Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/7/2016

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/7/2016


James A. Hepler, 78, of Ashland, PA passed away Monday, December 5, 2016 at Mt. Carmel Nursing and Rehab Center, Mt. Carmel, PA.

Born in Mowry, PA May 26, 1938 the son of the late John L. and Olive Smith Hepler.
He was a graduate of Ashland High School and was a United State Marines Veteran. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ashland and a member of the American Legion of Campbelltown. Jim worked for 25 years at Hershey Foods, Hershey, PA until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann Metzinger Hepler. Also surviving are three daughters and a son: Kimberly J., wife of Mark Reilly, W. Pittston, PA; Jennifer L.Hepler, and companion Douglas O'Connell, Campbelltown, PA; Alison, wife of Ron Wolfgang, Wyoming, PA, and James L., husband of Samantha Hepler, Waynesboro, PA 8 grandchildren: Emily, Katie, Gavin, Jack, Landon, Lorelei, Matthew and Bridget. He is also survived by a sister Helene Smith, Lavelle.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Dawn Glowacki. 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,North 9th St., Ashland,PA with Rev. Dana Heckman-Biel officiating. Viewing at 10:00 - 12:00 in the church. Interment at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Marilyn A. Beck, 79, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 6th, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg, to her heavenly home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus..

Marilyn was born in Pottsville, on July 16, 1937, a daughter of the late Lester & Anna (Walleisa) Ney.

She was the wife of Robert E. Beck, July 26, 1958.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Auburn

Marilyn was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1955 and the Reading School of Nursing, Class of 1958.

She was formerly employed as a Registered Nurse at the former Good Samaritan Hospital for five years and then the Reading Hospital as a head nurse for 31 years, retiring in 1995. She was very loved & respected by her nursing co-workers and peers.

Marilyn enjoyed fishing, boating, and golfing. She loved her winters as a snowbird and her girls week at Long Beach Island.

In addition to her husband, Marilyn is survived by a daughter Lori Keiper wife of Bret, Danielsville; son Keith Beck husband of Margaret, Mechanicsburg; granddaughter Kaitlin and Megan Keiper, Paige and Bryn Beck; sister Suzanne Hamilton wife of Dave, Hatboro; brother William Ney husband of Lois, Wernersville.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Paul Schoffstall officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. with an additional time for viewing on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

Family request donations to American Cancer Society, 101 Frack Street, Frackville, PA 17931.


Betty L. Flickinger Rector, 52, Shenandoah, passed away Sunday at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville, March 7, 1964, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Flora Fowler Flickinger.

She attended Shenandoah Schools and was a homemaker; she enjoyed being with her family and friends and loved her grandchildren dearly

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Rector and a brother Joseph Flickinger.

Betty is survived by four daughters; Flora Ptaszkowski; St. Clair; Crystal Olayo and husband Jose, Lita Rector and fiancé Jhoni Godinez; and Roxanne Rector and fiancé Jerry Hierro, all of Shenandoah; 13 Grandchildren; Destiny and John Tempalski; Anjelina Dillman; Kiara and Eduardo Ramirez; Gavin and Daisia Smith; Delilah, Dianah, Dulce and Dezabella Godinez; Lily Kline and Jerremy Hierro; 5 sisters; Doris Flickinger, Darlene Novatka, Flora McCauley, Ellen Dubritsky and Barbara Jurgill; 3 brothers Edward, Leroy and Eli Flickinger; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.


Shirley W. Henne, 91 years of age of Yetten Circle, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at home.

Widow of Robert Lewis Henne who passed away on August 19, 1989, she is survived by; sons, Robert Harry Henne and his wife Carrie of Beach Park , IL and Mark John Henne and his wife Alison of Coaldale; daughter, Susan B. Kachelries wife of the late Mahlon of Tamaqua; 4 grand children; 9 great grand children.

A Tamaqua High School graduate, Shirley retired from the former Atlas Powder Co. of Reynolds. She was a member of Trinity U.C.C. of Tamaqua and enjoyed playing Bingo.

Born Sunday, November 1, 1925 the daughter of the late Harry, and Effie (Schoffstall) Weston. She was also predeceased by sisters. Mrs. Elizabeth Oswald, Mrs. Galdys Wade, Mrs. Doris Fetterman, and Mrs. Fern Gibas.

Funeral arrangement's 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 held at 11 o'clock AM on Saturday December 10, 2016 from the funeral home., Rev. Darryl Kennsinger to officiate.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 655 E Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name to:
Tamaqua Salvation Army
105 West Broad Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Interment Sky-View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

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