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J. Roland “Rollie” Koffel

            J. Roland "Rollie" Koffel, 92, a former long-time resident of Harleysville, PA,

and more recently of Frederick, PA, passed away Friday morning, September 22, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise (Heath) Koffel, on August 7, 2016. They had been married for over 64 years at the time of her passing.

            Born November 13, 1930, in Vernfield, PA, he was a son of the late Perry D. and Lizzie (Musselman) Koffel.

            He was a 1948 graduate of Souderton High School where he explored his interest in photography. By 1966, he amassed hundreds of slides depicting his life and the things he saw including floods, snowstorms, construction, events like the Easter Egg Hunt in Vernfield, family, neighbors and friends. The development of digital cameras allowed him to again enjoy photography later in life.

            Rollie began his career in construction working for his father. He later worked with his brother, Robert Koffel, and then with his brother, Roger Koffel, for many years. He was a talented carpenter and craftsman. After retirement, he worked part time at Harleysville Savings Bank and as sexton at his church.

            Rollie was an active and devoted life-long member of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren for many years, where he served on church council and as sexton. He was also active as a volunteer on the board at Delp's Meetinghouse for many years. Not one to sit still, Rollie was a hard worker who enjoyed taking care of his property. He was generous and always willing to give of his time to help anyone in need. He will be remembered for his love of his family and his ability to make others smile with his quick wit, jokes and stories of long-ago.

            Surviving is a daughter, BettyLou Koffel and her husband, Philip Moyer, of Portland OR and Mill Valley, CA; a son, Jay Koffel and his wife, Evelyn, of Pennsburg, PA; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by four siblings, Valeria Kramer, Jerry Koffel, Marjorie Landis and Roger Koffel. He was preceded in death by an infant son and five siblings: Hilda Ziegler, Robert Koffel, Lorraine Ziegler, Herbert "Johnny" Koffel, and Gloria Ruth. 

            Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 821 Main Street, Harleysville, PA, on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., where friends may call from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Interment will be private in the adjoining church cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Delp's Meetinghouse & Burial Ground. Checks should be made payable to Delp's Burial Ground, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438.

            Arrangements are by the Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc. of Franconia, PA.

            Online condolences may be made to the family at  






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