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Skook News Obituaries: May 8th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  May 8th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Edith Grace Gottschall
, 80, of Minersville, died Sunday at The Gardens at York Terrace.

Born on November 28, 1940 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruth Purdy Travitz. She was a 1958 graduate of Branch Township High School, and worked as a waitress at several area restaurants.

Her love for family was undeniable. She also enjoyed her garden and flowers, as well as the seasonal visits by hummingbirds to her yard.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Mennig, in 1999; two daughters, Michelle Mennig, in 1997, and Germaine “Geri” Mennig, in 2012.

Edith is survived by her husband of twenty years, Quentin “Ed” Gottschall; her remaining daughter, Judy Mennig, Minersville; five grandchildren, Brandon Yates, Brianne Panak, Richard Oswald, Kaylee Bender and Cole Rumpf; three great-grandchildren, with another expected. She is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Travitz (spouse, Linda), Houston, Texas; a niece; a nephew.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Friday, May 14, from 7:00 A.M. until the time of services at 8:30 A.M. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Shirley R Troutman
, age 86, of Klingerstown, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Thursday, July 26, 1934, in Lykens Twp, a daughter of the late Jay Laudenslager and the late Mary (Crawley) Laudenslager.

She was a 1951 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

Shirley worked for area garment factories, the former Muskin Shoe Factory, Millersburg, and was also a sales clerk for Troutman Brothers Meats in Klingerstown and at the Crossroads Auction for fifty years.

She was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Klingerstown.

She was also a member of the Herndon Senior Center.

Shirley enjoyed crocheting, tatting doilies, painting ceramics, bird watching, baking pies, playing bingo, going out eat, listening to classic country music, and filling her home with flowers. She loved shopping with her sister Joyce. She also loved making wine; a hobby that she passed on to her granddaughter Courtney. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Bryant A Troutman, to whom she was married for 59 years, passed away in 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and by a brother, John Laudenslager.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon G Shadle and her husband Thomas of Hegins, and Lori A Scott and her husband Robert of Hebe; six grandchildren, Joel Shadle and his wife Anjali of Jamison, Jesse Shadle and his wife Kirsten of Hegins, Blake Scott and his wife Keri of Dalmatia, Tristan Scott of Hebe, Courtney Scott of West Newbury, MA, and Cameron Scott of Hebe; seven great grandchildren; four sisters, Joyce Geist of Klingerstown, Sandra Huff of New Columbia, Nancy King of Elizabethville, and Susan Lucas of Joliet; a brother, David Laudenslager of Shickshinny; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Klingerstown, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Jonathan Jenkins officiating.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Thursday at the church.

Burial will be made at Zion Lutheran "Klinger's" Cemetery, Erdman.

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

Condolences can be left for the family at


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