Friday, April 26, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/25/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 04/25/19


Russell J. Walters, 97 of Kempton, Pennsylvania and formerly of Tamaqua, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 while he was a guest at the Lutheran Home at Topton.

Born Saturday, December 31, 1921 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John and Ida Mae (Newell) Walters.

After graduating from Tamaqua Area High School, Russell completed his studies at Williams Trade School and then enlisted in the Army, serving as a decoder in the overseas Combat Arenas of WWII (the Philippines, Australia and Japan) and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.. Russell is listed at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.

Upon returning to the states, Russell attended Lehigh University and earned his B.A. in Civil Engineering. He was employed by Miller and Associates, Civil Engineering of Pottsville where he designed highways and major roadways throughout the Anthracite Region.

Russell was a motorcycle enthusiast and former runner.

Surviving are daughters, Tracey Walters of Kempton, PA and Patricia Walters of Seattle, WA; grand children, Christy Creighton, Sage Linkhorst and Morgan Linkhorst and 2 great grand children, Thomas and Connor Creighton.

He was predeceased by; a grandson, James Walker; sister, Pauline Grainger.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 , 570-668-2550.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service.

Interment with Military Honors will be at Sky - View Memorial Park, Tamaqua Pennsylvania.

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Fern A. Felty, 79, of Auburn, passed away Thursday, April 25th, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

Born in South Manheim Township on May 27, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Merlin & Lillian Kerschner.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Sherwood P. Felty, Sr. on September 22, 2011.

Fern was a graduate of Auburn High School, Class of 1957.

She was a homemaker most of her life.

Fern was a devoted and active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Summer Hill, Auburn, where she served her church teaching Sunday School for over 40 years, and was a member of Friendly Circle.

Her life revolved around her church, family, youth, and music.

She is survived by a son, Sherwood P. Felty, Jr., husband of Amanda, of York, PA; two daughters, Sheila Hertzog, wife of Shannon, of Ephrata, PA; and Sheryl Fuller, wife of Greg, of Mechanicsburg, PA, as well as two grandchildren: Jacob Cotroneo, & Erika Felty.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Summer Hill, Auburn, on Saturday with Pastor Kenneth McDowell officiating.

A viewing will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be privately held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

At the family's request, donations in Fern's memory may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 1235 Summer Hill Rd., Auburn, PA 17922.


Esther M. Rissinger, 93, of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

She was born on Thursday, July 16, 1925, in Sacramento, a daughter of the late Willard Rissinger and the late Esther C. Bossler Rissinger.

Esther was a presser in area garment factories prior to her retirement.

She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Tremont.

She was also a member of the former Valley View Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Esther was the first woman movie projectionist in the state of Pennsylvania working for the former Midland Theatre, Valley View.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert Rissinger, Donald Rissinger and Willard Rissinger; and a sister, Betty Reed.

She is survived by a daughter, Monica L. Davis and her husband, Rick, of Valley View; a son, Courtney K. Nause and his wife, Yolanda, of Hegins; three granddaughters, Nadine Klinger, of Hegins, Camilla Feger and her husband, Ryan, of Herndon, and Angie Sutton and her husband, Matt, of New Jersey; five great-grandsons, Brandon, Gavin and Colby Klinger, Cade Feger and Oakley Sutton; a great-granddaughter, Lilia Lucas; three great-great-granddaughters, Kate and Emily Klinger, and Evie Spickler; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at


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