he was a son of Edward J. Leitgeb of Boyertown and the late Jeannette E. (Strohl) Leitgeb.

            Bill worked at the former Pillsbury Plant in East Greenville and then for the U.S. Postal Service.

            He was a 1972 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School where he played baseball and pitched a "No Hitter" game.  After high school he played and managed the Upper Perk Chiefs baseball team for many years and loved sports, playing cards and ...



September 26, 2017

            Pastor Elmer S. Frederick, 88, of Souderton, was called home to his Savior

early Sun., Sep. 24, 2017 at Souderton Mennonite Homes. He was the loving husband of Marie L. (Landis) Frederick for 67 years.

            Born in Souderton, he was the son of the late Norman and Hannah (Stauffer) Frederick.

            Elmer served his life's calling as a pastor for over 40 years. His associated churches include the former Fredericksville Mennonite Church/Living Word Mennonite Church for 29 years, Salem Mennonite Church in Quakertown, and Covenant Community Fellowship in Lansdale.

             He was an overseer for many churches within the ...



September 25, 2017

            Francis J. "Frank" Gray, Sr., 54, of Mertztown, passed away, Thursday,

September 21, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Cathy E. (Schultz) Gray, celebrating 16 years of marriage in June.

            Born in Philadelphia, he was the son to the late Harry and Georgina (Lodek) Gray.

            Frank was currently working for Allan Myers in Worcester as a field manager.

            He was a member of the Alburtis Rod and Gun Club, Appalachian Bluegrass and Fiddle Association, the Fairlane Club of America and Reel Recovery Retreat.

            As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also ...



September 25, 2017

            Mary Ache, 95, of Gilbertsville, passed away peacefully surrounded by

by her family on September 24, 2017. She was the wife of the late Richard Ache who passed in 2002. Born in Black Hearth, Schuylkill County, PA, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Makara) Machuzak, immigrants from the Ukraine.

            Mary graduated from Cass Township High School in 1940. She and several friends moved to Newark DE for better paying jobs. She worked as a powder weigher for detonators at the former Triumph Powder Co. during WWII. After weighing the powder and placing it in the cylinder, she would slide the cylinder through a small opening connecting her small cubicle to the ...



September 25, 2017

            Leon H. Bitting, 76, of Lansdale, passed away, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Abington-Lansdale Hospital.

            Born in Quakertown, he was a son to the late Paul and Mamie (Trexler) Bitting.

            He retired from Tile in Lansdale.

            Surviving him are his sisters, Lois Fenstermacher and Lucille Melcher.

            In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley "Stosh" Bitting.

            A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA with Rev. Charles E. Romanowski officiating. Burial follows in St. Mark's Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. 

            Offer sympathy to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com.

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September 22, 2017

            David P. Yost, 63, of Loveland, Colorado, formerly of Perkiomenville, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 in Loveland, Colorado.

            Born in Denver, Colorado, he was a son to the late Paul and Mildred (DeWolf) Yost.

            He was a construction worker for 25 years until his retirement.

            Surviving him are his children, Angelic Novelli and Tim Yost and wife, Jodie; two grandchildren; brother, Daniel Yost and wife, Jane; and sisters, Lois Yost and wife, Jolyn, Leah, wife of Randy Crater, Linda, wife of David Kratzer and Letitia, wife of Walter Deitrick.

            Services will be private. Sympathy may be extended to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com.

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September 22, 2017

            Thomas E. Mergen, 80, husband of Barbara Ann (Frattini) Galbraith

Mergen, of Red Hill, formerly of Sullivan County, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Grand View Hospital.

            Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late James E. and Mary A. (Heiser) Mergen.

            He was a 1955 graduate of Dobbin's Vocational Tech High School in Philadelphia and completed two years at La Salle University.

            He was in the Navy Reserves from 1979 to 1985 and was a supervisor for Bell Atlantic.

            Thomas was a member of the ...



September 18, 2017

            Herbert R. "Herbie" Wolf, Jr., 80, of Dogwood Drive, Green Lane died

Monday, September 18, 2017 in his home.

            Born in Marlborough Township, he was a son of the late Estella V. (Moll) and Herbert R. Wolf, Sr.

            He worked for Floyd G. Hersh, Inc. for 37 years.

            He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was a 1954 graduate of Upper Perkiomen Joint High School.  He was a life member of the Pike Township Sportsmen's Association and the Green Lane Fire Company and loved watching the Indy Car Racing, going to his farm in Sullivan County and hunting and fishing.

            Surviving are a sister, Jean Fulmer of Schwenksville, many ...



September 18, 2017

            William S. Breunig, Jr., 75, husband of Sandra K. (Kraft) Breunig, of East

Greenville, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 in St. Luke's Hospice House. He and his wife celebrated 57 years of marriage on September 4th.

            Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Clara M. (Hildenbrand) and William S. Breunig, Sr.

            He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and worked as a Diesel Mechanic and Truck Driver for Reichenbach of Allentown for 30 years.   

            He attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was a member of the East Greenville Fire Co., The Owl's Nest #1874, the American Legion Post 184 and the Teamster's.  He enjoyed ...



September 18, 2017

            Willard O. "Bill" Marshall Jr, 87, of Hellertown and formerly of Pennsburg,

passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 15, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Margaret Ann (Long) Marshall. Born in Pleasantville, NJ, he was a son of the late Willard O. and Mabel (Kester) Marshall Sr.

            He served his country honorably in the NSA during the Korean War. He was a member of Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Bill worked in management for Agway in Syracuse, NY for 25 years before moving the Upper Perkiomen Valley and starting Marshall's Lawn & Garden Barn Inc. He operated that business until his retirement. During his time in the Upper Perkiomen Valley, Bill and Margaret founded "Life Long Learning" which is held at New Goshenhoppen Church.

            Survivors: Along with his beloved wife, Bill is survived by ...



September 17, 2017

            Harold R. Moser, 91, of Frederick and formerly of Barto, passed away

September 14, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of the late Thelma (Hoffman) Moser and the late Alma (Rauch) Moser.  Born in Niantic, he was a son of the late Howard and Sallie (Renninger) Moser. 

            Harold was a self-employed dairy farmer in Niantic for 40 years.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau, and was a Delegate for the Eastern Milk Producers.  He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, in Niantic where he served on church council.  Harold was also a former member of the Boyertown Odd Fellows.

            Surviving are children:  Gordon, and his wife, Sandra Lee, of ...



September 17, 2017

            Marvin "Mops" Underkoffler, 87, of Harleysville, passed away, Friday, 

September 15, 2017 at LifeQuest Nursing Home in Quakertown.  He was the loving husband to the late Ella Mae (Long) Underkoffler for 63 years.

            Born in Ridge Valley, PA, he was a son of the late Robert and Katie (Seacrist) Underkoffler.

            Mops proudly served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict and worked for 42 years at Ametek U.S. Gauge.

            He loved his garden, deep sea fishing, deer hunting, making scrapple and most of all, being pop-pop to his grandchildren.

            He will be lovingly remembered by his ...



September 15, 2017

            Carol Lupino Green, 58, of East Greenville passed away September 7, 2017.  She was the widow of Kenneth Green.

            Carol is survived by her daughter Jennifer Green and son Ryan Green.

            A funeral service was held at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home in Lansdale.

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September 14, 2017

            William A. Bennett Sr., 81, of Barto, passed away September 13, 2017.

He was the beloved husband of Beatrice (deFuria) Bennett, and the late Dorothy (Whitehead) Bennett. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John K. and Emma Mae (Flick) Bennett.

            Bill was a carpenter as a partner in E.H. Jenkins Builders, Narberth, until retiring in 1989.  He .was an avid golfer and fisherman.  He was a member of the Lower Merion Rod & Gun Club, and was a Three Time Club Champion at Cornwell's Country Club, Bensalem.

            Surviving with his wife of 21 years, are his children: William Jr., and his wife, Cindy, of Pennsburg; and ...



September 14, 2017

            Eric G. Svenson, 92, of Dillsburg, and formerly of Roxborough of Red Hill,

PA, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at the Church of God Home, Carlisle.  Eric was the widower of Frances D. Svenson.

            He was born March 9, 1925, in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Carl and Alma (Johanssen) Svenson.

            Eric was a retired accountant for American Can Company in Philadelphia. He also was a former volunteer at St. Lukes Hospital, Quakertown. Eric served his country in the Merchant Marines and U.S. Coast Guard during W.W. II. 

            He is survived by one son, Eric M. Svenson of North Lewisburg, OH; two daughters, Lynne S. Maclay of ...



September 14, 2017

            E. William "Bill" Leach passed away on Tuesday September 12, 2017 in

Uniontown Hospital.  He was born on March 30, 1938 in Sellersville, PA the son of Earl H. and Verna (Clymer) Leach.

            Bill grew up in Lansdale, Pa and while a freshman on the Jr. Varsity at. NPHS, was one of only two football players to be selected to play with the Varsity Squad. He played for 4 years, graduating in 1956. The day after graduation he began his career with Merck Sharp and Dohme, Merck & Co., West Point, and retired in 1993 after 37 years of service.

            Bill was a veteran of the Army, serving as an electronics technician, Spec. 4, at the base in Manheim, Germany, where he repaired radio equipment in the ...



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