Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/22/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 10/22/18


Brandon Michael Stephens, age 31, of Pottsville, PA passed away due to a car accident on Saturday, October 20th, 2018.

Born in Pottsville, PA on May 18, 1987, he was the son of Michael J. Kelly Jr. and his companion Kim Wrona and Brenda L. (Stephens) Fitzpatrick and her companion Kevin Wasser.

Brandon was a graduated of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 2005. He loved going fishing, writing poems, drawing, and working on cars. Brandon was also a tattoo artist, who worked for the Foundation Art Studio in Minersville.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Larry C. Stephens and an uncle Wayne Stephens.

In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by a son Mason Lawrence Ellinger; sisters: Kaylyn N. Kelly and Jenna Fitzpatrick; brothers: Matthew Chattin, Kyle Wrona, Justin Wrona, and Jason Purnell; paternal grandparents: Michael J. Kelly Sr. and Helene Kelly-Emery; maternal grandmother Daphne (Place) Stephens; nephew Taylor Donton; nieces: Kaidah Kelly and Paisley Donton; aunt and best friend Lori Kelly; and cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon at 7:30PM on Wednesday, October 24th, with Rev. Doug Cresswell officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6-7:30PM at the Funeral Home. Interment will be held private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust fund that will be set up for Brandon's son Mason c/o Brandon’s Mother Brenda Fitzpatrick, 2 Sunbury Street, Apt.2, Minersville, PA 17954 Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com


Thomas G. Smith, Jr. of Pottsville, age 80, passed away on Monday 10-22-18 at Seton Manor Nursing Home in Orwigsburg, PA.

Born in Pottsville, August 27, 1938, he was the son of the late Dorothy E. & Thomas G. Smith, Sr.

He grew up in Minersville and graduated in 1956 from Minersville High School. He attended Penn State University for a year and then completed a Municipal Police Course at the PA State Police Academy in Hershey. He worked for 25 years for the Schuylkill Haven Police Dept. and was the Police Chief for 23 of those of years retiring in 2000.

Smittie was also known as Chief in the Boro and the “bouncer” and life guard at Willow Lake for many years. Tom enjoyed reminiscing with friends and “Old Lakers” about the Jordan Brothers and swimming at the pool, which was owned by his parents. He enjoyed flying, worked as a commercial pilot for a few years, and then flew for pleasure from the Joe Zerbey airport with family and friends. He was also a World War II aviation buff. He was a member of the AOPA, Airline Owners and Pilots Association and the Minersville Historical Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Debra A. Roadcap of Cressona.

He is survived by his wife of 27 yrs, Margaret (Peggy) Burns Smith, daughters Wendy Yuengling of Wyomissing, Tammy Freiler and husband Rick of Orwigsburg, Shelly Moyer and husband Dennis of Pottsville. A stepson, John Eric Cantwell and wife Stacey of Sinking Spring. A sister, Patricia McManus of Centreville, MD. Six grandchildren, Ben Roadcap, Trent Jacoby, Chad Jacoby, Tia Yuengling, Quentin Moyer and Adam Moyer. 4 Great Grandchildren, and 3 Step Grandchildren. Two nieces, Jessica Moran of Port Jefferson, NY and Monica Hunt of Alexandria, VA.

A visitation will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. in Schuylkill Haven, from 1 to 2 p.m.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.


Judith A. (Reichner) Lewis, 78, of Pottsville, PA, passed away Sunday, October 21st, peacefully, at her residence.

Judith was born in Woodbury, NJ on August 4, 1940, a daughter of the late Eva M. (Paul) and Rev. Walter L. Reichner.

She was the widow of Rev. William T. Lewis.

Judith was a member of First United Methodist Church, Pottsville. She was also a co-founder of the Schuylkill Herb Society.

Judith is survived by a daughter, Sarai E. Lewis, wife ofYve Soto, of Pottsville.

She is also survived by 2 sisters, and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815.


Jayden Joshua Klemas, 19, of Clay St., Tremont, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Reilly Twp.

Born on August 25, 1999 in Pottsville, he was a son of Shannon Klemas of Tremont and Warren Bruen of Minersville.

He was a 2017 graduate of Pine Grove High School where he was involved in the JROTC. He was a sophomore Computer Science major at Penn State Schuylkill and worked in the IT Dept. He had an early acceptance to Penn State Main Campus where he was going to attend starting in January.
He worked in the produce Dept. at Giant in Cressona.

He played baseball for Pine Grove Little League, enjoyed playing the guitar, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Jayden was genuine, good natured, easy spirited and was always there and willing to help anyone who needed assistance. He was goofy and always made people laugh. He spent lots of time with his cousins, who were more like his brothers and sisters.

Preceding him in death were his great grandmothers, Beatrice Klemas and Hazel Haslem and great grandfather Frank Klemas.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are maternal grandparents Frank and Judy Klemas of Pine Grove; aunts, Sherri Bowers of Seltzer, Shelly Morrison of Colorado; uncle, Frankie Klemas of Scranton; 6 cousins, Leah, Kyle, Dale, Ryan, Erin and T.J.; great aunt, Peggy Pavao of Montana and many more great aunts and uncles; and his second cousins from Montana; a half brother Kolby Smith
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating. There will be a viewing on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the Pine Grove Area Education Foundation for a scholarship in Jaydens name, P.O. Box 98 Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 in his memory.
You may send condolences to the family online at our website www.hlsnyderfuneralhome.com


Mary Jane Morgan, 75, of Williamstown, passed away Sunday at the Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg.

Born in Pottsville, November 21, 1942, a daughter of the late George and Miriam Ney Eisenhauer.

Mary Jane was retired from Little Angels Day Care, Pine Grove.

She was of the Protestant Faith; enjoyed playing cards and going shopping with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Milton, 2007; a daughter, Brenda Kuntlzeman, 2012.

Surviving are her two daughters, Tammy DuBois, Williamstown and Jane Neiman, Pine Grove; a son, Timothy Morgan, Williamstown; two sisters, Sonia Sherman, Tower City and Sandra Angeny, Tremont. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, October 25th at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt. Burial will be in the Donaldson Community Cemetery.