Monday, January 22, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/22/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/22/2018


Jacob "Ron" Soliday, 82, passed away Sunday evening at his residence in Tower City.

Born in Tower City, May 3, 1935 a son of the late Jacob and Ethel Schreiner Soliday. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Wolfgang, Faye Hand and Betty Wise

He was a 1953 graduate of Tower City High School.

He was a United States Army Veteran.

Ron worked for the Railroad in Harrisburg and retired from the former AMP Incorporated, Williamstown with over 30 years of service.

He was of the Protestant Faith and a member of the Williamstown American Legion. He was of the Protestant faith.

Ron's great joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and giving "pocket money". He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the Williamstown Legion.

He is survived by his son Jeff Soliday and his wife Lisa, Tower City; a granddaughter Shalee Forsythe and her husband John, Tower City; grandsons, Shaun Soliday and his wife Krissy, Wilmore Kentucky; Joshua Soliday and Josiah Soliday, Tower City; great granddaughters, Avonlea and Rosalie Forsythe, Tower City; a sister, Catherine LaBore, Tower City.

Following Ron's wishes, services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Joel McGarvey officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations should be made to the Twin Valley Alliance Church, 9781 St. Rt. 209, Williamstown PA 17098 or the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098. Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services has charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book visit


F. Jean Ebling, 84, of West West Terrace, Branch Township, passed away on Saturday at home.

Born in Minersville, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Florence Williams Edwards. She was a 1951 graduate of Minersville High School. She worked in accounting, having been first employed by the late Russell W. Marr, CPA.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville, and the Cressona Chapter #367 Order of the Eastern Star. Jean was passionate about her animals. She and Harry were proud of their bulldogs, as well as a domesticated raccoon, Bandit. She was an avid Penn State football fan. She was well known for her peanut rolls and peanut butter eggs.

Jean is survived by her husband, Harry E. Ebling; her daughter, Leigh Ann Siminitus (spouse, Joseph), Primrose; her granddaughter, Koren Frey, Minersville.

Funeral services are private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, North Manheim Township. The family prefers donations to Trinity Episcopal Church or to Hillside SPCA.


Sister Regina Sitkus, S.S.C., 92, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Casimir for 73 years, died January 6, 2018 in Chicago.

She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Martusevich Sitkus. A native of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church in Minersville, Sister Regina entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1941. She made her first profession of vows in 1944, and made her final vows in 1949.

Sister Regina taught and was principal in elementary schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. In Schuylkill County, she taught at the former St. George School, Shenandoah from 1952 to 1956, returning as the superior and principal from 1978 to 1983. She also served as teacher, superior and principal at the former Sacred Heart School, New Philadelphia from 1964 to 1967, returning to teach from 1977 to 1978. She was assigned to her native parish of St. Francis of Assisi in 1983, serving as principal and superior at St. Francis School until 1986. With school consolidation, she continued as principal at Holy Redeemer School until 1995. Upon the establishment of Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School, she was a teacher and aide.

Sister Regina retired to Villa Joseph Marie in Holland, PA in 2003, serving as local superior. She moved to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Casimir in Chicago in 2009. Sister Regina participated in the SSC ministry of prayer, first at the Motherhouse, then at Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois.

In addition to her parents, Sister was preceded in death by three brothers, Randolph Anthony Sitkus (spouse, Kathryn), Joseph Sitkus (spouse, Mary), her twin, Vito Sitkus (spouse, Josephine); a sister, Alma Zulick (spouse, Paul); a nephew, Stephen Sitkus, two nieces, Sandra Zulick and Patricia Fox.

She is survived by a niece, Rosann Sitkus (David Wilson), Pottsville; six nephews, Paul Sitkus, (spouse, Linda), Farmingdale, New Jersey, Richard Sitkus (spouse, Daria), Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Alan Zulick (spouse, Lois), St. Clair, Paul Zulick, St. Clair, Gerald Sitkus, Minersville, and Michael Sitkus, Pottsville; a niece-in-law, Dorothea “Dolly” Sitkus, New Hope; a very good friend, Msgr. Daniel J. Yenushosky, Whitehall.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday January 27 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville, with Rev. Leo J. Maletz officiating. Msgr. Daniel J. Yenushosky will be the Homilist. Donations in memory of Sister Regina may be made to the SSC Retirement Fund and sent to: Sisters of St. Casimir, c/o Sister Regina Dubickas, SSC, 2601 W Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629.


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