Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/12/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/12/19


Richard Masternack, 79, of Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, with his family by his side.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., December 13, 1939, he was a son of the late Bruno and Margaret (Simon) Masternack.

He was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School, New Brunswick, N.J.

Mr. Masternack served his country in the Navy, aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Essex CV-9.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 25 years as a truck driver and clerk for the United Parcel Service (UPS) in Edison, N.J.

Richard was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, and was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Francis Cardinal Brennan Council No. 618, Shenandoah. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed golfing and was a lifelong New York Giants fan.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Rose Sacco; one daughter, Denise Sincavage and her husband, Charles, of Lake Hauto; two grandchildren, Rebecca Hallowich and her husband, Daniel, of Scranton, and Geoffrey Sincavage, of Syracuse, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Nora Hallowich; one sister, Arlene Bodnar, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his faithful Shichon, “Mia”.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019, at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Casimir’s Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


LaRue “Gigi” Herwick, 97, formerly of Frackville, passed away peacefully Saturday at the Lebanon Valley Home, Annville, PA.

Born in Ashland she was a daughter of the late William and Helen Miller Baney. LaRue was a graduate of the former Ashland High School and attended Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Diatetics and became a registered Dietitian.

LaRue and her late husband Edgar B. Herwick I, were married September 7, 1942 and celebrated 64 anniversaries before his passing in 2005. LaRue and her husband Edgar owned and operated the former Herwick Hardware in Frackville, for over 40 years. LaRue also worked as part of the “Tip Staff” at the Schuylkill County Courthouse from 1981 thru 2001.

An active member of the First United Methodist Church for many years, LaRue was a founding member of the Broad Mountain Nursing and Convalescent Home, Frackville. She was a life-member of the Penn State Alumni Association and worked with many charitable organizations in the Frackville area.

LaRue was also preceded in death by two sisters; Edna Pauly and Phyllis Edwards.

LaRue is survived by her children; LaRue D. “Dana” Forwood and husband R. Dennis; Gettysburg; Deborah L Zamonsky and husband Stanley; Lebanon; and Edgar B. Herwick, II and wife Barbara (Kane) Fredericksburg, VA; nine grandchildren; Edgar B. Herwick, III, Jessica Herwick, Jared Herwick, Megan Long (Todd), Elyse Fisler (Tim), Emily Rimland (Jeff), Stanley “Stosh” Zamonsky (Aubrey), Katie Hecht (Marc), Corey Zamonsky (Lisa); six great grandchildren; Cody A. Zamonsky, Gavin C. Cook, Grace L. Cook, Brinley C. Zamonsky, Silvana J. Zamonsky and Alice I. Rimland; many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning at the First United Methodist Church, Frackville. Religious Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Davis, as celebrant. Interment will be Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Donations in LaRue’s name can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 25 S. Balliet St. Frackville and the Lebanon Valley Home, 550 E. Main St., Annville, PA 17003


Betty F. Zeplin, 92, of Ashland, PA passed away Friday, November 8, 2019 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville, PA.
Born May 15, 1927 in Picher, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Manford and Elva (Crabtree) McCarroll.
Betty was a 1945 graduate of Ashland High School. She was a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Ashland. Betty worked at the Ashland Public Library for 25 years where she helped organize the genealogy section, gathering newspaper articles and information about Ashland area history. She enjoyed meeting with people and sharing this information. She also helped organize the crafts for Story Hour for pre-school children. In addition, she decorated the library windows for the holidays. She took pride in arranging the photo display of area service men and women for Veteran's Day. In the sixties and seventies, she worked in Gellert's, a popular dress shop in Ashland.
Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1986.
Surviving are two daughters: Valarie Hornberger of Ashland and husband Clyde; Linda Ertwine of Bel Air, MD and husband Dean. Four grandchildren: Amy Susan and husband Don; Lisa Edmonds and husband Jeremy; Brad Ertwine; David Ertwine and wife Chelsea. Great-grandchildren: Julia and Ryan Edmonds and Parker Rose Ertwine. Brother Jimmie McCarroll and wife Beatrice of Mountain Top, PA; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 16 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ashland with Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs. Visitation 9:00-11:00 AM Saturday, November 16 at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N 9th Street, Ashland, PA 17921.

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

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