Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/28/16



Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/28/16

Myrtle Beulah “Grammy” Reed, aged 98, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, formerly of Andreas and Walnutport, passed away peacefully at her residence in East Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Widow of Walter E. Reed, she is survived by her daughters: Luella L. Sebo, and husband, Luke, of East Stroudsburg; Julia A. Yerger, and husband, Dr. William, of Bethlehem; sisters: Eleanor Wittig of Tamaqua and Velma Walck-Snyder of Allentown; grandchildren: Cindy Sebo, wife of Miles Hunter; Sherry Sebo; Sally Sebo; and Sandra Sebo, wife of Rocco Loiudice; Kelly, wife of Andrew Hornak; and Jennifer Yerger; Rebecca, wife of Shane Remp; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Born December 20, 1917 and raised in Normal Square, daughter of the late Raymond O. and Beulah M. (née Wehr) Haas, Myrtle attended Carbon County public schools and Allentown Bible Institute. An industrious farm girl, she enjoyed working in her garden and crocheting gift afghans. A dedicated Christian homemaker, Myrtle was a member and class leader of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church of Andreas, and enjoyed fellowship at other churches and camp meetings. She was also an avid reader and accomplished musician, who loved playing the piano, organ, and accordion. Myrtle was the “hands and feet of Jesus,” a true biblical Dorcas, distributing food and clothing to the poor and needy, and for many years conducted Bible Club meetings for children and teens. Her exemplary Christian life was evident to those who knew her. She will be sadly missed.

In addition to her husband and parents, Myrtle was predeceased by sons, Cleo W. and Ernest W. Reed; sisters, Ms. Lelah Haas and Mrs. Mary Grow; and brother, Raymond Haas.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 2066 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, PA 17960; (570) 386-5884.

Friends may call Thursday, December 01, 2016 at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Funeral service will follow, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Reverend Rodney Keister, God’s Missionary Church, will officiate.

Interment will be at the West Penn Immanuel United Methodist Church, Andreas, PA.

In Myrtle’s honor, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: Hope International Missions, P.O. Box 1065, Hobe Sound, FL 33455, designated for Hope Christian Fellowship Center.

To convey online condolences or to sign the online registry, please visit www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com.
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Dale L. Edmondson, of Rolling Mill Ave., Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, 68 years of age, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at home while in the care of his brother's and their families.

Widower of Nancy (Dietrich) Edmondson he is survived by; brothers, Earl D. Edmondson and his wife Sharon, William K. Edmondson and his wife Barbara both of Tamaqua; step sons, Lester, Joey, and Robert Dietrich; godmother, Mrs. Katherine Kunkel of Tamaqua; grandson, Alan. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive Dale.

A Tamaqua High School graduate, Dale served honorably in the United States Army. He retired from the former J. E. Morgan Knitting Mills as a sewing machine mechanic. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Dale 's constant companions where his dogs Abby, and Bandit.

Born Wednesday, March 17, 1948 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania son of the late Joseph and Mary E. (Ohl) Edmondson. Dale was also predeceased by brothers, Joseph F., and Cory Lee Edmondson.

Funeral arrangement's have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Funeral service will be at 11 o'clock AM on Wednesday November 30, 2016 from the funeral home. Friends shall be received form 9:30 A.M. until time of services on Wednesday.

Interment with Military Honors will be conducted at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania..

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com

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Dale L. Edmondson, of Rolling Mill Ave., Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, 68 years of age, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at home while in the care of his brother's and their families.

Widower of Nancy (Dietrich) Edmondson he is survived by; brothers, Earl D. Edmondson and his wife Sharon, William K. Edmondson and his wife Barbara both of Tamaqua; step sons, Lester, Joey, and Robert Dietrich; godmother, Mrs. Katherine Kunkel of Tamaqua; grandson, Alan. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive Dale.

A Tamaqua High School graduate, Dale served honorably in the United States Army. He retired from the former J. E. Morgan Knitting Mills as a sewing machine mechanic. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Dale 's constant companions where his dogs Abby, and Bandit.

Born Wednesday, March 17, 1948 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania son of the late Joseph and Mary E. (Ohl) Edmondson. Dale was also predeceased by brothers, Joseph F., and Cory Lee Edmondson.

Funeral arrangement's have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Funeral service will be at 11 o'clock AM on Wednesday November 30, 2016 from the funeral home. Friends shall be received form 9:30 A.M. until time of services on Wednesday.

Interment with Military Honors will be conducted at Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania..

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com

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Isabelle Augusta Naffin Hill passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, November 26, 2016. She had been a short term resident at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg, and was previously a resident at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Isabelle was born August 26, 1931 in Schuylkill Haven, PA. She was the daughter of the late Paul R. Naffin & Helen Muledore Naffin.

She was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1949. Isabelle was a lifelong member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. She was a bookkeeper most of her life and retired from The Call newspaper in 1983.

Isabelle was predeceased by her husband, Gerald W. Hill, who passed away on January 14, 2002. Isabelle was the last surviving member of the original Naffin family. She is predeceased by five brothers; Richard Spindler Naffin, Augustus Spindler Naffin, Paul Spindler Naffin, Harry Spindler Naffin & Robert Spindler Naffin.

She is survived by two daughters; Barbara H. Hill & her wife, Tina Yocum of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Nancy I. Hill & her companion, Christopher Schultz of Lake Wynonah, Auburn, as well as two grandchildren; Timothy M. Zimmerman, married to Jessica Fehr Zimmerman of Friedensburg, and Sergeant Jessica N. Krammes Williams & her husband, Timothy Williams of Long Island, NY. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren; Madison & Jacob Zimmerman of Friedensburg, and Emilia Williams of Long Island, NY, and nieces and nephews.
Isabelle will be remembered for her loving care of her grandchildren & great-grandchildren who were the inspiration of her life. She was also very fond and love of her granddogs, Yogi, Teddy & Cotton. Most of all, Isabelle will be remembered for her sweet and kind personality and her ability to cook for the family. Traveling across country with her husband Jerry in their motorhome was her fondest memories.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30 a.m.

A viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Interment will immediately follow at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of Isabelle A. Hill to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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Maria (aka Marian) Anne (Coraggio) LaBella passed away peacefully on November 26, 2016 at her home. She was born in Lansford, PA on December 28, 1922 to the late Luigi and Angiolina (Gioia) Coraggio of Salerno, Italy. Marian graduated in 1940 from St. Ann's High School, Lansford and worked at Hershey Machine Shop as a lathe operator during WWII. On Thanksgiving day in 1949 she married Rocco J. LaBella and had four wonderful children. Marian enjoyed dancing, big band music, along with attending many operas in Palm Beach, Florida, visiting Mar-a-Lago, and enjoying the company of Perry Como and his wife Roselle on her many trips to Palm Beach. Mom worked alongside her husband Rocco remodeling their first home in Tamaqua and physically building their dream ranch home on the Wildcat Mountain. Marian was a beautiful, gracious, classy woman who exuded so much love to everyone she met, especially her beloved grandchildren Erin and Nathan Litsch whom she adored. She is survived by her son, Francis LaBella and his wife Marlene of Hometown, PA; daughters, Donna Carrigan and her husband Thomas with whom she resided for 13 years on the Wildcat Mountain, Tamaqua, PA and Diane Litsch and her husband George of the Wildcat Mountain, Tamaqua; daughter-in-law, Kathy of the Wildcat Mountain, Tamaqua; grandchildren, Erin and Nathan Litsch of the Wildcat Mountain, Tamaqua; and sisters, Dora Parsons and Virginia Longo both of Palm Beach, Florida. Marian was preceded in death by a son, Richard "Rocco" Labella; brothers, Louis Coraggio, Pat Coraggio, Rocco Coraggio, and Alessia Coraggio; and sisters, Therese Perry, Jenny Sokol, Louise Pancheri, and Angie Grieff. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, New Philadelphia where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 with The Rev. Ronald Minner officiating. Interment will be in St. Jerome Cemetery, Lombard Street, Tamaqua. Contributions in her memory may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 99 Valley Street, New Philadelphia, PA 17959. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua.

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Nancy Lee McMurtrie, beloved wife of John “Mac” McMurtrie, died peacefully at home on November 26, 2016 surrounded by her family. She and the love of her life, Mac, met at age 15 and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in March.

“Nancy the Ring Pop Lady” loved working with children and retired from Saint Clair Area Elementary School after 32 years of service as a teacher’s aide. During her years there, Nancy was a champion of children and known for her holiday sweaters and decorative pins. She was honored to receive St. Clair Area’s Friend of Education Award.

Nancy had a generous spirit and was a friend to all. She was comfortable talking to anyone and had no problem relating family anecdotes to total strangers, much to her children’s chagrin. She cherished her friendships, and they lasted a lifetime.

She was a life-long member of Saint Clare of Assisi Church (formerly Saint Mary’s) and a graduate of Saint Clair High School. Nancy was an accomplished baker whose pie crusts and holiday cut-out cookies were legendary. She also had a green thumb, especially with her beautiful roses.

Nancy is survived by her devoted children: Cindy, Cheri and her husband Dennis Sninsky, and Kevin and his wife Kristine Hillerud. She is also survived by her “absolutely perfect” grandchildren: Kieran, Kevin, Lily, Jack, Benjamin, and Patrick, who were the apples of her eye. Also surviving her are her many nieces, nephews and godchildren whom she cherished.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clara and Anthony Sirock, and her sisters, Dolores Wessner and Patricia Houseknecht.

Nancy is already being missed by family and friends who loved her dearly.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint Clare of Assisi Church, 250 E. Hancock Street, Saint Clair, on Wednesday, November 30, at 11am. Family and friends may pay their respects Tuesday evening, November 29, from 6pm – 8pm and Wednesday from 9:30am- 10:30 am at the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 N. Second Street, Saint Clair.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Saint Clare of Assisi Church.

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Agnes J. Romaniscon, 99 years of age, of 101 McKnight Street, Gordon, Pennsylvania, entered into her eternal after-life Saturday morning, November 26, 2016, at Luther Ridge, Seider’s Hill, Pottsville, after a brief illness. Agnes was born on August 25, 1917 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, to Andrew and Nelly Gober Beneshunas.

Agnes was married 70 years to Michael Romaniscon of Raven Run, who preceded Agnes in death in 2005. Agnes was employed by the Ashland State General Hospital as an administrator for years until her retirement in 1974. She and her husband Michael lived on Malone’s Road in Butler Township where they raised four children, Anna Mae, Steven, Andrea, and Agnes.

In addition to her husband; she was preceded in death by daughters; Andrea Brady, Agnes Romaniscon and Anna Mae Hampton, as well as her three sisters, Irene Piccolo, Nelly Watkins and Anna Altemose. She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Constance Romaniscon.

Agnes belonged to the former Our Lady of Good Council Church in Gordon, Pennsylvania. Agnes will always be remembered as legendary cook and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.

Agnes is survived by her son Steven Romaniscon of Florida, her son-in-law, Charles “Chick” Hampton, her granddaughter, Carole Mishlanie, wife of Raymond Mishlanie, grandson Atty. Lloyd R. Hampton and his wife, Deborah Hampton, beloved great-grand-daughter Kierstynn, grandson David M. Hampton, grandson Atty. John M. Hampton and his wife, Cynthia Hampton. She is also survived by grandson John Brady, grandson Michael Brady and his wife Karen, great grandson Andrew Brady, great- grand-daughter Ashley Brady, and great-great grandson Kyler, all of Florida.

In New Jersey, she is survived by step-grandson Joseph Gesmondi and his wife Debbie Gesmondi, and great step granddaughters Sienna and Arianna.

Agnes lived a simple country life and cared deeply about her friends and family. Agnes loved playing bridge and spending time with her bridge club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday November 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Ashland, with Rev. Paul Rothermel, as celebrant. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at the church. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Shenandoah Heights.

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