Sunday, November 14, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 14th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 14th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Carlee Ann Spieles Burns, 27, of Malones Road, Ashland, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021, surrounded by her family, at the Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. 

Born in Danville, April 25, 1994, she is the daughter of Kevin Spieles, Ashland and Wanda Deeter Spieles, Mt. Carmel. She was a graduate of the North Schuylkill High School, class of 2012. She also graduated from McCann School of Business & Technology, class of 2014 with her Medical Assistant Degree. Carlee was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Ashland where she sang in the youth and adult choirs. Carlee was a unique and genuine person, who was full of life. She loved singing, enjoyed crafting, and spending quality time with her friends and family, especially at the beach. It was her dream to become a mother and a wife. Carlee left this world with a full heart, knowing she was blessed with two amazing sons and a husband. 

Preceding her in death were maternal grandparents, John and Ruth “Nanny” Deeter, and paternal grandparents, James and Jean “Gram” Spieles, and Edward and Betty “Nanna” Lindenmuth.

Husband: Tyler M. Burns, Ashland
Son: Brantley J. Yuschock
Son: Nash J. Burns
Twin Sister: Brylee Spieles, Ringtown
Sister: Jennifer wife of Brian McGinley, Pottsville
Brother: David Bohanick, and his companion Erica Mulberger, Selinsgrove
Brother: Kevin Spieles Jr., and his fiancé Mandy Malafarina, Lancaster

In addition, she is survived by her nephew (Carter), nieces (Heidi & Hollis), goddaughter (Emma), and loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 3 PM in the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, 13th and Market Sts., Ashland. Officiating will be pastors, Rev. Dennis Snyder and Rev. Brian Dever. A viewing will begin at 12 noon in the church until the funeral service. Please join us for a celebration of life benefit on Saturday, December 11th from 11am-6pm at the Gordon Fire Company, Gordon PA. Visit

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, will announce funeral arrangements.


John M. Gillis, 71, Wyomissing, formerly of Girardville, passed away on Thursday, November 11th at Reading Hospital Tower Health, surrounded by his wife and daughter.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Albert and Irene (Hama) Gillis.

He attended North Schuylkill High School in Ashland. John was a longtime member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Girardville, as well as the Notre Dame Club of Schuylkill County. He was more recently a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, West Lawn.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary (Canavan) Gillis, Wyomissing; his daughter Dr. Tiffany Gillis Newswanger and her husband Jestyn Newswanger, Sinking Spring; the three lights of his life, his grandchildren Noah Newswanger (14), Peyton Newswanger (13), and Delaney Newswanger (10); his two brothers, David Gillis of Edgewater, Florida; Gary Gillis and wife Susan of Midlothian, Virginia; his sister Barbara Burns, Orwigsburg; his brother-in-law Pat Canavan and wife Marcie of Johns Creek, Georgia; beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

John had many passions in life; especially the University of Notre Dame, college football Saturdays, playing golf with friends, weekly lottery tickets just like his father, supporting his daughter Tiffany through many phases of her life along with his wife Mary. His greatest love was watching his grandchildren grow up. He was the most amazing Papa and there was rarely a soccer/basketball/lacrosse/field hockey or cross country event where he was not there cheering them on. He will be remembered by so many as the Papa in his Notre Dame shirt always at school or sporting events smiling and so proud of his grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Girardville on Saturday, November 20th at 9:30AM with Rev. Stephan Isaac as the celebrant. Family and friends are invited to visitation at the church Saturday morning from 8:00AM-9:30AM. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Following the services, there will be a celebration of John’s life in the way he would want most - at PJ Whelihan’s (1101 Rocky Drive, West Lawn, PA 19609) eating wings and watching Notre Dame football. Family and friends are welcome to join us, wearing Notre Dame gear or green if possible, any time between 12:00PM-4:00PM on Saturday for a private party in his honor.

Contributions can be made in John’s name to St. Ignatius Loyola School (Attn: Advancement Director, 2700 St. Alban’s Drive, West Lawn, PA 19609) or to Berks Catholic High School (Attn: Annual Fund, 955 E. Wyomissing Boulevard, Reading, PA 19611).

Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home Inc., Girardville is in charge of the arrangements.


Sharon Rogers
, 69, of Minersville, passed away on Sunday at home.

Born on June 18, 1952 in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Shirley Becker Young. She attended Saint Clair schools and had previously worked at Alpha Mills, Rest Haven and Hill’s Department Store.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Rogers, in 1996; a son, George Barnes, in 1991; her sister, Denise Kenderdine, in 2004.

Sharon is survived by her five remaining children, Lisa Kilcullen (fiance, Rick Bower), Williamsport, Barbara Hoy (spouse, Charles), Minersville, Sharon Zimmerman (spouse, John), Minersville, Billie Jo Horn (spouse, Troy), Minersville, and William Rogers (fiancée, Chandra Muldowney), Llewellyn, Branch Township; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

Services are private.


James A. Greising, Sr., 57, of Ringtown, passed away Saturday, November 13th, 2021 the at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

James was born in Shenandoah, on September 25, 1964, a son of the late Edna (Houser) and Richard Greising.

He last worked for the Cicioni Stone Company in Brandonville. Prior to that he worked locally for the Union Township road crew, local farms and as a carpenter for several businesses.

James enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and he was a talented woodworker.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, of Wendy (Schlauch) Greising, and by their three sons, James "JJ" Greising, Jr., Ringtown; Josh "Slim" Greising , and his wife Rayanne, of Shenandoah; and Joseph Robert Greising, of Ringtown.

Four grandchildren survive, Ryan, Dakota, Ty and Lily as do brothers and sisters, along with nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Aurand Memorial United Methodist Church, 217 West Main Street, Ringtown at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 17th.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10-11 AM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, James' family asks that donations to help defray the cost of the service be made to the funeral home.

The Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home is assisting James' family during their time of need.


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