Sunday, February 5, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/04/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/04/2017

Olga “Baba” Farrone, 86, Ashland passed away peacefully Thursday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Frackville, she was a daughter of the late Metro and Julia Dziczek Halupa. She worked as a union secretary until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Farrone in 2012 and by her eight brothers.

Baba loved and devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is survived by her two sons: Lawrence Farrone and his wife Sandy Jo Roemer, Lavelle and Joseph and his wife Kathy Farrone, Ashland; two daughters: Mary and her husband Rick Gomez, Pottsville and Julia “Cookie” Farrone, Ashland; a sister: Julia Cresina, Frackville; nine grandchildren: Larry, Jennifer, Kevin, Matthew, Rena, Tony, Francesca, Joey and Anne; sixteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with Rev. Paul Rothermel, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. Friends may call at the Church on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Olga’s name, the memorial fund of St. Charles Borromeo Parish at 1115 Walnut Street Ashland, PA 17921


John T. Holmes, 58, of Ashland,PA passed away Friday, February 3rd, 2017 in Ashland,PA

Born in Ashland, PA September 16,1958 the son of the late Henry and Rosemary (Hancock) Holmes. He attended North Schuylkill Schools and last worked at Massers in Hegins,PA. 

He was a member of the Good Fellowship Club in Ashland. 

A brother Henry Holmes Jr. preceded him in death. 

Surviving are two sisters and six brothers: Donna wife of Harold Weikel, Ashland ; Rosemarie Holmes and her companion Harry ,Pottsville,PA; Robert Holmes, Locustdale,PA; George Holmes, Ashland; Joseph and his companion Kim, Pottsville,PA; William husband of Brenda Holmes, Ashland; Stephen husband of Barbara Holmes, Pottsville and David husband of Michelle Holmes of Locustdale,PA Nieces and nephews survive .

Memorial Service will be held at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA Thursday, February 9th, at 7:30 PM with Rev. Paul L. Rothermel officiating. 

Visitation Thursday 6:00-7:30 P.M. at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland.
Interment at the convenience of the family. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Louise Davis, 89, of Ashland, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, February 3 at 6:20pm. Loving sister to Peggy Hoban and Shirley Halko, beloved wife of Chester I. Davis, and devoted mother of Chet, Richard, and Robert.

Mary was born in Butler Township, PA on October 6, 1927 to the late John Kane and Anna Wolfgang. She graduated from Ashland High in 1946 and worked at Gellert’s Store for many years. 

Mary was married to Chester Davis on January 14, 1950; they were married 61 years.
She enjoyed bowling, playing her organ, vacationing on the beach in Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland, playing cards and bingo, winning at the casino, cheering on Penn State footnall, and time with her family, friends and animals. She was an active volunteer/member of Ashland Voting Polls.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Davis; and her parents John and Anna Kane.
Mary is survived by her children Chet of Shamokin, Richard of Churchville, and Robert of Daneville; grandchildren Valerie, Melanie, Lauren, Eric, Jake, Brian, Isaac and Michael; great-grandchildren Emily, Jake, Callie and Natalie; and many other family and friends. 

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8,2017 at 11:00 AM in Zion's Reformed UCC, Ashland,PA. Rev. David Grant Officiating. Interment in Brock Cemetery, Ashland,PA. Visitation Wednesday 9:30-11:00 AM in Zions's Reforded UCC, Ashland,PA.

 In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.


Pearl R. Zimmerman, 96, of Deturksville Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 in Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born on July 2, 1920 in Pine Grove, she was a daughter of the late Earl C. and Lila A Strouphauer Kimmel.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Ravine where she was a member of the Willing Workers and helped to make pies, homemade bread and candy. She was a member of the Mary E. Moore Chapter OES, Pine Grove

Pearl was known for her great mince pies and was know as the "Gravy Lady" when she helped serve meals at the Flying Dutchman Racetrack, Pine Grove.

She was a seamstress and worked for the Fox Knapp and Canoe Mfg. in Pine Grove.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 53 years, Carl E. Zimmerman; five brothers, Willis Kimmel, William Kimmel, Leo Kimmel, Lester Kimmel and Harold Kimmel.

Surviving are two sons; Terry and wife Maxine Zimmerman, John and wife Debbie Zimmerman, both of Pine Grove; three grandchildren, Terry Jr. and wife Natalie Zimmerman, Jerry and wife Tammy Zimmerman, Lisa Zimmerman; 5 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; a brother, Earl Kimmel of Auburn.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. from the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating. There will be a viewing on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Pine Grove Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund, 23 Oak Grove Rd., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in her memory.

You may send condolences to the family online at our website www.


Ann K. Wiscount, 81, of Williamstown, passed away Friday, February 3rd at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon.

Born in Williamstown, February 25, 1935, a daughter of the late Peter and Anna Kush Kowalchuk.

Ann was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School.

She had previously worked as a clerk for the Williams Valley Pharmacy.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Williamstown, where she was a lector, a member of the choir and the Parish Council of Catholic Women.  She was also a member of the Good Time Senior Citizens, Williamstown. She was a girl scout leader in Williamstown for over 20 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Aloysius "Buddy" Wiscount, December 12, 1986.

Surviving are her son, Aloysius "AJ" Wiscount and his wife LoKiel, Williamstown; a grandson, Alexander Wiscount, Berrysburg; a sister, Mary Gerres, Williamstown; two brothers, William Kowalchuk, Mechanicsburg and Peter Kowalchuk, Texas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Wednesday, February 8th  at 10:00 am from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Williamstown with Rev. C. Anthony Miller as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery, Minersville. Visitation will be from 9:30-10 at the church. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, c/o Parrish office, 732 Main Street, Lykens PA 17048.   Dimon Funeral Home, Inc has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit