Friday, July 26, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/25/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/25/19


James W. George, husband, father, grandfather, brother, 83 of Mahanoy Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the home of his son in East Stroudsburg after a short illness.

Born Thursday, November 28, 1935 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania the son of the late Wilmer George, Sr., and Jane (Davis) George.

Surviving are; beloved wife of sixty-one years, Jean Louise (Wunder) George; son, Steve George and his wife Gigi of Hackensack, NJ,; daughter, Wendi J. Rigler of Tamaqua; brothers, Karl George of Tamaqua, Wilmer George, Jr. and his wife Sue of Pine Grove; sister, Jane Isganitis and her husband John of Tamaqua; grandson, Booker George. Many nieces and nephews also survive Jim.

A 1953 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Jim worked and retired from Acme Markets of Lansford having worked there since high school. Jim enjoyed listening to music and was an avid gardener. He had a special knack for plants which adorned his home.

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

The family will receive friends from the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

Memorials in Jim's name to:
Tamaqua Arts Center
125 Pine Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Online condolences may be made to the family at
Francis E. Dillman, 83, Frackville, passed away peacefully Thursday morning at his residence.

Born in Frackville, he was a son of the late Robert and Irene O. Krell Dillman. He had been employed as a police officer for Frackville Borough until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville, life member of Goodwill Hose Co., member of Fraternal Order of Police and Frackville Masonic Lodge #737 F&AM. He was a graduate of Frackville High School, class of 1955.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Irene Shoup, grandson Robert Lewis Shoup, five brothers: Robert, Ronald, Harry, Floyd and David Dillman and his sister Phyllis Holden.

Francis is survived by his wife of 62 years Harriet Zimmerman Dillman, three daughters; Margaret ( Peggy ) wife of Harry Price, Diane wife of Steve Kaliher both of Frackville and Mary wife of Tom Halon, Shenandoah, two brothers; Donald R. ( Winnie ) Dillman, Frackville and Albert ( Monica ) Dillman, Conyngham, three sisters; Joanne M. ( Tony ) Kurdilla, Linda Dillman both of Frackville and Christine M. Devitt, Lehighton, his former son-in-law Wayne Shoup, Danville and his caregiver Maria Narvaez, his grandchildren; Shannon Darker, Shawn Price, Ashley Cammisa, Kelly Ebert, Stephen and Rachael Kaliher, Tammy Zaleski and John Shoup, six great-grandchildren, four Great Great-Grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rev. Brian miller and Rev. Carl Shankweiler officiating. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Frackville. Friends may call at the funeral Home on Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until time of Service.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville is in charge of arrangements


Dale E. Hillbish, 76, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 24, at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, on Aug. 29, 1942, he was a son of the late Alma Aregood and Harry Hillbish.

He was the husband of Wanda V. Hillbish.

He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rainbow Hose Company and the Northward Social Club, all of Schuylkill Haven.

He was formerly employed as a truck driver for Fanelli Brothers Trucking.

Dale was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Hillbish.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Dean and his companion, Rosa Strohl, Pottsville, Randy, Schuylkill Haven, Ricky, Cressona, and Glenn and his companion, Claire Kalucki; grandchildren, Stephanie, Maria, Theresa, Ryan, Brittany, Karly, Katrina and Matthew.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Family request donations to Jerusalem Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Covenant Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for Dale.


Adolph “Al” Joseph Wychulis died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Shenandoah at the age of 100 surrounded by his loving family.

Adolph is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Leary) Wychulis of Shenandoah; five children, Arlene (Wychulis) Snyder and her husband Paul Snyder of Bethlehem; Adolph “Ace” Wychulis, Jr. and his wife Nancy Zebraitis-Wychulis of Shenandoah, Sharon (Wychulis) Dalley widow of Michael Dalley of Shenandoah Heights; Janet (Wychulis) Dellinger and her husband Frank Dellinger of Shenandoah; Dean John Wychulis and his husband Lawrence Capozzelli of Junedale; five grandchildren, Dana Lynn (Zulkowski) Van Horn and her husband Clayton Van Horn, Ryan Snyder and his wife Alison Snyder, Danielle Wychulis, Sarah Dalley and Eric Wychulis; ten great-grandchildren, Eden, Noah, Joshua, Caleb and Jordan Van Horn, Chase Snyder, Raegan and Ava Snyder and Brayden and Brody Ladick.

He was preceded in death by a child before birth; his parents, Joseph Wychulis and Anna (Bunsavage) Wychulis; eight siblings, Annie (Wychulis) Pogozelski, Julia (Wychulis) Segoski; Joseph Wychulis, Mary “Mamie” Wychulis, Adam Wychulis, William Wychulis, Adele (Wychulis) Engle; Albert Wychulis; his son-in-law, Michael Dalley; and his grandson, Russ Snyder.

Adolph, the youngest of 9 children, was born on June 10, 1919 in his lifelong family home that his mother and father owned when they were married and raised him and his siblings. Al was an intelligent child in elementary school. He was able to skip a grade, which allowed him to graduate from J.W. Cooper High School class of 1936, one year early. During his youth he would attend dances at the local dance halls. It was there at one of those dances he caught a glance and met a beautiful young Irish girl named Elizabeth “Betty” Leary. On October 6, 1951 at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church, he married his Irish lass, soul mate, and the love of his life. They have been happily married for nearly 68 special years filled with the truest love, devotion, and faithfulness to one another. Adolph, dedicated his life to be the provider for his family, he worked tirelessly for the family-owned butcher shop at the corner of South Bridge & East Centre Streets, drove Euclid trucks for the local mining industry in Shenandoah, and finished his working career with 36 plus years of dedicated public service working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When times were very tough and he was out of a job, he went as far as traveling to Philadelphia looking to try and find a job in the shipyards. No distance was too great for him to work and provide for his wife and children. As a lifelong member of St. George’s Lithuanian Catholic Church, he kept his Roman Catholic faith close to his heart.

Al enjoyed deer hunting in his younger days and was an avid lifelong fisherman. He loved fishing in both Pennsylvania and Canada. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time on his boat at Lake Wallenpaupack with his family. He would wake up early and go down to the lake when the water was still to pick crayfish for fishing bait. His favorite catch was always Walleye Pike. Al looked forward to the traditional yearly famous first day of trout fishing season with his children and grandchildren. He and Betty’s favorite place to spend their summers was at their house in the Pocono Mountains near Lake Wallenpaupack with the entire family taking them boating, fishing, tubing, water skiing, swimming, and long lazy sun filled days drifting on the lake from early morning till after sunset, or having cookouts on the deck and swimming in the pool. There, he took care of his precious fruit trees that he planted by hand and lost the endless battle of protecting them from hungry squirrels, deer, and bear. A lover of sweets, he enjoyed eating ice cream, cakes and blueberry pie in front of the television with his coffee, while watching the Stock Market, Fox News, baseball, football, and almost any other sporting event.

He was a devoted family man, especially to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout his life he found enjoyment teaching and guiding his loved ones with special traditions, values, morals, silly songs, and funny sayings. Al’s family will proudly pass those customs on for generations to come along with his very strong work ethic, which could be seen as he rarely missed a day of work. He would go into work in bad weather, do double shifts when needed, or go to work at other toll plazas to fill an open shift. Always an active person, Al never sat still for long. He was always tinkering, doing some type of work around the house or in the yard, building something, or splitting wood with his electric log splitter.

He will always be remembered as a loving, devoted, faithful husband to Betty and a doting, proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and as a very warm-hearted, caring, compassionate, kind, and funny man who wanted nothing more than to make people laugh. Al always said, “The key to a long life is through laughter,” which is something he most certainly accomplished.

A religious service will be held on Monday, July 29 at 11:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. All are welcome to attend and celebrate centenarian Adolph’s life during his viewing on Monday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice and St. Luke’s Hospital, Coaldale for their care and dedication during the last special months of Adolph’s life.

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


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