Thursday, July 25, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/24/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/24/19


Charles Albert "Junior" Schaeffer, 83, of Klingerstown, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Junior was born in Butler Township, on March 14, 1936, a son of the late Edna (Haas) and Charles Schaeffer.

He graduated from the Hegins Township High School and worked as a farmer for 58 years at Schaeffer Farms.

He served as the FFA President during high school and was proud to have won the State Tractor Driving and Plowing Contests.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, going to camp and riding his four wheeler.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Pitman.

Junior is survived by two sons Jeffrey, husband of Deb Schaeffer and Richard, husband of Mary Schaeffer, all of Klingerstown; four grandchildren, Shanelle and Machelle; Chase and Kolt; four great grandchildren, Cole, Hailee, Sophie and Brayden

He was preceded in death by three sisters Martha A. Deitrich, Ethel Mae Furman, and Irene K. Snyder.

Viewing will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 9-11 AM at St. James Lutheran Church, Main Road, Pitman with the funeral service following at 11 AM with Rev. Mark Swanson officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery, Klingerstown.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit


Edward L. Gottschall, 80, of Cumru Township, passed away July 13, 2019 in the Reading Hospital where he was a patient. 

He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (Miller) Gottschall who passed away March 8, 2012. Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Angela (Klitsch) Gottschall. 

He was the owner/operator of Ed Gottschall’s Auto Service, Mohnton for 35 years, retiring in 2005. 

Ed served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was currently serving as Vice President of Cumru Township Board of Commissioners. He was elected by the public as a Cumru Commissioner beginning January 2008 and was elected by his fellow commissioners as Vice President for the Board in January 2010. He was just re-elected as a Commissioner candidate during the 2019 primary. Ed’s plain-spoken manner and irreverent sense of humor added a fresh dynamic to the Board of Commissioners. With a can-do attitude in his voice, he made a motion to “Pay the Bills!” at every meeting he attended. During his tenure as a commissioner, Ed took a keen interest in the Township’s infrastructure and related items. From the beginning, he served as a liaison Commissioner for public works. He sat as a member of the Municipal Authority of Cumru for 9 years. Having a long-standing interest in the fire service, he served as a volunteer firefighter with the Gouglersville Fire Company many years ago. He carried that interest into his role on the Cumru Township Fire Department’s apparatus committee and most recently, as a liaison Commissioner for the fire department. A member of St. John Baptist de LaSalle R. C. Church, Shillington, he was also a member of Chandler Lodge No. 227 F & AM, serving as Master in 1991 and 2005. Ed was a member of Rajah Shrine, Excelsior Royal Arch Chapter No. 237, Creigh Council No. 16 – Royal & Select Master Masons, Reading Commandery No. 9 Knights Templer and was a 4th Degree Knight – Holy Name Council 7179 Knights of Columbus. 

He is survived by nieces – Holly Gattone, Stephanie Gunter, nephews – Greg Gottschall, Joe Gottschall, Todd Gottschall, several cousins and his sister-in-laws – Debra Gottschall and Linda Gottschall. 

In addition to his wife he is predeceased by his brothers – Joseph H. Gottschall and Stephen R. Gottschall. 

Friends may call on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Knights of Columbus service by Holy Name Council 7179 at 6:30 PM. Masonic services by Chandler Lodge No. 227 F & AM at 7:30 PM. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM from St. John Baptist de LaSalle R. R. Church, Kerrick & Mitti Roads, Shillington. Rev. Richard Clement celebrant. 

Interment with military honors in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. 

Please honor Ed’s memory by contributing to Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Rajah Shriners, P. O. Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510.

Leonard G. Schumack, Esq., 95, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away Monday evening.

Born in Shenandoah, March 20, 1924, he was a son of the late Francis “Frank” and Anna (Walaitis) Schumack.

Leonard was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah, Penn State University and Dickinson Law School.

Attorney Schumack practiced law for 65 years in Shenandoah. In addition to his private practice, he was the former solicitor for East Union Township and the former solicitor and a former board member of Merchants National Bank, now First National Bank, Shenandoah.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. George’s Church, Schuylkill County Bar Association and Shenandoah Rotary Club.

Leonard was a charter member of Blue Knob Rod and Gun Club, East Union Township, and was also a member of Penn State Alumni Association.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife, the former Helen Chikotas, on January 29, 2009.

Surviving are his son, Russell Schumack and his wife, Pamela, of Shenandoah Heights; two daughters, Lynn Zale and her husband, Raymond, of Sinking Spring, and Susan Schumack, of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Joslyn Zale, Lauren Zale, Anthony Barela, Maria Schumack and Nina Shoemaker; one brother, Ralph Schumack and his wife, Nancy, of Bethesda, Md.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Downtown Shenandoah Inc., 116 N. Main St., Shenandoah, PA 17976, or the Schuylkill County Bar Association Scholarship Fund, 401 N. Second St., Fourth Floor, Pottsville, PA 17901.

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


Rose Marie A. Styka, 63, of Pottsville, formerly of William Penn, Shenandoah, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019, at Broad Mountain Health and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

Born in Shenandoah, March 13, 1956, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Francine (Tamasauskas) Styka.

She was a graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School. She received her associate degree from Penn State University and her LPN certification from the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing.

Rose Marie was employed as an LPN at the former Rest Haven nursing home and the former Good Samaritan Hospital. She was last employed as a home healthcare aide.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. George’s Church.

Rose Marie was a very caring and loving person who was more concerned about the welfare of others. She enjoyed gardening and collecting angels and rabbits.

Surviving are her fiancĂ© and caregiver, Anatole “Tony” Nasobkow, of Pottsville, and cousins.

Religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held from 9 until 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Please omit flowers.

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


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