Saturday, March 28, 2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/28/2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/28/2020


Linda Montgomery, 72, Frackville passed away suddenly at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill, Pottsville with her loving children at her side.

Born in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Metro and Mary Borse Marhon.

Linda was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville. When her kids were younger, you could find her working in any concession stand or being a “Team Mom”. She wore many hats but her favorite was “Mom’s Taxi”. She was a second Mother to many. After her employment at the Broad Mountain Nursing home, she started to work as a cashier for TJ Barts Supermarket, now Boyer’s Food Market. Her smile and her laugh were infectious and would brighten your day when you saw it. Linda also loved to pass the time by watching any Hallmark or Lifetime movie she could find as well as reading Romance novels. Her Grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved them dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George Montgomery.

Linda is survived by her son George and his wife Candi Montgomery, Frackville; her 4 daughters: Kelly Montgomery and her fiance Bob Mychak, Shenandoah Heights, Melissa and her husband Kevin Perneta, Frackville, Wendy Weikel and her fiancé Paul Olson, Fountain Springs, Sharon and her husband Brian Yeager, Frackville; her two brothers: Joseph and John Marhon, Frackville; her sister Rosalie Bova, Frackville; her 8 grandchildren: Tyler, Aaron and Nicholas Perneta, Hailey Weikel, Mallory Olson, Aryana Montgomery, Hunter and Emma Yeager; her niece Andrea Mengel and nephew Brian Marhon both of Frackville.

Viewing and Funeral Services will be private to the immediate family. A celebration of life service for friends and family will be scheduled at a later date. At the Family’s request, donations can be made in her name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater PA at 518 Harrison Street Pottsville, PA 17901.

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Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Frackville is in charge of the arrangements.


William Stoppi, 89 of Pottsville, died Saturday morning at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

He was born May 11, 1930 in Frackville a son of the late Joseph and Fannie Kessock Stoppi.

He was a graduate of Frackville High School and Penn State University.

He was owner of the former Business Equipment and Supply Company, Reading.

He was an Army veteran having served during the Korean War.

Bill was a member of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Frackville

He was preceded in death by his first wife Joan Brown Stoppi; a daughter, Diane Stoppi; a son, William Stoppi; several siblings.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Brown Stoppi; 2 sons, Joseph Stoppi, Sinking Spring; David Walcott, Atlanta, GA; Marie Diechert, Pine Grove: 3 grandchildren, Nick, Sam and Sarah Stoppi; nieces and nephews.

Throughout his life Bill was an avid golfer and was a huge Penn State fan attending many football games.

Graveside services with military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, will be announced at a later date. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions be made to St. John Memorial Fund 913 Mahantongo St. Pottsville PA, 17901.

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

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Barbara A. Lecher, 89, of Saint Clair died Thursday March 26, 2020, at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.
Born in Forestville, May 17, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Batsick) Markovich.
She worked in the garment industry at Peek-A-Boo Styles, Schuylkill Haven before retiring from Craftex Knitting Mills, Auburn.
She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Saint Clair.
Barb, known by some as “Barbie Doll”, greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family and grandchildren, whether it be teaching her grandchildren to swim at her son Eddie’s pool in the summer or having them for sleepovers at her house. Later in life she enjoyed spending time at the Casinos. She was always there for her children and grandchildren whenever and wherever they needed her and she will be sadly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward “Sonny” Bernetskie and Walter “Jack” Lecher; 4 bothers Matthew, John, Andrew and Steve Markovich; 3 sisters Mary Kleczek, Ann Laskey and Catherine Bernetskie.
Surviving are 3 daughters, Sharon Trowbridge of Lancaster, Deborah Spinelle of Saint Clair, Sandra Milner of Pottsville; 3 sons Edward Bernetskie of Saint Clair, Andrew Bernetskie and his wife Peggy of Pottsville, Brian Bernetskie of Seattle Washington; 8 Grandchildren: Michelle, Ashley, Jason, Jenna, Nicholas, Jacob, Jessica, and Alexandria; six Great-Grandchildren, sister-in-law Diane Markovich of Alaska; nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110 in her memory. Burial will be in Schuylkill Park, Schuylkill Haven.
Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, Saint Clair is in charge of arrangements.


Rose Kowalchick, 86, of Minersville, passed away on Friday at Schuylkill Center.

Born in Centralia, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Moraskey Jurgill. She attended St. Ignatius Parochial School and the HuBert Eicher High School, Centralia. She lived in Centralia until moving to Minersville in 1954. She was employed in the local garment industry, including Fran’s Lingerie, where she worked for 22 years. After retiring in 1985, she did private seamstress work.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville. She was also a lifetime member of the D.A.V Ladies’ Auxiliary, Capter #6, Philadelphia

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John “Boney” Kowalchick, on September 2, 1998. The last survivor of 17 Jurgill children, she was also preceded by ten brothers, Michael, John, Stanley, Joseph, Walter, Francis, Peter, Edward, George and Anthony; six sisters, Anna, Rose, Helen Olbrish, Mary Kershinsky, Anna Waters and Stella.

Rose is survived by three children, Gloria Moran, West West Terrace, Branch Township, John Kowalchick, Jr. (spouse, Juliann), Minersville, and Dianne Ruscavage (companion, John Killeen), Millsboro, Delaware; six grandchildren, John Kowalchick (spouse, Jessica), Janelle Kowalchick (spouse, Jeremy Koppenhaver), Jared Kowalchick (spouse, Jessica), Jack Moran, Kelly Boyer (spouse, Tyler), and Jason Ruscavage; nine great-grandchildren, Ava and J.D. Kowalchick, Jett Kopenhaver, Jemma and Jocelyn Kowalchick, Everly and Silas Boyer, Ava and Aidan Ruscavage; nieces and nephews.

Current services will be held from Dutcavich Funeral Home at the convenience of the family, with memorial services to be scheduled at a later date. Private interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. Contributions will be accepted by the funeral home, to be used in accordance with the wishes of the family.


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