E. William “Bill” Zern, 79. Of Gilbertsville, husband of Rebecca (Maillard) Zern, passed away on July 3, 2021, at Parkhouse Providence Pointe after a long term illness.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Earl and Marguerite (Spots) Zern.

Bill was a former fire chief and long-standing volunteer at Gilbertsville Fire Company. He was the Emergency Management Coordinator for Douglass Township and a member of the Douglass Township Planning Commission. Bill was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. He was a member of Maidencreek Fish and Game Club and the Pikeville Rod and Gun Club. Bill was the former owner of Zern’s Garage and Zern’s Hunting and Fishing Store.

Surviving with his wife are children Dwayne Zern, Wendy Lucas, Kimberly Sheets, and Brent Zern; sister Susan Gamler; brother Jim Zern; grandchildren Lindsey, Evan, and Zachary; and great grandchildren Oliver and Ellie. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Curt Zern and sister Marjorie Gallie.

A memorial service will be Saturday, July 24, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, with visitation from 9:00AM to 10:45AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to Gilbertsville Fire & Rescue, 1454 E Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania 19525

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