John Updike's ashes spread at Pa. homestead

April 6, 2009 4:27:11 AM PDT
Some of author John Updike's ashes are now at the site of his parents' graves. Three of Updike's four children returned to Berks County on Sunday to spread the ashes and visit Reading, Shillington and the Plowville family homestead. That's a 39-acre farm in Robeson owned by Updike's second cousin, Emerson Gundy, and Gundy's wife, Marlene.

The farm became the author's home at age 13 when his parents, Wesley and Linda Updike, moved there from Shillington.

Elizabeth Updike Cobblah, a 53-year-old middle school art teacher from Maynard, Mass., is the oldest Updike child. She noted that her parents took the family to Berks County every summer on extended vacations to visit their grandparents.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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