Thursday, May 9, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/09/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/09/19


Derek A. Shellhamer, 32 years of age, of Barnesville, Pennsylvania died on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Born Friday, March 6, 1987 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he is survived by; mother, Anna M. (Perez) Funk and her companion, Andrew B. "Drew" Zelonis, Esq.; son, Hayden Edmonds, sisters, Alyssa L. Shellhamer and Jordan A. Funk. Nieces and nephews also survive Derek.

Derek liked to cook and was a woodworker.

Derek was predeceased by his father, Virgil R. Shellhamer on October 17, 2011.

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

A Celebration of Derek's life will be held on Tuesday evening May 14, 2019 at 7 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

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


Richard W. Yost, Sr., 78, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Salisbury Township, PA. He was the husband of Arlene (nee Phillip) Yost to whom he was married 46 years.

Born in Barnesville, PA on June 26, 1940, Richard was a son of the late George and Blanche (nee Hepler) Yost. A high school graduate of South River High School, New Jersey, he worked for Revlon Cosmetics in Edison, NJ for 31 years. Richard then worked at the former John Morgan Knitting Mills, Hometown for 15 years. He was Protestant. An avid New York Mets and New York Jets fan, Richard also loved to hunt and fish.

In addition to his wife, Arlene, he is survived by sons, Richard W. Yost, Jr. and his wife Carmela of Summit Hill, PA and Chris Yost of New Tripoli, PA; daughters, Jennifer Yost of Berwick, PA, Toni Yost of Florida, and Jeannie Yost of Florida; 6 grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Web and her husband Jesse of Somerset, NJ and Muriel Wehr of Grier City, PA; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Richard was also predeceased by siblings, Faye, Jack, Fern, William, Dorothy, and Walter.

Services will be held at 6 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with Timothy Van Blargan officiating. Call 4-6 PM, Monday, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Matthew D. Roshannon, 46, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Born March 17, 1973 in Pottsville he was the son of the late John J. Roshannon and Anne Marie (Kenney) Clark.

Matthew was raised Catholic. He loved spending time with his three pit bulls, Yves, Rhonda, and Chunk.

In addition to his mother he is survived by a brother, John J. Roshannon, Jr., sisters, Jacqueline Roshannon, Bernadette Roshannon, and Amanda M. Roshannon. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Rachel Marx, John J. Roshannon III, Justin Roshannon, Nathan Dreher, and Julia Roshannon, great nephew, John J. Roshannon IV, aunt Patricia Kenney, and step siblings, Joseph D. Clark Jr., Angela Perez, and Timothy M. Clark.

Funeral Services will be held 12PM on Saturday, May 11 at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville. Family and friends may call on Saturday at the funeral home from 10AM until the time of the service.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the Roshannon family.


Helen Marie Sidella, 90, of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, May 8th, while in the company of her family. Helen was born in Seltzer, PA, on November 15, 1928, a daughter of the late Pauline (Sakala) and Vendel Babusik. She was the widow of George Sidella. Helen was a homemaker throughout her life and enjoyed polka music and dancing.

Helen is survived by a daughter, Sandra, wife of David Breslin, of Deer Lake; four sons George, husband of Joy Sidella, of Schuylkill Haven; Michael Sidella, of Ocala, Florida; Richard, husband of Yvonne Sidella, of Orwigsburg; William, husband of Susan Sidella, of Schuylkill Haven; She is also survived by a sister, Mildred, widow of John Balulis as well as 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sisters Pauline Berger, Mary Kerick, Anna Welkie, Agnes Davison and her brother John Babusik.

Services will be announced..

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Michael's Orthodox Church, 106 North Morris Street, St. Clair, PA 17970.


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