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Skook News Obituaries: July 17th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  July 17th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Elizabeth W. Raring
, age 84, of Bethlehem entered into eternal rest on July 15th, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. She was surrounded lovingly by her adoring family at the time of her passing.

Born in 1936 in the small town of Branchdale, PA she was the daughter of the late Andrew M. and Elizabeth L. (Mucha) Walcott. Betty was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School. She met her husband F. Robert Raring, in Pottsville and they married in 1962. They moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1966, where they raised their three daughters. Betty was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem parish and worked for twenty years in sales for the Better Business Bureau. After the very sad and sudden loss of her dear husband Bob in 2000, Betty delighted in her daughters and their families. She was a most loved and treasured Nannie to her three grandchildren, and enjoyed many trips to the Boston area as they grew up. She had a wonderful, loving relationship with her brother Andy and her sister-in-law Bonnie.

Betty was simply beautiful inside and out and her loving spirit will live on in all who were blessed to have known her. She enjoyed tending her beautiful flower gardens, and inside her warm and welcoming home, her annual Christmas tree was always a sight to behold. She took pleasure in the company of many dear friends, particularly her Bethlehem “sisterhood”. Betty also did gratifying volunteer work for Lehigh Valley Hospital’s No One Dies Alone program, where she gave comfort to those hospitalized at end-of-life.

Betty leaves behind her daughter Elissa and husband Christopher of Winchester, MA, her daughter Carolyn Raring and husband David McGee of Bethlehem, and daughter Susan Raring of Bethlehem, her three grandchildren Jack, Grace, and Kate of Winchester, MA, her brother Andrew M. Walcott of Pottsville and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her younger brother Jack in 1999.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 20th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pottsville, PA. The Raring family welcomes family and friends to pay their respects from 10:30 AM until the time of the Mass. Interment will at St. John’s Cemetery, Pottsville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home 515 West Market St Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence for the Raring family.

Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church or Lehigh Valley Hospice.


Faith A. Curran
, age 84, of Pottsville, PA passed away Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville.

Born in Mechanicsville, PA on September 16, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Leo V. and Margaret E. (Harner) Ward.

Faith was a graduate of Pottsville High School, Class of 1954. She worked for the Pottsville Box Corporation and then was a homemaker. Faith was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and the former Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church both in Pottsville. She was past president of the former Ladies Auxillary of the Goodwill Fire Company #4 in Pottsville and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 0413.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jeremiah "Jerry" Curran on June 8, 2001 and two brothers: Leo and Dale Ward

Faith is survived by three sons: Michael G. Curran and his wife Angela, Schuylkill Haven, Jeremiah "Jerry" Curran and his wife Jennifer, Pottsville, and Patrick Curran, Pottsville; two grandchildren: Niklaus Yeastedt and Madelyn Grace Curran, both of Schuylkill Haven; her companion Anthony Sophy Sr., Pottsville; and a niece and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville at 10AM on Wednesday, July 21st, with Rev Phillip Rogers officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Tuesday evening from 6-8PM and Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30AM at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon.

Interment will be held private for Faith's family.

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John P. Weaver, Sr.
, 86, of Tower City, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021 at his home.

Born in Muir, February 2, 1935, a son of the late George and Margaret Gunther Weaver. John was a United States Air Force Veteran serving from 1955-1959.

He was a retired sheet metal worker with Local Union 19, Philadelphia.

He was of the Lutheran faith. He was a member of the NRA, and enjoyed hunting, going to the auctions and gardening. He could often be found sitting on his front porch, greeting everyone that passed by.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Weaver and a sister, Joan Nelson.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Dolores A. Hunt Weaver, seven children; Deborah Krammes and her husband Jim, Arizona; John Weaver, Jr., Tower City; Luke Weaver and his wife Terri, Muir, Wendy Hubert and her husband Pete, Tower City; Margaret Ward and her husband Dave, Barnesville; Jeff Weaver, Wiconisco and Jill Underkoffler and her husband, Jason, Elizabethville; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City with Pastor Luke Heald, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10 am at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel, c/o Parish Office, Most Blessed Trinity Parish, 113 Cherry Street, Tremont, PA 17981.

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Annabelle Louise Davis, 91, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening, July 14, at Grandview Nursing home, where she experienced loving care by the staff. A graduate of the former Nuremberg High School, she worked at Fest Restaurant in Bloomsburg where she was courted by her future husband Nevin. A life-long resident of Zion Grove, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Nevin Davis in 1996, her infant son Larry, and her parents, Guy and Olive Teter, sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Davis and Catherine (Kay) Schiefer.

The most important things in Annabelle’s life were faith and family, which were evident through her actions. She served her church in many capacities throughout her lifetime and her faith sustained her when the blows of life were dealt to her. Her boys, Eugene and Donald, were her pride and joy, and when they brought their future wives (Linda and Wendy) to meet her, she welcomed them with open arms. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, content to sit and play games with them and put puzzles together.

Her cooking was legendary among her family and friends – especially her homemade bread and shoo fly pies. She grew up in the depression era on a family dairy farm and was taught early on how to stretch food and money to make ends meet. She was a very talented quilter and provided many as gifts to others. She enjoyed crocheting and still had a work in progress.

For a 91 year old, she was amazing with her understanding of her iPad (her window to the world) and spent many enjoyable hours playing Words With Friends, completing virtual puzzles, and looking at and commenting on Facebook pictures.

She is survived by her sons Eugene (Linda), Donald (Wendy), grandchildren Brett (Virginia), Seth, Matthew (Maggie Abrams), and Anna (Nick Beaver). She will be greatly missed by her great grandchildren Owen, Emmy, Griffin, Bennett, Nevin and Sourie. Also, sister-in-law Christine Linde and brother-in-law Myron Davis.

A Celebration of Life will be held August 7, 2021 at St. Peter’s Lutheran and UCC Church, 114 Beaver Valley Road, Bloomsburg PA 17815, at 11 a.m. A time of visitation with the family is from 10-11 a.m. before the service. Internment will be immediately following the service at the Davis Chapel Cemetery. Her pastor, the Rev Christine Kirchner, will preside.

Donations in her honor can be made to St Peter’s Lutheran Church at the above address.