John P. Goerner

April 13, 1979 - March 30, 2021
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John P. Goerner, 41, of Mohnton, passed away March 30, 2021 at 6:01 PM at Penn State Health-St. Joseph, where he was a patient since Monday.

He was the loving husband of Kristin B. (Kerling) Goerner. In September, they would have celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Born in West Reading, he was a son of Sherlaine (Nice) Goerner, of Wernersville and the late John M. Goerner.

John was the information technology director for Metropolitan Management Group for 2 ½ years, last working on Friday, March 26th. He was a member of Immanuel UCC, Shillington and was a 1997 graduate of Reading High School, where he sang in the chorus and played lead trumpet the years, they won the state championship. He attended Mansfield University for music, studied computer information systems at RACC, received his bachelor’s degree in computer applications from Bellevue University, Nebraska, received his M.B.A. from Alvernia University, and was currently studying law at Syracuse University College of Law.

John was an avid hockey fan, whether playing, watching, or coaching. He loved playing lacrosse and watching movies with great friends. He had a love for music, playing trumpet with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps and loved to cook and help whoever he could.

In addition to his wife and mother, John is survived by his brother Scott F. Goerner, fiancé of Megan Fryberger, Conestoga, his mother-in-law – Victoria S. (Smith) Kerling, Shillington, his father-in-law – Donald E. Kerling, Jr., Gouglersville, his uncle – Mark Nice, Reading, his brothers-in-laws – Donald Kerling, III, David Yoder, Joseph Yoder, his sister-in-law – Taylor Kerling, and his nieces & nephews – Nicholas & Cora Yoder, Blake & Baylee Goerner, Christopher, Madison & Emma Kerling, Willow Yoder and Chad & Cole.

Viewing on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 5:00-7:30 PM at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Private funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Michael Baal. Those wishing to watch, John’s funeral service will be webcast on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:30 PM. Go to and go on the John P. Goerner obituary and click the webcast tab. It was John’s request that flowers NOT be sent, please remember John by making a contribution to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA, 18107 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.


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Date: Monday, April 5, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Date: Monday, April 5, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Private funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Michael Baal

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American Cancer Society

1818 Market Street - Suite 2820
Philadelphia, PA 19103

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Way
Memphis, TN 38105


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Born: April 13, 1979
Died: March 30, 2021

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Letty Rutt posted on 4/7/21

John. You will be missed. I grew up knowing you and glad i had that priveledge. May you be with god and watch over all of us.


Karen Alston posted on 4/7/21

My condolences to the Goerner family may God comfort you and hold you in his loving arms in your hour of need.Love to all of you


Betty Kuhns posted on 4/5/21

My condolences to the Goerner family. May he Rest In Peace.


Kelly posted on 4/5/21

May Jesus open His loving arms to you, John. I pray that the Lord will bring comfort and rest to the entire family during this time. Remembering the days of band, when I hear your name I picture trumpets, your smile, and hockey sticks. We lost an amazing person, but Heaven gained a blessed angel.


Nikky DiPietro posted on 4/5/21

I'll never forget all the great memories we had from high school. Life may have not meant for more but I'll always be grateful for the time we did share.


Adrianne (Nies) Norris posted on 4/5/21

I can't look back on memories of high school chorus and marching band without thinking of John, or "Chachi" as we called him. He always had such an infectious energy and was always kind to me. In listening to others speak its evident that he never changed. I consider myself lucky to have bumped into him a few years ago and got to catch up for a few minutes. My deepest sympathies to his wife, his Mom, and to Scott. Rest easy buddy, thanks for all the memories!


Nicole Bauscher posted on 4/5/21

I remember John "Chachi" as an amazing trumpet player in the RHS marching band RIP


Genell Clarkson posted on 4/5/21

John, Thanks for always being willing to help, no matter how much you had on your plate. It always amazed me how you managed to study, work, play sports and help. My kids desperately wanted to skate and the blades came dull. You generously sharpened them for us in time for them to skate after a Royals game (right before the pandemic shutdowns). The kids both talk about the experience often and how much it meant to them. I was a terrible skater but you and Kristin both were both kind and let me have fun while learning to play hockey. You and Kristen gave me a beer water which I planned on drinking when you rang the bell. I will be drinking it in your memory. Sticks up, Genell


Abel Maldonado posted on 4/5/21

Where do I start. We were trumpet buddies through school. We were always competing of who could play higher. You always managed to beat me by a note or two. That competition we had with each other made us even better. I'll never forget the times of having lots of fun at Jazz Competitions, getting ready for a Band Show or sitting across from you at the back of bus being trumpet players. You got me into the Buccaneers (really had no choice) and I am forever thankful. I can remember the times at Buc Field learning really difficult music together or hanging out a show with the rest of the section. You, Pete and I spent alot of time at your house or on the road. My biggest regret is letting life get in the way and not hanging out one more time. Thanks for everything you did to make us better and remember those amazing times back at RHS.


Scott Paparella posted on 4/5/21

John and I met through school and band, of course, where his loud and boisterous nature was amplified by the brass instrument in his hands. He made every practice an adventure in how much joking around we could accomplish while still playing the music properly. And for him, properly meant damn near perfection. He was always better than us and often challenged us, with a cherubic grin on his face, to an instrument duel that he knew we couldn’t win (though Abel got really close at times). In 1996, the band won a state championship with a show that evolved into a cavalcade masterpiece and John was one of, if not the show’s biggest star; from his blazing trumpet solo to his humorous freestyle dance where he ended by catching me in his arms. We could not have won without him. He was an integral part of the band and the success we achieved over the years. In fact, that was one of John talents… becoming a critical part of everything he touched; including our friendship. He tended to take the lead with things and always seemed to steer you into better waters. I liked hockey and the Flyers when I was a kid, but my passion for them didn’t flourish until John and I became friends. John even got me skating and playing hockey, which I was terrible at, but he never complained about my poor play. He always was happy to have me on the team and greeted me with that dimple-framed smile of his. It’s that smile that could make you agree to almost anything. With that weapon, he convinced me on occasion to skip our last class of the day in high school and go back to his house for video games, band tapes, and Flyers talk. That smile even convinced me to agree to his suggested experimentation of mixing various alcohols with our famously favorite drink of the times: Mountain Dew. The worst by far was the mixture of Yuengling Lager and Dew. Disgusting. However, it was memorable experience as things tended to be with John around. From him quoting Monty Python relentlessly, quizzing you on Flyers stats, yelling hockey strategy at you mid-game from the crease, bluffing you out of money in poker, or simply blaring the trumpet in your face with perfect tone, John always found a way to both annoy you and put a massive smile on your face at the same time. His smile was contagious that way. So was his ambition. John was deceptively smart and fearless. He could talk his way in and out of anything. His track record of continuing education is more than impressive and he never let anything stand in his way from achieving a goal. It really was remarkable to witness, whether he was climbing the ranks in band and the Buccaneers, leading our rag-tag hockey team to a championship, or his career path in IT, he worked hard until he achieved his goal—effortlessly making friends along the way. Sadly, life got in the way, as it tends to do, and I haven’t seen him much over the recent years. After hearing of his diagnosis, I hoped to plan a time to get together again. But, with the pandemic and how his illness progressed, that never happened. I will always regret not seeing him more. He was a good friend and an even better person. I will miss his friendship, his kindness, his wit, his laugh... and who could ever forget that smile? You know when his smile was the brightest? When he married Kristin. He was happiest with her. It was obvious from the beginning that she was special to him, that she connected with him on a deeper level. Despite all his natural wit and drive and childlike joy, she made him even better; she brought out the best in him. His loss truly hurts. He was taken far too soon. But the brightest lights tend to burn the fastest and he certainly was a bright spot in our lives. We may not be able to see it, but I know his dimpled-smile shines down upon us. We will never be completely without him. He will always live on in our memories, in our laughter, and in our kindness to others …and in our frustration when the Flyers inevitably start slow, or go scoreless on the powerplay, or lose in the shootout, or... ugh. Rest In Peace John. You have loved and will always be loved!


Donna Steed posted on 4/4/21

Well, John, I learned something about you that gives us a bit of a common ground. I did not know that you graduated from Bellevue University, NE, but I graduated from high school in Bellevue, NE, many years ago. Kristin, while we do not know one another, I want you to know that my heart goes out to you. You and John were together a long while, and I know you were hoping to spend the rest of your life with him. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Sherlaine, it is difficult to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. You are a wonderful friend and a kind soul. My thoughts and prayers for peace are constant.


Todd Iaeger posted on 4/2/21

Didn’t have the pleasure to meet or play hockey with John, but my sincerest condolences on this far too early loss to the Goerner family.


Todd Iaeger posted on 4/2/21

Didn’t have the pleasure to meet or play hockey with John, but my sincerest condolences on this far too early loss to the Goerner family.


Regina Ohlinger posted on 4/2/21

good morning, i am jeannie ohlinger, and i remember ever so fondly, john was the young son of my cousin johnny. john was quite the dancer and i still remember sharing the dance floor with him. it was such an enjoyable evening and so much fun to dance with a fellow dance/music lover. this was at a wedding reception that would have been in 1996 or 1997. unfortunately, i know all to well what it's like to have a child die, and you have my deepest sympathies. i am so sorry for your loss. please remember to take care of yourself, during this ever so difficult time.