Monday, October 10, 2016

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/11/16

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/11/16

Jeffrey Maurer, 27, of Girardville, PA, passed away suddenly Saturday, October 8th, in Mahanoy City.

Jeffrey was born in Pottsville, PA on March 6, 1989, a son of April (Creaden) Burton and Jeffrey Maurer

He attended Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley High Schools.

Jeff worked at Walmart Distribution.

Jeffrey is also survived by four brothers, Robert Snyder, of Palestine Tx.; Sherman Snyder, of Euless Tx; Jeremy Maurer, of Palestine Tx; Michael Snyder, of Girardville, and Companion Brianna Booth and their unborn son.

Jeff is preceded in death by a brother John Paul Snyder Jr.

Friends may call Wednesday 9 to 11 AM at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City.

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


Donald C. Howley, Sr. (Don, Daddy, Pap, Pappy, CandyMan), 74, of Mahanoy City, passed away Sunday, October 9th at home with his loving family by his side. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, January 31, 1942, he was a son of the late George Joseph and Mae (Brisach) Howley. Don proudly became a United States Marine on February 9, 1960 and was stationed at Parris Island, SC and in Okinawa, Japan. He was not a combat Marine and had the utmost respect for all those who were.

Don married the love of his life, Jean Susan Krolick, on May 8, 1965, and moved to Mahanoy City in 1972. Don worked as a laborer at various companies in his lifetime; however, his happiest and most fulfilling position was as a drug and alcohol counselor where he helped and guided many people with addictions. Don became a recovering alcoholic on November 14, 1983 and had 32 years of sobriety. He always maintained the “One Day at a Time” philosophy.

We as his personal family are forever grateful to his AA family in helping him achieve and maintain his sobriety. We could not have had the benefit of that sobriety for our family without you. For those of you struggling with a drug and/or alcohol addiction, we can tell you that whatever effort is needed to conquer that addiction, that effort is recouped immensely and results in a rewarding and fulfilling life for you and your family.

Don was a fantastic father, grandfather, uncle, storyteller and friend to many. He lived his life with faith, hope, love, courage, honesty and determination. He would donate (annonymously) what little money he had to various organizations and people in need; and always made time to share with family, friends and even strangers. Don tried to focus on the positives even in the most trying situations. He could always be counted on to make people smile and laugh. Neighborhood children would often stop by his house so they could select a candy bar from his refrigerator which always made him smile.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Mahanoy City and at one point, served as a Deacon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean, in 2002; and brother George in 2010.

Survivors include four (4) daughters, Debra Ann Yutko; Cassandra Jean Moucheron – husband Bobby; Joy Marie Sullivan – husband Rick; Susan Agnes Frantz – husband Brian; and two (2) sons, Donald Caruth Howley, Jr. and Brian John Howley – Michelle Scheeler. Fifteen (15) grandchildren: Joseph Yutko, Robert J. Yutko, Jr., Amy Yutko and Keith Puls; Jackie Sippie; Albert Eckrode and Raylene Brill, Samantha and Craig Wassell, Brittany Howley, Tyler Valentine, and Brandon George Howley; Carla Mae Abrachinsky, Matt and Connie Sullivan, Megan Sullivan and Zackary Gallagher; Cody Price and Brittaney Waizenegger, Joseph Simpson Jr., Faith Simpson. Eleven (11) great-grandchildren (and one on the way): ShaelynYutko; Keiden, Kaedon and Alexa Puls; Adalynn Eckrode; Shelby and Hadlee Wassell; Keegan Sullivan; Ares Wilner and Arianna Gallagher; Savannah Price. Children-in-Laws: Robert J. Yutko, Sr., Lori Gnall, Brian Abrachinsky and Krissy Austerberry. Also survived by a very special cousin who was more like a brother David Pryce (and his wife Ronnie) and many other loving cousins, nieces, nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2PM, Saturday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Mahanoy City, with the Rev. Dr. John H. Reid officiating. Internment will take place at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may visit at the church beginning at 11AM on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Endowment Fund c/o 118 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City, PA 17948. Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


William J. Shelly, 91 of Ocean City, Md. passed away September 28th, 2016 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Maryland. Born in Easton,PA October 21,1924 the son of the late Walter and Lillian (Markley) Shelly. He was a United States Army Veteran, graduate of LaSalle University and worked as an accountant for many years for Treadway Motor Inn until retirement. He was preceded in death by his friend Donald H. Jeffery in 2011; and two brothers : Robert and Walter Shelly.
Funeral services will be held Thursday October 13,2016 at 1:00 P.M. from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home in Ashland,PA. Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating.Interment at the convenience of the family in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs. Viewing Thursday 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 P. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements.


Ida G. Schaeffer, 89 years of age of Mush Dahl Road, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016, at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's in Bethlehem.

Widow of Paul F. Schaeffer who passed away on October 14, 1991 she is survived by her son, Steven P. Schaeffer and his fiancée, Ann Kilbourn with whom she resided; granddaughter, Summer Schaeffer; great grand son, Damien Schaeffer. Nieces, and nephews also survive her.

A member of Zion Stone Church of West Penn Twp., Ida had worked in the cafeteria of the West Penn Elementary School before retiring from the Keystone Lamp Factory of Slatington.

Ida, was an accomplished wedding cake baker, and talented seamstress. She enjoyed working in her garden and camping.

Born Wednesday, April 13, 1927, the daughter of the late Edward J., and Ida M. (Hosler) Hayes. She was also predeceased by sisters, Mrs. Ellen Merkel, Mrs. Dorothy Merkel, and Mrs. Arlene Merkel; brothers, Edward, Robert, and William Hayes.

She was a member of Zion Stone Church of West Penn.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

A Funeral service will be held at 11 o'clock AM on Thursday October 13, 2016 from the funeral home. Friends shall be received on Thursday morning at the funeral home from 9:30 A.M. until time of services. Rev. Kenneth T. Melber, Jr. to officiate.

Interment will be in Odd Fellows, Tamaqua, PA.

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Doris E. Buehler, age 91, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill, East in Pottsville.

Born in Mechanicsville, PA on June 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Viola (Wentzel) Shipe.

Doris was a graduate of Soldier's Memorial High School in Port Carbon, Class of 1943.

She was a member of the Frieden's Lutheran Church in Llewellyn, the Eastern Star in Saint Clair, and the Port Carbon American Legion Ladie Auxillary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Paul R. Buehler on January 20, 1995, a grandson Scott Buehler, a brother and a sister.

Doris is survived by 2 sons: Richard Buehler and his wife Barbara, Allentown and Ralph Buehler and his wife Barbara, Harrisburg; a daughter Linda Wagner, Pottsville; 5 grandchildren: James, Allison, Amanda, Sarah, and Jessica; 2 great-granddaughters: Josephine and Claudia Doris; 2 sisters: Emily Mullin, Pottsville and June Smeltzer, Folsom; 2 sisters-in-law Ruth Moyer, Dover and Dorothy Shipe, Port Carbon and nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon at 10:30AM on Thursday, October 13th, with Rev. Sharon M. Mullin officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday 9-10:30AM at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Fisher Home at

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