Monday, March 18, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/18/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/18/19


Julius George (JuJu) Deriscavage, 71, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away at home Saturday, March 16th, while in the company of family members.

Julius was born in Mahanoy City, PA on February 16, 1948, a son of the late Frances (Sherkness) and Julius Deriscavage.

Graduated Mahanoy Area High School Class of 1966

He served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War (196th Infantry Brigade) and was a highly decorated military recipient including the Bronze Star and Silver Star (the third-highest military award) for acts of valor in combat.

He retired from Parish Steel Dana Corp Reading where he worked for 32 years.

He was an Honorable member of the Kentucky Colonels, American Division Veterans Association, Charter member of Eastern division Americal, Mahanoy City ELKs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 74, Life member of the Disabled Veterans, United Steel workers Union.

Julius is survived by a sister, Geraldine (Geri), wife of Jim Oslar, of Mahanoy City.

He is also survived by nieces Suzie, Mahanoy City, Michelle and her husband Tim, Kalamazoo MI, nephews Paul and his companion Wendy, Minersville, David and his wife Nicole Vienna Va., and Jeffrey and his wife Marcia, Blakeslee, Jim Oslar, New Cumberland, Chris and his wife Tani, Ringtown.

Julius is preceded in death by a sister Mary Ann Kalinock and her son Michael Kalinock.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 10am on Friday, February 22nd, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.

Friends may call Thursday 6 to 9 pm and Friday 8:30 am at the Funeral Home.

Mahanoy City ELKS 695 Lodge of Sorrow service will take place at 7pm Thursday evening.

Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA.

Donations can be made to American Legion Post 74 Mahanoy City.

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.


Theodore D. Thorn III, 71, of Saint Clair, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, Oct. 29, 1947, he was a son of the late Theodore and Beatrice (Barnes) Thorn.

Ted served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He retired from the former Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville.

He was a member of the First Primitive Methodist Church of Saint Clair, Middleport American Legion Post 144, Saint Clair Historical Society, where he was a former president, and the former Saint Clair Boy Scout Post 190, serving as the Scoutmaster for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Rosalyn (Nazar) Thorn; eight siblings, Judith O’Donnell, of Frackville, Dolores Romine, of Sunbury, Larry Thorn, of Saint Clair, Mark Thorn, of Palo Alto, Melissa Rowan, of New Philadelphia, Shawn Thorn, of Florida, Melanie Thorn, of Saint Clair,
Diane Thorn, of Saint Clair; brother-in law, John Nazar, and sister-in-law, Pat Hawk, both of Middleport: nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, from the Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, 110 North Second Street, Saint Clair, PA 17970. The Rev. John Culbert will be officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to Nativity BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church, PO Box 10, Middleport, PA; First Primitive Methodist Church, 115 N. Mill St., Saint Clair, PA 17970; or the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1 N. Front St., Saint Clair, PA 17970. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery,
Saint Clair, at the convenience of the family.


Marlin E Koppenhaver, age 95, formerly of Sacramento, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at Green Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pitman. He was born on April 22, 1923 in Berrysburg, a son of the late Jonathan and Vera Hornberger Koppenhaver. He attended Berrysburg schools up until the 10th grade. He served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Tec 4, as an automobile mechanic and truck driver. As part of the European-African-Mid East Campaign, Marlin was on Omaha Beach at the battle of Normandy. After the war, Marlin returned home and was an auto mechanic for Klinger's Chevrolet, Sacramento until his retirement. He was a member of FandAM Valley Lodge #797, and served as Tyler for over 35 years, the Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Millersburg Forrest, and a former member of the Pillow Fire Company for over 50 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alma W Straub Koppenhaver, who died in 1991. He is survived by a son, Richard E Koppenhaver, and grandchildren Rachel, April, and Simon Koppenhaver. Services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home on Saturday March 23, 2019 at 11 AM with Pastor Thomas Bruner of the St. John's Lutheran "Hill Church", Berrysburg officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 am to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be made in St. John's Cemetery, Berrysburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the FandAM Valley Lodge #797, 1021 West Maple St. Valley View, PA 17983. Condolences can be left for the family at


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