Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/08/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/08/18


Emil Tomko, 88, of 25 Thompson St., St. Clair, died Monday at LVHN Schuylkill-East.,

Born in St. Clair, February 10, 1930, He was a son of the late John and Margaret (Sweat) Tomko.

He attended St. Clair High School.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Emil was among the last employees of the Schuylkill Supply Store. He also worked for the A & P as a butcher before becoming the owner Tomko's Store, St. Clair.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Clair, American Legion Post #719, St. Clair, and St. Clair Amvets Post #142.

He was preceded in death by a brother Alex Tomko; 3 sisters Mary Tomko; Catherine Panchari and Ann Grawboski.

Surviving are his wife Lillian (Choynacki) Tomko; 3 Daughters Karen Davis of Harrisburg; Rhonda Taylor and her husband John of WA; Donna Hurst and her husband Paul of UT; 2 sons Victor Janavage and his wife, Beth Ann of St. Clair; David Janavage and his wife, Leigh Ann of IL; 13 Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren; 11 Great-Great Grandchildren; Neices and Nephews including Richard Tomko; Robert Panchari; Ray Panchari; Alisyn Janavage; Kristine Cope.

Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday from St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 105 North Morris Street St. Clair with Msgr. Myron Grabowski officiating. . Friends may call from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Thursday at Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home 110 N. Second St. St. Clair, PA 17970. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Memorial fund at the above address. Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville at the convenience of the family.
Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to http://www.brucethartfuneralhome.com

Patricia L. Chistakoff, 71, of Phoenix Park, Branch Township, passed away on Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill -- East.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Estella Warner Krammes Kissinger. She attended Pottsville schools. She worked at the former Rest Haven Home as a certified nurse assistant before retiring in 2004.

She was a member of Phoenix Park Union Church.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard M. Chistakoff, Sr., to whom she was married for 25 years; four stepchildren, Leonard M. Chistakoff, Jr., Black Diamond, John Chistakoff (companion, Jane Fetterolf), Branch Township, Tonya Yob (spouse, Leo), Primrose, and Scott Chistakoff (spouse, Bridget), Black Diamond. She is also survived by five sisters, Anna Mae Long, Saint Clair, June Putlock, Deer Lake, Sally Kintzel, Pottsville, Faye Shay, Cressona, and Nancy Haldeman, Minersville; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. from Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00 P.M. Donations to the American Cancer Society are preferred.


John "Jack" H. Weber, 79, of Ashland, PA passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Born in Ashland on May 27, 1939 the son of the late Ruth (Horbach) Weber. 

Jack was the husband of Suzan June Beck to whom he married in 1959.

He graduated from Ashland Area High School and enlisted in the Army. He was employed at Detroit Mobile Homes and then worked for the Ashland Borough until he retired. He was a Little League baseball coach and a Pee Wee football coach in Ashland for many years. He enjoyed hunting, spending time at the Donut Shop in Ashland, and going to various high school sports. He never missed a game while his children or grandchildren were playing. 

He was preceded in death by a sister: Elizabeth Hughes. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are children: John Weber of Ashland; Tammy Halsey of Minersville; and Robert Weber and his wife Vicki of Valley View. Seven granddaughters: Deanna Weber, Anissa Weber, Shauna Weber, Gretchen Halsey, Morgan Halsey Englert wife of Dillon Englert, Jennilyn Weber Kelsey wife of Daniel Kelsey and Juliana Weber. Six greatgrandchildren: Lily, Mila, Ava, Everleigh, Braylen, and MaryKate. Two Nieces. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 11, 2018 from Zion's Reformed UCC Church, Ashland, PA. Rev. David Grant will officiate. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs, PA. Viewing Wednesday, October 10, 6:00-8:00 PM from Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland and Thursday, 9:30-11:00 AM from the Zion's Reformed UCC Church. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Irene T. Kroh, 90, of Donaldson, passed away Sunday at the Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Pottsville, October 28, 1927, a daughter of the late Alfred and Amanda Davis Gehres.

Irene was a retired seamstress from the garment industry.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Donaldson.

Irene enjoyed playing bingo, cards and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin R. Kroh; two sons, Perry Lee Kroh and Charles Kroh; two granddaughters, Jill Kroh and Amanda Minnich; a sister, Margaret Reiner.

Surviving are her son, Merlin A. Kroh and his wife Jeanie, Donaldson; two grandsons, Casey Kroh and Dustin Minnich; five great grandchildren, Casey, Calleigh and Wyatt Kroh; Aaron and Mischa Myers.

Graveside services will held Friday, October 12th at 2:00 pm from the Donaldson Community Cemetery with Pastor Annette Shutt. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com


Doris M. Heberling, 95, of Tower City, passed away Sunday evening at the Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Tower City, July 1, 1923, a daughter of the late William and Gertrude Kopp Barnhardt.

Doris was a retired seamstress from the garment industry.

She was a faithful member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Muir. She was very active with the Helping Hands group at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo, 1975; two sons, Ronald and William Heberling; two grandsons, Keith and Tom Hoover; two brothers, Jack and Mark Barnhardt; two sisters, Joyce Barnhardt and Betty Kessler.

Surviving are her daughter, Donna Hunter and her husband Ray, Muir; 8 grandchildren, Kevin and Doug Hoover; John Heberling, Carol Howard, Brenda Soricelli, David, Allen and Jeffrey Hunter. Numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Monday, October 15th at 1:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Monica Romberger. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 101 E. Wiconisco Street, Muir PA 17957. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com