Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: December 23rd, 2020

Skook News Obituaries: December 23rd, 2020

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Paul L "Butch" Kieffer, age 73, of Klingerstown, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on Thursday, December 18, 1947, in Jersey Shore, a son of the late Earl Kieffer and the late Viola (Kelley) Kieffer.

He was a graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

He served in the US Army.

Butch was a heavy equipment operator at Lindenmuth Saw Mill, Lavelle and also a self employed gunsmith.

He was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Hegins.

He was also a member of American Legion Post 575 and VFW Post 8237 both of Valley View.

Butch enjoyed chain saw carving, motorcycle riding, hunting, trapping, raising deer and bear, and spending time with his family. He was also very proud of his Native American heritage.

His first wife, Ruth N (Wedde) Kieffer passed away in 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents; by a son, Paul L Kieffer, Jr; and a daughter, Lori Ann Kieffer.

He is survived by his wife Susan L (Mitchell) Kieffer.

He is also survived by a step son, Tyler Heim; a step daughter, Marian Heim; and two half sisters, Kay Morgan of Hegins and Jacqueline McConomy of Florida.

The procession will leave Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, with graveside services following at Friedens Cemetery, Hegins.

Condolences can be left for the family at


Debra Ann Neiswender, 55, of St. Clair, passed away suddenly on December 22, 2020 at Lehigh Valley East.

Born to Bernard and Sara Ney of Pottsville Pennsylvania, she graduated from Blue Mountain High School’s class of 83’. Employed by Bayada Health, she was a home health care worker for many years.

Above all, Debra loved spending time with her many grandchildren, living up to the title “Mother Hen.”

She is survived by her loving husband Brian Neiswender, St. Clair; son Vaughn Vesay; daughters Jenna Medugbon and Aimee Neiswender; eight grandchildren; brother Brian Ney and his wife Donelle, Pottsville; sister Patricia Kerns and her husband Eddie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are both parents, Bernard and Sara Ney, and a brother, Bernie Ney.

A Celebration of Debra’s life will be held Wednesday, December 30 from 4 to 6PM at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market St. Pottsville. Interment will be held at a later date on the grounds of Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. Visitors are required to follow the CDC guidelines upon entering the funeral home.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the Neiswender and Ney families.


Donald L. Adams
, 84, of Pine Grove, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the Tremont Health & Rehab Center.

Born on July 2, 1936 in Tremont, he was a son of the late Guyon and Grace Adams Adams.

He was a 1954 graduate of Tremont High School.

Donald was a Supervisor for Art Delamode.

He was an avid golfer and member of the Linksters and Sod Busters Golf Clubs. He was a life member of the Rock Rod & Gun Club, Brookside Gun Club, and the Swatara Archers, and a member of the Pine Grove American Legion. He loved hunting and was an avid Philadelphia Sports Fan. For many years he was in various bowling leagues.

Donald was a former member of the Pine Grove Borough Council.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Sonia D. Seiger Adams; a daughter, Virginia Adams; a grandson, Allen "Butch" Kuehn; and three brothers, Robert Adams, George Adams and Bruce Adams.

Surviving are a daughter, Kay wife of Dennis Fessler of Pottsville; 5 grandchildren, Pam, Chris, Pete, Matt and Kayla; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

All Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements and you may send condolences online at


Alma M. Bettinger
, 98, of Tower City, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Born in Tremont, July 8, 1922, a daughter of the late Joseph and Charlotte Ellen Drum Leininger.

Alma was a graduate of Porter High School. She was member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Reinerton where she was active in the choir and with the kitchen committee. She enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her yard. In Alma's younger years she worked at Trotmans Restaurant, Knoffs Ice Cream and the refreshment stand at Tower City pool.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Junior "Patch" Bettinger, 2016; a son-in-law, Paul Corl, 2020 and an infant brother Jackie Leininger.

She is survived by her three children, SueAnn M. Corl, League City, Texas; Hedy M. Spencer (Richard), Harrisburg and Rodney L. Bettinger, Tower City; five grandchildren, Steven Rodichok (Renee), Chicago, IL; Joseph Rodichok (Kim), Indiana, PA; Gwen Parsons (George), Lykens; Angie Lentz (Steve), Harrisburg and Tyler Bettinger (Angela), Tower City; one great grandson, Alex Rodichok, Tower City.

Due to the COVID-19, services will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations in Alma's memory can be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1931 Wiconisco Street, Tower City, PA 17980. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


Richard S. Kemmerling, 81, of Frackville, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Broad Mountain Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Wisconsin, November 11, 1939, a son of the late Herman and Mary Coppolella Kemmerling.

Richard was a United States Air Force Veteran.

Richard was a very devout Catholic.

He is survived by three daughters, Brenda M. Hart and her husband James; Lisa DeVenuto and Traci Neary and her husband John. 4 Grandsons, Michael Gillie and his wife Caitlyn; Joseph DeVenuto, Finnegan Neary and Seamus Neary. 4 granddaughters; Jamilyn Corpes, Madison DeVenuto, Devynne DeVenuto and Ciara Neary, a great grandson, Joseph Gillie and a brother, Gary Kemmerling and his wife Lana.

He was predeceased by a brother Herman.

Services will be announced in the near future with burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit


Sharon Elaine Hoover
, 69, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at her home.

Born in Pottsville, July 3, 1951, a daughter of the late William and Pauline Michaels Rhoades.

Sharon worked as a home health aide, working for many years at the Carlton Home, Wellsboro.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Hoover, January 1, 2020; two sisters, Gloria Rhoades and Debra Hamlin.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy DiMauro, Delaware and Lisa Cobaugh, Harrisburg; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter; seven siblings, Geraldine Fair (Omar), Manheim; Pauline Hylton (Ralph), Jonestown; Patsy Klouser (Kevin), Tower City; her twin, Karen Palmer, Orwin; Judy Noll (Lawrence), with whom Sharon resided; William Rhoades (Lisa), Arizona and Cindy Rhoades, Hershey; nieces and nephews.

Following Sharon's wishes there will be no services. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


Dr. Samuel Charles Slimmer, Jr.
, a living embodiment of the Hippocratic oath, died peacefully at home on December 21st in Gordon, Pennsylvania at the age of 81. 

Dr. Samuel C. Slimmer, Jr. was born on March 2, 1939 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Samuel C., Sr. and Margaret Slimmer. He graduated from Reading Central Catholic High School in 1957, as well as from Saint Joseph’s University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in Science. Dr. Slimmer graduated from Temple Medical School in 1965. Dr. Slimmer played an integral role in the formation of the first Emergency Medicine group at The Reading Hospital now known as Tower Health where he served as the Director of the Emergency Department. Dr. Slimmer also served as the Director of the Emergency Department at the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic for many years. He was a pioneer in the field of Emergency Medicine, committing his life to saving others. He retired just over two years ago, having practiced Emergency Medicine for 51 years. Dr. Slimmer was one of the original members of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2018 he was recognized as the longest tenured member of the organization and in 2019, he was given the Special Recognition Award for Service to Emergency Medicine.Dr. Slimmer was the type of person who made you want to live every day to its fullest. He spread joy and warmth wherever he went, whether he was telling one of his signature jokes or engaging empathetically with an individual in need. His love of hard work, dedication and commitment to his family were truly amazing. He was an active and dedicated member of Saint Ambrose Church. His deep, enviable faith, including daily mass and novenas ensures that he can pray for us in his eternal joy and in his new life in Christ. Dr. Slimmer was an avid tennis player and enjoyed travelling. He was a fixture at family holiday gatherings and picnics, creating memorable moments for all those gathered with his jokes and his stories as well as his infectious laugh. Dr. Slimmer is survived by his son Samuel J. Slimmer and daughter-in-law Kelly (Miller) Slimmer and their children Kenna, Tanner, and Ellianna; his daughter Lara M. Slimmer and her partner Jamie Seigenfuse, and their daughter Eily. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Patricia Slimmer, and his sister Nina Armpriester, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Dec.30,2020 at St. Ambrose RC Church, Schuylkill Haven,PA . Esgr. Edward Zemanik will officiate. Entumbment following in St. Ambrose Cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions the public Is invited to Live Stream the Funeral Mass Wednesday at 10:30 Am by logging on to You Tube Channel: St.Ambrose Church Schuylkill Haven. Memorial contributions can be made in Dr. Slimmers Name to St. Ambrose Church, 201 Randel St. Schuylkill Haven,PA. 17972. 

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland,PA Charles Heizenroth III,Supervisor is in charge of arrangements.


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