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December 13, 2019

            Violet Miller Nyman, wife of the late Robert D. Nyman, a lifelong resident of Barto, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest. She was 86.

            She was born in Barto on September 11, 1933, a daughter of the late Frank A. and Mary S. (Grill) Miller.  Violet was employed all her working life with Bally Ribbon Mills.  She was also a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Bally, PA.

            She is survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia Miller, many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews who she loved and prayed for daily.

            She was proceeded in death by her siblings: Alma M. and Joseph M. Stahl, Emma G. and Stanley D. Schott, William and Marie Miller, Howard C. and Elsie Miller, James Miller, Sallie Miller, John Miller, and Evelyn and Clark Yergey.

            Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 610 Pine Street, Bally, PA 19503.  Celebrant will be Rev. Martin F. Kern.  Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

            Online condolences may be offered at

            Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville, PA.

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December 12, 2019

            Mary Jane (Mendles) Ford, of Red Hill, PA, formerly of Fords, NJ, passed 

away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Bethlehem. She was the loving wife of the late John R. "Jack" Ford, Sr., sharing 54 years of marriage together before his passing in 2011.

            Born in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Dorothy (Doran) Mendles.

            Mary Jane was a 1954 graduate of St. Michael's High School in Jersey City and worked for over 15 years for the Shubert Organization in New York City as the manager for Telecharge.

            She was a member of St. Philip Neri R.C. Church in Pennsburg and Our Lady of Peace Church in Fords, NJ where she taught CCD for many years.

            Mary Jane enjoyed knitting, cooking, painting, gardening and hosting holiday get-togethers, but above all of this, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

            Surviving are her three children, Joan Kulesza of Richland Twp., PA,  Robert Ford of Red Hill, PA,  and Eileen Barth and husband Don Barth of ...

December 12, 2019

            Harriet Ann Wampole, 77, of Royersford, and formerly of Red Hill, passed

away December 11, 2019.  Born in Quakertown, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Jakoby) Wampole. 

            Harriet was a member of Pennsburg United Church of Christ.

            She is survived by cousins.

            Funeral Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 19th at Pennsburg United Church of Christ, 775 Main Street, Pennsburg.  Friends may visit from 10:30 until services at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

            The Falk Funeral Home, Pennsburg, is in charge of arrangements.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the church.

            To offer on-line condolences, please visit her "Book of Memories" at

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December 12, 2019

            Douglas Harry Beck, of Richland Twp., PA, was called home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at his home.  He was at peace and surrounded with love and his family.  He was 64.

            He was the husband of the late Janet L. (Szczybek) Beck who died February 27, 2007.

            Born in Doylestown, PA, he was the son of the late Dennis O. Beck and the late Joan Elaine (Lawrence) Beck Smith.

            A carpenter and construction framer, Doug first worked for Denny Ward Construction, Chalfont, PA, for 15 years.  Later, he was employed by Larry Runske Construction and, most recently, for Steve Everett Construction.

            A passionate outdoorsman, Doug was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a member of the Alburtis and Hereford Rod & Gun Clubs, and he, along with his best friend Larry Runske, built their own cabin in Pulaski, NY.  He also was a baseball and football enthusiast.  Most of all, his greatest joy was in spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.

            He is survived by five children, Donna F. Weller and her husband Charles, of Gilbertsville, PA, John C. Hager and his fiancée Idalia Fontanez, of ...

December 11, 2019

"Live! Yes Live!  Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"


            Judith A. Crehen, 77, of Red Hill, passed away suddenly on December 7,

2019.  She was the wife of Warren B. Greenwalt.  Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Virginia (McCann) Schuster.

            Judy attended Cardinal Dougherty high school.  As a young woman, Judy loved dancing on American Bandstand.  She personally knew Dick Clark and met many of the music stars of the day.  In the early 1960s, Judy also volunteered for the USO, caring for those who served our country. She also owned and operated Oscar's Niche, a pet store at the former Zern's Market.

            Prior to her retirement, Judy worked as a receptionist for Dr. Zemel in Perkasie, for 30 years.  Judy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Barto, PA. 

            Judy lived a full life, and those who knew her loved her for her free spirit! Judy was very artistic.  She loved to paint in her early years and had hoped to write a book one day. She had a kind heart.  She was eccentric, and full of love and laughter.  She loved horses, and all of her animals.  She also had a ...

December 07, 2019

            Timothy Warren Harper passed away on the 2nd of December 2019, after a brave battle with cancer. Tim died at home in Green Lane surrounded by family.

            Tim was born on the 16th of September, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was the son of Jack Warren Harper and Mary Lou DeVee.

            Tim was a long time resident of Green Lane, married to Elaine Porter Poulson Harper for the past 25 years. He was the father of Ian and Douglas, and stepfather of LeeAnn, John and Dawn. Tim was the proud grandfather and "pops" to Preston, Hudson, Natalie, Jamie, Damian, Tina, Hannah, M'Lynn, Benjamin, and Gabriella. As well as great grandfather to Tempe and Fae. He is also survived by siblings Thomas, Linda, Kathrine, identical twin James and numerous nieces and nephews.

            Tim graduated Ann Arbor High School in 1968 and attended Eastern Michigan University. Tim retired from Honeywell and also worked at Penn Engineering, Lancer, and Lorain County Community College. Tim was a history/genealogy buff, a member of "The Sons of the American Revolution", and proud to have had a direct ancestor at Valley Forge.

            Tim was a 32 degree Freemason, as well as an ...

December 05, 2019

            June F. (Hess) Smith, widow of Richard A. Smith Sr., of Green Lane, passed

away on December 4, 2019 at her home.  She was 91.

            She was born in Green Lane to the late Earl C. and Eva B. (Gilbert) Hess. 

            Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.  She was a member of Friedens UCC, Sumneytown, PA where she also taught Sunday School. While raising her children she volunteered with the Green Lane Elementary School PTA.  June also loved gardening.

            She is survived by her children: Sheila D., wife of Gary L. Freed, of Pennsburg; Richard A. Jr., husband of RuthAnn, of Green Lane; and Shari D. Smith, of Green Lane; Sisters: Nancy L., wife of Charles A. Wetzel, of Harleysville; Diana C., widow of Harry D. Blank, of Palm; brother, Donald N., husband of Vicki, of Green Lane; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael A. Smith and brothers, Gordon W. Gilbert and Earl C. Hess Jr.

            Services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Friedens UCC, 1011 Church Rd., PO Box 268, Sumneytown, PA 18084. 

            Arrangements are by Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville, PA. 

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December 05, 2019

            Thomas E. Kane, 69, of Hereford, passed away unexpectedly on December

3, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Ann L. (Nycum) Kane. They celebrated 31 years of marriage in May.

            Born in Altoona, he was a son of the late William and Katherine (Mauk) Kane.

            Tom served his country honorably in the Army. His first job was as a printer for the Altoona Mirror which he did for 17 years. Following that, he was a corrections officer at the former Graterford Prison for 18 years until he retired in 2005.  Following his retirement, he worked as a part time driver for Kulp Car Rentals in Gilbertsville.

            Tom was a member of the Hereford Gun Club, the Pike Township Sportsman's Association, the East Greenville Fire Company, the Friendship Hook & Ladder Company in Boyertown, and Palm Legion Post 184. He was a life member of the Bavarian Hall in Altoona.

            He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved ...

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