Monday, December 9, 2019

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/09/19

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 12/09/19


David G Demshock Sr., 67, of Nuremberg, passed away, Saturday afternoon, December 7, 2019 at Shenandoah Senior Living Community following a one-year illness.

Born in Hazleton, January 29, 1952, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Kokinda) Demshock, Jr. and spent the past 45 years in Nuremberg, Pennsylvania after moving from Hazleton.

David was a Electrician for S.H. Sharpless, Hazleton, for 40 years and later for Big Lots Distributuion Center, Tremont. He was a member of Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company for 44 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on his Mopar vehicles.

Surviving are his wife, of the past 44 years, the former Donna Lutz to whom he was married on May 10, 1975 in Hazleton; three sons. David Jr. and his wife, Mary Jo, Nuremberg; Daniel Sr. and his wife Danielle, Nuremberg; and Douglas and his companion Maria Lee, Sugarloaf; three grandchildren Craig and his wife Jessica, Daniel Jr., and Dalena; two brothers Joseph and his wife Diane; and John, all of Hazleton; several nieces and nephews; and his two pet dogs Murphy and Molly.

His funeral will be held Thursday at 10 am from Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (West), 1265 Rock Glen Road, Rock Glen. Burial will follow in Nuremberg Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening 6-8 pm.

Online condolences can be entered and more information is available at


Helen Ann Thompson, 92, of Minersville, passed away peacefully on Monday at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.

Born in Minersville, she was a daughter of the late Roy A. and Elizabeth E. (Yarnall) Thompson. Helen was a graduate of Minersville High School. She was employed at the former Messner & Hess, Keim’s Kard Shop and the Minersville Library.

She was a lifetime member of the First Methodist Church, Minersville, where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s Organization, Christian Women’s Club, and a former member of the church choir. In her early years, she was an excellent bowler who won numerous trophies in her bowling leagues and was a member of the WIBC Bowling Association. She was also active in The Friends of the Minersville Library, the Minersville Senior Citizens, and a member of O.W.L.S. Proudly, she was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Cressona Chapter No. 367.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Yuravage and Miriam Jenkins; a brother John Thompson.

Helen is survived by a brother William Thompson, Middletown. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews throughout Pennsylvania and other states.

Many thanks to both staffs at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown and Masonic Village Hospice for their excellent care.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville, with visitation from 9:30 A.M. and services following at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in the Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.


Carolyn M. Grazis, 71 of Pottsville, Pennsylvania died on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Born Friday, August 20, 1948 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late John Grazis and the late Mary Spontak.

She was a graduate of Penn State University. Carolyn last taught special education in the Pottsville Area School District.

Surviving are brother, John Grazis of Emigrant, MT.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Terry A. Kissinger, 75, of Tower City, passed away suddenly Monday, December 9th at his home.

Born in Pottsville, July 12, 1944, a son of the late Joseph and Doris Evans Kissinger.

Terry was a 1963 graduate of the former Porter Tower High School.

He was a retired truck driver working for Central Storage and American Steel.

He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin; the Orwin Gun Club and the Porter Tower Lions Club.

Terry was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time at his camp and taking his daily walk throughout the town.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and was very proud of his grandsons.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellen Kissinger Leitzel, 2011 and a sister Diane Lebo, 1991; and a son-in-law, Robert D'Agostino, 2018.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Karen Shomper Kissinger; two daughters, Lisa D'Agostino, Pine Grove and Amy Stauffenberg (Rich), Tower City; three grandsons, Dennis D'Agostino; Joshua Kissinger and Dawson Stauffenberg; two great grandchildren, Beckham Kissinger and Teigan D'Agostino; one brother, Donald Kissinger (Joyce), Mechanicsburg. Nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13th at 11:00 am from St. Peter's U.C.C., Orwin with Rev. Maureen Duffy-Guy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Viewing will be from 10-11 at the church. Memorial donations in Terry's name can be made to the Tower City Fire Company, 124 E. Grand Avenue, Tower City PA 17980. Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the services. To sign the guest book visit


Ruth Queen Stehr, age 91, of Klingerstown, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

She was born in Pitman on August 27, 1928,a daughter of the late Verna (Miller) Malick.

Ruth graduated from Hegins Township High School and was a loving homemaker with a generous spirit.

She was certainly one-of-a-kind and will be missed greatly by her family and friends, who loved her very much. Her most enjoyable times were the times spent with her family, especially at Christmas. She will be remembered most by those whose lives she touched with her selfless devotion to her family.

She was a member of St. Paul's E.C. Church, Pitman and the Woodmen of the World #433.

Ruth is survived by her husband Alvin, to whom she was married for 69 years. Ruth is also survived by two daughters, Patricia Brandenberger and Elaine, wife of David Schreffler; one son, Wayne, husband of Gail Stehr all of Klingerstown; four grandchildren, Michael Brandenberger, Michelle Peiffer, Jason Schreffler and Travis Stehr.

She was preceded in death by a grandson Nathan Stehr and a sister Pearl Maurer.

Per Ruth's request private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contriburions may be made to the church C/O Gary Harring, 91 Main Road, Pitman, PA 17964 in her memory.

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


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