Edwin Vozella

Edwin Vozella

September 6, 1929 August 5, 2020

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Obituary for Edwin F. Vozella

Edwin F. Vozella, 90, of Beaufort SC, passed away on August 5, 2020 in the care of the Veterans Victory House, Walterboro SC. He was the loving husband of Minnie “Dolly” J. Vozella.

Born to the late Joseph H. and Catherine L. (Fox) Vozella, Edwin graduated from Wyomissing High School ’47 and went on to study at Muhlenberg College of Allentown, where he joined the family of Lambda Chi Alpha, completing his studies in 1951. Upon graduation he began his service in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he earned a Purple Heart. After his active duty service ended in 1953, Edwin transferred to the United States Marine Corps Reserve and did not retire until 1979 as a full Colonel. He returned to active duty in 1966 until 1970 during the Vietnam War.

When not serving his country, Edwin was serving his community. He was a much beloved teacher and taught English for all grade levels at Wyomissing School District, Daniel Boone School District, and Lampeter-Strasburg School District. After his retirement, Edwin continued as a substitute teacher well into his 80’s.

Edwin was a very intelligent and all around nice person. He was an avid tennis player all year round. He was active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the American Veterans, and the Military Officers Association.

In addition to his wife, Dolly, Edwin is survived by his step-son, Franklin H. Menges III, husband of Donnett, of York. He is also survived by several cousins. He will be missed by his beloved Pennylane, Tango the cat, and Sadee Mae.

A Celebration of Life for Edwin will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, 739 Penn Ave, West Reading with Pastor Susan Fox . Friends are welcome to call from 9:30 until the start of service. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens, 319 Wabash Rd, Ephrata, PA. For friends who are not able to be present in person, a webcast of Edwin’s services will be available at

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  • Visitation

    August 20, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    August 20, 2020
    9:30am - 10:30am
  • Service

    August 20, 2020 | 10:30am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    August 20, 2020
  • Interment

    August 20, 2020 |
    Memory Gardens
    Address Not Available
    August 20, 2020


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Cousin Ed,

I am certainly going to miss all the crazy stories and life lessons...although still not sure if learning how to dismantle a grenade is ever going to come in handy. You will be missed by all of your family. Rest easy.

Tigger and Tamra Vozella
Comment | Posted at 10:28pm via Condolence

Matthew Grabowsky

To the family of Col. Ed Vozzella - please accept sincerest condolences from the Daniel Boone Class of 1995. Col. Vozzella was a great American and even better teacher. The lessons Col. Vozzella brought into our classroom were sometimes mistaken for side stories but were really the first glimpse of real-life for many students. I certainly enjoyed every class with him and only came to fully appreciate how much he taught us years after graduation.

Col. Vozella embodied service and brought to life the American values that made us into better citizens of that shining city on a hill describes in Winthrop’s famed sermon.

I hope Col. Vozella has reunited with Marines who served with him and they’re shaking his hand, slapping his back and expressing heartfelt gratitude that students like myself regret never having fully articulated in our youth.
Comment | Posted at 09:25pm via Condolence

james gajewski

To Col. Vozella and family, Semper Fidelis, always faithful, the motto of the Marine Corps. James Gajewski, MD, MACP
Comment | Posted at 12:08pm via Condolence

james gajewski

To the family of Col. Edwin Vozella, USMCR[ret]. Col. Vozella selflessly served his country in Korea and Vietnam. Yet I believe his greatest gifts in life was not his active duty service, but his teacher. Col. Vozella taught both high school students and young Marine officers at Quantico. While he taught English literature and for some of us was the faculty advisor for the Wyomissing student newspaper, it is not the content of his lectures I remember as much as the teaching us the critical thinking skills of analysis we would need for our journey in life. Yes he also repeatedly emphasized using the clarity of language to make a point and the need for that clarity to have brevity. I am not sure I always have succeeded in the latter. He was a fan of mine and all I accomplished since high school. I remain a fan of him and was so glad I could stay close to him for the 46 years since I graduated. I cherish the recent phone calls I had with him. He gave his life for others both as a Marine officer and as a teacher. The world is richer because of Col. Vozella and my life was certainly ennobled by my favorite Marine colonel. God bless all of you and God Bless Col. Vozella in his new adventurous life in heaven.
Comment | Posted at 11:49am via Condolence

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