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Skook News Obituaries: October 18th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: October 18th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Edith M Header
, age 82, of Barry Twp, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at her residence surrounded by family.

She was born on Monday, March 13, 1939, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Harold E Kimmel and the late Carrie M (Shuey) Kimmel.

She was a 1957 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and the Ashland School of Nursing.
Edith went on to work a career in nursing, before retiring to years of taking care of her grandchildren.
Edith was a member of the Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample.
Her greatest joy was her family, and supporting each one of her grandkids in all of their endeavors. For the boys, she hardly ever missed a wrestling match, a football or a baseball game and for the girls she attended softball, soccer and basketball games. She was undoubtedly their biggest fan. Edith loved to cook and bake, to attend vacations and spent many late nights playing cards with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by a daughter, Wendy L Header, and an infant daughter.

She is survived by her husband Charles M "Chip" Header, to whom she was married for 62 years.

She is also survived by a son, Robert C Header and his wife Joy of Barry Twp; a daughter, Gail M Hepler and her husband Stan of Barry Twp; five grandchildren; a great granddaughter; two brothers, Edward Kimmel and his wife Rita and James Kimmel and his wife Donna all of Hegins; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at Barry Salem United Methodist Church, Weishample, on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Benjamin Scholl officiating.

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

Burial will be made in Salem Cemetery, Weishample.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3544 N Progress Ave, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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

Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com


Marsha M. Bynon
, 71, of Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Salisbury Township, PA. She was the wife of James Bynon with whom she celebrated 51 years of marriage. 

Born in Coaldale, PA on September 6, 1950, Marsha was a daughter of the late James A. and Kathleen Mae (nee Cool) Valentine. A 1968 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she attended 2 years at the Carbon County Vocational Technical School in Jim Thorpe, PA. Marsha was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua where she served faithfully as Financial Secretary for more than 20 years. At the church, she was also a member of the kitchen crew and the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. 

In addition to her husband, Jim, Marsha is survived by sons, James Bynon, II and his fiancĂ©e Lisa Marton of Tamaqua, PA and Michael Bynon of Tuscarora, PA; daughter-in-law, Sherry Bynon; grandchildren, Ashley, Connor Evans, James III, Mary, Alexis Higgins, Zane, Gage Warman, Owen, and Zaden; great grandchildren, Isabella Mae Kein and Chase Matthew; brothers, Mark Valentine and his wife Charlene of Hometown, PA, Craig Valentine and his companion Helen of Tamaqua, Kenneth Valentine and his wife Karen of Quakake, PA, and James Valentine and his husband Aaron Morgan of Reading, PA; sister, Cynthia Hinkel and her husband Greg of Lebanon, PA; sister-in-law, Peggy Valentine of Tamaqua; and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Matthew Bynon in 2012 and by her mother-in-law, Virginia Bynon. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, October 25, 2021, in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 501 West Broad Street, Tamaqua will follow the services. Call 5-7 PM on Sunday, October 24 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua and 10-11 AM on Monday, October 25 in Zion Church. Memorials in Marsha’s name may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. 

Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Mary Ann Boyer
, 84, of Wayne Township, passed away Thursday, October 14th, at home.

Born in Pottsville on February 20, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Harold & Marion (Johns) Guers.

She was the wife of Theron Wesley Boyer.

Mary Ann was a 1955 graduate of Pottsville Area High School.

She was a member of Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church at Reedsville, Schuylkill Haven.

Mary Ann was last employed as a teller by the former Pennsylvania National Bank, Cressona.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ann is also preceded in death by two daughters: Christa Fegley, & Lori A. Lehman, and a grandson, David Fegley, Jr.

In addition to her husband of 66 years, she is also survived by a daughter, Deborah, wife of Steve Babb, of Pine Grove; and two sons: James, husband of Jennifer Boyer, of Auburn; & Robert Boyer, of Schuylkill Haven, as well as 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

At the family's request, donations in Mary Ann's memory may be sent to Bethesda Evangelical Congregational Church at Reedsville, 23 Meadowbrook Dr., Sch. Haven, PA 17972.


Brandon A. Daubert
, 16, of Sweet Arrow Lake Rd., Pine Grove, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at home.

Born on November 28, 2004 in Hershey, he was the son of Lynn and Michelle Long Daubert of Pine Grove and Candace Kaufman Daubert of Ashland.

Brandon was a Junior at Pine Grove Area High School, involved in JROTC, wrestling, and attended Vo-Tech for Early Child Care.

He participated in the Youth Bowling League, and 4-H.

Brandon loved his family, friends, Star Wars, Play Station, riding bike, hunting, fishing, spending time with his cat, and pugs. He also enjoyed driving.

He had worked at Burger King and most recently McDonalds in Pine Grove.

Preceding him in death were a brother, Joshua Phillippy, and his grandparents, Luke and June Daubert.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Micheal Daubert; sisters, Autumn Kaufman and Umm Abdula; step brother, Nathan Long; grandparents, Rhonda and Thomas Schneck and William Kaufman; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 8:00 P.M., at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Pastors Earl and Kitty Hertzog officiating. There will be a visitation on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer contributions be made to either the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 199 Water Street 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or afsp.org or a local scholarship in Brandon's name (details for donating will be provided when the scholarship info is set up).

You may send condolences online at www.hlsnyderfuneralhome.com


George Washington Wolff III, 88, of St. Clair, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021.

George was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. His family, friends, and community meant the world to him. He was a devoted Phillies, Eagles, Penn State, and Saint Clair Saints fan.

He was born in St. Clair on November 23, 1932 at his homestead on South Mill Street. He was the only son of the late George II and Edna (Shellhammer) Wolff.

He was a 1950 graduate of St. Clair Area High School.

George served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He retired as a Shipping Clerk for Phillips Van Heusen in Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven, where he was employed for 59 years. He was also the first aid officer.

He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, St. Clair, served on the church consistory, a member of the American Legion #719, St. Clair, a Past Master of the Anthracite Lodge #285 Free and Accepted Masons and a member of Pulaski Lodge # 216 Free and Accepted Masons, secretary of Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mineral Lodge #285 of St. Clair, vice president of the Saint Clair Odd Fellows Cemetery Association, Patriotic Order Sons of America, past president of Washington Camp #75, St. Clair Fish & Game Association, and St. Clair Little League coach for Columbia Hose Company. He was on the Saint Clair borough council for many years and served as president and vice president. He held the position of Schuylkill County Republican Committeeman from the middle ward of St. Clair for 40 plus years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia (Stiles) Wolff, the love of his life, on September 6, 2019.

Surviving are a daughter Kim Kaufman and her husband Joerd of Schuylkill Haven, two sons George Wolff IV of Brundidge, Alabama and Eric Wolff and his wife Shannon of St. Clair; seven grandchildren, George Wolff V, (Toni Kay Lewis), Jacqueline Wolff, Emily Wolff, Alexander Wolff, Kenneth Wolff, Erica Kaufman, (Todd Bryer), and Hannah Weikel, (Dusty); twelve great-grandchildren, Cayden, George VI, Gabriel, and Nathaniel Wolff, Ella, Andrew, and Isadora Freedman, Riley Bryer, Annen, and May Weikel, Kylie and Kaydi Lewis. Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon from St. John United Church of Christ 45 South Front Street Saint Clair, PA 17970 with Jenny Strauch officiating. Calling hours are from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon at the church. An Odd Fellows Service will be held at 10:00 AM and Masonic Service will be held at 10:30.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John UCC Memorial Fund, 45 S. Front St. St. Clair, PA 17970. Burial with military honors performed by the St. Clair Honor Guard will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, St. Clair.

There will be an empty spot in our hearts forever. He will be missed by his family, friends, and community of Saint Clair.

Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, St. Clair, is in charge of arrangements


Rose Ann Scheaffer
, age 80, longtime Middleport resident was called to the angels on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, PA on September 2, 1941, she was the daughter of the late George C. and Irene M. (Romanko) Reed.

Rose Ann attended Blythe Township School. She was an avid seamstress with many ladies and men visiting her for alterations. Rose Ann loved to sew and make people smile having worked and retired from the garment industries of Target, Julie Fashion, Leslie Fey, and Alpha Mills. She missed her husband deeply. Rose Ann loved the many visits from Patty, Bailey, and Lucy as much as she loved the visits to Delaware to visit Patty and Matthew’s family. She loved her many Bassett Hounds and having rescued fourteen of them through the years.

Rose Ann will be forever missed by us, but always in our hearts. We love and miss you Rose Ann.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles W. Scheaffer in 2017.

Rose Ann is survived by her loving and caring sister Patty Lee Reed; nephew Joe Solt; niece Karen Kristoff (Lenny) and children: Tyler, Angel, Christopher, and Jordan; nephew Matthew C. Solt (Lisa) and children: CJ, Alexis,a nd Brittany; her Bassett Blue and Cairn Terriers Sadie and Samey.

Her Funeral Services and interment will be held private for family members as per Rose Ann's wishes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA P.O. Box 233 Pottsville, PA 17901.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.

Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com


Bernard S. “Bernie” Majewski
, 83 of Shenandoah passed away on Saturday evening, October 16, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Shenandoah on December 17, 1937 he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Anna (Kasperowicz) Majewski.

Bernie was a 1955 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

He was a decorated Navy veteran.

Bernie retired from Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville where he was employed as a steel worker.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish Shenandoah and the former Saint Stanislaus Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid sports fan and especially liked watching football.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Regina Majewski Brown and Dorothy Karpovich.

Surviving are two brothers, Albert E. Majewski of Shenandoah and Joseph Majewski and his wife Marie of Westminster, Maryland; two sisters, Joan Majewski of Shenandoah and Alice Palek of Shenandoah; his niece and caregiver, Donna Kalenkoski of Shenandoah; additional nieces, nephews and their families and many friends.

Religious services will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Divine Mercy Parish Memorial Fund, 108 West Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


Susan E. (Walker) Aponick
, 74 of Mahanoy City formerly of Shenandoah passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 15, 2021 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Shenandoah on January 28, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Elsie (Freeman) Walker.

Sue was a 1965 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Earlier in life, she was employed for over twenty-two years at the former City Shirt Factory, Mahanoy City and Frackville. She was currently employed as a CNA in home health care for America’s Home Health Services, Pottsville and prior to that for Addus Homecare for twenty years.

Sue was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mahanoy City. Prior to that, she was a very devout and active member of the former First United Methodist Church, Shenandoah having volunteered much time for annual Easter egg project, food sales, suppers and any other functions that were held.

She was a believer in family and treasured the time that she spent with them. She enjoyed word searches and puzzles and was an animal lover, especially cats.

Surviving are her brother, Clayton Walker and his wife Mary Ann of Mahanoy City who were her caregivers and were always there for her and took her to all of her appointments and attended to her needs; her brother, Frank Walker and his wife Lillian of New Jersey; two sisters, Ruth Holden of Shenandoah and Grace Schuyler of Drums; great nieces, Aubrey and Emma Walker who she loved dearly; nieces, nephews and their families; and her beloved cat, Jinglebell Baby.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, Wasil Aponick; three sisters, Margaret Ann “Muggs” Walker, RN, Shirley Gottshall and Edith Lipiec; and one step-daughter, Sally Ann Aponick.

Religious services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Pastor Bruni Martinez officiating. Interment will follow in Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 10:00 am at the funeral home. Face masks are recommended.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.


John Joseph Challenger
, long time resident of Williamstown, and most recently of Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020 at the age of 95.

Known by many as Jack, he was a graduate of Williamstown Catholic High School and a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Williamstown and also a member of the Williamstown American Legion.

After graduation he served in the US Army, serving in France during World War II. He remained a member of the National Guard until his retirement.

Jack epitomized the very best of the “Greatest Generation.” When he returned from the war he married the love of his life, Molly Rodichok, his wife of 68 years, and laid the bricks himself for the home where the couple raised their two daughters.

Jack believed in the power of education and was committed to seeing his daughters become college graduates which they did. Jack was known for his wisdom and was the steady backbone of his family. He was also loving, caring and extremely charming. Each fall he celebrated the beginning of the college and professional football season and passed his love of football on to his four beloved grandsons.

Jack is survived by his wife Molly, his two daughters Susan Hendrickson and Barbara Bechara, four grandsons Matthew Hendrickson, Andrew Hendrickson, Michael Bechara, John Bechara, one great granddaughter Hazel Hendrickson, and two sisters Catherine Ahrens and Helen O’Boyle.

Mass of Christian Burial for family and friends will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 am Donations in Jack's name can be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, c/o parish office, 732 Main St. Lykens PA 17048 or the Williamstown American Legion 123 W. Market St. Williamstown PA 17098. The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com


Bruce L. Bender
68, of Muir, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 at St. Lukes Hospital, Orwigsburg.

Born in Lykens, July 23, 1953, a son of the late Leon Bender and Chloe Hand Bender Lubold.

Bruce was a 1971 graduate of Williams Valley High School. He was last employed as a core driller at Boring Soil and Testing.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

On March 28, 1987, Bruce was in an accident that left him a quadriplegic. For the past 34 years he lived life to the fullest with the help and devotion of his wife Sandy, who took tremendous care of Bruce.

He was a life member of the Muir Fire Company. He formerly raced cars, even owning his own racecar. He enjoyed watching TV, especially racing, the news and following the stock market. He could often be seen on his wheelchair going throughout the town of Muir.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step father, Alvin Lubold and a brother Terry Bender.

Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra L. Fetterhoff; a son Bruce Bender II (Melissa), Tower City; a daughter, Hope Zerby (Chuck), Muir; two grandsons; Bruce L. Bender III, Muir and Jonathan M. Bender (Keira) Williamstown; a great granddaughter, Mercedes; a brother, Scott Bender (Crystal), Wiconisco. Nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews including, Kaeden, whom Bruce thought the world of.

Following Bruce's wishes all services will be private.

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


Shirley J. Harkins
, 89 of St. Clair, died Saturday evening at Geisinger-St. Lukes Hospital, Orwigsburg, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 5, 1932 in Frackville a daughter of the late Joseph and Carrie Schumber Hoffman.

She was a graduate of Frackville High School.

She worked at the former Woolworths in Pottsville for over 30 years.

Shirley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville where she was a member of Over 50, Circle 5 and the Ding-A-Ling Bell Choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Harkins, Sr., in 1975 with whom she was married to for 22 years; a grandson, Jeremi Harkins; 4 sisters, Viola Ballentine, Edna Ruping, Lois Widdoes and Larve Murphy; 2 brothers, William and George Hoffman.

Surviving are her children, Sandra Fessler, McAdoo; Jospeh Harkins, Jr., and his wife Debbie, Schuylkill Haven; Lynn Harkins, El Paso, TX; Pamela Panchari and her husband Robert, Pottsville; 9 grandchildren, Brad Fessler, Minersville, Mark Fessler, Gordon, Jamie Harkins, St. Clair, Joseph Harkins, III, Pottsville, Joshua Harkins, Pottsville, Timothy Marzullo Seoul, S. Korea, Eileen Marzullo, Golden Valley, MN, Skyler Panchari, Pottsville and Breanna Panchari, Pottsville; many great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Catherine Hoffman, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Service of Remembrance will be held Monday at Noon from Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, with Rev. Chris Rothharpt officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 11AM until the time of services. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Shirley be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 W. Arch St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will be made in Trinity Memorial Garden on the grounds of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, Funeral Director, James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.

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