Friday, December 22, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/21/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/21/2017


Joseph P. Kopfinger, 68, of Tremont, PA, passed away Thursday, December 21st, while in the company of family members, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Joe was born in Lavelle, PA on February 12, 1949, a son of the late Rose (Sweeney) and Fredrick Kopfinger.

He worked in the automotive industry and last worked at Autozone in Schuylkill Haven.

He was an outdoors man and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved the Patriots, Atlanta Braves and NASCAR. Joe was a big fan of Bob Dylan. He'll be greatly missed by his cat Raphael.

Graduated from North Schuylkill High School Class of 1967.

He was husband of the late Linda (Perkins) Kopfinger who passed away in 2010.

Joe is survived by two daughters, Jody, wife of Bruce Rodgers, of Lehighton;
Mandy, wife of Shawn Flaim, of Mahanoy City; and a son J.P.

Joe is also survived by two sisters, Rose Wall, of Ohio; Patricia Beenick, of Pine Grove. 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Joseph is preceded in death by a daughter Jackie Rhodes, and brothers Fred, Franklin, and John.

Religious Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, PA, at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 27th, with Deacon Dave Henninger officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday 6 to 8 PM at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Gayle Gibbons, 62, a former resident of Ringtown, currently residing in Pottsville, passed away Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.

Gayle was born in Shenandoah, on April 8, 1955, a daughter of the late Mae (Petrey) and Raymond Gibbons and attended the former Ringtown High School.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Gayle spent her time doing crafts, decorating cakes, crocheting and also enjoyed singing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Russell Gibbons.

Gayle is survived by a sister, Nancy Gibbons, of Coal Township and a brother, Kenneth Gibbons, and his wife, Joan of Ringtown, along with a nephew Kenneth, Jr., of Ringtown and a niece Jennifer, of Shenandoah and a great niece Jamie Lynn.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017. Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing from 9-11 AM Wednesday morning prior to the service.

Burial will take place in the Brandonville Union Cemetery following the service.


David William Smick, 81, of Zion Grove, passed into the hands of the Lord on December 21, 2017.

David was born in Zion Grove, on September 5, 1936, a of the late Creta and Donald Smick.

He was a graduate of the Nuremberg High School then proudly served as a military policeman in the United States Army from 1954 until 1957. David was employed by the United States Postal Service for 42 years, serving the rural community of Zion Grove.

A member of the Davis Chapel Church, he was always an exceptional provider and he enjoyed time with his family. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. He also volunteered for many years as an umpire for the local amateur softball association.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Faye (Parr) Smick; his son, Dave Smick and wife Janet of Zion Grove; his granddaughter, Kimberly, wife of Raymond Jones of Ringtown; a sister Nancy Rupert of Bloomsburg and two great grandchildren, Olivia and Trevor. Nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 27th, 2017 at 11 AM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown. Visitation will be held from 10-11 AM prior to the service. It is the wish of David's family that they will provide flowers.

David's family wishes to thank the Family Home Medical Hospice, for their exceptional care provided.

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