Pearl G. (Fick) Casantini, 95, peacefully passed away on August 16, 2022 at Willow Brooke Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, formerly known as Kutztown Manon, Kutztown, PA. She was born on February 3, 1927 to the late Carrie M. (George) Fick and Charles O. Fick. She was predeceased by her husband Nunzio of 43 years in 2001 and her good friend and companion Robert (Bob) Moser in 2009. Pearl will be missed by her daughters Joanne Casantini-Fleig and Holly Britt of Reading, PA; her 6 grandsons Kyle Elliott, William Fleig, Zachery Britt, Nathan Fleig, Daniel Ramirez, and Thomas Fleig; her 2 granddaughters Stephanie (Stella) Britt and Angela Fleig; her great-granddaughter Scarlett Fleig; and her many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends. She is survived by her sisters Maryann G. (Fick) Burkevage, Stella G. (Fick) Krauthauser, and her brother Warren G. Fick. Pearl was predeceased by her siblings Lester G. Fick, Harold G. Fick, Charles G. Fick, Frederick G. Fick, Arthur G. Fick, Leroy G. Fick, Pauline G. (Fick) Krantz and Ruth G. (Fick) Pipala.
Pearl grew up in Muhlenberg near what is now the Route 61 Diner. She would often tell stories about growing up in a large family during The Great Depression. She lived most of her life in Reading and moved to Willow Brooke in January of 2021.
Pearl was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother who was known to be especially generous to her grandchildren. In October, Pearl became a great grandmother to Scarlett Fleig. Scarlett and her great grandmother share a love of animals, especially cats.
Pearl previously worked for Bachman’s Pretzels and the Reading School District as a Lunch Aide. She retired from Vanity Fair in Wyomissing but remained friends with her VF coworkers and accompanied them on many bus tours.
Pearl was inducted into the Voters Hall of Fame and received an award for her efforts. She was very proud of being an American and was known for wearing an American flag pin on her hat every day.
During her life, she enjoyed biking, roller skating, and cooking. Her banana bread,chocolate chip cookies, pot pie, and pizzelles will be missed.
Famous sayings: “Did you vote?”, “I like your shirt”, and “That was a long time ago!”
A viewing will take place at Henninger’s Funeral Home, 229 North 5th Street, Reading, Pa, on Monday, August 22, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. A viewing is also scheduled from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, Reading, PA. A Mass will immediately follow the viewing. Pearl will be interred at Gethsemane Cemetery, Laureldale, PA with her loving husband Nunzio.