Arlene Y. Gress, 84, Reinholds, Zips Candy Co. worker enjoyed canning, cooking

By on January 21, 2015

Arlene Y. Gress, 84, of Reinholds, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Berks Heim, Bern Township, Berks County.

She was born in Vinemont to the late Stephen and Bertha (Yoh) Reinhold and was the wife of Elam C. Gress, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage.

She was a member of the Vinemont Community Lutheran Church in Reinholds, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed sewing, canning, and cooking. In the early years, Arlene worked for the Berkshire Knitting Mill, Zips Candy Company and Valley Forge Flag Company.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Rodney L. Gress, at home; and Carl D., husband of Beth (Lesniak) Gress of Reinholds; four grandchildren: Carl and Christopher, of Florida; and Allison and Jonathan of Reinholds; and a brother: Richard, husband of Claudia Reinhold of Sinking Spring.

A viewing for the family will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 533 Walnut St., Denver. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Elmer Reinhold officiating. Interment will take place in the Swamp Cemetery.

Special thanks to the nurses and care givers of Berks Heim for the exceptional care they gave Arlene. Memorial contributions in Arlene’s memory may be made to the Berks Heim Memory Support Unit, 1011 Berks Road, Leesport, PA 19533.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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