Eugene M. Ambruch, 93

Eugene M. Ambruch, 93, of North Coventry, husband of the late Shirley (Smyrl) Ambruch and the late Beadie (Cummings) Ambruch, passed away peacefully on Friday May 10, 2024 at Genesis Quakertown.

Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Wasilko) Ambruch.

A 1948 graduate of Coaldale High School where he excelled in athletics. Prior to serving in the US Army Corp of Engineers as a 1st Lieutenant from 1952-1954, Gene was a member of the Philadelphia A’s organization playing in the Alabama and Carolina Leagues from 1949-1951 and was inducted into the Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Post Korean War, Gene built over 200 bridges throughout Pennsylvania while working as a Surveyor and Superintendent for NYLEVE Bridge Corporation as well as continuing with his athletic passions which included playing competitive volleyball until he was 80, a feat he was very proud of.

Surviving is his daughter Jean Ann Maggio wife of Paul; grandchildren Janet Maggio, Paul Maggio Jr. Andy Ambruch, Chris Ambruch, and Zach Ambruch, husband of Ashley; great grandchildren Joey Jeffers, Luke Jeffers, Marley Ambruch, Landon Ambruch, Anya Stone, and Hunter Ambruch.

In addition, surviving Gene is his stepdaughter Jaylen Wisor, wife of Jim as well as grandchildren; Brianne Smith, Sarah Martinez, Sydney Wisor, and Mathew Wisor. As well as stepchildren Dawn Persinger and Jon Scott Persinger.

Along with his wives and parents, Eugene was predeceased by his son Douglas Ambruch, husband of Anne.

The legacy of Eugene Ambruch’s athletic, military and construction passions will and are being carried out by loving grandchild and 10 great children…all of whom he has been a major influence on their success.

Funeral services will be held Thursday May 16, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, LLC., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown. Visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

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I am Gene's brother in law by way of his second wife Beaddie, Sue. My sister and Gene traveled much together, visited our home in Oregon, went to Gene's volleyball tournaments, our family reunions, family weddings, and their vacations! Gene loved my sister and we had some wonderful times together! The best times after dinner having Gene's favorite drink he called a stinger! Gene loved Pennsylvania, the history, his heritage, the coal mines, the industry, his bridge building, and the Pottsville Maroons, the 1925 National Football League Champions, which ended in controversy. Gene loved to tell the stories where he lived! Our condolences to his family from the Cummings family! Rick, Linda, Shannon, Chris and Robin, Kit, Eric and Christy!

~ Rickey Lee Cummings Silverton, OR
5/15/2024 10:57:14 AM

I am an old friend of Gene, and his wife, Sue (Beaddie). I was surprised to hear of his death, and regret not knowing of his illness sooner. Gene was a deeply ethical man, with a strong sense of justice, and was a model of integrity. As such, he was a role model for his entire family, including all three of his stepchildren, Scott, Jaylene, and Dawn. I will remember Gene as a man of few words, but one with a deep understanding of human nature. I will miss his presence on this earth, but am reassured by believing that, in death, he is at peace.

~ Cheri D. May
5/13/2024 8:09:59 PM