Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Schuylkill County Obituaries for November 30th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  November 30th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Joseph E. Motika
, 86 years of age, beloved father, grandfather (Pa), brother, friend to many, of Pitt Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

Born Wednesday, March 27, 1935 in Tuscarora, he was the son of the late John Motika and Mary (Fabian) Motika-Vacula. Joe was also predeceased by; his beloved wife of 46 years, Juliana M. (Bobal) Motika on July 20, 2008; sisters, Anna Bisaha, Helen Motika, Elizabeth 'Bette' Hammond, Mary Motika, Margaret Risalek, Rose Motika and infant Bernadette; brothers John 'the Cat', William 'Rico', Bernard 'Butch', and Andrew Motika.

Surviving are daughters, Deborah Motika Brown wife of David of Tamaqua, Alison M. Henne wife of Mark of Coaldale, Theresa M. McGlinchey wife of the late Jimmy McGlinchey of Tamaqua; sister, Kathryn (Vacula) Patterson; grandchildren, Joseph M. Brown and his wife Brittany, Jessica L. Brown, Mark J. Henne, Jr., and his wife Liz, Brett A. Henne and his wife Juanita; great grandchild, Grace. Many nieces and nephews also survive Joe.

Joe served honorably and proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. Joe retired from New Penn Trucking having worked there for over 31 years. He was a member of St. John XXIII R.C.C. of Tamaqua, Joe was an avid sports fan following the Eagles and Penn State football, the Mets baseball team. Joe loved his girls and his grandkids and enjoyed daily drives throughout town.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252. (570) 668-2550

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday December 4, 2021 at 10 o'clock A.M. from St John XXIII R.C.C. located at 301 Pine Broad Street Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252.

Friends may call on Saturday morning from the funeral home from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Memorials in his name to:
Disabled American Veterans
1123 East End Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702


George Tiazkun
, 97, of Lykens, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Lykens, September 21, 1924, a son of the late Theodore "Frank" and Mary Boburka Tiazkun. George was a graduate of the former Lykens High School. He was a United States Army W.W. II Veteran.

George was the retired manager of the former Alfa Laval, Lykens. Following retirement he began his own business, DraCool of Lykens.

He was a lifelong active member of the former Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Lykens. He was also a member of the Gratz V.F.W., Williamstown American Legion and had served on the board of the Lykens Water and Sewer Authority.

George will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his love for his town of Lykens, where he enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community. His family was the center of his world, he was extremely proud of his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Stakem Tiazkun, his second wife Betty Sigel Tiazkun, two sisters; Mary Golinski, Fannie Sass; four brothers, Frank, Charles, Elias and John Tiazkun.

Surviving are his two children; Michael Tiazkun and his wife Connie, Mechanicsburg and Patti Welsh and her husband Joe, Wiconisco, five grandchildren; Kathleen Welsh, Beth Ann Reeser, Richard Welsh, Abigail Balchune and Michael Welsh, nine great grandchildren, a sister Hope Goffredo, Toms River, NJ, a brother, Walter Tiazkun, Lykens. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, Tower City. Burial with military honors will be held in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown. Visitation will be from 10:30-11 at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Friends of Lykens, payable to the Lykens Chamber, P.O. Box 202, Lykens, PA 17048 or the Williamstown American Legion, 123 W. Market Street, Williamstown, PA 17098.

To send condolences to the family visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com.


George N. Hertz
, 78, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Saturday, November 27th, at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center , Scranton. 

George was born in Glen Dower, on November 2, 1943, a son of the late Anna (Polk) and Andrew Hertz. He was the husband of Janice (Eckelmann) Hertz. He was a graduate of Cass Township High School. A member of Saint Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven. George served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a Machine operator at EXXON Chemical and Tredegar Film Products. He was a member of American Legion Post #38 and was formerly a proficient dart shooter. George was an avid sportsman enjoying all aspects of the great outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, & grandfather. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Brothers, Emil, James, & Michael Hertz. Sisters, Maryann Muscara & Gloria Walasavage. George is survived by his wife, Janice, two sons, Eric, husband of Karen Hertz, and Andrew, husband of Jill Hertz. Two daughters, Jessica, wife of Steven Glenny, and Jennifer, wife of Brian Schumacher, He is also survived by two sisters, Arlene Reiff, and Betty Mae Hertz. Four brothers, Andrew Hertz, John, husband of Joanne Hertz, Paul, husband of Frances Hertz, Thomas, husband of Marie Hertz.

George is also survived by his Grandchildren, Zachary, Derek, Caroline, Andrew, and Julia Hertz. Nieces and nephews. 

A Religious Funeral Service will be held 10:00 am Monday, at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Minersville, with a calling hour from 9:00 am until the time of service. Interment with military honors Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to the Ruth Steinert Memorial S.P.C.A. 18 Wertz Dr, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.