Friday, September 6, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/06/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 09/06/19


Nancy Lorah, 72, of Delano, PA, passed away Friday, September 6th, at her residence of 3 years in Pottsville.

Nancy was born in Grier City, PA on December 1, 1946, a daughter of Catherine (Eckrode) Petritsch and the late Jacob Petritsch.

She graduated from Mahanoy City High School.

Nancy retired from General Mills Hazleton.

She was wife of the late Ronald Lorah.

Nancy is survived by three daughters, Ronette Bainbridge and her husband Robert, of Kutztown; Melissa Adams and her husband Alan, of Summit Station; Jennifer McCarroll, of Mahanoy City; and by three sisters, Barbara Valencia, of Barnesville; Gail Blakeney, of Hometown; Marie Boone, of Indiana, and a brother, John Petritsch, of Shenandoah;

She is also survived by 10 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren

Friends may call Tuesday 5 to 8 PM at Louis D. Truskowsky Funeral Home & Crematory Inc..

Family prefers donations to the American Heart Association and can be made at the funeral home.

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


Dorothy L. Sweitzer, 61, of Ashland, PA passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Born in Pottsville, PA February, 18, 1958, the daughter of the late Elmer Metz and Josephine (Karpinski) Metz. She attended Blue Mountain schools. She worked as a sales clerk in the Ames Store.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Sweitzer, Sr.; and one son and two daughters: Michael Knapp; Michelle Knapp; and Mary Silks. Three grandchildren: Tyler Knapp, Shelby Knapp, and McKenzie Knapp. One brother and two sisters: James Metz; Margaret Hein; Bonnie Brown.
Viewing will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 9:30-11:00 AM at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. Interment in Brock Cemetery.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Mr. Kenneth H. Coleman, age 102 years young, passed away peacefully with his beloved wife of 38 years Ruth D. (Powis) Coleman by his side. Kenneth was born and raised on Lombard Street in Tamaqua and then lived in the West Lawn suburb of Reading, Pennsylvania before retiring to Valrico, Florida in 1991 where he has since resided.

Born August 29, 1917, Kenneth was the son of Harry and Irene (Singley) Coleman. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ellen (Higgs) Coleman in 1980, whom he met and married in England during WWII. Brother, Clyde Coleman and sisters, Fern Dresher, Dorothy Whitmeyer, and Blanche Kreiger also predeceased Kenneth.

Kenneth graduated from Tamaqua (Pennsylvania) High School in 1935 and served honorably with the US Army in the European theater in WWII, rising to the rank of sergeant. Immediately upon returning to civilian life, Kenneth worked as a machinist for 35 years at Textile Machine Works (Rockwell Industries) until he retired in 1981. He was an avid Penn State football fan. Kenneth spent time gardening and was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Florida. While living in Pennsylvania, Kenneth was a member of West Lawn United Methodist Church and in Florida attended New Hope United Methodist Church in Brandon, Florida.

Kenneth is survived by daughters, Elaine Deamer and Karen Dreibelbis, and husbands George and John of Benson and Gastonia, North Carolina, respectively. Kenneth is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending and Kenneth will be interred at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kenneth, please visit


John W. Holmberg, 75, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at home. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betsy” (nee Kane) to whom he was married 55 years. Born in Northampton, England on October 19, 1943, John was the son of the late John F. and Betty (nee Love) Holmberg. A 1961 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he attended the Ford School of Business in Pottsville, PA. John worked for the Borough of Tamaqua for 29 years as an operator of the borough water treatment plant. Prior to his employment at the water treatment plant, he worked for Joseph Boyle Builders and also Holmberg Builders. John was a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, one of the original founding members of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, and a member of the Tuscarora Sportsman Club. In addition to his wife Betsy, he is survived by sister, Betty Horton and her husband Thomas of Haddon Heights, NJ; nephews, Edward Kane, Brian Kane, Sean Kane, Michael Horton, and Douglas Horton; niece, Christine Kane; and numerous great nephews and nieces. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Monday, September 9, 2019, in St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua. Call 8:30AM - 10:30 AM on Monday at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorials in John’s name may be made to the Tamaqua Rescue Squad, 19 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Cheryl A. Achenbach, 69 of Harrisburg, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, in the Phoenix Center, Phoenixville.

Born on July 28, 1950, in Pine Grove, she was a daughter of the late Arthur A. and June Carl Achenbach.

Cheryl was a 1968 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and had been employed as a Clerical employee for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Pine Grove, and the Cressona Chapter 367 Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Sister, Carla Huntzinger, and a Granddaughter, Kasey Laudermilch.

Surviving are two Sons, Jim Laudermilch of Phoenixville, Jason Laudermilch of Elizabethtown; three grandchildren, Nathan and Riley Laudermilch of Phoenixville and Joshua Laudermilch of Elizabethtown; two Brothers, Gregory Achenbach of Pine Grove and Steve Achenbach of Melbourne, Florida.

All services will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Rt. 422, 112 Sipe Ave, Hershey, Pa. 17033, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5100 Tilghman Street, Suite 40, Allentown, Pa. 18104, in her memory.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Pine Grove, is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to the family on our website at


Albert J. Salada, 62, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Wednesday at Hershey Medical Center, with his family at his side.

Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of the late Albert and Helen Mickalonis Salada. He had been employed as a diesel mechanic for Penn Dot for the past 25 years.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his future son-in-law, Jake Edmondson.

Albert is survived by his wife of 44 years Karen L. Kowalick Salada, his daughter Ashleigh Salada, Shenandoah, his sister Carole wife of Tony Velkoff, Harrisburg and his faithful companions Gizzmo and Rambo and by numerous friends.

Religious services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.


Sherry L. Sultzbaugh, 62, of Lykens, passed away Tuesday, September 3rd at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Harrisburg, May 7, 1957, a daughter of the late Holden and Elizabeth Shuey Dietrich.

She was a 1975 graduate of Williams Valley High School.

Sherry was a member of St. Christopher's Lutheran Church, Lykens where she was the sexton for the past twenty five years.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading and her beloved dog, Chance.

She is survived by her daughter, Kaylyn Sweitzer, Lingelstown; two sisters, Judy Kessler, Tower City and Bonnie Keisling, Lykens; Nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at 11:00 am from the Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City. Memorial donations in her memory should be made to Eskie Rescuers United, PO Box 32547
Pikesville, MD 21282., a organization close to her heart, where she adopted Chance or St. Christopher's Lutheran Church, 635 N 2nd St, Lykens, PA 17048. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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