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Mary A. Knowles Ruppert

February 6, 1926 — February 19, 2017

Mary A. Knowles Ruppert, 91, of Muhlenberg Twp., beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Sunday, February 19th in her residence.

Mary was the wife of John A. Ruppert. Mary and John were married November 13, 1994.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Edward D. Knowles.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Anthony Varicchione and Raefaella (Procopio) Varicchione.

Mary was employed by Western Electric-AT as a lay out operator for many years.

Mary was a member of St. Marys Church in Kutztown.

Mary was a member of Huguenot Lodge Eastern Star in Kutztown.

Mary was formerly a volunteer at the Hamburg Center, she delivered Meals on Wheels, and was the seamstress at Sacred Heart Villa for many years.

Mary loved spending time with family and friends, having hosted many summer get togethers. She was a fabulous cook and baker. She was very proud of the fact that she taught all her grandchildren to swim. She will be dearly missed by all.

Surviving are five children, Debra A, Haberstroh and fianc Larry Walton of Ocean Pines, MD, Stephen E. Knowles and fianc Michelle Gogno of Lenhartsville, Brian E. Knowles and wife Wendy of Ashville, NC, Maureen A. Yoder and husband Alan of Fleetwood, and Coleen A. Procopio and husband David of Fleetwood.

There are ten grandchildren, Jason A. Knowles, Lisa A. Ostrom, Keith D. Knowles, Melissa M. Burgert, Caitlin Keim, Pamela M. Roudybush, Danielle M. Buckwalter, Kristen M. Yoder, Stephanie M. Warner, and Matthew D. Procopio.

Also, twelve great grandchildren, Jacob Brewer, Evan Ostrom, Gabrielle and Michael Knowles, Cole Ostrom, Mason and Weston Burgert, Madison and Oliver Roudybush, Dominic and Makayla Warner, and Nicole Miller.

Mary is predeceased by her siblings, Joseph, Benjamin, Ponti, Theresa, Nina, Rose, Elizabeth, Frances, and Angie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 24th at 11 am in Sacred Heart Villa Chapel, 51 Seminary Ave., Reading, PA 19605 with Rev. Msgr. Walter T. Scheaffer celebrant.

A viewing will be held on Friday morning from 9 until 11 am in Sacred Heart Villa Chapel.

Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 14833 Kutztown Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530 and Sacred Heart Villa at the above address.

The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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