Saturday, February 5, 2022

Schuylkill County Obituaries for February 5th, 2022


Skook News Obituaries: February 5th, 2022

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Edward T. Zuppert, 73, of Cressona, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospice House. Arrangements are pending.


On February 4, 2022, Felix Eugene “Phil” Roman, joined the love of his life, Eleanor Beatrice (Norwich) Roman in Heaven. Eleanor passed away two days earlier on February 2, 2022. Both were able to remain in the family home at their request, attended to by family.

Felix was born in Frackville on August 13, 1931, to Vincent W. and Mary (Pruszkiewicz) Roman, in the home in which he lived throughout his life. After serving honorably in the United States Army, he worked for a variety of industry, retiring from Itt Goulds Pumps in Ashland, Pennsylvania.

Known in the area as “Phil”, he made a side business of hanging wallpaper and home repair. He created a workshop in his garage and cellar, where he could focus on repurposing or repairing household items. He could often repair items others might throw away. His Grandchildren referred to him as Jadzie (a derivative of the Polish word for “Grandfather”). His beloved nieces and nephews, as well as many non-relatives, called him “Uncle Phil”. He along with his brothers and brothers-in-law had a designated corner at Roman’s Lounge & Catering in Frackville where they routinely met.

Eleanor was born April 10, 1933, in Mt Carmel, Pennsylvania to John and Beatrice Lorant Norwich. Eleanor was a homemaker and worked in both factories and the hospitality/hotel industry. Eleanor was often found in the company of children, providing childcare for her sister’s children, who referred to her as “NorNor”. She was called “Nannie” by her Grandchildren, and “Aunt Eleanor” by her countless nieces and nephews. Eleanor was known for having a positive outlook and being willing to help those around her. She seemed to have boundless energy and kept busy cleaning her own home or the homes of extended family. If she loved you, she prefaced her greeting by saying “Oh! There is our (followed by your name)!” She greeted everyone with the same lovely lilting tone of voice and honest enthusiasm, often with a serving of her homemade Shoo Fly Pie. Eleanor’s passing on a Wednesday was appropriate, as she and her sisters would routinely spend Wednesday’s walking for exercise in the former Schuylkill Mall.

The couple married July 1, 1959 and had one son, Philip. Aside from their professional accomplishments, their biggest impact was on the people who crossed their paths. It can truly be said they were loved and respected, and they returned that in kind.

Notorious for their lively disagreements, they were fully devoted to and dependent on one another. No couple argued harder or loved one another longer. In the days before her passing, when he realized the love of his life would be leaving him, he stated, “I wish I could go with her.” Due to a combination of his own health decline, and a broken heart, indeed he did.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers George, Raymond, and Donald Norwich; and brothers-in-law, John Teijaro, John Gaverick, and Jack Dimmick.

Preceding him in death were Felix’ parents; his brothers, Henry “Hank” Roman, and Joseph Roman; Sister Connie Roman Cameron; and brothers-in-law, Jerome “Jerry” Sankus and Robert “Cam” Cameron. His beloved niece Mary Ann Sankus, and nephews Jerome Sankus and Paul Sankus greeted him in the Eternal.

Felix and Eleanor are survived by son, Philip E (Angie) Roman; Grandchildren JoyLyne Roman; Ronaele Krystal Roman (Jake) Arsaga; Rebekah (Ryan) Corbin; and Austin Philip Roman. Great Grandchildren Trevor Salinger; Lane, Blake and Dallas Arsaga; Noah Remmy; Gabriella Roman; Luke and Soleia Moralez; Evalynne Rose and Rhett Corbin.

Eleanor is survived by sisters Dorothy Norwich Teijaro, Jeannette Norwich Semasek, Loretta Norwich Horan, Ruth Norwich Dimmick; and Sister-in-law Sandy Roman. Felix is survived by sister, Delores Roman Sankus; Sisters-in-law Irene Roman and Donna Roman.

“Uncle Phil” and “Aunt Eleanor” were surrounded in love by extended Nieces and Nephews, many of whom tenderly attended to each of them in the days and hours surrounding their respective passing. If we listed them all, and managed to omit one or more, Bobby would never allow us to forget it. Please know, they all truly loved, and were loved by, their Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Phil.

Felix often said, “I was born in this house, and I will die in this house!” With the support of their family, and the staff first of Geisinger-at-Home, and later Compassus Hospice, he fulfilled that promise. As he proudly stated, he would only leave the family home ‘feet first’. His specific wishes were honored.

Memorial donations can be made to St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 7 Broad Mt. Ave. Frackville,

A joint memorial service is being planned with interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania.


Bonnie Norton
, 76, of Pottsville, died Wednesday February 2, 2022, at LVHN Cedar Crest, Allentown with her family by her side.

Born in Pottsvillle, August 20, 1945, She was a daughter of the late Edward and June (Coulson) Moran.

Bonnie was a 1963 graduate of Pottsville Area High School. She was a teacher and one of the founders of Little Saints Preschool, Pottsville until her retirement. She previously worked at W.T. Grant, Pottsville and as a reading aide at St. Patrick’s School, Pottsville. Bonnie enjoyed every moment she spent with the love of her life, trips to the beach, quilting, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years J. William “Bill” Norton on September 7, 2004.

Surviving are 2 daughters Sharon Rossi and her husband Ken of Pottsville; Kimberly Kimber and her husband Billy of St. Clair; Grandchildren Kenny Rossi and his fiancé Mandy Wills; Tyler Rossi and his wife Katherine; Joey Rossi; Sadie Kimber; Timmy Kimber; Joshua Kimber and Emily Kimber; a sister Peg Reber and her husband Earl of Pottsville; a brother Bill Moran and his wife Karen of Pottsville; an Aunt, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Monday February 7, 2022 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo St. Pottsville, PA 17901 with Msgr. William E. Handges officiating. Friends may call from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sunday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the J. William Norton Scholarship Fund c/o Hidden River Credit Union 60 Westwood Rd. Pottsville, PA 17901. Burial will be at the convenience of family.


Paul M. Deibert
, 66, a resident of Cressona, Pa, passed away February 4, 2022 in his home with his wife, Carol, by his side.

Paul was born in Orwigsburg, June 23, 1955. He was the son of the late Robert K. and Mary E. Kriner Deibert. He was a 1973 graduate of Blue Mountain High School. Paul entered the Air Force immediately upon graduation and continued serving in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard until honorably discharged in May 1980.

Paul was the President of Commonwealth Financial Services, Inc. for 13 years. Prior to that, he was a Vice President and loan officer at the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company in Schuylkill Haven for six years and Vice President of Purchasing at Pennsylvania National Bank in Pottsville.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Pottsville and served on the Board of Directors and was a past President. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America serving in several council positions , but most important he served as scout master for pack 623, St. Ambrose Scouting Program. He also served as a fund raiser for the United Way of Pottsville.

Surviving are his beloved wife Carol A. Deibert, married 4/19/1980, two sons Christopher Deibert and his wife Amy as well as their son C. Harrison Deibert of Georgia; his son Steven Deibert and his wife Sarah and their two sons, Jackson and Levi, residing in Maryland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, February 8th at 11 AM at Hamilton Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Orwigsburg, with Msgr. Rev. Edward Zemanik officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 AM. Interment will be at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, on Friday, February 11 at 12:30 PM.


Pauline J. Bartholomew
, 90, of Orwigsburg, passed away Thursday, February 3rd, at home. Pauline was born in Orwigsburg on August 16, 1931, a daughter of the late Hilda (Trout) and Harry Dreher. She was the wife of Linwood Bartholomew, they were married July 1, 1950.

She attended Orwigsburg High School and was an Avon representative throughout her lifetime.

Pauline is survived by three sons James Bartholomew, husband of Cathy; Larry Bartholomew, husband of Maureen and Timothy Bartholomew, husband of Maryanne.
She is also survived by grandchildren Philip, husband of Shannon, Jeffrey, husband of Amy, Timothy, husband of Amy, Jillian, as well as Kyle J. Sheets and his wife Nicole; Great grandchildren Page, Leah, Tessa, Allison, Kaleb, Bella, Keaton and Khai as well as her sister Betty Boyer, widow of Jay Boyer.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 10th at Hamilton - Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. in Orwigsburg with Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating.. The public is invited at 6 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306.


Edward Joseph Zemantauski, Sr.
age 80, of Palo Alto, PA passed away Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pottsville.

Born in Schoentown, PA on May 31, 1941, he was the son of the late John and Julia (Dabashinsky) Zemantauski.

Ed served in the Us Army from 1960 till 1963. He worked various construction jobs thru out his life, he was also self-employed with E-Z Enterprizes. Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved Polkas and cooking and he was known in the circles as the "King of Boilo".

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Edward J. Zemantauski Jr., two step-sons: Buddy and Brian Hoke, and three brothers, Joseph, John, and Albert Zemantauski

Ed is survived by his daughter-in-law Janet Zemantauski and his grandchildren: Zachary and Kaitlyn Zemantauski, all of Palo Alto; a sister Lillian Linder, New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

A Religious Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11AM on Wednesday, February 9th, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday morning form 9-11AM at the Funeral Home

Interment with Military Honors will be held in the St. Casimir's Cemetery in Port Carbon.


James A. Neumeister, 92, of Fountain Springs, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Lebanon. Born in Gordon, September 25, 1929, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Doris White Neumeister. He attended the former Butler Township High School, Fountain Springs, and was a self-employed coal miner and truck driver, owning the James Neumeister Coal Company until his retirement. Jim served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer for six years, in Germany and in Korea during the Korean Conflict. Preceding him in death was his wife Mary Metzinger Neumeister, passing in September 1992, a son John, a daughter Susan Hart, grandsons Gary Haupt and James Zimmerman, also sisters, Arlene Wisnoski, Marian Bird, and Helen Neumeister.


Son: James L. Neumeister and his wife Sandy, Fountain Springs

Daughter: Jody Neumeister, Mahanoy City

Daughter: Carol Barlow, Fountain Springs

Care Giver: Bonnie Prentice, Ashland

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service with military honors, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 2 PM, in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Officiating will be Rev. Allen Helwig. Visit The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Michael L. Pireda
, 87, of Andreas, died February 3, 2022, in Weatherwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly. 

Born in Bethlehem, he was the son of the late George and Ethel (Mellin) Pireda. Prior to retiring, he was employed by the Lehigh Valley Post Office. He was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War with the 82nd Airborne Division and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the United Nations Service Metal. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the American Legion, Allentown, and various veteran’s clubs. 

Surviving are two sons, Michael L. Jr. (Sonya) of Andreas and Louis of Lehighton; daughter, Donna Boyea of Colorado; brother Ernest of Coopersburg; two sisters, Anna Dailey, and Bernice Sam both of Allentown; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Private service. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Hartman Funeral Home, 1791 West Penn Pike, Rte. 309, New Ringgold.


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