The Feeney mansion sparkled and glowed Sunday during a holiday open house.
The landmark at 625 N. Fourth St. in the Centre Park Historic District has been home to the John P. Feeney Funeral Home since 1969.
"The mansion is too beautiful to just be a funeral home," owner Michael F. Feeney said, noting that he opens the doors for nonprofit and private events.
When Frank Salamone of Reading heard that a fellow Vietnam veteran from Berks County had died but had no known family to attend the funeral, he knew what he had to do.
Salamone, a Marine combat veteran of the war had never met Francisco Rivera, 71, who died Aug. 22 in his Reading home. But still, Salamone felt a kinship with Rivera, an Army veteran from the Vietnam-era.
So Salamone and about 10 other Vietnam veterans from Berks County, none of whom knew Rivera, attended his service Thursday at the John P. Feeney Funeral Home in Reading to give him a final salute.
On the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, about 25 people gathered in Reading on Monday to celebrate a local hero of the Civil War.
They came together at the statue of Maj. Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg, whose forces joined those of Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer to rout the cavalry of Confederate Maj. Gen. Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg, cutting off communications between Stuart and Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The statue of Gregg in Centre Park depicts the Civil War general on horseback with his sword drawn. Gregg, a Reading resident, died in 1916 and is buried in Charles Evans Cemetery.
Members of Gregg American Legion Post 12 in Reading came on the eve of Independence Day to rededicate the statue of the post's namesake and honor the general and other veterans.
How company started: The funeral home was founded in 1941 and originally located in a modest row home in the 1200 block of North 10th Street.
Key to company's success: Our family principles. The philosophy of founder John Feeney was to provide a dignified funeral service at a very reasonable price.
The John Feeney Funeral Home also prides itself on our family's military heritage and our commitment to dutifully serving those who served and sacrificed for our nation with the military honors they have earned.
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A popular city gathering spot is getting a makeover.
The Centre Park Historic District, in partnership with the city's public works department, is working to transform the park in the 700 block of Centre Avenue from a muddy space cluttered with trees into a grassy haven residents can enjoy throughout the year.
The organization got a big boost this week when a local businessman contributed a truckload of bright green sod to improve the terrain.
Michael Feeney, owner of John Feeney Funeral Home, said he heard about the effort to revamp the park and decided he would step up by purchasing $2,000 worth of sod for the cause.