Friday, January 24, 2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/23/2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 01/23/2020


George B. "Sippy" Kilmer, Jr., 90, of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, January 22nd, at his residence.

Born in Auburn, on March 25, 1929, a son of the late Arvella Mae (Dewald) and George B. Kilmer.

He was the husband of Elaine (Brommer) Kilmer. The couple celebrated 67 years of marriage in May of 2019.

He was a member of St. John's Church, Auburn.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a graduate of Auburn High School and retired from the Orwigsburg Post Office as a rural mail carrier.

George was an avid hunter and golfer. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and enjoyed attending all of his grandsons sporting events.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Leigh Ann Witmier wife of Brian and Lori Chuba wife of Stephen; son David Kilmer husband of Barbara, all of Auburn; grandchildren Jonathan Kilmer husband of Amanda, Matthew Chuba and companion Stephanie Lehman, Bryn Witmier husband of Jessica and Benjamin Kilmer husband of Janelle; great grandchildren Kyle, Andrew, Noah, Evan, Nolan and Charlotte; brother Bruce Kilmer husband of Beverly, Phoenixville.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc. , Schuylkill Haven, at 10:30 am on Monday, January 27th, with Pastor Walter Breiner officiating.

A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday 9:30 am until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Family request donations to St. John's Lutheran Church Box 103, Auburn, PA 17922 or Compassus Hospice 1001 James Dr, Lessport PA 19533 or Auburn Game and Fish Association, PO Box 72 Auburn PA 17922.


Mary L. Shafer, 85, of Tamaqua, PA died on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Hometown, PA. 

She was the wife of the late Sheldon Shafer who died on August 30, 2017. Born in Tamaqua on April 2, 1934, Mary was the daughter of the late George and Ella (nee Wetterau) Newton. 

She graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1952 and was an avid reader. A very dedicated wife and homemaker, Mary also worked for Bell Telephone as a telephone operator and Newberry’s in Tamaqua as a clerk. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua where she was very active in the church choir and many other activities and organizations of the church. 

Mary is survived by a brother, Charles A. Newton and his wife Joan of New Castle, DE; brother-in-law, Lee Shafer and his wife, Jacque of New Ringgold, PA; and several nephews, nieces, and greats. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at 

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


Kenneth William Moyer, 76, of Ephrata, PA and formerly of Tamaqua, PA, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Mount Joy, PA. 

He was the husband of Candice (nee Derr) Moyer to whom he was married 48 years. Born in Tamaqua on February 26, 1943, Ken was a son of late William J. and Dorothy (nee Keich) Moyer. 

As a member of the Army, he served in Germany from 1960-1963. Employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Ken retired as manager of the State Liquor Store, Tamaqua in 2001. He was a life member of the Tamaqua American Hose Co. #1; a founding member and past director of the Tamaqua Community Ambulance; a past president of the Tamaqua Jaycees; a secretary for the Tamaqua Elks for five years during the 1980s; and affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. 

In addition to his wife, Candice, Ken is survived by sons, Kenneth Moyer, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Pottsville, PA and Kevin Moyer and his wife Heidi of Akron, PA; grandchildren, Nathan and Erich Moyer of Akron, Arina Anderson and her husband, Taylor of Denver, PA, Kyla and Ethan Moyer of Pottsville, and Isabella Texter of Akron; great grandchild, Adler Anderson; sisters, Carol Ann Moyer of Tamaqua and Terry Rex of Andreas, PA; and many nephews and nieces. 

He was predeceased by brothers, Harry, Donald, and William Moyer, Jr. In lieu of flowers, to assist with expenses, contributions to his wife, Candice, at their home address of 100 Heritage Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 would be appreciated. 

Services and military honors will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home. Call 1-3 PM. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Ronald J. Goetz, Pottsville, passed away a Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, on January 22, 2020.

Born May 4, 1928 he was the son of the late William and Grace Goetz, Pottsville. He was the widower of Florence I. Fisher Goetz.

Ron was a graduate of Pottsville School District and served in the Army and Marine Corp. Before retirement, he worked for the Pottsville Parking Authority, Mirawall, and Charles Chips.

Ron was a musician, playing drums and touring the United States and Canada, playing drums for Bob Hope in Korea, Frankie Avalon in Las Vegas, and many others. Locally he played drums with the Nitecappers and 4 Storms, Mark 6 and Pete Barbudie.

Ronald is survived by daughters Cynthia (Gregory) Mensch, Auburn, Debra (Michael) Hydock, Minersville and step-daughters, Sloane (WL) Shepard, Georgia, Bonnie (Melvin) Zoll, Myerstown, Rhonda (Thomas) Schneck, Pine Grove and Cheryl Reed, Shenandoah, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services of Remembrance will be held Saturday at 10AM from James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9AM until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

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Anna Mae Costy, 82, of Saint Clair, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading.

Born Nov. 24, 1937, in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Hrichak) Tobin.

She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Saint Clair, and ILGWU.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Costy, Dec. 14, 2013, and brother, Richard Tobin.

Surviving are daughters, Colleen A Macczak and her husband, Scott, of Mohnton, Marissa Costy-Hardner and her husband, Mark, of Saint Clair; son, Scott R. Costy, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Shane Zebertavage, of Pottstown, Drew Zebertavage and his wife, Meaghan, of Muhlenburg, Jordan Marie Costy, of Ohio, Cole Costy, of Pittsburgh; one great-granddaughter, Nora Zebertavage; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St., Saint Clair. The Rev. Monsignor William F. Glosser will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church Memorial Fund. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.


Russell Rudenko, beloved husband, father, pap, brother, 82 years of age of Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Friday, October 8, 1937 in Coaldale the son of the late Ignatius and Mary (Chicora) Rudenko. He was also predeceased by; sons, Todd Rudenko who passed away at six months of age, Mark Rudenko who passed on Oct. 21, 2016; sister, Dorothy Daniels.

Surviving are; his wife of sixty years, Fern L. (Huegel) Rudenko; son, Doug Rudenko and his wife Mary Ellen of Hazleton; daughter, Deborah A. Rudenko of Tamaqua; sister, Lubov "Lovey" Sincavage of Allentown; grand children, Nicholas and his wife Sarah, Julia, and Andrew. Many nieces and nephews also survive Russ.

A 1956 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, Russ was an outstanding football player. He matriculated to Stephen's Trade School in Lancaster where he continued to play football. Russell, worked as a Draftsman and Inspector for Mack Trucks of Allentown for 32 years. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tamaqua and the Tamaqua Masonic Lodge # 238. Russell was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting and was an accomplished Fly Fisherman.

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

A Funeral service will be held at 11 o'clock A.M. on Monday January 27, 2020 from the funeral home. Friends may call on the morning of from 9:30 A.M. until time of services. Rev. Cindy White to officiate.

Interment will be in Sky View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

Memorials in his name to: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 109 North Greenwood St. Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Anthony F. Shandis, 77 and his wife Patricia A. Shandis 77, of Branchdale passed away Tuesday at their home. Arrangements will be announced by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


Michael J. Lenick, 70, of Freidensburg, passed away Wednesday at his home.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Andrew and Mabel Katchmarek Lenick.

Michael was a 1967 graduate of Minersville High School. He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the Schuylkill County Pigeon Association. He was a Pigeon fancier and raised pigeons for fun and profit.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Fred Lenick and Leon Lenick.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Janelle Richmond, Middletown and Nicole Messier, Worchester, Ma.; 5 grandchildren, Indiana Messier, Haley Messier, Sabrina Richmond, Hannah Richmond and Jack Messier: 4 brothers, Ted Lenick and William Lenick, Wilmington, De., John Lenick, Newtown and Francis Lenick, Tampa, Fla.; also nieces and nephews.

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


Mary S. (Monahan) Fanelli, 95 years old, of White Street, Shenandoah. Our matriarch, Mary Sabina was the fourth daughter of Dr. John S. and Florence D. Monahan, born on January 28, 1924. For the past 2 years she lived with her daughter and family in Wynnewood, PA. She was a lifelong member of Divine Mercy Parish and graduated from Shenandoah Catholic High School in 1942, she then graduated from Rosemont College in 1946 with a degree in Mathematics where she was recently honored as a noted alumna. Mary went on to teach high school Math and Science. She was married to her childhood sweetheart, John (Jack) V. Fanelli for 57 years before his death in 2007.

Mary was a member of the Fountain Springs Country Club where she regularly swam laps in the pool long before it was considered a form of exercise and not just a sport. Mary was always ahead of her time. She practiced yoga and drank protein shakes before it was fashionable. She was continuously inventing products to make everyday life easier; now we see perfected versions of them in stores and smile. For decades, she played bridge each week with her bridge club and never, ever liked to lose. She had an amazing sense of humor and was fiercely competitive, brilliant and a thinker of all things. While at Rosemont College she won the Bishop Fulton J. Sheen award for writing excellence. Her grammar was perfection. She was always the go-to person for questions on how something should be written grammatically. She loved reading the newspapers and would often send clipped articles to her adult children about a latest trends, parenting techniques or how to get the most out of life. Mary loved travel and adventure. From her private meeting with Princess Grace of Monaco while traveling in France to her first class trip to the Vatican in Rome to see her cousin Cardinal Francis Brennan be ordained, Mary always seemed to find herself in the most amazing places. She was truly our celebrity and queen. She delighted in everything glamorous, classy and elegant but mostly she loved her family and was the center of their lives. She savored nightly a glass of champagne with dinner insisting it was good for arthritis and she never passed up a piece of chocolate. Most recently, her evenings had an order to them: watch the evening news, Jeopardy, Wheel and then play Solitaire on her iPad. Mary was truly one of a kind and will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her loving children, son John, (Diana) Parkersburg, WVA, daughters Mary Jude (Dave) Zarkoski, Spring City, PA, and Mimi (Kraig) Null, Wynnewood, PA and daughter-in-law Amy (Mark-preceded) Ashland, PA, and 12 grandchildren, Justin, Joshua, Jordan Fanelli of Parkersburg WVA; Colin, Anthony, Natalie Fanelli, Ashland; Christopher, Laura, David and Nicholas Zarkoski, Spring City; Natalie and Olivia Null, Wynnewood. Three great grandsons, Christian, Geno and Nico and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, loving son Mark, and three sisters, Florence Rabada, Marge Gallagher, and Jacqueline O’Shea.

Visitation and a Mass of Christian burial will be held at Divine Mercy parish on Friday, January 31st beginning at 10:00 with mass beginning at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made to the Rosemont College in memory of Mary Monahan Fanelli ‘46 , Attn: Office of Alumni Relations, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 or to Divine Mercy Parish, 108 W. Cherry St, Shenandoah, PA.


Joseph J. “Brooky” Dombrosky, 85 of Shenandoah passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Shenandoah on January 1, 1935, he was a son of the late Joseph and Veronica (Azukas) Dombrosky.

He was a 1952 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah. After high school he proudly served his country in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 and subsequently in the Army Reserves until 1963.

Brooky was always making or building something throughout his working and retired life. He eventually retired from Design Homes of Bloomsburg, PA as an interior carpenter. Whether it was making Mrs. T’s Pierogies in the ‘60’s, building homes in the ‘80s and ‘90’s or hand crafting award-winning furniture throughout retirement – he loved to create things with his hands. His family was proud of him when his creations won a best-of-show award at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Brooky was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing whenever he could. He was a member of the Park Crest Fish & Game Club and the Shenandoah Archery Club. During trout season you’d see him at Park Crest or over the “Pumpy” in Brandonville, or during bass season over #5 or #6 damns in Ringtown or on a boat with his best fishing partner, his brother Bob.

Some of his fondest fishing memories include going to “The Lodge” with the entire family in Lycoming County and going to the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY with his son, brother and nephews.

Once he became a grandfather, “Pop-Pop Brook” enjoyed attending many of his grandchildren’s plays, skits and events at their school and church. He’d share all the stories about his grandkids over morning coffee at Burger King with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, Brooky was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen (Foley) Dombrosky; one sister, Carol Schropp; his brother, Robert T. “Termite” Dombrosky and brother-in-law, Bill Fonslick.

Surviving are one son, Joe Dombrosky and his wife Tara and grandchildren, Tesa and Brett, all of Orange Township; one sister, Arlene Fonslick, Ambler; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Dombrosky, Shenandoah and many nieces, nephews and friends.

US FlagA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:00 am in St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Monday morning from 8:30 am until 9:45 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin St., Shenandoah.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, please visit:


Betty J Maurer, age 95, formerly of Hegins, passed away Thursday at Mountain View Manor, Coal Township.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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