Friday, May 17, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/17/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/17/19


Joyce L. Musser, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of Meadow Ave in Hometown, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at the age of 85. She endured the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease for many years.

Born Saturday, November 25, 1933 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Edward, and Anna (Nemeth) Lux. She is survived by her husband of sixty-one years, Emerson E. Musser; daughters, Joann M. Santizo and her husband Roberto of Fairport, NY, and Linda M. Lakitsky of Cape May Beach, NJ; four adoring grandchildren who lovingly called her Mimi, Chelsea and her husband Max, Benjamin, Sarah, Emma; and two great-grandchildren, Otto and Ry.

A graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Joyce served as receptionist and medical assistant for Dr. N.C. Bauzon for many years. Prior to her tenure with Dr. Bauzon, she worked for Dr. Richard E. Miller in Tamaqua.

She was an active member of St. Richards R.C.C. of Barnesville, and generously donated her time to many local organizations – The Tamaqua Adult Daycare Center, Miners Memorial Hospital, Meals-on-Wheels, and the Hometown Fire Company.

Joyce loved to bowl, and actually met her husband, Emerson, through a bowling league. She also enjoyed playing cards, spending time at the beaches in Stone Harbor and Marco Island, and cheering on her beloved Phillies! She was an amazing baker of all things sweet, including her famous kiffles, which her family tries, but are never quite able, to replicate.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services of 655 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 o'clock AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019, from St. Richard's R.C.C. located at 709 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, Pennsylvania 18214.

Friends may call on Friday evening May 24, 2019, at the funeral home from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown, Pennsylvania. Memorials gifts may be made to:

Alzheimer's' Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

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


Paul J. Bartell, 72, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 16, 2019, while surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Kathy (nee Gerber) Bartell to whom he was married 45 years. Born in Ashland, PA on April 15, 1947, Paul was a son of the late John and Mary (nee McGeehan) Bartell.

A 1965 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War. After working for Ingersoll Rand, Allentown, PA for 21 years, Paul was employed by Remaly Manufacturing Company, Tamaqua, PA, from where he retired in 2012. A member of Christ United Church of Christ (White Church), Barnesville, PA, he served on the church consistory for 42 years during which time Paul was a deacon, elder, and then President which he considered an honor. He was a member of the Ryan Township Fire Company and Fire Police. Paul was a hunter and fisherman but enjoyed gardening and farming. He farmed over 20 acres while holding a full-time job and was especially known for “Bartell’s Sweet Corn”. A crafted woodworker, Paul and his wife would attend craft shows and offer furniture and seasonal items for sale. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family.

Paul is survived by his wife, Kathy of Rush Township; daughters, Heather Hadesty and her husband Dana of Tamaqua and Brynn Novack and her husband Ronnie of Mary D, PA; grandson, Joshua Paul Hadesty; sister, Jackie Haddock and her husband Louis of Orlando, Florida; sister-in-law, Joan Gerber of Lincoln, Nebraska; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by brother, Walter Bartell and brother-in-law, Robert Gerber.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 22 in the White Church, 339 Marion Avenue, Barnesville with The Rev. Craig Zimmerman officiating. Call 9-11 AM at the church. Interment in the White Church Cemetery will follow the services. Call 9-11 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul’s name may be made to the Christ United Church of Christ Needy Family Fund, c/o Danny Deeble, 39 Ye Olde Dam Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Eleanor May Ambrose, 86, of Tamaqua, PA, and formerly of Williamstown, PA and Pottsville, PA, died on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Coaldale, PA.

She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Ambrose who died February 19, 1999. Born in Philadelphia, PA on October 7, 1932, Eleanor was the daughter of the late Laura Shoup. A 1952 graduate of Pottsville High School, she also graduated from the Ford Business School, Pottsville and worked as a secretary for various local businesses until 1961. When her first child was born, Eleanor became a committed full-time stay at home mom. She was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII and previously Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Eleanor loved to sing and at one time had been a soloist for the group “Alluminaires”. She also was an avid swimmer and diver.

Eleanor is survived by sons, Joseph A. Ambrose, Jr. of Exeter Township, PA, David Ambrose of Tamaqua and Michael Ambrose of Tamaqua; daughters, Catherine Ambrose of Danville, PA and Eleanor Manness and her husband William of Cumbola, PA; granddaughter, Kaleigh Christman; grandson, Joshua Ambrose-Manness; and half-sister, Mary Fowler of Frackville, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 22 in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown, PA will follow the mass. Call 6-8 PM on Tuesday, May 21 and 9:30-10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 22 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Memorials in Eleanor’s name may be made to The Parish of St. John XXIII, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


James Franklin (Jim) Orwig, Sr., 87, of Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday, May 12th, at Laurel Center, Hamburg. Jim was born in Orwigsburg on June 30, 1931, a son of the late Lillis N. (Fine) and George D. Orwig. He was the widower of Patricia A. (Freed) Orwig and the brother of Phil Orwig. Survived by five grandchildren, Stacey, Stephanie, Lindsay, Carolyn, Tom and nine great grandchildren. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, and graduated from Orwigsburg High School, Class of 1949. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia L. Stoyer, of Langhorne, and a son, James F. Orwig, Jr., husband of Andrea, of Kutztown. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah A. Stabinsky and his grandson, Brandon J. Stabinsky.

Jim honorably served his community in various roles. He was an Orwigsburg police officer, Mayor of Orwigsburg for eight years, Deputy Game Commissioner and served on many local committees. He was a member of various community organizations, such as the Orwigsburg Lions Club. Jim was a welcomed sight for many local farmers, as he provided veterinary assistance to numerous farm animals. He was a steward of the Second Mountain and embraced and loved the importance of the outdoors and nature. Anyone who came in contact with him felt his intense love for nature.

There will be a "One Last Trip to the Second Mountain" Service at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 25th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg. Memorial Gathering from 12:00 until time of service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orwigsburg Historical Society.


Dorothy F. Adamitis, RN, 96, of Mahanoy City, residing at Genesis Healthcare Schuylkill Center, Pottsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday with her family by her side.

Born in Saint Clair on February 20, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Frances (Melevage) Adamitis.

She was a graduate of Saint Clair High School and the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

While in nursing school in Philadelphia, Dorothy participated in the Cadet Corps. Following graduation, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and was stationed in Korea, serving with the 11th EVAC. After three years of service to her country, Dorothy was honorably discharged and received the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and the Korean Service Medal. She then was employed in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia until her retirement. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were two sisters, Anna Bobbin and Florence Walters; and one brother, Vincent Adamitis.

Surviving are her niece and caregiver, Joann Bobbin, of Mahanoy City; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of Calcutta Church, Mahanoy City, with her cousin, Monsignor Gerald Gobitas, as the main celebrant, and the Rev. Kevin Gallagher, pastor, as concelebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Port Carbon. A viewing will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday morning in the church.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Teresa of Calcutta Church or the St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish Memorial Fund or the Hillside SPCA.

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

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