Sunday, October 29, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/29/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/29/2017


Daniel H. Kern, formerly of Lehighton, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 28, 2017 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania at the age of 70.

Survived by his wife of 37 years, Donna M. (Kresge) Kern; sons, Dustin Kern and his wife Aimee of Lehighton, Larry Salter and his wife Sarah of Palmerton; sisters, Narah Snyder wife of Robert of Lehighton, and Linda Roos wife of Vince of Lehighton; grandchildren, Zoe and Krystal; niece, Crimsin Cantwell.

A Lehighton High School graduate, Dan retired from the Lehighton Post Office as a rural postal carrier. Upon retirement he and Donna moved to Leesburg Florida in 2011, where he became active as a member of the Mud Gang, a group of residents who tended to their development. Dan was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a longtime member of Zion Stone Church of West Penn Township.

Born in Lehighton on April 18, 1947, the son of the late Harland, and Vera (Snyder) Kern.

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 Services will be held on Thursday November 2, 2017 at 11 o'clock A.M. from the Zion Stone Church of West Penn Township, Cemetery Road New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960, Rev. Russell Campbell to officiate. Friends shall be received on the morning of services in church from 10:00 A.M. until time of services.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials in Daniel's name in care of the church.

online registry and condolences may be signed at


Catherine Maliniak, of Tamaqua, beloved wife of 64 years to Paul Maliniak, died peacefully on October 27, after battling illness for four months. She was 85.

Born in Coaldale on January 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ann (Comisac) Kononchuk and Zachary Kononchuk; sister of Alex Kononchuk of California and and Marie Kononchuk Kuzmicz of New Jersey; half-sister Anastasia Pekarsy also predeceased her .

Catherine graduated from Coaldale high school. She played the piano beautifully, and, was a member of the Drum & Bugle Corps. Post high school she immediately married the love of her life, Paul, and worked her way up the ranks in the fashion industry to positions in management – turning her hobby of sewing into a career. That said, her family always came first. Kay and Paul had two children, Melanie (and her husband Joseph, who they consider a son); son David who passed away in 1975; grandson Jesse Weidaw; great-grandson David Weidaw.

After retirement, Paul and Kay enjoyed tailgating in State College for all Penn State home games, taking day trips, and, going out to eat with friends. Kay spent countless hours volunteering her expertise in office management, serving as Secretary of the Church Council of St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church in Coaldale, which she affectionately referred to as “her little red church”. Kay was their “go-to” person – every problem got solved and every event was a success.

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

Services will be held, graveside, at Sky View Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 31, at 11 o’clock A.M., Rev. James P. Weremedic to officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The St. Mary’s general building fund 217 First Street Coaldale, Pennsylvania 18218.

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Shawn M. Leininger, 52, of Tremont, passed away Thursday at the Tremont Health and Rehabilation Center.

Born in Trenton, NJ, June 15, 1965, a son of the late Theodore and Mary Lou Leininger.

Prior to Shawn's automobile accident he was employed by S.R. Solan, Orwigsburg.

He was of the Catholic Faith.

He is survived by his two sons, Nicholas Leininger and Jaimie Leininger both of Tremont; a granddaughter, Rhylin Addison; a step-brother, Bruce Leinnger and a step-sister, Karen Bernhardt.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family from Most Blessed Trinity Cemetery, Tremont, with Father Jason Stokes. Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit