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Mrs. Ethel I. Rothermel

May 16, 1933 ~ June 10, 2022 (age 89)


Mrs. Ethel I. (Kleinsmith) Rothermel, 89, of Blandon, passed away on Friday evening, June 10, 2022 in Laureldale, PA.

Born May 16, 1933 in Oley, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Edna (Howard) Kleinsmith. Her husband of 62 years, Earl R. Rothermel, passed away on February 2, 2015.

Ethel was a 1951 graduate of Muhlenberg High School and went on to work as a secretary at several churches. She worked for St. Thomas Church, Reading, and Maidencreek Church, Blandon. She also worked as the secretary for the purchasing agent at VF Outlets and for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Ethel coordinated and was very active with her class reunions as well as the Rothermel, Kleinsmith and Howard reunions. She was a lifelong member of Maidencreek Church where she had perfect attendance in Sunday school for many years. Ethel was a member of the Blandon Lioness Club, Red Hats, the Blandon Senior Citizens, and the P.O.F. of Tuckerton. She enjoyed gardening and most of all, truly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Ethel is survived by her sisters, Erma A. (Kleinsmith) Kazmierczak, wife of Walter W. Kazmierczak Jr., Flying Hills and Joan M. (Kleinsmith) Rothenberger, wife of Roy N. Rothenberger, Temple, and by 20 nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents and her husband, Earl, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ruth Shade and Jean Burggraf.

Funeral Services will be held for Ethel on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 am at Walbert Funeral Home & Crematory, 14390 Kutztown Rd, Fleetwood. A viewing will be held Saturday from 9:00 am until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow the funeral service in Maidencreek Cemetery, Blandon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ethel's memory to the Maidencreek Church Memorial Fund, 261 Main St, Blandon, PA 19510.

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Viewing - Public
June 18, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Walbert Funeral Home & Crematory
14390 Kutztown Road
Fleetwood, PA 19522

Funeral Service
June 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Walbert Funeral Home & Crematory
14390 Kutztown Road
Fleetwood, PA 19522

Committal Service
June 18, 2022

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Maidencreek Cemetery
261 Main Street
Blandon, PA 19510

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