Thursday, April 11, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/11/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/11/19


Christine Moran, 54, Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Frackville, died unexpectedly on April 4th.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Jack F. and Kathleen Kodis Moran. She had been employed as a home healthcare worker.

Christine was a graduate of Cardinal Brennan High School, Fountain Springs and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Christine is survived by her sister Patricia Moran, her brother David Moran, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday April 15th at 11 a.m. from St. Ann’s Church, Frackville with Rev. Brian Miller, pastor, as the celebrant. Friends may call at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be private.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


David C Masser, age 80, of Hegins, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Premier at Susquehanna, Millersburg.

He was born on Friday, November 25, 1938, in Hegins, a son of the late Mark M Masser and the late Ruth Kressley Masser.

David was a 1956 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School, received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Bloomsburg University and received his Master's Degree in Education from Lehigh University.

He was a teacher for the Tri-Valley School District, until his retirement.

David was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by two brothers, Mark M Masser, Jr and Kermit K Masser.

He is survived by his companion, Mary Miller of Harrisburg; sister in law, Esther I Masser of Halifax; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Michael C Klahr officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be made in Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

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Christopher T. Beckett, 33, of Frackville, died Tuesday in Pine Grove at his father's residence, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with neurofibromatosis.

Born in Pottsville, May 11, 1985, he was a son of Kelley Krieger, of Kulpmont, and Mark Beckett and his wife, Sandi, of Pine Grove.

Chris was active in Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2003; he participated in Frackville Little League. He was a social member of Goodwill Fire Company, Frackville, and his pride and joy was his 1980 Malibu.

He was a 2004 graduate of North Schuylkill High School, received certificates in carpentry and CAD from Schuylkill Technology Center and earned an associate's degree in health information technology from Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2008.

He worked for Geisinger Medical Center, Buckhorn, as a medical coder and was a member of AHIMA, the Professional Association of Medical Coding.

His favorite hobbies included genealogy, hunting, fishing and car cruises. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies and University of Michigan. He loved spending time with his nephews and dogs.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Frackville.

In addition to his parents, surviving are a sister, Carrie Cresswell and her husband, Darle, of Schuylkill Haven; two stepsisters, Kelly Patterson and Courtney Marx; paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Beckett; maternal grandmother, Rhoda Saldukas; two nephews, Cameron and Daulton Cresswell; aunts, uncles and cousins, and his loving dogs, Jenny, Duke and Yeager.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 North Lehigh Avenue, Frackville. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to Carrie Cresswell or Mark Beckett c/o The Christopher Beckett Memorial Scholarship Fund, at M&T Bank c/o Lauren Versailles, 100 West Market St., Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Frackville. Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to


Albert H. Frantz, 90, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, April 10th, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Saint Clair, PA on May 21, 1928, he was a son of the late Charles & Helen (Knoblock) Frantz.

He was the husband of Nicole (Masson) Frantz.

Albert had honorably served in the United States Army from February 11, 1946 to July 20, 1947.

He worked as a self employed contractor for more than 50 years.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two daughters, Cindy Fenstermacher & husband, James, and Kimberly Long & husband, Randy, all of Schuylkill Haven, and three sons, Allen Earl Frantz & wife, Rose, of Cumbola, David Charles Frantz & wife, Charlanne, of Kaska, and Stephane Poncelet of Cressona. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Albert is also preceded in death by brothers: Charles Frantz, Robert Frantz, and William Frantz; and his sister, Mildred Yakimo.

Services and interment will be privately held at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Salvation Army 400 Sanderson Street Pottsville, PA 17901.


Patricia Anne Newton Staples, 83, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, April 8, at Seton Manor.

Pat was most recently a resident at Luther Ridge at Seiders Hill, Pottsville. She also lived in Pittston, Pa., Lynchburg, Va., Monroe, Va., Flourtown, Pa., Willingboro, N.J., Syracuse, N.Y., Camden, N.J., and Brown's Mills, N.J.

Born in Brown's Mills, N.J., July 22, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Anna A. Renner and Frank A. Newton.

She was the wife of Robert G. Staples III. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last June.

Pat was employed as an executive secretary at various different offices, including Penn Mutual Insurance Co., Willingboro, N.J., public schools, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Amherst County, Virginia Public Schools.

Pat volunteered for more than 20 years at Lynchburg's Virginia Baptist Hospital. She also volunteered extensively for the Mended Hearts, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. She was a Sunday school teacher and church worker throughout her life. She had memberships in either the Baptist, Presbyterian or United Methodist churches.

She was a Girl Scout and Indian Guide leader while her children were young, and a faithful and present observer of all activities when they were teenagers and young adults.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, the Rev. Linda Borton, wife of David, Lake Wynonah; a son, Doug Staples, husband of Nancy, Wake Forest, N.C.; grandchildren, Jaime Staples Alvis, wife of Matt Cook, Washington, D.C., Kelly Staples Alvis Bisogno, wife of Mike, Richmond, Va., Michael Robert Gue Staples, Durham, and Matthew Gregory Gue Staples, husband of Morgan, Raleigh, N.C.; stepgrandchildren, Jonathan and Elizabeth Borton; great-grandchildren, Elijah, Evelyn and Emma Bisogno and Norah Alvis Cook.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona, with Chaplain David Borton officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home. The family requests donations to Mended Hearts of Blue Ridge, Chapter 16, Lynchburg General Hospital, 1901 Tate Springs Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501, American Heart Association , 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214, or a charity of the donors' choice. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


Daniel J. “Danny” Shelitsky, 74, of Frackville, passed away suddenly on Tuesday evening at his residence.

Born in Shenandoah on June 25, 1944, he was a son of the late John and Stella (Kacelowicz) Shelitsky.

He was a 1962 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School. He also graduated from Steven’s Trade School, Lancaster, and attended Bloomsburg College.

Danny was the former owner and operator of Dan’s Arco gas station in Frackville. Later, along with his wife, Sandy, he owned and operated the former Hardee’s Restaurant in Frackville. Prior to his retirement, he was a tri-axle truck driver.

He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Union. He was a former member of the Frackville Elks and the Columbia Hose Company, Shenandoah. Danny was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed listening to talk radio.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was an infant brother, John.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Sandra L. Breinich; one daughter, Angela Shelitsky Mooney and her husband, William, of Mahanoy City; one sister, Rose Ann Campbell, of Westminster, Md.; nieces, nephews, cousins; and his faithful friends, his dogs, Rascal, Scrappy and Belle.

Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. The Rev. Julian Milewski will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will held from 9 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Gregory Robert Hanlon, 78, of Orwigsburg, passed away Tuesday, April 9th surrounded by his loving family.

Greg was born in Danville, PA on May 2, 1940, a son of the late Josephine (Williams) Hanlon and James Hanlon.

Greg served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and graduated from Washington Hall Junior College. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful adorer of the Divine Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel at St. Patrick's Church.

During his early career, he hosted a local morning radio show "Ramblin' with Hanlon" at WPPA in Pottsville and continued at other radio stations in Wilkes-Barre, PA. and Wilmington, NC. Throughout his career, he pioneered a number of creative ventures in audio and media production. He was an avid pet lover and always had family dogs to bring constant joy. He will be deeply missed by his current dogs, Rosie and Rudie. He also loved the outdoor views living near Hawk Mountain and in recent years grew many varieties of milkweed which he used to raise and release hundreds of Monarch butterflies each season. His zest for life was a joy to be a part of.

A model of "St. Joseph," he demonstrated ever loving care and protection of his wife, children and grandchildren. Among his best attributes were kindness, generosity, humor, and the gift of gab. During his last months, his brief illness profoundly deepened his Catholic faith and brought him closer to God.

In addition to his wife, Aleece, of 51 years, Greg is survived by his son, Peter, husband of Jane Hanlon, daughter, Jennifer, wife of Mill Wallace, his sister, Joan, wife of Cal Wagner and sister-in-law Del Hanlon. Grandchildren are Colette and Anna Hanlon, and Bridget, Sophia, and Faith Wallace. Greg was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Otterson and Patricia Cummings, and brothers James, David, Joseph, and an infant brother John.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Oblates of St. Joseph, 1522 North Wanamaker St., Philadelphia, PA 19131.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church on Monday, April 15th, at 11am celebrated by Monsignor Edward O'Connor and concelebrated with Father Luke Anderson O. Cist., Father Edward Connolly and Father Ronald Minner.

Isaiah 60:2 "Upon you the Lord will dawn. And over you the glory of the Lord will be seen."

Services are entrusted to the Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg.


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