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Skook News Obituaries: May 17th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 17th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


A life taken to soon. It is with deepest sorrow that Kim Bartell and Jimmy McGuinness, announce that their beloved son, Michael J. McGuinness, 26 of Pottsville passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 14th 2021 leaving a hole in the hearts of his family and friends.

Those that knew Michael, even just a little, lost a shining light in their live. Michael adored, cherished and love his daughter Norah, with his entire heart.

An independent contractor with a talent and passion for climbing, trimming and cutting. Michael's expertise was in the high boughs and branches of trees; a skilled he inherited and learned from his dad, Jimmy. Michael truly loved being in trees, but when his feet were on the ground he could be found tinkering with his chainsaws, riding his motor bike or sleeping with his work boots still on from the day's work.

Michael was part of very close family and had numerous friends since childhood and throughout his life. With the heartache of no longer having his bright blue eyes, charming smile and infectious laughter in their lives. In addition to Michael's parents he leaves behind his young daughter, Norah Rose, brother, Patrick, his paternal grandparents, Jim and Mary Ann McGuinness, maternal grandparents, George and Catherine Bartell, step-father, Joe Holmes, step-brothers, Joey and Keith, step-sisters Jessica and Harlee; and girlfriend, Megan Rudsill.

Additionally, Michael will be greatly missed by his aunts and uncles, Terry and Rick Alexander, Cathe and George Moyer, Jennifer Rosenberger, Heather and Pat Solley. His cousins, Jeffery Moyer, Codi McGuinness, Allison and Jake Rosenberger, Lauren, Erin and Evan Solley will deeply feel his absence but none more so than Kricket McGuinness of whom both Michael and Patrick thought of as their brother rather than a cousin.

A Celebration of life will held 7PM Friday, May 21st at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville, with Rev. Chris Rothharpt officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 5PM until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. The family would prefer remembrances to help defray some funeral expenses be made to James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, 1112 W. Market St. Pottsville, PA 17901.

Please share your memories and condolences with Michael's family by signing the guest book at www.jehumphreyfuneralhome.com

Vivian Jean Leimseider
, 74, of Tuscarora, PA died on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of the late Allan Leimseider who died in 1986. 

Born in Buffalo, NY on September 13, 1946, Vivian was a daughter of the late Carl and Victoria (nee Kowalewski) Moore. A 1964 graduate of East High School, Buffalo, NY, she received an Associate Degree in bookkeeping and accounting from Keystone School of Business, Delaware County. Vivian served in the Army during the Vietnam War. She worked as a bookkeeper for various employers including the Pottsville YMCA office. Once retired, Vivian became the postmaster for the Tuscarora and Middleport US Post Offices. Vivian had many interests which included word games, puzzles, cards, gardening, baking chocolate cakes, entertaining, hiking with her grandchildren, and getting together with family. She was a member of the Older and Bolder Senior Clubs and Needle Bugs. 

Vivian is survived by daughter, Teresa Wilkie and her husband David, Jr. of Gradyville, PA; sons, Charles Greiner of Middleburg, FL, Mark Greiner and his wife Mirita of Pottstown, PA and Alex Greiner of St. Georges, DE; grandchildren, Brian Criscuolo, Kameron Criscuolo, Brianna Reily, Sierra Crabtree, Brandi Greiner, Alyssa Greiner, Jason Greiner, Olivia Davis, Alex Greiner, Jr., David Wilkie, III, Wayne Wilkie, and Tyler Wilkie; great granddaughter, Lillian Grace Crabtree; sisters, Patricia Own of Chapel Hill, NC and Kathy Markey of Buffalo, NY; brothers, George Moore of Tacoma Park, MD and Thomas Moore of Buffalo, NY; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call from 11 AM to 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Starting Over Animal Rescue at www.startingoveranimalrescue.org would be appreciated as this is where Vivian'a beloved dog, Ziggy, was placed to find a new "furever" home. 

Please be reminded that if you are unvaccinated, masks are requested and if you are fully vaccinated, masks are at your discretion. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Gwendolyn Louise Evans, R.N.
, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, of Tamaqua, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, at 88 years of age.

Born on January 22, 1933 in Pottsville the daughter of the late Harry E., and Edith M. (Johnson) Brachman who passed away during Gwen's birth. Gwen was also predeceased by her husband, Robert D. Evans.

She is survived by; daughter, Deborah L. Davies and her husband John, Tuscarora; sons, Robert D. Evans and his wife Karen, Warminster, Craig S. Evans and his wife Bea of Tamaqua, Matthew Evans and his wife Pam of Deptford, NJ; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, Gwen attended Reading School of Nursing for a period of time leaving to start her family. Once she successfully raised her family Gwen returned to school at Bucks County Community College earning her certification as a Registered Nurse. Gwen's first nursing job was at Doylestown Hospital working in the Kidney Dialysis Unit. After the passing of her husband, Gwen moved home to Tamaqua were she became a vital part of the Tamaqua Visiting Nurse Association for many years, and then worked as a substitute nurse for the Tamaqua School system. Devoted to her church Zion Evangelical Lutheran of Tamaqua, she served as Parrish Nurse, and celebrated her joy of knitting by making many prayer shawls for the congregation. A terrific grandmother, many in our community knew Gwen for she rarely missed a sporting event or school activity in Tamaqua as she followed her grandchildren's endeavors.

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

Interment Sky-View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Memorials in her name to:
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
109 North Greenwood Street
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252

online condolences or a fond memory of Gwen can be shared by visiting www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com


Ronald W. Beltz
, 62, of Shenandoah, passed away on Friday, May 14th, 2021 at his home.

Born in Hazleton, Pa on November 3rd, 1958, he was the son of the late William and Deanna (Paisley) Beltz.

Ron worked as a baker for 25 years along with being a Life Sharing caregiver for the past 20 years. Besides his work, Ron was an avid pool shooter influenced by Willie Masconi, who was a friend of Ron’s grandfather. He also liked cooking and baking at home, going to many concerts with his wife Patty, especially following the Grateful Dead as a proud “Dead Head”.

Surviving family is his wife of 45 years, Patricia “Patty” Beltz, 1 son, Jason Beltz with his wife Christina – Pine Grove, 1 daughter, Candice Denchy with her husband John – Barnesville, 1 brother, Raymond Beltz with his wife Carolyn – Pottsville, and 1 sister, Mary O’Pake – Turkey Run. Several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive.

A visitation for family and friends will be conducted on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah from 5 to 8pm.

Due to Covid 19- all masking and social distancing guidelines will be followed.


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