Monday, November 18, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/18/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 11/18/19


Kathleen P. "Cookie" Bixler, 73, formerly of Tremont, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Providence Place, Pine Grove.

She was born on September 28, 1946, in Tremont, PA, the daughter of Harry F. and Florence Oswald Shutt.

Cookie attended Tremont High School.

She was a Production Worker for Hershey Foods until her retirement.

Cookie was affiliated with the Echo Valley Grace Church, Tremont.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry L Bixler, in 2013, and a brother, David Morgan.

Cookie is survived by her daughter, Brenda, and husband James Koppenhaver of Tremont; son, Kevin Bixler and Debra Markovich of Tremont; three granddaughters, Lauren Markovich of Tremont, Stephanie Drake and husband Luke of Doylestown, Emily Markovich of Gibsonia, PA; a grandson, Matthew Koppenhaver and fiance Marissa Roth of Hamilton, NJ; and an aunt (more like sisters) Bernice Oswald Koppenhaver, and husband David.

Services will be held at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 11:00 am with Pastor Richard Keller officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10 am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Burial will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Valley View.

Memorial contributions can be made in Cookie's name to the Red Creek Wildlife Center, 300 Moon Hill Drive, Schuylkill Haven 17972.

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

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Anna M. (Zarcufsky) Jankaitis, 83, of Turkey Run, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center with her dear family by her side.

Born in Gilberton, December 11, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Alberta (Yochachonis) Zarcufsky.

She was a 1953 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.

Anna was a retired garment worker, having worked in the local garment industry. She was last employed in the dietary department at Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center.

She was a devoted member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. George Church. She was also a member of the ILGWU. Earlier in life, she was a member of ILGWU Ladies’ Bowling League at the former Holiday Lanes, Turkey Run.

Anna was religious person who had a deep faith in God. Her kindness was evident and shown to all people she encountered. This was especially seen in the love and kind-heartedness that she shared with her nieces and nephews who she treated as her own children. She will always be remembered for her famous saying, “God is good.”

Preceding her in death were her brother, Joseph Zarcufsky, and her sister, Joanne “Peachie” Aponick.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Adolph “Adie” Jankaitis; two sisters, Charlotte Litwak, of Shenandoah, and Nikki Zarcufsky, of Turkey Run, Shenandoah; three aunts; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. A visitation will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Friday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.

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


Ronald R. Heiber, 70, of Myerstown, PA passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA.

Born December 16, 1948 in Ashland the son of the late Raymond and Violet (Dietz) Heiber.
Ronald graduated from Ashland Area High School. He worked as an electrician for PPL for 27 years. Surviving are his wife: Charlotte (Klinger) Heiber of Myerstown. Son: Ronald Heiber Jr. of Myerstown. Daughter: Melissa Radell of Las Vegas, NV. Brother: Raymond husband of Charlotte Heiber of Macungie.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland with Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs. Viewing 9:30-11:00 AM Tuesday, November 19 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or to your favorite charity.

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


James Joseph Barrett, II (Jim/”JB”) died peacefully at his home in Eagle Rock on November 14, 2019 after a brief battle with cholangiocarcinoma. Born March 11, 1947 in Ashland, PA, he was the son of the late James J. and Mary I. (Daley) Barrett. He was preceded in death by a brother, John, in childhood.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Jessica (Powers) Barrett; two sons, James and wife Kim, and Jon and wife Miranda, and six grandchildren: Daley, Jack, Sean, Lochlan, Hatcher and Riggs Barrett, all of Greenville, SC. Also surviving are two brothers; Edward and wife Susan, of Wyomissing, PA; Joseph and wife Cathy, of Camp Hill, PA; and two sisters; Mary and husband Michael Gilbert, of Elizabeth City, NC, and Catherine Coyne, of Ashland, PA. Jim’s tight-knit extended family includes 11 nieces and nephews and their families: Barbara Gilbert, Laura Wesolowski, David Gilbert, Brian Barrett, Kelly Barrett, Kevin Barrett, TJ Barrett, Patrick Barrett, Maureen Mieczkowski, Megan Uram, and Michael Coyne; multiple cousins; and dear friend Michael Oakely and wife Nancy, of Long Island, NY.

Following graduation from Ashland Area High School, Jim was stationed in Vietnam with the Army’s 1st Infantry 196th C Company, 2nd Battalion Americal Division. He served from August 1966 to January 1969, suffering life-threatening injuries in February 1968 that resulted in months of hospitalization. Jim overcame these obstacles and went on to live a full life. He was unassuming and never called attention to his decorated veteran status, yet his bravery and service earned him many honors: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Sharpshooter Rifle M14, and a Purple Heart.
After his military service, Jim attended Kraft School of Tailoring in Philadelphia and worked at Daley’s Clothing Store in Ashland. He then worked for Paul’s Chevrolet in Ashland until his retirement in 2006.

A consummate salesman, Jim had the unique ability to talk to anyone about any topic. He was known to spin a tale, yet also displayed genuine interest in other people and their stories. The scores of visitors he received during his final weeks are testament to his character and enduring connections. Jim’s positive attitude and sense of humor were always on full display. No one was safe from his friendly teasing; being called “hot shot” was a sure sign you were his next target. Jim had a special way of engaging with and entertaining the youngest family members. He will be remembered as the uncle with the funny jokes and silly stories.

In retirement, Jim became an avid golfer and self-taught handyman. He took on many home remodeling projects and was quick to help a friend in need. Above all, Jim was a proud and devoted PopPop to his grandchildren. He hosted Christmas mornings at his home and made frequent visits to South Carolina, announcing his arrival with a train whistle call that would bring the kids running. This summer, he accompanied his 3 oldest grandchildren on the final leg of their mission to visit all 50 states –the culmination of many memorable vacations together.

Viewing will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1118 Walnut St. Ashland, PA from 3-8pm on Friday, November 22. The family will also accept visitors on Saturday, November 23, from 8:30-9:45am at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Ashland. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM.
Jim will ultimately be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery - the final honor for a true hero, both to his country and to all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
Donations may be made to American Legion Post 434, 505 Center St, Ashland, PA, 17921.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, PA is in charge of arrangements.


Joanne L. Dunheimer, 84, of North Manheim Township, PA, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 14th, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, PA on July 6, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Frank & Louise (Gruber) Mohl.
Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was the owner of the Seven Stars Hotel for over 25 years.

She was a member of the Goodwill Hose Co., Yorkville Hose Co., Roedersville Fish & Game, and Mechanicsville Fish & Game. 

Surviving are her husband of 40 years, George F. Dunheimer, daughters: Diane Kramer & husband, Donald, of West West Terrace; Kathy Hartman & husband, Dennis, of New Ringgold; Ellen Staller & husband, Robert, of Pine Grove; Jodi Davison & husband, Chris, of Orwigsburg; and Mary Alice Schu, of Orwigsburg, and one son, Drew Dunheimer & wife, Lori, of Downingtown; as well as 11 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Joanne is preceded in death by her late husband, Arthur Bisch Paul, sister, Jean Mohl, brothers: Frank, & Jim Mohl, and granddaughter, Joanne Hollywood.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, November 22nd from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Cressona.

Interment will be private.


Clarence E. Fix, Jr., 72, of Auburn, PA, passed away Friday, November 15th, at Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA.

Born in Pottsville, PA on March 28, 1947, he was a son of the late Clarence E. Fix, Sr. & Irene (Kuzio) Fix.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Fix.

Clarence served in the U.S. Navy.

He worked as an independent carrier for The Pottsville Republican & Herald.

Clarence is survived by a daughter, Jennifer McGovern, step-son, Brian Long, Sr., grandchildren: Austin & his fiance, Rachel, Alec, Jaden, Lance, Brian Jr., Timothy, Ambrian, & Kayla, great-grandchildren, including Aubrey, three sisters: Darlene Sep, Arelen Chiminitz, & Eileen Houston, two brothers: Kermit Fix, & Charles Fix, and godchildren, Timmy, & Trisha.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be conducted at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20th, with Pastor Kenneth McDowell officiating.

A viewing will be held Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.


Doris D. Popovich, 92, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, PA, currently of Clayton, NC, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 14th, at Johnston Healthcare, Smithfield, NC.

Born in Schuylkill Haven on August 20, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Howard Paul & Almeda Rebecca (Kauterman) Dornsife.

She was the widow of GeorgePopovich, who passed away October 26, 2004.

In addition to her parents and husband, Doris is also preceded in death by her sisters: Arlene Gilbert, Elaine Margavage, & Jean Reber.

Doris was a graduate of Prospect Park High School, Pennsylvania, Class of 1945.

She retired from the former New Jersey Bell, currently AT&T in 1985 after working as a programmer analyst.

Doris was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Doris issurvived by three sons: Theodore Popovich, of Lake Havasu City, AZ; Kenneth Popovich & wife, Carol, of Howell, NJ; and Matthew Popovich & wife, Rose Marie, of Pittsburgh, PA, and a daughter, Doris V. Popovich, of Clayton, NC.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Cheryl Contard, Craig, Timothy, Ryan, & Ian Popovich, Kristy Gooding, & Jared McNally, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, PA at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19th, with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating.

A viewing will be held Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. prior to mass in the church's chapel.

Interment will follow mass at Cressona Cemetery, Cressona, PA.

At her family's request, donations in Doris' memory may be sent to Disabled American Veterans P O Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or Wounded Warrior Project, P O Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516.


Marvin E. Honabach, 73, of Aristes, PA passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his home.
Born November 7, 1946 in Ashland the son of the late Francis and Hannah (Brobst) Honabach.
Marvin graduated from Ashland Area High School. He was a United States Marine and served in the Vietnam War. He received many awards including Purple Heart. He was a member of the St. Peters Lutheran Church, Aristes and of the Centralia American Legion.

Surviving are two sons: Marvin Honabach Jr. and Corey Honabach. Brothers and sisters: Mary Ellen Masinos, Stetler Honabach, Maynard Honabach, Rose Marie Williams, Luella Coladonato, Cleo Balandovich, Louis Hammer, Wayne Honabach, Wilmetta Morris, and Dale Honabach. Four grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Rothermel-Heizenroth Funeral Services, Mt. Carmel is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, FD Ashley D'Andrea, Supervisor.


John G. Devine, a retired official of the FBI, died November 15, 2019.

Born December 15, 1923 in Ashland, he was the son of the late Gilbert C. and Edna M. Wolfe Devine. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Metzinger Devine, to whom he was married forty-nine years; his parents; a brother, Robert E. Devine; and sisters Elaine Devine Evans, Jean Devine Brennan, LaRue Devine Rice, and Evelyn Devine Oliver.

Devine was a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1942, and Susquehanna University, class of 1949. While at Susquehanna he played football and basketball and served as a captain in each sport. He did graduate work at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and New York University.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U. S. Marine Corps, earning ribbons for the Peleliu campaign in the South Pacific area of operations, as well as on Leyte and Samar in the Philippines, which included the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with three battle stars), Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Army Presidential Unit Commendation, Battle Honors–Philippines, Philippines Liberation Medal, and the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation.

Following graduation from college, he served as a teacher and football and track coach at Bladensburg High School in Maryland and later as football and track coach at Ashland High School. He was a graduate of the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia and during a twenty-eight year career with the Bureau served in an investigative capacity in various divisions around the continental United States and in Puerto Rico. He also served as a Firearms Instructor at the FBI Academy; in the Administrative and Inspection Divisions at FBI headquarters, Washington, D.C.; and in charge of Field Divisions in Anchorage, Alaska; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Portland, Oregon; and New Haven, Connecticut.

Following retirement from the FBI he was appointed by Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso to the newly created position of Executive Director of the Division of Special Revenue for the state. In an article covering the appointment, the New York Times dubbed him the Czar of Gambling in Connecticut, which at that time had more forms of gambling than any other state in the country. He went on to a ten year career as Director of Security and Administration for Combustion Engineering, Inc., a multinational energy engineering company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. On his retirement from that position he and his family returned to Ashland.

He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Ashland, where he served as President of Congregation Council on several occasions. He was a life member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, served as President of that organization, and also served as Chairman of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation. He was a Charter and Life Member of the International Security Management Association; member of American Legion Post 434 and VFW Post 7654, both of Ashland; and the First Marine Division Association, Oceanside, California. He served as a Trustee of the Ashland Regional Medical Center Foundation; Director of the Brock Cemetery Association; Director of Ashland Community Enterprise (Pioneer Tunnel); and Charter Member and Director of Ashland Downtown, Inc. He was also a member of the Northern Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by daughters Tracy Devine Buckley, with husband Fletcher, New York City, and Andrea Devine Dunton, with husband John, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.; son John Gill Devine of Ashland; granddaughter Ava Leigh Dunton, Lewisburg; sister Audrey Ladley, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be held 1:00 PM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ashland with Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment in Brock Cemetery, Ashland. Visitation 11:00 AM Friday, November 22 until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 434, 505 Centre St, Ashland, PA 17921.

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


Wanda M. Krall 79 years of age of Spring Glenn passed away peacefully on Saturday November 16, 2019 as a guest of Green Valley Nursing Home in Pitman, Pennsylvania.

Born in Green Brieir County West Virginia the daughter of the late, Lonnie and Thelma Yates.

Survived by; her husband of 39 years, Richard J. Krall, Jr.; children, Paula Toombs and her husband Bob, Chuck Krall and his wife Sue, Toni Jacobs and her husband Gerry, Scott Krall and his wife Beth, Richard Krall and his wife Crissi, Annette McPeek and her husband Garry; grandchildren, Christine Wolfgang and her husband Adam, James Krall and his wife Sabrina, Brianna Mehaffey and her husband Glen, Josh Jacobs and hiis wife Kristen, Jeremy Jacobs and his wife Ashley, Derek Krall, Rachel Hill and her husband Tony, Jessica Taylor and her husband James, Michael Krall and his wife Megan, Cody McPeek, Kelcie McPeek; great grandchildren, Kenzli and Kambri Krall, Lincoln and Harrison Jacobs, Oliver and Sam Jacobs, Adalyn Hill, Brayden Hill, Lily Taylor,

Wanda was a home maker who enjoyed painting, craft shows and writing poetry. Wanda, was a faithful servant of the Lord who has gone with him to be in Glory.

Arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550.

A Celebration of Wandas's Life will be held on Saturday November 23, 2019 at 3:30 P.M. from Sacramento Community Fire Company 2206 East Main Street Sacramento, Pennsylvania, Pastor Dan Fox to officiate. Friends may call from 2:00 P.M. until time of worship.

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