Thursday, May 16, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/16/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/15/19


Candice Jean Filion, 62, of Tamaqua, PA, passed away Wednesday, May 15th, at her residence.

Candice was born in Coaldale, PA on May 3, 1957, a daughter of the late Jeanne (Moser) and John Perla.

She attended Tamaqua High School.

Candice is survived by two daughters, Heather, wife of John Maellaro, of Quakake; Crystal Fegley and her Fiance’ Timothy Postupack, of Tamaqua, and by three sisters, Lori, wife of Craig Miller, of Barnesville; Sheila Davidson-Bray, wife of Jacques Bray, of Tamaqua; five brothers, Jerald Perla, of Tamaqua; Eugene "Midgy" Perla, husband of Margaret Perla, of Tamaqua, Walter Perla, of Tamaqua; Jan Perla, of Tamaqua; Todd Perla, of Tamaqua; and 3 Grandchildren James, Joelle, Bella.

She is preceded in death by brothers, John, Kevin, and sisters Mary Ann Mangone, Sandra, and Martha.

A Religious Service will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, at 5PM on Wednesday, May 29th, with Rev. Darryl Kinsinger officiating.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.


David C Burkhardt, 72, of Orwigsburg, passed away Tuesday, May 14th, at his residence. David was born in Bethlehem, PA, on December 11, 1946. He was a son of the late Miriam C. (Payrow) and John L. Burkhardt.

After graduating from Blue Mountain High School, David graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. During his life he was employed as a Chef for the Swiss Chalet, Brandywine Hospital and the Heidelberg Country Club.

David is survived by two daughters, Vanessa Bennett and Whitney Weir, a son, Brian Hepler; a sister, Mary, wife of Joseph Long; and brothers John Burkhardt, husband of Beverly and James Burkhardt, husband of Sharon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by sisters Judith Burkhardt and Susan Henninger.

Services will be held at 12:00 on Monday, May 20, at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home in Orwigsburg with Pastor Steward Warner officiating. Family and friends may call from 11:00 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 4219 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Interment will be in Kimmels Cemetery Orwigsburg.

Rodney R. Wagner, Jr., 52, of Texas, formerly of Muir, passed away unexpectedly Thursday May 2nd in Texas.

Rod was born in Pottsville on September 2, 1966 a son of Avalon Cortez Wagner, Muir and the late Rodney Wagner, Sr.

Rod graduated from Williams Valley High School in 1984. Following graduation he enlisted with United States Air Force where he proudly served for 21 years and was a Gulf War Veteran. He was currently employed in the private sector at Randolph Air Force Base, Universal City, Texas.

Rod went back to college and graduated from the University of Houston and earned a degree in Hotel Management in May 2018. Upon his retirement, he was looking forward to owning a food truck and sharing the many dishes he learned as a Chef.

He loved his family, his country and his friends. He enjoyed golfing, playing poker and living life to the fullest.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Mae Minnich Cortez and Robert and Betty Wolfgang Wagner.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 33 years, Lucia De Leonardis Wagner; his two beloved daughters, Nicolette and Katrina Wagner, all of Texas, two sisters; Mechele and April Wagner, both of Tower City. Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A Celebration of Rod's life will be held on Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00 am from the Lighthouse Community Church, 107 W. Wiconisco Street, Muir, PA with Bill and Monica Romberger officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 - 11 am at the church. Following the services a luncheon and time of fellowship will be held at the church pavilion. Memorial donations in Rod's name should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., is assisting the Wagner family with local arrangements. To sign the guestbook visit


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