Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/30/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/30/19


Dione L. Keip, 80 years of age formerly of Tamaqua passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Orwigsburg Center.

Born Sunday, July 9, 1939 in Coaldale the daughter of the late Charles and Thelma (Gould) Boyer. Dione was also predeceased by her husband of sixty-four years on March 27, 2019, Michael J. Keip, Sr.; brother, Charles "Buddy" Boyer; sister, Helen Bachorik, Shirely I. Parrish.

Surviving are; sons, Robert W. Keip and his wife, Kelly of Saint Clair, Michael C. Keip and his wife, Joy of Summit Hill; daughter, Tammy Morgante and her husband, John of Pine Grove; brothers, William Boyer and his wife Renee, Robert Boyer and his wife Barbara; sisters, Beverly Lech, Ruthie Brill, Bonnie Thomas wife of Wesley, Louanne Grafte and her husband Larry; 10 grand children; 10 great grand children.

Dione loved family picnics and spending time with family. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards and bingo.

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

A Celebration of Dione's Life will be held on Monday evening August 5, 2019 from the funeral home at 7 o'clock P.M. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

Private interment Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pennsylvania.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Francis J. "Frank" Klosinski, 88, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Monday, July 29th, at Broad Mountain Nursing Home, Frackville.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on December 28, 1930, he was a son of the late Francis A. & Elizabeth (Kepko) Klosinski.

Frank was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict; and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.

Frank was a social member of the American Legion, and VFW, Pine Grove.

He is survived by two sisters, Susan Klosinski, & Agnes Gallen, both of Schuylkill Haven; two brothers, Steve Klosinski, of Alden, PA, & Edward Klosinski, of Media, PA, and nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, Frank is also preceded in death by his sister, Mary E. Guld.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1st, with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating. There will be no calling hour prior to mass.

Interment will follow at Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Pottsville.


James (Jim) Martin Carroll, 71, formerly of Minersville, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Gainesville, VA.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Martin C. & Florence M. Brady Carroll. Jim grew up in Minersville, and graduated from Nativity BVM High School and LaSalle University. Jim spent many years working for the Federal Government and then running his own management consulting firm, training managers on human resources and representing the Government in arbitration and employee relations cases. He authored newsletters and books on human resources. He was a skilled instructor, a brilliant analyst, and a gifted writer.

He was a "forever" Phillies and Eagles fan and got the thrill of his life when the Eagles won the Super Bowl. He was also an avid golfer who was never happier than when he was with friends on the golf course.

Jim was the love of his wife’s life, Marilyn (Annie). He also leaves behind his two sons, Michael Carroll (spouse, Amber) and Steven Carroll; his two sisters, Mary Anne Cauley and Diane Jocken; his brother, Dan Carroll; three grandchildren, Nicole, Bryan and Brendan Carroll; nieces and nephews.

Jim was loved by his in-laws and by his many, many friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. Memorial service arrangements will be announced when finalized.

Margaret D. Moffitt, 100, formerly of Minersville, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.

Margaret was born in Minersville on February 7, 1919, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Priscilla (Hulock) Letko. She graduated from Cass Township High School in 1936, where she was Class Secretary. Following graduation, she worked briefly for Pomeroy’s Department Store in Pottsville before being employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Revenue in Harrisburg in various administrative support positions. She also worked briefly for the local Internal Revenue Service office in Pottsville.

Margaret and her husband were later owners and operators of two small businesses in Schuylkill County for 18 years: Moffitt’s Grille in Minersville and Moffitt’s Esso in Yorkville. The majority of her work career was spent in the banking industry, where she was employed as a teller for the Minersville Safe Deposit Bank and Trust Co. for over 30 years, retiring as a part-time employee at age 80.

A woman of firm faith, quiet dignity, generous spirit, and strong work ethic, Margaret was an active member of the former St. Vincent de Paul Church in Minersville, where she supported the Church bingos as a volunteer cashier for many years. She also regularly helped many family members and neighbors with income tax preparation based on her earlier work experience in this area.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Augustine E. (Gus) Moffitt, with whom she shared over 43 years of marriage. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by six brothers, Andrew, Stephen, John, Joseph, Anthony, and Vincent Letko and three sisters, Anne Yoder Marazas, Eva Music, and Helen Hoffman.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Augustine Moffitt, Jr., and his wife Joanne, Bethlehem, and Dr. Vincent Moffitt and his wife, Kathleen, Wyomissing; two grandchildren, Christopher Moffitt, Bethlehem, and Amy Moffitt Welsh, West Chester; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Moffitt, Allison Moffitt, Grace Welsh, and Sabrina Welsh. She is also survived by a brother Thomas Letko, Minersville; several nieces and nephews.

The family is extremely grateful to the staff at Berks Heim for their compassionate care.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul #2 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church, the Nativity BVM High School Preservation Support Foundation (P.O. Box 82, Pottsville, PA 17901), or the Berks Heim Resident Fund (1011 Berks Road, Leesport, PA 19533).


Ruby Lorraine Lazarchick, 69, of Tamaqua, PA died on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Coaldale, PA. Born on August 13, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Louella (nee Kemmerer) Gerber. Prior to her retirement, Ruby worked for the former Morgan Knitting Mills and subsequently Hanes. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua. A very independent woman, there wasn’t anything Ruby couldn’t do. She was a great cook, loved to sew, worked in her garden, decorated for the holidays, enjoyed the music of Elvis, and enjoyed day trips with her sister-in-law, Nancy Gerber; but her greatest joy was being Nana to her two grandchildren, Sam and Spencer. Ruby is survived by daughter, Sherri Gerber of Tamaqua; son, Anthony “AJ” Yost of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Sam Fox and Spencer Gerber; sister, Darlene Wishousky; brother, Carl Gerber; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Arthur Gerber, Mel Gerber, and Donald Gerber and sisters, Marie Leiby, Marlene Steigerwalt, and Shirl Miller. Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, August 2 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Sky View Memorial Park will follow the services. Call 9-11 AM on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Charlotte N. Eckroth, age 98, of Mahanoy City, passed away Monday at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville. Born in Mahanoy City she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah (Stocker) Eckroth. She attended Mahanoy City schools and retired after 42 years of service with City Shirt Factory. She was a life and oldest member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mahanoy City. Preceding her in death were 2 sisters Betty Jane Eckroth and Ruth F. Campbell and her companion Edward Dorning. Survivors include a sister Lois Kline of Mahanoy City, 4 nieces Cheryl Walawender, Karen (Knapp) McCarthy, Beverley Blew and Diane Kline as well as great nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Rite of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Fred T. Crawford on Friday morning at 11 AM from Christ Lutheran Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call at the church on Friday morning beginning at 10 AM. Contributions in her name to Christ Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family and accepted at the visitation. David D. Jarrett Funeral home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit for more information.


Ronald C. Luckenbill, 75, of Seltzer Road, Pottsville, passed away Saturday, July 27th, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown. Born in Pottsville, January 26, 1944, he was the son of the late James and Anna Becker Luckenbill. He attended Pottsville Schools, and was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving with the 124th Transportation Company of the U. S. Army. Ronald was employed for the Pottsville Housing Authority, retiring in 2006. Preceding him in death, were brothers James, William, Ralph, Glenn, Robert, and Harry, also sisters Margaret Bernaz, and Anna Luckenbill.


Wife: Julie Chescavage Luckenbill, married 44 years

Children: Tammy, Ronald Jr., Michelle, Luckenbill, Robert, William, James, and Donald Hoffman

Sister: Barbara wife of Wayne Orick, Pottsville

Brother: Milton Luckenbill and his wife, Cindy, Pottsville

16 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, Nieces and nephews

Private graveside funeral services with military honors will be held in St. John’s Cemetery, Barry Township. Officiating will be Rev. Bonnie Yeager.

Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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