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John Bertolet

John R. Bertolet Sr.

Thursday, February 27th, 1930 - Monday, January 11th, 2021
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Our family lost our legend. John R "Jack" Bertolet Sr, 90 of Bernville passed away peacefully on Monday January 11th in the Reading Hospital at Tower Health. Jack was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor J (Taylor) and his second wife, Barbara A (Krammes). Born in Reading, PA he was the son of the late Joseph and Miriam (Thornburg) Bertolet. Jack was a graduate of Glen-Nor High School and the former owner of J Bertolet Inc in Orwigsburg.
In 1964 Jack achieved his American dream when he built a Volkswagen Franchise in Orwigsburg, PA. Over his 56 years of ownership he enjoyed the customers, the employees, the friends he made, and the wonderful times they shared. When it was time for him to pass the business on to his sons Jack Jr and Blayne he still spent most days in his office offering daily witticisms.
Jack's philosophy on life was to surround yourself with great people and better friends. He cherished his neighbors and the weekends they spent around his picnic table reminiscing about the memories they made and the good times they shared. At the holidays he loved to fill his home with warmth, cheer, great food, family, and friends.
His greatest legacy will be the one he left to his 6 children, their spouses, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren and that was his gift of unconditional love. We will cherish his memory and miss him dearly.
Jack is survived by his loving children, Debbie wife of Ben Scaturro of NJ; Jack Jr husband of Karen of Exeter Twp; Dianne wife of Steve Schmehl of Palmyra, Cindy wife of Jim Schrier of Virginia; and Blayne husband of Taran of Exeter Twp. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa Ann, brother Harry Jo, and sister Star Lee.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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    Forest Hills Memorial Park
    391 W. Neversink Road
    Exeter Township, PA
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Mona Roberts

Posted at 02:45pm
I Had the honor of taking care of John while he was a patient at the Reading Rehab, he and I became very good friends during his stay. John talked highly of his love for his family . He was a great person and had a heart of gold. He will truly be missed. And will never be forgotten. Mona Canyon

Tassy DeAngelo

Posted at 10:41am
Joe and I were friends and neighbors of Jack and Barb for many years. We enjoyed golfing and socializing with them and their family. We moved to Florida in 2013. in September, 2018, we visited PA. We tracked Jack down at the dealership (where else?). Below is a picture of Joe and Jack taken during that visit. The next morning there was a "guys only" breakfast for the two of them. Our condolences and love go out to the extended family. Joe and Tassy DeAngelo

Barb Johnson

Posted at 11:32am
So Sorry for your loss. Jack will definitely be missed. During this difficult time, may all the happy memories you have of Jack provide you comfort and peace. With prayers and condolences Barb Johnson and Family.

The Freese Family

Posted at 10:01am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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craig rosenfeld

Posted at 08:47am
So sorry. The world has lost a great one. Jack welcomed me as a friend and ally when I entered the world of Volkswagen, and gave me advice and support every time I saw him. I valued his opinion as a fair and honest man. He earned my respect continually. My condolences to Jack Jr, Blayne, and the rest of the family

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