Michael Shanaman

Michael Shanaman

May 11, 1948 September 17, 2020

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Obituary for Michael H. "Mike the Hat" Shanaman

Michael H. Shanaman, 72, passed away September 17, 2020, in his Laureldale residence.

He was the companion of Donna M. Schmeck for over 20 years.

Michael was the son of the late Henry and Margaret (Walker) Shanaman .

After graduating from Conrad Weiser High School he entered the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.

He worked as a courier at Bearings Inc & D & S Express, for many years.

Michael had a wide and varied array of interests, he loved baseball and was a passionate fan of the New York Yankees, and Phillies. When baseball season hit, he loved going to picnics and watching fireworks at the Reading Fightin' Phils. He enjoyed football, and was a longtime bowler. He loved road trips and the mountains of Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed spending time in Potter County. Michael loved country music. He also had an affinity for hats, never without one, many knew him as "Mike the Hat." He was very social and made fiends everywhere he went, and never missed a family outing. He particularly delighted in playing cards with his brother and nieces. Michael will be remembered for many things, including his devotion to family.

Michael is survived by his siblings: Teresa Lehmann, Mooresville NC; Melanie, wife of Jack Martin, Coudersport PA; Deborah Shanaman, Water Mill, NY; Jeffrey (Beverly) Shanaman, Robesonia; Henry (Jean) Shanaman, Birdsboro; and Mark (Joyce) Shanaman, Morgantown; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Pricilla Shanaman

Services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading with burial to follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park. A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Veterans Hospital, Voluntary Service Office, Building 18, 1st Floor, Lebanon, PA 17042. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Visitation

    September 26, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    September 26, 2020
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    September 26, 2020 | 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    September 26, 2020
    Rev. Schaun Myers
  • Interment

    September 26, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Forest Hills Memorial Park
    391 W. Neversink Road
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    September 26, 2020


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Teresa Lehmann

Teresa Shanaman Lehmann
You have never met a happier soul than Michael Shanaman. He always had a laugh and smile for everyone. He is my younger brother and he was a joy to be around. His happy disposition was with him until the end of his life. He will be greatly missed by his family. Out family gatherings will never be quite the same without Mike. I am proud of my brother and how he faced all of the adversities in his life. I will miss him very much
Comment | Posted at 08:13pm via Condolence

Kathy Kline

God Bless our dear friend. We will miss your smiling face at Oley Dairy every Thursday and Sun. I loved our football and baseball banter . Loved going to the Reading Phillies games with you . You have left us with great memories to cherish forever . Rest In Peace with the Lord. Robert and Kathy Kline
Comment | Posted at 11:14am via Condolence

Candace Hoover

To all the family my sincere sympathy. MIKE, as well as all the Shanaman family were a big part of my early life and pray that everyone will find comfort in remembering all the treasured memories your family shared together. Hugs to all, Candace Hoover
Comment | Posted at 08:47am via Condolence

ann sheaffer

I have not seen Mike in many. many years. Back in the mid 1970's I did know him only as "Mike the Hat". He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for you. A fun memory was getting a ride in his green limo to the Meal Loaf concert in Allentown. RIP dear man.
~Ann Marie Sheaffer~
Comment | Posted at 03:09pm via Condolence

Elizabeth Sekella

Mike you have been a big part of my life since I was 6 years old. You took me to every Disney movie that came out, my first concert, and lots of Reading Phil’s games. You came to all of the important family events including: my wedding, Thanksgivings, Christmas, every picnic we had and many, many birthdays. You are 💯 part of our family. I remember your amazing album collection, your limos, and you always having a box of 5th Ave candy bars in your truck. I am lucky to have known you. You are loved and will be missed.

Liz Sekella
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