Thursday, February 24, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 24th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 24th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Trinette Ann Mengel
, 73, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Thursday, February 24th, at her daughter, Traci's home in Deer Lake.
Born in Pottsville on June 16, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Daniel & Betty (Zimmerman) Urffer.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sisters: Diane Fessler, & Deb Urffer.
Trinette had worked for the Walk-In Shoe Factory, Schuylkill Haven, for 19 years as a stamping machine operator until its closing.She later worked for Gramma's Restaurant, Schuylkill Haven, as a waitress for 20 years, and retired as a waitress from Josie's Place, Schuylkill Haven, in 2017. She enjoyed the company of the regulars at Josie's Place, who were affectionately referred to as the "Morning Morons".
Trinette was a member of the Deer Lake Fire Company.
She is survived by a son, Todd Henry, of Hamburg; two daughters: Traci, wife of William Jacobson, Sr., of Deer Lake; & Jenifer, wife of Timothy Laughlin, of Deer Lake. Trinette is also survived by grandchildren: Erika, Jessica, Dallas, & Kyliegh Henry, Christopher, & Nicholas Nye, William Jacobson, Jr., Laura, & Anna Laughlin, and Allyson, & Alaina Weachock, three sisters: Darla Suzann Wood, Pamela Hale, & Teresa Ryan, and a brother, Daniel Urffer and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 3rd at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven with Pastor Brian Reading officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Interment will be privately held at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Trinette's memory may be made to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, 2397 Quentin Rd., Suite B Lebanon, PA 17042.


Rita Lontz Bartashus
of Morea, originally from Lykens, died Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 

Born in Harrisburg she was the daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Fisher) Lontz. She was of the Catholic faith. She graduated from Williamstown Catholic High School and Empire Beauty School. She owned and operated the Sally Rennay Beauty Salon in Pottsville for many years. She loved reading, coloring, crocheting and polkas. Rita will be remembered for her bubbly personality, her kindness and generosity to everyone. 

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband Joseph Bartashus, her other half Robert Hasara with whom she resided, grandparents, aunts, uncles and her cousin Carolyn Sims. 

Surviving are her sister and best friend Mary Lontz Siemanski and her husband Bill, her niece Colleen Fetterhoff and her husband Brian, her great nephew Ethan Fetterhoff, her nephew Jeremiah Siemanski and his wife Ashley, her step daughters Chris Wagner, Josie Welsh, Sue Bartashus and Kimberly Tascher, her step grandchildren Kasey, Courtney, Carly, Kelly, Giana, Arianny, Angel, Bryce and Gavin, also sister of Robert, Linda Hall and her husband Robert, brother in law Wally Bartashus and his wife Helen and their children, cousins and her friend since the 5th grade Jane Bennet English. 

Private graveside service will be held at Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown with the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher officiating. 

Contributions in her name to the charity of the donors choice would be appreciated by the family. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements.


Mark S. Copeland, 63 years of age, of Coaldale, Pennsylvania died on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital Allentown Campus.

Born Sunday, February 15, 1959 in Somerville, New Jersey the son of the late Daniel, and Irene (Bassak) Copeland.

Surviving are; his beloved wife of 16 years, Mary Ann (Frendak) Copeland; brothers, Robby Copeland, Danny Copeland and his wife Pauline; sisters, Janet Arroyopabon, Pat McGlynn, Karen Walker and her companion Larry Zemeny. Nieces and nephews also survive Mark.

A graduate of Hillsboro High School in New Jersey, Mark was a talented Chef. Mark worked for many fine restaurants in North Eastern Pennsylvania, and Central New Jersey; however, he was most proud of his 8 years spent at Larry Holmes's Ringside Restaurant in Easton where he was the Champs personal chef. Most recently Mark was employed part time at Frank's Service Center in Lehighton.

Mark was an avid outdoorsman, and looked forward to fishing excursions with his buddy Lou. Obviously Mark enjoyed cooking, and barbecuing at home, was a NASCAR fan, and stayed true to his New Jersey roots, supporting the New York Giants football team. Mark's dog Wheatsy was his constant companion.

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

Interment Sky-View Memorial Park Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


Dr. Stanley W. Doe
, 99, of Tower City, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 23, 2022 at his home.

Born in South Portland, Maine, June 30, 1922, a son of the late William E. and Louine A. Thompson Doe. He was a United States Army Veteran of WW II.

Dr. Doe was a graduate of the Harrisburg Academy, Bates College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following graduation starting in 1950-52 he was a specialist in internal medicine at the Harrisburg Hospital, from 1952-57 he was in private practice in Blaine, (Perry County). In 1957, Dr. Doe moved to Tower City and started his family practice. He also took weekend calls for the maternity Hospital in Lykens, where he met his future wife Sara Koppenhaver, RN. He was a former physician member of the Tower Porter Community Ambulance.

Dr. Doe retired in 1992, a career spanning over three decades taking care of the resident of Tower City and the surrounding communities. During those years, he was awarded numerous awards including; the Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated Humanitarian Services by the Lions Club International Foundation. In 1987, Dr. Doe was recognized as the Tower City-Porter Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, in which the day of September 26 was proclaimed as Dr. Stanley W. Doe Day. He was also recognized by the Williams Valley High School and Midget Football teams along with cheerleaders for countless years of outstanding and dedicated service as a physician to the programs as well as the physician for the Williams Valley School District.

He was a member of the Muir Foursquare Church and a life member of the Tower Porter Lions Club, where he was honored for his many years of dedication to community services in June of 1992. Dr. Doe was an avid reader and also enjoyed collecting stamps, but above all his family was his pride and joy. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Sara Koppenhaver Doe in 2019 and a sister, Helen Hall.

Surviving are his five children, William Doe and his wife Penni, Edward Doe, Elizabeth Tran and her husband Kim, James Doe and Sally Doe, all of Tower City. A stepdaughter, Gail Harlin (Danny), Texas, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

A viewing for family and friends will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 6-8 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc., Tower City. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:00 am from the Chapel with Pastor Luke Heald officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Dr. Doe's memory can be made to: Dr. Stanley W. Doe Scholarship, c/o Tower City Rotary Club, Attn: David Miller, 200 Muir Street, Muir PA 17957. This scholarship has been awarded for many years to a graduating Williams Valley High School senior that is entering the medical field.


Eleanor E Miller
, age 89, of Providence Place, Pine Grove, formerly of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Providence Place.

She was born on Friday, December 9, 1932, in Hegins Township, a daughter of the late Gurney Coleman and the late Neva (Stutzman) Coleman.

She was a 1950 graduate of the former Hegins Twp High School.

Eleanor worked in area garment factories prior to her retirement.

She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Fountain.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening, crafting, traveling, and spending time with her family, especially her great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by three brothers, Charles Coleman, Robert Coleman, and Donald Coleman, and by a sister, Arlene Otto.

She is survived by her husband Lewis F Miller, to whom she was married for twenty-seven years.

She is also survived by two daughters, Cindy L Bloch and her husband Randy of Hegins and Debra S Conrad and her husband Bill of North Myrtle Beach, SC; a step son, Larry R Miller and his wife Patsy of Hegins; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Troutman of Herndon; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Rev. Michael C Klahr officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Valley View.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fountain Community Center, c/o Thomas Artz, 213 Dell Rd, Hegins PA 17938 or to the Alzheimer's Association at


Gerard R. Strause
, 80, of New Ringgold, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at his home in Orwigsburg with his family by his side.

Born in Orwigsburg, Oct. 29, 1941, he was a son of the late Ray and Grace Miller Strause.

Gerard was a 1959 graduate of Blue Mountain High School, where he served as the president of Future Farmers of America.

After high school, he went on to serve in the Army; he was stationed in Germany as a guard.

He was of the Christian faith.

Gerard worked in construction throughout his life, predominantly working on roads and bridges. He even helped to dig and construct Lake Wynonah. Gerard then went on to work at Kraft Foods, where he worked as a selector and performed maintenance.

Gerard had a love for the outdoors. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing and just being outside. He was a lifetime member of Hamburg Fish and Game Association. Gerard enjoyed going to air shows and attending tractor pulls. He loved music, especially hymns, polkas and bluegrass. Gerard was also very creative in woodworking. He created many beautiful pieces throughout his life. These works are held by people up and down the east coast and will live on as a remembrance. Another fondness of Gerard's was eating, especially ice cream, seafood and all variations of Pennsylvania Dutch fare.

Gerard is survived by his loving wife, Linda Yancek Strause and their children, Donna White, wife of Jeremy, Deborah Walker, wife of Teddy, Joyce Caggiano, wife of Dana, Cathy Hassman, wife of Todd, Angela Strause Asper, wife of Donny, and David Strause, husband to Sabrina. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jay, Rebecca, Joshua, husband to Amanda, Nicholas, Charlie, Alyssa, Ella and Cody; along with great-grandchildren, Grayson, Dawsynn, Karsynn and Arabella; brothers, Carl and Barry, their respective wives, Joanne and Barbara; and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Gerard's memory be made to the Red Creek Wildlife Center, 300 Moonhill Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


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