Thursday, December 29, 2016

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/29/16

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/29/16

George Beddow, 73, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 28th, at his home.

George was born in Burlington, NJ on November 13, 1943, a son of Ruth (McClain) Grissom and the late George Beddow.

He worked in various trades.

He was the husband of Pat Mullins.

George is survived by three daughters, Georgiana Murnaghan, of Somers Point NJ;
Susan, wife of Jeromy Troxell, of Mahanoy City; Sandra Selinsky, of Wrightsville;
three sons Edward Beddow, of Cape May Courthouse NJ; Christopher Selinsky, of Ephrata; Richard, husband of Jaime Selinsky, of Hallwood VA.; and by two sisters, Charlotte Cottrell, of South Jersey; Lee Bertino, of South Jersey.

He is also survived by 9 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, and extended family including Deacon Dave Henninger and his wife Kimberly.

George is preceded in death by 2 grand children Stephanie Selinsky, and Terry Lee Selinsky.

Religious Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, PA, at 11AM on Monday, January 2nd, with Deacon David Henninger officiating.

Friends may call Monday 9 to 11AM at the funeral home.

Family prefers donations to Make A Wish Foundation.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

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


Dorothy S. Stanitis, 94, of Airport Road, Ashland. passed away Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at Mt. Carmel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center,Mt. Carmel, PA.

Born in Barry Twp. June 8,1922 the daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth (Steward) Malick. She attended Barry Elementary School . She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony A. Stanitis in 1993.

A son Anthony Stanitis Jr. also preceded her in death February 4,2016

A daughter and son survive: Catherine Stanitis of Ashland,PA. and Andrew husband of Jean Stanitis, Hershey,PA. Five grandchildren survive: Anthony, Michael Lee and Timothy ; Paul and Stephanie. Five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 30,2016 at 1:00 P.M. from the Kull-
Heizenroth Funeral Home in Ashland. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Carmel,PA.

Viewing Friday 12 Noon -1:00 P.M. from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA .

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA has charge .


Jean Schoffstall, 88, of Pottsville, passed away Tuesday, December 27th, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

She was born in New Brunswick, Canada on August 12, 1928.

She attended First Baptist Church, Pottsville, and was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #424.

She was formerly employed as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Schoneoman's and Dr. Madera.

Jean is survived by a son,Samuel Smith, Wilmington, NC, a daughter, Linda Lingg, California, her companion, J. David Lohman, III, Schuylkill Haven, a grandson, Brian Smith, two great-grandchildren; Avery & Aubri Smith, cousins, nieces & nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Phillip Estabrooks.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st with Pastor Russell Hepler.

A viewing will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's memory may be made to Meals on Wheels. Checks should be made payable to Diakon Community Services, 118 S. Centre St., Pottsville, PA 17901.


Michael Berzowski, 95, of Marlin, Norwegian Township, passed away on Wednesday at Seton Manor.

Born in Forestville, he was a son of the late Alex and Anna Medock Berzowski. He was a 1938 graduate of Cass Township High School and worked for the Lytle Colliery before taking employment at the Middletown Army Air Depot. He entered the Navy in 1942 and served as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class. He served briefly in Pearl Harbor at the end of salvage operations; and left the Navy after World War Two. Returning to Schuylkill County, he continued to work for the Lytle until becoming a tool salesman.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville, where he was active with the Holy Name Society and the Choir. For nearly 50 Christmas seasons, he portrayed St. Nicholas for church-related activities. He was dedicated to his church and his family. He was a life member of the Marlin Citizens Hose Company.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Violet Margiawicz, in 2003; a son, Michael W. Berzowski, in 2002; five siblings, Walter Berzowski, Joseph Berzowski, Edward Berzowski, John Berzowski and Mary Hoppe.

Mike is survived by four children, Carol Berzowski, Wayne, George Berzowski (spouse, Diane “Marge”), Marlin, Anna Germ (spouse, Tim), Murrysville, and Patricia Patitz (spouse, Dennis), Seminole, Florida; six grandchildren, Melissa Scott, Jennifer Richards, Nicole Berzowski, Kaylyn Koenig, Megan Germ, and Ben Germ; nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Anna Harding, Orwigsburg; nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Friday from 6:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 6:00 A.M. until 9:15 A.M. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 10:00 A.M. in St. Nicholas Church, 415 N. Front Street, Minersville, with Rev. Mark Fesniak officiating. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Branch Township.


James A “Jay” Hanley, 85, of Mahanoy City, passed away Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Jay was born Dec. 22, 1931, to the late Edward J. and Mildred “Dolly” Mellen Hanley.

He was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School, Class of 1949. He was a decorated veteran having served honorably in the Army during the Korean War.

On Aug. 2, 1958, he married Anne Marie Lobichusky at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, and they recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Jay was a lifelong parishioner of the former St. Canicus and a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church.

He was a cable splicer for the former Bell Telephone Co., now Verizon, for 38 years, retiring in December 1992. Additionally, Jay was someone who would build or repair almost anything. He built our house himself, including learning to hand chisel slabs of blue mountain stone to create his “perfect” stones for the house, and with our mother, built our home.

Jay was a member of the Shenandoah Rum Dums, serving as a past “GG” and on their Board of Directors; 61-year member of American Legion Post 71, Mahanoy City; Mahanoy Area Historical Society; Mahanoy Area Alumni Association; social member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and Mechanicsville Game and Fish Association; Shenandoah Liths Club and former member of the Federation of Telephone Workers of PA and the Communications Workers of America and various social clubs. He held membership in the Bell Telephone “100,000 Mile Club,” achieving it numerous times for safe driving on the job.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Anne Marie, are four children, James “Jay” Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, and their children, Anna and Victor, Barnesville, Michael, Harrisburg, Jon and his wife, Kristy, and their daughter, Teagan, Hunt Valley, Md., and Maria and her husband, Albert Wasilewski, Hookstown. He is also survived by two sisters, Theresa Scherer, Garnet Valley, and Jean Sherako, Shenandoah Heights; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and a great-nephew; cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Friday at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church, 600 W. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City. The Rev. Kevin Gallagher, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Relatives and friends may call from 8:30 until 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.