Monday, May 3, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: May 3rd, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 3rd, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Mary Elizabeth "Liz" (Hayes) Killian
, 88, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, May 1st, at her residence.

Born in Port Carbon on September 14, 1932, she was a daughter of the late William & Lillian (McCord) Hayes.

She was a graduate of St. Stephen's High School, Class of 1950. She was employed by Bell Telephone, Grants Department Store, United Cerebral Palsy and the Blue Mountain School District, where she retired in 1994.

She was the widow of Wilber C. "Bud" Killian, to whom she was married to for 59 years. She is also preceded in death by two brothers Patrick and William Hayes.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven.

She is survived by four daughters, Shan Killian, Friedensburg, Margaret "Peggy" Killian, Schuylkill Haven, Mary Elizabeth Killian, Orwigsburg, and Melvia, wife of Craig Morrow, Orwigsburg; and two sons, Mark Killian, husband of Michele, Schuylkill Haven, and Charles Killian, husband of Susan, Auburn. Her suviving grandchildren include Patrick Killian, Orwigsburg, Lindsay, wife of David Giammaresi, Cressona, Kevin Killian, Michigan, Stephanie Killian, Carlisle, and Daniel Morrow, Orwigsburg; and great-grandchildren Lydia and Jonah Giammaresi.

Liz loved spending time with her family. She coached her daughters in cheerleading and was den mother for her sons' Cub Scout Troop. She and her husband were involved in football, basketball, and track boosters. Liz was involved in every activity her children were in. When she became a grandmother, she loved going to track meets, football, basketball, baseball, and softball games, as well as the plays that her grandchildren were in. She was excited to become a great grandmother and loved spending time with her great grandchildren. Liz was a loving and truly dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter and sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 5th at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven, with Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik officiating.

 A viewing for family and friends will be held prior from 9:15 to 10:15 at the church.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington DC 20077, American Heart Association, National Center - 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, or Kidney Association, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852

Interment will follow at Reedsville Cemetery, Wayne Township.


Raymond L. Reinert
, 61 of Orwigsburg Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania died on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital Allentown.

Born Wednesday, November 11, 1959 in Allentown, Pennsylvania he was the son of the late Marvin Reinert and late Kathryn E. (Schlosser) Delano. Raymond was also predeceased by; step father, Jack J. Delano, Sr.; sister, Cindy Delano; His aunt and uncle Arlene and Richard Schenkel.

Surviving are; daughter, Julia B. Reinert of Tamaqua; with grandchildren, Penelope, and Owen Reinert; nephew and wife Derrick and Melissa Green of Hunlock Creek. Aunt Kay Schlosser of Hellertown. As well as many more cousins and other relatives from all over.

Raymond was a talented carpenter and dotting grandfather. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt, and fish.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570) 386-5884

A Celebration of Raymonds Life will be held on Friday May 7, 2021 at 1 o'clock P.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call from noon until time of reflection.

online condolences may be expressed by visiting


Retired United States Army Major John J. Hager, III
, known as "Jack" , 80 years of age, of Rush Township Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at home while in the care of his daughter Robin.

Born Wednesday, February 19, 1941 in Palmerton, Pennsylvania the son of the late John J. Hager, Jr., and Matilda (Poprich) Hager. John was also predeceased by his wife Marian (Jones) Hager; sister, Patricia Rose.

Surviving in addition to his daughter Robin are son, Michael Hager; parallel family, Jan Prust, Michael McClelland; brother, Michael Hager; grandchildren, Ryan, Kenzie, Holie, Brian, Matthew; 6 great grandchildren; one niece, and a nephew also survive Jack.

Jack attended Malvern Prep but did not graduate, instead he enlisted in the US Army in 1958 as an Infantryman. Jack was first stationed in Korea in 1959 for two years. He took a brief break from the service to come back home and work at Kidd's Klothes in Lansford, Pennsylvania. This is where Jack met his first wife Sally Ann (Houtz) Hager. They were married for fifteen years and had their two children, Robin, and Michael.

Jack spent the next twenty years dedicated to the service in the US Army. After six more years of enlisted service Jack graduated from Officers Candidate School and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. Jack was stationed in multiple foreign calls which included; Germany, Turkey; and a tour in Vietnam.

His awards and decorations of service included; the Army Commendation Medal (Third Oak Leaf Cluster), The Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, as well as certifications from numerous schools and training.

Jack was a mainstay at Harpers Ferry Kitchen Store in Yuba City, Calif. for many years, working as assistant to the owner, his good friend Jim Czigans. He was an invaluable resource for Jim, the Store, and the store's customers with his understanding of the selections and use of the myriad of items in the store lineup. When Jim decided to add wines to the stores selection, Jack took the lead and became the wine specialist. He spent many hours researching and developing a knowledge of wine that led to Harpers Ferry becoming the fine wine headquarters in the Yuba-Sutter area. Under Jack's direction the store held monthly wine tastings, often featuring winemakers, management and other representatives from well known California Wineries.

After the closing of Harpers Ferry, Jack took his ever expanding wine expertise to Ruthy's Wine Shop, and then hired away by New Earth Market where he developed a fine wine and craft beer selection unmatched in the area.

During his years as a wine guru, he was active in wine tasting to raise funds for a variety of charities. He was awarded the President's Award from the Yuba - Sutter United Way for his many years of time and effort in fundraising on their behalf.

During his time in Yuba City he served on Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) which was involved in the planning of land use and government services within the Yuba City sphere of influence; and served on the Sutter County Grand Jury.

He had no more staunch supporter here than his best friend and late wife Marian. After her passing Jack returned to Pennsylvania to be close to his family. Jack leaves behind a tremendous legacy of kindness, generosity, dedication to his community, and above all a lifetime of service to his country.

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

Private interment with Military Honors to be bestowed Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, Pennsylvania.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Edward W. Ebey
, 67, of Tower City, passed away suddenly, Sunday, May 2, 2021 at his home.

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, a son of Joyce Craddock Ebey, Greyslake, Illinois and the late Edward Ebey. He was a United States Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Ed was retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of the American Legion. Ed enjoyed riding his motorcycle and could often be found with his gas powered race cars.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Christopher Ebey.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his companion of 14 years with whom he resided, Yvonne Lebo Seiger; a daughter, Christina Ebey, Waukesha, Wisconsin; two grandsons, Eli and Corbin.

Following Ed's wishes there will be no formal services.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit


James H. Schreffler, Jr.
, 73, of Tower City, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, with his wife by his side.

Born in Wiconisco Township, January 30, 1948, a son of the late James and Betty Schreffler.

Jim was a very proud United States Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War.

He retired from Michael Foods, Klingerstown.

Jim was of the Methodist Faith; He was an avid train collector and a talented sketch artist.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Smeltz.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Barry Schreffler; two sons, Daryl and Kirk Schreffler; four daughters, Angela Dietrich (Troy), Dillsburg; Annette Brosius (David Sulouff), Halifax; Andrea Fritz (Terry), Jonestown; Anita Flynn (Ed), Lykens; 13 grandchildren, Robert and Tabatha Scheib, Cole, Caitlynn and Caleb Dietrich, Melody Dawson, Shana and Charles Osman, Drake Harris, Brie Connors, Brent Keister, Jason and Nikol Flynn; 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:30 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Annette Shutt officiating. Viewing will be from 10:30-11:30 at the chapel. Jim will be laid to rest privately with full military honors in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Jim's name can be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 400 E. Grand Avenue, P.O. Box F, Tower City PA 17980.

To send condolences to the family visit


George Biros
, 60, of Sheppton, passed away Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at his residence.

Born in Hazleton, on January 5, 1961, he was a son of the late Jean (Laskowski) and John Biros.

George had previously worked for his fathers business, the former Biros Iron Works and then for A. Barletta and Sons in Hazleton. He was lastly affiliated with Avenues in Pottsville.

George was an antique auto and truck enthusiast, and he enjoyed spending time at the family lake and listening to polka music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Linda Biros and a brother Joseph Biros.

George is survived by his siblings, brother John Biros, and his wife Ann of Sheppton; sister Margaret, wife of John Reznik, of Oakmont, Hazle Township; brother James Biros; brother Michael Biros, and his wife Kimberly of Zion Grove and a step brother, Jan Biros and his wife Anna Birosova, of the Republic of Slovakia.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including his nephew Stephen Biros, who was his caregiver.

George will be laid to rest in St. Jospeh's Cemetery in Sheppton, following following private family services.


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