Sunday, January 22, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/22/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/22/2017

Kerry A. Long, 68, Girardville, passed away peacefully Thursday at home with his family at his side.

Born November 5, 1948, in Locustdale, he was the son of the late Melvin and Marie Henninger Long. He had been employed at Ashland State Hospital for many years.

Kerry loved to fish, hunt and pick mushrooms. He enjoyed the time he spent passing down his knowledge to his son and grandsons and loved the time he spent with his granddaughter and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Earl, Clifford and Melvin; four sisters: Janet Mooney, Patricia Kroh, Fayonne and Linda Long.

Kerry is survived by his wife Irene Balsavage Long, Girardville, with whom he would have celebrated 49 years of marriage on May 18, 2017; a son, Kerry J. Long Sr. and his life partner Robin Stay-at-home, both of Port Carbon; three grandchildren: Alex Long, Kerry J. Long Jr., both of Girardville and Hannah K. Long, Hometown; Stepchildren: Leighanne Burns, Pottsville, Klorinda Hopi-Victoria, Smyrna, DE, Loni Weikel and partner Nicholas Baney, Port Carbon; great grandchildren: Morgan Reese Dinger, Ashland and Max Thomas Gallagher, Fountain Springs; Step great grandchildren: Taytum and Arya Baney, Port Carbon; Two brothers: Richard Long, Herkimer, N, Cletus Long and his wife Sandra of Hatboro; his brother-in-law Thomas Balsavage and his wife Kathy of Girardville and also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Carl L. Bernosky, 84, of Ft. Springs,PA passed away Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Reading, PA.

Born in Girardville,PA March 30,1932 the son of the late Raymond and Opal (Starr)
Bernosky. He worked all of his life with the family business and later became owner
of Bernosky Furniture operating the family furniture and upholstry store until retirement. Carl was an avid outdoors man and lifetime member and officer of the Gordon Rifle and Pistol Club. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. He is survived by the love of his life Jean Whalen Bernosky to whom he was married to for 63 years. In addition to his wife two daughters one son survive: Barbara wife of Sam Tabak; Yvonne wife of Gerry Staskel and Carl and his wife Margaret Bernosky. 

He was a proud Pop Pop of four grandchildren: David Leskie and his wife Erin; Carlee Bernosky Gnall and husband Joshua; Amber Kristen Staskel and Maura Jean Bernosky. 

A time for visitation will be held Tuesday, January 24,2017 from 10:00-12:00 Noon from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. Interment at the convenience of the family. 

Donations in memory of Carl can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

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


Kevin T. "KT" Herman, 20, of Tower City, went home to be with the Lord, Friday night at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Reading, February 12, 1996, the beloved son of Kevin C. and Eleanor A. Thomas Herman, Tower City.

KT attended Schuylkill Intermediate Unit, Marlin.

He was a member of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, Harrisburg.

KT was a special angel here on earth who taught everyone how to love unconditionally.

He was predeceased by his Maternal Grandparents, George and Eleanor Thomas of Frackville.

Surviving are his parents, Kevin and Eleanor Herman; his brother, Jacob Herman at home; Paternal Grandparents, Clarence and Marie Weaver Herman, Tower City; Maternal Uncle and Aunt, George Jr. and Andrea Thomas, Hometown; Paternal Aunts and Uncles, Carol and Scott Hartlaub, Harrisburg and Kathy and Bruce Tuttle, Williamstown. Numerous cousins.

Kevin's parents would like to thank KT's nurse, Pam Nye of Bayada Nursing, for the excellent care given to their son over the years.

Services will be held Wednesday, January 25th at 10:00 am from Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, 5501 Old Locust Lane, Harrisburg. Panakhida "memorial" service will be held Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm followed by viewing from 6-8 pm at the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City. Memorial donations in KT's name should be made to Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 5501 Old Locust Lane, Harrisburg PA 17109. To sign the guest book visit


Elizabeth G. (Betty) Spotts, 89, Pottsville, was welcomed into heaven, Sunday, January 22nd, at Golden Living Center – York Terrace Nursing Home, Pottsville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Port Carbon on October 1, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Maria (Sandri) and Fred Grandi and was the wife of Norman R. Spotts Sr., for 67 years.

Betty was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, PA. She was a graduate of St. Stephen’s High School, Port Carbon. She was very proud to have worked for Bell Telephone as an operator. After working for Thomas Walleisa Draperies, Pottsville, for several years, she started her own drapery business known as Betty Spotts’s Draperies. Betty will be remembered for her craftsmanship. Her legacy lives on in the Adoration Chapel of St. Patrick’s Church, Pottsville, as evident in the draperies and altar cloths.

Betty was the last survivor of 9 children. She was preceded in death by a son, Martin Spotts, who passed away February 13th, 1965.

In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by her children: Richard Spotts (Linda), Auburn; Judith Davis (Henry), Pottsville; Norman Spotts Jr. (Deborah), Auburn; Lisa Jones, (Rick), Tamaqua and Maria Glore, (Michael), Pottsville. She was blessed with grandchildren: Melissa Spotts, Michele Spotts, Nicole McMurtrie, Timothy Davis, Norman Spotts III, Nicholas Spotts, Alexa Hauer, Ricky Jones, Kaitlyn Glore, Kenneth Glore and great grandchildren: Jackson, Titus & Boden McMurtrie and Bryson Davis; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25th, Monsignor Edward J. O’Connor officiating. There will be no viewing hours and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Betty’s family extends their sincere appreciation to the staff at Golden Living Center – York Terrace, Pottsville, for their exceptional care and compassion.


Anna Mae Marks, 74, of Minersville, passed away on Saturday at Reading Hospital and Medical Center after a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late John and Lottie Kinder Bushkie. She was a 1959 graduate of Frackville, and received her business degree from Goldey-Beacom College. She served an internship with DuPont, and later worked for the former Detroiter Mobile Homes. She served as office manager for Dr. Carl Makuta, Minersville for over 30 years.

She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville.

As a young woman, Anna Mae enjoyed competing in drag races at Numidia with her 1958 Chevy. She was an avid QVC shopper, enthusiastic Philadelphia Eagles fan, loved to go to the beach, and cherished every minute with her family and grandchildren. On occasion, she would share an egg mcmuffin with her "Justie".

She was preceded in death by her sister, Blanche Bushkie, in childhood.

Anna Mae is survived by her husband, Frederick S. “Fred” Marks, to whom she was married for 48 years; a son, Frederick J. Marks, (spouse, Catherine), Myerstown; three grandchildren, Courtney, Rebecca and Michael; a “grand-dog”, Justice. She is also survived by her brother, John E. Bushkie II (spouse, Esther), Mohnton; a brother-in-law, Joseph Marks (spouse, Jackie), Florida; nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Tuesday from 6:00 P.M. and on Wednesday from 6:00 A.M. until 9:30 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Branch Township. Contributions can be made in Anna Mae’s memory to the American Cancer Society (‎) or to the American Heart Association (