Monday, January 2, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/02/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/02/2017

Carolyn E. Johnson, 75 of 17th & Centre St., Ashland, PA passed away Friday, Dec.
30, 2016 at the home of her daughter surrounded by loved ones. Born July 23, 1941 in Butler Twp., PA the daughter of the late Clayton and Elsie Korn Boyer.

Carolyn worked as a waitress for many years at the Old Marko Town House and Groody's Catering in Ashland. She also worked as a Housekeeper for many families in Ashland. She was a wonderful mother and father while her husband served our country for 20 years. Carolyn was known for her compassionate heart and her undying need to make others laugh. Her love and laughter will be missed by all who were blessed to be a part of her life. 

She was the wife of the late Charles W. Johnson SFC who passed away June 14, 2004. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Lynn Johnson in 2001; and siblings: Robert Boyer; Helen Morgan; Shirley Neidig. 

Surviving are two sons and two daughters: Charles R. Johnson and wife Lisa; William K . Johnson; Melanny Kline and husband Kevin; and Carla Harter and husband Warren. 13 grandchildren: Brian Johnson and wife Katie; Rachelle Demko and husband Steve; Jeremy Johnson and fiancé Elyssa; Kristina Kowalick and husband Stephen; Kimberly Johnson; Katie Jones; Edward Emerich and wife Alissa; Alexis Emerich and Victor Mazzuca; Danny Wagner; Montana; Kevin Jr.; Savannah; Chevy. A sister also survives; Doris Helwig. Great Grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Rev. David Grant officiating. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alex Mahmod “Pop Pop”, 80, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Saturday, December 31st, at Lehigh Valley South Jackson, Pottsville.

Alex was born in Mahanoy City, PA on July 20, 1936, a son of the late Violet (Fohner) and Alex Mahmod.

He worked as a Mechanic for Schuylkill Transportation System and retired from the former United Cerebral Palsy Pottsville.

He was husband of the late Grace (Bertzel) Mahmod.

Alex is survived by five daughters, Cynthia Zienkeiwicz, of Ringtown; Brenda Puidokas, of Mahanoy City; Bernadett Whalen, of Mahanoy City; Tracey Mahmod, of Mahanoy City; Rose Mahmod, of Mahanoy City. two sons Mark, of Mahanoy City; Allan, of Mahanoy City;

Alex is also survived by brothers Joe and John, of Shenandoah, sisters Alberta and Linda of Shenandoah, Debra of Mahanoy City and Theresa and Ruth of Texas.

He is preceded in death by brothers Howard and Raymond and a sister Violet. Also by Grandsons Corey, and Stephen and a great Grandson Damien.

A Religious Service will take place at the Funeral Home in Mahanoy City, PA, at 11 AM on Thursday, January 5th.

Friends may call Wednesday January 4th, from 6 to 8 PM and Thursdays 9 to 11 AM at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City.

Interment will follow in Skyview Memorial Park Hometown.

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


Lance D. Frew, 69, of 308 West Arch Street, Frackville, died Thursday December 29, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Butler Township, February 27, 1947, He was a son of the late John and Minnie (Smith) Frew.

He served in the US Marines in Vietnam, receiving two purple hearts.

Lance worked at the former Zapata Industries, Frackville.

He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Frackville.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years Linda (Filer) Frew, son Mark Frew and his wife Kelley of Palmyra, grandchildren Grace and Wilson Frew, and daughter Wendy (Frew) and her Russ Nicodemus. Nephews and nieces include Brian and Rebecca Waizenegger, Joseph Tertel, Tracy (Tertel) and husband Jorge Hunter along with grand-niece Ayla. Other surviving loved ones include sister-in-law Sandra (Filer) and husband Joseph Tertel, and canine companions Buddy, Penny and Cody.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday from Nice-Hart Funeral Home, Inc, 9 North Lehigh Avenue Frackville. The Rev. David Grant will be officiating. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday and 10:00-11:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville.

Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to


James E. Hobin, 91, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Lost Creek No. 2, Feb. 23, 1925, he was a son of the late Martin J. and Anna A. (Coyle) Hobin.

Jim was a 1942 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School and attended Penn State University.Jim was a decorated World War II Army veteran.

He retired after 35 years from the former Bethlehem Steel, where he was a metallurgical observer.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. Stephen’s Church, Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Anthony P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792 and the Shenandoah AMVETS Post, both of Shenandoah. Jim was a life member of the American Federation of Musicians; he played the trumpet in many local orchestras and bands.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Violet E. Novatka, and a brother, Martin A. Hobin.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Casimir Church, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.


Virginia M. Ayres, 84 years of age formerly of Summit Hill passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Virginia had been a guest at Weatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Weatherly for the past few years.

Born Saturday, January 9, 1932 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Pettersen. Virginia was also predeceased by her husband, William Ayres; sisters, Jeanne Shields, and Joyce.

A step son William Ayres and nephews survive her.

Virginia retired from Kimberly Clark of Philadelphia.

Private arrangement's have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Diana A. Paulosky, 85, Girardville, passed away peacefully Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Connerton, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Antose Zatavasky Chernick. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Girardville, Worship Center of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Diana loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with her family. She had been a Cub Scout den mother of Troop 174, Girardville for 20 years, a Pennsylvania Game Commission hunter safety instructor for 25 years and belonged to the Auburn boat club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent J. Paulosky in 1991.

Diana is survived by her daughter Karen Ives, Girardville; two sons: Mark and his wife Beth Paulosky, Clementon, NJ and Michael and his wife Maureen Paulosky of Ashland; a sister, Lillian Jenks, Reading; four grandchildren: Carrie, Amber, Vincent and Heather; five great grandchildren: Cayden, Penny, Cali, Garnet and Liam.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Vincent de Paul Church, Girardville with Rev. Paul Rothermel celebrating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Frackville. Friends may call Thursday morning at St. Vincent de Paul Church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.