Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for January 4th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: January 4th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


David D. Dubbs , 65, of Overlook Drive, Ephrata, passed away January 3, 2022 at the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born on March 27, 1956 in Schuylkill County, he was the son of Emma Louise (Roeder) Dubbs and the late Donald D. Dubbs.

David was the loving husband of Susan (Neidlinger) Dubbs, with whom he shared almost 43 years of marriage.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Mandy S. (Kevin) Derfler of Robesonia, and a son, Derek D. (Diana Nini) Dubbs of Allentown NJ; four beautiful grandchildren, Madison, Dominic, Dylan, and Avery; his furry best friend, Samson and one brother, Daniel D. Dubbs of Schuylkill Haven.

David was a 1974 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and a 1979 graduate of Millersville University.

His teaching and basketball coaching career began in 1979 at Minersville Area High School where his boys basketball team won a District 11 championship.

In 1985 he began teaching and coaching boys basketball at Ephrata Senior High School, where his teams won 3 section titles, advanced to the District III tournament 10 consecutive years, made one appearance in the PA state tournament and he was also named L-L Coach of the Year, twice. He was also an assistant women’s basketball coach at Elizabethtown College from 2015-2018. He was inducted into the Tubby Allen-Chet Rogowicz Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Ephrata Mountaineer Hall of Fame in 2015.

David’s last two coaching “stints” were his most cherished experiences. Last spring he helped his daughter, Mandy, coach the PA Flight 7th grade AAU team which included his granddaughter, Madison. The last few years he could also be found teaching his grandsons, Dominic and Dylan (at their home court) and granddaughter, Avery (at Flight practices) to love the game of basketball.

Teaching the X’s and O’s of basketball to young athletes was his passion, and because of his work ethic, the love for the game, and his commitment to his athletes, many lifelong friendships have continued through the years and were so important to him.

He retired from teaching in 2014 and that’s when his new hobby began. He loved antiques and “pickin.” He could always be found at Horst Auction Center on a Wednesday night and on weekends could be seen walking the aisles at Renningers and Stouts. He spent several weekends with his son, Derek, in the New England states looking for that special find. They were special times that both dad and son enjoyed spending together.

He was such a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Always there to offer his advice when needed and through the years enjoyed watching them all grow into amazing people. He loved his family deeply.

The family would like to give their sincere “thank you” to all the staff at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital for the excellent care David received during his hospitalization.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022, 10:00 AM, at Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. 9th Street, Akron, with Pastor Larry Kipp officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing to honor David’s memory may make memorial contributions in his name to: PA Boxer Rescue, PO Box 826, Lancaster, PA. 17608 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Steven W. Snyder
, 64, of Orwigsburg, passed away Monday, January 3rd, at his residence.

Born in Pottsville, on July 10, 1957, a son of the late Ethel Christine (Krasnansky)and Joseph W. Snyder.

He was the husband of Terry L. (Stoudt) Snyder.

He was a member of Faith Church, Orwigsburg, Second Mountain Rod and Gun Club, Deer Lake Fire Co. and Reading Motorcycle Club.

He was formerly employed by Reading Alloys as a crew leader.

He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph Snyder.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Jill Snyder, and Scotty Snyder of Orwigsburg; a sister Cheryl Wagner wife of Rich, Deer Lake; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 12th at Faith Church with Pastor Doug Cresswell officiating.

A visitation for family and friends will be held prior from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Faith Church.

Interment will be private.


Frances I. Aderhold
, 79, of Orwigsburg, passed away Sunday, January 2nd, at St. Luke's Hospital-Allentown.

Frances was born in Talbotton, GA on March 15, 1942, a daughter of the late Lois (Parker) and James Williams Ingram.

She was the wife of Clyde W. Aderhold. They were married on October 9th, 1960.

She enjoyed being a Homemaker, Gardening, Flowers, and Home Canning and attending her grandchildren events.

Over the years Frances was active locally with Boy & Girl Scouts, PTA, Local Polls, Eastern Star, and Blue Mountain Cross Country & Archery. She was also a Dispatcher for Orwigsburg Ambulance.
In addition to Clyde, her husband of 61 years, Frances is survived by

Children: Archie (Art) Aderhold, husband of Mary Ellen; Marty Aderhold, partner of Nancy Wytovich. Frances’ 

Grandchildren Brenda Graham, Johnathon Aderhold husband of Heather, Jeffrey Aderhold and Wyatt Fowler and 3 Great Grandchildren

Frances is also survived by A brother, William (Billy) Ingram, A sister, Annie, wife of William (Bill) Potter.

She was preceded in death by Brothers Murray (Tommy) & Earl Ingram and many beloved aunts, uncles and other family members.

A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 8th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg, with Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. Visitation begins at 9:00 AM.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Mt. Paron Primitive Baptists Church, in care of Barbara Sizemore 700 Box Springs Rd, Box Spring GA 31801 or Horeb-Shiloh Cemetery Association in care of John R. Adams, Sr. 105 Pickett Ct, Warner Robins, Ga 31093.


Edward F. Heffron
, 48, of West West Terrace, Branch Township, passed away Friday December 31, 2021 at home.

Born in Pottsville on October 25, 1973, he was the beloved son of Georgine Hanney Heffron, Duncott, and the late James M. Heffron who passed on May 7, 2020. Eddie was the light of his mother’s eyes, he was always “her Eddie”. He was a 1991 graduate of Minersville High School and a 22-year Veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with two overseas deployments. He retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class and was well respected by all with whom he served.

He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel R.C. Church, Minersville. Ed was also a member of the Mountaineer Fire Company, the Minersville American Legion and the Coal Street Plaza which encompassed many fun times and unforeseen get-togethers with local law enforcement. Eddie was an amazing human being to be around, he had the ability to make anyone laugh at his crazy antics and light up an entire room with his entrance. He had many, many, many friends and was always willing to share a silly story or, sometimes, many stories. Eddie, who was also known as “Gravel”, had an electric personality; quirky at times, he was also a spectacular dancer and overall free spirit. Growing up with two older brothers came with many life experiences as well as the occasional beating, which was always in good fun.

Eddie started his working career early and was never afraid to get his hands dirty and work long hours. At the tender age of 6 or 7, he and his brothers, Marty and Jim, were deemed young laborers, removing shingles from roofs for their Dad’s construction business, along with cutting folks’ grass and shoveling snow all around town. Eddie always liked earning a buck. Around the age of 8 or 9 he became a newspaper carrier for Shandri’s. Everyone that Ed met along his paper route immediately loved him. Ms. Mary Kamenas would tell him he would become Mayor of Minersville one day; because he was so likeable, friendly, funny and dependable. The fans he nurtured on his route earned him the Newspaper carrier of the year award and, in the process, he struck up a lifetime friendship with Mr. Bill Shandri. Mr. Shandri kept Eddie actively employed with odd jobs throughout his teens and into his 20’s. Later in his 20’s, Ed established Edward Heffron Painting and Construction. By his 30’s, he was employed by Reading Anthracite as a heavy equipment operator. He was always a true professional and his abilities to operate equipment was beyond outstanding and precise. Ed was one of the few individuals that had the abilities to operate the DEMAG, a skill of which he was very proud. He enjoyed the work, often working double and triple shifts. Eddie loved running heavy equipment and had a natural ability to do so. Ed worked for Allen Myers Construction, operating heavy equipment and enjoying a long, sometimes entertaining ride to and from work with Russ Beach. He also liked to test his brother Jim’s patience when he was down in a pit, always being safe, but maybe tossing some dirt or mud on Jim. Ed was last employed at Fort Indiantown Gap on active duty special work as a truck driver and warehouse technician, enabling him to work side by side with his sister, Karin. Ed's work ethic was unsurpassed and instilled in him by his Dad.

Eddie was a huge animal lover and always had a compassionate and sensitive spot in his heart for them. In his younger years, he would go on camping excursions with his buddies Matt, Paul, Brian, Rich, his brothers Marty and Jim, but would never leave his companion, Bozo, behind, who ran for miles and miles alongside them on their dirt bikes and three wheelers. Eddie adored his white Siberian husky, Thunder, who enjoyed frequenting the neighbor's yards. Ed loved his fur babies, Chloe, Baby and Pudder.

Ed and his son, Gage, were inseparable while he was growing up. Whatever Ed wore, Gage wanted to wear, even if it was 95 degrees out and it was work jeans and work boots. Ed set a high standard of work ethic for Gage and, over the years, instilled in him many different traits, helping to make his son the strong, intelligent, reliable, productive, dependable person everyone wants to have as a friend. As they grew older together, Ed maybe even showed Gage how to drink a beer and shoot guns, sometimes simultaneously. Ed was beyond proud of Gage becoming a Marine, telling anyone and everyone, every chance he got. Ed was most proud of Gage for becoming a wonderful and loving husband to Elizabeth and a supportive and caring father to Rhea.

Ed will always be remembered for his beautiful piercing blue eyes, his fun-loving attitude, a collector of antiques, the Best “Uncle Eddie”, and how he loved and cared about his family and friends. Ed loved his mother more than he could ever express, and cherished spending time with his brothers and sister.

In addition to his loving mother, Ed is survived by his son, Gage Heffron (spouse, Elizabeth), Primrose, Cass Township; his granddaughter whom he loved so much, Rhea Heffron; his lifelong friend and love, Elena Minder, Cass Township, three siblings, Martin Heffron (spouse Tanya), Branchdale, James Heffron (spouse Tricia), Duncott and Karin Kromer (spouse LeRoy), Cressona; eight nieces and nephews, Lukas, Amber and Kane Heffron, Jarrod, Jameson and Aly Heffron, Pierce and Pearl Kromer; great-nephew, Kasen Templeton and great-niece Harper Heim. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ed will be missed more than words can express. May Eddie and his Dad be together once again and rest in peace for eternity.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Wilda Frew
, 85, of Tremont, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at her home.

Born in Tremont, December 12, 1936, a daughter of the late Albert and Evelyn McCaughey Ochs.

Wilda was a 1954 graduate of the former Tremont High School. Following graduation she worked as a secretary for the FBI in Washington DC for several years.

She was a secretary at the former Miss Pennsylvania Garment Factory, Pottsville and was also a payroll secretary at the former JE Morgan Knitting Mills.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Tremont. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren whom she was very proud of. Her hobbies included knitting and playing cards.

She will be missed by her family and and her dog Peony.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald J. Frew, March 28, 2018.

Surviving are her three children, Gerald O. Frew, Tremont, Cindy Workman (Jamie), Williamstown and Scott Frew (Amy), Tremont. Three granddaughters, Tiffany Gilbert, Keisha Hummel and Keara Suprock. Three grandsons, Jamie Workman II, Scott M. Frew and Steven Frew. Nine Great Grandchildren. Her sister and best friend, Genevieve Leininger, Tremont. Nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 3:00 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc, Tower City. Visitation will be from 2-3 pm at the chapel. Private burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517.


Patricia A Mace
, age 73, of Schoolyard Square Apartments, Pine Grove, formerly of Hegins, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at her residence..

She was born on Thursday, April 15, 1948, in Ashland, a daughter of the late Leon L Koppenhaver and the late Anna M (Ebert) Koppenhaver.

Patsy was a 1966 graduate of Tri-Valley High School.

She was a member of Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz.

She was also a former member of the Hegins Fire Company and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Her husband, Dennis R Mace, passed away in 2018. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a daughter, Sherry A Mace, and a grandson, Link J Gochenauer.

She is survived by a son, Brian C Mace of Coal Valley, IL; two daughters, Paula J Davis and her husband Brandon of Spring Glen and Tonya M Gochenauer and her husband James of Middletown; a grandson, Blake M Davis; and two granddaughters, Breanna M Davis and Zoe A Gochenauer.

Funeral services will be held at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz, on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Gregory Lindsey officiating.

A viewing will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday at the church.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Gratz.

Memorial contributions can be made to Simeon United Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 478, Gratz, PA 17030.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.


Robert L. Bubnis, 58, of New Boston, passed away January 3, 2022, at his residence. 

The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Susan "Sue" Brass, 62 of Aristes, PA passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born December 14, 1959 in Ashland, PA the daughter of the late Stanley and Catherine (Boyer) Knorr of Ashland.

In recent years, Susan had been a homemaker But she was previously employed in the field of private duty nursing and also had been employed at the former Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Susan enjoyed arts and crafts, attending car shows with her husband, Rick, and spending quality time with her family. She was an avid baker producing elaborate cakes for various occasions. Susan truly loved cooking and enjoyed hosting holiday gatherings for her family. She also loved the outdoors and hunting. Family trips to the beach was a favorite way to spend vacations. Susan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put everyone's needs before her own and often filled her day with random acts of kindness for family and strangers alike. She was a bright spark in this world and a kind, gentle soul, who will be deeply missed by many. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Kenneth Knorr; Clayton Knorr; and William Knorr.

She is survived by her husband Richard Brass. Two sons: George Parnell; and Patrick Parnell and his wife, Jennifer. Grandson: Jacob Parnell and Granddaughter: Brittany Parnell. 5 sisters: Kathy Korbich; Deborah Fetterolf; Sandrah Buffington; Lori Knorr; and Marylou Barrett. Nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday January 8, 2022 at 12 noon at Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland with Rev. Rose Marquardt officiating. Interment in Christ Church Cemetery. Viewing 10:00 AM -12 noon from te Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Barry T. Quick, 69, of White’s Lane, Fountain Springs, passed away January 3, 2022, with family by his side, at his residence. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.