Friday, August 2, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/01/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/01/19


James F. Heffron, 82, of Orwigsburg, died July 28, 2019, after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Heckscherville, a son of the late James and Jean Bagdanowicz Heffron. He was the eldest of four siblings.

After graduating from Cass Township High School, he served in the Navy. After his discharge, he received his degree from Penn State University. On June 6, 1975, he married the love of his life, Lois Eleanore Heffron, who preceded him in death in 2011. He was a man of strong Catholic faith, and contributed generously to St. Ambrose Church and the Catholic Hoima Diocese in Uganda.

While he retired from Air Products & Chemicals, where he was an R&D project engineer after 30 years, Jim "Pop-Pop" Heffron will be remembered for his charity and service to others and for sharing his wisdom with the large family he built with his beloved wife, Lois, aka "Grammy." He loved the outdoors, especially fishing trips on the Susquehanna River, vacationing in OCMD and "OBeX" telling stories to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles. He instilled in his family an unmatched sense of humor, faith, and the belief that anything can be fixed without the help of professionals. Above all, he taught his family to always be there for each other; a promise they vow to carry on forever in his and Lois' honor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and grandson, Marc Tobash, Orefield.

Jim is survived by his brother, Raymond, of Miami, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jim Lotz, of New York City; sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Ken Lancaster, of Trussville, Ala. He left a legacy of six children, son and daughter-in-law, James and Lisa Heffron, of Schuylkill Haven; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Dennis Tobash, of Orefield; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Nancy Heffron, of Downingtown; daughter, Melissa Angelo-Heffron, of Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Kelly Heffron, of Honesdale; daughter, Amy Heffron, of Orwigsburg; 13 grandchildren, Lara Heffron, Schuylkill Haven, Jamie Heffron and spouse, Kelly, Crofton, Md., Megan Foose and spouse, Tim, Cressona, Dennis Tobash and spouse, Kristen, Walnutport, Rebecca Angelo, Auburn, Nicole Angelo, Auburn, Jeffery Tobash, Orefield, Emily Angelo, Raleigh, N.C., Gabrielle Heffron, Honesdale, Rachel Heffron, Honesdale, Ben Heffron, Orwigsburg, and Lily Ana Heffron, Honesdale; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Brody Foose, Ayden Flannery, Owen and Landon Heffron, Addison Tobash and Hadley Heffron.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven. All are invited to attend a visitation in St. Ambrose Chapel from 9:15 to 10:15 am. Interment in Schuylkill Memorial Park.Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with the arrangements.


Phebe Weeks Erdman, formerly of Ithaca, New York, peacefully passed away at Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, Virginia, on February 25, 2019, nine days after her 92nd birthday.

Phebe was born on February 16, 1927, in Gilberton, Pennsylvania, to William F. and Phebe May (Davis) Weeks. She graduated from Saint Clair High School in 1943, and attended Bloomsburg State College. While working at radio station WPAM in Pottsville, she met and married Ellis E. (Woody) Erdman. The couple moved to Elmira, New York, in 1952, and to Ithaca in 1956, where her husband was one of the founders of Radio Station WTKO. When Mr. Erdman's business interests took him to New York City, Phebe assumed the position of president of WTKO and Ivy Broadcasting Company, managing the radio station's day-to-day operations until 1981. She then served as bookkeeper for the Wiggins law firm in Ithaca before moving to North Carolina in 1994. In Greensboro, she worked with NC Judicial Branch's Guardian ad Litem program, the William A. Stern Foundation, and the Weaver Foundation. She moved to Fairfax, Virginia, in 2012.

Phebe was very active in community affairs, a longtime member of the Women's Community Building's Board of Directors, the Lutheran Church on Oak Avenue's church council (now Saint John's Lutheran), the Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins County Hospital Women's Auxiliary, and other organizations. She remained proud of her Welsh coal mining heritage and loved all things Welsh, from Corgis to the writings of Dylan Thomas.

Phebe Erdman is survived by her children, Hans and Ellen (Marsden) Erdman of Isanti, Minnesota; Leslie and Leonid Chekin of Fairfax, Virginia; and Rebecca W. E. and George Edmunds of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren Jeannette White and Schawonne Miller of Minnesota; Peter L. Chekin of Paris, France; Cas Edmunds and Emily Roland of North Carolina; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Phebe Weeks, her husband Ellis, sister Elizabeth Weeks, and brother William Weeks.

Interment will take place at Schuylkill Haven Memorial Park in Pennsylvania when weather permits. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phebe's memory to Capital Caring Hospice of Arlington, VA.


Eric F. Fields, 49, of Cornwall, passed away at home on Monday, July 29, 2019 after battling a long time illness.
He was born and raised in Riverside, CA and was the son of the late Melvin and Michele White Fields.
He enjoyed camping, roller coasters, and watching horror movies.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, MaryLynn M. Ford Fields; son Chase at home, daughter Hailey of Palmyra; step children, Cody Fields of Quentin, Robert Wenrich Jr. of Lancaster, Steffanie Roach of Myerstown, Pastor Sean Condran of Lebanon, Shivon Condran of Orwigsburg, Meghan Jane Condran of New York, along with several foster children, totaling 13, that he helped raise; and 7 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his brother David Fields and nephew Jonathan Fields.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. at their home, 138 Julia Lane, Lebanon, Pa. 17042.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 139 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963.

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