Donald Ertel

Donald A. Ertel

September 21, 1924 - April 24, 2020
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Donald A. Ertel, 95, formerly of Shillington, passed away April 24, 2020, at Berks Heim.

He was the loving husband of Lucille M. (Krug) Ertel.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Leo S. and Sallie V. (Weaver) Ertel.

He was a graduate of Reading High School in 1942 and Albright College in 1950.

Donald was employed by CNA Insurance, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church, Shillington.

Donald was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict.

He enjoyed playing Pinochle, reading, puzzles, bingo and gardening.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Janet L. (Landon) Gillis, Tampa, FL and Cynthia A. (John) Geiger, Reading; four grandchildren: Laurie, Jonathan, Alex and Nicole; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two brothers, George J. Ertel and J. Leo “Sonny” Ertel.

Prayer Services will be Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading with burial to follow at Gethsemane Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120 Chicago, IL 60693. Condolences may be expressed at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    April 29, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:00am
    April 29, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Service

    April 29, 2020 | 10:00am
    April 29, 2020 10:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Interment

    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
    READING, PA 19605
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Cecilia Rose

Posted at 09:44am
Dear Ertel Family,

I was sorry to learn of Donald's passing. My mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Adams Gross, was friends with Lucille since high school. I remember visiting your family several times as a child and meeting all of you. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father.

Cecilia Gross Rose

sharon osiecki bova

Posted at 08:28pm
It seems like only yesterday, we were young girls growing up on Second Street. As we all know, time passes quickly and our lives change but all life's memories will live in our hearts forever. Sincere condolences Janet and Cindy on the loss of your Father and may he have eternal peace.
The Osiecki Family

Holly Springer

Posted at 09:28am
My sincere condolences to Don's family. I had worked with him at CNA and a nicer man you could not find. I remember him as a quiet person but very dedicated to all he held dear.

Luanne Reese

Posted at 07:38pm
We are two f the volunteers who played pinochle with Donald, Shirley, Caroline, and whichever resident came into the group meeting room next. Shirley is gone, and now Donald. Our hearts are heavy as they were the sparks of the group. Caroline had a habit of sticking out her tongue, and Donald always told her to put her tongue back in her mouth! He was our very capable scorekeeper and kept us smiling. We were so privileged to have met Donald and his wife whom he adored and faithfully visited. Luanne and Jake Reese

Amalia Foley

Posted at 12:22pm
Dear Lucille, Janet and Cyndi
So sorry to hear about your loss
The Foley Family

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