Thursday, October 5, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/04/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/04/2017


Michael John Savlik, husband, father, brother, and grandfather, of New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 while in the care of his wife of thirty two years, at the age of 78.

In addition to his wife Barbara Jean (VanSlyke) Savlik, Michael is survived by; son, Michael J. Savlik of New Ringgold; sister, Rose Marie Stiles wife of Dave of Rahway, NJ; granddaughter, Kinsley Elizabeth Savlik; step daughter, Erin Jean Maxon; seven step-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive Michael.

Michael, served honorably during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He was a corporate pilot with multiple ratings and certifications for Mack Trucks for twenty-seven years, retiring from Carpenter Technology as their pilot.

Michael traveled extensively with his wife Barbara. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and large game hunting. Michael took great pride of working his property.

Born Friday, November 25, 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of the late Michael George, and Mary E. (Vandak) Savlik.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884.

A Remembrance Service will be held at 11 o'clock AM on Tuesday October 10, 2017 from the funeral home. Friends shall be received at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.

Military honors will be bestowed on the morning of services at the funeral home.

Interment Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to:
Disabled American Veterans Assoc.
4219 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill PA 17011.

Online registry and condolences may be signed at


Harry A. Starr, Jr., 90, of Lewisburg, formerly of Minersville and Sunbury, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East, Pottsville.
Born on December 22, 1926 in Minersville, he was a son of the late Harry Sr. and Freda Miller Starr.
He was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Pottsville.
Harry was a TEC 5 in the Army having served during WWII. He was a member of the Co B 1629th Engineer Construction Battalion. He received the WWII victory ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Army Occupation Medal (Japan).
Harry worked in the Laboratory at the Allentown Portland Cement Company in Leesport.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Robert Starr and Edward Starr; two sisters, Betty Starr and Jean Foley; a step daughter Pauline Craig; a step grandson Matthew Hagan.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Della "Dee" Davis Craig Starr; three step children, Margie Edison of White Deer, Dorothy Sargent of Dunn, N.C., Edward Craig of Lewisburg; five grandchildren, Heather Edison, Wendy Santiago, T.J. Edison, Christopher Hagan and Nathaniel Craig; many great grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Salvation Army, 400 Sanderson St. Pottsville, PA 17901 in his memory.
You may send condolences to the family online on our website


Pauline Ann Brocious, 67, a former resident of Ringtown, currently residing in Ohio, passed away on September 28, 2017 after a 2 month battle with brain cancer.

Pauline was born on September 10, 1950 in Ringtown, PA to Gordon & Joan (Stravinsky) Knipe.

On March 24, 1973, Pauline was united in marriage to Robert E. Brocious who survives. Following high school, Pauline received her credentials for being an LPN. After working for several area nursing homes, she stayed home to raise her family. When she re-entered the workforce, she took a position in the bakery at Giant Eagle and has been there for 26 years.

Pauline was a woman of great faith. She was a member of Rock of Grace Family Ministries and was active in their WIC ministry. She was a generous and loving woman who loved everyone and was loved in return by all she met.

Pauline lived for her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved shopping in salvage shops, canning Bob's homegrown veggies and hunting for beach glass on Kelly's Island. She was also known to put a quarter or two in a slot machine on occasion as well as try her luck with scratch off lotto tickets.

Besides her husband of 44 years, Bob, Pauline is survived by her son James (Rachael) Brocious; her daughter Amy Brocious-Naylor; her grandchildren: Breanna Naylor, Nathan Weisbarth & Brennan Brocious; her mother Joan Knipe and her brother Robert Knipe. She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service to celebrate Pauline's life will be held on Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at her church home Rock of Grace Family Ministries; 6745 State Rt. 5, Kinsman, OH 44428. Interment will take place at the Old White Church Cemetery in Ringtown, at a later date.

Memorial donations in Pauline's name may be directed to Rock of Grace Family Ministries.


If you're about to play it safe, stop. Consider Robert Neil Laberta, you probably know him as Bobby or Big Bucks Bob, who entered into eternal life on October 4, 2017.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-siblings, Thomas Irving, John Irving and Rose Irving Dziak.

His caring spirit is carried on by his wife of 33 years, Mary Ellen (Peterson) Laberta and his son, Robert Neil Laberta of Mifflinville, as well as his sister in-law and brother in-law, Miriam and Alexander Kosatschkow, along with his nieces and nephews who all provided loving care, humor and comfort in his final days. We were all blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Bobby during his 71 years, among them, "If the opportunity comes, take it."

Born into the world in Hazleton on February 24, 1946, to Margaret (McAndrew) and Neil A. Laberta, he not only preached those words, but lived them.

Searving as a Sgt. in the US Army following his high school graduation in 1964, he began his wild ride through life, taking advantage of each opportunity to come his way. Attending Penn State University, he later applied his knowledge and drive to become a successful businessman, which included being a licensed real estate agent; an independent insurance agent; and finally owner of RNL Enterprises & Z-Sweeper Guy, with offices in PA, Delaware and Maryland.

When he wasn;t busy making money, he liked to spend it. Preferably in Las Vegas where you could catch him rolling dice with lady luck by his side. A modern day Davey Crockett, he loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping and camping throughout the US. He also loved Reese's peanut butter cups, his howling beagle buddy "Buster", TV shows about Ancient Aliens and the late night radio show "Coast to Coast AM". He hated tomatoes, milk and wasted opportunities.

Bobby has left detailed instructions for his wife, child, family and friends to celebrate his mission which is now complete - "Save your money. Live life to the fullest every day. Work hard and never forget that family is everything." He also noted to never forget that "fire is your friend" and " in the begining there was a word. The word was beer......and it was good!"

Private funeral services for Bobby will be held by his family, with interment following in the Mt. Zion Cemtery. To leave a condolence for his family, please visit

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, Ringtown, is assisiting Bobby's family during their time of need.

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