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Joyce Flail

Joyce B. Flail (Brightbill)

Wednesday, January 11th, 1939 - Saturday, February 27th, 2021
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Joyce B. (Brightbill) Flail, 82, of Kutztown, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown. Born in Reading, Pa, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Suchomelly) Brightbill, wife of the late Willard W. Flail, and was a graduate of Exeter High School.

Joyce was employed at American Casualty then became an avid homemaker and was active in Jaycee Wives. She was a past member of consistory at St. Johns UCC, Kutztown and was a dedicated volunteer at St. John's. Joyce was a skilled bowler, enjoyed playing tennis, gardening, flower arranging, her dogs and traveling. She loved her family and always supported her children and grandchildren in their endeavors and lived her life with grace and dignity, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Joyce is survived by two daughters, Sharon Gechter of Wyomissing, and Michelle Hammersley of Gibraltar; 5 grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob, Lauren, Daniel, Sarah; and two brothers, Bruce of Lobachsville, and Nelson of Exeter Township.

Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with services beginning at 11:00 am in Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Avenue Reading, PA 19606. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's UCC, 257 W. Walnut St, Kutztown, Pa 19530. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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  • Visitation

    March 4th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    March 4th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Lutz Funeral Home
    2100 Perkiomen Avenue
    Reading, PA 19606
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  • Service

    March 4th, 2021 | 11:00am
    March 4th, 2021 11:00am
    Lutz Funeral Home, Inc.
    2100 Perkiomen Avenue
    Reading, PA 19606
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  • Interment

    Forest Hills Memorial Park
    390 W. Neversink Road
    Exeter Township, PA 19606
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renee mantz

Posted at 02:02pm
I was sad to read o f your Mother"s death in the paper. Gary and I met her when we bought your old house in Kutztown. I knew her from church also and liked her very much. She had a quiet dignity . She was so capable in all she did. I enjoyed her company at Women of the Church bazaar and other meetings .I know she loved her children and grandchildren very much .Please accept my sincere sympathy on her passing. Sincerely, Renee Mantz


Lauren Gechter

Posted at 02:20pm
- Eleanor (Stunz) Leinbach Kurtz
Thursday, March 5, 2021
Joyce’s Mother and my Mother were sisters. There was a total of eight siblings in the Suchomelly Family. Mary and Katherine, better known as Katie. There was one more sister, Anna. And five boys.
I was the first grandchild born into this family. So I have a recollection of the 17 who followed me. My name is Eleanor. I recently moved to a Senior Retirement Home in Colorado Springs which explanins my absence today.
.I think almost all of my cousins lived in or near The Farm, at one time or another, The Farm was owned by our Grandfather, John Suchomelly. Here at the Farm is where I have my first recollection of Joyce, first child of Mary and Ray Brightbill. She was just a toddler so we did not have much in common at this point since I was already all of eight years old.
Several years later we lived on another farm in the little community of Jacksonwald. Joyce and her two brothers and I and my brother grew up in the same neighborhood which was a super childhood environment: lots of fresh air and space wih trees and a creek nearby. And farm animals too.
Sometime in her early teens is when I became aware—in my mind, anyway, of Joyce’s strong resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor, a famous child star. I really enjoyed visiting at their home. Here is where I first saw people put ketchup on scrambled eggs!
One summer we kids followed Joyce’s dad down to the meadow to a spot in the winding creek with promise of being a good place for a dam to create a deeper spot so we could cool off in the summer heat. We kids all had our bathing suits on. And we all helped clean out the weeds and underbrush . It was an excellent spot. We enjoyed this special spot that we helped create. The next day I really did not enjoy some of the after results. The underbrush was loaded wih poison ivy. I don’t know how many others suffered the same fate. That kind of ended out wonderful natural swimming hole. I don’t even know if Joyce also got poison Ivy since we were all kind of house bound for a few days! It was terrific of Uncle Ray to take a bunch of kids on a fun excursion for the day. Apparently no one recognized the nice shiny leaves, including Uncle Ray!
In our adult years the Girl Cousins Joyce, Beverly, Marlene, Dolores, and myself got together for dinner and a night of reminiscing about our earlier years at least once a month. We had discussions of trying to enlarge our circle to include the Guy Cousins and spouses, Somehow that part never materialized. Too bad because we surely had a good time together!
Joyce----we love you. And you will be a happy memory in our minds and hearts forever!
Cousin Eleanor


Posted at 11:14am
On behalf of the Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Assn., we send our sincere condolences to Joyce's families She will live on in your hearts forever. May the love of family and friends help you through this difficult time. God Bless!

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