Friday, February 25, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 25th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 25th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Kelcey Lynn Marler, 26 of Murrieta, CA formerly of Pottsville, died January 17th.

She was born May 31, 1995 in Pottsville a daughter of Scott and Paula McGuire Marler, Pottsville.

Kelcey was a 2013 graduate of Pottsville Area High School where she excelled in Girls Soccer, she attended Penn State Schuylkill, and graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

While living in California she worked as a nanny.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Emily J. and John V. "Mickey" McGuire.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Sarah and Shana Marler both of Pottsville; 2 nephews, Braeden Marler, Christian Bennett; a niece, Kylie Marler; paternal grandparents, Wayne Marler, Rock Hill, SC; Linda Cresswell Powhatan, VA; aunts, uncles, cousins.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will held Tuesday March 1st from 5-7PM at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Kelcey be made to Kelcey Lynn Marler Soccer Scholarship Fund C/O Howard S. Fernsler Academic Center 1501 Laurel Blvd. Pottsville, PA 17901.


Betty M. (Dunkelberger) Geist
, age 95, of Hegins, PA passed away February 24, 2022 at Providence Place of Pine Grove, PA

She was born Wednesday, January 12, 1927, the daughter of the late William H. and Maude E. (Bateman) Dunkelberger.

Betty was a graduate of the former Hegins Township High School and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hegins. She was also a member of the Tri-Valley Senior Citizens and enjoyed many memorable trips with her dear friend, Julie Klinger. Ireland being a favorite.

Betty and her husband, Marvin, along with his brother, Walter owned and operated the former, “Valley Lunch” in Hegins which was located across from the Tri-Valley High School.
She and Marvin were married February 19, 1948 and celebrated 70 years of marriage. Along with raising their 3 children, Betty worked for 25 years as a “cafeteria/lunch lady” at Hegins-Hubley Elementary School. She is fondly remembered by the many kiddos she served. She was a Ladies Auxiliary member and also tended the cake wheel for the Hegins Fire Company carnivals for many years.

Mom/Memmy enjoyed so much throughout her life: walks, shopping trips with dear friends, vacations with her husband, baking, quilting. She loved camping with the entire family at the Port Royal cabin, which her grandparents and family built. Multiple generations of relatives have enjoyed making memories there.

Our family tradition of gathering every Monday evening to enjoy family and Mem’s yummy baked goods will be missed, but the memories will be treasured.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin E. Geist, their son, James M. Geist as well as her parents and brother, LeRoy H. Dunkelberger.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Larry) Willier and Debra (Charles) Buffington, Hegins; sisters-in-law, Mary Dunkelberger, Hegins; Lorraine Schwalm, Harrisburg and Ann Geist, Hershey; brother-in-law, Arnold Geist, Hegins. She has 7 grandchildren, Beth Betz (Harold), Michael Willier (Shannon), Jill McAllister (Bradley), Ryan Buffington (Bridgit), Lynn McClaus, Tammy Fredericks, and Cathy Geist; 10 great-grandchildren, Jared, Megan, Jordan, Bryar, Rydan, Lily, Brandon, Alexis, William and Henry and three, soon to be four great-great granddaughters, Brielle, Willow, Olivia and Baby Betz; and many nieces and nephews.

As per Betty’s wishes, there will be no services.

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


Theodore William Maurer
, age 96, formerly of Hegins, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday evening, February 23, 2022, at his residence at Stoneridge Poplar Run Skilled Nursing Care Facility in Myerstown.

He was born November 19, 1925, in Hegins, son of the late Clark Sr., and Kathryn (Heckert) Maurer. He attended the former Hegins Township High School where he was known for his athletic abilities, especially his running speed. During his freshman year (1940) he was a member of the varsity soccer team who not only went undefeated for the season, but went unscored upon. Ted was the lead scorer.

Ted was also an outstanding baseball player having played third baseman. During the two seasons of 1941-43 the Hegins Township High School team went undefeated. Ted set a school record for stolen bases. During his high school years he also played on a number of area community teams. It was only after he enlisted in the Navy his senior year (1944) to join the war effort did he learn that the New York Yankees had been scouting him.

On August 5, 1944, he married the love of his life, Betty (Romberger) Maurer of Valley View. They were married in Memphis, TN where Ted was stationed at the time. They were married 75 years.

Ted was a quiet, reserved man of integrity. He was honest, compassionate, and exemplified an incredible work ethic. He was devoted to his wife and family. His Christian faith and values defined every aspect of his life. During most of his life he was active in St. John's United Methodist Church in Hegins. During more than fifty years he sang in the Senior Choir, often as a soloist. For years he taught the Youth Sunday School Class, and then later the Men and Women's Class. For several years he served as Youth Director, and was elected to multiple administrative offices. He served as the Lay Member to the Annual Conference for several years. In 1978 he was recognized by St. John's as "Layman of the Year."

During his early adult life he drove a coal truck and worked in the mines. For more than twenty years he was employed by the former Spread Eagle Farms, and for the last decade of his working career worked for the former Capital Bakeries in their Hazelton Plant.

Ted was an avid hunter all his life. In his younger years he hunted with a bow and learned how to make his own arrows. Later in life he hunted with a gun. Most of his memorable hunting experiences occurred while enjoying the company of family and friends at the family hunting camp in Potter County.

In the spring of 2007, Ted and Betty moved to Schoolyard Square, a personal care facility in Pine Grove. While residing in Pine Grove, Ted began attending St. Paul's UM Church where he sang in the choir until his 91st birthday. In September 2020, Ted relocated to Stoneridge skilled nursing care in Myerstown due to his declining health.

Ted left an indelible mark on his family, his church and all who knew him. He will be fondly remembered and missed.

Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; all three brothers: Clark Maurer, Jr., Robert Maurer, Sr., James Maurer; and a sister, Carolyn Bender.

He is survived by a younger sister, Barbara Williard of Wellsboro, PA. Also surviving are his three sons: Terry Maurer (Bonnie) of Cornwall, PA (formerly of Hegins); Tom Maurer (Louise) of Harrisburg; and Vernon "Skip" Maurer (Cheryl) of Hegins. In addition he had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren.

A Memorial Celebration will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, Hegins, at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's UM Church, 601 E. Main St., Hegins, PA 17938; or St. Paul's UM Church, P.O. Box 68, Pine Grove, PA 17963; or the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.

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


Berthat H. “Blondie” Botek, 96, of Minersville, passed away early Thursday morning from the Green Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Pottsville. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville.


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