Friday, March 15, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/15/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/15/19


Beatrice G. Richards, 93, of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, March 13th, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

Born in Lebanon County, PA on November 6, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Robert & Dorothy (Wilson) Donton.

She was the widow of John H. Richards, who passed away in August, 2006, and her first husband, Andrew Sirko.

In addition to her parents and husband, Beatrice is also preceded in death by her son, Andrew Sirko, sister, Betty Paul, and brothers: Lyndon, Lyman, and Robert Donton.

She was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven.

Beatrice is survived by three daughters: Dottie Hardock, fiance of Ed Folk, Auburn, Nancy Hepler, wife of Duane, Cressona, and Jayne Krammes, Sanford, NC. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Melissa, & Jason Hepler, Angela Yeich, & Dylan Ditzler, great-grandsons, Caleb, & Caden Hepler, and four siblings: Dorothy Begley, Christiana, PA, Ida Miller, Schuylkill Haven, Clarence Donton, Schuylkill Haven, & Warren Donton, Port Carbon, as well as step-children: Barbara Moyer, Nancy Smith, Monica Jacoby, Michele, Jack, & Stevens Richards, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, on Tuesday, March 19th with Rev. William Parrish officiating.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will follow the funeral service at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Beatrice's family requests donations in her memory to Covenant United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 209 East Main Street Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Ruth Reed Liddle, 93, formerly of Reedsville, Wayne Township, passed away Wednesday, March 13, at Orwigsburg Center.

Born in Summit Station, on Jan. 22, 1926, she was a daughter of the late George and Hannah Reed Wildermuth.

She was the widow of Samuel Liddle, who passed away in 1987, as well as her first husband, Henry Reed, who passed away in 1973.

She was a graduate of Cressona High School, Class of 1943.

She was a member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. Ruth was a former Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School coordinator for Bethany EC. She also served as a eucharistic minister.

Ruth was a member and past Matron of Order of the Eastern Star Cressona Chapter 367, the American Guild of Organists and the Business and Professional Women's Club. She was a member and past president of the South Schuylkill Garden Club. She served as a Diakon volunteer as a Meals on Wheels driver. Ruth served on the Board of the Anthracite Concert Association. She was a past member of Legal Secretaries Association, and a past Royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth and past Grand Organist of the Order of the Amaranth. She was past Grand Faith and past Grand Chaplain and Organist for two years.

Prior to retiring in 1987, she was employed by the District Attorney of Schuylkill County as a legal secretary for 18 years. She had also served as organist and choir director throughout Schuylkill and Berks counties for more than 70 years.

Ruth is survived by her children, Barry Reed, husband of Brenda, Denver, Gerald Reed, husband of Cindy, Winfield, and Deborah Heim, wife of Charles, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Michael and Mark Reed, Matthew Reed, Lauren Dziadosz, Jamie Miller and Rebekah Noecker; 10 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Alex, Kaitlin, Kelsey, Kenzie, Elijah, Brayden, Lane, Orissa and Ellis; one great-great-granddaughter, Victoria.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill Haven. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven, with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. An additional time for viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Jerusalem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Interment will be at Reedsville Cemetery, Wayne Township.


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