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Skook News Obituaries: September 17th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: September 17th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Donald B. Wenner
, 88, of Pottsville, passed away at Laurel Center, Hamburg, on Thursday.

Born in York Tunnel, Branch Township, he was a son of the late Frederick and Margaret Updegrove Wenner. He was a 1951 graduate of Minersville High School. He worked for the former RCA Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey.

He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wenner and Theodore “Ted” Wenner; a nephew, Scott Wenner.

Surviving are three children, Pamela Hoptak, Pottsville, Christopher Wenner, New Philadelphia, and Donald Wenner, Jr., Ewing, New Jersey; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wenner, Elijah Hoptak, Alan Taylor, Kristen Wenner, Rachel Wenner, Jack Wenner and Mark Wenner; eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, William Wenner, Minersville, and Richard Wenner (spouse, Margaret), Branch Township; nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. Funeral services will follow at Noon. Interment with military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.


Margaret Ann Schuettler, 70, of Tremont, formerly of Stein’s Mill, Branch Township, passed away on Wednesday at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem.

Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Helen Heffner Wetzel. She was a 1970 graduate of Minersville Area High School. She was the longtime secretary for Friedens Lutheran Church, Steins Mill, where she was also a member.

She had been a Girl Scout leader, and was a founding member of the CB Channel 12 Lollipoppers Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Gerald Schuettler, and a great nephew, Edward D. Hossler III, both in 2020.

Margaret Ann is survived by two daughters, Amanda Schuettler (companion, Carlos Ballester), Minersville, and Victoria Huntzinger (spouse, Kyle), Minersville; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anela, Kayleigh, Dayvian and Keyarah. She is also survived by her sister, Dawn Hossler (spouse, Edward), Tremont; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Mark Strenkoski, 54, of Branch Township, died on Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Alex Strenkoski and the late Stella Leah Beach Strenkoski. He was a lifelong resident of Branch Township.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Steins Mill.

Preceding him in death were two siblings, Paul Strenkoski and Patricia Wetzel.

Mark is survived by his remaining brother, Donald Strenkoski, Branch Township; two nephews, Dane Wetzel (spouse, Carol), Ringtown, and Keith Wetzel, Fleetwood; two great nephews, Caron and Landon Wetzel.

Interment will be private in Friedens Lutheran Cemetery, Branch Township.


Elizabeth A. “Betty” Lavis
, 91, of Green Hills, Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, passed away on Sunday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born on January 2, 1930 in Mackeysburg, Cass Township, she was a daughter of the late Aloysius and Anna O’Boyle Tobin. She was a 1948 graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School. She first worked for Agostino Foods, Bristol, before working for Gannett Newspapers, Rochester, New York. After moving to Lehigh County in 1986, she worked for the Parkland School District, where she retired in 1998.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

The last of her siblings, she was preceded in death by a brother, Aloysius Tobin; five sisters, Catherine Campion, Jean Albertini, Philomena Lipshaw, Rose Koppenhaver, and Ann Marie Urmanavage.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles “Bucky” Lavis, who took such loving care of Betty in her final years, brother-in-law, Wayne Lavis, and his wife, Joan; nieces and nephews. She was lovingly referred to as Aunt Bea and will always be remembered as more than an aunt.

Bea & Bucky traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. Recently, she could be found spending time with Bucky in their garden, listening to Bucky’s old records on the patio and making trips to Schuylkill County to visit family.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 539 Sunbury Street, Minersville, on Wednesday from 8:30 A.M. until 9:45 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be on Thursday at 1:00 P.M. in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. The family prefers contributions to St. Michael the Archangel Church in Betty’s memory.


E. Mae Spicher
, 98, formerly of Orwin, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Danville.

Born in Orwin, August 18, 1923, a daughter of the late Edgar and Elsie M. Stover.

Mae was a 1941 graduate of the former Porter Township High School. She was also a graduate of beauty school and owned and operated her own business for many years.

She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, where she served as the youth director for over twenty years. She was also a member and Past Matron of the Glen Chapter of the Eastern Star, #425, Lykens.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Walter Spicher, 2007 and a brother Carl Stover, 2004.

Surviving are two children, Lonnie Spicher and his wife Donna, Danville and Nina Markel, Carlisle, four grandsons; Matthew, Andrew, Jordan and Connor. Five great grandchildren.

Order of Eastern Star service will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City. Religious services will follow the Eastern Star service. Burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.