Friday, December 28, 2018

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/27/18

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/27/18


Wanda M Hatter, age 60, of Hegins, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

She was born on Thursday, March 13, 1958, in Pottsville.

Wanda was employed at MI Doors and Windows, Gratz, prior to her illness.

She was of the Protestant Faith.

Wanda enjoyed crocheting, cooking, canning, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Dennis E Hatter, to whom she was married for 40 years.

She is also survived by her father Robert W Schwartz Sr and his wife Judith of Gratz; her mother Diann J Geist and her husband Paul of Hegins; a son, Richard A Klouser and his wife Shannon of Hegins; granddaughter, Hannah J Klouser of Hegins; four brothers, Daniel G Geist of Hegins, James L Geist of Hegins, Christopher A Geist of Ashland, and Robert W Schwartz Jr of Gratz; two sisters, Suzanne Y Klinger of Hegins and Sherry A Hoffman of Gratz; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Duane Bardo officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be made in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Edith Anne Dunsavage, 85, passed away peacefully in the early morning of December 26th, at Shenandoah Manor Senior Living Community. She was surrounded by her daughter and caregiver, Tara Hanrahan, and her loving granddaughters, Emilee Barkus and Lauren Starkey.

Edith was a resident of the Shenandoah Manor for the last four years. Before her time at the Manor, she resided for many years with daughter Tara, son-in-law Shawn, and her grandchildren Emilee, Lauren, Brooke and Evan, who will greatly miss her.

Edith was born in Maple Hill on July 13, 1933, where she lived most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Susan (Shaner) and James Redclift.

She was a graduate of Mahanoy Township High School and East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She was an English teacher at Mahanoy Area High School and later served as the school librarian. After her teaching career, she was employed by the Bon-ton until retirement.

She was a member of St. Paul’s UCC, Mahanoy City.

Edith enjoyed spending time in her yard, on her swing, and with her pets. She loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She was an avid reader and loved playing solitaire. She had a great sense of humor and loved listening to music and dancing.

Edith is survived by three daughters; Tara, wife of Shawn Hanrahan, of Mahanoy City; Holly, wife of Peter Townley, of Turnersville NJ; and Susan Peca, of the
Poconos; 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leon Dunsavage, brothers Ralph Redclift, Elizabethtown, James Redclift, Bloomsburg, and her best friend of more than 40 years, Paul Campbell, Mahanoy City.

A Religious Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, at 11 am on Wednesday, January 2nd, with Rev Greg Zimmerman officiating.

Friends and family may call Wednesday from 9 to 11 am.

Interment will follow in Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA.

Memorial contributions are prefereed and can be made to the Hillside SPCA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book, view Video Tribute and send sympathy cards.


Shirley E. Reicheldefer, 85, formerly of Tamaqua, PA, died on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of the late John “Jack” Reichelderfer who died in 1972.

Born in Tamaqua on April 13, 1933, Shirley was a daughter of the late William and Mary (nee Rex) Hankey. She had been a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

Shirley is survived by son, William Hankey and his wife, Mary Ann of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Amanda Wensel and her husband, Christopher of New Ringgold, PA, Kimberly Balogach of Tamaqua, and William, Crystal, and Sarah Hankey; great grandson, Jason Wensel; and son-in-law, Dennis Balogach of Tamaqua.

She was predeceased by daughter, Debra Balogach who died in 2009; grandson, Jason Balogach who died in 1978; and a brother and five sisters.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


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