Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/09/2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/09/2018


Richard J. Wishnefsky, 68, of Hazle Township, Pa, passed away Sunday, April 8th, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest.

Richard was born in Shenandoah, on October 15, 1949, a son of the late Stella (Racis) and Charles Wishnefsky.

Richard was raised in Shenandoah where he attended J.W. Cooper High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War. Upon return he found the love of his life and married and raised his children in Mahanoy City.

He worked in construction as a drilling and blasting professional throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A lover of all sports, he was a well known local fast pitch softball pitcher for many years and enjoyed playing basketball and golf with his friends and children. He especially enjoyed weekend getaways to Atlantic City and traveling the country to spend time with his grandchildren.

Richard was the loving husband of Mary Lou Wishnefsky and would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in May.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by a daughter, Brenda, wife of Mario Melone, of Naperville Ill; a son, Jason, husband of Selwyn Wishnefsky, of Charlotte NC; and by five grandchildren Alex, Colton, Sabrina, Layla and Stella Mae.

Richard is also survived by two sisters, Roberta Barowski, of Shenandoah Heights; Faustina Hannis, of Red Lion PA, nieces and nephews.

Richard is preceded in death by his brother Philip and infant brothers Charles and Robert.

Friends may call Thursday 6 to 8 pm at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Internment will be private.

Family welcomes contributions in his honor to the American Lung Association.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Earl J.Blum, 74, of Deer Lake and formerly of Pottsville passed away Sunday, at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, February 29, 1944 a son of the late Frederick and Alma Schoffstall Blum.

He graduated from Pottsville High School, Class of 1962 and the Allied Corp. Execute Training Program.

On May 6, 1967, he married his loving and beloved wife Janis Felker Blum of 51 years.

He worked for the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, as the account manager for 24 years and retired on June 30, 2006 and Pomeroy’s Department Store, Pottsville as a sales manager for 21 years.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the former English Lutheran Church, both of Pottsville. He served on Church Council, and was the treasurer for 7 years and served on other committees at Trinity Lutheran Church.

He was a life member of the West End Hose Co. #7 of Pottsville, was a member of the Pottsville Board of Fire Trustees, Pottsville Firemen’s Relief Trust Association and served as treasurer for 7 years.

He served as a Assistant Fire Chief for the city of Pottsville from July 1977 to 1980, former member of Schuylkill County Firefighter’s Association and is a member of the Six-County Firemen’s Association.

He served in the Army Reserve for 27 years and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.

He was preceded in death by a brother Raymond Blum and sister Alma Blum Buckinsky.

Surviving in addition to his wife, beloved son Dale Blum and his wife Kimberly of Pottsville, beloved daughter Cheryl Dukmen of Orwigsburg, his beloved grandchildren Jocelyn Harach and her husband Patrick, Courtney, Mallorie and Connor Dukmen, great granddaughter Charlee Mae his brother Frederick Blum and his wife Joann, Williamsport and his sister Elaine Mclauchlin and her husband Arlie, Virginia Beach and his brother in law Leonard Buchinsky and nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, April 13 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Arch Streets, Pottsville with the Reverend Harold Hand and Reverend Chris Rothharpt officiating. Family and friends may call 6-8 pm and 9 am until the time of the service at the church. Interment with military honorswill be conducted at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rev. Philip S. Bendle III Scholarship Fund in care of Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 W. Arch Street, Pottsville PA 17901.


Howard Paul Harig, Sr., 79, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, April 8th, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Allentown.

Howard was born in Port Carbon, on December 24, 1938, a son of the late Emma (Swavely) and ClarenceHarig.

He was the husband of Joan V. (Yocum) Harig, to whom he was married for 57 years.

He was formerly employed at Blue Mountain Mac as a truck driver and mechanic, as well as the Miner's Fuel Co. and was a member of the Summit Station Fire Police for 20 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Shirley Derstine (Dennis), Birdsboro, Howard P. Harig, Jr. (Angela), Schuylkill Haven, Debbie Harig (companion Robert Kreager), Schuylkill Haven, Paul Harig (Connie), Summit Station, Joanie Cortelyou (Tim), Herndon; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings Jane Wertz, William Harig and Carlee Harig.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. , Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 12th,with Pastor Larry Baker officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held Wednesday 6-8 pm and 9:30 am until the time of the service at the funeral home Thursday.

Interment will be in Summer Hill Cemetery.


Kathryn L. Fessler, 95, formerly of Muir and Elizabethville, passed away Sunday at Premier at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

Born in Muir, November 15, 1922, a daughter of the late Joseph R. and Mamie A. Unger Daub.

Kathryn was retired Post Master from the Muir Post Office.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir and the Williams Valley Senior Citizens.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Fessler, 1980; her daughter Kay Shadle 2008; a son-in-law, Donald Shadle, 2013; a sister, Alma Bendigo; two brothers, Lloyd and Charles Daub.

Surviving are her three grandchildren, Sheri Shadle, Elizabethville; Scott Shadle (Yvonne) Elizabethville and Steve Shadle (Carrie) Millersburg; six great grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 13th at 10:00 am from the Fairview Cemetery, Muir with Pastor Monica Romberger. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Wiconisco Street, Muir PA 17957.


Alice W. Frew, 91, of Tremont, passed away early Monday morning at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Swatara, January 9, 1927, a daughter of the late Frank and Edna Griffiths White. She was a graduate of the former Reilly Twp. High School.

She was retired from the former Fox Knapp, Mfg. Company, Pine Grove.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Newtown.

Alice lived her life for her family. She will be remembered as a wonderful grandmother to her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, 2006; a son, Wayne, 2002 and a brother Alfred White.

Surviving are her sister, Lois Kramer, Tremont; daughter-in-law, Mary Kathryn Frew, Tremont; three grandchildren, Christine Betz and her husband Keith, Pine Grove; Angela Flannery and her companion Mike Houtz, Newtown and Wayne Frew, Jr. and his wife Charlette, Cumbola; 11 great grandchildren, Michael, Kaytlyn, Ashley, Tyler, Kassondra, Kayla, Alexander, Chase, Hunter, Keegan and Luke. Three great great grandchildren; Cameron, Brantley and Alice; a niece, Joan Dimon, Pine Grove.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 13th at 11:30 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Rev. Dr. Krista Roehrig. Burial will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Viewing will be from 10:30-11:30 at the chapel. Memorial donations in Alice's name should be made to St. John's U.C.C., 133 S. Tremont Street, Zerbe-Tremont, PA 17981. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com