Marie Fies

Marie Fies

December 17, 1939 July 19, 2020

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Obituary for Marie Joyce Fies (Torchia)

Marie Joyce (Torchia) Fies, of Reading, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 in the Reading Hospital. She was the loving wife of Robert Jacob Fies, Sr. The couple married in Reading on February 17, 1962.

Born December 17, 1939 in Reading at St. Joseph Hospital, a daughter of the late Andrea Carmine and Josephine (Scimone) Torchia.

She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1957. She graduated from The Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1960. She received her B.S. in Nursing from Lebanon Valley College in 1981.

She was president and founder of Nurses in Industry, Inc. an occupational health nursing service.

She worked as an occupation health nurse for NGK Metals, Caloric Corporation and Empire Steel Castings.

She served as executive director for the Berks Unit of the American Cancer Society.

She also was past president of the Reading Hospital Alumni Association as well as the Berks County Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

She was past leader in Girl Scouts of America, a volunteer for the Schuylkill Valley Music League and a member of the service committee of Wives of Professional Engineers.

She was a member of Epler’s United Church of Christ where she served as an ordained elder.

Marie is survived by her husband Robert J. Fies, Sr. and her son Robert J. Fies Jr. and his wife Jean (Deisher) of Bern Twp., daughters Julie A. (Fies) Meyer and her husband Peter of Port Washington, NY and Kathleen E. (Fies) DiTeodoro and her husband Michael of Mullica, NJ. There are four granddaughters, Kaitlyn (Katie) and Emily Fies, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Meyer and Liliana (Lily) DiTeodoro. Marie was the sister of Jeanette L. (Torchia) Lengel wife of Robert D. and aunt to their children Robin (Lengel) Czar and Edward Lengel.

Burial was private in Epler’s Church Cemetery & Labyrinth, Leesport.

A memorial service will be outside on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 4pm at Epler’s United Church of Christ, 1151 W. Leesport Rd., Leesport, PA 19533. Family and friends will gather on Saturday before the services from 3 to 4pm. Due to the global pandemic, for everyone’s health and safety, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer pumps provided. Please, dress casually and bring a chair. The service will be live-streamed on the Kuhn Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marie J. Fies to St. Jude Children’s Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading is honored to assist the family.

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  • Visitation

    July 25, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Epler's United Church of Christ
    1151 W Leesport Rd
    Leesport, Pennsylvania
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    July 25, 2020
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    July 25, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Epler's United Church of Christ
    1151 W Leesport Rd
    Leesport, Pennsylvania
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    July 25, 2020
    Reverend Gary Rarick
  • Interment

    Epler's Cemetery & Labyrinth
    1151 West Leesport Rd.


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Michele Gallen

Julie- if you the Julie Fies from Cedar Crest College, this is Michele Speck Gallen who was your college Big Sister. I wanted to send my condolences and let you know I am thinking about you. I live in Pennside/ Reading and saw the announcement in the newspaper. I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely. Michele
Comment | Posted at 07:14am via Condolence

Helen C. Peemoeller

Dear Mr. Fies and your children,
Please accept my condolences on the death of your wife and mother. Although I have not seen her in years, back in 1983 we spoke on the telephone often. I had breast cancer that year, and I had opted to use radiation therapy instead of a mastectomy. Dr. Martin Jacobson had given me her phone number, and she very graciously listened to my worries and concerns. That spring we spoke often; she was a wonderful help in getting me through that bad patch. I think that I saw her just once, when she was in the hospital having surgery. After 1983 we were both very busy and lost touch with one another, but I have never forgotten her kindness towards me. She was a marvelous person. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Helen C. Peemoeller
Comment | Posted at 07:58pm via Condolence

Ann (Guido) Brooks

Mr. Fies and family,
May I extend to you our deepest sympathy in Marie's passing. Not only did my mother, Carmella, serve as her Patient Services Coordinator at the American Cancer Society, but mom often spoke of how she and my Dad, Sandy, were the musicians at your wedding reception!!! I remember Marie well, last speaking to her when she played Santa at Eplers Christmas party after my parents group played one afternoon. She was always a "giver," and a "doer." She gave so much to so many. May you all find peace in knowing Jesus welcomed her with open arms.
God bless you,
Mrs. Ann Brooks and father, Sandy Guido
Comment | Posted at 03:28pm via Condolence

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