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Mann,Kathleen A. 1 Guestbook Entry »

Kathleen A. Mann, 65, of Shillington, passed away Wednesday, August 5th, at Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Kathleen was born in Washington,DC , on November 3, 1949, a daughter of the late Elizabeth (Ashton) and James E. Mann.

Kathy enjoyed Christmas and crafts and she was a graduate of Elizabeth High School,Elizabeth,Pa.
Kathleen is survived by
a brother, James, husband of Carolyn J. Mann, of Reading.

Kathy is also survived by her nephew,Jonas P. Mann
Services are private at the convenience of the family.
Sanders Funeral home and Cremation Services,Inc.,1501 N. 11th St.,Reading,is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign online register at

Spickler,John R. “Bob” 1 Guestbook Entry »

John R. (Bob) Spickler, 92, formerly of Temple,passed away Monday, August 3rd, at Orwigsburg Center.

John was born in Reading on September 19, 1922, a son of the late Catherine S. (Botzum) and Lester R. Spickler.

He was the widower of Margaret V. (Phillips) Spickler. She died June 3,1992.

He was employed as a plastics worker at Polymer Corp. Reading., for 33 years. He retired in 1986.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Cpl. in WW II. John had a full life while in the military.He was part of the Honor Guard at President Roosevelt’s funeral in Hyde Park,NY. He loved to tell that story and many more.
He had a joke for every situation and a keen sense of humor. Bob travelled throughout the US and kept journals of his travels. He did leather work for many years as well as stenciling milk cans.
After Maggie died he started exercising at Kid’s Sports in Shillington and took classes to become an instructor and encouraged older individuals to get healthy.
Bob started attending, with the staff, Senior Group meetings to discuss exercise and how it helps with grief.
He was featured in an article in the Reading Eagle and cherished his poster size copy of the story.
In his later years he joined the Catholic Church thru the RCIA program where he helped with the classes for many years and became a Eucharistic Minster at Reading Hospital.
Bob’s final years were spent at Queen of Angels Apartments in Laureldale.
John and his companion,Josie Hahn,stayed busy and had a special relationship. As John needed additional help,many wonderful caregivers became part of his life.
Bob was a 1941 Reading High Graduate.

He was a member of Holy Guardian Angels RCC,Laureldale.

He is survived by
a daughter, Mary M., wife of William Saxe, of Cheswick,Pa. and his companion,Josie Hahn.

Bob is also survived by
a brother, Ronald L. Spickler, of Wyomissing.

Bob is also survived by a granddaughter,Alison Saxe.

He was predeceased by a grandson,William John Saxe in 2002 and a sister,Mary Witman.
May God grant John peace after 92 years on earth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at at Holy Guardian Angels RCC, 3121 Kutztown Rd.,Laureldale at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 7th.

Friends are invited to call Friday 9:00-10:00 AM. at the church.

Interment at Laureldale Cemetery.

Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services,Inc.,1501 N. 11th St.,Readig,is in charge of arrangements.

Family and friends may sign online register at

Strupp,Arthur J. 8 Guestbook Entries »

Arthur J. Strupp, 61, of Reading,passed away Saturday.

Arthur was born in Reading on January 11, 1954, a son of Anna (Dydty) Strupp, of Sinking Spring and the late Arthur Strupp.

He was the husband of Wendy S.(Wagner) Strupp.

He was employed as a supervisor at Quadrant Plastic Corp. for 40 years

Mr. Strupp graduated from Muhlenberg High 1972.

Arthur is also survived by
a daughter, Tabitha Strupp, of Reading;
a step daughter, Tina Wagner, of Frackville.

Arthur is also survived by
two sisters, Linda Lauser, of Reading; Barbara Hoffman, of Reading;
a brother, Bruce Strupp, of Delaware.

He is also survived by 5 grandchildren Trisha, Trina, Cheyenne, Teigan and Sage.

Mr. Strupp was predeceased by a son Nathan J. Strupp, April 24, 2002.

Services are private at the convenience of family . Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.1501 N. 11th St.,Reading,is in charge of arrangements.

Family request donations to American Heart Association 968 Postal Rd. Suite 110 Allentown, PA 18109 or Humane Society of Berks County 1801 N.11th St. Reading, PA 19604.
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Gaiewski,Thomas F. 1 Guestbook Entry »

Thomas F. Gaiewski, 69, of Reading, passed away Friday, July 24th, at Manor Care at Market Square.

Thomas was born in Reading, on December 15, 1945, a son of the late Alexander Gaiewski and Stella Golombek Gaiewski.

He was the husband of Marilyn L. (Brown) Gaiewski.

He was employed as a waste management technician by the City of Reading for 35 years.
Thomas was a 1964 graduate of Reading High School.
Thomas is also survived by
two sons Thomas J. Gaiewski, of Temple; James M. Gaiewski husband of Elizabeth Miller, of Shillington;

Thomas is also survived by
a brother, John Gaiewski, of Shillington.

Also surviving are 2 grandsons-Eric T. and Michael J. Gaiewski and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are private at the convenience of family .Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 1501 N. 11th St., Reading, is in charge of arrangements.

Family request donations to American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Ave., Reading, PA 19605.
Family and friends may sign online register at

Bruno,Rosemary A. 6 Guestbook Entries »

Rosemary A. Bruno

Rosemary A. Bruno, 78, of Spring Township passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on July 28, after a long struggle with lung disease.

Wife of the late Louis D. Bruno, who passed away on April 15, 2004, the Bruno’s co-founded The Rose Corporation, a custom steel fabrication business located on 8th Street in Reading, in 1987.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Rosemary was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anne (Repasky) Baluck. She was a 1954 graduate of Struthers High School. The Bruno’s also married in 1954 and resided in Hubbard, OH, before moving to Willingboro, NJ, and finally to Reading in 1973.
Rosemary was a long time member of Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Reading, before moving to Spring Township in 2005 when she became a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Sinking Spring.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Rosemary was a homemaker for most of her life. She taught unconditional love and loyalty by the example she led every day. She was constant source of support, humor and enthusiasm to her family and those who knew her; although she was far too unassuming to realize her impact on others. She found and shared joy in the simple things in life like a great sale, a really good episode of Dr. Phil, a cozy nap with her cats, a grandchild’s school performance or a long talk with a friend. Nothing delighted her more than giving a gift she could not wait for the recipient to open. Rosemary’s family will continue to celebrate the very special person she was and what she taught them …always.
Surviving are three daughters Cynthia A. Bruno, companion of Mark Tsopanis, Muhlenberg Township; Elaine M., wife of Thomas McDevitt, Spring Township; and Barbara S. Chrisman, Reading. There are four grandchildren Melissa A. Bruno, Fleetwood; Brian L. Bruno, West Reading; Mark T. McDevitt, Washington DC., and Elyse R. McDevitt, Spring Township; and three great-grandchildren; Olivia S., Isabella M., and Sophia R. Bruno. Also surviving is a sister, BettyAnn Cavanaugh, Shillington and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Rosemary was predeceased by a cherished son, Mark G. Bruno, brothers Richard and James Baluck, and sister Dolores Zetts, Struthers, Ohio.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Margie Marino, Wendy Fisher and Judy Straub, and Berks Visiting Nurse Linda Donahue, for the compassionate care they provided Rosemary in the final weeks of her life. Along with dedicated family team work, these special individuals helped make it possible for Rosemary to pass in the familiar surroundings of her own home, just as she wished.
Friends may call at a viewing to be held at Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services,Inc., 1501 North Eleventh Street, Reading, PA, on Sunday, August 2, from 4 until 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2810 St. Albans Drive, Sinking Spring, PA 19608. Interment will immediately follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, 3139 Kutztown Road, Laureldale. The family will be meeting at the church on Monday morning.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604 or St. Joseph’s Outreach Program, 1018 N 8th St, Reading, PA, 19604.
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