Friday, March 30, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/30/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/30/2018


Gerald J. Frew, 83, of Tremont, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home.

Born in Zerbe, November 29, 1934, a son of the late George and Marjorie Birmingham Frew.

Gerald was a 1953 graduate of the former Tremont High School.

Gerald was United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, where he served on the USS Dashiell, earning the rank of 1st class.

He retired as an electrician from J. Robert Basley and Penn Equipment.

He was a member of Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Tremont and the Newtown Gun Club.

His life revolved around his family, he especially enjoyed watching his grandsons baseball games. He will be remembered for his outgoing and friendly personality.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by three brothers, George, Robert and Donald Frew.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Wilda Ochs Frew, three children, Gerald O. Frew, Tremont, Cindy Workman and her husband Jamie, Williamstown and Scott Frew and his wife Amy, Tremont; six grandchildren, Tiffany Gilbert, Keisha Hummel, Keara Suprock, Jamie Workman II, Scott M. Frew and Steven Frew; eight great grandchildren. Nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Services will be held Monday, April 2nd, at 7:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. Visitation will be from 6-7 at the chapel. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or on line at To sign the guest book visit


Kenneth Schwensfier, 81, of West Penn Township, Tamaqua, PA died on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Mahoning Township, Lehighton, PA. 

He was the husband of Barbara (nee Lontka) Schwensfier to whom he was married 63 years. Born in Rahway, NJ on August 30, 1936, Ken was the son of the late Paul and Estelle (nee Dudek) Schwensfier. 

A graduate of Linden High School, NJ, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Ken was the owner operator of Kens’ Hideaway in Tobyhanna, PA from 1969-1998. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Denise Guardascione and her husband, Mark of West Penn Township and granddaughter, Marissa Guardascione of West Penn Township. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


John P. Teter, 72, of Zion Grove, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Shenandoah, on May 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Harold E. and Helen (Long) Teter.

John was a graduate of the West Hazleton High School and received a Bachelors degree from the former Bloomsburg Teachers College and a a Masters degree in secondary Guidance from the Kutztown University. He worked for the North Schuylkill School District for over 31 years, primarily as a Math teacher. John also was dean of students, in charge of discipline in his later years. He also served as guidance counselor for the former North Vo-Tech school in Frackville, for half a day for five years.

John was an active life-long member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Zion Grove. During his lifetime, he sang in the choir, was superintendent of the Sunday School, was a member of the Church Council, served as joint parish treasurer for 19 years straight, and also served on the Building Committee, Call Committee and mutual Ministry Committee.

An active hunter, he has taken numerous speciies of game in Schuylkill County and the surrounding area, including a 6 point Piebald trophy buck. He once won 12 buck pools in a single year, taking a ten point buck locally, besting over 1000 entrants. Hunting gray squirrels with a used .22 rifle bought at retirement, was a passion, taking over 425 including one black squirrel. John was president of the former Zion Grove Hunting Club for many years. An original member of the Buckfeather Rod and Gun Club, serving as treasurer for 12 years. He was also Treasurer of the Ringtown Valley Sporting club for the past 12 years. A member of the Shenandoah Fish and Game Club, he also cooked for Tuesday night Bingo at the club for the last 5 years. John also taught the local hunter trapper education safety course for the PA Game Commission for over 15 years. He also spent a lot of time trout fishing, catching 316 in one year, all using worms while catching no more than 5 per day, all of which were consumed by someone.

Sports were a large part of his life playing slow pitch softball for Bott's and the Ringtown co-ed league. He also coached Ringtown Little League for several decades.
John spent many hours on his commercial lawn mower every summer, mowing lawns for family and friends, hunting clubs, along the highway and on paths around property lines.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde, and Charles "Wilt" Teter; a step son, Nathan Fetterman, and mother of his children, Mary L. Morgan.

Surviving are children, Bill Teter and his wife Marcy of Painted Post, NY; Randy Teter of Zion Grove; Maj. Aaron Teter and his wife Erin of Camp Hill; Phoebe Shaw, Zion Grove; Fawn and her husband Toby Baldauf of Tyrone, PA.

He is also survived by two brothers, Carl Teter of Zion Grove; and Earl Teter and his wife Pattie of Ringtown, and a sister, Marion, wife of Barry Davis of Zion Grove.
Four grandchildren survive, Cyrus Shaw; Ava Baldauf; Everleigh and Isla Teter. John is also survived by his companion, Michelle Hutton. Many nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at 11 am on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. A viewing will be held at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home, 412 West Main Street, Ringtown, from 6-9 pm on Tuesday evening and again from 10-11 am Wednesday morning, prior to the service at the church. John will be laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are asked to be made to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 61, Zion Grove, PA 17985, to be used for the Nathan Fetterman Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Ronald L. Shuey, 85, of Tower City, passed away Wednesday, March 29th.

Born in Wiconisco, November 21, 1932, a son of the late Walter and Evelyn Bateman Shuey.

Ron was a 1950 graduate of the former Wiconisco High School. He was an Army veteran during the Korean Era.

He was retired from the payroll and quality control department at the former Wilcox Forging, Mechanicsburg.

Ron was a member of St. Christopher's Lutheran Church, Lykens, a member, past master and served as secretary for over 25 years at the Ashlar Lodge, 570 F&AM, Lykens; Tower City Porter Rotary Club where he was past president, Harrisburg Scottish Rites Consistory, Zembo Shrine, Tremont Royal Arch Chapter #221, Regal Council #65, Prince of Peace Commander #39; Tower Porter Old Homeweek Committee; Lykens American Legion; a life member of Wiconisco Fire Company; Dauphin County Fireman's Association and the Wiconisco Alumni.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and James Shuey.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Adams Shuey, to whom they would have celebrated 46 years of marriage on March 30th, two daughters; Andrea Grissinger and her husband Joshua, Tower City and Denise Saunders and her husband Eric, Dillsburg; two brothers, Sidney Shuey, Dillsburg and Bertram Shuey, Landisburg. Seven grandchildren he was very proud of, Elijah, Evelyn, Cathleen, Ronald, Ethan, Julia and Patrick. Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4th at 11:00 am from St. Christopher's Lutheran Church, Lykens with Pastor Del Attech Del. Burial with military honors will be in the Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco. Viewing will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City with Masonic services beginning at 6:15 and also from 10-11 am Wednesday at the church. Memorial donations in Ron's name should be made to, St. Christopher's Lutheran Church, 635 N. Second Street, Lykens, PA 17048 or the Ashlar Lodge, Market Street, Lykens, PA 17048. To sign the guestbook visit