Sunday, December 8, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/08/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/08/19


George F. Dunheimer, 92, of Pottsville, passed away Friday, December 6th, at Geisinger St. Lukes Hospital, Orwigsburg.
George was born in Pottsville, PA on December 8, 1926, the son of the late Celina (Canova) and George W. Dunheimer.
He was the widower of the late Joanne L. (Mohl) Dunheimer, to whom he was married for 40 years. 
He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Alice K. (Macko) Dunheimer.
In addition to his wives and parents, George was preceded in death by son-in-law, John C. Schu and granddaughter, Joanne Hollywood.

George was a graduate of the Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1944. After school h e enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II in the Pacific Theater on the USS New York Battleship.

George was self-employed auto mechanic at Dunheimer's Garage in Cressona.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed time spent in the outdoors. He loved gardening and was a great cook. He provided fresh produce and delicious food for the extended family as well as home made wine, sauerkraut and pickle mix. He was a Life Member of Goodwill Hose Co. He was a member of Roedersville Fish & Game, the Goodwill Gun Club, Mechanicsville Fish & Game and Cressona Fireman's Relief.

Surviving are his 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, Laurie, of Downingtown; as well as 11 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.
A joint Graveside Service for Joanne and George Dunheimer with military honors will be held at at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA, at 1 PM on Friday, December 13th.
Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., has been entrusted with arrangements, with cremation services provided by Riverside Cremation Services, LLC, Schuylkill Haven.


“Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce”

Many hearts were broken Friday December 6, as Lorrie Christine Cunningham Botella, 42, and her beloved companion Thor left this world due to the injuries they suffered as a result of a fire at her home in Pottsville.

Lorrie was born and raised in Pottsville. Her sparkle began on December 15, 1976 when she was born to James and Katherine Tray Cunningham, Pottsville. From that day forward she would forever be her Daddy’s little girl. She had an amazing zest for life and was loved by everyone who met her. Despite being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis as a child she never allowed anything to stand in her way.

After graduating from Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville in 1994, she continued her education at Penn State University and double majored in Criminal Justice and Child Psychology. She worked as a TSS worker with children at different local school districts, including Pottsville. She was also a member of St. John the Baptist RC Church, Pottsville.

Although she loved her family and friends, Lorrie loved nothing more than rescuing and fostering dogs. She was passionate in Back in Black Rescue Inc. An animal rescue that aids in the homing of black dogs. Her dogs Thor and Dexter were like her children. She would often be found making homemade treats for them or dressing them for the holidays.

Her family and friends would often comment on her “eye” for decorating especially during the Christmas season which was her favorite time of year. When she wasn’t decorating or spending time with her dogs she could be found enjoying Marvel Action Movies, cheering on the Eagles, watching the original Super Man movie with her superhero (her dad); or enjoying a good book.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Anna and James Cunningham and maternal grandparents Kathleen and Eugene Tray.

Lorrie Christine will forever be missed by her parents James and Kathy, Pottsville; spouse Bryan P., Pottsville; brothers James Michael and Michael Eugene, Pottsville; uncle Gene Tray, Sr., Auburn; aunt Christine Tray and Uncle Bill Mower, Pottsville; cousin Gene Tray, Jr., Philadelphia; her pride and joy nephew Aiden, Pottsville; along with countless friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM Friday December 13 at St. John the Baptist RC Church, Pottsvile with Rev. David Loeper, Off. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects Friday morning from 9AM until the time of Mass at the church. Interment will be held on the grounds of Queen of the Universe Cemetery. Schlitzer Allen Pugh FH 515 W. Market St. Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements.

The family strongly requests donations be made Hillside SPCA, Ruth Steinert SPCA, and Back in Black Rescue, Inc. in memory of Lorrie and Thor.

Please visit to share a memory for Lorrie’s family.


Doris A. Purcell, 90, Pottsville, died Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital- East.

Born September 1, 1929 in Schuylkill Haven, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Battersby) McGugart.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s RC Church, Pottsville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters and a son in law Gary Hemerly.

Doris is survived by her husband George Purcell, Jr., Pottsville; son George husband of Alice, Pottsville; daughter Elizabeth Hemerly, Pottsville; grandchildren Gary Hemerly, Pottsville; Angela Purcell, Berwick; and George Purcell, Schuylkill Haven; great grandchildren Devon Michael Hemerly; Charlie Marie Louise Hemerly; Natalie Purcell; and twins Connor and Bella Purcell; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be privately held at St.Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Interment will be on the grounds of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh FH 515 W. Market St. Pottsville PA 17901 has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Purcell family.


Mildred J. “Millie” Radocha, 97, formerly of Coaldale, PA passed away peacefully at Holy Family Manor in Bethlehem, PA, surrounded by her family. 

She was the wife of the late Sheriff Paul J. Radocha who passed away in 1965. Born in Coaldale, Millie was a daughter of the late Mary (Sockel) Jupina and John Jupina. She graduated from Coaldale High School in 1940. In addition to working at Phillips-Van Heusen shirt factory, Millie was a teller at the American Bank in Coaldale. She was a devoted member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Coaldale where she sang in the choir and participated in several other church organizations, including the festival committee and counting the Sunday collection. Millie was then a member of St. Katharine Drexel Church, Lansford, PA and currently a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill, PA. Affectionately known as “Gram” to many family and friends, she enjoyed spending time with her family on her many trips to Ocean City, NJ and Disney World to kick-off her year-long birthday celebrations. 

Mille is survived by her daughter Regina (Jeana) and her husband Charley DePuy of Lansford; grandchildren, Dr. Amy DePuy of Breinigsville, PA and Charley DePuy of Bethlehem Township, PA; brother Theodore “Ted” Jupina and his wife Josephine of Lansdale, PA; and multiple generations of nieces, nephews and extended family. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Helen Hoffman and Myrtle Sicenavage, and a brother Dr. Joseph J. Jupina. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 12 at 11:00 am by her nephew/godson The Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Radocha, V.F. at the Shrine of St. Theresa of Lisieux, 15 E. Garabaldi Avenue, Nesquehoning, PA. 

The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, December 11 from 6-8 pm at the Shrine. Vigil service will be celebrated at 7:45 pm. The family will again receive relatives and friends again on Thursday, December 12 from 10 to 11 am. There will be no viewing on Thursday morning. 
Interment will follow at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Nesquehoning. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network – Outpatient Neuroscience Division, 850 S. 5th St., Allentown, PA 18103 or the Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux Bathroom Project. Online condolences may be made at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. Tamaqua, PA.


Terri L. Hummel, 62 of Pottsville died Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

She was born April 21, 1957 in Pottsville a daughter of the late George R. and Dorothy King Hummel.

She was a 1975 graduate of Pottsville Area High School and was last employed by Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East.

Terri was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Pottsville.

Surviving are 2 brothers, Rick Hummel and his wife Wanda; and Gary W. Hummel and his wife Angie. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, 1112. W. Market St. Pottsville PA, 17901, to help defray some funeral cost.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, F.D. James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.


Ronald J. Matthews, 84, of 342 South Lehigh Ave., Frackville, died Friday December 6, 2019 at his Residence.

Born in Gilberton, September 7, 1935, He was a son of the late John and Ruth (Evans) Matthews.

Ron severed in the US Army during the Korean War.

He was a retired Heavy Machine Operator at Jack Rich Inc., Locust Gap.

He was a member of Gilberton United Methodist Church, Gilberton, PA

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death bya brother Jack and 3 sisters, Jane Slvers, Ruth Bodenhammer and Melva Lane.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years Eileen (Lubold) Matthews, 2 sons Mark Matthews of Frackville; John Matthews and his wife Tracy of Minersville; grandson Sean Flail and great-grandson Cayden Flail.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:45 AM Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019 from Nice- Hart Funeral Home, Inc, 9 North Lehigh Avenue Frackville. The Rev. David Davis will be officiating. . Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday and 9:00 AM -9:45 AM at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gilberton United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Main Street Gilberton PA. . Burial with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville

Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements.


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