Thursday, November 25, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 25th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 25th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Christopher Lee Strenkoski, 45, of Branchdale, passed away on Thursday, November 18, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Born on May 12, 1976 in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joanne Strenkoski, who passed away last month. He was a 1994 graduate of Minersville High School.

Christopher is survived by three siblings, Dale Strenkoski (companion, Dawn Readinger), Schuylkill Haven, Billy Jo Venszl, Branchdale, and John Schaeffer, Jr., (spouse, Kearsten); nieces and nephews, Braelynn Strenkoski, Cadence Readinger, Noah and Angel Venszl, Ty Armstead, Javelin Schaeffer, Kendra, Allyza and Chase Gerber. He is also survived by a maternal uncle, Joseph Strenkoski (spouse, Mary), Brier City, Norwegian Township.

Services were private at the convenience of the family.


Charles R. Kramer
, age 96, of Orwigsburg, PA passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at Seton Manor Nursing Home in Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville, PA on August 4, 1925, he was the son of the late Roy and Gertrude (Ploppert) Kramer.

Charles served in the U.S. Army from 1943 till 1945. He worked as a Police Officer for 42 years. He started in Harrisburg at the State Capital Police Department in 1955 and later the Pottsville Force in 1960. In 1974, he became the Chief of Police in Mt. Carbon. In 1987, he started at Beaver Meadows Police Force and became a Corporal. He later retired as a Sergeant in 1997. Charles was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP 44). In 1980, he became a bus driver for the Minersville Area Catholic Schools and retired at age 80. He had a band, Lucky Kramer and Melody Rangers. He played the guitar, harmonica, and sang. His favorite music was Country; especially songs by Hank Williams Sr. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed going to the casinos with his companion, watching game shows, westerns, baseball, and police stories. He attended St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic and the former Mary Queen of Peace Churches in Pottsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Jerry L. Kramer, two grandsons Steven A Stonelake and David W. Thomas Jr., three brothers: Roy, Elmer, and George Kramer.

Charles is survived by two daughters: Bonny Stonelake, Pottsville and Carol Ann Wheeler and her husband Sonny, Virginia Beach; two granddaughters: Shannon L. Murray and husband Brian, St. Clair, PA; and Tasha A. Thomas, Virginia Beach; seven great-grandchildren: Xander Martin, Kolten Murray, Ashlyn Murray, Laney Frederick, Grady Frederick, Caleb Thomas, and Austin Thomas; his companion Ethel George, Minersville; granddaughter-in-law Tracie Thomas, widow of David W. Thomas Jr, Virginia Beach; sister Louise Gradwell, Pottsville; and several nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11AM on Monday November 29th, with Deacon Larry Lonergan officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Sunday evening from 6-8PM and Monday morning from 10-11AM at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held in the Schuylkill Memorial Park Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven, PA.

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Dorothy “Dot” Zeigenfuse, 94, went to be with Our Lord at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 following a recent hospitalization at Lehigh Valley Schuylkill East Hospital in Pottsville, PA. She was born to the late Harvey Wolongavich and Esther (Metarskie) Wolongavich on September 9, 1927. 

Dorothy was a lifelong resident of East Cameron Township and attended schools in Doutyville and Shamokin. On May 12, 1945 she married the love of her life, Bernard Zeigenfuse. The two were married for over 63 years and they loved dancing to polkas and golfing. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked at the Ashland Knitting Mill, Ashland, PA, until her retirement.

Dorothy loved to spend time visiting with her family, cooking, shopping, decorating for the holidays, traveling, golfing, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles. She was a member of the Tri-Valley Senior Citizens Association. She was also a faithful member of Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland, PA where, when her health allowed, she was always willing to volunteer. 

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Dale of Shamokin, granddaughter Jennifer Koch of Shamokin, grandson Jeffrey Koch and his wife Nardimar of Dalton, PA, great granddaughter Michaela Snyder and her companion Ryan Freeman of Marietta, GA, great grandson Julian Koch and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband, sister Helen, an infant brother, sister Marie Latsha, niece Patricia Latsha, and her great grandson Louis Koch.

Beloved Mom, Grammie, and friend – we will miss you.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Airport Rd, Ashland with Rev. Dana Heckman-Beil officiating. Interment will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery, Lavelle. Viewing will be from 10:00-11:00 AM Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ’s United Lutheran Church.

Rothermel-Heizenroth Funeral Services, Mt.Carmel is in charge of services. Ashley D’ Andrea, Supervisor. Charles Heizenroth III, FD