Theda (Mengel) Longacre

March 5, 1919 ~ May 1, 2019 (age 100)


Theda (Mengel) Longacre, 100, formerly of Reading, died May 1, 2019.

Born March 5, 1919 in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Morris S. Mengel, Sr. and Annie (Spayd) Mengel.

She was the wife of Vernon Leroy Longacre who died January 29, 1990.

Theda was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Deaf Congregation, Reading.

Surviving is her daughter, Linda F., widow of William Cook of Charlotte, NC; her four grandchildren, Kate L., wife of Steven Isaac, with whom she resided, in Reading; Karen, wife of Ladd Brooksby of Charlotte, NC; Joanne, wife of Dorian Anzaldua of Charlotte, NC; and Joseph P., husband of Ruth Mekosh of Florida.

In addition, she is survived by eight great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Theda was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lisa A. Burns who died November 11, 2004, and by her four brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be private at Aulenbach’s Cemetery, Reading.  Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Laureldale is in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, visit

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