Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/22/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 05/22/19


Lois “Louie” Heiser, 74, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Tuesday at Shenandoah Senior Living Center.

Born in Ashland she was the daughter of the late William “Zup” and Mary Corrigan Walters. She had been employed as a home healthcare worker until her retirement.

She was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Girardville, now St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She loved playing bingo, was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan and was the owner of the former Heiser’s Candy Store where she enjoyed the children who hung out at the store.

She was preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Heiser in 1997 and her sister Rosemary “Sis” Pollock.

Lois is survived by her sons; William Heiser Jr., Pittsburgh, Dan and his wife Dawn Heiser, Girardville Thomas Heiser, Girardville and Rich and his wife Janice Heiser, St. Clair, her four grandchildren; Danielle, Debbie, Justin and Abigail, her great-grandchildren; Rielly, Sherri (Herman) Heiser, Shamokin, with three great-grandchildren, Jamie Heiser, Berwick, William (Bowman) Heiser, Berwick, and Jonah and her friends and caregivers; Theresa, Adel and Paul also by nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Shenandoah Senior Living Center for the care that they gave to Lois.

A viewing will be held on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. with a scripture service at 6 p.m. with Rev. Paul Rothermel officiating at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers the family prefers donations, in Lois’s name, be made to the American Diabetes Association at 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, Timothy M. Sullivan, Supervisor, is in charge of arrangements.


Brandon L. Mazzagatti, 37, Frackville, passed away unexpectedly Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Schuylkill East, Pottsville.

Born in Philadelphia he was the son of Don “ Mazz “ and Cindi Stickler Mazzagatti, Frackville.

He was a graduate of NSHS class of 2000. He was a loving son and father and well known for his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone around him laugh. He was often seen blasting by on his “high speed scooter”. He was also known to his friends as Vlad, Batmazz or Specticles. He had a great love for the Eagles, Target shooting, softball, wiffle ball tournaments and his many friends but his greatest love was for his daughter Riley.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Arthur and Jeannette Stickler.

In addition to his parents Brandon is survived by his paternal grandparents Donald Mazzagatti, Philadelphia and Terry Kneipp, Frackville, his daughter Riley Mazzagatti, Frackville, his companion Heidi Brinsko, Frackville, his aunt Janice Peters, Reading also by additional aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Four Square Gospel Church, 71 Industrial Road, Frackville ( formerly Goody’s ) with Rev. Todd Dewire officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations, in Brandon’s name, be made to Hillside SPCA , 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 17901


Donald G Harring, age 86, of Newmanstown, formerly of Valley View, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born on Wednesday, January 18, 1933, in Pitman, a son of the late Harry L Harring and the late Esther Herb Harring.

Don served in the US Army.

He was a truck driver for L.S. Geist Trucking, Hegins, for many years; after which he helped and worked with his son to build KL Harring Transportation, Bethel.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View.

He was also a member of F&AM Valley Lodge 797, Valley View, Harrisburg Consistory, and the Rajah Shrine, Reading. Don enjoyed NASCAR racing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by a brother, Harry Harring and a sister, Ruby Smeltz.

He is survived by his wife Myrl E Tietsworth Harring, to whom he was married for 66 years.

He is also survived by a son, Keith L Harring and his wife Lynda of Bethel; a daughter, Karen E Gilbert and her husband Robert of Myerstown; seven grandchildren, Drew Gilbert, Karley Siegfried, Justin Gilbert, Kaylyn Harring, Kali Harring, Keith Harring, and Karsen Harring; a brother, Dr. Maynard Harring; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Brian Beissel and Rev. Carl Shankweiler officiating.

A viewing will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

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, 72, Mahanoy Plane, passed away peacefully Tuesday at his residence with his family at his side.

Robert J. Hank

Born in Fountain Springs he was a son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Scheele Hank. He had been employed as a load operator for Blaschak Coal Co. until his retirement.

He was a US Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War. Bob was a graduate of Ashland High School class of 1964, member of Girardville American Legion Post and also the Lavelle Fire Company.

He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Hank.

Bob is survived by his life companion of 47 years Jill Abrams, his daughter Shannon Butler and her companion Jesus Martinez, Mahanoy Plane, his step-children; Sherri wife of Stephen Rooney, Ashland, Terry wife of Dave Clemson, Tamaqua and Arthur and his wife Amy Abrams, Jacksonville, FL, his grandchildren; Jeremy, Corrine, Kevin, Jessica, Shawn, Seth and Shane, also by two great-grandchildren.

At Robert’s request services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers contributions, in Robert’s name, be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Harry E. Lysek, 75, of Deer Lake, passed away Saturday while at Laurel Nursing Center, Hamburg, with his family by his side.

Born in Pottsville, Aug. 25, 1943, he was a son of the late John and Anna Cherepko Lysek.

Harry was a 1961 graduate of Minersville High School.He then went on to serve in the Army and was stationed in Germany.

To know Harry was to love Harry, he touched all those who came into his life. He could often be found enjoying his morning breakfast at Josie's. When not at Josie's, Harry would be at his second home at the Deer Lake Fire Company, where he was an active member for over 30 years and also served as the assistant fire chief.

In addition to his parents, Harry is preceded in death by his loving wife, who passed in 2016, Carolyn Lysek. Harry sadly mourned the loss of his wife and missed her dearly. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack, Joseph and Henry Lysek.

Harry is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Koslosky, N.J.; and children, Mark Weaver, of Auburn, Paul Lysek and his companion, Karen Krause, Schuylkill Haven, and Christine Stevens and her companion, Jeremy Ward, Orwigsburg; grandchildren, Bradley Stevens, Sinking Spring, and Nicole Stevens, Orwigsburg; a great-grandchild, Riley Elizabeth Stevens; and nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. An additional viewing will be held prior to services, beginning at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held following the services on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Harry's memory be made to the Deer Lake Fire Company, 1 Ash Road, Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Memories and condolences can be shared at


Margaret R. "Manzy" Nabholz, 68, of Pottsville, formerly of Cumbola, passed away Monday morning at her residence in Pottsville.

Born Nov. 6, 1950, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Sant Haughney.

Margaret was an avid baker, loved tending to her flowers in the garden and camping with her dog, Oreo. She was last employed as a bank teller for Wells Fargo for over 20 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Haughney, and brother, Robert Haughney.

Manzy is survived by her husband of 46 years, William "Bud" Nabholz, Pottsville; sons, Shawn Nabholz, Cumberland, Md., and Corey Nabholz and wife, Jamie, Pottsville; sister, Della Mae, wife of Robert Parnell, Enola.

Prayer services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Thomas J. Bartashus Funeral Home, New Philadelphia, with the Rev. Ronald J. Minner officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


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