Sunday, January 21, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/20/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/20/2018


Gary J Sallada, Sr, age 74, of Hegins, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on Sunday, August 22, 1943, in Valley View, a son of the late Joseph Sallada and the late Mabel Klinger Sallada.

He was a 1961 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

Gary served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War.

He was employed at the former Penn Reel, Hegins, for 21 years and then was employed at Cardinal Systems, Schuylkill Haven until becoming ill.

He was a member of Gratz VFW Post 2385.

Gary was a musician, an avid bowler, enjoyed model trains, camping, biking, hiking, and riding motorcycle. He was an excellent fabricator, and known as a "Jack of all Trades".

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fayne Sallada, Sr, and Leroy Sallada; and by two sisters, Arlene Erdman and Renee Daniels.

He is survived by his wife Shirley M Shoffler Sallada, to whom he was married for 55 years.

He is also survived by two sons, Gary J Sallada, Jr and his wife Theresa of Minersville and Jeffrey A Sallada and his wife Danielle of Pottsville; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 2:00 pm.

There will be no viewing or visitation prior to the service.

Burial with Military Honors will be made in Zion Lutheran "Klinger's" Cemetery, Erdman.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Legion Post 575, P. O. Box 754, Valley View PA 17983

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Mary M. Henning, 73, Girardville, passed away peacefully on Thursday surrounded by her family at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Snyder Moran. Mary was employed as a nurse’s aide at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville until her retirement.

Mary was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville, worship site of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Mary was an avid animal lover and enjoyed the company of her English Bulldogs and cats.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Charles Moran and her sister Thomasine Moran.

Mary is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronald J. Henning, Girardville; her son Ron and his wife Mary Ann Henning, Ashland; her sister Julia Galdun, Sugarloaf, NY; her two grandchildren: Nicole and Ryan Henning, who gave her the nickname of “Mernie.”

Private funeral services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions be made, in Mary’s name, to the Hillside SPCA at P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, Timothy M. Sullivan, supervisor is in charge of the arrangements.


Shirley A. Minnig, 86, formerly of Tremont, passed away Thursday evening at the Maple Farm Nursing Center, Akron, with her children at her side. Prior to residing at Maple Farm, Shirley lived with her daughter in Ephrata.

Born in Tower City, June 16, 1931, a daughter of the late Charles and Grace Shomper Schrope.

Shirley was a 1949 graduate of the former Tower City High School; She also graduated from Temple University as a dental hygienist.

For over 35 years, Shirley assisted her husband Bill, in the family business, W.E. Minnig Funeral Home, Tremont, retiring in 1988. She is remembered for greeting family and friends with a warm smile and a comforting touch in their time of need.

She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Tremont; former member of Order of Eastern Star and the Tremont Women's Club.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two husbands, William Minnig, 1990 and Karl Leuschner, 2010; a son, Neil Minnig, 2011.

Surviving are her two children, Ellen Reigel and her husband Kenneth, Ephrata and Alan Minnig and his wife Dr. Melissa Burke, Schuylkill Haven; two sisters, Sylvia Eisenacher, Bellefonte and Martha Evans, Tower City; a brother, Charles Schrope, Bellefonte; five grandchildren, Steve Shuey, Kerilee Shuey, Kristen Sauder, Billy Minnig and Saragrace Minnig; two great granddaughters.

Funeral services will he held Tuesday, January 23rd at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Tremont. Viewing will be from 10-11 am Tuesday at the chapel. Memorial donations in Shirley's name should be made to, St. John's Lutheran Church, 6 West Main Street, Tremont, PA 17981. To sign the guest book visit


Richard J. Riskis, 88, of Tower City passed away peacefully Friday, January 19th at his residence.

He was born, August 23, 1929, in Tower City to the late Stiney J. and Kathryn Lebo Riskis

Richard graduated from the Tower City High School in 1947.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran honorably serving his country 44 months, 21 of which were spent with the occupational forces in Okinawa. While in the Air Force, Rich was a member of the profound Air Force Baseball team.

He was a retired letter carrier with the Tower City Post Office retiring after 30 years of service.

He was a devoted member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, Tower City. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 500 of Harrisburg, PA, and was a lifetime member of the Tower City American Legion.

Rich was an avid Notre Dame Football and New York Yankee Supporter.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Harviletz, December 28, 2015 and a brother John Riskis in 1968.

Surviving are a son, David Riskis and his wife Theresa, Boiling Springs and a daughter, Teresa Payne and her husband Jack, Elysburg. His four grandsons that he was extremely proud of and meant the world to him; Matthew and Brett Payne, Connor and John Riskis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 27th at10 am from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel with Rev. Jason Stokes as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown. Viewing will be Saturday from 9-9:45 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel, c/o Parish Office, Most Blessed Trinity Church, 113 Cherry Street, Tremont, PA 17981. To sign the guest book visit