Monday, January 1, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/31/2017

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/31/2017


Lawrence R. Shuey Jr., 82, of Ashland. passed away Friday, December 29th, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Born in Hegins,PA September 15,1935 the son of the late Lawrence and Verna (Klinger) Shuey Sr. Lawrence made his career in the United States Army serving for twenty years until retirement. After moving to Ashland he worked for Butler Twp. in their maintenance and road department. He was a member of the American Legion Post, Ashland and attended Barry Twp. schools. In life he enjoyed hunting,Fishing and being disappointed by the Phillies. In addition to his parents preceding him in death was a grandchild Victoria Hysock in May 2002 and a brother Gilbert in November 2017. Surviving are his wife Deanna (Boyer) Shuey, Ashland. A son and daughter: Kenneth, Ashland and Beverly wife of Peter Hysock, Girardville,PA.
Survived by four sisters: Patricia Shuey; Nancy Emminger; Judith Alstadt and Karen Maurer. One brother survives: Harry Shuey. Three grandchildren: Kenneth Jr., Shamokin; Alicia (Tom)Nowroski, Florida and Kyle (Carrie) of Kulpmont. Four great grand children: Kylah & Brian Nowroski; Ayden Shuey and Jaxon Zimmerman. Nieces & nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA, 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 4,2018. Interment at Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Weisample,PA. Visitation Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM from the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.

Olive I. Lauck, 88, of Seneca Street, Tuscarora, PA died on Friday, December 29, 2017 at home. She was the wife of the late Albert R. Lauck who died in 1990. 

Born in Tuscarora on November 17, 1929, Olive was a daughter of the late Herbert and Irene (nee Yarnell) Loew. She worked as a floor lady at the Tuscarora Sportswear Factory for 20 years and was a part time clerk at the Tuscarora Post Office for 17 years. Olive was a member of Advent Lutheran Church, Tuscarora and a life member of the Tuscarora Fire Company Auxiliary. 

She is survived by daughters, Sharon A. Lauck of Tuscarora and Linda I. Harvilla and her husband Ronald of Washington, PA; son, Bruce F. Kemmery and his companion Sandy of St. Clair, PA; grandchildren, Nathan Kemmery and his companion Amanda of Mary-D, PA, Timothy Harvilla and his wife Debra of Hickory, PA, and Jaime Harvilla of Washington, PA; great grandchildren, Brandon Kemmery, Cole Harvilla, and Landon Harvilla; brother, Frederick Loew and his wife Joyce of Warminster, PA and several nieces and nephews. Olive was predeceased by a grandaughter, Alexandra Eye in 1993; a brother, James Loew; and a sister, Shirley Steigerwalt. 

Services will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA will follow services. Call 7-9 PM on Tuesday, January 2 and 9-10 AM on Wednesday, January 3 at the funeral home. 

Memorials in her name may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, Box 65, Tuscarora, PA 17982. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.


Patsy R. (Anderko) Clews, 86, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East Norwegian , Pottsville.

Born in Llewlyn, on October 13, 1931, she was a daughter of the late
Louisa (Eisenacher) and Andrew Anderko.

She was a graduate of Pottsville High School and a member of
First United Presbyterian Church, Pottsville.

Pat was a teller at Miners National Bank for 31 years, retiring in 1996.

She was a member of the Pottsville Lions Club, where she was a past secretary and treasurer, and past President of both the Lionettes and the Greenwood Hill Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Raymond H. Clews, on December 4, 2008, and to whom she was married 56 years; sisters: Jeanne Ameden, Lillian Anderko, and Nancy Jones.

Pat is survived by a son, David Clews, widower of Margie, of Auburn; a daughter, Linda Kerstetter, wife of Don, of Harrisburg; grandchildren: Brooke Kuhlen, wife of Michael, of Harleysville; Jason Clews, husband of Leah, of Pottsville; Anna, Julie, and Maria Kerstetter; great grandchildren, Katie, Lily, and Zoe Kuhlen and Maxwell, Quincy, Hudson, and Wyatt Clews; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A viewing will be held in the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

The family request contributions in Pat’s memory be sent to Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven Emergency Medical Services, P.O. Box 156, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


David C. Homa, 70, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday morning.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Charles B. and Nedra Sidler Homa. He was a 1966 graduate of Minersville Area High School where he was an accomplished athlete. He was a member of the only Minersville basketball team to finish the season at 22-0.

Dave earned his degree in Education and History at Bloomsburg State College, then returned to Minersville Area as a teacher and coach, where he was affectionately known as “Bucko”. He coached several sports throughout his career at Minersville, including football and basketball.

He spent 47 years on the coaching staff of the Minersville Girls Softball team, including 16 years as head coach. He led the Big Blue Machine to four state championships and compiled a record of 308-63 as head coach.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a brother, R. Michael Homa, in 2014.

Surviving are his children, Jared Homa, West West Terrace, and Kimberly Homa, Long Beach, California; two granddaughters, Ada and Livi; a brother, James Homa (Geraldine), West West Terrace; a niece, Lisa Homa; two nephews, Randy Homa and Eric Homa.

Arrangements are incomplete, but will be posted here immediately upon finalization. Please check back regularly.


Catherine M. “Kitty” (Hughes) Donovan, 90, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away peacefully Friday morning at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Born in Shenandoah, February 2, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Frances (Zykoski) Hughes.

She was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Kitty was a retired garment worker, having last been employed at the former Alma Dress Factory, Shenandoah.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly Annunciation BVM Church, the Glover Hill Ladies Auxiliary, the Shenandoah Centennial Committee and the ILGWU.

Kitty enjoyed reading, bingo and watching jeopardy with her family. She was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed the company of her cat, Barney, and her dog, Sophie.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Joseph L. Donovan on January 16, 2002; her son Joseph M. Donovan Sr. on September 24, 2017; three brothers, Edward, Bernard and Joseph Hughes; two sisters, Frances Mack and Mary Mulroy; her daughter-in-law, Ursula Donovan.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Frances Parker and her husband, Richard, Frackville; two sons, James Donovan and his wife, Kathy, Shenandoah Heights, and Edward Donovan and his wife, Diane,Shenandoah Heights; a brother, James Hughes, Shenandoah Heights; two sisters, Geraldine Flynn and her husband, Gerald, Shenandoah, and Jean Dower, Ashland; seven grandchildren, Joseph M. Donovan, Jr. and his wife, Michele, Shenandoah, James Donovan and his wife, Leah, Pottsville, Michelle Bowman and her husband, Francis, Barnesville, April Donovan, Hood River, Ore., Nicole Martus, Ringtown, Melissa Donovan, Shenandoah, and James Abicunas, Frackville; nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 8 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Divine Mercy Parish Memorial Fund or the Father Walter J. Ciszek Chapel Fund, both c/o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.


Dennis D. Miller Sr., 66, of Shenandoah, passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning at his residence.

Born in Pitman, he was a son of the late Jacob and Isabella (Kehler) Miller.

Dennis was a self-employed carpenter, having owned and operated Miller Contracting Co., Shenandoah.

On August 14, 1971, in the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Shenandoah, he married the former Gloria Oliver, who survives.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going to the casinos. Dennis was a skilled auto mechanic, having repaired cars for family and friends and, as a hobby, he also enjoyed restoring cars.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 46 years, Gloria Miller, are a son, Dennis D. Miller Jr., at home; a daughter, Michelle Miller, Shenandoah; four grandchildren, Ashley, Danyel, Emma and Hayley; a great-grandson, Elijah; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. The Rev. Mindy Heppe will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations will be greatly appreciated and accepted at the funeral home to help defray expenses.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Brett M. Kline, 24, of Shenandoah, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, December 25th, 2017.

Brett was born in Pottsville, on December 21, 1993, a son of Sherry (Brennan) and Lawayne Kline, both of Shenandoah.

He worked as a laborer in the local manufacturing industry.

In addition to his parents, Brett is also survived by seven sisters: Kasa Brennan, of Shenandoah; Nicole Jadus, of Shenandoah; Tiffany Jadus, of Shenandoah; Shantae Kline, of Shenandoah; Starr Kline, of Pottsville; Magnum Kline, of Altoona; Kendra Kline, of Pottsville and a brother, Scott Kline, of Pottsville.

Aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitiation will be held at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, from 6-8 PM on Friday, January 12th, 2017.


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