Posted: March 06, 1994


Henry S. Goodsett, 71, of Erdenheim, an advertising agency owner who helped liberate Nazi concentration camps, died Feb. 23 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mr. Goodsett was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School in 1940. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art until the United States became involved in World War II. He served in the Army for 3 1/2 years, acting as a forward observer to spot enemy positions.

"For a year and a half, he was in England in preparation for the invasion of Normandy," said his wife of 49 years, Matilda Brown Goodsett. "He was a rebel in many ways, but he was proud of helping to liberate two Nazi concentration camps."

During his military service, Mr. Goodsett also did illustrations for the Stars and Stripes.

After his honorable discharge, he resumed his art studies and was employed at Philadelphia area advertising agencies. He founded Henry S. Goodsett Advertising in Philadelphia in 1956.

Years later, he moved the business to Fort Washington and, at the time of his death, was working from an office in his home. The assignments included projects for the Special Olympics.

"He was busy to the last day," his wife said.

A basketball fan for many years, he had played for the Philadelphia SPHAS in the since-revitalized Jewish Basketball League.

Always concerned about the needs of disabled people, Mr. Goodsett volunteered his time to organizations representing the handicapped.

"He had coached basketball for the Special Olympics and had organized golf tournaments to raise funds for disabled people," his wife said.

Mr. Goodsett had also served as treasurer of the Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens.

"He was tough, but straight and honest," his wife said. "He always remembered his father's admonition that your good name is your most important possession."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Goodsett is survived by two sons, Murray and Scott; a daughter, Carole, and a grandson.

A graveside service at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Trevose was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indian Creek Foundation, 573 Yoder Rd., Box 225, Harleysville, Pa. 19438.

Arrangements were made by Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael Sacks Inc. in Philadelphia.


G. Paul Hoffmann, 79, a retired sales representative for chemical companies, died Feb. 23 at his home at Holiday Farm in North Wales.

Mr. Hoffmann was born in Berlin and came to the United States in 1924. His family settled in Montgomery County and he graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1933.

He had lived at Holiday Farm since 1949.

Mr. Hoffmann had been a sales representative in the chemical field for many years and most recently represented Van Leer Container Corp. in Warminster. He retired four years ago.

He had been a member of the Philadelphia Chemical Club for 45 years.

Mr. Hoffmann was active in Upper Gwynedd Township affairs and helped establish the Police Pension Fund there. He also had served on the township school and zoning boards. He was a classic-car buff and a member of the Rolls- Royce Owners Club in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

He also was an active member of the Cheltenham High School Alumni Association. A 32d-degree Mason, he was a member of Friendship Lodge 400 in Jenkintown, the Lehigh Valley Consistory in Allentown and the LuLu Temple in Plymouth Meeting.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Hoffmann was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Paradise Valley Gun Club in Schwenksville.

He is survived by two daughters, Marcia Easton-Brooks and Sandra H. Dresher; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a longtime friend, Naomi Goldberg, and his wife of 26 years, Jeanne Ellis Hoffman.

A Masonic service and funeral service were held Feb. 26 at the R.L. Williams Jr. Funeral Home in Skippack. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ's Home for Children, 800 N. York Rd., Warminster, Pa. 18974, or to the charity of the donor's choice.


Alfred J. Rothwell, 76, of Ambler, a retired food brokerage executive, died Feb. 20 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mr. Rothwell was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montgomery County, where he graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1934.

He was a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II and saw duty in the South Pacific.

Mr. Rothwell had been a resident of Ambler for 18 years.

He spent more than 46 years in the food sales industry, 23 of them as an employee of McGinnis Co., a food brokerage firm. For the last 15 of those years, he served as executive vice president. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Rothwell was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Ambler.

For 36 years he was the husband of Mary Daly Rothwell, who died in 1975.

Mr. Rothwell is survived by his wife of 13 years, Alice Marple Rothwell; two daughters, Gale R. Egoville and Gloria M.; a son, Jeffrey A.; four step- daughters, Rebecca L. Bateman, Ellen J. Groarke, Susan K. Mastromatto and Anne L. Dukert; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three brothers, and two sisters.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was said Feb. 24 at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Ambler. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 259 Forest Ave., Ambler, Pa. 19002, to benefit the Memorial Fund, or to Ambler YMCA, Box 428, Ambler, Pa. 19002.

Arrangements were made by the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home in Ambler.


Dorothy Connor Affleck, 86, of Springhouse Estates, a homemaker, died Feb. 22 at her home in Spring House.

Mrs. Affleck was born and educated in Tomkins Cove, N.Y., and later attended a secretarial school in New York City.

She had been a resident of Wayne from 1957 until 1978 and of Springhouse Estates since 1978.

Mrs. Affleck had been a secretary for the Treasury Department office in New York City and later worked in sales in the bridal department at Gimbel Brothers.

"She loved weddings and bridal preparations, and for a while we both worked for Gimbels and even worked across the aisle from one another. It was fun," said her daughter, Darline A. Barnett.

Mrs. Affleck had also been a volunteer for many years at the Bryn Mawr Thrift Shop, which benefited Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Her husband of 46 years, J. Calvin Affleck, died in 1985.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Affleck is survived by a brother.

A funeral service was held Feb. 26 at the Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home in Ambler.

Burial was in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King of Prussia.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Wissahickon Valley Unit, 523 Tennis Ave., Ambler, Pa. 19002.


Bertram Kramer Wacker, 84, of Ambler, a homemaker, died Feb. 23 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Wacker was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown High School.

For many years, she had been a resident of Ambler, where she had owned Kramer's Kiddie Shop, a children's clothing store.

Mrs. Wacker is survived by a son, Harry; a daughter, H. Dinah Geiger, and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said Feb. 25 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Ambler. Burial was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 16 S. Spring Garden St., Ambler, Pa. 19002. Arrangements were by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home..

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