Monday, September 25, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/24/2017


Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/24/2017

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James T. McNulty, age 79, of Schuylkill Haven passed away on Thursday, September 21st, peacefully in his home surrounded by his children. Born in Arnots Addition, PA on June 9, 1938, he was the son of the late Michael W. and Margaret (Evans) McNulty. Jim, as his friends knew him, was a graduate of the school of hard knocks. He was a self-made man who lived by his word. He was much admired as a hardworking man, always willing to lend a hand or help someone in need. Those who knew him could tell you he had a devilish sense of humor and he loved to tell or play a good joke. He also was an infamous storyteller who loved to tell people the wild stories of his youth with a twinkle in his eye. But he also was an intellectual man who enjoyed anyone that dared to challenge him at a game of checkers or a hand of cards. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed a trip to the casino. But above all, he loved and valued his family. To him his family was everything. Jim worked many trades throughout his life, such as a steeple jack, as well as being a laborer in the coal mines, foundry, and construction. In 1962, he learned how to install carpeting and opened his own business "Jim McNulty Flooring." He grew this installation business with the help of his two sons, eventually retiring from it. But he couldn't sit still long and opted to open his own floor covering store. There were a few runs in different locations before he opened McNulty's Floor Covering with his oldest son Jim Jr. in Pottsville, PA. This business flourished and expanded into McNulty's Building Supply, Inc. Jim was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by Gloria, his beloved wife of 60 years, two infant sons who died shortly after birth, four brothers: William, John, Michael, and Joseph, and two sisters: Theresa Purcell and Margaret Hesse. Jim is survived by 2 sons: James J. McNulty and his wife Nancy, Schuylkill Haven and Thomas M. McNulty and his wife Bettyjean, Schuylkill Haven; a daughter Gloria M. Valentine and her husband Richard, Hometown; 7 grandchildren: Thomas, Nancy, Jodi, Angela, Eric, Amanda, and Tyler; 12 great-grandchildren: Riley, Thomas, Talan, Khalle, Landon, Dalton, Tyce, Braydon, Bryler, Taige, Emma, And Hudson; a sister Loretta Sponhouse, Port Carbon, and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven at 10:30AM on Wednesday, September 27th, with Msgr. Edward S. Zemanick officiating. Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday morning from 8-10AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home 208 Pike St. Port Carbon. Interment will be held in the Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Peach Mtn., Pottsville. Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com

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Earl G. Billig, 90, of East Elm Street, Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Joan (nee Tepo) Billig to whom he was married 54 years. Born in Weatherly RD, PA, Earl was the son of the late Neal G. and Florence (nee Bachart) Billig. Until he retired in 2000, Earl was employed as an auto body mechanic for Banditelli Auto Body Service, Tamaqua and prior to that he worked for the former Kovich Chevrolet, Tamaqua. Earl was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua where he was a member of the former Men's Brotherhood and of the Sunday School for which he also served as treasurer. Earl was a member of the Ontelaunee Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by son David G. Billig of Tamaqua; daughters, Joanie Billig of Tamaqua, Susan Billig Coombe and her husband William of Tamaqua, and Debbie Leibensberger and her husand Robert of Hometown, PA; grandchildren, Ashley Fedder and her husband Chris, Nathanial Leibensberger, Collin Leibensberger and his fiancee' Carly, and McKenzee Coombe; and several nephews and nieces. Earl was predeceased by sisters, Mildred, Dorothy and Erma and by a grandson, Hunter Coombe. Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, September 30 in Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Darryl Kensinger officiating. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow services. Call 8:30-10:00 AM Saturday at the church. Memorials in Earl's name may be made to Trinity UCC, 22 Lafayette Street, 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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Mark C. "Whitey" Strubhar, Sr., age 79, passed away on Saturday, September 23, at home.
Born on August 26, 1938, in Suedberg, he was the son of the late Charles and Irene Unger Strubhar.
Mark was a 1956 graduate of Northern Lebanon High School and a member of Jacob's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove. He was a member of the Pine Grove Masonic Lodge #409 F. & A. M., where he just received his 50 year pin, and was a member for 41 years of the Valley of Harrisburg A. A. F. R. Consistory.
He served in the Army National Guard in the 121st Transportation Company.
"Whitey" delivered coal for Tommy Schneck and then worked at the Lebanon Foundry until it closed in the 1980's. He then worked for P.P. & L. on their Construction Crew. Upon retiring from P.P. L. he worked part time for PennDot as a CDL operator.
Preceding him in death was a brother, George Strubhar.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years Dorothy Donton Strubhar; two sons, Mark Jr. and wife Janet Strubhar and Brian Strubhar, both of Pine Grove; 4 grandchildren, Brad and wife Rebecca Strubhar, Travis Strubhar, Jeremiah Ferrebee, Tamara Noecker, 2 great-grandchildren, Caeli and John Noecker; 3 brothers, Richard Strubhar of Harrisburg, Robert Strubhar of Fredericksburg, Paul Strubhar of Mercersburg: 2 sisters, Florence Embry of Lebanon and Eva Hammer of Fredericksburg.
Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating. There will be a calling time on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 3:00 P.M. until time of service at the Funeral Home. Masonic Services will be held at 4:00 P.M. prior to the service. Interment will be in Jacob's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove, on a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to Jacob's Lutheran Church, 316 Suedberg Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963 in his memory.
You may send condolences to the family online at our website www.hlsnyderfuneralhome.com

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