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Barry Joseph Kasper

Barry Joseph Kasper

November 27, 1945 - July 10, 2020
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Obituary

Barry Joseph Kasper, 74, of Wyomissing, passed peacefully on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Reading Hospital with his wife and children by his side. After a well-fought battle with Leukemia, the Lord called him home.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Joseph Anthony Kasper and Ruth May (Hanley) Kasper.

Barry was the loving husband of Joanna L. (Rohrbach) Kasper and looked forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in December.

He was a graduate of Mt. Penn High School, and Temple University, where he earned a degree in business.

He began his career as a marketing instructor in the Business Program at the Berks Career and Technology Center, Oley, where he met his future wife. Barry left teaching to become the Director of Safety Education at Boyertown Body Works.

Barry later joined the family business and took ownership of Kasper TV & Appliance Co., Inc. He was dedicated to the family business, and believed strongly in his father’s philosophies: “The one thing you must remember in business is to treat the customer how you expect to be treated, and be fair with pricing, because “ a little piece of pie is better than no pie”. Kasper Appliance has been serving Berks County for over 70 years and will continue to do so as ownership proudly passes to the third generation.

A devout Catholic, Barry was a faithful parishioner of St. Cyril & Methodius and more recently St. Peter the Apostle RCC, Reading.

A true fighter with a giant spirit to match his family and faith, Barry always cherished his children and grandchildren. Barry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and loyal friend. While much of his time was spent nurturing and growing his business, Barry was happiest when his family was together for Wednesday night dinners, special occasions, listening to Doo-Wop music, and going to the casino with his wife when he could.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Brandon J., husband of Guadalupe Kasper, of Sinking Spring, PA and Jenna R., wife of Nathan Butler, of Wyomissing, PA; two siblings: his twin brother, Bruce, husband of Anna Kasper, Sinking Spring and Barbara Kasper-Shaw, wife of Hank Shaw, Rochester, NY. Four cherished granddaughters, Katalina and Amelia Kasper, Riley and Avery Butler also survive him.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of N3 South at the Reading Hospital for their compassionate comfort and care to Barry during his brief stay in the hospital. Their support allowed him to be surrounded by his family and loved ones during his final journey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 24, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, 2810 St Albans Dr, Reading, PA 19608. Burial will be private. Friends may call Thursday, July 23, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading. The family respectfully requests that social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions be followed, and that masks be worn. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter the Apostle RCC at 322 S. Fifth St. Reading, PA 19602 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 N. 20th St. Suite 405, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
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  • Visitation

    July 23, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    July 23, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Service

    July 24, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    July 24, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Whitfield
    Address
    2810 St. Abans Dr.
    Sinking Spring, Pa 19608
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Diane and David

Posted at 05:26pm
Dear Joanna and family,
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. So glad we had that brief visit with Barry a few months ago in the store. He was eager to get home to have that customary chat and beer with his wife. Family was always his priority. May the wonderful memories help you through the pain of your loss.
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Erin Higgins

Posted at 01:00am
My mom and I were so saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. Sending love and prayers to Joanna, your children and the extended family. My mom said that her and my dad loved running into you both at Irish Eyes in Milton. Our deepest condolences.
Ginny & Erin Higgins
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Pat and Gary Krick

Posted at 03:35pm
Dear Joanna and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss of Barry. We will miss seeing him at St. Cyril’s Church especially at Christmas Eve Mass. Keep all your memories of him close to your heart.
Pat and Gary Krick
RB

Roy R. Bates

Posted at 02:31pm
I wish to send my deepest sympathies to all of the Kasper family.I will miss Barry
and that smile he always had.I met Barry many years ago when his Company
was leasing a truck from Penske Truck Leasing.He always was a true gentleman.
I especially had gotten a little closer to him , when I found out his Mother had sent
Pretzels to the Veterans of the Vietnam War while we were there.When I retired I
would stop and visit him on occasions. I will miss this.May he rest in peace.We will
miss him.As we say in our Masonic Fraterinty , "" He has gone though the West gate
never to return,may his name be ever more etched in the book of life.""
SY

Suzanne Young

Posted at 12:52pm
Dear Joanna and family: My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Barry. Barry's parents, Joe and Ruth were good friends of my parents, George and Dolores Spanier. The Kasper family were always remembered fondly by the Spanier family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Suzanne (Spanier) Young
 
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barbspanier@gmail.com Posted at 06:50am

So saddened by Barry's passing. How hard this must be for everyone! Deepest sympathy to the Joe and Ruth Kasper Family. Barb (Spanier) Rough
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