Thursday, September 13, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/13/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/13/18


Eleanor P. " Tetta" Billig, of 212 West High Street Coaldale, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Weatherwood Nurisng & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Weatherly at the age of 79.

Survived by her husband of sixty years, Howard James Billig; sister, Mrs. Ann Louise Colosimo of Shenandoah; nieces, nephews and god children whom she was so proud of.

A 1959 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, Eleanor was Russian Orthodox by faith. Eleanor, worked at the former Kiddie Kloes of Lansford. She enjoyed baking, taking long rides with Howard, and both where ardent fans of the Panther Valley High School football team, attending most games. A music lover, Eleanor like listening to Elvis and attending area shows. She was an animal lover and traveled extensively.

Born Saturday, March 18, 1939 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Alec, and Anna (Zulick) Shears. She was also predeceased by; siblings, Michael Shears, Dorothy Shears, and Elias Shears.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

Memorials in her name to:
Carbon County Friends for Animals
77 West 13th Street
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229
or Animal Shelter of one's choice

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Lucy P. Ciotti, 75, of Minersville, passed away on Tuesday at Milton Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Minersville, Lucy was a daughter of the late Constantino and Lena Sanza Pizzico. She was a 1961 graduate of Minersville Area High School. Her first job, during high school, was with the former Vessotskie Shoe Store, where she worked intermittently through her adult life. After high school, she took employment with the U.S. Library of Congress. She also worked at M&Q Packaging. She was last employed in the office of the Borough of Minersville.

She was a member of the former St. Barbara Church, Minersville, and was a current member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville.

Lucy had tremendous faith and was a strong believer in the power of our God. She relied on her faith in times of joy and sorrow. She was grateful for each day and every blessing, especially her "Angels". Lucy was an avid reader, and enjoyed the Minersville Public Library. She championed and cherished each of her kids' and grandkids' athletic and academic achievements. Lucy loved to laugh, play board games, and was part of a women's card club for decades. She enjoyed her family's trivial pursuit nights and treasured her family's time together at the holidays. Lucy loved to dance and sing and gave freely of herself to anyone she encountered in her life.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Pizzico.

Lucy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Harley Paul Ciotti; four children, Steven Ciotti, Aurora, Colorado, James Ciotti (spouse, Amy), Canonsburg, Lisa Bilansky (spouse, Brian), West West Terrace, and Cindi Schaffter (spouse, Brian), Chesapeake, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Elisabeth Ciotti, Julia, Noah and Joshua Ciotti, Anthony Ciotti (spouse, Chelsea), Michael Bilansky, Rylan and Lainey Schaffter; three great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Brennen and Lula Mae Ciotti. She is also survived by six siblings, Yolanda Demcher, Minersville, Ernest Pizzico, Minersville, Mary Ann Romansky, El Centro, California, Constantino Pizzico, Minersville, her twin, Antoinette Ryan, Minersville, and Steven Pizzico, West West Terrace; numerous 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 in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 541 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Tuesday at 10.00 A.M. Interment will be at 12:30 P.M. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. The family prefers remembrances to St. Michael the Archangel Church or to the Minersville Public Library, 220 S 4th St, Minersville, PA 17954.


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