Monday, March 11, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/11/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/11/19


Tatiana Heffner, 93, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday March 9, 2019 at her home.

Born in St. Clair, September 21, 1925, She was a daughter of the late Sofroni and Mary (Horoschak) Chrush.

Tatiana retired as an Office Manager at former American Argo Company, Pottsville. She also worked many years at Pine View Acres, Pottsville.

She was a member of St. Mary Orthodox Church, St. Clair.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband David Heffner, a brother Joseph Chrush, 5 sisters, Stella Kadingo, Leah Chrush, Helen Tatusko , Anna Zuk, 2 son in laws Theodore Giemza and Chester Shanoskie.

Surviving are 2 daughters Nancy Jones Shanoskie, Pottsville, Faith Giemza, Harrisburg, 4 Grandchildren, Jennifer Berry, Edward Giemza, Jeremy Johnson and his wife Amy, Shelby Jones, 4 Great Grandchildren Katelyn Berry, James Berry, Jessica Johnson and Jacob Johnson.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday from St. Mary Orthodox Church, 47 S Nicholas St, St. Clair. The Rev. Jeff Zias will be officiating. . Friends may call from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Thursday at the Church.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue, 60 Molleystown Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Burial will be in St.
Mary Orthodox Cemetery, St. Clair.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements.


Carmella M. Yesavage, age 84, of Pottsville, PA passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at Manor Care Health Services in Pottsville.

Born in Baltimore, MD on August 1, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Pantaleo and Theresa (Carretti) Gargano.

Carmella was a graduate of Saint Clair High School. Carmella and her husband Paul owned and operated Flower Fashions in Pottsville and Minersville for 52 years until retiring.

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville and a member of the Lion's Club in Pottsville. Carmella loved bowling and was a member of many local teams. She loved watching all sports and rooting for the Pennsylvania teams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Paul G. Yesavage on July 15, 2013 and a sister Mary Stock.
Carmella is survived by a daughter Susan A. Yesavage, Portland,OR; two sons: Paul Christopher Yesavage and his wife Jennifer, Harrisburg and David M. Yesavage and his wife Cheryl, Boyertown; 6 grandsons: Devan, Corey, Kurtis, Trey, Cole, and Chase.; a great-granddaughter Kyrah; brother Vincent Gargano, Valley View; and a niece Gina (Gargano) Fredericks and her husband Edward, Pottsville.

In 2016, as president of Manor Care’s Resident Council and a strong advocate for long-term care, Carmella was honored with the inaugural Resident of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. She spoke on behalf of all seniors to Pennsylvania lawmakers in the state capitol building to rally for proper funding for long-term care.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home, 208 Pike Street, Port Carbon on Saturday March 16th at 12 noon, with Deacon Jack Quirk officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday morning from 10AM-12PM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held private at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA.

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William A. Bogden, 92, of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah, on December 28, 1926 he was a son of the late Peter and Kathryn (Nork) Bogden.

He was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

Mr. Bogden was a decorated World War II Navy veteran. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a supervisor for the federal government with the MMI team spanning a five-state area.

William was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly Annunciation BVM Church; A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, Shenandoah; Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his step-grandson, T.J. Reese.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Anna T. Bishop; his stepson, Thomas Reese and his wife, Donna, of Ringtown; one brother, John Bogden, of Shenandoah; his golf buddy, Derrick Reese of Ringtown; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Religious services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A viewing will be held from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.


Dean L. Fetterolf, 75, of Lavelle, PA passed away at his home on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Born in Pitman, PA May 14, 1943 the son of the late Arch and Maude (Judd) (Brosius) Fetterolf.
Dean was a member of Christ's United Lutheran Church, Gordon, where he served several terms on Church Council, and served as Vice President for several terms. He belonged to the Lutheran Church Men where he was secretary for 15 years. Dean graduated from Tri Valley High School in 1961, and from Williamsport Technical Institute where he studied electronics equipment repair. He served in the Army Security Agency from 1964 to 1967 where he received training in the electronic repair field including intercepting radio equipment, tape recorder repair, and transistor theory. He was Honorably Discharged in 1968 with the rank of Specialist fifth class as an Intercept Equipment Repair Chief. Dean served overseas in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966 and in Sinop Turkey from 1967 to 1968. While in the service Dean received the following medals: Good Conduct Medal, Merit Unit Commendation National Defense Services Medal, 2 Overseas bars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Services Medal, and a rifle sharp shooter medal.
After being discharged Dean worked in his family business from 1968 to 1983; Ashland State General Hospital as the Facility Maintenance Manager from 1983 to 1992; Ashland Regional Medical Center as the Physical Plant Manager from 1992 to 1994; the Mahanoy State Correction Institute as a Plumber Instructor from 1994 to 1998; Loysville Youth Development Complex as the Facility Maintenance Manager I, from 1998 to 2006; and the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, Harrisburg as the Facility Maintenance Manager III, from 2006 to 2012. Dean retired in 2012. While employed by the Loysville Complex and the Bureau of Juvenile Services, Dean was member of the PA Facility Manager Association and served as Membership Chair for 12 years; One year as 2nd Vice Chairperson; One year as 1st Vice Chairperson; and one year as Chairperson. Dean received the following awards while a member of the PFMA: Three Outstanding Achievement Awards; One Engineer of the Year Award; and One Director of the Year Award from the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services.

Dean belonged to the following organizations: Life Member of the AMVets, Member of the American Legion; Served on the Citizen's Cemetery Board, Lavelle for 30 years where he served as president of the board for 15 years. He was the Republican Committee person for Butler Township Lavelle District for 15 years; he served on the Schuylkill County Republican Executive Board for 8 years; and he served one term of six years as Butler Township Supervisor.

Dean married Barbara (Zimmerman) Fetterolf on February 19, 1966 in Helfenstein, PA who survives. 

Also surviving are a daughter Carole Kane and her husband Dennis, Ashland; a son Douglas and his wife Lindsay, Lavelle. Granddaughters: Amanda Lazor and her husband Thomas, Ashland; Megan Woodward and her husband Andrew, Ashland; Allison Kane and her fiancé Nicholas Perehinec, Maryland; Jacquie Kane and Nicole Kane both of Ashland; Devan Fetterolf, Ashland. Grandsons: Kolton Fetterolf and Tyson Fetterolf, both of Ashland. One great-granddaughter: Jaedyn Lazor; two great-grandsons: Aidan Lazor and Bradeyn Lazor; all of Ashland. One brother Terry (Smoke) Fetterolf and his wife Ruth, Pitman. Nieces and nephews.
Preceding him death in addition to his parents was one brother, James Fetterolf.
Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in memory of Dean to Christ's United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Rd. Ashland PA 17921. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Heizenroth, III Supervisor.


Ronald R. "Ash" Underkoffler, 75, of Tower City, passed away Monday at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, April 18, 1943, a son of the late Robert and Ann Schaffner Underkoffler

Ronald proudly served his country with the United States Navy for six years during the Vietnam era.

He was a retired tool and die repairman from AMP/Tyco, Lickdale.

He was of the protestant faith. Ron enjoyed watching football and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Diane Carl Underkoffler, 2016; two brothers, Dale and Kenny Underkoffler.

Surviving are his four children, Shelly Klinger (Gary), Williamstown; Jamie Underkoffler, Tower City; Yvette Pfeffer, and Kelly Underkoffler (Valerie) both of Williamstown; a sister, Lisa Boris, Shenandoah; grandchildren, Ashley Guyeski, Tyler Klinger, Jaden Underkoffler all of Tower City; Jenna Bender, Justin Underkoffler, Austin Pfeffer and Logan Mitchell all of Williamstown; Tiffany Underkoffler, Harrisburg; 12 Great Grandchildren.

Services with military honors will be held on Friday, March 15th at 12:30 pm from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Pastor Annette Shutt. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Open Market Fund, 400 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980


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