Friday, June 16, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 06/16/17


Schuylkill County Obituaries for 06/16/17


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Charles W Rohart, II, longtime Tamaqua High School educator, 70 years of age of Barnesville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Salisbury Twp.

He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Kristine A. (Brose) Rohart; daughters, Mia Rohart and Maj Lydia R. Stefanik, U.S.A.F. wife of Anthony of Warrington; grandchildren, A.J., and Esme.

A 1965 graduate of Loyalsock High School, Charlie matriculated to California State College earning his B.S. degree in education with an emphasis in Metal Shop and Power Mechanics. Upon graduation from college, he was hired by the Tamaqua Area School District in 1972 and taught there until retiring in 2005. Charlie enjoyed the camaraderie of his peers; however, was most proud of the relationships made with his students. He reveled in their success, and took great pride in their accomplishments. Charlie earned his Master of Education while teaching in Tamaqua.

He was a member of: First United Methodist Church of Mahanoy City; Past Master of the Mahanoy City Masonic Lodge # 357; Regional Vice President of the T.E.E.A. P. Chapter.

Mechanically gifted, he was always happy tinkering with anything broken. Friends and family knew he could fix almost anything with an engine.

Born Wednesday, December 25, 1946 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. the son of the late Charles W. Rohart, Sr., and Marjorie R. (Cowher) Rohart. He was also predeceased by sisters, Mrs. Janice Gonzales, and Mrs. Patricia McCormack.

Funeral Arrangements 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 on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 11 o'clock AM from the funeral home, Rev. Susan Daniels to officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 19, 2017, and on the morning of services from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.
Masonic Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday night, June 19, 2017 at 7 o'clock PM.

Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to
Tamaqua Area School District
138 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

for a scholarship to assist graduating students pursuing careers in the Technical Arts.

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

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Earl R. "Hank" Dewald, 94, of North Manheim Twp., passed away Friday, June 16th, at his residence.

Earl was born in Pottsville, on November 14, 1922, a son of the late Lyda I. (Rhodes) and Earl L. Dewald.

He was formerly employed by Clima Glase, Deer Lake.

Hank served in the U.S. Army during WWII, Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Schuylkill Haven American Legion, former Schuylkill Haven Veterans and Second Mountain Gun Club.

Hank is survived by his girlfriend Gloria J. Lash, Port Carbon; children Gale Dewald, Pottsville, Danny Dewald, Port Carbon, Debbie Dewald Skripko, Lake Wynonah and Greg Dewald Kutztown; ten grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren

Services will be private at the convenience of family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dan Deald Recovery Fund, c/o Kevin Moyer, 15 Renninger Ave, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


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Rose R. Fritz, 98, formerly of Tamaqua, PA died on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of the late Robert Fritz who died in 1975. Born in Coaldale on April 28, 1919, Rose was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (nee Durilla) Rohall. A 1937 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, she worked for the former Van Husen Shirt Factory, Coaldale. Rose was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, PA. The last of eight siblings, she was predeceased by brothers, Michael, Jr. and John; sisters, Mary, Anna, Ella, Helen, and Susan; and nephew, Michael Rohall. Rose is survived by nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces including Mary Shereba and her husband, Alex of Coaldale. Parastas will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, June 21 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Dr. Vasyl Chepelskyy officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA will follow the services. Call 10-11 AM on Wednesday, June 21 at the funeral home. Memorials in Rose’s name may be made to St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 116 East Bertsch Street, Lansford, PA 18232. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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Jeffrey D. Kantor, 75, of Berwick, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was the husband of Anna Mae (nee Ugolick) Kantor to whom he was married 53 years. Born in Tamaqua on June 29, 1941, Jeffrey was a son of the late Emil “Ed” and Jeanne (nee Rinkenberg) Kantor. He was a 1959 graduate of Marian High School where he played basketball, was the organizer of the Marian High School Hall of Fame to which he was later inducted, and was the chairman of his high school class reunion committee. In 1962, Jeffrey graduated from Stephens College of Technology where he also was inducted into the Stephens Sports Hall of Fame. He worked as a compositor for the Morning Call newspaper, Allentown, PA for 37 years. Jeffrey was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Berwick and an avid Notre Dame fan. He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae; daughters, Anita Borascius and her husband Robert of Schnecksville, PA and Michelle Walser and her husband Michael of Hometown, PA; grandsons, Wayne Gawlik, Brian Gawlik and his companion Priscilla, Michael Walser and his wife Catie, and Thomas Walser and his wife Rebecca; granddaughter, Laura Walser; great grandchildren, Luke Walser, Liam Walser, Elizabeth Walser, and Norah Gawlik; brother, Richard Kantor of Tamaqua; sister, Cheryl Keifer and her husband Dale of Andreas, PA; and several nephews and nieces. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 20 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 266 West Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 503 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the mass. Call 7-9 PM Monday, June 19 and 9:30-10:30 Tuesday, June 20 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Memorials in Jeffrey's name may be made to Marian High School, 166 Marian Avenue, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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Carolyn Ann Padora, 80, of Tamaqua, PA entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Bethlehem, PA. She was the wife of Lawrence J. “Mickey” Padora to whom she was married 53 years. Born in Hazleton, PA on April 24, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Marie Rickard. A 1955 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Carolyn was the owner of Padora’s Six Pack House where she loved to visit with all the customers. She also was a telephone operator in Philadelphia; was employed by the former Morgan Knitting Mills; and worked for both the Beacon Diner and the Five Points Diner where she met her husband, Mickey. After they married Carolyn worked alongside him in the Italian Bakery. A voracious reader, she loved to spend time with her family, especially traveling, and especially to Disney World. Carolyn was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. She is survived by her husband, Mickey; daughters, Donna Drey of Newport News, VA, Anna Morgan and her husband Gary of Pottsville, PA, and Carol Berger and her husband Timothy of Tamaqua; son, Larry Padora of New Ringgold, PA; 2 step children; 7 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; brother, Lee Hower and his wife Mary of Waverly, TN; and several nephews and nieces. Predeceasing her were a stepson, Michael Padora and 2 step grandchildren. A Prayer Service will be held at 8:45 PM on Tuesday, June 20 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua with The Rev. Kevin Duffy-Guy officiating. Call 6-9 PM on Tuesday, June 20 at the funeral home. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 101 W. Frack Street, Frackville, PA 17931; Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 1790; and remember to give a toy to “Toys for Tots”. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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Terry L. Gibson, 68, of Tower City, passed away suddenly Thursday at his home.

Born in Pottsville, August 25, 1948, a son of the late James and Jean Shomper Gibson.

Terry was a 1966 graduate of Williams Valley High School. He was retired from the quality control department from Tyco, Lickdale.

He attended Twin Valley Alliance Church, Williamstown. Terry was very talented at woodworking. He also enjoyed camping at the Juniata river.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Mary Miller Gibson; Step-children, Wendy Keim, Pillow; Steven Shomper, Tower City and Brad Shomper, Lancaster; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Kati, Alexis, Kevin, Dylan, Justin and Amber; three great-grandchildren, Khloe, Sadie and Brady.

Memorial services will be held Friday, June 23rd at 11:00 am from the Twin Valley Alliance Church, Williamstown with Pastor Joel McGarvey. Visitation will be from 10:30-11 at the church. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to the Twin Valley Alliance Church, 9781 State Route 209, Williamstown, PA 17098. Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com

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Jere Gearhart, 83, of Ringtown, passed away Thursday, June 15th, 2017.

Jere was born in Ringtown, on December 2, 1933, a son of the late Dollie (Wolfe) and Kenneth Gearhart.

He was a graduate of the former Ringtown High School and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ringtown.

Jere was a life-long, 5th generation dairy farmer operating his family business, Gearhart's Dairy. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and the Holstein Fresian Association of America.

Jere is survived by his wife, Alma (Rarick) Gearhart. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversay on June 30th of this year.

Jere is also survived by a daughter, Susan Vincenzi, of Bethlehem and a son, Glenn Gearhart and his wife Theresa, of Ringtown.

He is also survived by four grandchildren, Lindsay wife of Justin Hendrick; Sara Vincenzi; Matthew Vincenzi and Bryan Vincenzi.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown, 412 West Main Street, at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 with Rev. Craig Zimmerman officiating. Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday morning from 9 - 11 AM prior to the service.

Burial will take place at Old White Church Cemetery in Ringtown following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old White Church, c/o Nancy Terry, Post Office Box 44, Ringtown, PA 17967.

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Barry P. Teter, 48, of New Ringgold, passed away Thursday, June 15th, in Laureldale.

Barry was born in Pottsville, on January 12, 1969, a son of the late Marion E. (Ganly) and Guy E. Teter.

He was a member of Christ Church Mc Keansburg and Graduated from Blue Mountain High School. He was employed by SAS Retail, Affiliation of Giant Foods.

Barry is survived by

Two sisters, Brenda L., wife of Kermit Kunkle, Bonnie L. Teter, and his brother, Bruce E. Teter, Niece Michelle L. Kunkle all of New Ringgold; Aunts & Uncles.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, June 20th at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Sunny L. Stock officiating. Friends may gather from 9:30 until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home 116 South Liberty Street Orwigsburg, PA 17961.

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