FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Jeff Keller, Former principalPosted by Exeter Alumni on 7/25/2020
Jeffrey A. Keller, 73, devoted husband, supportive father, and loving grandfather went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 25, 2020, surrounded by family in his home.
Jeff was born on February 6, 1947 in Reading, PA to Leon J. Keller and Grace M. (Hollenbach) Keller of West Lawn, PA. He was predeceased by his brother Michael L. Keller of Wyomissing, PA. Jeff is survived by his wife Karen (Yorgey) of 45 years and his sons Cory J. Keller (Jennifer) of Blue Bell, PA, Joshua M. Keller (Lindsey) of Austin, TX and Brett A. Keller (Terese) of Flemington, NJ , and his grandchildren Layla, Brynn, Samuel, Emmie, Carson, Vivian, Shane, Matthew and Chase.
Jeff attended the Wilson School District where he excelled as an athlete. He was awarded a full athletic baseball scholarship to Temple University. He earned his degree in physical education and obtained a position in the Reading School District as a teacher. He went on to receive graduate degrees from East Stroudsburg and Lehigh Universities. He moved into administrative roles in the Reading School District and Tulpehocken High School. In 1987 he became principal for Exeter Township High School, where he served proudly for 18 years. He retired from that role in 2005. He then served as an adjunct professor at Alvernia University.
Jeff devoted his life to service through his family, education, and to his church, New Life Bible Fellowship Church in Oley, PA. He was a longtime member and served as an elder there for almost 20 years.
Jeff was known for his love of sports. He pitched for Temple baseball and was a self-proclaimed master of the knuckle curveball. He remained active his entire life and enjoyed golf, swimming, running, biking, tennis, basketball and watching baseball. He especially enjoyed doing these things with his three sons. He spent many years as a little league coach as well as an umpire and referee.
Jeff Keller will be remembered by everyone who knew him as a selfless, strong and overall good guy with a positive outlook on most anything. Those who were blessed to call him by name will carry the gift of having had him in their lives forever.
Burial service will be private to the family at Forest Hills Cemetery in Exeter Township. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date. A memorial page has been created for personal messages at www.weremember.com/jeffrey-keller/9t5t/memories.
Contributions in honor of Jeff can be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Auman's Inc Funeral Home, Reiffton is honored to serve the family. Please pay respects at www.aumansinc.com
Robert Ibach, former custodianPosted by Exeter Alumni on 5/15/2020
Robert R. Ibach, 90, of Exeter Twp., passed away Friday May 15, 2020 at the Aventura at Pembrooke nursing home, West Chester where he was a resident since March 2, 2020. He was the husband of the late Nellie Jane (Hoffman) Ibach who passed away May 12, 2015.Born in Mt. Penn, Mr. Ibach was the son of the late Robert W. Ibach and Catherine M. (Esterline) Ibach. From 1951-1953 during the Korean war, Robert was a Sargent and member of the 334th Ordinance Depot Company of the United States Army stationed in Germany. He was employed as the service manager for the former Reading Buick and later as a tire builder at Firestone Tire and Rubber in Pottstown. He was last employed as a custodian at Exeter High School from 1985 to when he retired in2001 . He was co-owner with his father of the former Ibach’s Sporting Goods Store and boat dealership in Reading, PA. In 1960, the Ibach's Sporting Goods became the first dealership in Berks county to sell the new Buehler Turbocraft "Jet Boat", a revolutionary design having no rudder or propeller. In 1972, using a Buehler Turbocraft, he performed a night rescue of two National Guardsmen from the flooded waters of the Schuylkill River in Dauberville resulting from Tropical Storm Agnes. He received a meritorious Service Award from Governor Shap. He was a member of Open Bible Baptist Church in Lower Alsace Twp. He built his home in Exeter Township lovingly stone by stone for his bride, Nellie. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He enjoyed waterskiing, woodworking, and gardening. He was a life-time member of the NRA. Surviving are his children Robert R. Ibach, Jr. husband of Mary (America) Ibach of Jefferson, Maryland; David R. Ibach - husband of Patricia (Hemming) Ibach of Wellsboro, PA; Deborah J. (Ibach) Breidenstein wife of Gary Breidenstein of Reading; and Cynthia M. (Ibach) Hess wife of Todd Hess of Sinking Spring and his 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held in Bean Funeral Home, 6 Fairlane Road, Exeter twp., Thursday May 21, 2020 at 1:00PM Reverend Kerry A. Bortz will officiate. Interment with military honors rendered by the United States Army Honor Guard will follow in Forest hills Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 11:00am until 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Open Bible Baptist Church, 10 Park Lane, Reading, PA 19606 in memory of Mr. Robert R. Ibach. Bean Funeral Home, 6 Fairlane Road, Exeter Twp. is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com
Kathleen Zoga, former school board presidentPosted by Exeter Alumni on 2/27/2020Kathleen L. Zoga, of Reading, Pa., passed away on February 27, 2020, in her Ft. Lauderdale home, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was wife to her loving husband, Christ Zoga, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage in Reading and in Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her two sons, Doctor Adam C. Zoga, husband of Jennifer Nunes Zoga, of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Nicholas M. Zoga, husband of Stephanie Brobst Zoga, of Sinking Spring, Pa.; as well as her three loving granddaughters. Kathy was predeceased by her parents, George and Alice Arentz; and her sister, Rosemary Volbrecht, of Erie, Pa. Born May 1, 1943, Kathleen graduated from Reading Central Catholic High School. She continued her education at Wheeling Jesuit University, graduating with a major in sociology. After working for a decade in counseling, she went on to obtain her master’s degree in education from Kutztown University. Kathleen was an extremely hard worker, tirelessly dedicated to her family and community, and always made an impression wherever she went. Her career started at the Berks County Department of Welfare, in 1968. Kathleen then went on to be a guidance counselor in the Reading School District, primarily at Lauer’s Park and 13th and Green Elementary Schools where she remained for nearly 30 years. After retirement from the Reading School District, she went on to dedicate her life to her family, church and helping others. She worked with organizations such as the Council on Chemical Abuse, the Red Ribbon Campaign, respect for life and Baby Bottle Campaigns for underprivileged mothers as well as various philanthropic endeavors through the Catholic church. Her hobbies included skiing, SCUBA diving and sailing. Some of her many achievements included serving as the president of the Exeter Township School Board and leading multiple peer support counseling groups. Kathleen also divided her time between St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, in Reading, and St. Jerome’s Church, in Ft. Lauderdale. Details on celebrations of life are forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society.
Charles "Bud" Bowman, former head custodianPosted by Exeter Alumni on 9/28/2019
Charles Edward “Bud” Bowman Charles Edward“Bud” Bowman, 91 of Robeson Twp., Berks Co., Pa., died on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at home. Born March 18, 1928, in Reading, Pa., he was the son of the late James H. Bowman and Mabel (Roth) Bowman. He was the husband of the late Ethel Margaret (Montag) Bowman. He was employed by the Exeter School District for many years and retired in 1990. Charles also owned Bowman’s saw filing. He was a member of Robeson Lutheran Church. Charles was one of the founders of the Plowville Athletic Association; he was an avid bowler, an umpire for baseball and softball, enjoyed playing cards and spending time in Ocean City, Md. and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Surviving are daughter, Michelle D., wife of Robert Deeds Jr., of Robeson Twp.; two grandchildren, Robert III and Daniel; and three great-grandchildren: Ava, Gracelynn and Lydia. He was preceded in death by siblings: Thelma, Gertrude, Ruth, Florence Ann and James. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Plowville, Pa., with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Michael W. Ware officiating. Interment will be in Robeson Cemetery. Dengler Funeral Home, Inc. Birdsboro, Pa. is in charge of arrangements.
JoAnn Stankiewicz - Cafeteria AssistantPosted by Exeter Alumni on 7/28/2019Obituary
JoAnn M. Stankiewicz, 79, passed away in her Mohnton residence, Sunday, July 28, 2019.
She was married to Ray R. Stankiewicz, with whom she would have celebrated sixty years of marriage in September. Born in Berkshire Heights, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Florence (Withers) Knerr.
JoAnn graduated from McCann School of Business. She worked as an cafeteria assistant for the Exeter School District for 35 years until her retirement in 2010.
JoAnn greatly enjoyed crafting and bird watching. She and Ray would take yearly family trips and they treasured their ventures at Raystown Lake. JoAnn always remembered with fondness the white water rafting trip they took at Ohiopyle.
JoAnn is survived by her daughters: Annette K., wife of Michael Beissel, of Exeter; Stacie C., wife of Cornelius "Neil" George, of Bernville; and Stefanie K. Freeman, wife of Eugene Deren Jr., of Wyomissing. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Knerr; and her grandchildren: Brian Beissel, Nicole Beissel, Brandon George, Madison Freeman, MacKenzie Freeman, and Geno Deren.
Services for JoAnn will be private at the convenience of her family. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Pl #170, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
Jane Schmidt, Administrative officePosted by Exeter Alumni on 5/16/2019
Jane G. (Guenther) Schmidt, 97, of Exeter Township, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Reading Hospital.
She was the wife of Herbert H. Schmidt Jr., who passed away in 2002.
Born in Wyomissing, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harold D. and Laura H. (Hahn) Guenther.
Jane graduated from Wyomissing High School in the first graduating class and attended Harcum Jr. College.
She was a member of Pennside Presbyterian Church.
Jane loved gardening, reading and listening to classical music. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed spending time with her family in Ocean City, N.J.
Jane worked in the administrative office at ExeterTownship School District for many years.
Jane is survived by her children: Christina S., wife of Guy Selheimer, Peter D., husband of Randi Schmidt, Pamela S., wife of Craig D. Janda, Frederick H., husband of Denise Schmidt; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by sisters, Mary G. Hess and Louise G. Newell.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., with services beginning at 2:00 p.m., in Pennside Presbyterian Church, 253 N. 25th St., Reading, PA 19606. Interment will be private at Charles Evans Cemetery.
Gail Hoch, former elementary teacherPosted by Exeter Alumni on 5/10/2019
Gail Irene Hoch, 78, formerly of Spring Township, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at 5:35 p.m., in The Highlands at
Wyomissing Skilled Nursing.
She was the wife of Robert F. Hoch for nearly 57 years. Born in West Reading, Mrs. Hoch was the daughter of the late Carl H. and Mabel I. (Schropp) Guldin. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing where she served as a member of Church Council and as secretary of
Women of Atonement. She also previously served on the Church Council at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Reading.
Mrs. Hoch was a 1958 graduate of Reading High School. She was a 1962 graduate of West Chester State College,
receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She then received her Master of Education degree from
Kutztown State College. Mrs. Hoch was an elementary school teacher in the Reading School District for 5 years and then a fifth grade teacher at the M.L. Lausch School in the Exeter Township School District for 25 years, retiring in 1997. In addition to her husband Bob, she is survived by her daughter, Janelle L. Hess, wife of Kraig D. Hess, of New Tripoli; and her grandchildren, Connor R. Hess and
Mackenzie E. Hess.
Funeral service will be held in Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610,
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Ryan Hersch will officiate. Entombment will follow in Memorial Mausoleum in Wyomissing. The family will receive
relatives and friends in Bean Funeral Home, 129 East
Lancaster Ave., Shillington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and at Atonement Lutheran Church, Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
Atonement Lutheran Church Endowment Fund at the above address in memory of Mrs. Gail Irene Hoch.
Online condolences may be made at
Doris Miller, former Junior High teacherPosted by Exeter Alumni on 4/23/2019
Doris L. Miller, 93, of Shillington, passed away April 21, 2019, at Columbia Cottage-Hershey, where she was a guest. She was the wife of the late George Frederick "Fritz" Miller, who passed away September 4, 2006.
Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Albert P. and Edna (Hummel) Berger. A 1943 Shillington High School and a 1947 Kutztown State Teacher college graduate, Doris was a teacher for 3 years at Exeter Jr. High School and a substitute teacher for 17 years with the Governor Mifflin School District, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Immanuel UCC, Shillington.
She is survived by her 3 sons: Philip B. Miller, California; Frederick D. Miller, Roslyn, Pa., Grant L. Miller, Sinking Spring; her 8 grandchildren; and her 7 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Procession will depart PROMPTLY on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., from Klee Funeral Home &
Cremation Services Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa., at 10:30 a.m. Celebration of Life service on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. Rev. Megan Huesgen will officiate. Reception immediately following services in the Fellowship Hall at Immanuel UCC, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington, Pa.
Please remember Doris by making a contribution to her church, Immanuel UCC, at the above address.
Joan Seyler, 29 yr. cafeteria employeePosted by Exeter Alumni on 4/5/2019
Joan M. Seyler, 78, of Exeter, passed away suddenly of natural causes, Tuesday, April 2nd, at her residence.
Joan was born in Reading, on May 5, 1940, a daughter of the late Helen F. (Misiarewicz) and Charles O. Westley; and was the widow of William B. Seyler, who passed February 13, 2019. She worked in the cafeteria at Exeter School
District for 29 years, retiring in 2007.
Joan is survived by daughter, Deanna M., wife of Mark Wiktor, of Muhlenberg; son, Jeffrey W. Seyler, of Bernville; and brother, William Westley, of Exeter.
She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Klusewitz.
Services are private at the convenience of family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 69, Mohnton, PA 19540.
Arrangements entrusted to John P. Feeney Funeral Home Inc., 625 N. 4th St. at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601, 610-372-4160. Obituary and condolences at www.johnpfeeney.com.
Dr. Christ Ganas, Former School Board PresidentPosted by Exeter Alumni on 1/3/2019
Obituary for Christ L. GanasDr. Christ L. Ganas, 85, of Exeter Township passed January 3rd in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Sherrill (Yingling) Ganas to whom he was wed for 56 loving years. They felt they were best friends and soulmates.
Born in Reading, PA he was the son of the late Louis C. and Vasiliki (Demakou) Ganas.
Christ was a graduate of Reading High School, Albright College and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School with a DMD/DDS. He operated his own private dental practice on North 5th Street in Reading for 33 years until his retirement in 1997. He considered his patients as friends.
He served with the United States Army during the Korean conflict.
Christ was passionate about being a community leader, serving on many committees and boards. He was a founding member of Saint Matthew's Greek Orthodox Church in Reading. Christ served as president of the Berks County Medical-Dental Bureau and Berks County Dental Society. He served on the Exeter Township School District Board of Directors for ten years, serving as president for eight of those years. Christ also served as chairman of the Exeter Township Supervisors for eight years.
Christ enjoyed the fellowship and camaraderie of a group of retired professionals, the "Magi". He was proudly one of their leaders and looked forward to meeting with them monthly. .
A proud honor bestowed upon him was his induction in the Southern Junior High School Hall of Fame.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Louis Christ of Pittsburgh; daughters Christie Ganas MD, wife of Jim Sher, Esq. of Exeter Township; and Georgann Ganas, wife of Jose Alonso of York, Pennsylvania. He was extremely proud of his children and loved them deeply.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 9th at 11:00 a.m in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA. A viewing will be held in the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Chandler Lodge Masonic services will be held grave side. Internment with military honors will follow funeral in Charles Evans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
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