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Grover Berge Reichley
February 3, 1893 - January 28, 1959

Edna Martha Smeltz Reichley
October 24, 1895 - April 23, 1956

Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury, PA

Grover B. Reichley, 1893 - 1959, and Edna Martha Smeltz Reichley, 1895 - 1956

Grover Berge Reichley was born February 3, 1893, in Monroe Township, Snyder County, PA. He was the third of seven children born to Mary Jane Berge and Charles W. Reichley. He was married April 9, 1914, at Zion Lutheran Church in Kratzerville, Snyder County, to Edna Martha Smeltz. Edna was born October 24, 1895, the fifth of eight children born to Clara F. Troxell and Oscar Smeltz.

Their first child was born in Ohio, but by 1920, they resided at Shamokin Dam, Snyder County, PA. The census for 1920 showed Grover as owning a greenhouse where he worked as a florist. The children born of this union were:

  1. Marlin Sherwood, b. February 2, 1915, d. February 17, 1999. Colonel Reichley had a thirty-year career with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair before retiring as its dean of academics. He also served as a Lieutenant Colonel during World War II and was commandant of the Army specialized training programs at Georgetown University. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  2. Eva Pauline, b. May 26, 1917, d. February 26, 1986.
  3. Charles Grover, b. October 23, 1922, d. July 22, 1944. Charles was killed in action during World War II at Kokas, New Guinea.
  4. Harold R., b. April 20, 1924, d. March 12, 2003.
  5. Richard E., and
  6. Fred J.

By 1930, the family had relocated to Market Street in Sunbury, Northumberland County, PA, where Grover had established a very successful florist business. At the time of Edna’s death, they were married forty-two years.

Picture taken June 24, 2006.