Thursday, January 19, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/19/17

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/19/17

Ruth C. Gough
, 95, Ashland, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, East Norwegian St. Pottsville, PA.

Born in Ashland, PA December 15, 1921 the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Ermert Yost. She was an Ashland High School graduate and worked as a reservation clerk with PA Railroad until retirement and the PA Telephone Company duting World War I I
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gough in 2011; and four brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are a son and two daughters: Frank Gough Jr., Benton, PA; Sharron Batrud, Lovettsville, VA; and Eileen Gower, Landisville, PA. Five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. Nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Frankie Paul Jr. for all his help in recent months.

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


Cory Glen Sholly, 42 of Rock Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at home surrounded by his family and friends.

Born on November 10, 1974 in Lebanon, he was a son of Glen L. Sholly of Cornwall and the late Connie Boughter Sholly.

He was a 1992 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.

Cory worked as a truck body builder for Supreme Mid-Atlantic Corp in Jonestown for 24 years.

He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 111 and attained the honor of Eagle Scout in 1992. He was also a member of the H. H. & L. Fire Co. #1, Pine Grove and the Roedersville Game & Fish Protective Assoc. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved woodworking.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his daughter Nakiya Constance Sholly of Pine Grove; two brothers, Rodney and wife Melissa Sholly of Virginia, Jeffrey and wife Chrissy Sholly of Delaware; a sister Diane and husband David Sattizahn of Pine Grove; his "step mother", Helen Kresge of Cornwall, his special companion, Anya Zelinsky and her daughters, Ava and Lena Voydik, of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews, and his hunting community and close friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. from the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, with Pastor Jason Stump officiating. There will be a viewing on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Monday, January 23, 2017 from 9:30 A.M. until time of service at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

You may send condolences online to the family at our website


Attorney Fred J. Wiest, 101, of Minersville passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Providence Place, Pottsville. Born August 10, 1915 in Pottsville, he was the son of Frederick and Lulu Clappier Wiest.

Fred was a 1933 graduate of Minersville High School, a 1937 graduate of Swarthmore College, and a 1940 graduate of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Pottsville.

Fred was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1941. On February 12, 1942, he was inducted into the United States Military and served mainly in the Northern Pacific Theatre of Operations. He was discharged as a Captain in the Army Air Force in 1946.

Fred was a sole practitioner of the law for 22 years until he joined the firm now known as Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC in 1968. Ultimately, he practiced law for over 70 years and even though he retired in 2012 at the age of 97, he continued to grace the halls of the firm until the age of 99.

Known as a remarkable scholar and a true gentleman in every sense of the word; he was also an avid reader, an amateur dendrologist and keenly interested in astronomy and the stock market. Fred’s longevity and his dedication to the law, his community, and his family and friends have been unprecedented.

Fred was very much involved in his community. As a member of the Schuylkill Educational Foundation [SEF], he participated in raising money for college scholarships. The SEF became the Advisory Board of the Schuylkill Campus of Penn State University and his joint membership extended from 1954 to 2015. Fred was also a member and the last president of the Minersville Borough School Board, and served on the Minersville Planning Commission (forerunner to the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation). In addition, he was the solicitor for Minersville Borough and the Tremont Municipal Authority. As a member of the Benevolent Association of Schuylkill County’s board, he helped provide funds for low-income residents of the coal-mining region.

Fred received many accolades and awards over the years but he will be remembered for his humility and grace.

He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Schwenk Hay, a son Frederick J. Wiest, III, and sister Jean C. Wiest. Fred is survived by two children - Marian (wife of Glen Sommerfeldt) of Green Lake, Wisconsin; and Richard (husband of Rosalie LaPlaca) of Schuylkill Haven; as well as two grandsons – Jeffrey and Daniel Sommerfeldt.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 on Saturday, January 21 from Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, with Pastor James Shields officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 8:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Interment will be in the Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania at 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to the Fred J. Wiest STEM Scholarship at Penn State Schuylkill, 200 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.


Rose Marie R. Golden, age 81, formerly of Mahanoy City, died Wednesday evening at Mifflin Center in Shillington. Born in Washington DC she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. & Rose (Pinelli) Maggenti. She was a 1954 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Name in Silver Spring Maryland where she resided as a youth. She traveled with her husband the late Capt. John J. Golden throughout his military career and worked as a clerk typist for the CIA in Washington DC retiring to Mahanoy City in 1973. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, a former Girl Scout leader and member of the Mahanoy Area Football Boosters, the Frackville Seniors, was the librarian and the former Mahanoy City Catholic School, taught ceramics at Red Ridge Campground where she was known as the "Ceramic Lady" and was also a volunteer for BirthRite of Frackville. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and her husband was a brother Francis. Survivors include a daughter Donna Marie Forster and her husband Daniel of Reading, a son John T. Golden of Huntingdon Valley, a brother Thomas of Laurel MD, a sister Theresa McGrail and her husband Michael of Hagerstown MD, a grandson Timothy John Forster and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements will be announced upon completion by David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. Please visit for more information.