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Sunday, June 19, 2016

In Memorium: Lawrence Medaglia Sr.

Lawrence J. Medaglia Sr., of Wyomissing Hills, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016. He was the loving husband of Dawn (Pezdirc) Medaglia, celebrating 53 years of marriage.

A devoted husband and father, Larry and Dawn raised four children, the late Dyana Balog; Laura Medaglia; Larry, Jr., husband of Teresa; and Shelly Edwards, wife of Phil.

Larry and Dawn were blessed with seven grandchildren, Nikki Balog, Vanessa Cicero, whom they raised, Max Medaglia, Alexandra Buss, Jack Edwards, Daniel Medaglia, and Jessica Edwards, and one great grandson, Jeremiah Nieves.

Larry, known to many as "Fred", loved his family, extended family and those friends who were thought of as family. To his aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, he was Sunny or Uncle Sunny. He was truly the family patriarch and became known as Padrino Lorenzo.

A prolific poem writer, Larry commemorated his loved ones' birthdays and special events with his heartfelt and witty prose.

During his professional career, he worked for Berkshire Color, Tenneco, American Color & Chemical, and finally Ciba Geigey. He often joked he was sold with the furniture through each successive corporate merger. He enjoyed 13 years in retirement.

He loved to play golf, celebrated and suffered as a die-hard Phillies fan, and was an avid gardener. His fried peppers were magnificent, and his holiday meals the stuff of legend.

Larry was a proud veteran of the United States Army, in the Intelligence Service, stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After serving his country for three years, he was honorably discharged in 1956.

Larry was a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, and a member of the Order of AHEPA.

Larry was born to the late Josephine (Panetta) and John Medaglia, Sr. on June 26, 1932. He was predeceased by his brother, John, Jr. and is survived by his sister Rosemary Muggleston.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611, with burial to follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Viewings will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.
Contributions may be made to Sts. Constantine and Helen Church at the above address; Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (woundedwarriorproject.org) or Olivet Boys and Girls Club, attn: Joseph and Gertrude Moyer Scholarship Fund, 1161 Pershing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Reading AHEPA Chapter Awards $4,000 in Scholarships

The Gust C. Kraras Chapter No. 61 recently honored four outstanding high school seniors from the Reading, Pa., area at its annual Scholarship Banquet. Pictured from l-r are the 2016 Scholarship Recipients: James Phyrillas, Jocelyn Dialectos, Michelle Craciun and Alex Lountzis. James will be attending Temple University. Jocelyn will be attending Penn State University. Michelle will be attending DeSales University. Alex will be attending North Carolina State University. Also pictured is the Rev. Father Thomas Pappalas of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.