Saturday, February 11, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/11/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/11/2017

Florence Catherine Eagan Brehony
passed away Wednesday, February 8th at Seton Manor Orwigsburg.

Born in Palo Alto, July 11th, 1936, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence Eagan. Catherine attended Pottsville Area High School, was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. 

Her love of family was most important to her. Her sense of humor was a true gift. She could always remember someone’s name after meeting them for the first time.

She had a remarkable ability through conversation to find a common bond with everyone she met. 

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband William in 2005, they were happily married for fifty-two years. A brother John “Jackie” Eagan in 1953, sister Rita Kranzley in 2015, grandsons Patrick and James Brehony in 1978, grandson Jesse Lishman in 2013, and her beloved poodle Rudy. Catherine was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

Catherine is survived by two daughters Katherine Lishman, wife of Charles, Pottsville. Kelly Brehony-Ostrowski Pottsville, a son William and his wife Barbara, Shillington. Three grandchildren, Joseph Lishman Tamaqua, William Brehony, Exeter and Michael Brehony, Shillington, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home on Monday February 13th, with Deacon Jack Quirk officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Monday morning from 9-11AM at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, N.E. Chapter, 1541 Alta Drive, #204, Whitehall, PA 18052 Please send condolences to


James "Slugger" Freed, 74, Lavelle, PA passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at his home in Lavelle.

Born in Locustdale, PA October 5, 1942 the son of the late James and Elizabeth Reichwein Freed.
In his youth he had a love of baseball and played for the Locustdale team and the Lavelle Teener League. At age of 14, he became an organist for the Locustdale Evangelical Church, where he played for many years. Later on, he became an organist for the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene. After graduating high school he moved to Philadelphia and worked for General Electric. His last employment was for Tri State Envelope, Ashland where he drove tractor trailer for 36 years until his retirment. In 2003, Jim and his wife Mary became owners of Snyder's Restaurant, Ashland until 2009.
One of his greatest joys was entertaining at nursing homes playing his keyboard. Another favorite past time was riding his Harley Davidson. He loved woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren. Jim had a very generous and giving nature--he never shied away from helping anyone that needed help.
He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Stroble Freed and two sons, James and Brian Lewis Freed.
Jim is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Scully Freed. One son, David husband of Amie Freed, Ashland. Two grandchildren: David and Crystal. Two great granchildren: Aiden and Sophia. Two brothers: John, husband of Dorian Freed Locustdale; Jerome husband of Lois Freed, Aristes. Two brothers in law: Lewis husband of Barbara Stroble, Mt. Carmel: Stewart husband of Phyllis Stroble, Shenandoah. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene, Lavelle, with Rev. Jeremy Smallwood and Rev. Rose Marquardt officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Fountain Springs, PA. Visitation will be held on Tuesday 9:30-11:00 AM at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lavelle Church of the Nazarene, Lavelle or Grace Evangelical Independent Church, Locustdale.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


William E. Robinson Sr., better known as Big Bill, 63, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was an amazing husband, father and pap. Big Bill was born in Washington D.C. on October 10, 1953, a son of the late Doris Irene (Honicker) Robinson and Charles Cecil-Carol Robinson. He was the husband of Henrietta (Tina) (Recla) Robinson. They were married on October 12, 1974. Big Bill enjoyed working on classic cars, camping and spending time with his family.

He was raised in the Catholic Faith and was employed by PineBrook Reality where he became a close friend to many. Bill went on to open Blinds to Show in 2009 and became a staple in Orwigsburg and the surrounding communities.

In addition to his wife, Tina, of 42 years, Bill is also survived by a daughter Tania Griffith, Orwigsburg and two sons William Jr., husband of Tara (Sites) Schuylkill Haven and Guy Robinson, husband of Lisa (Mack) Auburn. Six grandchildren Derrec, Guy Jr., Carter, Brody, Madeline and Colt. Also survived by his brother Thomas (Tucker) Robinson, Danville and a sister, Catherine (Robinson) Ney, Summit Station.

Big Bill was preceded in death by his mother Doris I. Robinson, Brother Charlie C. Robinson and James E. Robinson.

Services are private and entrusted to the Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremations Services, Inc. Orwigsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations are sent to M&T Bank Orwigsburg in care of William E. Robinson, Sr.