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Skook News Obituaries: October 9th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries: October 9th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Shawn P. O’Boyle
, 52, of Fountain Springs, Ashland, former Girardville resident, passed away October 6, 2021, surrounded by family, at his residence. 

Born in Pottsville, March 22, 1969. He was the son of the late Terrance and Margaret Hennessy O’Boyle. He attended North Schuylkill High School, Fountain Springs, and was last employed as a truck driver for Universal Forest Products of Gordon. Shawn was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Girardville, and is now a member of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Parish, Ashland. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Girardville.


Fiancé: Gina Yekenchik with whom he resided, Fountain Springs

Son: Sean W. O’Boyle, Colorado

Sister: Mary Kay O’Boyle Heaton, Girardville

Brother: Terry O’Boyle Jr., Girardville

Nephews: JJ Heaton and his fiancé Ashley Davis, Michael Heaton and his wife Ashley, Justin Heaton and companion Catherine Donkus

Puppies, Cooper and Nellie

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing, Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 6 PM to 8 PM, in the Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 10 AM, in the Saint Vincent’s Roman Catholic Worship Center, Second Street, Girardville. Celebrant will be Rev. Brian M. Miller, pastor. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Frank W. Birster
, 89, of Ashland, passed away October 7, 2021, with is family at his side, at his daughter’s home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Born in Locustdale, he was the son of the late Charles and Veronica Schneider Birster. He was a graduate of the former Connyingham High School, Aristes. Following high school, he owned and operated his own ice cream business, with five trucks during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. He later became the Grocery Manager for the former Anthony’s Supermarket, Frackville, later becoming T.J. Barts Market, working there until retirement. Frank was a parishioner of the former Saint Mauritius Roman Catholic Church, Ashland, until its closing. He attended the newly formed Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland. Upon moving to Bethlehem, he became a member of Notre Dame Church, Bethlehem. Frank was a member of the Sarto Council of the Knights of Columbus, holding several positions including Grand Knight, American Hose Volunteer Fire Company, serving as vice president, Ashland Fire Police, Ashland Rotary Club, and the Area Meals on Wheels, all of Ashland. He actively participated in the Ashland Area Historical Society, and the Born For This Choral group. He was an active donor to the Hillside S.P.C.A., Pottsville, and the Ashland Boys Association parade fund. Preceding him in death was his wife, Suzanne Simon Birster, passing in 1980, and brothers, Charles, George, and Gervase “Moxie” Birster.


Daughter: AnnMarie Birster and wife Marisa McGinley, Bethlehem

Son: Joseph Birster and his wife Kathryn, Philadelphia

Sister: Elizabeth “Dolores Birster” Goodman, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Nieces and Nephews

Best pup: “Shadow”

Estranged spouse: Marlene Uhrin Birster, Ashland

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11 AM, in the Saint Charles Roman Catholic Parish Church, 11th and Walnut Streets, Ashland. Celebrant will be Rev. Brian M. Miller, pastor. Interment will be in the New Saint Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. A viewing will be held in the church, 10 AM until Mass. Memorials may be made to Hillside S.P.C.A., Hillside Road, Pottsville, PA 17921. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Rosanne H. Mills, 64, of Fountain Street, Ashland, passed away October 8, 2021, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.