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James A. Brown, 81, Reading, died April 15 at 10:05 p.m. in ManorCare Health Services Inc., Muhlenberg Township, where he had resided since Feb. 23. He was predeceased by his wife, Mabel (Simpson) Brown. Born in Berks County, he was a son of the late James B. and Catharine (Satter) Brown. Brown was employed for more than 15 years as a dyer by O.B. Dyers Inc., Reading, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ Reformed, Spangsville. Surviving are three sisters: Hannah (Brown) Boyle, Laureldale; Bertha (Brown) Tothero, Reading; and Betty (Brown) Pfautz, Birdsboro. Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home Inc. Burial will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Maidencreek Township.

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