Kathleen Formiconi SolaPosted by Exeter Alumni on 4/18/2018
Kathleen Formiconi-Sola, center, with two members of her Reading High School girls basketball team in 1975.
Born: Feb. 9, 1951
Died: March 13, 2018
Quotable: She was the first coach of the Reading High School girls basketball team: "She always loved basketball," said Cindy Jo Kohl, a sister, of Reading.
On Easter Sunday, the four young Formiconi sisters arrived at church in holiday finery — Easter dresses, hats, gloves and patent leather shoes — and when they came home, Kathleen Formiconi-Sola was the first to strip off her frilly duds and slip on her cowboy boots.
She liked to play basketball, softball, anything athletic, as a child in the 1960s, for “she was always the tomboy, the tomgirl,” said Cindy Jo Kohl, one of her sisters.
Society seemed to be following her lead: Congress passed Title IX, a civil rights amendment that sparked public schools to offer school-sponsored sports to girls, in 1972, a year before Kathleen graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in physical education.
Upon her return to Berks County for a job as a physical education teacher at two Reading elementary schools, she found herself in a breakthrough moment: She was hired as the first coach of the newly formed Reading High School girls basketball team.
While other school districts quickly created basketball teams for girls after Title IX became law, Reading was the only high school in Berks without a team, so student government leaders circulated petitions demanding the school board to act.
The board approved a team, and in 1974, 20 young women became the first Reading High School Red Knights basketball squad, coached by Kathleen, fresh out of college.
She was eager and patient, teaching plays, teaching basketball strategy to girls who may never have received formal, organized coaching, recalled Marita Gehret of Sinking Spring, one of the players on that inaugural team. With Kathleen at courtside, the Red Knights won the first game in their history, a 35-33 victory over Exeter Township High School, Kathleen’s alma mater, in 1974 and won five of their eight games that first season.
Under Kathleen’s coaching, the Knights were even better in 1975. They joined the Berks County Conference and qualified for the PIAA district playoffs.
Kathleen eventually left teaching and worked in health care, retiring from St. Joseph Hospital, where she was a ward clerk. She died March 13 at the age of 67 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she lived with her son, according to family.
Marita, a junior, joined the Red Knights that first season, even though she wasn’t very good at basketball and wasn’t familiar with Kathleen, who taught phys ed at Riverside and Millmont elementary schools.
Kathleen was eager but calm, not the type of coach who intensely barks orders from the sidelines, recalled Marita.
“She wasn’t a yeller,” said Marita. “She was quiet, but she was into it. She was genuinely nice, and she was young, not much older than us.”
When the Red Knights took the floor for the first time, Kathleen stood at courtside in a pants suit, which was her preferred fashion choice. The Geigle Complex, Reading High’s gym, had just opened, and “it was exciting, just exciting for us to have a team,” remembers Marita.
After Kathleen’s death, Marita has attempted to search for teammates from that inaugural team, for a private memorial service that is planned for Kathleen in the future. She’s using her high school yearbook as a reference, including a team picture featuring the squad in uniform, and standing with them, coach Kathleen in a plaid pants suit.
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David Oberlin, Class of 1960Posted by Exeter Alumni on 10/8/2016
Everyone has a story about David Oberlin
The class of 1960 is offering a $1,000.00 scholarship in Oberlin's memory to an Exeter High School student graduating in 2017 who is overcoming an obstacle. The winner will be announced in May in a program before graduation. To contribute, checks should be made payable to Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association, Oberlin Scholarship, 200 Elm St., Reading, PA 19606.
John David Oberlin took a window seat and ordered a steak at Effie’s Charcoal Chef in ExeterTownship. The waitresses looked forward to his arrival. “Everyone liked David,” said Effie Clauser, restaurant owner. “He was so smart. He was so nice.” David had cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that results in poor motor coordination. By 2010 the disease had gotten to the point where David could no longer drive. That’s when his friends from the Exeter High School Class of 1960 began driving David to Charcoal Chef and other restaurants. “He was such a joy, and he was so smart,” his friend, Ross Lloyd, 73, West Grove, Chester County, recalled of John, who passed away July 6.
Ross, Barbara Cregar, 74, and Barry Smith, 74, both of Exeter Township, met recently for breakfast at the Charcoal Chef, the same restaurant where the friends went in the 1950s for burgers, to share memories of David. They shared a bond created by helping care for David when his cerebral palsy advanced to the point where he became wheelchair-bound. They moved David from his home in Exeter Township to Hearthstone, Amity Township. Ross took care of the financial work. Another friend, Phil Hite, 74, of Wyomissing took care of the day-to-day living needs. “We took him to his old haunts,” Phil said. “David was a big part of my life for the last six years. I miss him so much.”
The friends admired David’s tenacity for life. “We grew up with a guy who had cerebral palsy, and he was just one of us,” Ross said. “We had so much admiration for him. He was beloved by all.” As a young boy, David lived in a school for the disabled provided by Wood Service in Langhorne, Bucks County, for several years. “There he learned how to develop life skills,” Phil said. He was raised by his grandparents, Oscar and Margaret Funke. He went to St. Lawrence Elementary School in second grade and continued in the Exeter district until he graduated. The school friends recalled that David used a manual typewriter, which he carried around, to take notes. “He would bang into people in the hallways with his typewriter,” Barry said. “We realized it was better to carry his typewriter for him than to be hit by the typewriter.”
Barbara said she sang in a church choir with David. “I remember he was very intelligent,” she said. After graduating from Exeter High School, David attended Albright College for a year. He then worked in highway maintenance for PennDOT for 43 years. The majority of the group retired when they were in their 60s. “We started going on a trip once a month,” Phil said. “We went to a battery plant, we went to see a battleship in Camden, and Gettysburg. We always included David.” Ross said he and David often went to Philadelphia Phillies games. During the breakfast gathering, the friends pulled out a binder dated 1954 to 2009. It was David’s typedup weather statistics. “Ask David Oberlin what the weather was like on your birthday, and he will tell you,” Ross said. The friends are planning to give the weather book to the Berks History Center, 940 Centre Ave. “Every day he wrote what the weather was and what was going to happen the next day,” Phil said. “He was like a junior meteorologist. The book will preserve the weather of Berks County from a personal viewpoint.” Once the friends got started talking about David, they had a hard time running out of stories to tell. “Everyone who knows David has a David story,” Phil said.
Michael Chobot, class of 2005Posted by Exeter Alumni on 8/7/2013Michael Thomas Chobot, 26, passed away August 6, 2013, surrounded by his loving family in his Exeter Township residence after a 22-month battle with Leukemia.
Born in Reading, he was a son of Thomas Michael and Gwyneth (Negley) Chobot, Exeter Township.
He was a 2005 graduate of Exeter High School, where he ran cross country and in 2009 he earned his BA in Film and Video from Penn State University.
Michael was a sound editor and mixer for DuArt Film and Video, Manhattan, NYC. He was nominated for a National Emmy Award in July 2013 for his work on "An Original DUCKumentary" in the category of Outstanding Music and Sound.
He loved composing music and reciting movie quotes. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and long-distance running.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings: Jayne (Chobot), wife of Gar Herring, Dallas, TX; Joseph P., husband of Megan M. Chobot, Durham, NC; and Sarah (Chobot), wife of Phillip G. Thomson, Boston, MA. Also surviving are his paternal grandfather, Joseph Chobot, Susquehanna; his niece, Inara Pazienza, Dallas TX; and his "brother," Chez Pazienza, Los Angeles, CA. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive him.
Services will be Saturday at 4 p.m. in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading. A viewing will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to THON, Penn State Dance Marathon, Attn: Finance, 210 HUB University Park, PA 16802.- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/readingeagle/obituary.aspx?n=michael-chobot&pid=166293691&fhid=23072#fbLoggedOut
Mary Field Schildt, class of 1959Posted by Exeter Alumni on 8/5/2013Mary M. Schildt, 72, of Exeter Twp. passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 in her residence. She was the wife of Donald N. Schildt. Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of the late Marshall W. and Gladys I. (Ray) Field.
Mary was a graduate of Exeter High School in 1959. She began her career working at Western Electric, where she met her loving husband. Later, she made a lifetime career working at Boscov's East, as a well-known and recognized sales associate.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by a daughter, Denise R., wife of Dr. Martin Fried of Bear Creek, PA; sister, Marilyn, wife of Bill Trawitz of Reiffton; and a granddog, Nikka.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, August 6, in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. followed by a tribute to Mary's life beginning at 8 p.m. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairchild "Feral Friends" Foundation P.O. Box 6431, Wyomissing, PA 19610 or the Animal Rescue League Attn: Marcy Tocker, Grey Muzzle Program P.O. Box 69 Mohnton, PA 19540.- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/readingeagle/obituary.aspx?n=mary-schildt-field&pid=166166859&fhid=28410#fbLoggedOut
Scott Hafer, class of 1974Posted by Exeter Alumni on 2/25/2012 10:00:00 PM
Scott D. Hafer, 56, Jacksonwald, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1012 in his residence.
He was the husband of Diane V. (Galloway) Hafer. Born in Reading, he was a
son of the late Donald D. Hafer and Janet M. F(Fisher) hafer of Reiffton.Scott was the owner and operator of the former Hafer's Outdoor Power Equipment
in Exeter for 25 years. For the last five years, he was a Department Supervisor for
Home Depot in Pottstown. He was a member of Schwarzwald Lutheran Church,
Jacksonwald. Scott was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
He was a 1974 graduate Exeter High School and a 1978 graduate of Kutztown
State College with a degree in business administration.
In addition to his mother and wife, survivors include daughters: Heather L.,
wife of Timothy N. Claus, of Exeter Twp., and Stephanie L. Hafer and Jill C. Hafer,
both at home. There are also a brother, Steven E. Hafer, husband of Virginia,
of Gibraltar; and a sister, Sally M., wife of Kevin S. Kennedy, of Exeter Twp.
The family received friends in Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church
Lane Rd., Reading, PA 19606 on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
9:30 to 11 a.m. Services were Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment
was in Friedens Cemetery, Oley.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church's memorial
fund at the above address.
Andrea Rosenthal Malek, class of 1965Posted by Exeter Alumni on 2/25/2012 10:00:00 PMAndrea (Rosenthal) Malek, Ph.D., of Colts Neck, NJ, passed away Wednesday,
Feb. 22 at St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Long Branch, NJ,
with her family at her side.
Andrea was born and raised in Reading, PA, and was graduated from Exeter
Township High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State,
her Masters from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctorate from Fordham
University as a Psychologist.
Dr. Malek taught special education in New York City and was the special education
supervisor for the New York City Schools. Dr. Malek was a professor of special
education for CUNY and most recently was a professor of special education at Monmouth
University, NJ, where she retired a few years ago.
Dr. Malek published several works in professional magazines; she was an esteemed
educator and presenter at International forums for special education, including
Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Malek's publications were well-documented and known
throughout the country by special education professionals.
Andrea loved traveling the world, and her boat in Boca Raton, Fla., where she had a
retirement home and enjoyed the wonderful water view in her back yard. She loved her
many friends scattered throughout the world. But her greatest love was her long list
of family members and grandchildren. Her favorite thing to do in recent years was doting
on her grandchildren, as well as her parents.Surviving are her husband, George Malek; Andrea and George's children: Jason and
Cara Malek, Ocean Twp., NJ, Michelle and Jeff Glazer, Marlboro, NJ, and Mark and
Traci Malek, Marlboro, NJ; her grandchildren: Ari, Noah and Alana Malek, Holden andEmmy Glazer, and Gabby and Harry Malek; her mother, Phyllis Rosenthal,
Tinton Falls, NJ; her siblings, Jan and Marc Greenspan, Ocean Twp., NJ, Jay and Rae
Rosenthal, Olney, MD; sister and brothers-in-law, Vera and Joe Wiesel, Judy and Dave
Zimmer, all of Boca Raton, Fla.; nieces and nephews: Drew, Gabrielle, Brian and Jackie
Greenspan, Dale and Daniel Levenson and Evan and Shira Rosenthal.
Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Woolley Funeral Home,
10 Morrell Street, Long Branch, NJ. Interment will follow at Beth El Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.
Contributions in memory of Dr. Malek may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson
Foundation at michael-jfox.org; or to diabetes-action.org; or to Dr. Marcia Brose at University
of Pennsylvania, Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer, 415 Curie Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Douglas Wesner, Class of 1965Posted by Exeter Alumni on 9/1/2011 3:00:00 PMDouglas W. Wesner, 64, Exeter Twp., died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Betty G. (Groller) Wesner.
Born in Reading, PA, he was a son of Jean L. (Lincoln) Wesner, Exeter Township, and the late Judge Grant E. Wesner.
Doug was a teacher for many years. He started with Tulpehocken School District in 1970 for a year. He then spent the remainder of his career with the Exeter Township School District, first at Lorane Elementary and then was a Reading Specialist and History teacher at the Junior high school until he retired. Following retirement he was a reporter for Berks Mont Newspaper.
He graduated from Exeter High School in 1965; West Chester University in 1969, with a B.A. in History; and Kutztown University with a Masters in Education.
In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include a daughter, Sarah E., wife of Samuel W. Greer III of Philadelphia; grandchildren: Reilly, Grace and Amanda Greer; and a brother, Jonathan L. Wesner of Reading. He was predeceased by a son, Joshua W. Wesner, on April 20, 2000.
Doug loved everything having to do with his grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Friday, September 2 at 11 a.m. in the ballroom of the Reading Country Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kutztown University Foundation, earmark check For The Joshua W. Wesner Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 151, Kutztown, PA 19530.
Arrangements are by Lutz Funeral Home Inc., Mt. Penn. For online condolences, please visit www.lutzfuneralhome.com.
Reiffton School 1953-1954Posted by Exeter Alumni on 7/17/2011 3:00:00 PM
Who might you know here?????
Class of 2011Posted by Exeter Alumni on 7/16/2011 3:00:00 PM
Matt Seifert, Exeter Class of 2011
Reading Eagle July 16, 2011
Exeter grad Matt Seifert has been named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team.
Seifert, a 6-9 middle hitter and Penn State recruit, was selected to the Class AAA "Fab 40" team.
A four-year varsity player and two-time All-Berks and All-District 3 pick, Seifert was the only county player selected to either of the 40-player teams.
Seifert led the Eagles with 314 kills and 68 blocks as they won their second straight Berks championship, going 16-3 and reaching the District 3-AAA quarterfinals.
Charles Adams, Jr., father of Charlie Adams, 1965Posted by Exeter Alumni on 5/26/2011 7:00:00 AM
Father of Charles Adams III, a 1965 Exeter graduate and an Exeter Township "fixture".
Born in Reading, he was the son of Charles J Adams, Sr. and Edith Nichols Yeich.
Charles will undoubtedly be missed at the banks, burger joints, restaurants, markets, and the off-track betting facility in Exeter Township. He would regale anyone who would listen with his colorful tales and treat them to copies of his latest columns (Adams' Apples) that were published in the Berks-Mont newspapers.
Writing those columns, as well as articles in several veterans' newspapers and newsletters, became his passion after many years as a successful businessman. Adams Dry Cleaners was a Reading fixture for some 50 years. He was a partner in that business with his father and brother, Robert, until he retired. Even as a partner, however, he preferred that his primary function be a delivery driver, where he established rapport and respect of his many loyal customers.He was a decorated sailor aboard LST 281, which was among the ships landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He also served in invasions in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters.
In 1994, he was invited by the Queen of England to attend the 50th Anniversary of D-Day with a visit to Normandy and a dinner with monarchs and presidents in Portsmouth, England.
On the day of his passing, a letter on his desk informed him that he had been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his participation on D-Day. It will now be awarded posthumously.
Services will be at Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m. with interment in St. John's Cemetery, Hamburg. A gathering for friends and family will follow the burial. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Exeter Community Library,