Monday, November 20, 2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/20/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/20/2017


Gary C. Reed, 56, of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday, November 18th, at his residence.

Gary was born in Mahanoy City, PA on August 16, 1961, a son of Evelyn (Narbutitis) Reed, of Mahanoy City and the late Charles Reed.

He worked as chef for most of his life in restaurants in Wildwood NJ, the former “Coal Street Café” in Shenandoah for 16 years, and the Brass Buckle in Conyngham for 10 years.

Gary graduated from Mahanoy Area Class of 1979.

Gary is also survived by two sons Christopher Reed, of Ashland; Brandon and his Fiancé Emily Jones Reed, of Kelayres; and by a sister, Kimberly Reed, of Mahanoy City; a brother, Brian Reed, of Barnesville; and grandchildren Harper and Cole.

Gary is preceded in death by a brother Timothy.

Services and interment will take place at German Protestant Cemetery Association Mahanoy City, at 11am Wednesday November 22, 2017, with Rev. Jack Murry Officiating.

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


Marjorie A. Updike, 81 years of age a long time Lake Hauto resident, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Rush Township.

Survived by her husband, Ralph L. Updike of Tamaqua; daughter, Lisa Scheitrum; so
ns, Ralph J. Updike and his wife Jacqueline, Steve L. Updike and his wife Sally, and Mark Updike; grandchildren, Cassie, Steve, Michelle, David, Brittany, Lauren, Allison, and Ian; great grandchildren, Brady, and Patton; sister; Victoria E. Carey wife of Philip of Doylestown; many nieces and nephews also survive Marjorie. 

Thou born on two seperate Continents, Marjorie and Ralph where destined to be together, they shared the same birthday. A war bride she traveled with Ralph throughout his military career. As a young adult in the United Kingdon Marjorie was a hair dresser. Upon Ralph's retirement from the military they purchase Sky-Lanes Bowling Alley in Hometown, and then built Spare Time Bowling Lanes which they operated until retirment. Marjorie was an animal lover, and like to bowl. 

Born Wednesday, May 27, 1936 in Wisbech, United Kingdom, the daughter of the lateWalter H., and Marjorie E. (Shrimpton) Bates. She was also predeceased by brothers, Rudolph H. "Rudy" Bates, and Robert W. "Bobby" Bates. 

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Fuenral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. 
Interment Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania

Memorials to a charity of ones choice. 
Online condolences may be made to the family at


Edward J. Kane, 70, of Tuscarora, PA died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Hamburg, PA.

He was the husband of Agnes (nee Hodon) Kane to whom he was married 44 years.

Born in Pottsville, PA, Edward was a son of the late Edward L. and Margaret (nee Kolhmeir) Kane. A 1968 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he worked for 25 years for Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and the Bethlehem Mines. He retired from the Frackville Intermediate School where his was a member of the maintenance staff. Edward was of the Catholic faith.

In addition to his wife, Agnes, he is survived by sons, Edward Kane and his fiancée Kimberly of Lansford, PA, Sean Kane of Tuscarora, and Brian Kane and his wife Brianna of Bridgeport, PA; grandsons, Cayden, Cullen, Deagyn, and Kieran; granddaughter, Averi; sister, Elizabeth Holmberg and her husband, John of Tamaqua, PA; brother-in-law, Michael Hodon of Middleport, PA; nephew, Derek Hodon of Middleport; and niece, Sara Karnish of Summit Hill, PA. A brother, David Kane predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, November 25 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment in St. Bertha Cemetery, Tuscarora will follow. Call 6-8 PM on Friday, November 24 and 10-11 AM on Saturday, November 25 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Theodore J. “Ted” Ferrari Jr., 82, Girardville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday night with his family at his side.

Born in Girardville, he was a son of the late Theodore and Marie Coyle Ferrari. He was a heavy equipment mechanic for Cleveland Brothers for over 20 years and later worked for Burns Coal Company for 25 years before retiring.

Ted was an Air Force Veteran having served during the Korean Conflict stationed in Iceland.

He was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Girardville, now St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Ted met the love of his life, Beth Thomas, in 1957 and they married in 1958. They raised five children and were blessed with five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Birthdays and holidays were special as the family grew.

Ted started working in the mines at a young age. His passion though, was building, fixing and restoring cars. The passion continued throughout his life. He bought a 1946 Coupe, which he worked on and raced at Kel-reca and Numidia Speedway back in the mid sixties and seventies. Many Sunday afternoons were spent at the racetrack with family and friends cheering him on from the stands as he raced.

Over the years, Ted enjoyed hunting and traveling to Indiana to attend Notre Dame games with his friends from the Sons of Italy in Girardville. On those trips to Indiana, the group traveled in a custom green bus they all affectionately called “the Queen.” Being a mechanic, Ted made sure the bus was always ready for these road trips.

To his family, there wasn’t much Ted couldn’t do. Whether it was a broken toy, bike, motorcycle, car, truck or if it had wheels and burned gas, Ted could fix it. He helped both family and friends alike, including the occasional stranger in need.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Beth T. Ferrari in 2014; a sister, Miriam Bradley and a brother Thomas Ferrari.

Ted is survived by his son Ted Ferrari, Mahanoy City and his fiancé Deanne Jones; his four daughters: Lynn Ferrari, Girardville and her fiancé Robert Beaver, Beth Ferrari, Seneca Falls, NY, Marie Ferrari, Girardville, Morganna Ferrari, Girardville and her fiancé Joseph Mistysyn; his five grandchildren: Tomm, Tedd, Ashley, Emily and Charity; his great-grandson, Aiden; four brothers: Ronald and his wife Mary Ferrari, Girardville, Louis and his wife Gerry Ferrari, Ashland, Joe Ferrari, Girardville and his fiance Diane Martin and Robert Ferrari of Girardville; numerous nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Girardville with Rev. Edmund Brennan as the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Friends may call at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a scripture service officiated by Rev. Paul Rothermel at 7:30 and on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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