Friday, April 5, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/05/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/05/19


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Betsy E. (Wenzel) DeAngelo, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania who passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospice in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania having valiantly battled cancer at the age of 60.

Born Thursday, September 4, 1958 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the daughter of Janis M. (Jones) Wenzel of Tamaqua, and the late William Wenzel. Betsy is also survived by; daughter, Christa L.; brothers, Billy Wenzel of Nesquehoning, Frank Wenzel and his wife Lisa of New Ringgold; sisters, Ann Jones wife of Bill of Tamaqua, Janis "Cookie" Reimiller wife of Tom of Tamaqua, Sharon Van Buskirk wife of Michael of Tamaqua, grand children, Iris, Priscilla, Parker, and Preston.

A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School class of 1976, Betsy worked as a Rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office. She adored her daughter and cherished being a grandmother. Betsy had a unique sense of humor, enjoyed crafts, decorating for holidays, gardening and tending to her Koi ponds in the yard. Betsy was a member of Bethany E.C.C. of Tamaqua.

Private 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

Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in her name can be sent to:

Saint Luke's Hospice
2455 Black River Road
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Expressions of sympathy or a fond memory of Betsy can be shared by visiting,


Christine D. Prep, 54, Frackville, died unexpectedly Wednesday April 3rd at her residence.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Victor and Eileen Durose Prep of Girardville. She is also survived by her son Shane Benjamin Prep, Girardville; a sister Victoria Lee and her husband Bryan Nelson, Macungie; her grandmother, Evelyn Prep; her two nieces Juliet and Sofia; her nephew Jonathan; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Monday morning at the funeral home. Interment will be held at the Girardville United Protestant Cemetery (Wildcat) following the service.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, Timothy M. Sullivan, supervisor is in charge of the arrangements


Leland J. Lutz, 95, formerly of Orono, died peacefully March 23, 2019 at The Plymouth Nursing facility in Redlands, CA.

He was born in Tamaqua, PA on July 3, 1923, the son of James A. and Helen (Miller) Lutz. He graduated from Tamaqua HS in 1941, graduated from Penn State University in Chemical Engineering in 1944, worked for Goodyear Tire in the lab during the war, met and married Bettymae Gyger (deceased) in 1946 in her home town of Ottawa, IL. He received his Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1951. He had three children, James J. of Bangor, ME (1947), Karen L. Benbrook of Enterprise, OR (1951) and John F. of Paris, France (1958).

He was a member of many groups and organizations affiliated with his work at Goodyear, Olin- Matheson, FMC Corp. and John Brown, Ltd., London. He and Bettymae lived in Ohio, New York,Maine, New Jersey, Alabama,Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Connecticut, Arizona and California and overseas in The Hague, Netherlands. He retired in 1983 and moved to Orono, ME. He traveled all over the World both for business and pleasure visiting every Continent except Antarctica. He was a member of the Orono Kiwanis and The Sons of The American Revolution.

In the last ten years, he found a new life in California with Carol Burgess and spent time traveling, playing Bridge, working in the community theater, and making many more friends. He enjoyed the Family Camp in Lowell, ME and loved fishing and boating where ever he lived.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Charles Benbrook, and Eric Tolbert as well as 7 Grandchildren, James Devon Lutz and his wife Elaine of Plymouth, MA; John Darren Lutz of Plymouth, MA; Rebecca Ruth Lutz and her partner Amber Morin of Glenburn, ME; Seth Lutz Ellis of Riggins, ID and Ninilchik, AK; Zacary Lutz Ellis and his wife Jennifer of Homer, AK; Erin Constance Lutz and her husband Tim Epley of Lake Elsinore, CA; Alexander Lutz and his wife Jennifer of Vienna, Virginia, expecting a boy in July; four Great Grandchildren, Molly Grace Lutz (12), Abigail Mae Lutz (10), and Jillian Patricia Lutz (8) all of Plymouth, MA; and Bodhi Epley (8 mos) of Lake Elsinore, CA.

Lee enjoyed good health right up to the end of his life.

A private celebration of his life was held at the Redlands Country Club on March 29th with family and friends. His was a “Life well led” and his influence on his friends and family will live on.


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