Saturday, September 15, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/14/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/14/18


Richard C. Stabingas, 70, of Schuylkill Haven, PA, passed away Thursday, September 13th.

Born in Pottsville, PA on January 26, 1948, he was a son of the late George & Nellie (Brillius) Stabingas.

In addition to his parents, Richard is also preceded in death by his brother, Robert G. Stabingas, and nephew, Todd R. Stabingas.

He was the loving husband of Denise P. (Mangione) Stabingas, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage as well as father to his beloved girls and “Coach” to his grandson.

Richard was a graduate of St. Clair High School, Class of 1965. He received his BS from East Stroudsburg University and MS from Murray State University. He received his principal's certificate after additional gradwork at Penn State, Rider, and Glassboro Universities.

Years later, Richard graduated from McAllister Institute's Mortuary Sciences program and joined his brother in business.

He was employed as a math teacher in Chattam, NJ, Maple Shade, NJ, and the Blue Mountain High School. Richard later co-owned and operated Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven.

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

He also belonged to Knights of Columbus and was a member and past president of Schuylkill Haven Rotary Club. Richard was a former member of the Schuylkill Haven School Board, and was a social member of the East Ward Social Club and American Legion Post #38, both in Schuylkill Haven. He enjoyed coaching golf, football, and basketball to which he devoted many years of his life.

In addition to his wife, Richard is also survived by two daughters: Kimberly Stabingas Finn & husband, Timothy, Apex, NC, Dr. Kristen C. Stabingas, Pittsburgh, PA, and a grandson, Brogan Richard Finn, three sisters, Sandra Stabingas Gutowski, & Doris Stabingas, both of St. Augustine, FL, & Marian Herb, Chestertown, MD, as well as nieces & nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 20th, with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating.

A visitation will be held in the church's chapel from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Interment will immediately follow mass at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation 101 North Centre Street Pottsville, PA 17901 or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, C/O Donation Processing, P O Box 5014, Hagerstown MD 21741-5014.

John C. Quattrociocchi, 81, of Pottsville, passed away on Wednesday morning in his residence.

Born in Pottsville, on August 27, 1937, he was a son of the late Gertrude (Drenth) and Frank Quattrociocchi.

He was a member of St. Patrick R.C.C., Pottsville.

John was a machinist at EA Quirin Machine Shop for many years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers: Frank, Peter, and Louie Quattrociocchi; sisters: Lucy Hutchings, Patricia Fessler, Betty Bonan, Stella Brown, Alice Borrell, and Esther Thomas.

John is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Pauley, of Pottsville; Catherine Schaeffer, of Pine Grove; several nieces and nephews; and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Monday, September 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A viewing will be held in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family request contributions in John's name be sent to: Hillside SPCA, Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Margaret “Peggy” Witkoski, 71 of Frackville went to Lord on Wednesday.

Born and raised in Shenandoah, she was the daughter of the late James and Irene (Balaschak) Witkoski.

She was a 1964 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Peggy retired from the former City Shirt Factory in Frackville.

She is survived by her companion, Robert Kosmisky; four sisters, Rosemary Lawson, Irene Harris, Joann Rickert and Elizabeth Price; four godchildren, Marie Finlan, John Kostick, Edward Lawson and Joe Kutsko.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas Brooks Wheeler, M.D., 69, of Orwigsburg, PA, passed away Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown. 

Born in St. Louis, MO, March 16, 1949, he was the son of the late Paul L. and Elizabeth T. Wheeler. Tom graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine,where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity,and he received a Masters Degree in History at the University of Virginia. He received his Medical Degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and completed residencies at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and McGill University Health Center, Montreal. Tom was very knowledgeable about American History, especially the Civil War, and a collector and enthusiast of classical and jazz music. 

Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Brian L. Wheeler, in 2010. 

He is survived by his sister, Deborah, wife of W. Russell Harris, Reading, MA, his son, Matthew Wheeler, Tucson, AZ, his daughter, Hannah Wheeler, Washington, DC, his friend and former spouse, Wendi Wheeler, Orwigsburg, and nephews and nieces, Scott Harris, husband of Kayla, Medford, MA, and Inara and Bergen Wheeler, Louisville, CO. 

Tom was a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who practiced in Tamaqua and Coaldale and later in Pottsville. He was a member of the American Medical Association and St. Johns UCC, Orwigsburg. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Monday from St. Johns UCC, Orwigsburg with the Rev. Jan Remer-Osborn officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10 am at the church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Johns UCC, Orwigsburg or Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.


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