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George E. Greis passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, due to complications from a lung transplant, he was 70.
George was born on April 19, 1950 to Catherine (Rhoads) Greis Ehst and George E. Greis Sr. in Pottstown PA. George worked as a professional truck driver for 21 years. He then purchased Weidner’s Deli, located in Zern’s Farmers Market, Gilbertsville PA, with his wife Shelley. They were in the market for more than 30 years, until Zern’s closed in 2018. He especially enjoyed working the counter and visiting with the customers, who quickly became friends. During that time, he developed his jerky & snack stick recipes. He and Shelley then opened a processing plant in Youngsville PA, called Genuine Jerky.
In his spare time, he loved hunting, fishing, and walking the fields with his favorite dog Tar. He loved going fishing at Wildwood NJ in the summer and ski trips to VT and NY in the winter. He and Shelley took many great trips. His favorite trip was to Alaska where he was excited to fish for Alaskan Salmon and caught one! George was a connoisseur of nicknames for all of his customers and friends.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Shelley Olsen Greis. His daughter S. Joal & Jerry Sweigart and their children; Bailie Sweigart; Zack &Sara Sweigart and family; Courtney & Russell Hoch and family; KC & Enrique Urbina and family; and Tyler & Jackie Sweigart and family. His son, Samuel Manno & Elda Santos and their family; Tyler Manno, Seth Manno, Jacey Manno, and Katela and Ashley Villasenor.
George adored his grandchildren; they brought such joy to his life.
George is also survived by: his beloved sister & brother-in-law, Mary Kay & Donnie Heimbach and their children; Heather & Kevin Fronheiser and family; Josh & Kelly Heimbach and family; Jill & Jarred Koch and family; Clint & Jen Heimbach and family. His brother-in-law & sister-in-law Mike & Kathy Olsen and their children, Colby & Kristy and family, and Trevor & Regan and family. His brother-in-law & sister-in-law Todd & Sue Olsen and their children Katie and Andy. His brother-in-law & sister-in-law Brian & Kelly Olsen and their children Piper & Zane. His father-in-law Elmer Wiles.
Other special people in George’s life were Scott Wilson, who was a great friend and caretaker, getting him back and forth to dialysis, as well as Dori and John Derr, and Noelle and Chad Sobjak.
George was preceded in death by his parents, step-father William Ehst, and his very special niece Ally Heintz.
Visitations for George will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington Street, East Greenville, PA. CDC protocols concerning social distancing and gathering limits will be followed. Masks are required for entry. A private funeral will be held for family members on Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Angel Ally Memorial Fund c/o Mary Kay Heimbach, 82 Winding Rd, Boyertown PA 19512 or Kane District Handicap Ramp Ministry- 18 2nd Street, PO Box 767, Sheffield PA 16347. Online condolences may be offered at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com.