Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/13/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/13/19


Lyle Harold "Skip" Laubenstine, 83, of Wayne Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, at home.

Born in Wayne Township, March 6, 1936, he was a son of the late Harold and Ruth (Hain) Laubenstine.

He was the loving husband of Irene Grissett Laubenstine. The couple would have celebrated 62 years of marriage on Aug. 21.

Skip was a graduate of Cressona High School, Class of 1954.

He served honorably in the Marines from 1954 to 1957, ranking as sergeant.

Skip was the owner and operator of L&L Construction.

He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedensburg, where he had served on the church council.

Skip was a life member of the Friedensburg Fish & Game. He also belonged to Dixie Run Hunting Camp, Cressona American Legion and Pine Grove VFW.

Skip was a former Wayne Township supervisor, and had served on the Planning Commission.

In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Laubenstine.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bruce L. Laubenstine, Schuylkill Haven, and Brent L. Laubenstine, Wellsboro; a daughter, Kim Bracey, Pine Grove; three grandchildren, Jonathan Laubenstine, Hershey, Brock Laubenstine, Schuylkill Haven, and Tori Laubenstine, attending NYU, New York; two sisters, Ardeth Kull, Pottsville, and Jean Bittle, Harrisburg; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedensburg, with Pastor Peggy Sue Pfeffer officiating. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Interment with military honors will follow the service at St. John's Union Cemetery, Friedensburg. At the family's request, donations in Skip's memory may be sent to St. John's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 86, Friedensburg, PA 17933.

Timothy J. Jenkins, 55, of North Manheim Township passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12th in the comfort of his home with his wife and best friend by his side.

Born in Pottsville on June 13, 1964, Tim was a son of Sylvia Reed, Friedensburg, and Merlyn Jenkins, Oley. He was the loving husband of Karen Kotrochos, and doting dad to two cats, Alice and Tonks.

After graduating with the Blue Mountain High School Class of 1982, Tim attended Penn State University. He worked as a land surveyor and enjoyed the role of “Coach Tim” while coaching minor league for the Schuylkill Haven and Cressona Little League from 2010 through 2018.

Lover of the outdoors, Tim was also an avid cyclist and skier and earned his Private Pilots license in 1999. He played the drums for “Between Floors,” a local classic rock band and “Featherburn,” an original band based in Lancaster.

Tim was steady, meticulous, and pleasant-spirited in how he lived his life. He had many friends who could always count on him to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, or give advice when asked. He was great company to those who got to sit and talk with him. Tim was a very intelligent, thoughtful, patient and caring person. Tim is the person you want to be with when things don’t go as planned. His positivity, sense of humor and adventurous spirit always made things a pleasure.

Tim is preceded in death by his brother, Todd Jenkins, and his sister, Trudy Jenkins.

In addition to his parents and wife, Tim is survived by two sisters Cyndie Miller and her husband, Chuck, of Blandon and Jaymie Thomas and her husband, Kevin, of Gettysburg; a brother, Tory Jenkins and his wife, Louise, of Schuylkill Haven; as well as nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th, with the Honorable James Ferrier officiating. A viewing will precede the service on Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

Family request donations in Tim's memory to Cressona Area Baseball Association: Graeff St, PO Box 100, Cressona, PA 17929 or Hillside SPCA, PO Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901


David H. Meyers, Sr., of Harrisburg passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Frey Village, Middletown.

Born in Pottsville, on February 2, 1947, he was the son of the late Jacob and Josephine (Davis) Meyers.

He enjoyed music and old movies. His biggest enjoyment in life was being a father, grandfather, and friend.

David was a 1965 Pottsville Area High School graduate. He was employed by the Department of Revenue in the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Samuel Meyers.

He is survived by his son, David H. II husband of Amy; daughters, Stefanie Whitaker and Carol Schaffstall wife of Jerry. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Shawn and Derek Jones, Shyanne Binder, Joseph Schaffstall, and Libbey Meyers; sister, Sally A. Meyers.

A graveside service will be held 11AM on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Hillside. Family and friends may call from 9:30AM until 10:30AM at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Frey Village 1020 North Union Street., Middletown, PA 17057.

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Betty Louise Dietz, 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of Saturday, Aug. 10, at her home in Deer Lake. She was discovered by her husband Doyle and their Labrador retrievers Dingus and Doc when they went to wake her for lunch. Betty and Doyle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, January 25, and in February treated themselves to a vacation in Punta Cana. They enjoyed taking occasional breaks from fishing and hunting and watching baseball and football by vacationing in the Caribbean, and previously had visited Bermuda and The Bahamas. Born in Danville, May 16, 1947, Betty was the daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy (Ashenfelter) Seidel and is survived by her sister Beverly Laubach of Danville. A 1965 graduate of Danville Area High School and a 1969 graduate of the then Bloomsburg State College, Betty began a 34½ year teaching career at Panther Valley in the middle school as a Language Arts instructor, eventually becoming the department head, advisor to the school newspaper and served on the negotiating team. She was a member of the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and Panther Valley Education Association, but as a conservative member of the Republican Party often disagreed with the liberal agenda of those organizations. At an early age Betty developed an appreciation for music, learning to play the piano and as a pre-teen she became a lifelong fan of Jerry Lee Lewis, and was a member of the DHS chorus and several service clubs. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls at Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. Betty and Doyle began what became a 56-year partnership when they began dating during his senior year in high school. Their lifelong mutual interests included, but were not limited to, attending New York Football Giants and New York Yankees games, travel, hunting, fishing, films, dogs, cooking and restaurants, reading and attending concerts – their favorites being the Allman Brothers Band, who they saw more than 50 times at the Beacon Theater alone, and Bob Dylan and his Band. Betty was especially proud of her Scotch-Irish ancestry and through research discovered she is a member of the Gunn Clan – the same as the McGregors of the legendary Rob Roy. She and her sister enjoyed a tour of Ireland in 2015, the highlight for her being able to sit in Bono’s church seat that he uses Christmas Eve. Betty enjoyed all types of fishing, especially trips to the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Ontario – where she caught her largest king salmon of 21 pounds this spring – and in two days caught an 8-fish limit of walleye to bring home this summer from Quebec. It became a running joke, but fact, that she caught bigger fish than her husband, including a trophy char on a trip to Alaska and smallmouth bass in the St. Lawrence and Susquehanna rivers. A member of Salem United Methodist Church, Orwigsburg, for many years Betty served on its board. For more than 15 years she was treasurer of Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, Summit Station. Growing up on her father’s turkey farm in Washingtonville, Betty never understood the fascination that bordered on obsession hunters had – especially her husband -- with pursuing spring gobblers, until shooting a 23-pound bird in Missouri. After taking several birds in Pennsylvania, her proudest moment came two years ago when she called in and took a bird in Schuylkill County with a 12-inch beard. Because of her writing skills and love and knowledge of the outdoors, Betty joined the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and was a contributor to the Pottsville Republican Herald since 2010. She also was a member of Friedensburg Fish and Game, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pennsylvania Deer Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters, Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association and Schuylkill Valley Corvette Club. In addition to her husband and sister, Betty is survived by brothers-in-law Ronald Dietz, Victorville, California; James Dietz, New Columbia; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and great-nephews. Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 116 S. Liberty St., Orwigsburg, is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life is Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service conducted Rev. Steward Warner beginning at 11 a.m., and those attending are invited to wear fishing clothes if they wish. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 133 South Liberty St., Orwigsburg PA 17961, or the American Diabetes Association, Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215.


Shannon J. Willis, 39, Girardville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning at her residence after a long struggle with addiction.

Born at the former Ashland Hospital she was a daughter of Christine E. Trynosky Willis , Girardville and the late Edward W. Willis.

She was a graduate of North Schuylkill High School.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her brother Dave and his wife Jeanne Willis and her sister Carrie wife of Jason Simmons, her nieces and nephews; David J. Willis, Kyra Simmons, William “Bear “ Simmons and Abbey Willis all of Girardville also by aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.


Mary Ann Daubert, 92, of Pine Grove, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in the Tremont Health & Rehab Center.
Born on June 14, 1927 in Pine Grove, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Beulah Owens Brommer.
She was a graduate of Pine Grove High School, a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove and the former Mary E. Moore Chapter No. 372 OES.
Mary Ann worked as a Floor lady for C & W, and Fox Knapp Mfg. in Pine Grove.
Preceding her in death were her husband Gerald Daubert; son Richard Daubert; sister, Thelma Clements; two brothers Russell Brommer and Clarence Brommer.
Surviving are a son, David and wife Cecelia Daubert of Pine Grove; granddaughter, Eliza Daubert Gifford and husband Kevin of Mebane, N.C.; sister Jane Brommer of Pine Grove; two brothers, Owen "Mike" Brommer of Pine Grove and James Brommer of Mechanicsburg.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 312 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 with Pastor Barry Spatz officiating. There will be a viewing on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Church. 

Interment will follow in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 312 S. Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove, PA 17963 in her memory.
The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc. Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Tami L. Christ, 53, of S. Felty Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born on March 17, 1966 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of Lucille Mease Christ and the late Clair G. Christ.
She was a graduate of Pine Grove High School and McCann School of Business.
Tami was a Security Guard for Pet Smart.
Preceding her in death was a sister, Jody Christ.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her daughter, Cherokee Christ of Pine Grove, aunts, uncles and cousins.
All Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Theodore "Ted" A. Green, 78, of Tower City, passed away Tuesday morning at his home.

Born in Hegins, March 31, 1941, a son of the late Howard and Ruth Herb Green.

Ted was a graduate of Tri Valley High School.

He retired from Brubaker Tool, Millersburg.

He was a member of the Orwin Fire Company.

Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, working on cars and watching sporting events on television.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Keenan, 2015; two brothers, Donald and Leroy Green.

Surviving are his wife Carol Wagner Green, to whom he would have been married 58 years on the 19th of August. One daughter, Holly Hand and her husband Randy, Tower City; Son-in-law, Leo Keenan, Hegins; two grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Keenan, Hegins.

Following Ted's wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way Suite 270, Harrisburg PA 17110.


Terry Shriner, 54, of Lavelle, passed away Sunday August 11th. Born in Harrisburg, September 11, 1964, he is the son of Linda Sunkel Shriner, Lavelle, and the late William H. Shriner Sr. 

He was a graduate of the North Schuylkill High School, class of 1982, and Penn State University, class of 1986, earning a degree in Engineering. Following graduation, he was employed for Tension Envelope Corporation, St. Clair, and later he operated the Shriner Insurance Agency, Lavelle, until his retirement.

He was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Girardville.

Preceding him in death was his father, William H. Shriner Sr., passing in August 1991, and a brother, William H. Shriner Jr., passing in April 2019.

Survivors in addition to his mother:

Sister: Mary Anne wife of Greg Knaub, Mechanicsburg

Sister: Jean Shriner, Lavelle

Brother: Donald Shriner and his wife Jackie, Lingelstown

Sister in Law, Shirley Shriner, Ashland

Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral service, Saturday, August 17th, at 11 AM, in the Citizens Cemetery, Lavelle. Officiating will be Rev. Laura A. Csellak, pastor of Christ’s United Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to the Hillside S.P.C. A., Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA, 17921. Visit www.
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