Friday, November 8, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/07/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/07/19


Kenneth Schweigert, 91, Gilberton, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at his home.

Born in Schuylkill Haven, he was a son of the late Lewis and Ida Reed Schweigert. Ken was employed as a Journeyman Iron Worker until his retirement.

Ken was a United States Navy Veteran having served during World War II. He was a volunteer firefighter all of his life having been a life member of the Deer Lake and West Brunswick Fire Co. #1, the Rainbow Hose Fire Co. #1, Schuylkill Haven and the Continental Hose Co. #3, Gilberton. He was also a member of the Frackville American Legion Post 398.

Ken had a passion for the game of golf and had played up until his 91st birthday. He had a PGA handicap of 3.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Dave Schweigert and his brother Harry D. Schweigert.

Ken is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally A. Guinther Schweigert, Gilberton and his son Rick Schweigert, Arlington, VA.

A Celebration of Life Service and visitation will be held on Sunday November 10th from 3 to 5 pm at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville with Mayor Mary Lou Hannon as the celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a later date.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


Violet Emma Stehr , 100, of Klingerstown, passed away Sunday, November 3rd, at Stone Ridge Poplar Run, Myerstown.

Violet was born in Klingerstown, on December 13, 1918, a daughter of the late K. Gertrude (Klinger) and Charles Maurer.

She graduated from Hegins Township High School and was proud to have never missed a day during her years of schooling.

She was a member of St. Paul's E.C. Church, Pitman where she was a Sunday School teacher, was in charge of floral ordering for holidays and was the pianist for many years.

Violet was active with the Mahantongo Fire Company and Mahantongo Ambulance Association and was also a member of the Woodmen of the World Lodge # 433 all of Pitman.

Violet is survived by two sons Dale, husband of Sheree Stehr, of Mechanicsburg and Trent, husband of Doris Stehr, of Bethlehem; four grandchildren, Karen Fry, Matthew Stehr, Elisabeth Lau and Adam Stehr; four great grandchildren, Alaina Fry, Evan Fry, Fiona Lau and Farah Lau.

She was preceded in death by siblings Mae Kauffman, Ethel Maurer, Daisy Snyder, and Pauline Adams.

Viewing will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 AM at St. Paul's E.C. Church, 172 Ridge Road, Pitman with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM with Pastor Todd Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's E.C. Church 172 Ridge Road Pitman, PA 17964.

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit


Margaret M. Morris, beloved wife, loving mother, grandmother, and sister, 86 years of age of Pitt Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at St. Luke's Bethlehem.

Born Friday, January 13, 1933 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late John Kufrovich and the late Olga (Smigo) Kufrovich. Margaret was also predeceased by; brother, Jack Kufrovich; sister, Evelyn Perez.

Surviving are; her husband of 60 years, Frank D. Morris; son, Frank M. Morris and his wife, Annette of Tamaqua; daughters, Martha DiBuo and her husband, Rick of Barnesville, Olga Morris of Barnesville; brother, Arthur Kufrovich and his wife, Sue; sisters, Olga Gombert of Lehighton, Kathy Sweeney and her husband, Leo of Barnesville, Helene Heckman; grand children, Danielle and Alexandra; special niece Jean Perez and many more nieces and nephews.

Margaret worked for the former Atlas Powder Company, and in the Textile Industry retiring from J. E. Morgan Knitting. She was a member of Holy Cross R.C.C. of New Philadelphia. Margaret enjoyed doing word search puzzles, working in her garden and the companionship of her animal's.

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 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 11 o'clock A.M. from Holy Cross R.C.C. located at 99 Valley Street New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 17959, Rev. Ronald J. Minner to officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in church on Tuesday.

Private interment.

Memorials in Margaret's name to:

Tamaqua / Carbon American Cancer Society
712 S. Keyser Ave.
Taylor, Pennsylvania 18517
Ruth Steinert S.P.C.A.
18 Wertz Drive
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963

Online condolences or a fond memory of Margaret can be shared by visiting


Richard W. Breiner, 89 years of age of Mantzville, West Penn Twp, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at St. Luke's Miner's Memorial Medical Ctr. in Coaldale with his family by his side.

Survived by his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Arlene C. (Steigerwalt) Breiner; son, Perry L. Breiner and his wife Louann of Mantzville; grand children, Andy and his wife Sarah, Amanda and her husband Dylan, Jill and her husband Jorge; great grand children, Jack, Madeline, and Payton.

Born Thursday, April 24, 1930 in East Brunswick Twp., Pennsylvania the son of the late Wellace and Edna (Oswald) Breiner. Richard was also predeceased by his son, Rodney R. Breiner in 1982.

Richard owned and operated Richard W. Breiner Excavating of Mantzville, a fourth generation family business started by his great grandfather which he successfully transferred to his son Perry. A member of St. Peter's Church of Mantzville, Richard also belonged to the West Penn Lions, Mahoning Valley Fire Co., and Tamaqua Lodge # 238 F&A. Masons.

An avid outdoorsman, Richard enjoyed hunting. He followed high school wrestling, soccer, and liked watching NASCAR. Richard and Arlene, where ardent New England Patriots Fans; however, they received their most joy by simply watching their grandchildren and great grandchildren flourish.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

A Funeral service will be at 2 o'clock PM on Monday November 11, 2019 from the funeral home, Rev. Virginia Heimer to officiate. Friends may call from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M.

Private Interment will be in St. Peter's Church Cemetery Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Richard's name to:
St. Peter's Church
184 St. Peter's Church Road
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Expressions of sympathy or a fond memory of Richard can be made by visiting


Blanche (Whitecavage) Sabol, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away to be with her Savior, on Tuesday November 5, 2019 with her family by her side. 

Blanche was born on July 23, 1935 at home in Mahanoy City. The tenth child of Stanley and Sophia (Sweedok) Whitecavage, she was raised and spent the majority of her life in Mahanoy City. Blanche married her high school sweetheart, George Sabol, in 1953. Together they raised a family of seven children. He preceded her in death in 1990. Artistically talented, Blanche enjoyed drawing, painting, and sketching. She was an avid reader and competitive player at card, word, and board games. She found contentment in the beauty of the outdoors and wildlife, especially feeding birds, chipmunks and squirrels. 

Blanche is survived by her children: Barbara Sabol of Pittsboro, NC; Rosemary (and Gary) Kohan of Franklinton, NC; George (and Lesley Brown) of Hammond, OR; Stanley (and Lisa Oliva) Sabol of Mahanoy City; Theodore (and Deborah Herring) Sabol of Durham ,NC; Claire (and Thomas) Collins of Salisbury, NC; and Candida (and Thomas) Wirtz of Pittsboro, NC. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. 

The Sabol family offers a sincere Thank You to the entire staff of the Gardens at York Terrace in Pottsville for the professional and personal care provided to their mom. 

A memorial service and interment will be held at a future date. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is entrusted with arrangements. 

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Sara K. Doe, 89, of Tower City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 6th at her home.

Sara was born November 20, 1929 and raised on a farm in Elizabethville, the daughter to the late George and Carrie Irene Troutman Koppenhaver.

She graduated from the Elizabethville High School and became a registered nurse from the former Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing.

She met her future husband, Dr. Stanley W. Doe, while working at the former Lykens Hospital. She continued her nursing career at numerous health facilities throughout the valley.

She was a member and past president of the ARC, a organization to help those with special needs.

Sara was a woman of great faith and could often be found reading her bible. She had a true love for gardening and working in her yard, something she inherited from growing up on a farm. Her family meant the world to her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Bruce Koppenhaver.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Dr. Stanley W. Doe; her children, Gail Harlin (Danny), Texas; William Doe (Penni), Edward Doe; Elizabeth Tran (Kim), James Doe and Sally Doe, all of Tower City; three brothers, Larry Koppenhaver, Manheim, Richard Koppenhaver, Elizabethville and Paul Koppenhaver, Montana; 8 grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a public viewing on Friday, November 15th from 6-8 pm from the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery. To sign the guestbook visit


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