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Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/17/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/17/19


Terry "Terf" Schwalm, age 55, of Hegins, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019.

He was born on August 30, 1964, in Pottsville, a son of the late Paul I. and Nancy Harner Schwalm.

He was a 1982 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College.

He was a tool maker for TE Connectivity, Lickdale.

He was a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Valley View.

Turf was also a member of Valley View Gun Club; Scrub Club Hunting Camp, Clinton County; enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams; hunting and spending time outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Amy S (Stiely) Schwalm, to whom he was married for 24 years.

He is also survived by his daughter, Emily B. Schwalm of Hegins; son, Dawson P. Schwalm; three brothers, Scott P. and wife Gretchen Schwalm of Dauphin, Dennis I. and wife Christine Schwalm of Hegins, Jason M. and wife Amanda Schwalm of Hegins; step mother, Lorraine Schwalm of Valley View; step brothers, David and wife Julie Witmer of VA, Robert and wife Delana Witmer of VA, Ronald and wife Kimberly Wiest of VA; step sister, Michele and husband Jeffery Pigott of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Andrew's Church on Saturday November 23 2019 at 11 A.M., with Rev. Duane Bardo officiating.
A visitation will be held from 9A.M. until the time of service at the church.
Burial will be made in the St. Andrew's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Tri Valley Youth Activities Fund, 2 Fearnot Road, PO Box 210, Sacramento, PA 17968.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Leon E. Schweigert Jr. 80 of Schuylkill Haven passed away on Wednesday at his home.
Born in Schuylkill Haven, September 28, 1939, he was the son of the late Leon E. Sr. and Doris Schweigert.
Leon attended Schuylkill Haven Schools. He worked as a knitter throughout his life working mostly at Argo Mills and then retiring from Cressona Knitting Factory.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven.
Leon is survived by his wife of 59 years the former Carol Watson. He is survived by their children; Debra Tolbard wife of Brian of Schuylkill Haven, Timothy Schweigert husband to Kelly of Auburn and Lori Personette wife of Michael of Schuylkill Haven. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Kelly Zimmerman, Brian Tolbard, Tyler and Emma Schweigert and Joshua and Sarah Personette; great grandchildren Mitchell, Andrew, and Ryder Zimmerman and Bryce and Chloe Tolbard. He also survived by his brothers; Richard, Allen, and Gary Schweigert along with a niece and nephews.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Private interment will be held at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with services. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Leon’s name be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Memories and condolences can be shared at


Wayne F. Papada, 67, of Minersville, passed away late Wednesday evening at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Frank and Lorraine Butler Papada.

He was a graduate of Minersville High School. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville. He was a cutter and spreader in the local garment industry and had worked at Pine Shirt and Van Heusen Clothing. He also worked at KFI Plastic.

Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Helen Toroney; a daughter Allison, and her husband Justin Terry, Minersville; a son Alan Papada, Minersville; and 2 grandchildren, Cheyenne Terry and Paige Dillman.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Wayne’s memory, visit us at


Margaret “Midge” Wawrzaszek, 95, of Pottsville, passed away Thursday morning, November 14, 2019 at Providence Place, Pottsville. She was affectionately known as “Wawa” to all of the staff there.

She was born September 18, 1924 in Branchdale, to the late George and Mary Grib Kurutz.

She attended the Reilly Twp. Schools. She was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville and was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Minersville. She was also a former member of the Church’s married Women’s Sodality. She worked in the local garment industry. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Joseph Wawrzaszek; a granddaughter, Sharon LeBrun in 2014; and two son-in-laws David Fogarty in 2019 and Paul Rowcotsky in 1995. Also, three sisters Mary Hydock, Elizabeth Kurutz and Anna Brennan; one brother George (Doc) Kurutz.

She was a dedicated mother first and foremost to her four children; Darlene Fogarty, Pottsville, Diane (Hal) Barney, Indio, CA., Joe (Sheila) Wawrzaszek, Wichita, KS and Margaret Rowcotsky, Schuylkill Haven. She was also a cherished grandmother to Colleen Vottero, Danette Cooper, J.J. Wawrzaszek, Melissa Holt, Brian Rowcotsky, Brionica Bryson, Janinne Schell and Jason Wawrzaszek; and to her sixteen great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and her best fur buddy Andy the cat.

Midge had a fun-loving personality and was well-known for shopping at Boscov’s. She never missed a “Did You Boscov’s Today” sale. Holidays at her house were special and it included her famous halupkis and city chicken. Midge enjoyed talking on the phone for hours to her family and friends. She also loved playing 500 Rummy and taking bus trips to Atlantic City. Midge was loved and will be missed.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Wednesday, November 20 at St. Matthew the Evangelist, 139 Spruce St., Minersville. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday morning from 8AM to 10AM at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St. Minersville.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Margaret to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA. 19140. Contributions will be accepted by the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Margaret’s memory, visit us at


James N. Sullivan Sr., 75, of Cumbola, died Thursday November 14, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Pottsville, March 18, 1944, He was a son of the late Nicholas and Steffina (Wapinsky) Zager.

He was a 1963 graduate of Nativity BVM High School.

James worked as a Mechanic for Wapinsky Texaco, Pottsville and Truck Driver for Cadillac Cable; Newton Transportation, Guers Trucking and Boscov’s Dept. Store.

He was avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and lifetime garage tinkerer.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret (Thomas) Sullivan in 2009, and his brother John Sullivan.

Surviving are 2 daughters Cheryl Bolich and her husband David of Port Carbon; Janine Kempner and her husband Brad of Huctchinson, MN; a son James Sullivan of Cumbola; sister Regina Hertz and her husband Andrew of Pottsville; 4 grandchildren David Bolich, Laura Bolich, Nicholas Sullivan, and Dustin Dougherty; Nieces and Nephews.

Memorial Mass will be held at 7:30 PM Wednesday November 20, 2019 at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 99 Valley St. New Philadelphia, PA 17959. Rev. Ronald Minner will be officiating. . Friends may call from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Wednesday at the Church. Burial will at the convenience of the family in St. Stephen Cemetery, Port Carbon.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to


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