Friday, January 26, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/25/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/25/2018


Bruce Earle Eiler, 63, a resident of Orwigsburg Center, passed away Jan. 23 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Pottsville, May 3, 1954, he was a son of the late Paul F. and Wanda Zucofski Eiler.

He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, as well as Joe Paterno and Penn State University Football.

Even with limited speech, Bruce's facial expressions conveyed more than words ever could.

He looked forward to visits from friends and family, and also loved to smile and flirt with the nurses and staff at his nursing homes.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was also preceded in death by sister, Dawn Kelley; nephew, Gary V. Kelley; brother-in-law, Ed Kelley.

Bruce is survived by two sisters, Carole Parry and husband, Frank, Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Denise Charles and husband, Jimmy, Bloomingdale, Ga., and a brother, LaMar Eiler and wife, Jeanie, Pottsville. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Denise Ranay and husband, Ron, Sonya Carius, and Brian and Kevin Schwenk; great-nieces and -nephews: Mackenzie, Tamra, Toby, Orion, Cody and Devon, and devoted friends, Betty Ann and Billy Kline.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona, with the Rev. Dennis Snyder officiating. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Family request donations in Bruce's memory to United Cerebral Palsy. 1825 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006.


Jane C. Nice, 96, of Summit Station, passed away Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Philadelphia, May 17, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Ira and Mabel Jacoby Bickel.

She was the widow of Daniel C. Nice Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1995.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Summer Hill, Auburn.

Jane was previously employed by the Cherry Hill Library, Cherry Hill, N.J., and The American Red Cross in Whittier, Calif.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was preceded in death by her son, Daniel C. Nice Jr.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Curtis, widow of Jack, Summit Station, a son,Stephen Nice, Calif., grandchildren: J. Thomas Curtis Jr. and wife, Janet, Stephen Curtis, Kristina, Lisa, Ruthann, Sarah, and Chad Nice, and Daniel C. Nice III, and great-grandchildren: Robert and Jacquelyn Curtis, John Curtis III, and Jenna, Jack and Madison Nice.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be conducted at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Summer Hill, Auburn, at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Kathleen Ash-Flashner officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday. Interment will follow the service at Summer Hill Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jane's memory may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1185 Summer Hill Road, Auburn, PA 17922.


Elizabeth “Betty” J. Kemmerling, 73, Pine Grove, entered into eternal rest Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 10, 1944, in Pottsville, she was the daughter of Gilda (Monti) Matz, Pottsville and the daughter of the late Michael Matz.

She was a 1962 graduate of Nativity BVM High School and a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. She was also a member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

Betty enjoyed trips to Disneyland with her husband, children and grandchildren. She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her loving husband, Kurt on September 10, 2016. She enjoyed attending family picnics, craft shows, and traveling to Atlantic City with her siblings.

Betty was constantly on the go. She was always finding things to do, like decorating, refinishing, painting, or refurbishing. She enjoyed needle pointing and crocheting.

Most of all, Betty was devoted to her family, always one step ahead of them, looking out for them and giving sound advice.

She is survived by the love of her life, Kurt, Pine Grove; sons Kurt, Jr., husband of Sandra, Pine Grove; Christopher, husband of Tanya, Pine Grove; grandsons Jared, Alexander, Jordan, Tyler, and Adam. She is also survived by brothers, John Matz, Schuylkill Haven; Richard Matz, Pottsville; Michael Matz, Pottsville; Steven Matz, Pottsville; sisters, Mary Louise “Cookie” Steiner, Rockford, Ill.; Nancy Potts, Pine Grove; Patricia Pugh, Pottsville; Michaeleen Murray, Pottsville; Judith Doyle, Phoenix Park; many nieces and nephews; and a godson William Michael Pugh.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Tuesday January 30 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are respectively invited to call at the church from 9AM until 10 AM. Private interment will be held at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit to share a memory with the Kemmerling family.


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