Sunday, September 23, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/22/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/22/18


James A. (Jim) Noecker, Jr., 63, of New Ringgold, passed away Friday, September 21st, at Seton Manor Inc., Orwigsburg. 

Jim was born in Pottsville, on February 1, 1955, a son of Helen Idell (Gehrig) Noecker, of Schuylkill Haven, and the late James Andrew Noecker, Sr. He was the husband of Linda Ann (Miller) Noecker. They were married on June 29th, 1974. Jim worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Reading Anthracite & Ginther Coal Companies. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his home life, his grandchildren and Jim was an avid hunter. 

In addition to his Mother, Helen and Linda, his wife of 44 years, he is also survived by his daughter, Sabrina L., wife of David Strause Two sons James D. Noecker, husband of Irvenia and Jason D. Noecker, husband of Roxanna. Jim’s grandchildren are Kayla, Calvin, Ella, Nya, Cody, Leah, Naudia, and Clayton. He also has 12 Siblings. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 27th at Christ Church Mc Keansburg with Rev. Sunny L. Stock officiating. Friends and family will gather from 9:30 until time of service. Interment will be private.Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to be serving Jim’s family.

Marie T. Sokoloski, 95, of High Rd. Ashland, PA passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center, Shenandoah, PA.
Born in Ashland October 9, 1922 the daughter of the late Francis and Edna (Mattern) Leister.
Marie graduated from Ashland Schools. She was a member of the St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland, Gordon Senior Citizens, and Gordon Fire Company Auxiliary.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband: Leo Sokoloski, April 2007. Three brothers: William, Paul, and Francis. Two sisters: Romana Wisloski and Rose Bartik.
Surviving are a son: Leo husband of Kay Sokoloski of Gordon, PA. Three grandchildren: Mary Norton of Schuylkill Haven, PA; Leo V. Sokoloski of Bloomsburg, PA; Michael J. Sokoloski of Lavelle, PA. Four great grandchildren: Christopher of Brooklyn, NY; Matthew of Texas; David and Timothy of Lavelle, PA. Nieces and nephews survive.
A Mass of the Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday, September 24, 2018 at the St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland, PA with Rev. Paul Rothermel officiating. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ft. Springs, PA. Viewing will be Monday, 9:30-10:45 AM at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Dorothy R. Derr, 56, of Tower City, passed away Friday afternoon at her home after a 14 week valiant fight with cancer.

Born in Harrisburg, October 3, 1961, a daughter of the late Roger Derr, Sr. and Betty Lewis Derr.

Dot was a 1979 graduate of Williams Valley High School; Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State University.

Dot was employed with the Commonwealth of PA for over 34 years, she was currently the Director of Administrative Services with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. She was the first female director at the PA Game Commission.

She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City where she was a former Financial Chair of Administrative Council and former Treasurer of the United Methodist Women. She was a member and past officer of the Tower City American Legion Auxiliary; a member and past officer of the Tower City Women of the Moose.

Dot's entire life revolved around her family, friends, and career. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, spending time at the beach and trap shooting with the Orwin Gun Club. She was very active in the Williams Valley Community, whether coaching sports, belonging to numerous community clubs and organizations or helping a friend in need. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her companion, Greg Showers; sisters, Bonnie Ciesnolevicz, Harrisburg, Lynne Daniels, Williamstown; Melanie Silver, Harrisburg, Tonya Derr, Williamstown. Brothers, David Derr (Deb), Tower City, Kenn Derr, Williamstown; Nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved, including her goddaughter, Alyssa Miller. She is also survived by many dear friends whom were like family to Dot.

A Celebration of Dot's life will be held on Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 am from the Christ United Methodist Church, Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt. A visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 at the church. Private burial will be in Methodist Cemetery, Williamstown. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, Open Market Fund, 400 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980 or Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Lingelstown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110. Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit


Helen W. Evans, 83, Mahanoy Plane, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning at The Gardens of Palmyra surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Mahanoy Plane, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen Flynn English. She had worked until her retirement at Model Garment Factory and City Shirt, Frackville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Evans; her daughter, Susie Berezwick and her sister Mary McCann.

Helen is survived by her three loving daughters: Colleen and her husband Gary Petrewicz, Hummelstown, Joni and her husband Bobby Kitscock, Hummelstown and Janice and her husband Dave Kutchinsky, Frackville; her son-in-law Matt Berezwick, Mahanoy Plane; her two brother-in-laws: Bob McCann, Manville, NJ, and Richard Evans, Linden, NJ; her sister-in-law Joan Avenoso of Mahanoy City; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. from St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Annunciation BVM Church, Frackville. Friends may call at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made, in Helen’s name, to the Susan B. Berezwick Education Award in c/o Schuylkill Area Community Foundation at 216 S. Centre Street Pottsville, PA 17901