Monday, February 6, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/06/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 02/06/2017

Eleanor (Yodis) Baddick, mother, and grandmother, 90 years of age, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2017, in the care of her daughter, and son-in-law in Jamison, Pennsylvania. 

She was the widow of William J. Baddick who died December 23, 1995.

Survived by; daughter, Mrs. Jessica Calcagno wife of John of Jamison, PA; grandchildren, Dr. Christopher J. Calcagno and his wife Amy, Dr. Scott W. Calcagno and his wife Katarina, Jeffrey Calcagno; 8 great grandchildren. 

A Tamaqua High School graduate, Eleanor was a store supervisor for Sears Stores in Abington, and North Wales for over twenty years. She was Catholic by faith and an avid skier. 

Born Tuesday, March 16, 1926 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Joseph, and Tillie (Yankauskas) Masitis- Yodzewicg. She was also predeceased; by sisters, Mrs. Matilda (Masaitis) Backus, Mrs. Josephine (Masaitis) Sorrick-Messimer; brothers, Mr. Stiney Masaitis, Mrs. Joseph L. Marks, and Mr. Edward Yodis. 

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 o'clock AM on Friday February 10, 2017 from St. Cyril of Jerusalem R.C.C. located at 1410 Almshouse Road Jamison, Pennsylvania 18929. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until time of services on Friday morning February 10, 2017 in church. 

Interment will be in SS. Peter & Paul R.C.C.C., Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. 

Memorials in her name to:

Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517

or any veterans organization of your choice. 

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Ida Irene (Herring) Spotts, born on February 17th, 1918, in Rock, PA, died peacefully on February 4th, 2017 at Schoolyard Square Assisted Living Facility, Pine Grove, PA.

She was the widow of Jay R. Spotts who passed away in 1996. She is survived by two sisters, Edna Staller and Ruth Kimmel (both in their 90’s). She is also survived by her two children and their spouses (Bob and Betsy Spotts and Cheryl and Steve Cranford), her treasured grandchildren, (Tara Hurt, Kip and Jay Owens, Addie Spotts Sterner, and Jesse Spotts), and her beloved 14 great grandchildren.

Ida lived her adult life on Long Run Road, Schuylkill Haven, until 2010 when at age 92 she moved to School Yard Square, Assisted Living in Pine Grove.

She loved being a mother and homemaker and was famous for her good cooking and baking (shoe fly pie was one of her specialties). When her children were older, Ida worked out of the home at Alpha Mills, in Schuylkill Haven.

First and foremost, Ida’s faith guided her life. She was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school late into her years and remained active in women’s society and bible study.

Throughout her life she served as the shining example to those around her with dedication to family and enthusiasm for life. She loved to play cards – pinochle was her choice and she enjoyed fellowship with the lovely friends through her card club. Ida, known affectionately by her 14 great grandchildren as Nanny Spotts, is deeply treasured by her family and they will always remain grateful for her love.

There will be a celebration of life service at First United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven, PA, on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 2 PM. Her family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be sent in honor of Ida Spotts to First United Methodist Church, General Fund, 420 Saylor Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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


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 husband of Sandra,Shamokin, Richard of Churchville, and Robert husband of Jessica, Danville; 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.


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


Leo A. Schappe, Sr., age 59, of Schuylkill Haven, PA passed away Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at his home in Schuylkill Haven, PA.

Born in Pottsville, PA on November 19, 1957, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Zinda) Schappe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother George Schappe.

Leo is survived by his wife of 16 years, Denise A. (Pacenta) Schappe; 2 daughters: Dorothy Bugdanavage and her husband Anthony and Anna Emery; 2 sons: Leo Schappe Jr. and his companion Shawna Wenrich and John Petrushonis and his wife Holly; 9 grandchildren: Alyssa, Ashley, Britney, Kaleb, Steven, Jenna, Lily, Katy, and Cam; a sister Yvonne Stoneroad; a brother John Schappe; his little buddy Skye; and nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon at 7:30PM on Friday, February 10th, with Deacon Jack Quirk officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Friday evening from 5:30-7:30PM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private St. Casimir's Cemetery Port Carbon, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help with Leo's funeral costs to the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home, 208 Pike Street, Port Carbon, PA 17965.

Please send condolences to