Friday, November 9, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/08/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/08/18


Stonehedge Gardens co-founder Russell F. Keich passed away on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the age of 90.

Russell and his partner Don Herring founded Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in 1966. Russell’s vision for Stonehedge Gardens was “to educate holistic concepts of health, healing, spirituality, environment, awareness of our oneness, respect of our differences, and the joy these differences bring to our lives - a place of peace, quietude, escapes, meditation and communion with nature."

Russell was a lifelong artist, gardener, potter and horticulturist. He and Don dug the ponds, planted the gardens, restored the buildings and built Stonehedge to what it is today, a beautiful retreat in the heart of Schuylkill County and the Coal Region. Stonehedge gives artisans a place to practice and promote their works and the public a place to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of nature. For the last 38 years, the annual tree lighting and holiday celebration has been enjoyed by many.

Born in Pottsville on November 28, 1927, Russell was the only son of the late Julius F. and Margaret V. (Gangaware) Keich. Though an only child, Russell’s warm disposition and bold vision helped create a large extended family of friends that helped to establish and maintain Stonehedge Gardens over the years.

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

A memorial service for Russell will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Stonehedge Gardens, 51 Dairy Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252 at 3pm followed by the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Show for the 2018 season. A potluck gathering will be held afterwards at Stonehedge. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Russell Keich Memorial Fund, 51 Dairy Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252

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Isabella Irene (Snyder) Corcoran, 93, of Pottsville, passed away peacefully, on November 7, 2018, at The Gardens at York Terrace Nursing Home, Pottsville.

Born in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, on February 24, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. Sr. and Dillie Savilla (Herring) Snyder.

Isabella attended Schwartz Elementary School and is a 1943 graduate of Cressona High School. She received her nursing degree from Ashland State Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She was employed as a registered nurse at local hospitals and doctors’ offices. A large part of her career was as a night shift registered nurse at York Terrace Nursing Home.

She was best known for her kind, gentle nature and warm smile. She was a caring, compassionate nurse. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Corcoran Sr. who passed away on April 1, 1994. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, William, Daniel, Henry, Luther, Andrew, and Arthur Snyder; her son-in-law, Joseph A. Klein; her grandson, Dillion Corcoran and her great-grandson, Tommy Klein.

Isabella is survived by two daughters, Gail A. (Corcoran) Klein widow of the late Joseph A. Klein, of Gwynedd and Patricia L. Corcoran fiancé of Michael A. Piccioni, Pottsville; two sons, James J. Corcoran Jr. husband of Beverly, Pottsville and John M. Corcoran husband of Marcy, Stroudsburg. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Timothy, and Steven Klein; Kristyn and Ryne Corcoran; Cody Petravich and Kelly Corcoran; six great-grandchildren, Samantha, Jakob, Max, Chase, Kate and Abby Klein; two sisters, Sarah A. (Snyder) Ferrebee and Emma E. (Snyder) Bulvin, of Bedford; three brothers, Alfred A. Snyder, Paul A. Snyder, and Leonard D. Snyder.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Church of St. Patrick, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Family and friends may call at the church from 10:30AM until the time of mass. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Hillside, Pottsville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Isabella would like memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick’s Memorial fund 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville PA 17901.

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Alice M. Donmoyer, 84, of Tremont Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Ravine.
Born on September 19, 1934 in Ravine, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Naomi Shadle Rittenbaugh.
She was a member of St. Paul's UCC in Ravine where she was a member of the Willing Workers. She was also a member of Tremont Senior Citizens,TOPS, and volunteered at the Tremont Heath and Rehab.
Alice loved crocheting, sewing and cooking.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred A. Donmoyer and a brother, Robert Rittenbaugh.
Surviving are two daughters, Roberta Stump and husband Ronald Sr., Linda Donmoyer and companion Peter Micklo; two grandchildren, Ronald Stump, Jr. and wife Mary Anne of Gordon, Rebecca Stump of Pine Grove; 2 great grandchildren, Greg and Ella Stump; three brothers, Dale "Pete" and wife Sharon Rittenbaugh, William Rittenbaugh, Leslie Rittenbaugh, all of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastor Ronald Stump Jr. officiating. There will be a visitation on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Ravine.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to Pine Grove Weekday Church School, c/o Cathy Nagle, 527 Dad Burnhams Rd., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. 17972 in her memory.
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Jay O. "Pop Pop" Mengel, 78,of McKeansburg went home to be with The Lord on November 7, 2018. Jay will forever be remembered by his wife of 45 years, Julia and three children, April, wife of Jesse Belsak, Jason, husband of Tien Mengel and Wendy, wife of Michael Grustas. Jay will also forever be remembered by his five grandchildren, Rachel Stephens, wife of Brian, Tabitha Belsak, Caleb Belsak, Michael Schmeltzle and Caitlin Mengel-Angstedt. Survived by twin brother, Lee Mengel and sisters, Ruby Berger and Darlene Shiffert. Preceded in death by brother, Myron Mengel and sister Georgine Schuster.

A native of Orwigsburg, Jay was a United States Air Force veteran, graduated from The Ford School of Business and worked for the Library of Congress. He retired from Lucent Technologies. Jay was a minister and member of the German Eldership Church of God. He also volunteered as the Auburn Cub Scout Master for several years.

Services will be conducted at 11 AM Monday at Steigerwalt's Church of God, McKeansburg, PA. A viewing will be held from 10 AM until time of service. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven, PA.

The family requests donations in Jay's memory in lieu of flowers to: Auburn Youth Camp, PO Box 113, Orwigsburg, PA 17961.


Kathy A. Peters, 57, of Clarks Valley Road, Tower City, passed away Wednesday at the Osteopathic Hospital after a very brief illness of less than three weeks.

Born in Hershey, August 4, 1961, a daughter of the late Clarence and Anne King Belleman.

Kathy attended Hershey High School and graduated in 1981 from the Dauphin County Technical School.

She was employed for many years as a school bus driver with Jecks Transportation and more recent Ravine Transportation with the Williams Valley School District. Her enjoyment of being a school bus driver and being with the students was evident, driving as recent as this past Friday. She had also been employed by Chartwells at the Williams Valley Cafeteria.

Kathy recently became a member of Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont, attending mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel, Tower City.

Family was everything to her, she was extremely proud of her sons and her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching her boys growing up and following them in their Sprint Car races. She loved taking vacations with her family.

She had a passion for being in the outdoors, nature, and crafting.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 33 years, Frank A. Peters; two sons, Terry Peters and his wife Ashley and Frank Peters II, both of North Carolina. Her beloved two grandchildren she adored, Lucas and Haley Peters. Her siblings, Clarence, Richard, Sam, Carol and Gerry Belleman; Nancy Donor and Patricia Books. Nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Tuesday, November 13th at 10:00 am from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel with Rev. Jason Stokes as Celebrant. Visitation will be from 9-10 at the church. In memory of Kathy, plant a flower in a garden or make a donation to a wildlife federation. Due to Kathy's love for flowers, they are encouraged for the service. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City. To sign the guest book visit


Ruth E. "Dolly" Adams, 88, of Tower City, passed away Wednesday morning at her home.

Born in Orwin, February 18, 1930, a daughter of the late Earl and Ida Kohr Adams.

Dolly was a graduate of the former Porter-Tower High School. She was retired from the garment industry. She had also worked at Tallman Farms and Tower Mini Market.

She was a very active member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin, where she was a sunday school teacher and a member of the ladies aide.

Dolly's family meant the world to her. She enoyed cooking and baking, especially making candy for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Adams, 2015.

Surviving are her two children, Lisa Keiser wife of Michael, Williamstown and Richard "Sam" Adams, husband of Judy, Orwin; six grandchildren, Richard Adams, Jr., and his wife Jess; Stephanie Welgo; Daniel and Jacob Adams; Benjamin and Hannah Keiser; three great grandchildren, Wyett and Adrianna Welgo; Elliott Adams, one sister, Cardy Shutt, Orwin; Nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 16th at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc., Tower City with Revs. Maureen Duffy-Guy and Edward Gobrecht. Visitation will be from 1-2 at the chapel. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin. Memorial donations in Dolly's name should be made to St. Peter's UCC, 427 Dietrich Avenue, Orwin, PA 17980 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 3897 Adler Pl, Bethlehem, PA 18017. To sign the guest book visit

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