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229 North Fifth St.
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 373-4500
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Ernest Barrett

Ernest H. Barrett

Sunday, April 14th, 1929 - Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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Ernest H. Barrett, 91, of Reading, passed November 14th in his residence.
He was the husband of Ruth L. (Fleisher) Barrett. They were married on November 10, 1959, celebrating 69 years of marriage.
Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he was the son of Surry M. and Thelma V. (Mann) Barrett.
Ernest worked for Dana Corp for over 30 years and later as a security guard for Yorgey’s Dry Cleaners for 16 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953.
He is also survived by his children, Kathleen wife of Raymond Witman and Karen widow of Michael Tommatter; grandchildren, Matthew, Nevin, Colin Witman and Ashton Weiant; great grandchildren, Alyson, Aidan and Aurora. He was predeceased by brothers, Gene, Fred, Kenneth and Harry.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Henninger Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements
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Nancy L Hodge

Posted at 02:40pm
I have known Mr. and Mrs. Barrett since Kathy and I started kindergarten. Over the years we have developed a special bond and closeness between us that was so unique, I came to feel that both of them were like parents to me. I know that they thought of me as another daughter. During the past couple of years, my visits back home have been very memorable, especially, our talks sitting around the kitchen table. Both of them listened with kindness as I'd ramble on about things. When Mr. Barrett gave me advice, it was straight forward, but in his soft, kind and loving demeanor. Mr. Barrett told me about their cross country trip to California and their visit to Flagstaff, Arizona on their honeymoon. Since I worked and lived on the Navajo Indian reservation in Northern, Arizona, I enjoyed talking about our experiences. During my last visit in 2019, the memory that touched me is when Mr. Barrett told me. "You need to move back. This is my home." The most meaningful memory that will always be dear to my heart is before leaving from Pennsylvania, Mr. and Mrs. Barrett, Kathy and I stood in their living room and he prayed for my safe travel back to Arizona. I will miss him very much and God Bless all of you, Love you, Nancy



Posted at 12:36pm
There are so many great memories Pop pop. Childhood Sleep overs were the best - ice cream, the Monsters on Nick at Night, and especially raiding the cabinet for crackers with cheese sauce. Finding coins in the laundry machines at the cleaners on night shift, opening and stacking items from your US Army Issued Duffle bag, walking to the candy store or walking into the house, seeing you smile, and asking "What do you say there buddy ?" Thank you for letting me trim your hedges ... even if I was a little young. After I cut the first extension cord in half, I'm pretty sure the rest were just minor abrasions :) Thank you for giving me a second chance. Thank you for all your support/interest in any activity I took part of: asking about my travels with work, or checking in on Sasha. You and Grandmom will always be a very special part of my life and a part of the man I am. Thank you for showing me how to be a better person. We love and miss you, Colin, Sasha and Whiskey

Matt Witman

Posted at 10:06am
Pop pop, So many great memories from our family vacations to summer sleep overs and visits to the park. One specific memory, you teaching me how to operate a CB radio when I was young. Thank you for everything! You are loved and we miss you. Love, Matt and family

Kathy Witman

Posted at 08:57am
The Best in-laws a guy could ask for. Ruth and Ernest were always there for us through the good and bad times. Helping to raise three great kids. Church, diners, road trips, vacations and just hearing about the boys sleep - overs and their favorite snack-o's that were waiting for them. He loved peanuts, all kinds of nuts and most foods (some passed with a push). Always said grace, sometimes faster than others, depending on how hungry he was.
Strong , kind, respectful, loving. Just a few words to describe him. He is another reason for the blessed life I've had and the wonderful family we all made together. Miss and Love you, Ray

Nevin Witman

Posted at 08:04am
Pop-Pop, I wish we had more time. And I wish I had a chance to say goodbye. And I wish you could have met your great grand-daughter, Aurora. She's a real spark and I know that you would adore her if you had the chance to meet her.
Thank you for being such a terrific grandfather to me. I have so many fond childhood memories sharing the backseat of a van on what seemed like endless road trips to the beach and numerous camping trips. I never got a chance to come clean: the Aye-Aye did not really exist in the Poconos Mountains and they are a completely harmless critter. :)
I'll never forget your kind and caring ways. No matter the circumstances you always greeted me with open arms and positivity, that among many other things has left a lasting impression.
"Say not in grief: 'He is no more', but live in thankfulness that he was". I will miss you. Rest in peace.

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