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Kingsfield People


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Honors Received
Special News and Events
Vacations
Obituaries of Kingsfield Residents
Obituaries of Former Kingsfield Residents
Deaths of Kingsfield Family Members


Honors Received

Roger Detwiler Received Statewide Award for Photograph

The Pennsylvania Employment Conference for People with Disabilties recognized Roger Detwiler (formerly of 262 Kingsfield Drive) on May 8, 2012, with an award for a photo he took in 1979 in LaGuira, Venezuela.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn.

The photo, a left, is titled "Passing Midday Storm." It was selected for the Pennsylvania Governor's "Works for Me Calendar."

Although passionate about photography since childhood, Roger never dreamed that a photograph he took would win a statewide award that highlights art created by those in the midst of disabilities.

He received the award after exhibiting his photo in the "Works for Me-PA" Artists Gallery at the Hyatt Regency in Philadelphia. The photograph was one of three he chose to submit for consideration.

Asked why he chose the photographic medium he said, "I was drawn to photography early … self taught, then professionally trained. Despite severe chronic pain from injuries in war and at home, I am still drawn to it. It is my way of seeing beauty and truth. It is my art."


Special News and Events

Powells are First in Kingsfield with an All-Electric Car

Mike and Donna Powell (Westminster Lane) show how they plug in and charge the battery that powers their new all-electric Nissan Leaf purchased in March 2012. It's their only car.

A fully charged battery will take them more than 100 miles before they have to recharge it. Mike said they have noticed no difference in their electric bill since they bought the car.

The car is rated at the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon and has four-and-five star safety ratings on the sticker.

"We don't hesitate to drive the Blue Route and I-95 to visit relatives in Delaware" Donna said. "The only thing that is different is that the car doesn't make any engine noise. When we go slower around town the car emits a sound so pedestrians will know we're coming."


Kingsfield Family Hosts Univest Grand Prix Bike Racers

Nancy and Bruce Loop, 271 Crown Court, were hosts to the winning bike-race team from Sweden that competed in the 13th annual Univest Grand Prix on September 11, 2011, in Souderton.

The Swedish team also won the race in Doylestown on September 12.

“They planned their winning strategy at our house,” Nancy said. Race-winner Jonas Ahlstrand then took their plan, passed the leaders on the last lap and sprinted up the Main Street hill across the finish line, arms raised.

This is the eighth year the Loop’s have been hosts to racers. Six cyclists, their massage therapist and others stayed with the Loops for seven nights. “That meant going grocery shopping every morning,” Nancy said.

In previous years, the Loops have been hosts to racing teams from Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Australia.

(Photo from The Intelligencer)

Vacations

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Obituaries of Kingsfield Residents
As reported in newspaper obituaries and/or by family members and neighbors. Obituaries will remain on this web page for three years following the reported deaths.

ALBERT "AL" S. WALTER, JR., 83, of Souderton, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Elm Terrace Gardens in Lansdale. He was the loving husband of Rosemarie (Kozack) Walter for 22 years. Al was born in Philadelphia to the late Albert S. Walter, Sr. and the late Ethel (Sellers) Walter.
A funeral service was held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Hopewell Christian Fellowship, 601 Hunsicker Road, Telford, PA, 18969. Burial was at Line Lexington Mennonite Cemetery.
After graduating from Olney High School in Philadelphia, Al graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During the 1950's, he served as a chaplain's assistant in the U.S. Army. Al was employed as a financial analyst for American Water in Voorhees, N.J. for 21 years. He was a former member of Bethel Christian Fellowship in Philadelphia, where he served as a deacon and played the organ and piano; he formerly attended Hopewell Christian Fellowship in Telford.
In addition to his wife, Al is survived by four step-daughters, Rosemary D. Epstein & husband, David of Philadelphia, Rosann J. Spross & husband, Joseph of Minersville, PA, Susan A. Mooney & husband, John "Jack" of Philadelphia, and Kathleen H. Birkelbach & husband, Gerald "Jerry" of Oreland, PA; two step-sons, Carl D. Rody, Jr. & wife, Patricia of Lake Wales, FL, Samuel P. Rody & companion, Nadine of Philadelphia; 13 grandchildren – Angela, Daniel, Jackie, Gino, Matthew, Stephanie, Jeffrey, Matthew, Joey, Mark, Amanda, Stephen, Angela, Christina; four great-grandchildren – Holdon, Dylyn, Ace & Clark; a sister, Helen Piston & husband, Bud of Ambler, PA and a niece, Nancy Piston Ambler, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hopewell Christian Fellowship, 601 Hunsicker Road, Telford, PA 18969. Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com.
Excerpts from the obituary on the Anders-Detwiler Funeral Home website.

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DONALD JOSEPH NIKLES, formerly of Nazareth, Pa., passed away peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016, at Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Lansdale. He was 78.
Born January 11, 1938, in Allentown, PA, Don was the son of the late Frank J. Nikles and the late Hilda Simitz Nikles; and, beloved brother to Frank G. Nikles (predeceased).
A graduate of Nazareth High School in Nazareth, PA, Don attended Pennington Prep prior to enrolling at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. While there, Don received local notoriety as a star athlete. Known to many as number "33", Don served as captain of the Leopard's 1959 football team. His prowess on the gridiron, as well as on the baseball field led to honors including: Most Valuable Football Player, Little All American, Maxwell Club Award, and induction into the Lafayette College Hall of Fame. He was also offered a contract to play baseball as an outfielder with the Cleveland Indians.
Following graduation, he played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers for one season. Don was employed with ICI Americas Inc. in Wilmington, DE, for over 30 years as a senior pharmaceutical sales representative. His career led to business assignments domestically and abroad. With each of these relocations, Don's network of business colleagues and personal friendships grew. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter.
Don is survived by his wife, Frances (Misero) Nikles, his best girl, sweetheart, and love of his life for 57 special years. Together, they shared their life with many wonderful friends from each of the many places they lived and traveled. They were blessed with three children; Kelly Bryant and husband William of Plainfield, IL, Kara Nikles of East Norriton, PA, and Donald J. ("DJ") Nikles II and wife Catherine of Yardley, PA. His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren - Melissa, Courtney, Nicholas, Patrick, Kevin, Trevor, Ashlyn and Allison. Don is also survived by sisters-in- law, Ruthann Nikles, Roseann Peters, and Andrea Ditursi, and brothers-in- law Carlton Peters and James Ditursi; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Easton, PA. The interment was at Gethsemane Cemetery in Palmer Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Maroon Club at Lafayette College, or to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his name.
Publshed on the Finegan Funeral Home website on May 7, 2016.

Please read Fran's note to all, including a beautiful poem by Sam Pierce.

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MARGARET M. "MARGE" CLARK, 75, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at her home in Souderton, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75.
Born in Bristol, and a former resident of Levittown for 30 years, Marge had resided in the Souderton area for the past 14 years.
Until her retirement in 1998, Marge was employed with Acme Markets for 42 years.
She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to have visited Hawaii, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her greatest pleasure and joy was spending time with her family.
Beloved wife of 55 years to Joseph T., Marge was the loving mother of JoAnne Higgins (Bob) and the late Joseph A. Clark. She was the devoted grandmother of Bobby and Angela and sister of Peter DiAngelo (Sharon), Theresa Kandle (Tom), and Anthony DiAngelo (Barbara). Marge will also be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, April 30, at Saint Ann Church, Bristol. The Rite of Committal followed in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marge's name may be made to American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Excerpts from The Intelligencer on April 28, 2016.

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SHIRLEY W. RUSSELL, 80, of Souderton, died Friday, April 1, 2016. She was the wife of the late Norman R. Russell, Sr. Born May 3, 1935 in Huntingdon Valley, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Marie Walsh. Shirley was employed as a bus driver with North Penn School District for many years, retiring in the late 1990s. She also worked as a toy demonstrator for a number of years. Shirley was a member of the Sellersville Moose 1539. She loved the outdoors, especially camping and RVing with friends and family. Survivors include her children, Brian C. Russell of Souderton, Dawn M. Kulp of Harleysville, and N. Robert Russell (Leesa) of Hatfield; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Smith. Relatives and friends called Tuesday, April 5, at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, 701 Derstine Ave., Lansdale, before processing to Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Hatfield, for the Graveside Service. Excerpts froim The Reporter on April 4, 2016.

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JOHN W. JONES of Souderton died March 26, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rita (Cashimere) Jones. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan (McGinn) Jones in 1967.
John was born May 30, 1922, at home in North Glenside, Pa., the son of the late Horace and Sarah (Street) Jones. He graduated from Ambler High and Drexel Institute of Technology. A World War II veteran, he enlisted in the Navy and trained as a flight engineer, serving in the Philippines and Guam.
At Heintz Mfg, Philadelphia, he served four years as a machinist tool and die maker apprentice. In 1960 he was hired by American Olean Tile Co., in Olean, NY. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Engineering and transferred to the main office in Lansdale.
John was an active member of Pleasantville United Church of Christ in Chalfont, where he served as an elder and choir member.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children: Jacquelyn (Michael) DeFiette of Saranac, NY, Joanne (Clay) Eisenhard, of Hanover, Pa., John Jr (Kristin) Jones of Ashburn, Va. and Matthew (Danielle) Jones of Alexandria, Va. Also surviving are five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one sister, Virginia (Ginnie) Cragg of Blue Bell. John was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth Bell, and a brother, Horace Jones, Jr.
A funeral service in celebration of John's life was held Saturday, April 2, at Pleasantville UCC, 3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, Pa. 18914.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pleasantville UCC at the above address, or The USO, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077.
Excerpts froim The Reporter on March 30, 2016.

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ETHEL M. GLACKIN (nee Frank), on October 31, 2015, of Souderton, formerly of Upper Gwynedd. Beloved wife of James J. and devoted mother of Charles F. (Christina) of Villanova, Michael J. of Lansdale, Mary Anne Hannings (Randy) of Lansdale, Christopher V. of Jeffersonville and the late baby boy James; also survived by six grand-children and one great grandson and her sister Ginny Frank Mackin of Louisville. She was preceded in death by sisters Betty Frank, Mary McManus and Veronica Zimmerman. Her Funeral Mass was on Thursday, Nov. 5, at St. Stanislaus Church, 51 Lansdale Ave., Lansdale, PA. 19446. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ethel's memory to St. Stanislaus Church (address above) or St. Maria Goretti Church, 1601 Derstine Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440. Excerpts from The Philadelphia Inquirer on November 2, 2015.

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WILLIAM HENRY MYERS JR., 84, of Souderton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 21, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Lois Shoemaker Myers, with whom he shared over 59 years of marriage. Born March 28, 1931, in Norristown, he was the son of the late William Henry Myers and Ethel Parks Myers. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Barbara Denison and her husband Gary, Carolyn Fagan, Margery Orehowsky and her husband Raymond; grandchildren Brian, Michael and Jennifer Denison, Julia, Emily and John Fagan, Kristen and Lauren Orehowsky; siblings Shirley MacFarland, Janice Evans and Leonard Myers. He was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Jean Myers; a brother Bud Myers; and sister Elaine Schoenberger. His funeral service was on June 27, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harleysville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in William's name may be made to either Covenant Presbyterian Church at the address above, or to Penn Wissahickon Hospice, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Published in The Reporter on June 25, 2015.

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GENE RAZZI, 87, one of the first Kingsfield homeowners, died Friday, August 22, 2014. He was the husband of Josephine (Dercole) Razzi. The family received friends on August 28 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Hatfield. A funeral Mass was held for Gene and Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Glenside. Donations can be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or to a charity of one's choice.


Obituaries of Former Kingsfield Residents
As reported in newspaper obituaries and/or by family members and neighbor. Obituaries will remain on this web page for three years following the reported deaths.

REBECCA SPER, 94, of Sellersville, passed away on July 3, 2016, at Grand View Hospital. She was an avid reader, who enjoyed card playing with friends. A memorial service was held on July 7, at The Rockhill Community Chapel, 3250 State Road, Sellersville. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery. Excrpts from the announcement by Anders-Detwiler Funeral Home.

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JOSEPH STINGLE JR., former president of the Kingsfield Community Association, died July 6, 2015, in Homosassa, FL. He is survived by his wife, Kathi. Joe's funeral was July 13, 2015, at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Crystal River, FL. Published in The Citrus County Chronicle.


Deaths of Kingsfield Family Members
As reported during the past year to this website by family members and neighbors. Obituaries will remain on this web page for three years following the reported deaths.

ALFRED OLSON, age 95, of Harleysville, daughter of Kingsfield resident Kathy Engle, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage. Born July 7, 1921 in Sweden, he was a son of the late John and Gerda Olson. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving during WWII and was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.  Al enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles and golf with his brothers.  He is survived by his daughter Kathleen Engle and her husband William, Sr.; grandchildren William Engle, Jr. and his wife Andrea, Steven Engle, Kristin Kadelski and her husband Joseph; great grandchildren Allison and Madeline Engle, Max and Quinn Kadelski; brothers Frank Olson, John Olson and his wife Rita. He was preceded in death by his sisters Mae Olson, Greta Spicer, Florence Olson and sister - in - law Jane Olson. His Funeral Mass was Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at St Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Hatfield. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alfred’s name may be made to Peter Becker Benevolent Fund, 800 Maple Avenue, Harleysville, PA 19438. Announcement published on the website of the Wiullians-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home.

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RUSSELL D. CRESSMAN of East Rockhill Township, father of Kingsfield resident Judy Koenig, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at his home. He was 97. He was the husband of F. June (Mumbauer) Cressman. The couple had celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on June 30, 2016. He was preceded in death by his first wife. Dorothy (Trauger) Cressman who died March 6, 1974. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Cressman owned and operated Cressman TV & Repair, Perkasie, from 1948 until "retiring" in 1981 when his son, Ken, took over the business. He was the second school bus driver hired for the Sell-Perk High School, Perkasie. Known as "Curly", he drove bus for the school until 1958. Surviving with his wife are three children, Kenneth L. Cressman and Linda, of Perkasie, Shirley C. Metzger and her husband, C. Lee Jr. of Perkasie, and Judith A. Koenig and her husband, Jeffrey L. of Souderton; two stepsons, Michael R. White and his wife Lucille, and Randy S. White and his wife, Sharon, all of Perkasie; ten grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Sellers. His funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 31, at St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, 615 East Walnut Street, Perkasie. Interment followed in St. Andrew's Union Cemetery, Perkasie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 69, Perkasie, PA 18944. Excerpts from the announcement published in The Intelligencer, Doylestown.

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JACK L. KOENIG of Perkasie, father of Kingsfield resident Jeff Koenig, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at his home. He was 82. He was the husband of Helen Louise (Long) Koenig. The couple had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2016. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was stationed in Germany as a traffic analyst with the N.S.A. He enjoyed staying in touch with his high school classmates; but most of all, he loved playing games with and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jeffrey L. Koenig and his wife, Judith, of Souderton; Patricia A. Virtue and her husband, Bradley, of Perkasie; and Kathy L. Weaver and her husband, Buck, of Perkasie; six grandchildren, David Boston and his wife, Jessica, Tara Johnson, Derrick Weaver, Stephanie Petersen and her husband, Andrew, Courtney Dean and her husband, James, and Amanda Koenig; and six great grandchildren, CAJ Johnson, Damien Boston, Carter Petersen, Jackie Dean, Addison Dean, and Madelyn Petersen. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 19 South Fifth St., Perkasie, where family and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Perkasie. Memorial contributions may be made to Alpha-1 Foundation, Attention: Development Office, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, FL 33134. Excerpts from the announcement published in The Intelligencer, Doylestown.

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EMILIA DEZZI, 94, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016, at The Community at Rockhill, West Rockhill Township. She is survived by a daughter, Louise Vitiello, and her husband Bill, of 305 Devon Court. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 22, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, where family and friends may call from 1:00 pm until the time of the Mass.  Inurnment will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 11, in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, P. O. Box 31, Hilltown, PA  18927, or to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA  18960. Excerpts from the announcement published on the website of the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie.

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ROSE CHROSTOWSKI (nee Mazurek), 102, mother of Ann Byrnes, passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Stephen Chrostowski. Loving mother of Dorothy, Anna (Frank) and the late Rosemary; dear sister of Helen, Walter and the late Joseph and John. Also survived by 10 grand-children; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Rose was an avid bowler; she started bowling with her daughters in her mid fifties and continued bowling until her 96th year. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Thursday, from 9:30 until 10:30 A.M., at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 5th and Girard Ave., Philadelphia. (Upper Church), followed by her Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. Int. Our Lady of Grace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to either The Lutheran Crossings Nursing Home, 255 E. Main St., Moorestown NJ 08057 or the Little Sister of the Poor, Holy Family Home, 5300 Chester Ave., Philadelphia PA 19143. Excerpts from the announcement published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.