Thursday, August 1, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/31/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 07/31/19


Kathleen Ann Walters, age 57, of Pottsville, PA passed away with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown.
Born in Pottsville, PA on February 17, 1962, she was the daughter of Pat and Jim Fedorick of Mill Creek and James Finnigan of Palo Alto.
Kathy was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and then earned an Associate Degree in accounting from McCann Business School in Pottsville. Kathy enjoyed reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Kathy is survived by a son Jason Walters and his wife Amanda, Pottsville; a daughter Lindsey Draine, Lancaster; three grandsons: Brayden, Evrett, and Colton; two sisters: Kelly Sterner and her husband Bill, Pottsville and Colleen Zelinsky and her husband Alan, Port Carbon; a step-sister Michele Schappell and her husband Howard, Pottsville; a step-brother Michael Carey, Pottsville; and nieces and nephews.
Services and Interment will be held private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kathy's memory to the Pottsville Free Public Library 215 West Market Street Pottsville, PA 17901.
The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to

Sandra Kline, 55, of Mahanoy City, PA, passed away Monday, July 29th, peacefully, at her residence.

Sandy was born in Pottsville, PA on February 22, 1964, a daughter of Carol (Garraway) Kline and the late Harry Kline.

She worked at Sealy Mattress in Delano.

Sandy graduated from Mahanoy Area High School, class of 1982.

She loved to shoot pool, go fishing and ride her dirt bike. She loved the New York Yankees, and the Giants.

Sandra is survived by two sisters, Christine Hanlon, of Frackville; her twin Stephanie, wife of Richard Ponchery, of Beaver Meadows, a brother, Nicholas, husband of Cynthia, of Wiggans. Nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City, PA, at 10 AM on Saturday, August 3rd, with Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating.

Friends may call Friday 6 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8:30 AM, at the Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

Interment at Skyview Memorial Park Tamaqua, PA.

Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. to sign the guest book, view Video Tribute and send sympathy cards


Theresa M. Vitelli, 81, of West Lawn, PA, passed away Tuesday, July 30th, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

Born in Landingville, PA on March 13, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Carmen & Mildred (Whalen) Vitelli.

Terri was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, where she participated as a majorette. A member of Class of 1955, she enjoyed meeting with a group of classmates once a month to socialize and reminisce.

Terri worked as the personal secretary to Elmer Allen for 35 years at IBM, Reading. Later, she served as the head of the electric typewriter division until the company dissolved and she retired in 1993.

She was a former member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, and a current member of St. Ignatius Parish, Reading, PA.

Terri was very active and walked every day. She was known as "Fast Freddy" in her neighborhood. She also enjoyed golfing, bowling, and fishing. A true shopaholic, Terri enjoyed spoiling others, and always knew where to find the best sales. But above all else, "Aunt Sissy" adored her family, and her nieces and nephews and their children were the light of her life.

Terri is survived by a brother, Carmen Vitelli & wife, Aurea, of Chesapeake, VA, two sisters: Patricia Naus & husband, Roland, of Schuylkill Haven, and Kathleen Bainbridge & husband, James, of Landingville, nieces & nephews: Marie Vitelli, Michael Naus & his wife, Sheila, Wesley Naus & his wife, Robyn, Lisa Bott, Jamie Bainbridge, & Jennifer Stauffer & her husband, Michael, great-nieces & great-nephews: Michael, & Nicholas Bott, Stacey Yeich, Eric, & Brandon Naus, Cali, Hope, Libby, & Luke Stauffer, and her extended friends that were like family, Elmer Allen, widower of Doris, Wernersville, PA, Robert Allen & his wife, Sarah, and their children, Aaron, & Andrew, all of Maine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6th.

A visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the church's chapel.

Interment will follow mass at St. Ambrose Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.

Family request donations in Terri's memory to St. Ambrose Church Memorial Fund 201 Randel Street Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Kenneth R. Reed, 82, of New Ringgold, went to be with the lord, Tuesday, July 30th, at his residence.

Kenneth was born in Rauschs, on January 21, 1937, the son of the late Ella Mae (Bachert) and Robert Reed.

He was the husband of Georgine E. (Strause) Reed. They were married September 15th, 1962.

Kenneth was a member of Christ Church Mc Keansburg and he graduated from Cressona High School, Class of 1954.

Kenny joined the Air Force following high school where he served 18 months as a firefighter in Libya. After returning home from his service in the Air Force, he worked at Burkey's Knitting Mill and Dana Steel Mill until marrying Georgine. He then worked for Guers Dairy and later Guers Topsoil.

Always adventurous, Ken earned his pilot's license in his free time and flew on weekends. Kenny loved sports and played basketball and softball with the New Ringgold team. He purchased 3 race horses, Poggio's, Little Sunshine, and Rugged Road, which he raced in Delaware, West Virginia, and New Jersey. He later trained as a video repair technician in Las Vegas. Kenny had a love for travel
throughout his life exploring every state in the continental United States. Later in life, he enjoyed bird watching, carnival glass, getting together with his high school classmates at reunion breakfasts, and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Georgine, of 56 years, Kenneth is also survived by Two daughters, Kim Reed, of New Ringgold and Kathleen, wife of Timothy McGowan, of Millerstown, PA. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren Ian, Samuel, Emily and Annelise.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 3rd at Christ Church Mc Keansburg with Rev. Mark Shellhamer officiating. 

Visitation in church from 9:30 AM until time of service.

Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to be serving the family.


Lois Lillian C. Sanner, 90, Frackville, passed away peacefully Tuesday night at the Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Frackville she was a daughter of the late James and Eva Pearl Zimmerman Coon. She had been employed as a telephone operator for the former Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years until her retirement.

Lois was a life-time member of Zion Lutheran Church, Frackville, a graduate of the former Shenandoah Heights High School class of 1947, member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers and was known for her donations to numerous charities.

She had been married for 64 years until her husband Carl’s death in 2014 and her son Keith Lewis Sanner in 1987.

Lois is survived by her son Carl Sanner, Ravena, NY, her daughter Kimberly Varner, Frackville, her grandson Stephen C. and his wife Katie Williams, Frackville, her great-grandchildren Amber and Stephen and her sister Ella Mae Hoppes, Frackville also by nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff of Schuylkill Center for the care given to Lois and all friends, visitors and caretakers for being a part of Lois’s life.

Memorial service will be held on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Frackville with Rev. Carl Shankweiler, pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the church Sunday from 5 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations, in Lois name, be made to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529


On Monday, July 29th, our uncle, Paul Moore, departed from this earth and was reunited with family and members of the "Big 5" fishing group. 

He was born on March 2, 1925, the third son of Catherine and William Moore and lived his entire life in Mahanoy City. He was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, attended St. Fidelis Elementary School and graduated from Mahanoy City High School. Following graduation, Paul worked as production foreman for the City Shirt Factory. He was a regular blood donor, a life member and past assistant foreman of the Good American Hose Company, and a 50 years member of the Travelers Protective Association. Growing up with uncle Paul involved evening of sitting around the kitchen table listening to him tell stories with a hint of an Irish brogue while teaching us to play poker. Sunday afternoons were spent at "the farm" with the ride home singing old time favorites such as "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". He shared his love of fishing, gardening, searching for rams' head mushrooms, the outdoors and making his famous clam chowder. 

Later in life, he looked forward to spending afternoons at the American Legion listening to the guys and watching them play pool and shoot darts. Uncle Paul taught us to accept the limitations that come as we grow older with dignity and grace. 

Paul is survived by nieces Mary Modica and Dr. Ann Markiewicz, nephews Joseph Markiewicz and Paul Markiewicz (with whom he lived) along with sisters in law, Alice and Nancy Moore, Kathy Drews, and many more loving nieces and nephews. 

We would like to thank his friend Marianne for her care and friendship while he lived at home, roommates Kurt and Davey, Dr. Thurick and the entire staff of Ridgeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and support over the last two and a half years. 

Special thanks to the staff at Lehigh Valley Schuylkill Hospital for their care and kindness during Uncle Paul's final hours. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. Leo Maletz on Tuesday morning at 11 AM from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow in St. Fidelis Cemetery. 

Friends may call and visit with the family on Tuesday beginning at 10 AM at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Teresa of Calcutta Church or the Good American Fire Company 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.


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