Sunday, January 16, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for Sunday, January 16th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 16th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Lois Smith
, 87 of Ashland, PA passed away Saturday, Jan. 15,2022 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Reading, PA. 

Born in Mowry, PA April 21,1934 the daughter of the late Frederick and Sarah (Love) Batdorf. Lois graduated from Ashland High School in 1952, Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 (RN),and Bloomsburg University where she received her B S Degree. Lois worked at the Pottsville Hospital, Ashland Hospital (Maternity Ward), North Schuylkill School District as a School Nurse and Private duty Nursing.

Preceding her in death were her parents, five brothers: Frederick, Russell, Harold, Charles and James Batdorf. 

Surviving are her husband of 66 years (married Nov.11,1955) James C. Smith of Ashland. Two sons: James D. Smith of Sinking Springs, PA and Brian L. Husband of Beverly Smith, Ashland, PA. Three grandchildren: Brian S. Smith (Sonia), Frackville, PA.; Lori Smith, Ashland and Kaitlyn Smith of Sinking Springs, PA. Great grandchildren surviving: Landen Smith, Alexis Smith, Dominick Garman, Rylee Curry and Grayson Curry. Nieces and Nephews survive.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20,2022 at 11:00 AM from St. John’s Episcopal Church, 13th & Market St., Ashland, PA. Rev. Dr. Kurt Kovalovich officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery, Ft. Springs, PA.

Viewing Thursday 9:30-11:00 AM from St. Johns Episcopal Church, Ashland, PA.
Donations in memory Lois can be made to St. Johns Episcopal Church, North Parish, P.O. Box 487, Frackville, PA. 17931. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret A. “Maggie” Meyers, 51, Pottsville died Tuesday, January 11 at her resisdence.

Born September 9, 1970 in Wilkes Barre, she was the daughter of the late Albert Meyers, Sr. and Lily (Edmonson) Meyers, Pottsville.

She is survived by a brother Albert Meyers, Jr., Pottsville; sister, Theresa Meyers, Pottsville; and her care giver William Hiester, Pottsville.

Funeral services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Schlitzer Allen Pugh 515 West Market Street Pottsville has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit to leave a remembrance for Maggie’s family.


Sterling E. Herring
, 91, of West Lawn, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Mifflin Center, Shillington.

Born on August 25, 1930 in Pine Grove, he was a son of the late Allen J. and Martha E. Jamison Herring.

He was a graduate of Pine Grove High School and a member of the Grace Bible Fellowship Church, Reading.

Sterling was an Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict.

Sterling was a Supervisor and Pattern Design Engineer for Garden State Tanning in Fleetwood.

He was a member of the Pine Grove American Legion Post 374, Pikewell Gun Club and East Ends Social Club in Reading.

Preceding him in death was his wife of 66 years, Anna Mae Brown Herring, a brother Delton Herring; three sisters, Roma Herring, Fern Roeder and Josephine Kosack Campbell.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra and husband Jack Sensenig of Sinking Spring, Wanda and husband Kirk Weinman of West Lawn; six grandchildren, Kristy, Jason, Nicole, Ashley, Zachary and Andrew; five great grandchildren, Brianna, Adalynn, Devon, Gavin and Landon; four sisters, Ardith Moyer of Schuylkill Haven, Lucille Reichert of Pine Grove, Reba Taylor of Harrisburg and Janice Arnold of Mechanicsburg; two brothers, Allen Herring of Pottsville and Dennis herring of Cressona.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the H. L. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Pine Grove with Rev. Randall Grossman officiating. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Pine Grove.


Patrick J. Purcell, 58, Girardville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 12th at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Harry and Alice Byrnes Purcell. He worked as an equipment operator for PennDOT and had last worked as a forklift operator.

Pat was a 1983 graduate of the gformer Cardinal Brennan High School, Fountain Springs. He enjoyed fishing and spending time on the front porch with his brother Bern. Pat was an avid baseball fan and liked following the Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Thomas “Skip” Purcell; his nephew, Michael Manbeck and his beloved dog, Ginger.

Pat is survived by his two daughters: Sarah Purcell, Girardville and Molly Purcell, Philadelphia; his granddaughter, Penelope Bereskie; his siblings: Maureen Manbeck and her husband Michael, Girardville; Harry Purcell and his wife Bonnie, Pottsville; Bernard Purcell and his wife Lori, Girardville; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22nd from the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville with Rev. Brian Miller. Friends are invited to his visitation from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Saturday morning at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made, in Patrick’s name, to the Girardville Basketball Association C/O Paul Kowalick 250 N. 2nd Street Girardville, PA 17935.

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


Marian E. Thompson
, 90, of Tremont, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Born in Donaldson, October 6 1931, a daughter of the late Arthur and Charlotte Kimmel Crone.

Marian was a stay at home mom and homemaker her whole life. She took pride in keeping her home spotless and cooking delicious meals for her family. She completely devoted her life to her husband, children and grandchildren. A big enjoyment for her was taking a "spin" in her husband Malcolm's chrysler automobiles. She also enjoyed watching NASCAR. Marian will be truly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Malcolm Thompson, 1986, two brothers, Robert and William Crone, and a sister, Verna Barnyock.

Surviving are her three children, Gary L. Thompson and his wife Leanne, Donaldson, Tania L.Vance and her husband Cory, Pottsville and Kerry A. Thompson and his wife Joy, Donaldson. Two sisters, Arlene Dolla, Tremont and Diane Zimmerman, Lebanon, five grandchildren; Gary, Mallory, Abigail, Adam and Eric, two great granddaughters; Morgan and Michela. Nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Claude Schach officiating. Burial will be in the Donaldson Cemetery.

The Dimon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Tower City has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Dolores A. Givens
, 90, of McAdoo, passed away Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.

Born in McAdoo, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Helen (Kostick) Whiteko.

She was a member of Church of All Saints, McAdoo.

Prior to retiring, Dolores was a Registered Nurse, first employed at St. Luke’s of Bethlehem and later at St. Joseph’s and Hazleton General Hospital, of Hazleton.

Dolores was a McAdoo High School graduate, class of 1949, and a 1954 graduate of Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, where she was a member of the Alumni Assoc.

She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, the Christian Women’s Assoc., and the Order of St. Francis Secular, Sybertsville.

Preceding her in death, were her husband William Givens; her first husband Nicholas Tirpak; brothers Nicholas Hollick, and Robert and Stephen Whiteko; and sister Anastacia Mascarell.

Surviving are her daughter Nancy Dunham and husband Chief Master Sgt. David Dunham, USAF, Ret., of Huntertown, IN; grandchildren Matthew, Lauren and Christine; great-grandchild McKenzie; and nieces and nephews also survive.

Private funeral services will be held, no public calling hours are scheduled.

The Damiano Funeral Home Inc., McAdoo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Williams III
, 75, of Hometown, and formerly of Windsor Locks, CT, passed away Friday morning at St. Luke’s Hospital, Coaldale, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pittston, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Fitzsimmons) Williams Jr. and was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Chuck was a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut. Prior to retiring, he was employed in sales at LVR of Allentown.

He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Council 26 of Windsor Locks, CT, a member of the Silverbrook Rod & Gun Club Trap League and the West Penn Rod and Gun Club.

Chuck’s personality was larger than life. His deep voice and singing always preceded his entrance. He was a collector of cars, trains, guns, watches, boats and numerous pictures of animals he shot because they were wreaking havoc on his garden.

Chuck was a devoted “Pop Pop” to his grandkids and celebrated all their activities and accomplishments. He was an avid fan of UCONN Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball and the Baltimore Ravens.

Chuck enjoyed spending his time fishing and shooting trap. He loved cruising and vacationing in Aruba, and especially loved his beach house in Selbyville, DE, where his spirit will reside for eternity.

Surviving, are his wife of 30 years, Carol (Wisniewski) Williams, whom he claims to have fallen in love with at first sight, and stalked, until he finally convinced her.

Also surviving are his beloved daughters Lisa La Forte and husband Jason of Medfield, Mass.; Melissa Williams of Tyngsboro, Mass.; Amy Babcock and husband Eric of Chesterfield, VA; and Sandra Nester and husband David of McAdoo; his cherished grandchildren Trista, Aubree and David Nester; Cameron, Aiden and Liliana La Forte; and Teddi Jaclyn Babcock; sister Mary Margaret Montemerlo and husband Leonard of Windsor Locks, CT; brother Ryan Williams of Middlebury, CT; sisters-in-law Kathleen Williams of Windsor Locks, CT; Janie Kondash and husband Vincent of McAdoo; and Jennifer Klesh and husband Brian of McAdoo; Uncle James Fitzsimmons, 96, of Tunkhannock; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make a donation to a charity or organization close to your heart in his memory.

Condolences may be entered, and information is available at

Everyone knows Chuck loved a good cocktail, so raise a Jameson & Ginger with 2 limes (It’s gotta be 2 limes) to his memory and his eternal rest.


Daniel D. Stevens, 67 of the Vulcan passed away Friday at his residence.

Born June 17, 1954 in the Vulcan he was the son of the late Patrick and Anna Warner Stevens.

He graduated from Mahanoy Area High school in 1972.

Dan retired from Schuylkill Energy Resources. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the MTA Fish and Game Club and Bears Head Sportsman Association.

Preceding him in death were his wife Julie (Mabus) Stevens, brothers Richard, Jerome and Patrick Stevens.

Dan is survived by three sons Daniel and wife Jennifer Stevens, Florida; Jason and wife Jennifer Stevens, Barnesville; Skyler Milheim and fiancé Dietra DeRose, Effort; a sister Marie Heiser, Bellefont a brother David Stevens, Vulcan. He is also survived by three grandchildren Joshua, Emily and Sarah; nieces and nephews.

Services will be announced.


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