Monday, April 15, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/14/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/14/19


Raymond Zimmerman, 71, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Friday, April 12th, at ManorCare Health Services, Canonsburg Pa near the home of his niece Sharon Suritsky.

Raymond was born in Mahanoy City, PA on July 9, 1947, a son of the late Martha (Farnsworth) and William Zimmerman.

He attended local schools.

He had worked as a janitor at the former Ashland Hospital.

Raymond is survived by a sister, Shirley Mendofik, of Mahanoy City; and a brother, Delroy Wagner and his wife, Avon. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Suritsky and Dolores Zimmerman. Raymond spent significant time with his nieces and nephews, Alan Milchick, Sharon Suritsky, Sherry Milchick, Bonnie Milchick, Paul Milchick, Marcel Mendofik, Darren Wagner, Perry Wagner and Doug Wagner. He was preceded in death by his nephew, Scotty Wagner.

Religious Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, PA, at 12 pm on Tuesday, April 16th, with Rev Bob Adams officiating.

Friends and family may call Tuesday from 11 am at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc..

Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book and send sympathy cards.


Dennis Bennett, 54, of Gilberton, PA, passed away Wednesday, April 10th, at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Denny was born in Pottsville, PA on June 8, 1964, a son of Earlamonde (Darker) Bennett and the late James Bennett.

He Graduated from Mahanoy Area Class of 1983.

He worked for Poly Plastics, Delano. He also had worked for Direct TV and was a skilled carpenter.

Denny is survived by six sisters, Pearl Long, of Strausstown; Theresa Kuropatsky, of Frackville; Bernice Bennett, of Mahanoy City; Loretta Bennett, of Ashland; Colleen Gilgore, of Ashland; Toni Walter, of Gilberton, a brother, Michael, of Gilberton; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Denny preceded in death by a brother James.

A Funeral Service at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. , Mahanoy City, PA, at 7:30 PM on Monday, April 22nd, with Deacon Dave Henninger officiating.

Friends may call Monday April 22, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc..

Interment will be in Queen of the Universe Cemetery St. Clair the following morning.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the guest book, send sympathy cards, or view Video Tribute.


Linda J. Geiger, 67, of Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, PA died on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Shenandoah, PA.

Born in Lehighton, PA on January 22, 1952, she was the daughter of H. Bruce and Jean G. (nee Miller) Geiger. A 1969 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Linda worked at the former Pizza Hut in Tamaqua. She was a former Girl Scout and attended St. John Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, PA.

In addition to her parents Bruce and Jean, Linda is survived by brothers, Barry Geiger and his wife Linda Jo of Oswego, NY, Brad Geiger and his wife Deborah of Buckeye, AZ, and Bryan Geiger and his wife Judy of Orwigsburg, PA; nieces, Brook Geiger and Mallory Geiger; and nephews, David Bashore and Maxwell Geiger. Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 17 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. F. Peter Muhr and The Rev. William Thompson officiating. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua will follow the services. Call 10-11 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials in Linda’s name may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in the Heights, 319 South Avenue, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Vincent P. Purcell, 77, of Forestville, Cass Township, passed away unexpectedly on Friday at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Forestville, he was a son of the late Thomas and Frances Angelo Purcell. He attended Cass Township schools, and worked in several area restaurants, including the Country Squire and the former Nancy Lee Diner. He had also been employed at Gold Mills, Pine Grove, and at the former Olenick Brothers Coal Company.

He was a proud and active member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville. Fellow parishioners will remember that he never missed Saturday services. He enjoyed helping around the parish; and was sometimes known as “Sanford & Son” for his parish adventures in his old truck.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, the former Karen Bainbridge, in 2013; two children, Vincent, in 1962, and Cheryl Ann, in 1966; three brothers, Thomas, James and William Purcell.

Vince is survived his son, David B. Purcell (spouse, Theresa), Chesapeake, Virginia; a grandson, Anthony Vincent Purcell, Florida. He is also survived by his companion, Kimberly Willier, Pottsville; six siblings, Francis Purcell (spouse, Elizabeth), Potttsville, Rose Moyer, Saint Clair, Mary Polinsky (spouse, Ted), Minersville, Rhoda Weir, Forestville, John Purcell (spouse, Joann), North Manheim Township, and Theresa Walsh, Marlin. He was a beloved and special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery, Branch Township. The family prefers donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or to the St. Michael Church Memorial Fund, both at 542 Sunbury Street, Minersville, PA 17954.


Darrell Startzel, Jr., 30 of Barnesville passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Miner’s Campus, Coaldale.

Born in Lehighton on October 9, 1988 he was the son of Ann (Miller) Startzel of Greeneville, Tennessee formerly of Barnesville and the late Darrell Startzel, Sr.

He was a graduate of Mahanoy Area High School.

Darrell enjoyed riding dirt bikes and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers. Above all, his family was of most importance to him; he was especially close to his sister, Danielle with whom he shared many cherished times.

Preceding him in death in addition to his father were his paternal grandfather, Earl Startzel, Jr. and his maternal grandfather, Harold Miller, Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Danielle Rooney and her husband Tom of Frackville; his companion of nine years, Coleen Kissling of Barnesville; paternal grandmother, Eloise Startzel of Brockton; aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, many friends and his faithful friend, his dog “Buddy”.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.

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


Thomas Bisco, 83, of Brewster, MA passed away on Tuesday, April 9th at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA. Thomas was born on May 27th, 1935 to John and Mary “Swetz” Bisco who were both lifetime residents of Shenandoah, PA.

He graduated from W. Mahanoy Township H.S. and then served in the United States Army. Thomas later graduated from Penn State University with a mechanical engineering degree. Upon graduation, Thomas began a 42-year career at Union Carbide Corporation (subsequently acquired by Praxair Inc. and Foseco) in Tarrytown, NY. While employed he was granted several U.S. patents for his engineering design work.

He was a member of St. Michaels’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Shenandoah, PA and subsequently at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Las Vegas, NV where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed retirement with residences in Cape Cod, MA and Las Vegas, NV. Tom loved traveling, spending time with his family, included his beloved dogs, hunting, fishing, listening to music and Penn State football. He was a devoted grandfather, especially supportive to his grandson Dennis with autism and granddaughter Kaitlyn.

Besides his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Harry and John, and 3 sisters, Ann, Mary, and Sandra.

Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Bette Ann “Gibson” Bisco, 2 daughters, Elizabeth Moore and Jacqueline (Jonathan) Songer – both of Brewster, MA, 1 brother, Stephen Bisco – Allentown, PA, 1 sister, Dorothy Bisco – Weston Place, Shenandoah, PA, 4 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Moore, Dennis Moore, Grace Songer and Betsey Songer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Panachida Services will take place on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30am at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah and will be officiated by Msgr. Myron Grabowsky. A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday morning from 8 to 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment will follow services in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.


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