Friday, March 5, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: March 5th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: March 5th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Richard W. Kantor
, 72, of Tamaqua, PA died on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Salisbury Township, PA. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on July 8, 1948, he was a son of the late Emil “Ed” W. and Jeanne L. (nee Rinkenberg) Kantor. A 1966 graduate of Marian High School, Richard earned an associate degree from Williamsport Community College. With his civil engineering training, he worked for several local construction companies in the role of surveying, estimating, and inspecting. Richard was a National Guardsman and a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua. A member of the Tamaqua Baseball Association, Richard served as a former vice president, secretary, and coach. He loved to fish, hunt, and follow Yankees baseball and Notre Dame football. A kindhearted, giving person, Richard especially bestowed his kindness and generosity on his family, and he loved watching his grandchildren play sports. 

He is survived by daughter, Lori Fannock and her husband John of Andreas, PA; son, Stephen Kantor and his wife, Courtney of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Nate Fannock, Zach Fannock, Kyle Kantor, Michael Kantor, Brody Kantor, Joseph Kantor, Andre Kantor, and Declan Kantor; sister, Cheryl Keifer and her husband Dale of Andreas; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Kantor of Berwick, PA and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by grandson, Matthew Fannock in 2018 and brother, Jeffrey Kantor in 2017. A memorial service will be held at 6 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call 5-6 PM on March 12 at the funeral home. 

Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to the Tamaqua Baseball Association, c/o William Angst, 986 Catawissa Road, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua to occur at a later date. 

Attendees are reminded of the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and are kindly asked to wear a mask and observe physical distancing. Online condolences may be made at 

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


Samuel R. Bebelheimer
, 81, of Pottsville, passed away Friday, March 5th, at his home in Pottsville.

Born in Port Carbon on December 31, 1939, he was a son of the late John & Marion (Wessner) Bebelheimer.

He was the widower of Barbara (Ruppert) Bebelheimer, who passed away in 2005.

In addition to his parents and wife, Samuel is also preceded in death by his brother, John Bebelheimer, & sister, Shirley Mokritsky.

Samuel was previously employed as an auto body technician.

As a veteran of the U. S. Navy, he was a member of the AMVETS Post #180, Pottsville.

Samuel is survived by six daughters: Deirdre, wife of Mark Garrity, of Lake Wynonah; Tammy Gibson, of St. Clair; Christine Hunter, of Port Carbon; Tina Campion, of St. Clair; Judy, wife of Brett Beaulieu, of Pottsville; and Kelly, wife of Bryan Daniels, of Pottsville. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, sister, Jacqueline McDonald, Port Carbon, and brother, Edward Bebelheimer, Pine Grove, and nieces & nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 8th at The Buck Fever, Pottsville at 5 p.m.

Interment at Odd Fellows, St. Clair, will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Samuel's memory may be sent to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, P O Box 332, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Karen J. Liebner, age 62, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest in Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, PA on January 19, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Walter B. and Doris A. (McNeely) Wilkinson.

Karen was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1977. She worked as a manager at the Alpha Distribution Center in Orwigsburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Doreen Wilkinson and a brother Walter Wilkinson.

Karen is survived by her husband of 43 years, Mark Liebner, Port Carbon; a daughter Christa Alexander and her husband Brian, Pottsville; a son Joshua Liebner and his wife Melissa, Indianapolis, IN; a grandson Will Alexander, Pottsville; a brother-in-law Fred Liebner and his wife Ann Marie, Pine Grove; three sisters-in-law: Anne Liptock and her husband Mike, Pottsville, Mary Cagle and her husband Charles, Auburn, and Jane Wallner and her husband Dave, Reading; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated will be celebrated at the St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair on Tuesday March 9th at 11AM, with Msgr William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30AM at the Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment will be held in the St. Stephen Cemetery in Port Carbon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer at 125 South 9th Street, Suite 202, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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Sharon Ann (Micklesavage) Shaw, 68 of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Shenandoah on April 12, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Kline) Micklesavage.

Sharon was a stay-at-home mother. She treasured the time spent with her family and friends, especially her three grandchildren.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah and the former Saint Stanislaus Church.

Surviving are her husband of fifty-one years, Louis G. Shaw; her daughter, Pauline Edwards and her husband Chris of Orwigsburg; three grandchildren, Jessica, Nicholas and Brianna all of Orwigsburg; two brothers, Edward Micklesavage and Joseph Micklesavage; nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were two sisters, Leona Selbi and Frances Micklesavage; and one brother, John Micklesavage.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church, 232 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Thursday morning from 9:30 am until 10:00 am in Divine Mercy Church. All state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and regulations will be observed; masks and social distancing will be required.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Carolyn E. Sims
, 67, of Lykens, passed away suddenly Thursday, March 4, 2021 at her home.

Carol was born in Lykens, July 24, 1953, a daughter of the late Donald and Shirley Teter Lontz. She was a 1971 graduate of Williams Valley High School. Carol was a retired seamstress from the former Lebro Shirt Factory, Lykens.

She was a very active member of the former Wesley United Methodist Church, Wiconisco where she served as the secretary, organist, historian and a Sunday school teacher. She was currently a member of the Immanuel - Wesley United Methodist Church, Loyalton.

Carol will be remembered for her love for her family. She loved being a grandma.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Sims, 1999.

Surviving are her two children, Ryan Sims and Michele Sims, both of Lykens; two sisters, Linda Lontz, Tower City and Lori Rodichok, Mifflinberg; three granddaughters, Sydney and Erica Sims; Adrianna Etzewiler; and a baby boy grandson due in July.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Viewing will be from 10-11 am at the chapel following all CDC guidelines. Private burial will be in the Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Carol's memory to the Immanuel-Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 859, Elizabethville, PA 17023.

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Donald L. Lentes, 81 of Ashland, PA died Friday, March 5,2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. 

Born in Ashland January 12,1940 the son of the late Anthony and Gertrude (Glessner) Lentes. He graduated from Ashland High School Class of 1958 and managed his own landscaping business until retirement. 

Surviving are his wife Mariann (Oestreich) Lentes, Ashland; a son John Scott husband of Francine Lentes of Oviedo, Fl; two grandchildren: Alexa and Matthew. 

Preceding him in death were two brothers: Larry and Robert Lentes. Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland is in charge of arrangements.


Phyllis Eva Deebel, 78, of Souderton, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township.

Born in Northern Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Lee R. and Eva D. (Sherman) Maurer.

She was retired, having been employed in production at Merck & Co. in North Wales, PA, for 30 years.

Phyliss was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, but most importantly, spending time with her beloved husband, Walter Deebel , with whom she celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary together in August.

In addition to her husband Walter, she is survived by a sister, Fay Recla and her husband Joseph of Shepton, and by two brothers: John Maurer of Ringtown, and Lee Maurer of Nuremburg, as well as her nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, from 10-10:45 AM at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home. Phyllis will be laid to rest following graveside services at the Old White Church Cemetery at 11 AM. Her Pastor, Rev. David Lutcher will officiate the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 107 W. Lincoln Ave., Telford, PA 18969.


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