Monday, March 23, 2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/23/2020

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 03/23/2020


Elaine J. Miller, 76, of 255 Parkway Apt 202 Schuylkill Haven, Pa., passed away Friday, March 20, at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County. 

Born in Molino, on March 27, 1943, a daughter of the late Minnie (Stutzman) and William Bainbridge She was last employed by at Blue Mountain Mushroom as a payroll administrator. 

Elaine is preceded in death by her siblings: Dorothy Stotland, Anabelle Sowers, Jean Stauffer, Irene Mellon, Billene Breiner, John Bainbridge and James Bainbridge. 

She is survived by her daughters, Tammy Miller, wife of Michael, Lenhartsville; and Tanya Holmes, Orwigsburg; grandchildren: Brock and Spencer Miller and Megan Holmes; and brother, Allen Bainbridge, husband of Joan, Drehersville. 

Family request donations to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, formerly Pinnacle Health Care, 1320 Linglestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17110. 

The services and interment will be held privately.

Condolences may be left for the family at Geschwindt Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill Haven, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Gary D. Hoak, 63 of Pottsville, died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

He was born August 13, 1956 in Pottsville a son of Donald and Marie Kowalchick Hoak, Pottsville.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

Prior to retiring Gary was employed by Ost & Ost, Exxon and Yuengling Brewery.

Gary was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert L. "Buck" Brady.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife with whom he would have celebrated 38 years of marriage on May 8, Sharon Brady Hoak; 2 children, Allison Hoak, Effort, Jason Hoak, Boyertown; 3 granddaughters, Ava, Aubrey & Addison Oviedo; 5 siblings, Greg Hoak, Gerald Hoak, Glenn Hoak, Gina McGinley and Gill Hoak; nieces and nephews, aunts uncles cousins, his mother-in-law, Lois Brady.

Services and interment will be private. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions be made to Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville PA, 17901.

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

Please share your memories and condolences with Gary's family by signing the guest book at


Michael J. Zimmerman, 31, of Tower City, passed away suddenly, Sunday March 22nd.

He was born in Harrisburg, July 7, 1988.

Mike was a 2007 graduate of Williams Valley High School and attended Bloomsburg University.

He was a drywaller for his father's business, Zimmerman Drywall.

Mike was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Millersburg.

Some of Mike's happiest times were at the camp along the Juniata River in Newport. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and skiing. His love for his daughter was immense, he was always talking and telling stories about her. He also took great pride and ejoyed working with the former Sky Shooters Display.

He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, James Savidge and Jack Zimmerman.

Surviving are his father, Jack Zimmerman and his wife Jean, Tower City; his mother, Tammie Savidge Klinger and her husband Steve, Pink Hill, NC; his daughter, Lacie Jane Zimmerman and her mother, Haley Zimmerman, Halifax. Maternal grandmother, Joan Savidge and her companion, Mark Romberger, Tower City; Paternal grandmother Lois Zimmerman, Pine Grove, a sister, Nicole Hoover and her husband Jason, Dominican Republic; three step-sisters, Heather Stakem and her husband Adam, Tower City; Brooke Hockenbroch and her husband Adam, Tower City and Lauren Nikolaisen and her husband Torgier, Florida; a step-brother, Alex Pribilla and his wife Andrea, Nevada. Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Mike's life will be announced at a later date once it's determined. Private burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a fund set up for his daughter, Lacie Zimmerman, checks payable care of her grandfather, Jack Zimmerman, 40 Thompson Street, Tower City, PA 17980. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guestbook visit


Robert J. “Bob” Bobish, 86 of Shenandoah Heights passed away on Sunday evening, March 22, 2020 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community

Born in Shenandoah on January 16, 1934 he was a son of the late John and Olive (Witkowski) Bobish.

He was a 1952 graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.

Robert was a decorated Air Force Korean War Veteran having served his country from 1952 until 1956. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a life member of the Shenandoah Amvets Post #7 where he served as Post Commander from 1975 until 1976.

Prior to his retirement, Bob was a truck driver for Reading Anthracite.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly St. Stephen’s Church. Bob loved his family, church and country. He was often seen taking his daily walks in downtown Shenandoah and visiting the former Adoration Chapel at St. Casimir’s Church.

Surviving are his sister Elizabeth “Bettie” Coyle and her husband James “Jim” of Bluffton, South Carolina; nieces and nephews, Allison McCann and her husband Sean, Coleen Huff and her husband Ken, James J. Coyle, Shannon Kingston and her husband Bryan, Kevin Bobish and his wife Lori, John Bobish, and Jackie Bobish; several great-nieces and great-nephews; a cousin, Jim Kelly; and his caregiver for the past three years, Rose Lawson.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were two brothers and sisters-in-law, Cyril and Fran Bobish and Eugene J. “Bo” and Jeanine Bobish.

US FlagA private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Expressions of sympathy in Bob’s name can be made to Divine Mercy Parish Memorial Fund, 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit

Shirley Snyder, 85, formerly of Carbon County, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Tamaqua. She was the wife of the late Leroy “Bubba” Snyder Jr. Born in Weissport, she was the daughter of the late John Raymond Wolfe Sr. and Lucy Suzanna (Strohl) Wolfe. Shirley worked in a local garment factory. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Packerton.

Surviving is a Sister, Josephine Nariani and her husband Lou of New Ringgold; four Sister-in-laws, Thema White of Lehighton, Dolores Ockenhouse and her husband Lamont of Lehighton, Sharon Wolfe of Parryville and Naarah Snyder of Albrightsville; Several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by Sisters, Arlene, Carole and Delphine; Brothers, Edward, Wayne, John Jr and James Franklin; Sister-in-law, Irene Stack; Brother-in-laws, Robert “Inky” Snyder and Claude Snyder.

Funeral Service will be private due to current public health regulations. Interment, Packerton Cemetery, Lehighton. Funeral Arrangements have been place in the care of the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home of Summit Hill, PA. Online Condolences may be signed at


Barbara Ann Mervine-Neahmia passed away peacefully on Saturday March 21, 2020 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville.

Barb was born in Fountain Springs, PA on November 11, 1933. She was 86.
Barb was a long-time active member of Christ's Congregational Church of Fountain Springs where she served as Board Member.
Barb is preceded in death by her mother and father, Margaret and Lloyd Mervine, her husband, Louvain Neahmia and her oldest sister, Ruth Minson.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Tesno, and her nieces and nephews, Marsha Kruzich, Sally Dobbins, Diane Manning, Tim Tesno and Greg Tesno. Also 8 great nieces and nephews and 8 great-great nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held in her honor. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Orpha A. Harter, 95, of Gordon, formerly of Ashland, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.
Born September 25, 1924 in Pitman, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Gertrude (Kehler) Kehler.
She held numerous jobs throughout her life. The most important being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a great-great grandmother. She was a member of the Zions UCC of Ashland.
Orpha was preceded in death by her husband: Harry Harter in 1990. A son Lewis Harter in 2018. Two infant children. Siblings; 4 brothers Lewis, Lester, Ralph, and Franklin Kehler. 3 sisters Marie Palamar, Martha Nagle, and Helen Wetzel.
She is survived by 2 sons, Warren and wife Kay Harter and Charles Harter and companion Mary Ludwig both of Ashland. 4 daughters, Carol and husband Wally Fetterolf of Ashland, Brenda and husband Barry Spieles of Ashland, Debra and husband Garry Leib of Gordon, and Beth and husband Mike Ploxa of Frackville. 23 grandchildren. 47 great grandchildren. 11 great-great grandchildren. Siblings, 1 brother Albert and wife Pat Harter of Lebanon and 3 sisters, Betty Willard of Hegins, Arlene Knapp of Tremont, and Mary Jane and husband Leonard Herb of Valley View. Sister-in-laws, Patricia Kehler of Lebanon, and Katherine Kehler of Myerstown. Brother-in-laws, Daniel Nagle of Tremont and John Kimmel of Lavelle. Close friends, Cecilia Coyle and Kim Malis.
Interment will be in Citizens Cemetery, Lavelle. Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Zions UCC 2400 Centre St, Ashland, PA 17921
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.

Ben L. Donmoyer, 89, of Pine Grove, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East.
Born on February 12, 1931 in Pine Grove, he was a son of the late Ben T. and Marva Kerstetter Donmoyer.
Ben was a Maintenance Worker for Penn Dye in Pine Grove.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Roy, Fred, and Carl Donmoyer.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years on April 12, Vera Salada Donmoyer of Schuylkill Haven; three sons, Rodney Donmoyer, Jerry Donmoyer, Marc Donmoyer and companion Cherie Kaufman, all of Pine Grove; two daughters, Ruby Seigfried and companion Bob Johnson of Boyertown, Sherry and husband Dean Herring of Pine Grove; ten grandchildren, Ashley, Austin, Shovawn, Jared, Casey, Jordan, Josh, Ryan, Cody, and Kaitlin; 8 great grandchildren.
All Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Hetzel's Cemetery.
The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at

Dennis E Hatter, age 68, Hegins, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - E Norwegian, Pottsville.

He was born on December 15, 1951, in the former Ashland Hospital, a son of the late Glenn L Hatter and Ethel M. Wolfgang Hatter.

Dennis graduated from Tri-Valley High School.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war.

Dennis was an assembler for MI Windows and Doors, Hegins.

He was of the Protestant Faith.

Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching sports, going for walks, and gardening.

In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda M. Hatter in Dec. 2018, to whom he was married for 40 years.

He is survived by one son, Richard Klouser, and wife Shannon of Hegins; a granddaughter, Hannah Klouser; two sisters, Sharon Miller of Millersburg, Shelly Stouphauer of Pine Grove; five brothers, Terry Hatter, and wife Cookie, Stephen, Duane, Glenn, and Brian Hatter, all of Hegins, mother in law, Diane Geist of Hegins.

Due to recent health concerns, the immediate family is invited to a Graveside Service with military honors at Friedens Cemetery, Hegins, on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12 noon, with Rev. Duane Bardo, pastor of St. Andrews Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033

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

Condolences can be left for the family at

Catherine G. Schade, age 93, former Valley View resident, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Orwigsburg Center, Orwigsburg.

She was born on October 28, 1926, in St Clair, a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Polak Sabaday.

Kitty attended St. Clair Area schools.

She was a seamstress for area garment factories, lastly retiring from the former Amy Sportswear in Valley View.

Kitty was a devoted member of Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont.

She was also a member of the Hegins-Valley Fire & Rescue, Tri-Valley Senior Citizens, and the Tri-Valley CB Radio Club.

In addition to her parents, Kitty was preceded in death by her husband, Willard F. Schade, Sr. in 2003, to whom she was married for 56 years, and brothers Joseph, Steven, and Martin Sabaday, sisters Ann Shapell, Margaret Goodman, and most recently a brother in law George Bassig.

She is also survived by three sons, Willard Schade, Jr, and wife Cindy, Valley View, Eric Schade of Dover, PA, Brian Schade and wife Lisa, Millsboro, DE; three daughters, Linda Koppenhaver, and husband Lenwood, Pottstown; Barbara Klinger, and husband Rick, Pottstown, Gloria Schade and husband Bill Schlegel, Valley View, sister Mary Bassig, Allentown.
9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Due to recent health concerns, services are private and at the discretion of the family.

Burial will be made in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kitty's name can be made to the Tri-Valley Charities, P.O. Box 751, Valley View, PA 17983.

To leave online condolences, visit

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

These Obituaries are brought to you by
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