Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/03/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/03/2018


Theresa Ann Zebian, 84, formerly of Coaldale, PA and currently of Shenandoah, PA, died on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Pottsville, PA.

She was the wife of the late Robert J. Zebian who died in 2006. Born in Coaldale on November 22, 1933, Theresa was the daughter of the late Conrad and Viola (nee McGann) Gallagher.

A 1952 graduate of the former Lansford High School, she was a secretary at the former Bundy Tubing Company.

Theresa is survived by sons, Robert G. Zebian and his wife, Rita of Colleyville, TX and David G. Zebian and his wife, Stacey of New Ringgold, PA.

Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, January 5, 2017 in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA.


Ralph H Maurer, age 90, of Hegins, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville.

He was born on Monday, May 9, 1927, in Barry Twp, a son of the late Charles Maurer and the late Dora Kessler Maurer.

He was a member of Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample.

Ralph enjoyed, farming, being outdoors, and going for long walks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by six brothers Warren, John, Elmer, Alvin, Harry, and Harold Maurer; and one sister, Lottie Bossler.

He is survived by his wife Gladys E Yoder Maurer, to whom he was married for 71 years.

He is also survived by a son, Garry R Maurer and his wife Peggy of Lebanon; a daughter, Susan M Johns and her husband John of Hegins; a granddaughter, Michelle L Smeltz and her husband Mark of New Tripoli; two grandsons, Jeffrey C Maurer of Manheim, and Kenneth R Maurer and his wife Jenn of Lebanon; five great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; two brothers, George Maurer and Earl Maurer; two sisters, Hazel Minnich and Alma Barnhardt; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at


William I. Yeich, 68, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, December 31st, at Lehigh Valley Health Network Schuylkill-East, Pottsville.

William was born in Auburn on September 21, 1949, a son of the late Clara M. (Schrader) and Warren Harding Yeich. He was the husband of Elizabeth Ella (Whitenack) Yeich. They were married on September 21st, 1974.

He was a member of Grace Bible Church, Molino and was a 1967 Graduate of Blue Mountain High School. He then went on to Lancaster School of Bible. William owned Yeich Trucking in the early 70's operating dump trucks in Lancaster County. Later he was an owner operator with his own tractor trailer leased to Ranger Transportation for over 20 years.

In addition to Ella, his wife of 43 years, William is survived six sisters, Carol Eckert, Marie, wife of James Hawkins, Mary, wife of Ken Kistler, Darlene Hoy, Ruth Hoy, Barbara, wife of Stephen Dowell and his brother, Donald, husband of Bonnie Yeich. He is also survived by numerous nieces & nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 5th at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with William L. Patton officiating. Friends and family are invited to call from 9:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami FL 33131. Interment will follow at Zion's Red Church Cemetery Orwigsburg.


Robert J. Klinger, 67, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Pottsville, passed away on Monday at Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Elizabeth Burke Klinger, Pottsville and the late John Klinger.  He attended the former Mary Queen of Peace Parochial School and Pottsville High School, where he played football.  He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served a tour in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.  He worked for Conrail before taking employment with Dana Corporation.  He also owned and operated the former Pallet Shop, Pottsville.
He was a member of the former Mary Queen of Peace Church, Pottsville, and maintained membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation.  He was also a volunteer at Helping Hands Wildlife Center, North Manheim Township. 

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, the former Barbara Zachar, on March 1, 2017; two brothers, Jimmy Joe Klinger and Richard Klinger; a sister, Catherine Corson.
Surviving in addition to his mother are three children, Cindy Smith (spouse, David), Pottsville, Lynn Dierwechter (spouse, Barry), of Second Mountain, and Edward Dougherty (spouse, Debbie), Black Heath; six grandchildren, Robert Darosh, Duane Zimmerman, Jr., Christina Weikel, Ashley Dinanath, Julie Dougherty and Daniel Dougherty; five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers, John Klinger, Jr. and Gary Klinger; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday from 6:00 P.M. at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville.  Interment with military honors will be on Monday at 10:00 A.M. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township.  Attendees should plan to arrive at the cemetery no later than 9:45 A.M. The family prefers donations to the Helping Hands Wildlife Center, 41 E. 2nd Mountain Rd, Pottsville, PA 17901.


Josephine B. Laudeman, 90, of Minersville, died Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital – East.

Born in Minersville, she was a daughter of the late John and Bertha Kowalsky Rutecki. She attended Minersville schools, and worked as a seamstress in the local garment industry, including Jackson Sportswear.

She was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville. She was also a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union; and was a past-president of the New Minersville Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 63 years, William C. Laudeman, Sr., on October 20, 2011; three brothers, Walter Rutecki, Stanley Rutecki and Joseph Rutecki; four sisters, Dorothy Rutecki, Pearl Radziewicz, Helen Roshannon and Bertha Gilbert.

She is survived by three children, William C. Laudeman, Jr. (spouse, Molly), Minersville, Lois Laudeman, Minersville, and Robert Laudeman (spouse, Irene), Minersville; five grandchildren, Michelle Rose, Patrice Schwalm and William “Billy” Laudeman, Lori Sulouff and Robert Laudeman, Jr.; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Angie Laudeman, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Monday from 6:00 P.M. and on Tuesday from 6:00 A.M. until 9:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville. Interment will be at 12:30 P.M. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. The family prefers remembrances to St. Matthew Church.

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