Sunday, January 7, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/06/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/06/2018


Erma F Sweigart, age 85, of the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Barry Twp, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville.

She was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1932, in Barry Twp.

She was a 1950 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

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

Erma enjoyed spending time with her family.

Her husband Allen Sweigart passed away in 2000.

She is survived by two sons, Allen Sweigart and his wife Helen of Ashland and Alvin Sweigart and his wife Pam of Ashland; five daughters, Susan Longenecker of Pine Grove, Ruth Barshinger and her husband Bill of Ono, Mary Rainis and her husband Mike of Ashland, Donna Dyszel and her husband John of Orange Park, FL, and Esther Reeder of Shamokin; twelve grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Fehr of Pottstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Bob Kensinger officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be made in the Church of God Cemetery, Weishample.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to for Alzheimer's Research to the Bright Focus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Mark E. Widel, 57, of Pottsville, passed away Thursday at his residence.

Mark was born in Pottsville, Oct. 4, 1960, a son of Mary Lou Ward and Edward F. "Buddy" Widel, of Orwigsburg.

He was the husband of Mary T. "Terry" Donahue Duffy Widel.

He was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

Mark was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1978.

Prior to his retirement, Mark worked as the purchasing agent at Thermo Dynamics Boiler Co., Schuylkill Haven, and then as the purchasing agent/salesman for Columbia Boiler Co., Pottstown.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by brothers, Gregory Widel, Ohio, and Michael Widel, Leesport; fur baby, Bailey; aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, with Monsignor William Glosser officiating. No viewing or visitation will be held prior. The family requests donations to St. Ambrose Church Memorial Fund, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Interment will be at Saint Ambrose Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.


Kathleen D. Somers, 88, formerly of Pottsville, entered into eternal rest Saturday morning at Seton Manor.

Born December 2, 1929, in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late George and Gertrude (Penberth) Somers.

She was a Graduate of Pottsville High School and a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Lois Wingle and a brother Robert Somers.

Kathleen is survived by brothers James Somers, Pottsville; Gerald Somers, Whitehall; and George Somers, Phoenix Park; and a sister Patricia Boran, Orwigsburg. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM Wednesday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville with Msgr. Edward O’Connor, Officiating. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call Wednesday from 10AM until the time of Mass at the Church. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Hillside.

The family would prefer donations be made in Kathleen’s name to St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church Memorial Fund 319 Mahantongo Street Pottsville PA 17901.

Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market Street Pottsville PA 17901 has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Somers family.


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