Sunday, April 21, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/21/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/21/19


John (Jack) Pollack, 69, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Friday, April 19th, while in the company of family members, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Jack was born in Mahanoy City, PA on October 3, 1949, a son of the late Mary (Samus) and John Pollack.

He was a member of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Mahanoy City, PA 17948.

He graduated from Marian Catholic High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Jack worked as a Teacher at McAdoo Catholic Grade School McAdoo. After retirement, he partnered with Paul Walters "Swanny" and created “Sash & Trim”, doing odd jobs, mostly painting.

Jack was a lifelong proud member and long serving Captain of the West End Fire & Rescue of Mahanoy City. Jack participated on various committees on most of Mahanoy City’s Department events. He was an EMT. A dedicated rescuer from the beginning, he trained on all aspects of rescue including high angle, trench, and confined space. He imparted his knowledge to all the members as they grew up around him in the company. Jack was a prime designer on 3 rescue trucks in 1980, 1986 and 1999; He was a prime mover in researching and selecting the most effective and state of art rescue equipment for the heavy rescue.

Jack served as Secretary of the fireman's relief association for many years and worked tirelessly for the West End Fire & Rescue company's fund raisers, dedicating countless hours setting up and managing bazaars, running the bingo, and selling tickets.

He was the husband of Mary "Mame” (Ryan) Pollack.

John is survived by three daughters, Colleen Fowler, of Barnesville;

Bridget Pollack, of Mahanoy City; Jenny, wife of Shea Mealia, of Shenandoah Heights, two sons Jack, husband of Heidi, of Mountain Top; Chris, of Barnesville and beloved Aunt Millie.

He is also survived by 10 Grandchildren: Christopher, John, Jack, Drew, Mia, Tessa, Kyle, Cailyn, Patrick, and Sammy.

Jack is preceded in death by 2 sisters, Stephanie age 9 and infant sister Mary Ann.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mahanoy City, PA, at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24th, with Monsignor William Glosser officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday 5 to 7:30 pm at the funeral home.

Interment private at convenience of the Family.

Family prefers donations be made to the West End Fire & Rescue and can be made at the funeral home.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. to sign the guest book, send sympathy cards, or view Video Tribute.
Kathleen A. Fleming, 91 , of Pottsville, passed away on Thursday morning in Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, on February 15, 1928 , she was the daughter of the late Mary (Kennedy) and Augustus Costas.

She was a member of St. Patrick R.C.C., Pottsville.

Kathy was a graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was a lifelong member of the Schuylkill Country Club and the Pottsville Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many beloved friends. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and watching the Eagles and the Phillies.

Kathy was a very avid golfer and had a great love for the game. She was extremely active in the Schuylkill County Country Club Golf Leagues where she served as chairlady of the Ladies Golf League for three years. She was also awarded Golfer of the Year and a Hole in One Champion. She and her husband, James, were awarded the Club Championship several times and were active in coordinating the Follies Show at the Country Club.

Aside from her family, Kathy's greatest achievement was her involvement and dedication to the family business, Costas York Candy, now known as Costas Food Inc. The business was started in 1922 by her father, Augustus Costas. Upon his passing in 1959, Kathy and and her husband, Jim, continued the business and created an automated process to increase production. While the candy included many products, the most popular was the "Club Sandwich" which the family patented. It was not uncommon for them to pack their car with peanut rolls and club sandwiches and travel up and down the entire East Coast introducing and selling their product. After receiving numerous awards for their products through the years, they retired in 1994.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Fleming, on October 10, 2010, and to whom she was married 64 years; son, James E. Fleming, on February 21, 2011; sisters: Ellen Stricker and Jean Weber.

Kathy is survived by grandchildren: Janell Bowers, wife of Michael, of Pottsville; David Fleming, of Schuylkill Haven; James E. Fleming II, of Florence, Kentucky; Samantha Fleming-Dias, wife of Eric, of Cambridge, MA; great grandchildren: John, Kathleen and Emily Flanagan and Tyler, Jordan, Shannon and Brianna Fleming; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc, 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. A visitation with the family will be held at 9:30 a.m. until time of service in the funeral home.

Interment will be private in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

The family request contributions in Kathy's memory be sent to: Hillside SPCA, Pottsville, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Raymond G. Williams, 88, of Pottsville, formerly of St. Clair died Monday April 15, 2019 at Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Ashland, September 4, 1930, he was a son of the late George and Anna (Huben) Williams.

He was a 1948 Graduate of the former St. Joseph High School, Ashland.

Raymond served in the US Army during the Korean War and was recently honored for his service by the South Korean Government.

He retired as a District Manager from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Pottsville and was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, St. Clair.

He was preceded in death by his wife Julia D. “Judy” (Higgins) Williams on January 19, 2013.

Surviving are 3 daughters Kathi Wennell and her husband Mark of Philadelphia; Margaret Mary Mallon and her husband Thomas of Lake Tahoe, NV; Barbara Willis and her husband Robert of Rehoboth Beach, DE; 2 sons Raymond Williams and his wife Beth Ann of Minersville; David Williams and his wife Connie of Newtown, CT; 9 Granddaughters Lindsey, Jaime, Emily, Elizabeth, Nicole, Erin, Ashley, Julia and Lauren; 3 Grandsons Ryan, Owen and Neal; 5 Great-Granddaughters Juliana, Cecelia, Blake, Sydney and Adalyn; 5 Great-grandsons Liam, Declan, Bo, Kaeden, and Beckett.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday April 25, 2019 from St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St. St. Clair with Msgr. William F. Glosser officiating. . Friends may call from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Thursday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ray Williams, may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Memorial Fund at the above address. Burial with military honors will be in Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Pottsville.


Travis J. Felty, 46 of Pine Grove, passed away on Thursday, April 18, in Pine Grove Twp.
Born on May 11, 1972, in Pottsville, PA, he was a son of Linda Yorty Felty of Pine Grove and the late Ronald Felty .
Travis worked as a Machine Operator for Tyco Engineering.
Surviving in addition to his mother are four children, Chanse, Tatum, and Hayden of Ashland and Deklan of Tamaqua; two Brothers, Chris and wife LeeAnne Felty and Dustin and wife Allie Felty both of Pine Grove; Half-Brother, Dane Felty of Chicora; Half-sister, Chrisann Felty of Bethlehem; two Nieces, Brianna and Ciera; a Nephew, Cole; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove, is in charge of the arrangements and you may send condolences to the family on our website at '


Betty L. Wilhelm, 86 of Pine Grove, passed away on April 19, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill East in Pottsville.
Born on June 20, 1932, in Tremont Twp., she was a daughter of the late Harry and Helen Brown Boyer. .
Betty was a member of the Weslyan Church, Pine Grove, where she had been a Sunday School teacher. She was a former member of St. Paul's Reformed Church in Ravine, where she was in the Willing Workers, on the Church Consistory, and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a graduate of Tremont Township High School. Betty enjoyed writing poems and had many beautiful poems in her collection.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 51 years, Robert C. Wilhelm on August 10, 2003, and a brother, Glenn Boyer.
Surviving are two Sons, Steve and wife Anna Marie Wilhelm, Scott and wife Mary Ann Wilhelm, both of Pine Grove; 8 Grandchildren, Rhiannon & Ernie Adams, Adam Wilhelm, Nicholas & Jennifer Fisher, Justin Wilhelm, Jarred & Sarah Wilhelm, Michael Schock, Noah Schock, Marie wife of Tim McGuire; 8 Great-Grandchildren, Jensen Adams, Logan Adams, Anthony Fisher, Ryder Wilhelm, Kya Wilhelm, Charlise Wilhelm, Toby Wilhelm, and Tyler Schock; a Brother, Walter husband of Pat Boyer of Pine Grove.
Funeral Services will be held in the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Wednesday, April 24, at 11:00 am with Pastor Kenneth Smith officiating. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, April 23, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc. Interment will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.
The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wesleyan Church, 74 Bethel Rd. Pine Grove, PA 17963, in her memory.
You may send condolences to the family on the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc. website at


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